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  1. So are the box outlines on each side of the fuselage possibly optional pieces to allow the modeling of early vs. late -Hs? This piece would have the appropriate cabin window arrangement - all in line horizontally for the early birds, or with the second window slightly higher on the late airframes. The right side image seems to show the LAIRCM fairing on the aft fuselage - a standard fit on many current aircraft. Looking good so far!
  2. Unfortunately, those parts are in 1/48 scale. As far as I know, no one ever did an actual conversion set for the Pave Low in 1/72, which is what I work in. WhirleyBird (Bits) did the rotors, and there are some detail sets for avionics compartments, the tail fold, main rotor head, and some door guns, but nothing for the rest of the exterior mods. Thus, I am left with trying to find a copy of either the Italeri or even rarer Fujimi MH-53J kits...
  3. Many thanks for the replies! I did find out that WhirleyBird had replaced the Pave Low blade set in their catalog with a set of the same composite blades for the German CH-53Gs. So, at least I have the blades covered. Mike
  4. Tank, Thanks for the link. I had read a couple places about the overspray not being fully opaque, which explains the look of the national insignia above. Will do a paint test to see how best to replicate the look of the nat'l insignia and the faint sections of the black and green camo pattern. Interesting to see in the AH-1W pics in the Zone-Five thread that on some birds, they didn't bother to restore the nat'l insignia that got partially painted over, but they did go back and repaint the MARINES titles. Mike
  5. Thanks again guys for the additional information! Will have to see if I can track down the serials and more photos of the 4 -Ts. So far, I have only been able to confirm 160818. From that good shot of the gaggle of AH-1s and UH-1s Whiskey linked, the -T in it that had gotten the overpaint did not have tail letters or a serial number reapplied (at least at the time the photo was taken). I will take a look at 35237 as well - that would make sense to have used it. Mike
  6. Gino, Thanks for the reply. That is indeed a great looking model! The Pave Low rotors also have a slight clip or sweep at the tip of the leading edges, as well as a tab on the trailing edge near the tip: They are not an exact match for the -E model blades, but are closer in shape to those than the original H-53 blades (square roots and tips), I am just not sure how much work it would be to modify the -E blades versus adding plastic to the roots of the square CH- blades... There was a resin set of main blades for the MH-53 released by WhirlyBits, but it is long Out of Production... https://www.scalemates.com/kits/whirlybits-wba72026-sikorsky-mh-53j-pave-low--158310 Thanks Mike
  7. Whiskey, Many thanks for the pics. I had found a few of those that were -Js (first two photos), which seemed to show the same overpainting of the tri-color camo with a light gray. Sarathi, Thanks for the confirmation on 269's paint use. From what I can find, only 3 -Ts were deployed with them. I know basing color matches off photos is not 100% accurate, but to me the gray used appears close to 36375. Until I try it out on some scrap plastic, I think I will plan to go with that... Thanks for the help! Mike
  8. I am looking to build a 1/72 MH-53J Pave Low from Desert Storm. I know one of the issues with the two available kits (Fujimi and Italeri) is that they have the earlier CH-53 style rotor blades. Does anyone have any scale drawings of the composite blades the Pave Lows had? I believe one of the Revell 1/48 CH-53G kits comes with those blades, but none of the 1.72 kits do. I'm trying to figure out how to replicate them. Are they similar in shape to the ones on the -E Super Stallions? Would those be a good starting point for a conversion? In addition to the wrong-direction tail rotor on the Italeri kit, are there any other big gotchas I need to look out for? Thanks
  9. I am working on a 1/72 AH-1T in Desert Storm colors. I know there were few of this type deployed, and so far I have only been able to find one photo that I *think* is of the appropriate timeframe: From the looks of the photo, the aircraft's original three-color land camo (black, green, gray) was overpainted with what appears to be FS36375. The underlying camo can be seen in some areas. It would seem that some of the markings (MARINES, BuNo, tail codes, nose numbers) were repainted, but the national insignia was not... Am I correct in thinking the aircraft is overall FS36375, with the bleed through of the underlying camo explaining some of the variation? The nose numbers appear black, while the markings aft look more like FS36118. Would that be plausible? Thanks for any help
  10. The Aoshima guide calls for Mr.Color #80 - Cobalt Blue
  11. Yeah, I am sure Hasegawa will have their own mix as well. Trying to get a project in a different scale finished up and released before the Hasey kit comes out. The interesting thing is that on the C-2s, the colors can look like they are all pure grays in some photos, and have distinct blue and purple hues to them in others. I know photos will always have variations in colors, but the C-2 photos really cover a wide spectrum of differences. The photos I have seen of the C-130 in the scheme (45-1074) pretty uniformly show the blue/purple tint. The Aoshima kit does list the addition of Cobalt Blue to each color's mix. Mike
  12. I noticed several differences between production S-76s and this one. Wasn't sure if this was possibly a development frame... Mock-up would make sense. Thanks
  13. I found this photo in the Sikorsky Archives, and was curious about the Coast Guard S-76 in the back corner. Did Sikorsky actually fly one in USCG colors, or was one just painted for PR purposes? (Source: https://www.sikorskyarchives.com/S-72 (RSRA) F.php) Are there any other photos of that S-76 in USCG colors? A web search turned up empty... Thanks
  14. Does anyone know what the specific colors are for the new JASDF grey/blue camo scheme? https://www.planespotters.net/photo/1042923/45-1074-japan-air-self-defence-force-jasdf-lockheed-c-130h-hercules-l-382 https://www.planespotters.net/photo/724788/68-1203-japan-air-self-defence-force-jasdf-kawasaki-c-2 I assume they are indigenous Japanese colors (i.e. NOT FS-Standard). The overall light blue of the previous C-130 scheme was specified as S28-852, but the lower blue on this new scheme almost looks a touch paler... Does anyone know of good color matches for these new colors? I have the Gunze Mr. Color recommended mixes from the Aoshima C-2 kit instructions, but wanted to check to see if anyone had ventured to try to match them from other paint lines... Thanks!
  15. Do the -E kits come with the Pave Tack pod for the -F? Thanks!
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