Chopper Bravo: Huey UH-1H based on the 1/48th Italeri kit UH--1D"Slick"
In Cape Town, South Africa where I live we are plagued by mountain/bush fires in our summer, the so-called " Fire Season". Traditionally this has always been part of our lives, and in recent years an organization called Working on Fire has come into being.
If I may:
"Working on Fire is a government-funded, job-creation programme, focused on implementing Integrated Fire Management in South Africa. We employ more than 5000 young men and women, who are fully trained as wildfire firefighters and are stationed at more than 200 bases across South Africa. Our firefighters are recruited from marginalised communities and trained in fire awareness and education, prevention and fire suppression skills."
For those who are interested: https://workingonfire.org/
WOF also operate fixed wing as rotary winged assets in this fight against these fires, namely the good old Huey.
I have had chance to view them in operation at close hand and also take many detail photos.
In March 2015, ZS-HBV crashed fatally
Quoting from Aviation Safety Network
"The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. "
"The CAA found that the seasoned pilot struggled to regain control following the loss of tail rotor thrust, caused by a fracture of a control cable. It said the wear on this cable went undetected due to maintenance staff failing to perform daily inspections after January 20 last year. "
That's the background to my build of Chopper Bravo.
Some of the photos above are supplied by WOF and most are taken by myself
Build photos to follow...
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