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  1. Very nice, Dimitri. Will need to get one. When will you have some available (it shows 'out of stock' on your site)? Have you considered a set of corrected engine nacelles, since Kinetic totally buggered the nacelles in the kit? You did such a nice job on the nacelles in the Collect AIre kit.
  2. Went for a flight in 'the movie Memphis Belle' last weekend. It's currently being operated by the Liberty Foundation, and they make it very clear that it is the movie airplane, not the real Belle. The confusion (which I believe was intentional) goes back to when MARC (Tallachet's outfit) still had the airplane. They repainted the nose art from the movie version to something closely resembling the wartime art, until they were told to stop by AFM. The airplane now carries the movie nose art again (with the cursive, vs. block lettering)
  3. First of all, neat build! Couple suggestions on the window glue problem. One is watch crystal cement. This is a viscous, clear cement that dries pretty strong and will not fog transparent parts. Comes in a tube with a needle applicator and you can remove it before it dries completely with alcohol. I use this almost exclusively now. Can get it from Micro Mark and sometimes at craft retailers like Michael's, where it's sold in the beading section as 'bead glue'. Other recommendation is Super Gold superglue. This is a non-fogging gel superglue. Pretty expensive, though (like $11 for a medium bottle, vs. $5 for regular gap-filling.
  4. Well, I hesitate to even call it a 'kit', but there is the ATTIC 1/48 resin HH-3. Anyone with any experience with ATTIC kits will run away screaming, but it IS out there. General consensus, though, is that it's easier to convert a Hasegawa SH-3 into an HH-3 than make a presentable model from the ATTIC kit...
  5. Would be remiss if I didn't mention the Cheyenne's OTHER competitor besides the S-67 - the Bell 309 King Cobra. Kinda looked like a G-model Cobra on steroids. Two were built, one with a Pratt Twin-Pac and the other with a T55. Consensus from my friends involved in the fly-off was the 309 was probably the best, but the Cheyenne had it's fans (although ultimately it was too big, too expensive and too political for the Army). In the end, the Army didn't procure any of the three and started the AAH project instead. A lot of the dynamic components from the 309 ended up in the AH-1T and it's successor, the AH-1T+ (AH-1W). Got any King Cobra pics, Ray?
  6. Pretty much agree with Ray here. Besides the tailboom and doors, the engine doghouse on the Esci kit is a bit off. I wouldn't call the Italeri kit great, but it's the best out there at the moment, shape-wise. The detailing is a bit clunky for my taste, and it has some errors so it really doesn't depict a military UH-1H right from the box. The biggest problem is it has a 212 rotor system, with the broad-chord blades. It also depicts the baggage compartment door in the tailboom (which was on commercial 205's), although there is also an ill-fitting blanking plate provided. Sure wish someone would tool a state-of-the-art long-body Huey.
  7. '67 was an interesting bird. I have a copy of the flight test report (friend was the FTE on the project). Very similar in concept to the Mi-24, using the dynamic systems from a transport helicopter. Most people don't realize, but the 67 also has a troop compartment in the fuselage aft of the cockpit just like the Mi-24! The 67 was fairly heavy and moderately underpowered. It had ground handling issues, with those little high-pressure Navy wheels (gear, like the dynamic systems, was derived from the H-3) and all that weight, it had a tendency to sink into unprepared surfaces. Sure was a pretty helo, though.
  8. EDWMatt

    Roden T-28B

    Nice summary, flypaper. I was disappointed in the Roden engine and the Quickboost replacement. I can maybe understand the missing prop governor (few kits have them) but how they can miss something like the oil sump is beyond me. Have 50 or so hours in T-28B's. All our aircraft had Lycoming-built -86B's. Our engines were overall silver lacquer - crankcase, pushrods, baffles. I think the depot painted them that way when they came out of overhaul, as the ones we got in cans from the Navy depot were that way too, and a lot of the Studebaker 1820's I've seen in Stoofs were all silver. And ours had the green exhaust collectors too. I've got an open-cowl shot somewhere - I'll post if I can find it. Really enjoyed the T-28- it was pleasant to fly and very stable, and you felt like the "World War 2 Flying Ace" in it and you could open the canopy in flight (we usually had it open when we were doing pattern work if the weather was nice). We used to say it was the only the best 1940's technology :D . Loved the "Harley Davidson" idle of the 1820. But boy was that a loud airplane. Right up there with the H-34 (well, same engine!). I couldn't hear very well for about an hour after a flight if we had been doing any high-power work. I think one of our aircraft might possibly have come from Andrews. It was a real cream puff, as it was never a trainer, but had spent it's entire Navy life as a Marine station hack. You'll like the Roden kit in general - it's a big improvement over the old Monogram. It's not perfect - the cockpit's pretty sparse, the gear wells are pretty much fantasy and it's not an easy build, but it looks much more like a T-28 than the Mono kit. And I really liked the separate flaps so you can pose them down, which they were most of the time on the ground (since that's how you got in). Get the SAC metal gear - the kit gear is weak and you'll need to put a fair bit of weight in the nose. And the decals are poor quality, so you might want an aftermarket set.
  9. First, the Comanche didn't have an ejection seat. The Kamov KA-50 and the RSRA are the only operational rotorcraft fitted with ejections seats (although the AH-56 had a single downward-firing F-104 seat fitted for a few hazardous tests) The cockpit conformed to the Army finish standards for NVG capable cockpits, which is all visible surfaces are 37038 Lusterless Black. The seat cushion and belts were similar to the Apache, i.e. black fabric cushion and a nylon woven material for the belts, which has a slight sheen to it. I agree with Don, straight flat black looks too stark and dark on a model cockpit. I like to use Floquil Grimy Black (which is really a very dark gray) as my base, with varying lighter and darker shades for contrast. This also allows using a straight flat black wash to pick out details.
  10. Those are some neat pics, LD. Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to HAI in a VERY long time. Think the last one was in Anaheim in the '90's That Canadian Ka-32 is cool. I remember after the Wall fell, it got a whole lot easier to perform foreign technology evals, as you could just buy the old Soviet helos direct instead of skulking around the world. We ordered a brand new Ka-32 from Avia Export. It came with cockpit instrument in English and a really pretty Aeroflot-style blue paint scheme (tho' that got painted over pretty quick, as it attracted a lot of attention). It's still flying today as "Double Trouble" with the aggressor guys. The K747 blades are the way to go on a Cobra, not only do they perform better than 540's, but they have a lot longer life (although I don't think they ever achieved the 10,000 hours Kaman promised). The only real drawback is the Estane erosion boot on them gets really torn up if you encounter rain in flight. I think 540 parts may be so scarce because the Gov't wouldn't release any 540 parts to the civil market or allow Bell to sell any. The story we were told was it was because the Gov't paid for the 540 development, but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It used to be that the STC to convert a UH-1C to Limited category cert required replacing the entire 540 rotor with 44' B-model parts. Love the pic of the 47G-2A, too. Brings back memories; looks a lot like the ship I took a lot of my civil rotorcraft instruction in. Long live 47's!
  11. EDWMatt

    Which E2C?

    Well, I don't know that any of this is "needed", but here's what I recommend: You can get what amounts to an Eduard color "Zoom" set for the 'pit from Lucky Models for about $10 with free shipping. If you want to go a different direction, Steel Beach makes some resin seats. From what you can see of the 'pit, I think the Lucky Model etch set is enough. You could probably get by with just the kit 'pit, too, but the seats are a little sparse and I hate painting instrument panels. Quickboost makes a nice set of seamless engine inlet ducts, and they're cheap, too (about $5) I think the kit wheels suck, so I got the Royale Resin set. And I concur on the SAC metal gear.
  12. Concur with Tony. Daniel (Golden Dragon, Super Bug, whatever he's calling himself this week...) seems to have upped the quality of his sets and the ones I have are pretty nice. My landing gear set was missing parts from the dolly, but I didn't really care, as I don't plan to use the dolly it and I got the set really cheap from Greatmodels. Daniel's currently trading on evilBay, but I haven't seen any of the X-15 stuff there lately, only his B-52 parts.
  13. Nope, Microscale/Superscale never released them in 1/48. Probably because there wasn't a suitable TF kit in 1/48 at the time (the 1/72 sheet is at least 25 years old). Wonder why Hasegawa never released the kit. It was on the Dragon site with a release date, but never materialized. Licensing issue maybe?
  14. That's definitely a FLIR ball on the white Huey. Nice pics, Ray!
  15. That's a great-looking build! Don't forget to make those exhaust collectors good and rusty, and make sure to simulate oil sprayed all over the inside of the cowlings :lol: I had a summer job in college working for a 'flying crane' company that operated several H-34's. Brings back some memories. One of, if not the LOUDEST aircraft I've ever flown in. And a backfire from that 1820 when you were standing fire guard on startup was guaranteed to wake you up!
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