inaccuracies, fit issues and missing details... The story a helicopter build

BLT

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Hello gents

I'm currently going through my old stash of kits, atm I'm building the ertl tie advanced with my daughter.

For reasons unbeknownst to me I grabdt this old half started nightmare instead of my Bandai B-wing...

I know... I'm still figuring out what went wrong!

Anyway... I really like helicopters, who doesn't, but I was never really any good at building them, and I always found them to have really bad fit issues.

Same with this thing.


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urumomo

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:D what is going on with the sprue bundles ?
The turbine innards are molded in clear ?
 

BLT

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:D what is going on with the sprue bundles ?
The turbine innards are molded in clear ?
Haha...

I know, thanks for asking!

Well the intakes actually had no way of attaching to the engine housing. There where a tiny pout on the edge where I could glue them. They didn't fit anywhere. So I figured I'd jam sprues into them so I'd have a solid connection. I then have to putty the living daylights out it, but at least it'll be sturdy.

The clear parts are scratch build... The original engine housing and exsaust where moulded in one piece, and so inaccurate that I just couldn't let it go, third image. In my opinion the engines are what makes this thing so unique. Anyway I tried looking for some 8mm plastic straws, but u can't buy those anymore... Everything's paper now! Good for the environment, bad for scratch builders I guess. I finally found this old plastic dispersion tube from an old aquarium pump, that sorta fit the specs... So cutting, bending, filling and sanding...

I mean... U can by resin parts, but that'll cost me more than the kit itself... And the kit really isn't very detailed or acurrate.

Besides, where's the fun in just buying the parts.
 

Wolf Star

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I have a couple of "lipstick on a pig" builds that I've had going on and off again for literally over a decade.

Hobby Boss 1/35 AAV that I have decided to turn into a post-apocalyptic armored vehicle. This kit sucks..... I started this kit in 2002 and hated it so much I put it away for a long time.
Trumpeter 1/35 Abrams 5 in 1 kit. A host of inaccuracies that I'm having to fix.
 

BLT

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I have a couple of "lipstick on a pig" builds that I've had going on and off again for literally over a decade.

Hobby Boss 1/35 AAV that I have decided to turn into a post-apocalyptic armored vehicle. This kit sucks..... I started this kit in 2002 and hated it so much I put it away for a long time.
Trumpeter 1/35 Abrams 5 in 1 kit. A host of inaccuracies that I'm having to fix.
Hail the inaccuracies...

They are what makes life worth living!


Not!


First paint over to spot all the glaring misfits. It actually looks like the sanding made a difference.

Still loft og putting and sanding still to come. I wonder wether it'll be worth it to rescribe the panel lines.

Look at the lines across the tail. IMG_20210325_204904.jpg IMG_20210325_205049.jpg IMG_20210325_214937.jpg
 

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