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Nap time Academy 1/35 MH-60S

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Hi All,

 

I wanted to check in with my latest progress.

 

It is slow due to recovery from my surgery and, well, life.  I have the buttoned up the fuselage and have been adding the Eduard kits.  Compared to Oliver's amazing scratch built details, I feel like I am cheating, and not getting as nice a result to boot! Still, the parts are nice and fit pretty well for the most part.

 

I will probably do another Academy H-60 at some some point, and will use the Cobra Company set again, I think I will stay with the kit seats. While the Cobra seats are really nice, they are hard to work with and nearly beyond my skill level.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Here are the pics.

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NOTE: I opened up and boxed in the vents to add depth. It shows up here more than in real life. Also you can see how nicel the CC intake blends to the kit.

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nice work , this is a tough kit, I shelfed mine about 25% completed, just so confusing with instructions, things not fitting, and set back after set back, congrats to those that can put this thing together and knock it out of the park. 

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nice work , this is a tough kit, I shelfed mine about 25% completed, just so confusing with instructions, things not fitting, and set back after set back, congrats to those that can put this thing together and knock it out of the park.

 

Thanks for the kind words.

 

This is my second Academy H-60 kit. I think either the molds are getting worn or the chemistry of the plastic has changed, or even both, but I don't recall the fit being this bad on my DAP. Installing the cabin was really difficult, even with Oliver's excellent advice for mounting the deck and overhead. Also, you are correct in your assessment of the instructions. The words vague and confusing come to mind. Compared to the DAP kit, these are mere guidelines than informative instructions. Anyone experienced enough to try one of these kits knows how build it in an order that makes sense to them but clearer illustrations are really needed along with a better organization of what parts go with what build option and when.

 

This kit is by far the most daring I have ever been with a model. I have never done this much PE, detail sets and scratchbuilding, well, ever. All of this is before I get deeply into paint and weathering. I am learning more and trying more on this build than any kit I have built. Using washes is a great example. After I painted the main deck I used a wash for the first time and wow, what a difference! Using a combination of washes I got the smudged deck appearance that wanted. I have even gone back and reworked older kits to try things out with satisfying results.

 

This forum has been a fantastic resource and a wonderfully welcoming community as well. The encouragement and advice I have received has been great, even to the point that it saved the build thanks to a tip I got here (see the discussion on CA glue and freezing parts). I have proudly stolen more ideas and techniques that I have seen here than I can count. In all, it has reignited my love for kit building and given me something quiet to do when my son sleeps. It is also something I look forward to sharing with him one day. I only hope that he will enjoy it too.

 

Paul

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I have an issue looming on the horizon for this kit and need some advice.  I was test fitting the canopy, and noticed that it is about an 1/8 inch off at either the top or the botttom, based on what is lined up correctly.  I am looking for ideas on how to approach this issue.  Has ayone seen this before?

 

I will post pictures tomorrow.  I am concerned that this may be a bridge too far with this kit, although I am so far along, I don't want to give up.

 

Thanks,

 

Paul

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I have an issue looming on the horizon for this kit and need some advice.  I was test fitting the canopy, and noticed that it is about an 1/8 inch off at either the top or the botttom, based on what is lined up correctly.  I am looking for ideas on how to approach this issue.  Has ayone seen this before?

 

I will post pictures tomorrow.  I am concerned that this may be a bridge too far with this kit, although I am so far along, I don't want to give up.

 

Thanks,

 

Paul

I will look at mine tomorrow...I agree this kit is challenging....just dont give up.

Oliver

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I have an issue looming on the horizon for this kit and need some advice.  I was test fitting the canopy, and noticed that it is about an 1/8 inch off at either the top or the botttom, based on what is lined up correctly.  I am looking for ideas on how to approach this issue.  Has ayone seen this before?

 

I will post pictures tomorrow.  I am concerned that this may be a bridge too far with this kit, although I am so far along, I don't want to give up.

 

Thanks,

 

Paul

Here are the promised pictures.

 

I thinnk it may be doable, but any ideas would be appreciated.

 

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With the top of the canopt lined up....

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Port side gap....

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Starboard side issue..

 

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Another angle.

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Glue the bottom side first one at a time with drops of super glue(careful of CA fume with clear parts)

there should be enough play in the helo frame to match the bottom of the clear part. Top part should be last to glue. You might have to add a plastic strip piece at the top of the clear part to close gap between fuselage...maybe someone has a better way to fix this issue and I hope they share it with us cause that's a tricky fix..good luck.

Oliver

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Glue the bottom side first one at a time with drops of super glue(careful of CA fume with clear parts)

there should be enough play in the helo frame to match the bottom of the clear part. Top part should be last to glue. You might have to add a plastic strip piece at the top of the clear part to close gap between fuselage...maybe someone has a better way to fix this issue and I hope they share it with us cause that's a tricky fix..good luck.

Oliver

That was my thought also when I was photographing this.

 

Thanks Oliver.

 

BR//Paul

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And the answer is.........STEAM!

 

While trying Olivers solution with limited success, a comment from a visit to a now defonct local hobby shop popped into my head.  I was asking about bending som clear styrene rod, and was told to hold the rod over a boiling pot of water, that the diffuse heat of the steam would make the styrene soft enought to reshape.  I used the whistle of a steam kettle to get a more concentrated AND CONTROLLED application.

 

WARNING: STEAM HEAT, EVEN FROM A KETTLE WILL BURN YOU FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY JAKIE ROBINSON!!! USE EXTREME CAUTION IF USING THIS TECHNIQUE!!!!

 

Here is the dry fit results. I can work with this.

 

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