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Brundledonk

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Been a bit here and there hobby wise for a little while and hit a bit of a wall with the Dh2 in Nigel's SIG.

So I started this a little while ago as a bit of mojo restorer and also to give me a bit of a break from the biplane as a break can sometimes do wonders ( we will see if it worked when I update my SiG thread later )

Here's what we've got


It's an old tooling, not sure exactly how old but 30 years I would guess. Details are a bit soft and it's also a bit of a flash monster but this will ultimately end up in my zombie diorama so I'm not going to sweat it too much and I don't think there are any other jetrangers available in 1/32 so it is what it is.

Not going with the scheme on the box, the plan is to try and get it looking something like this one from Dawn of the Dead


No sprue pics I'm afraid as I forgot to take any lol
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There is a decal for the instrument panel in the kit but the printed dials didn't match the moulded ones as I'm guessing the decal is a modern instrument layout while the moulded one is a 70s vintage ( groovy ! )

So I painted them in.

It's a bit rough under the macro but not so bad to the old peepers


The upholstery in the movie chopper is kind of a mustard yellow' I did a paint test with a mix but it looked awful lol, so I went with a beige.
I started out by painting the rear bulkhead white, but it didn't look right so I added a couple of drops of orange to get that kind of off white look that you see in airliners ( round the windows and on the seat backs etc ) and also to try and get a feel of a vintage executive chopper
The carpets got a splash of brown purely because it went well with the beige and nicotine white lol


I used the same colours for the door panels and interior. The doors are seperate on this kit and the fit is poor but I didn't want them all open so filling was needed
I left the pin marks as trying to sand them out risked messing up the other detail around them. I did think about painting them to look like speakers but then realised that in a helicopter you wouldn't be able to hear anything come out of them lol


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I'm leaving one door at the back open so some of the interior will be visible


Front seats and bulkhead painted and the instrument panel fitted. Details are pretty simple but the basics are there


With what little can bee seen through the open rear door The instrument pa el should be fine
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A quick dry fit to see how it looks. I've purposly avoided using any washes or weathering of any kind in the interior as I want to keep a clean look ( and I had no idea how to make a non military machine look used lol )




The kit comes with an engine although the details are a bit on the soft side. I'm going to close mine up but I splashed a bit of paint around just in case any of it can be seen through the vents. I concentrated mainly on weathering the exhausts to,show some heat staining.
These are moulded solid in the kit so I hollowed them out a little bit
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I found some etched belts in my spres box and cut them up to fit.
I can see in this pic that there is a gap between a couple of of the belts and the back of the seat. I honestly didn't see it when I glued them on ( old age is creeping up on me I fear )


I didn't forget about the pilots either.
There should be shoulder belts for the pilots and also 2 in the back ( like car seat belts ) I did have enough on the fret to do them but I need them for another project I'm working on ( more on that later )


Another hunt in the spares box turned up a fire extinguisher, so it was duly painted and glued on


I have no idea if one would end up here in a real Jet ranger but the interior needs all the help it can get and let's face it, this is going to end up slap bang in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, so reality isn't exactly top priority
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Fitted an overhead instrument panel, this came from ( you guessed it ) the Spares box again and I believe it's from the Tamiya Phantom ( the kit has panels for both Navy and Airforce birds )
I cut it about a bit and threw some paint on


I made some head sets from off cuts of brass etch fret, lead wire and bits of kit sprue


The ends of the wire got glued into drilled holes in the roof panel
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I glued one to the panel and one over the front bulkhead. The wires are a bit long and if I'm honest the coils could have been made a little smaller to be in scale but my aim was just to busy things up a bit so I'm ok with it


It's added a bit more life to the interior. I'll add some water bottles and a weapon or something to fill it up a bit more




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I glued the Windows into the doors and then got the fuselage together. Rotor is just dry fitted as I'm working on getting some droop on it


The seams weren't too bad and I only needed to sand and didn't use filler, but the underside has a wierd shape. It kind of looks like the keel on a boat, not sure if this is how it supposed to be as this area looks flat on pics of the real one


The reason I kept the shoulder belts to one side is this. I'm building a 1/32 Huey for the diorama too and man I thought the jet ranger was flash monster, this thing is going to be a ball ache I can tell allready lol.

I've taken this pic to show sizes as these kits are both 1/32, I thought the jet ranger was under scale but I have checked it with bell drawings online and it's about right. The jet ranger is just very small and the Huey is a lot bigger than I thought.
I'll start a build thread for the Huey down the line once I've got the dh2 SIG build finished

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Screen grabs from the Dawn of the Dead movie show the roof Windows to be blue so I sprayed them with Tamiya clear blue. If I hadn't of seen it in the movie I would have assumed them to be green.

Now the fitting ( or should that be not fitting ) of these windows nearly caused me to bin this kit, one side wasn't too bad but the left hand one in this pic is too small amd just kept falling through the hole. frustration did me head in and I had to walk away from it for a while.
In the end I used a dot of superglue to get it to hold then ran Mr cement S around the place where it touched the frame


It might not look too bad in the above pic but the gap is pretty bad on one edge, I didn't want to risk filler as I didn't fancy my chances of sanding it off without pushing the window through. I used thinned PVA glue applied with a brush to fill,the gap, I had to apply it a few times due to shrinkage but it worked in the end


The fit of the front screens was better but the plastic is quite thick a d a dry fit showed that the edge of the glass was visible. I spent an age painting the edges of the clear parts black to hide the shine but when it came to glue them on my PVA canopy glue wasn't up to the job of holding them on and they came off when I removed the masking tape that was holding them in place.

So I had no choice but to use Mr cement, this did the trick but it did dissolve some of the black paint I spent ages carefully painting on the edge lol. The colour scheme I am painting this in has a black border around the front screens so with careful masking I'm hoping to get the black line to go just over the edge of the clear parts and this should hide the shine
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The fit if the underside windows was much better so the black paint on the edges of the clear parts stayed intact. This was handy as I'm pretty sure the underside will be white so I wouldnt be able to hide the shine in the same way as I will on the front screens



It sits pretty nice on its skids. The instructions reccommend 12 Grams of weight up front to prevent tail sitting, the batteries in my digital scales were flat so I had to guess, in the end I managed to get 14 .22 lead pellets behind the instrument panel after squeezing them with pliers. This now feels like a die cast model when you pick it up lol
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We were in Llanelli last week getting the MOT done on the car ( it failed lol ) but while we were waiting for it to be done we went for a walk in the town and I found a really cool retro game/ comic shop in the indoor market. Amongst all the NES, SNES and mega drive games were action figures and they had 2 McFarlane Walking dead Blind bags left ( £2-99 each and cheaper than EBay ) when I opened them i ended up with a female herd walker and a burnt out walker that is moulded in clear red plastic (sweet !)

Just for sheets and giggles and to show the scale hers some pics with all of the walking dead figures I have up to now


Look at Merle Dixon go


The new female herd walker is on the right in the foreground and Abraham is aiming at the BBQ walker behind her
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So that's pretty much brought you up to date with where I am on this. I just need to mask the Windows and then I can get some primer on and it will be ready for the paint job.
This will require some careful masking to try and achieve the look of the movie chopper but softly softly catchy monkey should see me through it

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This is going to be a great Dio. Love your work.
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P-47 "Dottie Mae" GB 1/32 or larger

Revell 1/48 Boeing Stearman on hold

Hobby Boss F-84f (Honoring my Dad) on hold


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Awesome
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Loving all of this work Pete. Zombies--can't get much more current in the media than the dead walkers! LOL
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