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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Manny Pacquiao

Tomorrow, Filipinos from all walks of life will witness another challenge to our very own Manny Pacquiao. As usual the streets will be empty as people will be anticipating his fight in accommodating venues. Hopes are high that he will come out the victor of this bout. 

Searching the web I found a paper model of Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao designed by PaperToy Adventures and another from robeastblog.  The models are very simple, more like a box model  of him in red trousers with details of his six packs and the facial hair trademark. 

They are very nice models to put on your desk as tribute to our beloved boxing hero Manny. 
As we all know Manny is a Filipino boxer who hails from General Santos City, in his early years of training as a boxer he has come far from where he started.  Manny is currently the WBO World Welterweight champion and the first boxer in history to win 7 world titles in 7 different weight divisions. Manny and Margarito are fighting for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title. 

I have yet to build the models, but for those who are interested to build the models you can go to the websites mentioned above  to download the templates. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

mh-53 Pave Low

I recently found this paper model on the web from a forum, it's approximately 2 feet long. And what I like more about it is the details it has both interior and external. I have had some templates of the model from other publishers, but haven't tried building them, except this one. 
The model itself was a handful but made some modifications on it like adding fuselage reinforcements, adding a part in the rotor and made it fold-able, and placed  the miniguns and the .50 cal on the gun stations as the original did come with such parts.

This is my 4th helicopter paper model that I have built and it never seizes to amaze me when I finish one. The Pave Low in particular is one of my favorites since I see it a lot in the movies like the Transformers: ROTF as the Decepticon "Blackout".

I'm not sure though what variant of the MH-53 the model is so for FYI: 

  • MH-53J Pave Low IIIE is a modified version of the HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant, a heavy lift helicopter which was used extensively during the Vietnam War. 
  • The MH-53J's mission is to perform low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas, day or night, in adverse weather, for infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces.
  • The MH-53 helicopter is a highly versatile aircraft. It is used for a variety of missions, usually in conjunction with special operations. 
  • The MH-53 is a two-engine, single-rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. It has a crew of six and can be refueled while in flight. It has a precision navigational and communications package, which makes it excellent for conducting deep infiltration and exfiltration missions. 
  • The MH-53 helicopter can fly at night in all weather and terrain conditions. It can follow down to 100 feet and operate from unprepared sites. It is fitted with three gun stations for a mix of 7.62-mm miniguns and caliber .50 machine guns.

Pave Low III

Under the Pave Low III program, the Air Force modified nine MH-53H's and 32 HH-53s for night and adverse weather operations. Modifications included forward-looking infrared, inertial global positioning system, Doppler navigation systems, terrain-following and terrain-avoidance radar, an on-board computer, and integrated avionics to enable precise navigation to and from target areas. The Air Force designated these modified versions as MH-53J's.
The MH-53J Pave Low III heavy-lift helicopter is the largest and most powerful helicopter in the Air Force inventory, and the most technologically advanced helicopter in the world. Its terrain-following, terrain-avoidance radar and forward-looking infrare d sensor, along with a projected map display, enable the crew to follow terrain contours and avoid obstacles, making low-level penetration possible.
The helicopter is equipped with armor plating, It can transport 38 troops or 14 litters and has an external cargo hook with a 20,000-pound (9,000-kilogram) capacity.
It has twin turbo-shaft engines; self-lubricating, all-metal main and tail rotors; and a large horizontal stabilizer on the tail rotor pylon's right side.
MH-53J's were used in a variety of missions during Desert Storm. And Pave Lows were among the first aircraft into Iraq that led AH-64 Apaches to destroy Iraqi early warning radars and busted a hole in enemy air defenses for the opening air armada. In addition to infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special forces teams throughout Iraq and Kuwait, Pave Lows provided search and rescue coverage for coalition air forces in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and the Persian Gulf.
An MH-53J was the first successful make a combat recovery of a downed pilot in Desert Storm. Following the war, MH-53J's were deployed to Northern Iraq to support Operation "Provide Comfort', assisting displaced Kurds. Pave Lows were also used extensively during Operation 'Just Cause" in Panama.
Pave Low IV

The MH-53M Pave Low IV was modified from the MH-53J configuration with the addition of Interactive Defensive Avionics System/Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal or IDAS/MATT. The system enhanced the defensive capabilities of the Pave Low. It provided instant access to the total battlefield situation, through near real-time Electronic Order of Battle updates. It also provided a new level of detection avoidance with near real-time threat broadcasts over-the-horizon, so crews can avoid and defeat threats, and replan enroute if needed.

The MH-53 Pave Low's last mission was on 27 September 2008, when the remaining six helicopters flew their last combat missions in support of special operations forces in Southwest Asia. These MH-53Ms were retired shortly thereafter.

Here are more pictures of the paper model from start to finish.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Humvee (HMMWV) M1097A2

Ever since I saw the Hummer I immediately liked it. My first actual encounter with one was just amazing. It's the ultimate 4 four wheel drive vehicle for me. I started building one from scratch years ago but lacked the skills at the time and eventually bought a plastic model from Tamiya.
Through the years I still search for paper models of the Humvee. I have tried building one from Fly Model but due to its small scale and my premature skills I didn't quite like the way it turned out. I'm hoping to built it again in a bigger scale since it had lots of small details that would surely be great to see. Recently got a Humvee (HMMWV) M1097A2 papermodel from 3krapki and started building it 3 days ago Currently I'm painting it by brush since I printed it in monochrome. It's bigger than my other two models and seems I like the result of it. Here are the pictures I took while building it.


Saratoga progress

Last month was a hectic one for me, barely had time to work on the Saratoga. Anyway, here are pictures I've taken of the little progress I made.

Saratoga 2010-10-07 23:17

I tried building one of the Wildcat planes and was pleased of how they turned out. They are very small considering the scale of the Saratoga, but still manageable to build. I did a Google search on Wildcat planes, they had very significant achievements during the war and seen lots of action in Guadalcanal.

Hopefully, I'll have the Saratoga done this month.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

B-24 Liberator

The B-24s were contracted by North American  in 1942. The first 25 aircraft built were the B-24G and based on the late block B-24D. These aircraft had a Sperry ball turret and three .50-cal. machine guns in the nose; however, combat experience showed the B-24D and early B-24G to be vulnerable to frontal attack, so design data for the Ford-built B-24H was incorporated in the North American version resulting in the B-24G-1. This version had an Emerson nose turret in place of the two or three .50-cal. machine guns used on earlier models. 

A total of 430 B-24Gs were built and most were sent to the 15th Air Force in Italy. North American began delivering B-24G-1 Liberators in November 1943. 

This is my B-24 Liberator paper plane model from GPM. This was my first paper plane model to build, took me a week to put together. I built this 2 years ago and back then I was a newbie in the paper modeling hobby. When I look at the model right now I could notice details that I should have taken time to piece together. The paper plane model was a simple model to build given the scale that is 1:33, was very much manageable. I like how the gun ports are detailed. The 4 engines and the landing gears were a bit challenging that I did not pay much attention then. The paper plane model now lies on the floor set and had been giving incredible reactions from my friends when they see it specially when I tell them its made of paper. Anyway here are the photos of the paper plane.

Here are more pictures of the building process.

b-24 j liberator

I need to make another model of this one, I believe I can do better this time, but I have a long build list so I think first things first and.this has to wait.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type was my first paper car model to build. At that time I had no colored printer yet, so I just printed it in monochrome. I used old card stock that had been misprinted and just painted the paper car with poster paint. I got the templates from the Canon paper craft website and was so excited to have found it. 

The real Jaguar E-type is one of the most famous models produced by British sports car manufacturer Jaguar, that was founded in 1922. This model garnered high remarks at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1961 featuring its low-set, streamlined appearance and state-of-the-art mechanics. The Series 1 first went on the market in 1961and sported an inline six-cylinder, 3.8 liter DOHC engine. Later In 1964, it was upgraded to a 4.2 liter. Several minor changes were made up until 1971 and resulted in the twin-six engine of the Series 3. In the US this model is known as the XK-E that enjoyed high levels of popularity. Although the E-type went off the market in 1975, its curved lines remained to influence designers, and is still well-loved by car enthusiasts world wide. This paper model is based on the E-type Series 1, a car that was first introduced in North America in 1967. It complied with the American safety standards of that time. It was known as the 11/2 because of its similarity to the Series 2. The new features in this model included forward positioning of the head
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