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Blue Thunder - Aoshima 1:48

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In 1984, in Los Angeles which is a large city to be host to the Olympics, the Federal Government, Los Angeles Police Department and the military most feared terrorism. Under the circumstances, the state-of-art monster helicopter was produced on the pretext of quelling terrorism and guarding a crowd. The special helicopter called Blue Thunder was planned to be subjected to a test operation in the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Division, and the veteran Frank Murphy was chosen as the test pilot. Murphy found, however, that Colonel Cochrane, who was at feud with him in the times of Vietname War, was involved in the development of Blue Thunder, and had feelings of anxiety. In fact, government important people including Colonel Cochrane were planning, in secret, the THOR (Tactical Helicopter Offensive Response) project = Tactical helicopter attack operation, in which they devised a stratagem to produce Blue Thunder in large quantities and use them as combat weapons to command cities across the United States in their hands. Murphy happened to know the stratagem, robbed Blue Thunder by himself, and flew in order to frustate the plan. Then, Murphy evaded attacks from SWAT helicopters and F-16 fighters. Finally, the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse operated by Colonel Cochrane took off, and the life and death battle was kicked off. Blue Thunder has a rugged body style and is an armed combat helicopter equipped with gatling electric cannon on its nose, witch shoots 4000 bullets a minute.

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First the shape of the seats is totally wrong.

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I don´t know where Aoshima took the reference but looking to the picture they are out of shape by miles.

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The solution is to build by scratch.

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I finished the back panel. I used pens to mark DVDs. It was the best technique to paint the tiny buttons.

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That's really cool. Looking forward to seeing how you do with it.

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Gradually the cockpit gets compound.

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Very neat build so far, Pacheco. Keep the updates coming!

:cheers:

Gertjan

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When I was a kid my dad and I built this model. I'm really excited to see the finished product.

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WOW!!!

Awesome project!!!

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I´m still fighting with the Aoshima kit.

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More uptades soon I hope...

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Nice! Great work on the engine and the rotor head!

Gertjan

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I think the always grueling stage "putty-sanding" is over.

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Now is compose the entire cockpit and starting to paint.

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Wow great, nice to see the progress

Norbert

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I think the always grueling stage "putty-sanding" is over.

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Now is compose the entire cockpit and starting to paint.

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I had the opportunity to sit in the actual aircraft at a movie studio museum in California. Not terribly good picture, but it was 35mm slides some 30 years ago.

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Definitely luck guy!!!

But that seat doesn't look comfortable and safe...

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But that seat doesn't look comfortable and safe...

Looking closely at the seat of the picture now I understand were Aoshima staff take the draws. :woot.gif:

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I believe it was in Culver City Oliver. I was getting a free "transition" into the H-500 while in the 160th. I had already been flying them for a couple of years, but got this freebee visit to the Hughes Acceptance Facility at Culver City. I don't know if the facility where Blue Thunder was located still exist. That was 30 years ago.

I had Photoshopped the Star Mountain logos onto the picture when I used to work there, right outside Langley AFB in Virginia. Regards, GT

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I believe it was in Culver City Oliver. I was getting a free "transition" into the H-500 while in the 160th. I had already been flying them for a couple of years, but got this freebee visit to the Hughes Acceptance Facility at Culver City. I don't know if the facility where Blue Thunder was located still exist. That was 30 years ago.

I had Photoshopped the Star Mountain logos onto the picture when I used to work there, right outside Langley AFB in Virginia. Regards, GT

UPDATE: The place with the Warplanes and Blue Thunder was at Palomar at “Dick Martin’s Marginal Airmotive” run by Dick Martin. They owned all of the planes and the F4U Corsairs were leased to Universal Studios to film BA BA black sheep TV series with Robert Conrad who played Pappy Boyington. They made 3-4 look like 8-12. Movie Magic. You can see some of the aircraft they had here: http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19465&start=0

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Always liked this one. I'd settle for the Monogram kit if I could find one. What was the original copter used for the Blue Thunder modification?

Have you seen the T.V.series? Dana Caqrvey plays the J.A.F.O. or G.I.B.

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What was the original copter used for the Blue Thunder modification?

They used the Aerospatiale Gazelle as a base for the modifications:

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As I've read, the modifications made the helicopter a real bear for the pilots to handle in the flying scenes

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It was time to apply Kosutte Ginsan for chroming the exhaust nozzle.

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Applied with a cotton swab after having painted the piece with shiny black.

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It was time to apply Kosutte Ginsan for chroming the exhaust nozzle.

Wow, what is that stuff and where can I get it? The chromed nozzle looks awesome.

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Wow, what is that stuff and where can I get it? The chromed nozzle looks awesome.

Ditto to Arty's comment!! Using a swab! Wow.

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Wow, what is that stuff and where can I get it? The chromed nozzle looks awesome.

I second that Gino! That exhaust is sharp!

Tim

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