Academy 1/48 CH-46D Sea Knight
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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