The Flying Banana. Yet another heavier than air machine from my youth. I used to think that the twin rotors were so cool compared to the other helicopters of the day.
Receive this from my daughter for Christmas. She and my wife have been great making Christmas special with a kit or two
I am building this out of the box. The kit, although well designed, is simple. Italeri has provided a few perks like photo etch seatbelts and some grating and engine bay details but generally, the overall insides are simple. Given all the space exposed, there is a real opportunity for making a really cool super-detailed model of this kit but that’s not in the cards for me for this one. There are other kits to get to.
The cockpit and insides build up pretty quickly after some painting. There is a boatload of ejector pin towers and recesses that would need to be dealt with to make this a super kit.
The engine compartment is also visible on the real aircraft so Italeri provides a rudimentary engine and bulkheads for the rear of the helicopter including a grating on the top and doors that can be positioned open on the bottom. Again, a canvas for the AMS modeler.
Here is the interior mostly put together.
Before I can put the interior together I need to put the 9 oval windows in from the inside and I want them masked. I tried first to put a piece of masking tape over the hole where the windows go and then cut out the mask shape but the results are too jagged. Instead, I use my favorite window masking agent, Parafilm. Cut a small piece of Parafilm, stretch it out, apply it to the window then carefully trim off the excess.
I will then mount the windows and after painting the Parafilm will just peel off. It’s magical!
Next up, sealing her up!