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OFFICIAL: Lifesavers Campaign
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
Welcome to the Lifesavers Campaign!

The campaign will run from 1 September, 2015 through 1 March, 2016.

If you haven't signed up yet, or want to see the rules, go here.

Please post your initial and in-progress photos as well as campaign discussion in this thread. Please post your finished build photos in the campaign gallery.

Looking forward to some great models of emergency vehicles!

Michael
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 01:08 PM GMT+7
I am building Accurate Armour's Austin Ambulance in 1/48 scale:


KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 08:11 PM GMT+7
Here's Airfix's RNLI lifeboat in 1/72.

(the sea king was literally finished the other day for the Rotor RPM campaign )


It's a dull and dreary 1'st September; the first day of Autumn and i'm on holiday for the rest of the week with no plans. Well, aside from the obvious

*edit* I should note that i've never built a ship before. Eeek
KelticKnot
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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 10:25 AM GMT+7
Made a solid start. Test fitted all the hull parts and decided to begin gluing the transom (check me out with my nautical terminology - its the flat end not the pointy end ) to the hull sides where the fit was really snug.

Gluing the pointy ends together was next and once that had dried I fitted and glued the rear of the deck. Again a really nice fit.

A bit of sanding round the front of the deck and it popped right in too although the fit wasn't 100% and pulled the prow apart a tiny bit. No worries, a bit of filler and it's a good job.
The Keel was attached and we've got something that might float!
jimb
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
So, here is my entry into the Lifesavers Campaign. It is the Revell 1/35 Bell H-13H:



I will be doing this as a MASH evacuation helicopter. I'm hoping to start this in the next few weeks after I finish up my Revell 1/48 Stearman PT-17.

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 08:11 PM GMT+7
Nice choice I'm particularly interested in seeing how the tail assembly goes together. Is it a few long pieces or many smaller struts?
Also, it's good that an Aeroscale hosted campaign has an aircraft in it
Removed by original poster on 09/03/15 - 03:05:14 (GMT).
fhvn4d
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 10:07 PM GMT+7

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Made a solid start. Test fitted all the hull parts and decided to begin gluing the transom (check me out with my nautical terminology - its the flat end not the pointy end ) to the hull sides where the fit was really snug.

Gluing the pointy ends together was next and once that had dried I fitted and glued the rear of the deck. Again a really nice fit.

A bit of sanding round the front of the deck and it popped right in too although the fit wasn't 100% and pulled the prow apart a tiny bit. No worries, a bit of filler and it's a good job.
The Keel was attached and we've got something that might float!



that is most of the hard part of that kit!!! I did not have the same simple results you offered.. mine was fraught with swears, blood, and ALOT of filler LOL... looks fantastic sofar!
KelticKnot
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 10:35 PM GMT+7
Thanks Brian.
I have to say i gave it a bit of thought before starting and it seemed to me to be key that the three parts making the middle section needed to be joined first. The idea was that the visible joins would be glued as snugly as possible and would give enough flex to allow the "top" and "bottom" to be gently forced into place .
Had I started glueing the sides to the hull one at a time i think gaps would have been much more of a problem.

My major headache right now (and maybe something other boatbuilders can help with?) is masking the hull.
Trying to achieve a straight line along a hull curving away from the line which also has a step in it is tricky enough. Trying to then match the same curve a few millimetres apart for the white strip seems fiddly beyond belief.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 11:25 PM GMT+7

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Thanks Brian.
I have to say i gave it a bit of thought before starting and it seemed to me to be key that the three parts making the middle section needed to be joined first. The idea was that the visible joins would be glued as snugly as possible and would give enough flex to allow the "top" and "bottom" to be gently forced into place .
Had I started glueing the sides to the hull one at a time i think gaps would have been much more of a problem.

My major headache right now (and maybe something other boatbuilders can help with?) is masking the hull.
Trying to achieve a straight line along a hull curving away from the line which also has a step in it is tricky enough. Trying to then match the same curve a few millimetres apart for the white strip seems fiddly beyond belief.



I feel your pain! the simplest solution IMO is to prime the whole hull white, let it dry really well, then find the right size line tape and just tape off the white line. Then when you shoot the top, put a strip of bigger tape or sticky notes on the line, and do the reverse for the bottom.


Sadly, my kit didnt get alot further along than this... as I broke some critical parts in transferring the superstructure and let my frustrations out on the whole thing... but have no fear... I bought another one LOL
jimb
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 07:34 AM GMT+7
Paul,

The tail assembly comes as a single piece from Revell. The tubing probably isn't to scale, but it's a lot easier than assembling it!



You do have to add on the tail rotor & rotor guard; but for the most part it's all one piece.

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 08:32 AM GMT+7
Aha, that makes things simpler huh? That would be challenging to put together from individual parts
jimb
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 12:18 PM GMT+7
Yes, it would be more difficult to build from individual pieces, but I'm sure someone with better soldering skills than I could make one more to scale with brass rod. I'll stick with the plastic cage!

Jim
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2015 - 07:44 AM GMT+7

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the simplest solution IMO is to prime the whole hull white, let it dry really well, then find the right size line tape and just tape off the white line. Then when you shoot the top, put a strip of bigger tape or sticky notes on the line, and do the reverse for the bottom.


Seems obvious after the fact doesn't it? Heh, oh well I wish i'd read your comment before cracking open the paint!

Shooting red:

And then white :


Lots of waiting around while paint dries. I see the attraction of having a second kit on the bench
Antilles
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2015 - 08:14 AM GMT+7
Hello fellow modelers, now, here is my entry. I will do the KV-107II-5 Shirasagi, formerly known as Boeing Vertol.



I will try this one straight from the box. Hopefully it will work!

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2015 - 09:41 AM GMT+7

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Hello fellow modelers, now, here is my entry. I will do the KV-107II-5 Shirasagi, formerly known as Boeing Vertol.



That's a truly excellent kit. Much better than the hobbycrap knockoff. It needs to have this paintjob though...
KelticKnot
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2015 - 08:42 PM GMT+7
Hahaha, welcome to the campaign Oliver !
Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2015 - 12:17 AM GMT+7
Hi Paul, good to be here!

Hi Jessie,

that´s really a fine color for the chopper. But, the last one of the rotor rpm campaign was already a canadian-one. Okay, you can´t enough planes in canadian style, but the japanese paint is more...

how can I say...



...more individual.

Oliver
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 09:55 PM GMT+7
Started yesterday with some cockpit work. First, the pilots seats were cushioned to make them more comfortabel.



After this I turned to the cockpits pedals. These are rather roughly done in the kit. As the whole area will be rather well visible, I cut of the old pedals and scratched some new. Additionally I did some wiring and drilling in the front area.





I guess, this will be enough in this scale. Next comes painting of these parts.

Oliver
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 05:51 PM GMT+7
All those extra details should look really nice when painted up. Are you going to decorate the chopper in the scheme you showed?
Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 03:02 AM GMT+7
Paul: The Fujimi kit has not exactly the decals of the chopper, that I posted. But, they are very similar .

I searched the net for more information about those funny cartoon faces, but I found nothing. Probably it was only a temporary decoration.

Oliver
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 03:41 AM GMT+7
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Lots of waiting around while paint dries. I see the attraction of having a second kit on the bench



I am watching with baited breath!!! I had the itch to do the red too... after my first pink (white)line came out, I removed all the paint and did it white first.... hopefully no bleed through!!!
Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 09:08 PM GMT+7
Paul: These are the options of the Fujimi kit. But, I found nothing about these markings in the net.





Oliver
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 08:34 AM GMT+7
Those are some really fun markings and it's no surprise that they are used because the look of the helicopter just begs to have a face on the front.

So here is my current state of paint. It's coming out not too bad so far but the masking has been annoying. I realised after shooting the white line that my red area was not high enough on the hull. I corrected this but i've had to put on a few extra coats of red to cover the white paint showing underneath.



Needs a couple of touch ups where the step in the hull spoiled my mask but overall i'm happy.
KelticKnot
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 08:41 AM GMT+7

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Sadly, my kit didnt get alot further along than this... as I broke some critical parts...



I'm seeing where this could be a problem Brian. Some of the parts are extremely thin and delicate. I invested in a razor saw as soon as i broke both of the tiny silver (actuator rods?) on the stern.