hooknladderno1 Posted August 18, 2011 Share Posted August 18, 2011 (edited) " After much thought, I have finally decided on what will be at least my first project for the Rescue Group Build. I will be modeling the Bell Jetranger 206 that was the first medevac aircraft flown by the Delaware State Police. This program began back in 1971. The aircraft is very similar to the currently available 1/32 scale kit. I am using a Testor's version that was purchased over E-bay a few months ago. Reference photos are very hard to find. The photos below are courtesy of Robert Ward. There is a replica of this aircraft on display at the Delaware State Police Museum in Dover. This replica aircraft was made from a donated military variant. From the photos below, you can see there are differences. As I am told, the replica aircraft was made from photos, and recollections of troopers and pilots who flew on the original aircraft. On a historical side note, I am told that the original aircraft sustained severe damage in a hard landing during 1971. I was unable to find any photos of what the interior configuration was like to include a patient on a back board. Later aircraft were designed so that the co-pilot seat was removeable, and the patient's feet would rest next to the pilot. I am designing this aircraft to accomodate a similar situation. This is a really cool picture. I wish that the tail of the aircraft were in the photo. I don't know if this was staged, or spontaneous, but cool none the less... This is the Museum replica mentioned above. I have started the project, but as my hobby room is in the process of being reorganized. My "photo area" is also not set up at the moment. I hope to have some pictures up real soon. I am really enjoying seeing everyone else's projects and progress!" This was originally posted about a year and a half ago as part of the Rescue Group Build". Life has a way of getting a head of you. Anyway, I have recently made contact with a retired DSP Trooper/Pilot who has provided some additional information on this aircraft. So, I have dusted this project off, and along with Winnie's timely information - I will move forward with this build. Here is a new picture of the aircraft when it was delivered: One question - Does anyone know what interior paint colors were offered on civilian Jetrangers in the early 1970's? David Edited August 18, 2011 by hooknladderno1 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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