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About JesusNut

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    Canopy Polisher

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    Pensacola, FL
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    Vietnam Era Helicopters, WWII era aircraft
  1. That's gonna be my next one Oliver. This time I am modeling the one in my signature picture. Hopefully complete with all the weathering.
  2. As usual, you are right Ray! He did mention that in our discussion today. He flew guns when he first got over there, but went to slicks shortly thereafter. For some reason, I always seem to forget that and only ask him about the H models. Thanks for keeping me straight Ray! lol. I need to find a C model to do next.
  3. Getting closer. All armor is on, just have to add the metal at the top for the seatbelt.
  4. Had a chance to talk to Dad about this a little while ago and he said pretty much the same thing. He also thought that the A/C in the left seat fell back on some tradition. Most aircraft the PIC is in the left seat. He also mentioned that as the A/C, he liked to let his co-pilot fly as much as possible to give him experience, and the right seat had the primary instruments. He would take the controls for the approach and landing in the LZ, especially if it was gonna be hot or tight.
  5. Are they the only ones to have that weapon? Not that I am complaining. Since I was in the Navy for 6 years, I would have no problem modeling that!
  6. Thanks Rod! I am chomping at the bit to put some paint on them to see how they turn out, but I don't want to hurry myself and end up ruining a nice scratchbuilt piece. This scatchbuilding stuff is time consuming! But worth it!
  7. Thanks Ray! This is starting to make more sense now. I had forgotten that you had posted those pictures, I think on another forum. I like to try to give credit where credit is due. Now that I think about it, most of the pictures I have probably came from you. I have combed several forums and saved photos that I think might be of use to me in the future. I just need to be more careful in documenting where I got them and the photographer so I can give them credit. Do you know why one was trapezoidal and the other was rectangular? I know the right seat is usually the PIC, but Dad also told me that his unit's AC's all flew from the left seat. He told me why, but I do not remember off the top of my head. Now that I think about it, my guess for the difference is because of where the collective is. Maybe the rectangular armor would cause some movement restriction on the left arm in moving the collective. Just a guess on my part, but it kinda makes sense.
  8. That is fantastic! Very nice job.
  9. I need help from any Vietnam Huey drivers out there. While scratchbuilding my seats, I came across a couple versions of how the armor attaches to the seat and I would like to know which one is more accurate. On this seat, the armor on the right hand side as we are looking at it (towards the center console), the armor is trapezoidal and is only attached by the bracket at the top. In this drawing, the armor is attached all the way down and appears to be rectangular. In this photo, the armor appears to also be rectangular, but is attached only by the bracket at the top. And then on this seat, it appears to be rectangular again, and attached all the way down. Part of my confusion is that the two black seats I know are from later birds that are painted black for the NVG. Ray, if you have any pictures of this in your collection, would you let me know which one you think it might be. And below are my latest reprsentations of the seats, minus that armor I am asking about. I still need to add "fabric" to the seat back and seat and of course paint them. And build the seat supports and anchors. For the fabric, I have experimented with painting a couple different brands of tape and think the blue painters tape came out the best. I plan to experiment on a couple more just to make sure I like that one the best.
  10. That is awesome Oliver! I need to find a bird to model that will "need" this weapon attached!
  11. Thanks for that info. Those seats sure look like they have some texture to them. I saw some where to use tape, so I played around a little bit tonight and I thought some blue painters tape gave them some nice texture. I just brushed a little bit of Mr surfacer 1500 on it to see what would happen and I thought it looked pretty good. Your build looks great and I am looking forward to seeing the final project.
  12. I am building this same kit, but not for the GB (don't have time to finish). I am also scratch building seats. How did you do the fabric part of the seats? I have just come back to the hobby and am new to scratch building, so I have a lot to learn. And I am also interested in the colors you used on the camo paint job. What brand of paint did you use? Hopefully I can do a passable job and do my Dad's bird justice.
  13. I will check that book out eventually. I have so many references I need to get....hahaha! This hobby has gotten expensive since I've been gone! I think I like the research even more than the actual building.
  14. I know I am a little behind on this conversation, but saw it and had to comment. This is an interesting subject that I was just talking to my Dad about the other day. He mentioned the same thing about the -6 and -58. The guys in Vietnam loved the -6 because of the nimbleness, but even more so because of the survivability of the aircraft. He told me the engine and transmission were designed to break away from the cockpit in the event of a crash and because of the shape of the cockpit, it did not collapse very easily. He relayed a story of one aircraft that the pilot flew into the side of a mountain over there and the cockpit broke away and rolled 5-600 ft down the side. The pilot walked away with cuts and bruises.