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  1. Thanks... Text was all originally written in Notepad, and uploaded to the Britmodeller forum successfully - no strange characters, just a couple of links which I inserted appropriately (using 'Link' feature at top of entry box). I think the attempts to post here were all copying from Britmodeller - I'll try direct from the Notepad version... Update: After spending another 10 mins or so copying and pasting the text direct from Notepad, and including both links and hosted photos using the appropriate insertion methods, I got exactly the same 'Server 500' message again:
  2. hawg53's probably referring to this sheet: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/microscale-48-223-ch-53c-and-hh-53c-usaf--1237165 The 601st TASS aircraft mentioned was a CH-53C operating out of Sembach AB in the early 1980s, prior to conversion to a Pave Low... ....there was a Wolfpak 1/48 sheet which contained two Pave Low options: https://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Rev3/2401-2500/rev2435-Wolfpak48004/00.shtm but no others - although Caracal have this listed as 'Coming Soon': CD 48184: CH-53 Multiple marking options for USAF / US Navy / US Marine Corps twin-engine CH-53 variants. Includes USAF Super Jolly Green Giants, MH-53J Pave Low, Navy RH-53s and various USMC units.
  3. Hi Guys I'm looking for the decals for the grey (OK - gray!) MH-47E supplied as 'Option 16' on Werner's Wings 72-04... ....as that's the only option I'm interested in, I can't justify 26 bucks for a complete sheet + shipping to the UK... ....so if someone out there has the sheet, doesn't need and can spare that set of specific markings, please? TIA Andy
  4. Thanks, Michael... My intended post contains a lot of text, both backstory and descriptive about what was done... ....my two previous posts with similar format worked OK - I guess something's been changed... Update: minutes after posting this, I tried to upload the intended post to the Helicopter section instead... ....and got exactly the same Server 500 error there as well. Guess I'll just stick to posting at Britmodeller...
  5. Hi guys Have been attempting to post my latest build in the Display Case section - but constantly encountering a Server 500 Error when clicking on 'Submit'. As with my others, photos are all hosted elsewhere, so shouldn't be issues regarding sizes - have tried a number of times over the last week, all failed. Anyone else having similar problems? I see others have successfully started topics over the same timeframe...
  6. You do get the two nose-mounted antennae in the kit - parts 18 and 19 visible in the first sprue shot here: https://military.scale-model-kits.com/products/Helicopter-UH-1D-Iroquois-IT1247.html
  7. As with a handful of my other completed Sea King builds, this one originally began way back in January 2015 for the Sea King STGB over at Britmodeller, but didn't progress very far at the time... ....choosing to build the model as one of the three aircraft used at NAS Pensacola for Search and Rescue was inspired by finding a number of excellent photos online at the time, the majority of which had been uploaded by one of the base flight's pilots - plus the aircraft each had a feature that distinguished them from all the other H models used in the SAR role... In addition, the flight had a 'claim to fame' while flying missions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when two pilots found themselves 'on the carpet' for carrying out unauthorised rescue missions after delivering supplies in the area - a story which made national news headlines: https://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/us/nationalspecial/navy-pilots-who-rescued-victims-are-reprimanded.html One of those pilots later did a short article for Naval Aviation News magazine: https://navalaviationnews.navylive.dodlive.mil/2012/10/27/katrina-from-the-cockpit/ As with my previous Point Mugu UH-3A, the following photos are captioned as appropriate... Out of sight but not out of mind, work on the underside included adding pairs of flat hexagonal and Doppler aerials under the forward fuselage, blanking off the sonar well, fitting three different types of blade antennae, and boxing-off the wheel bays - more on the sponsons is below. The Fujimi intake guard was replaced by one from a Revell kit - Fujimi's version is the Sikorsky type, which was superceded (but not entirely replaced) by the Westland-style one with its contoured base. I also removed the awful cockpit side window frames as moulded in early issues of the kit, and replaced them with a couple provided as options in the Cyber Hobby kit, that were kindly donated by a fellow Britmodeller. A pair of VOR aerials have been fitted each side of the nose; also visible is the 'rats nest' of wires tangled around the rotor head to busy it up. Despite having a few different etch sets available that include the crew entry door and steps, as it's a medium I'm not particularly keen on using, I instead added a set of resin steps (cast from a set salvaged from a Revell kit) to the thinned-down kit door. Another distinguishing feature of Pensacola's SAR birds was that the upper door section was frequently removed, to give the rear cabin some airflow when flying in Florida's hot and humid climate! As mentioned in the intro, Pensacola's Sea Kings had a feature distinguishing them from all the other H model airframes employed by the US Navy on SAR duties, in that the extended sponson fitted to the port side was reduced in length. Fujimi supply the long version in the kit, and after careful matching to a scaled photo to get the correct length it was simply cut down, and its rear, interior and gear well boxed-off - the kit version of the fully-retained MAD sponson to starboard also had its interior sections boxed off. Not visible here (but as can be seen in the general shots above and below), the oil cooler outlet at the rear of the doghouse was blanked off with a piece of plastic card and a decal was applied to represent the flush, rather than recessed, grille, along with a couple more decals for the additional cooling vent on each side. Added to the starboard upper rear fuselage were blade and box aerials; also seen to good effect in the first of these photos is one of the four lifting rings, which in contrast to the door steps were added from an old part-used etch set. A square plate aerial made from plastic card was fitted to the top of the tail aft of the anti-collision beacon - the original large single light unit was retained under the nose, but that on the tail was superceded by one featuring a white strobe in the base section, with a separate red upper, represented on the model by a couple of pieces of clear sprue, with the upper section painted Tamiya Clear Red. Before fitting the sponsons and struts during main assembly, I had very carefully defined the demarcation between the white upper and Light Gull Gray lower areas with masking tape, to achieve a nice sharp, straight line during painting later - only to realise when later examining photos for aerial positions that, in fact, not only was the demarcation quite ragged on the actual aircraft, but it wasn't even at the same level on each side! As it appeared to have been largely painted freehand, I therefore removed the masking tape and did my best to reproduce the original finish in similar fashion. An old tin of Gloy was used for the FS16440 Light Gull Gray, with similar vintage Compucolor FS12197 for the International Orange hi-visibility areas, and an equally old Precision Paints FS11136 for the horizontal stabiliser's tip. Precision FS35237 was used for the main rotor hub and blades, and Humbrol Authentic FS36320 for the tail rotor. I decided to finish the model as the Flight Commander's aircraft '400' as it appeared in a number of official photographs taken when flying relief missions into New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. With no specific decals available for the desired scheme, I printed my own as shown back in the original thread - with the rescue arrows, intake warnings and a few additional stencil items which required a white background printed on another sheet at a later date. My homemade 'generic' Sea King sheets provided the grilles, exhaust areas and walkways - only the national insignia and tail rotor danger markings came from commercial sheets.
  8. For those who get a yellow 'Helis.com' box instead of a picture, the one above for 10775 originates on Flickr - captioned as 41 RWRW / Det. 18, Nellis AFB, Oct. 1978, it looks to be overall grey:
  9. Thanks, Robert I hadn't seen those before - the shot of 247 confirms that it's orange! Cheers Andy
  10. No, no-one's ever done the B...
  11. I don't believe so - but there's a view in some quarters that the fuselage 'shoulders' are slightly too 'square'; also, there's been a suggestion that the doghouse is slightly shallow... ....the Airfix kit(s) are widely recognised as being the best overall in 1/72 - both the CH-53 and HH-53 boxings contain the same plastic, just with different build and decal options.
  12. Thanks, Gents... Having now referenced copies of MIL-C-18263F and MIL-STD-2161A, it would appear that the 'red' on 158248 would actually have been International Orange - dated 1971, the former has UH-25, UH-43 and UH-2 helos all in FS16081 with FS12197 'high-visibility areas' for SAR duties; and lo and behold, pages 141 and 142 of the latter (dated 1993 but apparently with many previous 1985 version drawings) have a UH-1N (non-combat SAR) in the same colours... ....so it would appear my initial instinct was correct!
  13. And modify the main rotor blades - they depict the preceding metal type...
  14. So, I'm looking for an unsual scheme or two for a couple of 1/72 UH-1N Hueys, when I remember that I have an old Microscale sheet tucked away, namely 72-372. On it is a SAR bird based at NAS Agana, Guam, probably in the late 1970's - BuNo 158248, now preserved outside MCAS Yuma. There are a couple of anomalies, however: Firstly, although captioned as 158248 and with the decals themselves having that BuNo, the placement guide shows the number on the tail as 158284 - and an illustration here ( http://wpalette.com/en/pictures/35346 ) apparently taken from a 2005 book, also shows that number. Secondly, as seen in the 1/48 instructions below, "Overall Glossy Sea Blue" and "Insignia Red" are quoted as the colours - however, as far as I'm aware, Navy Hueys were never Blue, but Engine Gray: After extensive searching, I'd just about given up hope of finding photos of any Hueys in the same scheme, when I followed a Google 'NAS Agana' result to a 'togetherweserved.com' page - and amazingly found a couple a shots of the actual aircraft itself: These confirm that it was indeed 158248, and the main colour certainly looks like Engine Gray to me - so now just one question remains: Red FS11136 nose, roof and tail, or something else? The illustration with the incorrect BuNo says 'High-Visibility DayGlo' - but they also have the number on a grey panel (as do Microscale) when as the photos show, it clearly wasn't... ....I'm thinking maybe International Orange, which often appears red in photographs?
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