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Build a plastic model Huey helicopter part 3: Building it

In this part of the tutorial we start the actual assembly of the model.



The instructions

Let's take another look at the assembly instructions. We had used to to get the color codes for painting the parts. Now we use the same instructions to know how to cement the various parts together.

An easy thing to see here is the pilot on the left.That part is number 21, and his arm is part number 43. Can you see those parts? So, glue them togetehr as the dashed line shows.

Making Sub Assemblies

You can see in the picture above that this step of the process is step 1. And this shows a very common process in making models. The process of making sub-assemblies. So let's go ahead and put together all these parts in step 1.

Cut the parts from the sprue

As you are building it you remove each part from the sprue. Best to use a sharp hobby knife. If you twist the parts off you can distort the part, particularly the small parts.


Sand any rough edges

Inspect the part after you remove it from the sprue. There may be a bump of plastic remaining. You can remove this with a bit of sandpaper, a small file or an emory board. In the picture I am using an emory board. These excess bumps of plastic can cause difficulties in parts fitting together cleanly.


Test the fit before cementing

Before you actually apply cement to the pieces you should always try dry fitting them first. This is to make sure they fit together well, and you have them in the right orientatation. It will also show you any burrs that need to be sanded down.


The sub assembly is done

Continue following the assembly step and build the complete sub assembly. This picture shows the completed cockpit assembly.


Do touch up paint

Once the cement has dried and set you can examine the assembly and do any touch up painting that you want. It might need some touch up because of the handling of it you have done and because the cement you used can dilute and distort the paint.


the rotor gets no cement so it can rotate

Note that the assembly instructions tell you everything you need to know. Even that some parts do not get any glue on them! This is the rotor assembly it turns the helicopter blade. You don't apply any glue to that silver part so it can freely rotate when the model is complete.


The clear glass parts

There are some clear plastic parts in this model build. It is the glass in the helicopter. Most models will have some. You should take special care when working with this clear plastic. It is very easily smudged by cement. Use the cement very sparingly and be careful when handling the glass. Any cement on your fingers or on your knife can smudge the glass.


Apply thin cement

For these glass parts they do make a special cement. I typically just use an extra thin cement that is applied with a brush.

Clear parts cementTestors Clear Parts Cement 1 oz.


Install sub assembly into fuselage

And then we start to put the actual model together. In this case of this helicopter as with many models you add sub assemblies into the fuselage. Here I am putting the cockpit assembly into one half of the fuselage.


Add another sub assembly


Then we cement in the rotor assembly.


Add second half of fuselage

Then we seal it up by cementing on the second half of the fuselage. The helicopter has now taken shape.


Add final external parts

From here we add the various external parts to the fuselage.


Add more external parts


Add the armaments


NextOkay, we have built the model - let's apply the decals



Tamiya cement

Tamiya Extra thin cement


Testors Plastic Cement - Testers is made in America, quality since 1929 Testers plastic cement is used for DIY projects, model kit building and craft projects The value pack includes two tubes of cement with 4 precision glue tips.