Merlin HC3: a hard day at the office 4

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    After returning to base for a brief refuelling stop, the helicopter is scrambled again with a medical team to evacuate an Afghan serviceman wounded on an operation with British troops.

    The model is 1:35 scale, making the fuselage about 60cm long. The three-engined Merlin is a BIG helicopter, approaching the Chinook in size.

    Ironsniper, *ThǝPя☢*, .Tromas, and 117 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Obxcrew [deleted] 25 months ago | reply

      You've got to be kidding me! Amazing work!

    2. Matt Hacker 25 months ago | reply

      Jaw-droppingly beautiful!

    3. 25 months ago | reply

      Can't stop marveling this beautiful creation.

    4. Simon T James 25 months ago | reply

      Welll, yes it was rather eye-watering, but I accumulated the parts over a year or so...
      Thanks .Tromas, I do have to say I was especially proud of the dome windows!
      Thanks guys :-D
      Glad you like it!

    5. Aleksander Stein 25 months ago | reply

      Simon, my man, damn this is awesome! A jaw-dropper for sure - love everything about it, from the brilliant shaping to the colour job (can't believe you pulled that off!).

      I'm feeling a strong urge to rebuild my EH-191 now... ;-)

    6. Ultramarine. 25 months ago | reply

      It's so beautiful and realistic! From the thumbnail if it weren't on a white background I would have sworn it was a picture of a real helicopter! Great work!

    7. [TLB] 25 months ago | reply

      This is really nice. The shaping is great, as well as all of the detail.

    8. wardlws 25 months ago | reply

      Perfect scene, awesome design, and fine use of Dark Green! I bet that is one expensive chopper! Well done!

    9. Simon T James 25 months ago | reply

      Thanks Aleks! A larger size, as you know, makes shaping rather easier with a limited range of parts, but I did have to use the least contrasting alternative--black--for some parts, like the jumpers attaching the tail rotor pylon. I was gradually accumulating parts and building this when you posted your revised EH-191, so now you know why I was so interested in that!

    10. Simon T James 25 months ago | reply

      Cheers guys! Yes, it did cost a lot, but the parts were accumulated over a year of looking for relative bargains on Bricklink, and the total (which I aadmit I did not calculate) was not, I think, more than one of the larger official sets for my son :-D

    11. Masked Builder 25 months ago | reply

      You've reminded me why I want to build a heli.

    12. ¬Valhalla 25 months ago | reply

      Dude, how on earth are you such a good builder?! :D

    13. Babalas Shipyards 25 months ago | reply

      Lovely work, it seems the green parts pallette is getting better since I last checked, that still must have presented a hell of a challenge for this build though!

      Beautiful work all over, and instantly recognizable too. I've been wanting to have a go at a 1:40-45 version of this for a while, but now I don't think I'll need to bother!

    14. Simon T James 25 months ago | reply

      Thanks dude :-D
      Well, the nose took weeks of tinkering to get right, but the large size of the model, and the particular shape of the airframe, made much of it reasonably straightforward. Still, there were a few places I had to 'cheat' by using black components :-} Don't let me cramp your style in having a go at a 1:40-45 version though, I would think that what works here should be down-scalable. Go on, go for it :-)

    15. 'Ecclesiastes 25 months ago | reply

      Amazing, love the dark green!

    16. Blockaderunner 25 months ago | reply

      Great job, everything about this seems to be spot on !

    17. General JJ 24 months ago | reply

      Amazing work on this!

    18. Kit Bricksto 19 months ago | reply

      Cool! If you added a desert background or a damaged town it would look like a photo from reality. Even the way you placed the minifigs looks so real in this shot...

    19. Buff83ST 6 months ago | reply

      Perfect! This is really a great piece of work.
      Do you have a real engine in there somewhere, or did you just accelerate the rotors manually?
      Anyways, great stuff!

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