Son Trang Tiger, 1969

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  1. Airframes

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    Well, despite a major problem, I managed to finish the Italeri 1/48th scale 'Huey' for my friend's surprise Christmas prezzy. The darn thing very nearly went for its first, and final flight!
    I'd got to the painting stage, and decided it would be much easier to brush-paint the model, due to the awkward masking required for airbrushing. Spraying the final semi-matt coat wouldn't be such a problem, as I could roughly mask, and touch in any areas that had been missed by the clear coat. So, I gave it a coat of Olive Drab, which went on smoothly, without brush marks. A couple of hours later, I was ready to apply a clear gloss coat, ready for decalling. To my surprise, the paint was nowhere near dry, and this was Humbrol matt enamel, the type of paint I've used for 45 years or so! After 36 hours, it was still very tacky, and I knew that drastic measures were called for. A very light brushing of thinners should remove the oily surface residue, and allow me to apply another coat of paint.
    Oh No !
    The paint stripped off in sticky flakes and lumps and, being committed, I had to continue until all the paint was removed. Not a massive problem, thought I.
    Then I experienced that sort of 'what the F...' sensation, as the starboard skid slowly folded under my gentle grip!
    I also noticed that the central fuselage joint, and part of the tail-boom joint, had started to come undone!
    B******s!!
    Whatever had caused the paint to behave the way it had, had also caused a reaction with the thinners, and some of the glue had softened, melting through the contact point with the skid, which I was holding, and attacking the cement in the fuselage joints!
    I managed to repair the damage, with less than perfect results, but the paint caused a few problems, by collecting in very small lumps, impossible to remove without doing more damage to the areas concerned. Eventually, I was able to more or less make good, or as good as it was going to get, and re-painted the model, this time with two different tins of paint, mixed to the correct shade.
    I managed to finish the model, and put it on a display base, but it looks far from how it should have looked. Fortunately, most of the flaws aren't really noticeable with the naked eye, although the camera shows up everything, and I doubt my friend will notice anyway....I hope!
    Quite a number of the kit parts have been omitted, as the model has been back-dated to a late '60's UH-1D, and is finished as a machine of the 121st Assault Helicopter Company, 'The Soc Trang Tigers', part of the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion, U.S. Army, in Vietnam, in 1969.
    The markings are a mix of hand-painted and kit decals, whilst the red and white triangle and the tiger motif on the crew doors are from a decal sheet included with a modelling magazine in 1982!
    The pics show the completed model on a simple display base - 'hairy grass' mat and lichen, glued onto a piece of MDF which is bordered with masking tape painted black. The green 'tinted' cockpit roof windows were done by mixing a little green acrylic paint with Johnson's 'Klear' (Future), and brushing on.
     

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    Absolutely Awesome work Terry!:D

    Your friend will be happy

    makes me wana do a Huey
     
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    Looks very nice.
     
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    Thanks, Daniel and Amsel! Personally, I think it looks more like a dog's dinner than the dog's dangly bits!
     
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    wish i could stuff up my models as well as that terry
     
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    Looks really good to me! I wonder what happened?
     
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    Great work you old bean! 8) :thumbleft:
     
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    Nice! :thumbleft: For all the trouble you went through, it looks pretty darn good.
     
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    Considering the problems, it came out pretty nice Terry!
     
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    Well done mate she looks grand! :)

    I hope your friend likes her as much as I do :)
     
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    Lovely build Terry, and any flaws (not that I can see them!)are 'weathering'! :)

    I bet your mate will be chuffed with it, any chance I can be on your christmas prezzie list next year? ;)
     
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    Nice bird, I can hear Wagner warming up as I read.

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    Thanks very much for the kind comments chaps!
    M, I'd be delighted to build something for you! You'd have to collect it though, then we can have a pint or six!
    Thanks DBII, just love 'Ride of the Valkyries', the march of my old Regiment. And yes, I love the smell of, maybe not napalm, but at least PE4, in the morning!!
     
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    For something that caused so much trouble, she looks fantastic mate!!
     
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    looking great mate! You sure knocked this one over quick!
     
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    Terry, considering the issues you had to deal with....:D looks great mate!
     
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    Agreed with Wayne Terry, it came out lookin great man....
     
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    Looking great Terry.Well done.:D
     
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    Thanks again guys, you are most kind! Anybody got a 'Rescue' scheme, I think in red/orange, of probably a Canadian Huey? Bit like the one in the Stallone movie 'Cliff Hanger'? I fancy doing a 'civvy' Rescue Huey, just for the hell of it!
     
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