How to Build a 1/35 Scale Chinook Model

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How to Build a 1/35 Scale Chinook Model
The Chinook helicopter is one of the few Vietnam-era models still in production. (chinook image by Stephen Meese from

The Boeing Ch-47 Chinook helicopter was one of the first successful tandem rotor helicopters that was also one of the first heavy lift helicopters available outside of the USSR. The tandem rotors allow for the helicopter to do away with the counter spin tail rotor and spread out the weight of the power plants to two places on the frame. You can make a model of this ground-breaking helicopter by carefully following the kit instructions and with careful applications of super glue.

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Things you need

  • Model paint set
  • Model paint brushes
  • X-acto knife
  • Super glue
  • Chinook model kit

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    Clear a work space and ensure that it is well-lit by bringing over some extra lamps. Open the box and place the plastic part sheets to the side. Take the instructions out and read them over completely first to get an idea of how the model will go together. Most of model kits will have several sections that are built first, then united to make the complete Chinook model.

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    Cut the pieces out of the sheets only as they are needed to avoid losing any parts. You will have to clean up some of the pieces; there will be plastic flashing left on the seams. Cut out the pieces for the first two parts then place a dollop of glue in the first hole. Slide the corresponding peg into the hole and hold the pieces together for a count of 10 seconds to ensure the glue bonds.

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    Continue gluing one piece to the next, holding it together each time to ensure bonding, until the entire model is constructed.

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    Wait for the glue to dry to manufacturer's specifications before painting the model.

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    Apply a base layer of white or black first -- white if you're using a light camo and black if your camo is darker. Allow the base layer to dry to manufacturer's specifications.

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    Paint the camo pattern, alternating brown and green for forest camo, alternating dark and light brown for desert or shades of grey for urban camo. Let the paint dry for an hour.

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    Apply any decals you want, or none if you prefer a cleaner look. Touch up any bad spots in the paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • There are multiple companies such as Dragon, Tamiya, Trumpeteer, and Kingdom all of whom have different levels of finish, along with different prices. There are occasional sales so check on line to see multiple vendor prices at once.
  • Always cut away from yourself with the X-acto knife.

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