Revell 1/72 USCG HH-3F Pelican ? Pt.2 (Correct version)
Thank you to all who commented on my efforts. John, I have taken your 1/48 scale F4U 500# bomb suggestion to heart, finding one in the spares box in under 30 seconds, (after having spent 30 minutes locating the spares box amongst all the other boxes in the garage.) Colin, appreciate your suggestions as well, but I think I?ll keep this one simple, just adding basic details. AFAIK, USCG HH-3F rotors were non-folding and I am researching if they had those roundish square blobs mounted between the blades at the hub as on USAF HH-3Es.
However, while looking at the 1/48 scale 500# bomb, I noticed that it may be slightly large for scale. However, it is the best I have and much better than the HH-3E fuel tank with a hemi-sphere glued to the end. Please look at the following two photos of HH-3F 1492 (now retired) taken from Airliners.net. One is from the left side circa 2006 and one from the right side, circa 2008. Notice that the left side lower window is oddly shaped, having been reduced in size to accommodate the radome fairing. From the right side photo I notice that the landing light is completely visible in the center of the nose, so I must conclude that the radome is offset to port somewhat, necessitating the smaller lower port window.
HH-3F USCG 1492, 2006
HH-3F USCG 1492, 2008
Not much new to report this week. I was very busy with work and home duties, not to mention repairing front end damage to my 1:1 scale Volvo 960 for the past three weekends.
I added the sponson side walls, but over filed one slightly, and added putty to build it back up to the correct shape.
My first attempt at filling the IFR probe mounting holes failed. I used scrap wedges from my thick plasticard used for the sponson end walls. They left a gap on either side and broke out of the hole when I tried to cut them flush. BAD idea! See photo 11.
I then tried fitting a piece of sprue into my electric drill and gently filing it to a conical shape while turning the drill at moderate speed. It worked! I then pushed it into the hole, marked it with a mechanical pencil, removed it, cut it, glued it in place and sanded it flush.
I donated an ice shield from a Fujimi 1/72 SH-3H kit that will be built as an SH-3A, hence not required. I will wait to cut and mount the 500# radome until I have the fuselage halves together and the canopy dry fitted.
Oh BTW, I found this fine copper mesh at my local hobby store. Do you think it could be used for the screen material at various points along the fuselage, by swcribing the outline and then carefully grinding from the back side to complete the hole? The mesh comes in a vary large sheet, probably 4 square feet! So I may be cutting it into smaller pieces and offering for sale (postage).
I have completed the following items on my check list:
Fix sponson anhedral (scrap) & putty
Delete External tanks
Delete IFR probe & plug holes (scrap)
Add new sponson end walls (scrap)
Locate ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
Locate nose radar (spare 1/48 500# bomb from Monogram F4U Corsair kit?)
Cut interior floor and locate search seats (scrap & Revell Sea King)
I have yet to complete the following items:
Add interior floor and search seats (scrap & Revell Sea King)
Cut larger forward windows (sheet)
Replace/reduce thickness of stab support (file / scrap)
Add ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
Add nose radar (spare 1/48 500# bomb from Monogram F4U Corsair kit?)
Add 2x landing lights to bottom front hull (scrap clear sprue)
Add 2x pitot tubes above cockpit (PE)
Add various aerials (PE)
Add winch above door (scrap & PE)
Add sponson floatation bags (scrap)
13. August 2012 at 22:30:41