1/35 Trumpeter Chinook HC.1

Operation Grandby

by Thomas Neuss



Chinook  “Operation Grandby”, Trumpeter 1/35 

What could be more curious than a 1/35 scale Chinook in the showcase?

A second one…

But I am fascinated with this Helo and I wanted to build one in the 1991 desert scheme, so a second Chinook had to be build.

It started life as a CH-47D kit and was modified to match a British Chinook HC.1 by adding scratch and homemade resin parts and details from Cobra Company (CH-47D Update Set CC35024) and Eduard Big Ed 3250 CH-47D Chinook.

The decals where custom made by Fritzsche Modellbau in Germany and were of fine quality. 

Building the Trumpeter kit:

The Cockpit was highly modified using Cobra Company and Eduard parts and some wire, in the cargo area the seats from the Eduard Set where added to bring some life and colour.

The British conversion was made by scratch, using styrene sheet and my resin parts. Obvious differences are the sandfilters on british Chinooks (onUS Chinooks now on the CH-47F, only 17 years after seen in UK) and the different sensor and antenna fit.

For anybody who is building Trumpeter Chinooks in any scale: be aware that the rear ramp assembly is totally wrong. Trumpeter recommends to fit the upper part of the ramp to the top and vary the lower part. But the upper part retracts into the lower ramp, so it has to be placed inside the lower ramp, not at the cabin roof or elsewhere. 

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Painting was done using arcryl colours, a Gunze green and preshading as a base and Xtracrylix desert Pink for the main colour, with Model Master Acryl Fluorescent Red for the dayglow identification panel.

The Chevron was also painted, as where the invasion stripes.

As the temporary colour scheme of the Chinook was weathering very fast the colour should look faded, this was done by spraying thin layers of darkened and lighted Desert pink and by adding washes and filters of oil paint to the models, with a last layer of pastel chalk and pigments. 


How could a Desert Storm / Operation Grandby Chinook be displayed than on a sandy ground.

So I fixed sand with white glue on the wooden base and gave it a brown oil colour wash and some pigments and pastel chalks to vary the colour. After fixing it with flat clear I added a patch and the type sign. 

And there it is – a really huge addition to my showcase. 

Hope, you like it. 


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Photos and text © by Thomas Neuss