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11-03-2018 06:19 PM  23 months ago
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ALQ-144 Jammer Countermeasure Unit
The 3D printed versions are good but I wanted more detail. This is a scratch built 1/7 scale version. This one sits nicely on my Century .60 size AH-1S Cobra.

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11-03-2018 06:20 PM  23 months ago
chopper37

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Fantastic! Very realistic! Have you tested it
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11-03-2018 06:32 PM  23 months ago
co_rotorhead

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That looks perfect. Can you give us some detail about what materials you used? I have 2 UH-60A Blackhawks that also use the ALQ-144.
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11-03-2018 07:05 PM  23 months ago
jbewley

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Yes, please give details. I need one of those too.

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11-03-2018 07:48 PM  23 months ago
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Awesome!! Did you use mirrored styrene? Will be making one for my Cobra at some point.Steve
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11-04-2018 04:20 AM  23 months ago
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Thanks for the kind words guys!
Here is a quick checklist of items:
5x5mm silver mirror mosaic glass tiles (China) these come in sheets. (Ebay)
Danco #22 Diverter Washers 9D0035698B (Ace Hardware)
.062" Wooden Dowel (Walmart/Michael's/Home Centers)
Miscellaneous bag of wooden circles (Michael's Craft Store)
Krylon Cranberry Red "stained glass" transparent paint
Testors Modelmaster Champagne Gold Metallic paint
Elmer's clear translucent glue
4 small finishing nails (heads only)
4 sewing pins (heads only)
You will need a hobby knife, pencil, Dremel and tweezers as well.
I am sure that some of you will produce a unit that is superior to mine. I made 3 prototypes in total and each one was improved from the last. It is a tedious but fun little endeavor. If you run into issues, I will try to help as best as I can. Please, share pictures of your best work! I just stared at pictures of the real one and thought about the best way to replicate the ALQ-144. Good luck and have fun!
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11-05-2018 07:11 AM  23 months ago
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Thanks very much for the info, my questions would have been as to what you used for the mirrored glass finish on this. I can build the unit quite easily and already have the main housing for it fitted onto my Lynx AH7 (The bit under the tail boom) I did make allowances for this bit to be fitted later on (simple single bolt method)
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11-05-2018 08:47 AM  23 months ago
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The Krylon Cranberry Red "stained glass" transparent paint will serve you well. And, I have found that a 5/8" dowel will work better than the .062" one. If you use the 5/8" dowel, there will be no large gaps anywhere on the unit. Hence, it can be viewed at a full 360 degrees without visible flaws.
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11-06-2018 04:49 PM  23 months ago
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Thanks for the info, I'll have a look for that stuff and get mine made up in due course.

All the best

Mark
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11-06-2018 04:56 PM  23 months ago
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You're welcome Mark! I hope that you will share some pictures.
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11-10-2018 02:32 PM  22 months ago
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here is my ALQ jammer on my quarter scale Kiowa

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11-10-2018 03:52 PM  22 months ago
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Awesome! Are those 1/4"x 1/4" tiles?
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11-11-2018 02:13 AM  22 months ago
helicrunch

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no dude 1/4 scale tiles are 3/4" wide 1" tall
here is a shot of the bird on the workbench so you have an idea

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