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    Vietnam Era Helicopters, WWII era aircraft

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  1. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thanks Floyd. As it turns out, I do not have a reference photo that shows that bellows. I thought I saw one somewhere, but it may have been a restoration bird in some museum or another. I had no idea that the reinforcement was fiberglass. I made the assumption that it was unpainted aluminum, probably based on it looking silver in the photos. And I appreciate the compliment. I still have a long way to go to match some of the folks I see on here, but I also realize that we all start somewhere.
  2. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thanks Charlie. It looks like my camera on my phone has that feature. I also did a little research on it online and found that the Canon EOS Rebel I have has something along those lines and the editing software will allow me to do it also. Another successful day as I learned something I did not know.
  3. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Charlie, please excuse my ignorance, but what is HDR? I don't even know what it is that I don't know. And where do I find it?
  4. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    I am still learning this photography thing, so please bear with me as I post some repeats of the earlier photos. I played around and edited some of them, just using Google Pictures editing app and I thought I was able to take some of that washed out look out of them. These are the same pictures as above, just cropped and edited. I think they look better, but I am far from understanding all this stuff. These were edited from the raw photos as opposed to the .jpg file. I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not.
  5. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thanks Tim. I tried a few different colors on some of the extra seat parts I had in the kit and this was the best I could come up with. I think they turned out ok. I got the original idea from one of the builds I saw on the web, but I am not sure which one. The two I have looked at most is Floyd's reviews and here.
  6. Tamiya color for grey for white/gray Avenger

    I do not believe Mr Color or Mr Hobby have a 366 any more, but it is my understanding that the upper gray is Dark Gull Gray, which is FS36231. The mix I used to what I think is a pretty good facsimile is XF-83:1 + XF-66:1 + XF-54:1 + XF-2:3. I have also seen on the web somewhere that X-19 may be close. I am not sure about the lacquer sprays as I have never used those.
  7. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Charlie, I think it is bare aluminum. As you said, I think it may have been a repair in theater and I believe it was due to be painted shortly after this picture was taken. Dad said the whole helicopter was repainted at some point in his tour. I have also heard a couple members of the 195th call this aircraft the old war horse. Dad was happy to be assigned this aircraft, as he said it had one of the stronger engines in the unit, in his opinion. Also, if you zoom in close enough, chin bubble looks like it has 100 mph tape at the top of it. I'm not sure how I'm going to replicate that! Thanks Ray! That makes perfect sense. Although I am a little surprised that it would remain unpainted, just because I remember the old military adage of "if it moves, grease it, and if it doesn't, paint it!" If I understand the rotor system, isn't this stationary, or rather, does not spin. I guess stationary is the wrong term as it does tilt. Thank you midnightprowler!
  8. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thanls Floyd! I will take another look at my reference photos. I thought I saw they were gray on this aircraft, so my plan was to just dirty them up. I agree on the Eduard panel. My only complaint, if you want to call it that, is that the gray does not really match the dark gull gray I painted the rest of the interior. I am hoping that a wash will tone the brightness down some.
  9. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thanks Charlie! Still have a lot of work to do on it, but it's getting there.
  10. FAS - "GUARDIAN" 215 UH-1H Italeri 1/48

    Looks great Charlie!
  11. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thanks Floyd! I will come up with a plan to try to replicate it. But I think we can all agree that it is not the typical gray we see on other aircraft of the period.
  12. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Getting close to getting the interior done. Here are the latest WIP pictures. The pilots' seats are not attached yet. I still need to clear coat and weather everything, then install the seatbelts. If you recall from an earlier post, the crew chief's seat has been removed and a scratch-built foot locker was installed. The pilot's seat was painted FS34087 with Tamiya XF62 and the cargo area seats were painted FS34127 with Vallejo Model Color 70.924. The interior gray is FS36231 with a mix of Tamiya paints.
  13. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    I can see what you are saying. I was thinking it matched the green on the cowling in the foreground, but I cannot disagree with your assessment. Thanks Charlie!
  14. Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1H WIP (Update 1/18)

    Thos is a closeup of Dad's helicopter. I need your opinions. It appears to me in this picture that everything on the top of the transmission (swashplate?) Is painted the same color as the helicopter. Do you agree?
  15. Great info Joel. As I have not built one of these yet, I guess I had not looked close enough at reference photos. When I first saw it, I thought it was some kind of weathering, but then I realized it was too straight and proper to be that. Then I saw it on the opposite side and knew it wasn't for sure. Again, just an awesome build and I look forward to following your F-86 build.