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Hajo L.

MH-47G in 1:72

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Starting my third MH-47 here. I did the kit when it was released some years ago (I think I did ok, but there´s always room for improvement) and also converted one into a HH-47 CSAR-X-contender: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=105799

This time I´m going to do a SOAR-bird again, adding crew and some photo-etched parts from Eduard.

Just a quick shot of the kit as it comes out of the box:

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And some first details: To simulate the wiring of the instrument panel, I simply used a needle and thin thread on a piece of paper with the shape of the panel. Just do some "runs" with the needle back and forth until you have a good representation of the wiring. Then glue the paper on the original panel-part.

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HAJO

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Wow, Hajo, interesting project! A Chinook is always nice, for you in 72, for me in 48!

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Thank you, guys! As it looks now I will have to use the kits decals. I already asked in the buy/sell/trade-section if someone would be willing to help me out with some decals from the excellent Werners Wing´s Nightstalker-set, but so far I got no response.

I didn´t wanted to buy the whole set since Í´m not planning to do a dozen Nightstalker-birds (although you could never have enough 160th helos... ;) )

HAJO

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The instrument panel has been attached:

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And I´m fitting in the first pilot figure:

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HAJO

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I did mine as part of a diorama........ :whistle:/>/>

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This is what I was trying to reproduce.......

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Sorry for the thread hijack HAJO......

Ken

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Anyone having an idea if MH-47s have 4 or 5 defensive gun stations? I stumbled across ime internet-sources that said that it´s usually the two miniguns in front and two M240s in th eback windows - but no gun on the ramp.

Any general wisdom?

HAJO

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Hajo,

The MH-47 has 4 gun stations. In theory, the 160th could mount a M240 on the ramp but in practice, the ramp gun gets in the way of passengers loading and unloading the helicopter.

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Thank you, great! Now I can spare one gunner figure! :)

HAJO

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Cockpit is finished:

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Now I start detailing the cargo room, first I added some structure to the ceiling.

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HAJO

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I seem to remember that during Afghanistan they had a pair of M60s in the ramp. But I'm not sure that applies to MH-47Gs.

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I seem to remember that during Afghanistan they had a pair of M60s in the ramp. But I'm not sure that applies to MH-47Gs.

Early in the war, MH-47Es had M60s in place of M240s. The MH-47G uses M134 miniguns in the front and M240Bs in the back. The miniguns will have an IZLID attached to the rail and the M240Bs will have an AN/PEQ-15 attached to one of the side rails.

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Early in the war, MH-47Es had M60s in place of M240s. The MH-47G uses M134 miniguns in the front and M240Bs in the back. The miniguns will have an IZLID attached to the rail and the M240Bs will have an AN/PEQ-15 attached to one of the side rails.

Ah, that's what I thought.

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Thank you for your input, guys! I will stick to the 2xM134 and 2xM240 outfit, as you can see here: I did 4 gunners and two SpecOps-operators:

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HAJO

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Hajo,

The MH-47 has 4 gun stations. In theory, the 160th could mount a M240 on the ramp but in practice, the ramp gun gets in the way of passengers loading and unloading the helicopter.

Razor 1 ,MH-47E, from Operation Anaconda had M-60s in the back windows and a tail stinger M-60s as confirmed by a crew member.

Floyd

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Floyd,

You are right. Early in the war, MH-47s had a tail stinger. Razor 03 also had one according to the book, "Roberts Ridge." I'm not sure when they switched to the current configuration.

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Floyd,

You are right. Early in the war, MH-47s had a tail stinger. Razor 03 also had one according to the book, "Roberts Ridge." I'm not sure when they switched to the current configuration.

This is the book I was referring to. I guess I got the number of tail M60s wrong.

Back on topic, it's looking good, Hajo!.

Edited by Sarathi S.

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Thank you guys, love to read the details you are describing!

I placed some of the crew members and the guns on the left side.

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I hope I will somehow be able to put the two halves together and have the right side minigun-ammo-chute right in place so that it will connect nicely to the gun... The gun has to be glued in place after the two halves are mounted together.

HAJO

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Another sneek-peek into the helicopter before I close up the fuselage:

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Fuselage closed:

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Still things can be seen in the inside:

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First PE-parts from Eduard glued on the engines:

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This will be my main work during the upcoming days: Attaching the PE-parts to their exterior positions.

HAJO

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A good part of adding the PE-parts has been done:

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Shown is the back where many of the chaff/flare-launchers will be mounted:

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Now it´s only a couple of antennaes, special stuff, equipment and so on to add...

HAJO

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The two pilots haven taken their seats:

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Some details and close-ups before I´m starting the first layer of paint. I have also already corrected the position of that double chaff-/flare-launcher plate, it went a couple of milimeters to the front, into the center of the panel.

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The winch got some nice and subtle little cables from Eduard. Hard to see, but they do exist!

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View into the back of the helo:

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HAJO

Edited by Hajo L.

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:)

"Dark Knight"

"Dark Side of the Force"

"Black Helicopter"

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A first impression of the final paintjob (not finished yet) - I´m more than satisfied!

HAJO

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On some pictures of the MH-47 I saw big, barrel-style IR-suppressors. I liked that and so I started looking for something that may help me scratching it.

I finally found the cap of a pencil, cut it into two small tubes and glued them on. Voila!

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HAJO

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