Thanks for the encouragement guys. I put in a marathon effort yesterday (10 hours straight... to the obvious detriment of my garden, laundry, grocery shopping etc!) and have completed the UV mapping, and I am pretty much ready to animate the turntable. I will not be animating the undercarriage or engines, 10 seconds is too short a time to run a full retract/extend cycle on the u/c, as required for it to be a looping video, and speeding it up would just look silly. I will leave that for a future project.
As below, the machine is shown in RAAF livery (with a 'fractal' camouflage pattern derived from the Australian infantry uniforms). Considering the machine's primary role as infantry support it would probably be more likely to have army markings rather than air force, but I just like the look of the kangaroo logo better! It appears to have already survived a significant attack Indian8or, so your gunship better bring it!