Author Topic: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter  (Read 7722 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline frank2056

  • Wears a suit and tie when browsing What-If
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
    • My web page
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2010, 02:48:04 pm »
I went with Doc Yo's suggestion and used some more Kotobukiya detail parts to build up the rotor heads. They're much sturdier now and look believable, I think.

Rotor mast before primer:



The blades are held in place with a straightened paper clip, cut to size. I probably won't need to glue them in.

Here's a detail, after a primer coat:



The two thin rods go all the way up to the top rotor. While not clearly visible, I wrapped some 30 gauge wire wrap wire around the now thicker plastic rod that acts as the axle. It looks like a spring and acts like one.

All together:


Now I have to clean up all the scratches and gouges on the blades and start on the cockpit.

Thanks for all the comments!

Frank

Offline Pablo1965

  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1525
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2010, 03:03:43 pm »
Fine work, well done, is a brilliant idea and cool :thumbsup: :cheers: :bow:

Offline frank2056

  • Wears a suit and tie when browsing What-If
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
    • My web page
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2010, 04:57:48 pm »
I've started on the cockpit. For the seat belts and harnesses, I used a laser cut paper set (in 1/33 scale) from Avant Card. Probably more expensive than PE, but I wanted to try them out. The belts are made from painted Tamiya tape.
The cockpit floor and seats have not been glued in. The strip that holds the seat back in place is in a different green, just to have some color contrast. The camera really magnifies every spec of dust!


I also made the instrument panel. I wanted to make decals for the instruments, but making a CMYK separation on the computer (to avoid dithering when printing) then hauling out the ALPS was more work than it was worth. The Revell instrument panel is good enough. I painted it black, then went over the dials with a white pencil, followed by red and green. After brushing off the excess pencil dust, I put a drop of Future over each dial. I did some light highlighting with some Tamiya gunmetal weathering powder. It looks OK (cat hairs are for scale. That's my story and I'm sticking with it...):


Offline sotoolslinger

  • hopes to get everything hung today
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 5382
  • I am now fairly happy with my lower bits
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2010, 05:04:35 pm »
Very nifty :wub: :thumbsup:
I amuse me.
Huge fan of noisy rodent.
Things learned from this site: don't tease wolverine.
Eddie's personal stalker.
Worshippers in Nannerland

Offline John Howling Mouse

  • Man-Ho
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 9487
  • I confess: I am a plastic model molester.
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2010, 12:01:04 pm »
You just made every IP I've ever done suddenly look like junk by comparison with yours.
Wow.
Oh well, something to aspire to...

 :thumbsup:
Styrene in my blood and an impressive void in my cranium.

Offline frank2056

  • Wears a suit and tie when browsing What-If
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
    • My web page
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2010, 01:12:45 pm »
Thanks JHM, but remember that this is a 1/35 scale IP... the picture is at most 3x - 4x.

Offline MiB

  • Makes own decals
  • ***
  • Posts: 446
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2010, 01:21:46 pm »
G :thumbsup: :cheers:ood idea! Seems like real!
My virtual repaint site: http://hangarofmib.blogspot.com
--------------------------------------------------------
-"Unlimited technology from the whole universe, and we cruise around in a Ford POS?"

-"Nothing is as it seems, guy!"

Offline frank2056

  • Wears a suit and tie when browsing What-If
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
    • My web page
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2010, 02:20:02 pm »
Here's the cockpit, with all of the major assemblies installed and most of the details, but not weathered. I still need to add a few cables:





I removed the fuel tanks because I'm just not happy with the exterior color (Tamiya IJN Gray). I'll try either yellow (which I tried before) or olive drab.


Offline Old Wombat

  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 9403
  • Armour: The Gods of War love it!
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2010, 05:45:57 pm »
OD would suit its origins better; or you could try a brightly coloured civil version for some little Carribean helo joy-flight company. :thumbsup:
Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

"The purpose of all War is Peace" - St. Augustine

veritas ad mortus veritas est

Offline Pablo1965

  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1525
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2010, 05:50:56 pm »
Fine works of the cockpit  :thumbsup:

Offline frank2056

  • Wears a suit and tie when browsing What-If
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 1259
    • My web page
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2010, 07:12:09 pm »
Thanks for the comments!
 I was going to go for OD, but the paint I wanted to use - Gunze Sangyo OD - was a couple of mm or less of goopy paint in the bottle. I have some Acryl OD, but I'm saving that for another project. So I went with yellow. Just in time, too - my good compressor gave up the ghost just after I finished the last coat. The ubiquitous cat hairs are courtesy of my modeling buddy, Espresso the Cat. She "helps" me model by keeping her sister away from the model bits.



The fuel tanks are slightly off in color; they were the last things I managed to paint. Some parts are missing (I took them off before repainting) and the tanks are a bit askew, but that's because I snapped them off to paint and are now only pinned in place.

This picture is interesting because there's light shining through the rear panel. I don't think it would have been fabric on the "real" thing, but it's too late to paint it a dark color on the inside (I thought I had):



I'll probably add some black stripes to the rear panels and call it the Bell H-13 "Hornet"

Frank


Offline Weaver

  • I'm either dumb or evil - you decide.....
  • What-IF SIG
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 18214
  • Has a life outside What-If that is also What If
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2010, 04:16:56 am »
Excellent project Frank - looks really good.

I'd leave the pale tanks: who's to say they'd weather/fade the same as the fuselage anyway? Yellow (and orange) are notorious for fading quickly.
Neophyte: Is Eris true?
Malaclypse the Younger: Everything is true.
Neo: Even false things?
MtY: Even false things are true.
Neo: How can that be?
MtY: I don't know man, I didn't do it.
Principia Discordia

Twitter: @hws5mp
www.minds.com: @HaroldWeaverSmith

Offline GTX

  • Beyond The Sprues Guy
  • What-IF SIG
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 10817
  • "Princess"
    • www.beyondthesprues.com/Forum
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2010, 11:11:11 pm »
 :wub:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

Offline Old Wombat

  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 9403
  • Armour: The Gods of War love it!
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2010, 01:24:30 am »
Excellent project Frank - looks really good.

I'd leave the pale tanks: who's to say they'd weather/fade the same as the fuselage anyway? Yellow (and orange) are notorious for fading quickly.

... and unevenly.
Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

"The purpose of all War is Peace" - St. Augustine

veritas ad mortus veritas est

Offline NARSES2

  • Nick was always on his mind - just ask the Pet Shop Boys
  • Global Moderator
  • Needs A Life Outside What-If
  • *****
  • Posts: 43540
Re: Bell H13CX Coaxial Helicopter
« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2010, 08:01:34 am »
Fantastic work
Decals my @r$e!