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    Helicopters - Military History with a focus on US Army aviation during the Vietnam War

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  1. Time and money. Nobody rides for free. It takes time to do all this and sure, there are tons of workstreams to develop lots of AM for these kits and others but it comes down to doing it as a paid comission. That includes to time to research to get it right before rendering.
  2. That's great. Shame as Rodrigo is gone, Rotorwash is on FB and doesnt post here anymore, and the same for others. PM me the link when you're done with it. All the best
  3. It's like a ghost town around this forum lately. Jorge, did you finish Wretched Mildred? I was interested in seeing how you did the weapons stores and rotors.
  4. Everything about your build is fantastic! The weathering is superb. Especially like how you've highlighted some of the tail boom rivets with silver just as I remember seeing on the real ones when my dad was in the Texas and New Mexico National Guard. The old AH-1Gs, UH-1 gunships, and OH-6s went to them. I've not encountered the new decals so cant comment on them however the ones you did manage to lay down look good. Compliments on the photography.
  5. As already stated, I appreciate you adding to how this helicopter in particular is made. IMO how it is built reminds of the Law of the Instrument - "When you're a hammer everythings a nail". The early cockpit is interesting which is why I prefer the Mi-24a to later models that copied tandem cockpit design but seperated the pilot and WSO in thier own cockpits versus a shared canopy, shared cockpit. Hammer and nail approach. I wasnt clear. My point was that trying to mimic these finer points such as very small indentations along the skin due to spot welding is that you loose a lot o
  6. Thanks for continuing to expand on the engineering and design aspects of the Hind. Commonality of parts being a goal of Soviet program it makes sense they just swapped Mi-8 existing features over to the Hind. You would need to understand my day job to see why I view the construction of the Hind as not being very efficient by introducing additional complexity as it has both flush riveting, spot welding now, and the use of rivets of varied size all done by hand versus machining for higher tolerances. Those sorts of things are absolutely irrelevant to modeling. Nor can they be 'reproduced' accura
  7. Im sorry Jorge. Best wishes for her recovery and for you too.
  8. This thread needs an upate. How about it oppenheimerj?
  9. Its all out there online and I can affirm with both the CH-47J, OH-58D/F, and AH-64D/E that parts interchangeability is a requirement just as it is in civilian aircraft. No one has to drill new holes in the deck of a Blackhawk for an engine swap or tail boom swap for example. Simply because its a military design does not mean it does not have to meet FAA approval to fly over US cities and towns. There is no hard pass and military aircraft that are de-registered must acquire an FAA N number designator and meet the same airworthy certification process as a regular Cessna 172. The former Army Hue
  10. FAA flight design approval requires interchangeability of parts as a requirement. "The applicant sends the ACO a data package for review and approval. This data package describes the part design, which includes materials, processes, test specifications, system compatibility, maintenance instructions, and part interchangeability." US helos and aircraft are manufactured to tight tolerances and have pre-drilled plates versus ones that are slapped on and riveted over possibly already drilled holes in the ribbing which Gabor indicates is done in Russia. Plexiglass is the only non-predri
  11. My comments are based off 3 seperate references on the Hind and use the Warpact/NATO designators. Warbirds Fotofax "Mi-24 Hind" by Hans-Heiri Stapfer "Mil Mi-24 Attack Helicopter" by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Kommisarov
  12. Gabor, thanks for the reply. I have noticed both the mushroom rivets and flush rivets on the Mi-24A Hind B. I dont imagine this would be different on the other Hind airframes meaning they are also mixed type. You already indicated there are multiple sizes to the mushroom rivets. Too bad there isnt very much in the way of manufacturing images. I realize this is a modeling forum and in 1/48 its neglible. In 1/72 its just madness. I will say if I still traveled to Moscow I would definitely spend time with a number of Hinds at the musuems there to catalog rivet details and differences though.
  13. I got my glasshouse Hind Zvezda kit in and have already ordered everything I'll need from Super-Hobby to get it to where I think it needs to be. I've been building my photo reference library and have a question regarding the rivets again. That led me back here and to this similiar thread - Looking closely at your images Gabor, from what I can see these rivets are not machine done but done by hand which would account for rivets that are not in line, are too high or low, or entire panels being marked for riveting but it not even being done. Can you confirm all Hind ver
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