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About YF65_CH53E

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  • Birthday 07/13/1965

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    Everett, Washington
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    Scale plastic modeling, 1/48th scale, WWII to present

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  1. Looking really good Sir! Love the added touches in the crew cabin, the M14, very nice addition to liven up the already gorgeous build. Gives it a definite "lived in" look. s/f Gunny
  2. HAJO, Clinstone is correct this attachment on the nose of this particular HH-53B/C is apart of the LNRS. In 1968, eight HH-53 B/Cs received the first of several modifications, called Limited Night Recovery System (LNRS), which incorporated a low light TV and a hover coupler. The B-model was an A-model airframe, which Sikorsky separated into three sections to add supports (struts) for the auxiliary fuel tanks. The tanks were needed to increase the range of the HH-53 for CSAR duties in Vietnam. Hope this helps! r/Gunny
  3. It is a light it’s called a “night sun”. Used for rescue operations. I will see if I have a few better pics. GUNNY
  4. Looking good Marine. Time to break out my 1/48 Battle Phrog kit r/Gunny
  5. Love it. Great idea and beautiful pics. Gunny
  6. Very very nice A-4s there!
  7. COL Mills used to come speak at our Weapons and Tactics class in Yuma Az twice a year. The house was packed every time! An absolute must hear if you’re a rotor dude. I bought the 1/6 scale OH-58 from Dragon (I think) anyways it was huge, and he signed the model for me. He even initialed the GI Joe sized pilot right on the chest. He is a great speaker and highly recommend him. R/Gunny
  8. Gino, what a great build. Being stationed at Pax River I had the chance to go to the Marine Museum in Quantico often. Great subject with this particular CH-34D. HMM-361, HMH-361 has a long great helicopter history. I am positive you will do the “Super Kitties” proud! (HMH-361, squadron logo is the “Flying Tigers”, in 53 circles we called them the Super Kitties) I have the 1/32 kit, and was toying with the idea of a white Top Presidential lift H-34, but may change my mind to a USMC version based on your excellent build updates! r/Gunny
  9. 11Bee, Earlier in this thread we were discussing some UK based HH-53C's with a peculiar jammer pod on the rear bat wings. in the 1980's and 90's. I am not aware of any HH-53C's in SEA having any IRCM equipment installed. At least I have not seen any pictures of the gear installed.
  10. 757flyer, That is a new type paint job that was done when that aircraft went into depot rework Evergreen Helicopters in Medford Oregon. Trying to help the fleet keep their 53Es cleaner with a more satin finish than the flat paint of the past. As you may have guessed, our beloved 53 leaks a little...... Onto your next question. Typically when I was flyIng in the fleet, if we could keep turning to take on fuel while away from base we would. Shutting down, would sometimes cause us to have some sort of mechanical as we would turn back up, and not carrying a ton of extra p
  11. Dave, I am going to build all of the aircraft you have on the sheets in both 1/48th as well as 1/72. So I will go onto your site and order the 1/48th today. I will also buy the 72001, and 72002 when they are available. I have a good stash of 1/72 CH-53's as well as MV-22's some times the Marines I build for do want the 1/72 scale for their "I love me wall" vice the 1/48th, so I am super pleased you have done them. OBTW, the HMH-362, now VMM-362 "Ugly Angels" artwork is just spot on!! Very nicely done. The VMM-163, "Evil Eyes" are also on the money!! r/
  12. Just bought the new tools. Can not wait for them to get here. So tired of dremel melted styrene. And the sander? Oh be still my beating heart what sorcery is this with the little sander? Thank you for the tip! you're a master of masters Sir! 🤩
  13. SSgt Dave, i am am for sure in for 5 sheets of each. The low viz as well as the color version in 1/48th. I would even pre-pay and wait. With that, i feel bad for 1/72 hobbyists these days as the options for them are getting slimmer. With advent of 3D printing and modern tooling the 1/48th, 1/32nd, and 1/35th scales are jumping off the shelves. 10 - 15 years ago, this was different, you wanted it, it was 1/72 scale and many aircraft were available. So I am a little confused as why the market is soft for 1/72 sales. But you guys know better than I. You’re th
  14. Tank totally agree. Good point. Gy
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