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Choppa Nutta

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On the 9 of September in 1980 on Barmby Moor in Yorkshire a Bell47G crashed whilst crop spraying at 50 knots and 4 feet of altitude due to a collapsed intake pipe from the airbox to the carburettor causing the "donkey" to stop.

Shortly afterwards Geoff Mason, the farmer and owner of the helicopter whose fields were being sprayed, waddled over as fast as he could angrily shouting at my father as he pulled himself out of the mangled wreckage with only minor bruises and scratches only to be received by the words -
"I told you to "f#@king" spray it not plough it !"

XT831 Army Air Corps AAC Sioux AH.1 alt c/n was193,
1967 to 05apr77 to G-BENG
G-BENG Reg to Geoff Mason, GSM Helicopters Ltd, Ripon, Yorkshire, w/o 24jun83
Crashed 9/9/1980 Barmby Moor whilst spraying pesticides on crops due to blocked carburetor.


Sorry this final reveal is a touch late but I had a camera failure and have had to resort using my phone and I'm gutted about the image quality,
hopefully you can see that I got the heli finished on time (just) from my build thread, please forgive me.
time for a cuppa and then some sleep as that was one frenetic weekend to start and finish this [smile]


Anyhow hope you all like and thanks for looking [smile]

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note the butterfly that fluttered into shot [smile]
The tail fin from G-BENG.

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Section of the rotor blade given to me by my dad,
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The Money Shot went a bit limp because my phone can not take a decent picture,
hopefully I can get my proper camera sorted out soon and do this one shot some justice [smile]
Tried to do a photoshop colour match with the original photo, I think a second attempt is in order haha [biggrin]

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That's class! I love it
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Cheers dude  [thumb]

Gotta say though, this has got to be the GB with the highest standard of entries through out so far of all the GB's !
So much fabulous work to look through [smile]

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OMG that is fantastic! love the re--creation and match to the photo. Great work.
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Thank you kindly Ted [smile]

What could be more British than crashing old army helicopters into the fields of Yorkshire ? [biggrin]

thought I'd include the two other photos I have of this helicopter [smile]
looking at the boom though the framework looks so thick on on the Italeri kit
the prospect of scratch building it from thin ali tube is a touch daunting though ..

XT831 Army Air Corps AAC Sioux AH.1 alt c/n was193, 1967 to 05apr77 to G-BENG
G-BENG Reg to Geoff Mason, GSM Helicopters Ltd, Ripon, Yorkshire, w/o 24jun83

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Hi Paul, amazing last minute finish. You made this in one weekend? That's crazy and very typical, lol. Very well done and great story with it.
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Amazing work Paul..very creative..as alwyas
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Thank you very much guys, much appreciated [smile]

Yeah Fabian it was one crazy weekend, this rapid build included making a mould and vac forming the canopy as the kit was lost, somehow !! doh !
still though, the kit canopy would be difficult to cut etc.
when I made the base I had to stick it in the oven for a while just to get it dry enough to paint and glue the plants down etc.

For a rapid build I'm quite happy with it but I can see lots of room for improvement,
I had intended a lot more detail and finer weathering but hey ho,
this what you get for leaving things to the last minute but this build has got my mojo going again though [biggrin]
and now that the weather is unflyable at the moment I've got time to indulge it [smile]

Managed to take some more photos today with better sunlight, still using my phone at the moment though until I get my camera sorted, ah well
but hopefully the sunshine will help out the quality a bit [smile]
I'll post them up shortly

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Couple more photos, slight improvement quality wise but I'm missing my camera [frown]
anyhow...

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Think I know what most original winner might be [wink]
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Haha, well looking at everyone else's amazing work I've got no chance of winning anything else !! lol [biggrin]

painting wise I feel totally outclassed by everyone this time around, no exceptions,

the standard of everyones work has gone up a couple of notches at least !!
For which I totally blame Fabian for his hat trick of Top Guns,
everyone has had to raise their game as a result and oh boy, they have !!

But who knows how it goes, it's just getting tougher and tougher for Bobby to choose !
Fabian has got some stiff competition, I'm not sure he's gonna win it you know [wink]

For me it's just nice taking part, anything else is just a bonus.
These GB's are good for the mojo,  I reckon so anyhow [smile]


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I just do it for the dog tags lol
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I think for me this recreation goes beyond amazing.
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Cheers Rare Bear [smile]
Much appreciated, glad you like it [smile]

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I love the way youve made the cockpit appear cracked. Very realistic.
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