Pete's Tiger

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Well, having got the Eurocopter off the workspace, I've got rather a taste for helicopters, and since this is a 12 month GB I might get to finish a second one. Picked this up for a fiver at the Hanslope show; a 1/72 Tiger UHT/HAP. UHT apparently has nothing to do with that funny-tasting milk you get in hotel rooms, but is a German abbreviation for a Multi-role Fire Support Helicopter, HAP being a French Air-to-air Combat and Fire Support Helicopter.
It's a Revell helicopter kit, what could possibly go wrong? (If it's anything like the Eurocopter, at least it'll fit in the wastebin more easily)
Anyway, here's the box & sprue photos:
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Mmm, lots of decals!
Enjoy!

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Looks a very detailed kit pete , judging by the number of parts , and yes, those stencils ARE going to be fun! Looking forward to this Cheers tony
 

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Hi Tony, I just hope that half the stencils are for the one I choose not to build! Not sure exactly how many parts there are - highest number is 85, but there are some that share the same number, so the total will be more than that.
First impressions are not bad. The fuselage halves had been rather roughly hacked from the sprue, but the seam is going to need quite a bit of filling and sanding anyway. P1140306.JPG
P1140313.JPG
The surface details isn't bad, but there's a bit of mould damage to clean up.
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Seats and IPs have some nice detail, partly painted here:
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Sorry about the lousy photo, very difficult to get a good shot of the seats.
There isn't a decal for the IP, but the moulded instruments should paint up well.

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That looks like a nice kit Peter, I hope it behaves better than the other one. Nice start.
 

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Thanks Ian.
I decided to not use the IP decals, which I don't think would have fitted the moulded detail very well, so just did a little dry-brushing (or rather, not-quite-dry-enough-brushing). Doesn't loof too bad. The seat belt buckles were done with an extra fine silver paint marker.
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Next job is to touch up the back of the IPs, then the cockpit can go in and the fuselage halves joined.

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Hi Pete
Looks fun. Interesting how the cockpit windows are all one piece. Could be a blessing or not. Interior looks good and a useful tip about using the fine silver marker.
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Hi Jim, yes, if it fits it'll be a good thing, if not it'll be a bu99er to fix it! I'll find out later today I think.

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Well, the fuselage is together - not perfect by any means, but fixable. Biggest problem was that the vertical fin needed forcing into position in two directions, as the angle between the fin and fuselage was slightly different on each half.
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I had to put it in the vice to close up the join at the front of the fin!
Some mismatch on the IP coamings, so I'm now waiting for some Mr Surfacer to dry, then a busy time with the sanding sticks.
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In the mean time, I've decided to build the French version, and made up the nose gun subassembly:
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Unfortunately both the trunnions that hold the cannon have sink marks, and the gun itself has an ejector pin mark right on top, hence the filler you can see in the pic.
The one-piece cockpit glazing looks to be a pretty good fit:
P1140349.JPG P1140350.JPG Just needs a little sanding at the rear. Much better than my last helicopter!

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Thanks Moni and Joe. Yes, no disasters so far, touch wood. The fuselage seam is going to take a few rounds of filling and sanding, and there are quite a few sink marks, but the worst part I've found so far is one rotor blade badly distorted.
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That's going to need some hot water...

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I've finished the filling and sanding - at least, until the paint shows up where I've missed. I was a bit worried it might be a tail-sitter, so at the moment it's standing on its nose with some used airgun pellets, some steel shot, and a good glug of PVA in it.

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Adding the nose weight was a mistake - it's got a tail wheel, it's supposed to be a tail sitter! :confused:
Never mind, I haven't closed up the top of the fuselage yet, I'll add some weight to the tail.

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Adding the nose weight was a mistake - it's got a tail wheel, it's supposed to be a tail sitter! :confused:
Never mind, I haven't closed up the top of the fuselage yet, I'll add some weight to the tail.

Pete
...and strengthen the under carriage! .....:worried:
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Well, I found the first mistake in the instructions: P1140352.JPG parts 35 and 36 are transposed, 35 has a pin to fit into the hole where they show 36, while there's a ridge on the inside of the canopy that fits between those 2 prongs you can see on part 36. No big deal, so on with the canopy:
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While the Gator's Grip was setting I got on with the rotor - straightened the bent blade, and assembled the 4 blades plus top and bottom parts:
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Next tasks are to mask the canopy (when I can find a new scalpel blade) and add all the small parts like hand-holds, steps etc to the fuselage ready for painting. However, disaster has struck - I've lost a part!
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Part number 40 is not on the sprue - it could have caught on something and snapped off any time during this build, so there's not much point in expecting to find it. I'll have to make one. The (slightly simpler) one for the other side is just 4mm long. I'll try a piece of sprue, filed to a rectangular cross-section, and a couple of bits of 0,5 mm brass rod - sounds easy enough if you say it quickly! Wish me luck!

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Hi Pete
This is fightng you all the way but it looks as if you have the taming of it.
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Thanks chaps. Jim, this one's a walk in the park compared to the last one. Things fit, and the instructions seem to have been written by someone who's actually seen the kit, unlike the EC-145.

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