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Hajo L.

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  1. Ok, some new pics. The helo is glued together, did I mention that the colour of the plastic sucks? :blink: I also added some scratched detail: On the right side of the dog-house I drilled the intake open and coverd it with some photo-etched parts. I also need to drill out the small openings again after painting. On the other side: Also drilled open the little opening. On various pictures of the original aircraft I saw something that I scratchbuilt and can be seen here, it looks like some kind of IR-cover for an APU-exhaust. The Co-Pilot is holding a map to navigate to the infil-point... :blink: HAJO
  2. The crew is mostly scratchbuilt. The pilots upper bodys as well as the gunners are of the ex-ESCI, now Italeri ground-crew set. The legs of the pilots are from some Airfix-pilots IIRC. I have a lot of experience in "plastic surgery" so far since there are only a few kits left that come with pilots in the box (and those often look just bad, like the "standard" Airfix pilots. The PJ´s are made out of Preiser´s excellent "Modern US-Infantry-Set", the ramp-door-gunner will be made also out of some Preiser figures. Here are some impressions of the preiser figures I used on my MH-6Js: And no, I won´t do any basement or diorama for the Pave. HAJO
  3. Juanjo D.s Pave Low motivated me to start my own MH-53J. As you might see from my progress pics of the interior I didn´t put so much effort into detailing as Juanjo did. I usually focus more on completing the model in a short time and also on giving it some "live" by adding crewmembers. The interior now has been made by simply glueing a small sheet toilet-paper (YES, toilet-paper! Not used, of course ; ) on the plastic. If someone is asking: I would say that´s a kind of new kevlar "liner" to secure the crew from small arms fire and shrapnells. The crew so far consist of 2 pilots, 2 minigun-gunners and 2 PJ´s I haven´t glued on their seats so far. HAJO
  4. Which colour will you use on the drop-tanks? One reason for me to wait with finishing my 1/72 Spad is that I don´t know which colour to paint the drop-tanks since the rest of the aircraft-belly is black. HAJO
  5. I own several AC-130s in 1:72 (Italeri, ESCI, AMT, Airfix), but none of them has Miniguns that are worth it. Usually it´s just 6 barrels with something that should look like the gun mechanism, but surely doesn´t. If you want nice SUU-23 Miniguns you have to buy Italeri´s AC-47 Spooky and use them, they look pretty good. HAJO
  6. Got a pic and a unit: OH-6 C, Real Cav, B Troop 7/17th Air Cavalry, Pleiku 1972. HAJO
  7. I stumbled across the picture of a OH-6A Loach equipped with a grenade turret and FFARs in another forum. Must be something that flew (really, with THAT much weight?) sometime around Vietnam. Does any other know this bird, or even better, has more pictures of it? HAJO
  8. Do door-gunners use night-vision-goggles when flying with MH-53s? HAJO
  9. Looks like I have to cut off a little bit of the window, just leaving away the clear parts wouldn´t do it, so my opinion. HAJO
  10. On the left side you removed more than only the gunner-window and made a "bigger" window, is that correct? I´m starting a Pave Low myself these days and enjoy your pictures very much! HAJO
  11. I´m going to buy the RoG Pave this weekend, which technically will be my second one since I built the Italeri Pave some years ago. I was just browsing through the walkaround pics when I noticed that the sponson seems to have some kind of struts, propably to reduce the load-factor of the sponson with full aux. fuel tanks during hard manoevres. Is that "normal", do the actual Paves have this? HAJO
  12. Hmmm, "problem" is, I already have 4 built Herks (two of them with wings "off") and still an AC-130H from Airfix. I planned to convert it into an "U" using the AMT parts. Anyway, what would you like to have for your "U-boat", Mandrake? I´m not good in making offers.. ;-) HAJO
  13. I´m looking for AMTs 1/72 AC-130U or at least the so called "U-sprue" with all the U-Boat specifics. Any ideas? To make tihings difficult: I´m from germany, europe. HAJO
  14. Here are a couple of pics of my finished 1/72 Air America UH-1C: Interior with lots of stuff like rucksacks and boxes, looks like a logistic support flight. :) The exterior: My printer sucks, therefor the usually black lettering of "Air America" looks grey: HAJO
  15. I´m not more expert than any other modeller, but that´s a MAD-detector. Even your dutch Sea Lynx have this. :) HAJO
  16. I mixed the blue out of Revells "350 Lufthansa Blau" and the much brighter "51". I know that´s not much help for you, but honestly I´m more interested what Huey you are going to use. I just finished my 1/72 Italeri UH-1C in Air America-Markings this weekend (and YES, I know, I should have used a B204 since the AAM-choppers were 204s and NOT UH-1Cs, but tha C was already in my stash). HAJO
  17. Hmm, if I remember correctly, the forward mounts wee only used on australian Hueys.... HAJO
  18. I have to disaggree about the 1/72 UH-1D. It´s OK, but has several flaws: I think the main-rotor-mast is not correct, since it´s shorter than the masts of the other (B, C) Hueys. The clear parts are not very good, the front window has a frame ingraved that´s much too wide, the parts of the side windows and the cargo-door are a bit too small and don´t fit into the window-frames. There are also some details missing, like the small air intakes on the roof, position lights and some more... But the interior is neat! HAJO
  19. Try this one: http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal1...wles/gal162.htm and also this one: http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal5...bis/gal4124.htm Both are conversions of the original kit. I had built some AH-6s myself and have to say they are quite neat and mostly a pleasure to built. Only the canopy is a bit harder to do, since you need a little bit of sanding and maybe some filling to glue it on the cabin without gaps. The OOB-version is a very basic 160th-version, I (like the ones linked above) removed the doors and added some detail like RWRs, different weapon-stations and antennas to the bird to make a more "up-to-date"-one. One thing that´s really a pain in the *** is the main rotor, I did about 5 Little Birds in different versions and only one of them can claim to have a main rotor that´s "correct"; the other ones always have at least 1 or 2 blades hanging down to much. Also be sure to give the rotor-mast itself a little "forward-touch", otherwise it would look like your Little Bird is stepping on the brakes, with a rotor looking backwards. HAJO
  20. Just to clarify: Beginning of Spectre-operations in SEA: Black with SEA-camo on top End of War (1971-72, I would think): all over black. Right? HAJO
  21. Hello all! I´m planning on building the 1/72 ESCI AC-130H Spectre Gunship. I´m going to use the decals and markings that were included in the Spectre-Kit of Airfix. The Airfix-box and instruction-sheets says that the Spectre is all over black. I´m not sure if this is true, because most pictures I know about black Spectres (obviously they wore black in Vietnam) show them with the top of wings, fuselage and hull in the standard SEA-camo. Can anyone confirm that "all over black" Spectres existed? HAJO
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