Academy 1/48 CH-46D Sea Knight
August 19, 2013 in Aviation
Just finished up this evening….or at least as finished as it’s probably gonna get. There were dozens and dozens of various other stenciling and markings, but 90% of ’em were in light gray. Seein’s how that’s the paint scheme I chose, why bother doin’ all that if they’re barely gonna be visible (at least in scale). Masking the clear parts wasn’t as difficult as I’d first imagined, although I still hate doin’ it. Ya wouldn’t know it, but the inside’s pretty well detailed as well. I think other than the Blackhawk I did in Border Patrol livery some time back, this is the first rotary-wing model I’ve done in quite a while – at least that I can remember (which ain’t a whole lot any more). Overall fit was good and there were no real assembly issues to deal with. The rear loading door could be assembled in 3 different options. The rotor blades, however, could only be assembled as you see them – no option to fold them in a stowed configuration (makes for a bigger display area now). The panel lines were drawn in with a mechanical pencil and sealed (along with the minimal decal selections), with dull-cote. This was the kit that had the red, white and blue stars and stripes on the nose as one of the options – I thought it a tad gaudy myself. Needless to say, I have a ton of decals left over. Some of the pics may seem duplicated, but I was experimenting with using the overhead desk light vs. just the camera’s flash. I don’t see a discernable difference. I’m on a roll!
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