Werner’s Wings/Storm Miniatures

1/35th MH-47E Conversion Online Build

 

Step 11

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I had the framework in and now it was time to put some seats down.  I had the Cobra Company resin seats
and the Eduard photo etch ones.  I liked them both but finally decided on the Eduard ones.  Folding them was easy enough with a
Small Tool Company Folding Tool.  Here are some photos of the seats.

Test fitting the seats to the floor

There are more sets coming but I wanted to get a ‘feel’ of how they would look

Well after getting the interior framing in there and talking with some Night Stalkers they informed me that there was
always insulation in the cabin.  So now what to do?  So I took to drinking.  Then after literally dreaming about
how to accomplish this for two nights, the drinking hit me.  Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante has foil around
their bottles and it looks like a quilt pattern on it.  BINGO!  In a drunken and sleep deprived state of mind
I concocted how to make this happen, but I better test it before I screw the model up. 

I was never real happy with the avionics shelf as had been pointed out on ARC, that is normally covered with
insulation blankets.  I tore out the shelves as they would no longer be used and covered the area with plastic
card and foil.  I figured if it worked on the plastic card it would work the other way.  Just in case I screwed up too
bad I could always get another one from my other kit.  Thank God, I liked it.  I did find out after gluing it in place
that I should have left the shelves in and rolled the insulation down to reveal the avionics.  Oh well live and learn. 
It is staying like this, but you can do whatever you like.

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Now it was time to see if the ceiling and side walls could be covered in insulation.  The framework would work to
my advantage and provide the mounts for the insulation.  Since I would now have relief in the cabin I needed to
make up the area where the first aid kits and the ramp controls would be positioned.  The insulation attaches to
them so they needed to be thicker than normal.  I scratch built a couple of rectangular boxes out
of .030 x .100 plastic strip.  Then just attached and glued them in place. 
Here you can see the resulting areas.

The insulation itself is easy enough.  First use tracing paper and measure and cut to the shape that
you need between the frames.  I broke it down into an upper and a lower insulation blankets.  It looked right to me. 
Once the shape is good on the paper then double sided tape was added to it and on top of that the bottle foil
was added.  Make sure to orient the pattern the same on all the blankets.  Attach them the blankets with
super glue.  VIOLA!  I tried to not use an area with the name or stamp on it but there are some places
where I said f it.  It is in the middle and damn near impossible to tell.  My liver can only do so much work. 
Another benefit of the insulation was that any holes I made for the fuel cell mounts
were now covered with no additional filling. 

Now that I had a sandwich it was time to fit the first pieces.  Here they are installed with a first aid kit
just sitting in position to see if it would look right.  I'm very happy that it does, at least to me anyhow.

Another essential part would be that the insulation fits around the windows. 
You will have to glue in the windows now.  Make sure you use the correct windows for the aircraft you are building. 
Normally, and I hate to use that with TF160th aircraft, the first two windows are flat, then the aft
round window is the bulged type, followed by the rectangular one.  I cut a piece of the foil and did
not do the sandwich, maybe I should have, but with just the foil rolled around something of suitable
size (15mm).  I placed it in place and when I was happy with the set up I used white glue to hold it in place. 
Perfect.  Well perfect to my mind’s eye.  The rectangular widow presented the most unique challenge as the
insulation blanket flares out to meet the framework on the kit tail.  Nothing too bad. 
I used four pieces and cut them tapered then bent to fit.  I was really happy. 

Now it was just a matter of doing the entire side.  Here is the right side as I still have to do the left one. 
You get the idea though.  Any stuff that was longer on the bottom I trimmed with a brand new blade.

It is now time to do the left side the same way.  Once I’m done with the left side, I will add .010 plastic ‘dots’
that are used to attach the blankets.  I’ll also add some removable panels of insulation. 
Those are just scabbed on the existing blankets. 

The Live Resin pieces should be here by the time I finish the insulation and then things will be progressing quickly. 
I’ll have to prime and paint the interior shortly after working with the Live Resin gun mounts. 
Don’t forget to mask the windows first, that could be disastrous.  We’ll start dealing with more of the MH-47
conversion soon.  Things like the weather radar boom and the in-flight refueling boom will cause
me some more sleepless nights. 

Step 12

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I finally got both sides of the fuselage insulated.  Overall I’m pretty happy with the results.  I finally got the
Eduard Photo Etch seats built.  I built them too long but didn’t figure that out until after I was test fitting. 
Better now than when they are glued in.  I tested my first bit of soldering on the legs.  I was
happy with the results.  I need more practice though.

Here is my second attempt at soldering, a Stokes litter completely scratch built.  This was a fun six hour exercise. 
I learned a lot and will have to do it again.  Yes I know it isn’t perfect, however, once filled up you can’t notice
the framework.  It just looks cool.  I’m doing Razor 1 from Takur Gar and I’m not sure if the Stokes was
used or a Skedco.  For my model I will have a Stokes litter.

Part of the MH-47E’s cabin area will be occupied with equipment.  Here is a load of things I have set up for the model. 
This was a mild detraction and well spent time.  I could not have gotten some of this stuff if it wasn’t for some
friends on the internet who hooked me up with some of the items or at least pointed me in the right direction. 

Some of you will notice the folding chairs.  I have a source that says they are used by the gunners.  Should be
interesting.  I’ve learned a lot about this helicopter.  I’ll try to point out the things that you’ll find cool too. 
So I’ll have a water cooler, tool box, four folding chairs, water cans, medical bags, back board, Stokes, stretchers
(one folded and hanging and the other opened under the Stokes), two storage boxes, a couple of M-4s, four
40mm ammo cans which are used for the extra ammo for the M-134.  Speaking of M-134s, Razor 1 did not
have the extra battery pack or the extra M-134 can.  They used the 40mm cans.  While I’m thinking of it, Razor
1 also had an M-60 at the rear windows, not an M-249.  Same mounts but different guns.  Razor 1 also had
a ramp M-60 with spade grips.  I’ll make those additions as I go along.  That reminds me of yet another point,
475 had a rectangular window on the right side and a round bulged window on the left. 
I will have to live with my two rectangular windows. 

Here are the seats with the seatbelts installed.  I opted to make them all the low style, instead of
over the shoulder.  I did this thinking that operators would have a lot of crap and a shoulder
strap would get caught on everything.  I started to use the Eduard seatbelts but found that they
couldn’t be folded realistically enough for me.  So I made my own belts out of masking tape. 
This would have been easier if they weren’t a dark green color.  Anyhow that was easy enough
to handle with some paint.  I liked the look of the seats and belts. 
Now if they will just fit as well as they look. 

Left side

Right side

In model building you can replicate or represent when scratchbuilding.  In this instance I elected
to represent the wiring and tubes.  Solder or tubing was used to make the lines.  I’m overall happy with
the results.  Andriy’s ramp area will replicate it but I just don’t have the time or patience for that. 

Here is a close up of the aft end with the caution and warning decals in place.  The first aid
kits look the part as does the ramp control which is a leftover cyclic.  All these decals, plus
more, will be available from Werner’s Wings in the Night Stalkers Part 2 decals.  These decals
were made for me by Joseph Osborn from Fireball Modelworks because I couldn’t wait for
the new decals.  By the way, they will definitely be available at the Nats.  If you are building an
1/35th scale Werner’s Wings/Storm Miniatures MH-47E and want to get it done for the
Nats, let me know.  If I can get you the decals in time I will, but no promises.

Here I’m test fitting the seats to see how they look in place. 
The tops still need to be folded down an secured in place. 

 

With that you are brought up to date.  I’ll start the Live Resin bits soon.  I want to finish the
right side fuselage plumbing and wiring first.  It is coming along and almost ready to join halves. 
This is getting exciting.  I have to make notes for myself so I don’t forget to do stuff before I shut up
the fuselage.  I know a lot of this stuff won’t be seen again but I know
its in there and as accurate as I can make it.

Step 13

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Just a quick update.  I installed the left side seats.  I initially thought this was going to be a pain but
it was actually pretty easy.  I’m really happy with the seats on this side.  Time to work on the other side

Here you can see how the decals, first aid kits, and hoist control add to the visual interest

How does it look from the outside?  Pretty realistic if you ask me.

 

Step 14

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It was time to start checking out the Live Resin stuff.  One of the first things I had to do was re-read the book “Robert’s Ridge”
which stated the back guns were M-60s and not the M-249 that Live Resin has.  It is easy enough to do. 
I used a Vietnam Weapons set from Dragon which has enough M-60s for the back windows and the ramp gun. 
The guns are actually pretty phenomenal in plastic.  Still the Live Resin would be used to build the mounts. 
The Live Resin sets are fragile on the smaller parts but a new blade makes quick work of it.  The mounts fit perfectly. 
Superglue was used to join the parts.  Simple easy and quick.  I learned something, use new superglue. 
Old superglue may not work as well as desired. 

 

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Weathering of the flooring took place now.  I used Ammo pigments and washes to do the floor. 
It was set in place with Pigment fixer.  Overall I was pretty happy with the look of the floor. 
It looks dirty and used. I used dried mud, dark mud, and desert sand. 
Time to get this baby packed up for the mission.

I started with the left side first because it would have the most equipment on it.   

Then I checked with my sources as to what was carried in the back of the cargo bay.  A couple of different configurations
were discussed.  Finally we went with one that was pretty typical.  It was not without a little issue. 
I had installed an additional set of seats forward on the left side.  I had to
remove it.  It was not as big an issue as I thought it would be.  Another thing that was discovered was that
the floors had straps from the front to the back that operators or equipment can be secured to.  I added mine by
cutting masking tape and painting it a dark green.  You can do dark green, black or off white. 
Then I drilled holes into the appropriate tiedown points and ran a length of wire through each to replicate the
tiedown rings.  Then the tape was tied down to the appropriate spots.

The area aft of the forward window was a catch all and the mission equipment.  Since my aircraft was going to
do the CASEVAC I needed plenty of medical gear.  I sourced a bunch from my Werner’s Wings UH-72 and
UH-60 Medevac sets.  A stretcher was attached to the railing with some masking tape.  Marc Rocca was nice
enough to provide me with some rucksacks and other items that I could use.  The Night Stalkers would hang a
rucksack on the overhead railing to take with them if they had to leave the helicopter quickly.  I used Meng
and Live Resin stuff to fill the area.  Much of this will not be seen but I know it will be there.  One thing that
was essential to a cargo helicopter was the inclusion of cargo straps. I would need some photo etched brass
ones from a guy on Armorama.  Marc was nice enough to provide me with some rubber gloves that I could
use for the cargo straps.  The flexible material is perfect for what I needed to do.  Some of you will notice
that I did not include my Stokes Litter.  I couldn't find any place that mentioned a Stokes litter
but they did use a Skedco.  That was included on the stretcher.

Before I got too far I decided it was a good time to add the radar pod on the left fuselage side. 
This was actually very easy.  I held it in place and drilled three holes to provide some strength. 
Note that the pod does not join flush on the bottom or the back.  Some minor scratch building
was done on the bottom of the pod.  If you don’t do it noone would notice but you. 

Continue on to step 15

 

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