H-21C Shawnee “Flying Banana” Italeri 1/48

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H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I’d like to make a 1/48 scale airplane for the first time in a while. That said, it’s not an airplane, it’s a helicopter. It’s been a long time since I built a helicopter. H-21C flying banana with a characteristic shape.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I thought that Italeri plastic models had bare parts and were put in a box, but recent kits are put in a plastic bag and transparent parts are put in another bag. I’m impressed.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
The pilot seat belts of the etching parts were included. There are some other parts made of metal.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I made the cockpit. I think it’s better to paint the inside all at once before sticking the right and left together. I tweaked the brass seat belt a little so it looks real.


It is a souvenir of Golden Kamui, a popular Japanese animation. It’s a Japanese sweet called Anpan. My wife bought it for me.


They all taste different. I tried one and it was delicious.


I had other things bought for me. I like mint candy and eat it quite often.


A cat broke in. He is already 3 and a half years old and quite big. I’d like to have a big cat-like Norwegian Forest Cat, but a Munchkin is big enough. Is it big because it’s male?
(2022/06/01)

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I’m checking if the seat will fit in the cabin without interference. I’m very worried if it fits properly, but it’s probably okay.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
The backrest of this seat looks like a board in the kit, but it’s actually a fabric mesh with a band hanging down from the upper pole.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I am painting the inside of the aircraft. Rather than thinking about putting all the parts of the same color together, including the airbrush, it may be easier to understand to paint the work in front of me. Well, I think about the process to some extent.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I appreciate it because there was a decal for the meters in the cockpit. Without this, the panel of this kit is flat and there is no mold, so it will be difficult to improve the detail.



The temperature has risen recently, so before I noticed my cat was entangled in the leg of a chair with casters and taking a nap. I move the chair often, so it’s very dangerous. When I put an empty box of a plastic models by the window, he sleeps there, so I want him to stay quiet.
(2022/06/03)

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
The interior of the fuselage was attached to etched parts and painted light gray. The rear part of the aircraft is a whole engine section, so I think it will be painted with chromate yellow primer.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I think the engine part is almost invisible, but the parts are roughly painted. Vallejo silver, flat black, and red paint are mixed.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I have finished painting the cockpit and passenger compartment, so I want to put the right and left together as soon as possible. However, the engine part is quite large and there are many parts in this kit. The engine section was painted with interior yellow primer. I’m going to glue the parts on one side and put them together right and left, but I wonder if they fit properly. A temporary assembly of parts will be fine.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
It was glued first, so all around here is brushed.
(2022/06/05)

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
The right and left parts are bonded together and crimped. It was quite difficult to stick this together. When I put some pressure on the parts, one of the clear parts of the window came off, and it would be impossible to glue from the inside. The only way is to cut it and insert it from the outside.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I can see the engine when I open the panel.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
This time, the panel line was scraped by the sanding on the fuselage, so I reworked the whole line. Because it doesn’t have wings, it’s easier than I expected. I like the feeling that the enamel paint goes in smoothly when I re-engrave it.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I have attached small parts and landing gears. The round window that came off during assembly was finally re-fitted using tweezers from the inside. It’s a big kit, so it’s too small on a Tamiya paint stand and will stick out. I want to paint as soon as possible, but masking work is hard.
(2022/06/07)

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I built a helicopter rotor. The size of this helicopter may be a little small because it has 2 sets of rotors. If there are two, it can gain some upward power. The plane is so long that it seems difficult to control it.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
The cockpit canopy has many windows. Helicopters often fly while looking at the terrain below, so the whole cockpit seems to have popped out. It’s pretty scary to imagine.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
Because there were many windows in the transport helicopter, there was a lot of masking and blocking the opening.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
Only the parts of the suspension hook are included in this kit. It said that the builder prepared and attached the string. Nylon rope is attached as wire.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model MakingThe H-21C has been assembled. I have to paint it before the masking tape rolls up.
(2022/06/11)

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
I think it’s time to start painting. First, use black as a primer.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
This time, I am going to make an H-21C of the Vietnam War, so the color of the body is olive drab. I feel like I’m making a U.S. tank.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 Building Painting Plastic Model Making
The blades of the helicopter rotor seem to be silver on the top and flat black on the bottom. To be precise, there is a thin silver band on the underside as well, and the wingtips are painted yellow. There are still decals and detailed paint, so it will take a little more time.


I went to an exhibition of Golden Kamui, a famous Japanese comic. It was really crowded even though it was Friday noon. My wife loves this work so much that she bought all the comic books on Kindle.


A miniature model of the Type-38 machine gun that Lieutenant Tsurumi was randomly shooting was displayed.


A Type-30 rifle owned by Saichi Sugimoto. After looking at the materials from the Japan-Russia war, I feel like making a 1/700 scale battleship Mikasa that I have in stock. But the other day I had a hard time in the battleship Missouri, so maybe a little later.


In Golden Kamui, an important Japanese brown bear was exhibited. I think it’s real. It’s so big.


We always get a colored paper with illustrations of the characters, but it depends on the day of the week. It was Hyakunosuke Ogata on Friday. I bought some playing cards as souvenirs. This is very interesting because there are so many characters.
(2022/06/15)

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
The H-21C is finally complete. The 1/48 scale is about 35 centimeters long. It’s a tandem-rotor, and it has rotors on the front and back, so considering that the display space is much larger, it’s very impressive.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
In the painting guide of Italeri H-21C, the blue at the top and bottom edges of the vertical tail was as bright as cobalt blue, but the decal was light blue. I thought this was a terrible decal fading, but other decals were in very good condition and I thought it was strange. Actually, I checked it and found that blue is FS35250, so it is light blue. The painting in the manual is too strong and the decal seems to be correct.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
This kit was released by Italeri a few years ago, and I think it is quite new for Italeri, which often has kits that are decades old. I thought it would be difficult to put it together because of its unusual shape, but it didn’t, and somehow it came into shape.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
The H-21C was vulnerable to small-arms fire during the Vietnam War. There were many parts that were easily damaged even by minor strikes such as fuel pipes. It was originally designed for use in cold climates, which makes it a little inappropriate in tropical Vietnam.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
This marking is U.S. Army, 93rd Transport Company, Da Nang, Vietnam, 1963.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
When I brushed to cover the failed part with an airbrush, the color and gloss were slightly different, so the paint became uneven. The plane must have been overused, so it may not be a problem even if the details are rough, but personally, I was disappointed. But looking at the real plane, the surface of the plane is quite rough. I think the damage to the airframe was severe due to the tropical rainforest climate.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
This time, the helicopter participated in the Vietnam War, so I guess it is CH-21C. It can carry 22 soldiers. However, during the Vietnam War, it was difficult to transport such personnel. There was also a hanging hook at the bottom of the fuselage, so it was possible to carry howitzers.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
The color of the wingtip lights in the manual is probably the opposite.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
It was quite difficult to attach the canopy to the body. It was hard to fill the gap with putty. But a big canopy is an accent and looks interesting.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
There is various equipment such as lights and hooks on the lower part of the car body. The nationality mark decal is attached, and it is pretty cool to look at from below.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
The decal sheet that is included in this Italeri kit has good color and fits well to the body. The quality is good enough to make me think it’s a Cartograf.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
The rotor is just covered from the top without glue.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana" Italeri 1/48 finished work Plastic Model Making
I was attracted by the cool box picture, so this time I decided to use olive drab from the US army without hesitation. There are many other colorful and interesting paint variations, so I think you can also enjoy painting.
(2022/06/23)

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