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CH149 Cormorant

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I have been waiting to build this monster sized helo since fellow GB mod Elmo told me he was getting us a deal. He picked up two Airfix 1/48 EH-101 and I bought the two Belcher Bits conversion sets. Then gave Elmo a little money to make up the difference.

Then the models sat on our stash piles until today. No doubt Elmos shall continue to sit a while longer.monketdance4.gif Hey!!! Elmo remember that Harrier mini group build we or should I say I did a number of years back?deadhorse1.gif

Anywho......here is the kit. After I took down the Christmas lights and tossed the tree I had banking groceries and taking the boss out shopping. Which gave me two hours to myself to get as far as I did.

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This one IS taking a long time. 4 hours and I only have one inner wall up.

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Yep, watched a Rush DVD back to front thats around 4 hours.

Put some gear in the rear. That is it till Thursday.

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The Belcher Bits is really nice but you need to add many of the details yourself. Like supports for the chairs.

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Took around 4 hours to get this far.

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Now the terror. Cutting the EH-101 into tiny parts. Model is going to sit like this now till Monday or Tuesday.

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Yup. You're at the fun part alright. Good luck. Looking forward to comparing your experiences with mine.

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Well, I am trying something different from yours. I have the main body all cut and re-painted. Figure this ought to make any masking errors not as visable. We shall see how the windows fit next as they have to be in before the entire body is sealed up.

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Well. got the body one the starboard side no problem. Had to hold the nose for 30 minutes till the glue set.

Port side was a bugger. Untill I took off the body and filled down the fuel points NOTHING would fit. With the fuel points filed it fit.

Then once it was nice and glued with another 30 minutes of holding I noticed I made a BIG error. I forgot to cute out an inner window. So I ripped off the Belcher conversion of the missing window. Hacked a hole out with a dremel and then put the wall back on.

Not a perfect fit but its better.

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Seems I am missing one of the inner engine parts. Rather large and noticeable so I will figure out a fix Saturday for my next day off.

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I missed the same window on mine. Weird eh? Like you didn't realize til I had the fuselage all glued up and so had to back and cut it out after.

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Its not like the Belcher Bits conversion instructions are not good. They clearly marked it. Say, did you notice there is not enough square windows to do the door?

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Windows - yes. There's a couple missing for sure. I have some clear styrene I'm going to use to make up for what's missing and what I damaged. We'll see how it goes.

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Good job Shawn.... be a nice addition to you Labrador fleet.

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Thanks, did some sanding when I got home tonight. Not worthy of a new photo.

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Ok, I gotta build this! After doing the 32nd CF-5A conversion, I should have no trouble doing this!

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That conversion looks like a lot of work... good for you to keep at it. Looking forward to see the end result...

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THanks guys, back at it hopefully Saturday. Maybe Tomorrow if I don't get an overtime shift.

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I have got to get better glasses one year. This blur is a piece of paper bent to form the new engine inlet.

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Which looks like this when complete.......

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Here is a better shot of the paper back.

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This model is a true putty hog. Right now its drying so I can load this less then stellar photos.

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You are pushing through nicely. After some sanding and paint, we wont know the difference. Except for the in progress photos.

-Jeff

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That is what I hope.

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Hopefully some real paint today.

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Phantom,

Interesting to see your and bikerider's progress with this kit. I haven't committed myself to this beast yet although it would make a nice addition to my CH-113 in SAR markings. When the dust has settled (literally) I'll be interested in seeing whether the you'd do it again...

So far so good, although for a moment there I thought I needed to get my eyes checked as things were blurry, but that was you, that time. :)/>

Cheers,

David

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Yep, its not that bad of a build. However I do not see me doing another one as all 15 of the CH-149s look exactly the same, apart from the serial numbers.

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