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  1. The back of the fuselage is also significantly different. They went from the rounded clamshell doors to the flat vertical loading ramp with the Mi-17V-5. The fuselage also had sliding cabin entry doors on both sides of the fuselage (which also meant shorter external fuel tanks). The Annetra kit will build the middle range of the Mi-8/Mi-17 family. The early Mi-8's had different engines, and are most easily identified by the lack of engine inlet filters and the tail rotor on the starboard side of the fuselage, so these too can't be built from the Annetra kit. Chris
  2. Canada had two separate sets of Mi-17's in Afghanistan. The first were six contracted Mi-8T and Mi-8MTV-1 carrying civilian registrations and flown by contracted aircrews. They were Kyrgyzstan registered and came from Russian company Aviakompaniya Aerostan, through Sky Link of Toronto. The Mi-8T would not work on the Annetra model, but the Mi-8MTV-1's would. There flew in entirely civilian markings, and were used for general logistics and other non-combat support functions. After that yearlong contract ran out, the Department of National Defense went out and directly leased four Mi-17V-5. These were flown by Canadian forces pilots, they flew combat missions, and they were fully painted in Canadian markings. They were officially designated CH-178 and were given the serial numbers 178404 through 178407. They were operated throughout 2010 from Kandahar. Unfortunately the Mi-17V-5's are not buildable from the Annetra kit. http://i.imgur.com/BWr6dwz.jpg Chris
  3. For this set, would you consider Afghan Air Force Mi-17 #705? In 2010 it was the lead helicopter of a two-ship flight that rescued over 2000 Afghans from rising flood waters. A mixed USAF/AAF crew of USAF Lt. Col. Gregory Roberts and AAF Brig. Gen. Mohammed Barat logged over 13 flight hours in two days to complete the operation. It remains the most number of people saved by a single USAF flight pair. Roberts was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. The second helicopter in the flight was piloted by Lt. Col. Bernie Willi, and included USAF Master Sgt. Kevin Fife on the crew to operate the rescue hoist. Fife was decorated with the Bronze Star for the operation and the Airman's Medal for jumping into the flood waters to rescue two children. #705 is a Mi-17V-5, so it has the loading ramp vice the clamshell doors, dolphin nose, and the sliding cargo doors on both sides. This means probably not buildable from the Annetra kit, but it would be compatible with one of the kits recently teased by Kinetic. Chris
  4. My personal choice would be a NJ ANG P-51H. Because that's what I would want to build. Fin tip and prop spinner were in red. But if you ever decided to do another round of P-51D's a good candidate would be West Virginia ANG 44-72948. It was the last operational Mustang. Chris
  5. Man, if only they decided to scale down to 1/48. I know they did the miniguns in 1/48; I got like six sets of them. Maybe they'll consider it with these as well. There would certainly be a good market for them, as I'm unaware of any 1/48 60s with the external ammo cans and minigun mounts. Chris
  6. I'm following this thread with much interest. This DC-130 is on my to-do list as well, so these pictures are all great. Impressive work so far! Chris
  7. I really like the idea of decals for complete airwings. There are definitely people who (try to) build models for each squadron from a particular deployment or event, but some of the planes in the airwing aren't exactly popular enough to merit decal sets on their own. Having a decal set that has representatives from each of the squadrons in the airwing would still appeal to the modellers who only want them for the popular subjects, but it would also be of significant interest to the completists. Some good candidates might include: CVW-17 from Saratoga during Desert Storm which includes VFA-81, VF-74, VF-103, and VA-35; but also VFA-83 which has only ever appeared in some old Superscale decals, VAQ-132 which last came out from Cutting Edge, VAW-125 which has never appeared in 1/48 with the tigertail and had two fast jet kill marks, VS-30 which has never been done in their subdued markings, and HS-3 where there are NO Navy Seaking decals in the low vis gray for any squadrons. CVW-2 from Midway at the start of Vietnam which includes both the first air-to-air victory of the war with VF-21 and the Skyraider gun kill from VA-25, but also A-4s from VA-22 and VA-23, VF-111 Sundowners during their time in the F-8, a squadron of A-3s (VAH-8), and dets of RF-8A (which there are conversion sets out there for), E-1B, EA-1F (which also has a conversion set, but again no decals). I'm sure there are other airwings which would be good candidates, but I think any of them that have one or two 'famous' aircraft or squadrons would be good choices since they would appeal to people who aren't trying to build full representative airwings. Chris
  8. While it wouldn't be the most colorful or distinctive Twin Mustang, FQ-383 from the 68th F(AW)S would be a welcome addition given its historical significance as the first aerial victor of the Korean War. Other than the buzz numbers and the squadron insignia on the tail, it didn't carry any unique markings. The Twin Mustang kit is a bit of a challenge, but it can be built. And I'm sure more would be built if people had the decals for them. Chris
  9. Scoobs, If your friend knows which Hawkeye from VAW-125 was the actual mission bird vectoring the Hornets for their kills, that would be some great understanding. It's my understanding that 600 was not the mission aircraft but got the kill markings as the COs aircraft. Either way, those are markings I'd be in for. Chris
  10. One other good candidate might be the VAW-125 Tigertails from Desert Storm on Saratoga. The old school version of the Tigertails (with an actual tiger head on the tail) have never been done in 1/48 scale, and they did not have any markings on the top of the radome. What makes the CO's bird unique is the silhouettes for the two MiG-21's on the sides. The Tigertails vectored the F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 onto the flight of MiGs for the only two jet kills by the Navy during Desert Storm. Chros
  11. I think that would be a really good blog topic if you were willing to lay the bag of snakes out for us. The Skywarrior falls into the category of models I'd like to build but I don't know enough to even figure out where to begin. I know that for me, I'd go out and buy the decals and the Steel Beach sets if I had some idea of what I'd need. The topic on the EKA-3B is a good example of what I'm hoping for. What base kit, what aftermarket, and what other changes in order to make the different Skywarrior versions. I'd like to build two Skywarrior models, but I've stayed away because of all the confusion. Chris
  12. Speaking for myself here, I know that I've hesitated to get into the A-3 kits because I have heard that the boxings and what you can actually build don't match up. I know there are aftermarket sets from Steel Beach to help you build the versions you want that rely on different base kits. But it isn't really clear what base kit and what aftermarket you need to build a particular version of the Skywarrior. Since I don't really know where to begin, I just don't bother. Maybe it would help if there was a list for each of the Skywarrior versions of what base kit you need and what aftermarket? Chris
  13. For the 1960-61 deployment of the USS Intrepid in the Med, they embarked CVG-6, consisting of VF-74 in F4D-1, VF-33 in F11F-1, VA-66 in A4D-2, VA-65 in AD-6, VA-76 in A4D-2, Det 33 from VFP-62 consisting of four F8U-1P, and Det 33 from HU-2 with a pair of HUP-3. Chris
  14. Darren, Is there any chance you have a list of what Trumpeter kit and what Steel Beach resin you need to make a particular variant of the Skywarrior? I know in some cases the best base kit isn't necessarily what you'd expect it to be, like needing the TA-3B kit to do an EA-3B. Chris
  15. I'd be all over several of these kits. And the Romeo squadrons all have really sharp looking CO birds so there would be no shortage of colorful and interesting schemes. If there is anything I can do to help a kit manufacturer make one of these happen, I'd be all over the chance to get a Romeo kit out there. Chris
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