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GROUP BUILDS => The Flying Machines of Unconventional Means GB => Topic started by: loupgarou on March 19, 2019, 12:49:24 pm

Title: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on March 19, 2019, 12:49:24 pm
FIRST: the compulsory date shot (I hope the newspaper date is readable)
(https://i.postimg.cc/G3SV0bg4/IMG-2534.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/nMB0BfJx)

Having, i don't know why, 2 H-21 from Hobbycraft, I decided to do something useful with one of them, giving it a more logical and rational shape.
I have to say that the parts fit is NOT the best, and, as always, I made an error. Should have glued front and rear parts of ONE side on a flat surface. It would have been much easier checking for alignment.Anyway this is the start of the glorious Flying Cucumber.

(https://i.postimg.cc/gkX5m11N/IMG-2547.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/crWTckxn)

1) YES; I know I will have to raise the rear rotor.
2) I hope my mojo will not desert me
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: kerick on March 19, 2019, 01:39:56 pm
I have one of these in the stash. I always imagined building some sort of space pod type of thing. I’ll be watching with great interest.
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: Dizzyfugu on March 20, 2019, 09:17:07 am
I have one of these in the stash. I always imagined building some sort of space pod type of thing. I’ll be watching with great interest.

I've seen two of these used in a U-shaped spaceship some time ago. The donors were hard to recognize, looked rather outlandish!
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on March 24, 2019, 01:44:52 pm
My build is slowly advancing, I prefer to leave ample time for glue or putty to dry before touching anything.
Here is the situation, rotors just posed on top:

(https://i.postimg.cc/6qcFtZYs/IMG-2600.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JHypQGfK)

Hmmm. One of the f°*# blades is distorted. Will have to do something about it.
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 24, 2019, 02:57:59 am
...Or not; if you bend them all, you can replicate rotor droop.

Though whether the real ones did, in fact, droop, I don't know.
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 24, 2019, 01:00:07 pm

Though whether the real ones did, in fact, droop, I don't know.


They did, a bit anyway.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/4154/WLS53n.jpg)
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 24, 2019, 04:55:37 pm
Are you all trying to give me a guilt feeling?
I havn't moved this build for a long time.
Yes, I know that blades drop, problem is that one of mine has a somewhat S shaped drop.  :banghead:
Anyway, I HAD done a little work, then forgot to post it.
The pilot seats are a bucket type, like ones for a pilot wearing a seat parachute. So I added just a little detail and had to create some cushions for the seats. All the photos I found on internet where I could see the seats (US, french, german, japanese) had red cushions.  :o

(https://i.postimg.cc/Nyqdq88S/IMG-2646.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Nyqdq88S)  (https://i.postimg.cc/qtsjktjR/IMG-2651.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qtsjktjR)

p.s. I was thinking that everywhere the H-21 was called Flying Banana, maybe instead was only in France: "mais il est plus connu sous le nom de « banane volante » (« Flying banana »),"
So this one will be a "Courgette volante" ("Flying Zucchini") or a " Cornichon volant" ("Flying Gherkin")
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 24, 2019, 05:18:59 pm
Are you all trying to give me a guilt feeling?

p.s. I was thinking that everywhere the H-21 was called Flying Banana, maybe instead was only in France: "mais il est plus connu sous le nom de « banane volante » (« Flying banana »),"
So this one will be a "Courgette volante" ("Flying Zucchini") or a " Cornichon volant" ("Flying Gherkin")

No, just suggesting a way to make the droop work for you.  <_<

And yeah, "Flying Zucchini" works for me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: NARSES2 on May 25, 2019, 02:37:46 am
Are you all trying to give me a guilt feeling?


Yes  :angel:

No seriously, we are just interested  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 25, 2019, 04:48:46 am
Well,  you had me started again on this project, that had been put aside. I am glueing parts and hope to paint it today (if 5 years old Maskol still works)  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: zenrat on May 25, 2019, 04:56:15 am
Are you all trying to give me a guilt feeling?

p.s. I was thinking that everywhere the H-21 was called Flying Banana, maybe instead was only in France: "mais il est plus connu sous le nom de « banane volante » (« Flying banana »),"
So this one will be a "Courgette volante" ("Flying Zucchini") or a " Cornichon volant" ("Flying Gherkin")

No, just suggesting a way to make the droop work for you.  <_<

And yeah, "Flying Zucchini" works for me.  :thumbsup:

AKA flying Courgette in the UK.   ;)
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 25, 2019, 08:30:53 am
Do britons use a french word??  :o
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: zenrat on May 25, 2019, 05:47:55 pm
Do britons use a french word??  :o

Yes. Shocking isn't it!   ;)
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: NARSES2 on May 26, 2019, 06:33:38 am
Do britons use a french word??  :o

We use lots of French words  ;D English in the main is a concoction made up from lots of other languages, ranging from French to Hindi. I did see/read somewhere a long time ago the total number of words in the English language that were English and not imported and it is a very low percentage.
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 26, 2019, 06:42:36 am
According to google translate, it's called zucchini and that's italian. So, whatever word, it looks like there weren't courgettes/zucchini in UK before historical times.  :o
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 29, 2019, 11:46:32 am
My Flying Zucchini is nearly complete. I even hope to have it finished by the "Best before..." date.

(https://i.postimg.cc/K8Z1TbHb/IMG-2704.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mt5Zxv4p)
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: Old Wombat on May 29, 2019, 06:29:34 pm
But which one's the model? :o
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: NARSES2 on May 30, 2019, 06:19:58 am
 ;D ;D :thumbsup: ;D ;D
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: kerick on May 30, 2019, 01:35:37 pm
So which FS number shade of green is that?
Dark for the upper surfaces and lighter for the underside??
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: zenrat on May 31, 2019, 04:20:30 am
Nice, but you need to pre-shade your veg if you want to get anywhere in todays competitions...
 ;)
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 31, 2019, 01:37:32 pm
Managed to complete my Flying Zucchini in time for the ORIGINAL "Best before..." date. ;D

France had obtained a certain number of Piasecki H-21 in the early fifties. They were much used in Algeria both as assault troop transports, and as gunships.
After the first tests, France obtained a license to produce them , in the SNCASO (Societé Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques du Sud-Ouest) group of industries. The shape and arrangement of the H-21 didn't appear practical to the french technicians, so they developed a special version, much simplified, that was called H-21F.
The helicopters were property of the Navy (painted in dark blue) and the Air Force (natural metal). But soon in Algeria they were given in charge to the ALAT (Aviation Legère de l'Armée de Terre) as a close cooperation with ground troops was obviously necessary. ALAT repainted the copters in olive drab, and armed some of them. The most common gun used was the german 20 mm MG 151/20, as the french army had found a considerable stock.

My model (Hobbycraft) is quite clean, just repainte by ALAT workshops. A side door has been cut down for the gun position, but the gun has not yet been installed. (I had built a photo-etch Oerlikon long ago, but I cannot find it at the moment  :rolleyes:)
The red codes are fom 30 years old Letraset, and the roundels from a famous french detail parts brand: Boite à Rabiot.
I had to rob the stencils from the Italeri kit, so many of them  :banghead:  till I got tired of it.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sX4Jz6TR/IMG-2712.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/5Yjzq3cP)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJrtZ10S/IMG-2714.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wRmsnjjL)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Gt3xmFfT/IMG-2715.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bDMt6tpq)
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 31, 2019, 02:51:29 pm
Yes, that really works, and I love the backstory.  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: loupgarou on May 31, 2019, 02:53:52 pm
Yes, that really works, and I love the backstory.  :thumbsup: ;D

Well, most of the backstory is true.  <_<
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: NARSES2 on June 01, 2019, 02:10:46 am
That's come out well  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: zenrat on June 01, 2019, 03:24:57 am
Love it.  Great job.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: Old Wombat on June 01, 2019, 09:02:29 am
That's come out well  :thumbsup:

+1 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Straightening bananas
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 16, 2019, 07:20:35 am
Ha!!! I love it.....  straightened that sucker right on out.  ;D     Very good!