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YF65_CH53E

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  1. I posted this in the wrong display case, over in autos. OOPS! I have been looking around the forum for awhile now, and decided to take the plunge and post some of my CH-53 builds. I have been an avid modeler for over 40 years, but never really go into the hobby the way I should. I retired in 2018 after 33 years in DoD, 21 years active duty Marine, CH-53A/D/E crew chief, and 12 years as a DoD contractor supporting the H-53 program office in Patuxent River Maryland. In 2018 I headed home to Seattle to build airplanes with my Dad full time. We have in the barn right now, a 1942 M
  2. Sorry for the low resolution photos. I just realized, by reading the forum FAQ's I can use my Flikr account. So I will post a few higher resolution ones.
  3. CH-53E's: Again, scratch built the blade fold systems, and weathered them to what I remember they looked like when I flew them and maintained them. HMH-466, YK-07
  4. Details on Ugly-07, scratch built the "wet head" rotor vice the dry head included with the kit. Also I included the squadron logo on the starboard side of the fuselage as they did in the 1970's.
  5. I have been looking around the forum for awhile now, and decided to take the plunge and post some of my CH-53 builds. I have been an avid modeler for over 40 years, but never really go into the hobby the way I should. I retired in 2018 after 33 years in DoD, 22 years active duty Marine, CH-53A/D/E crew chief, and 11 years as a DoD contractor supporting the H-53 program office in Patuxent River Maryland. In 2018 I headed home to Seattle to build airplanes with my Dad full time. We have in the barn right now, a 1942 Mitsubishi A6M3-32 "Hamp" fighter. Been restoring/rebuilding for the past 7
  6. CH-53A/D/E crew chief here. 33 years on 53's. Skis on USMC/USN/USAF 53's were never designed into the helicopter. No need for them. The retractable landing gear on at least our USMC/USN 53's was for water landings, as well as long flights where aerodynamics may have a factor in fuel consumption, but c'mon its a 53 flying at maybe 150kts, maybe.....so getting the gear up was not a big "speed" option for us, more for water landings. When I did operations in Norway we could land in the snow with both gear up and gear down landings. 99% of the time the gear was down.
  7. AD-4N, The 53E went through a couple of paint schemes, in what felt like an afternoon!! In the 1980's when the aircraft were delivered to the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) they were delivered in Medium Field Green, FS34095, with all black stenciling. Then as the aircraft went through and depot modifications through 1990, they were painted in the tri-color paint job. FS 35237 Blue Gray FS 34095 Medium Field Green FS 37038 Black with black stenciling or opposite color stencil where appropriate. Then in 1991 - 1997 the Marine Corps began taking delivery of another block of CH-53E's. The
  8. The Me-262 we used for our templates was from NAS Willow Grove. It belonged to the Navy, and was flown there from NAS Patuxent River, MD after flight testing. It was on display at the front gate there for years. Steve Synder, the force behind the Me-262 Project made a deal with the Navy and agreed to let us use the plane, and in turn we would restore it for a static display back at NAS Willow Grove. However the airplane did end up at Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola FL. This is A/C 35 when we finisher her here in Everett, WA. r/Gy Dan
  9. Christian, I may able to help. We built (5) Me-262's up here in Seattle from 1999 - 2010. I have a lot of data and pics of the birds we built. I will PM you. r/Gunny Dan
  10. as you can see my stash needs decals......😉
  11. CH-53E in tri-color, and my helicopter from HMT-302, CH-53A, "Phoenix 10" UT-10
  12. As far as doing the tri-color camouflaged of the 80's 90's prior to Desert Storm, both the 53D's and 53E's had this scheme. Here are a couple of other 53's I have recently finished:
  13. I too am eagerly awaiting these decals, as the old Revell kits I have the decals are very bad. I am building quite a few of the CH-53A/D's right now for fellow Marines and I am running out of decals. The tri-color cami are the hardest to come up with. Mostly all black modexing/stencils etc. Hard to find. The gray/gray low vis scheme is out there for the Academy CH-53E, and a great set from Wolfpack and MAW Decals too. But my 53 stash needs decals, so like the high gloss green decals? Microscale did those back in the 80's. they did USAF, USMC, and USMC HMX-1 presid
  14. iaf-man, Depends on what era you are modeling. The CH-53D's typically had matte black rotor heads. they did not switch to the light sea gray, or ghost gray until the last years they were in service with USMC.
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