I want 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.
Well, I think about the process to some extent. 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.
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 hazardous. When I put an empty box of plastic models by the window, he sleeps there, so I want him to stay quiet.
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 this kit has many parts. The engine section was painted with interior yellow primer. I’m going to glue the pieces on one side and put them together right and left, but I wonder if they fit correctly. A temporary assembly of parts will be fine.
It wasn’t easy to stick this together. The right and left parts are bonded together and crimped. 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.
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.
I have attached small parts and landing gear. 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.
I built a helicopter rotor. The size of this helicopter may be a little small because it has two rotors. If there are two, it can gain some upward power. The plane is so long that it seems complicated to control it.
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, and the wingtips are painted yellow. There are still decals and detailed paint, so that it will take a little more time.
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.
We always get 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.
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 excellent condition, and I thought it was strange. 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.
This kit was released by Italeri a few years ago, and I think it is pretty new for Italeri, which often has kits that are decades old. I thought it wasn’t easy to assemble because of its unusual shape, but it wasn’t, and it came out right.
The H-21C was vulnerable to small-arm fire during the Vietnam War. Many parts were easily damaged, even by minor strikes such as fuel pipes. It was initially designed for use in cold climates, which makes it a little inappropriate in tropical Vietnam.
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 I was disappointed. But looking at the real plane, the plane’s surface is quite rough. I think the damage to the airframe was severe due to the tropical rainforest climate.
The helicopter participated in the Vietnam War this time, so I guess it is CH-21C. It can carry 22 soldiers. However, it wasn’t easy to transport such personnel during the Vietnam War. A hanging hook was also at the bottom of the fuselage to carry howitzers.
The excellent box picture attracted me, so I decided to use olive drab from the U.S. army without hesitation. There are many other colorful and exciting paint variations, so I think you can enjoy painting.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.