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    Helicopter modeling, New England military aviation modeling, golf and beer. Oh, and the Pats, the Sox, the B's, and the C's

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  1. I’m hoping Hobby Boss does an MH version after it releases its planned A and D models in 1/48 but as far as skis go; https://blackdog-model.com/a48049-1-48-ch-47-chinook-ski-accessories-set-1/
  2. I recommend thumbing through Mr. Vark’s 29 page in depth report and try to come up with your own conclusion. I say that not to be snarky but rather it’s all subjective. The things that I found important made the HB kit the better kit. I’ve also read posts where Mr. Vark, who actually flew the jet, found the Academy kit the better choice. It really comes down to what details YOU find more important that’ll determine the best kit. Neither kit is anything close to a perfect Vark, both have glaring issues, in different areas. But both have really nice aspects, in different areas. And both need a lot of work to make into an exact replica of the real jet. P.S. I bet that was the longest non-answer you’ve ever read!
  3. Hasegawa made a line of 1/72 F-111 kits 20 some odd years ago. They pop up on eBay regularly but are usually pricey. The Hase kits are very nice indeed.
  4. I built the HB FB-111A kit a couple years ago, which is essentially the same plastic. As Dave mentioned, the windscreen has a bulbous profile to it which throws off the look pretty drastically. The Squadron/Ozmods/Scaledown canopy fits fairly well with just a bit of work needed on the lower front edge to fair it in. The bomb bay doors are molded improperly. They molded them as two halves that swing open when in all actuality they’re two bi-folding pairs. If you plan to keep them closed then no problem but If you want them open you can get away with cutting each in half lengthwise and posing them properly. It won’t be exact but close enough. Check references and you’ll see what I’m saying. There are other less noticeable issues with items such as wheels, wheel wells, intake spike, instrument panel, exhausts, pitot probe, drop tanks and Astro tracker hump but other than that........😉 Some of those may be only relevant for the FB version but depending on which tail number you’re modeling it may apply since the Aussie’s bought a bunch of ex-SAC FB’s and neutered them to conventional C model standards.
  5. Very clean build, I like it! With the F-15 in the back ground it almost looks like FS 36251 Aggressor Gray possibly?
  6. I know this post is a few months old but it resonated with me, Bastian. Congratulations on finishing the job you’re Dad started. I know he must be proud as it’s a fine model!
  7. That talent on this forum always amazes me! Well done!
  8. No doubt! Those might be the nicest metal finishes I’ve seen!
  9. @Dutch we’ve got try to work VMA-322 from South Weymouth NAS into this sheet! http://skyhawk.org/article-unit/vma322
  10. Great pics! Nice to see ‘Big Sexy’ (the Chinook) leading the way!
  11. Title says it all. I know it’s a long shot but I’m looking for this set numbered 48056. Lonestar models bought the molds but hasn’t reproduced this set yet but I’m ready to start my conversion soon. Thanks in advance
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