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  1. Looks like the spot on the vertical stab is just water spots on the lens. You can see another one to the right on the blades, my guess is that there would be more, but they match the color of the grey sky background, so they are only visible on dark surfaces. I take a lot of pictures, and have had similar marks from mist/rain many times. As for the rotors, I know they use 6 on current models, but I can't remember which version the change was made. I believe it is the MH-6M, but someone much wiser than me can end the debate. Cheers, Anthony
  2. My bad, been a while since I was on the thread.....no biggie. Cheers, Anthony
  3. Yikes, that whole thing sounds horrible, but I must admit, it's the first one I have heard. Since I am still a beginner, I don't have the encyclopedic knowledge regarding accuracy that most of the people on these sites have, so I won't be worried about accuracy as much as I worry about fitment. I ordered both kits with figures. One will be build as a transport, the other as an attack craft. The figures are going to be mixed together with a set I plan to order for my MH-60L by Kitty Hawk. The model numbers are KH50002, KH50004, and KH50005 Blackhawk. I can't say that I have seen other A/MH-6 kits, so I don't have anything to compare it too, other than my 48 scale kits, that I have yet to build. I have two of those, and conversion kits to make them into SOAR aircraft, forget the manufacturer of the conversion kits, but it's a popular conversion for the little birds. Anyway, I am certainly curious to know what pitfalls await in the build, if you can remember the details, and what steps are missing. I certainly need all the help I can get, as again, my skill level is basically zero again. Haven't built a kit since the late 80's. I plan to build at least one Academy Blackhawk before tackling these new Kitty Hawk kits. I am following a couple build logs of their Blackhawk series, and both builders speak wonders regarding the level of detail, far exceeding the older Academy molds, but always room for improvement by the artist on these forums. Sorry you had such a negative experience, I certainly hope my experience is far different. But only time will tell. Anyway, thanks for the feedback, and again, if you can help me avoid the problems you encountered, that would be awesome. Cheers, Anthony
  4. Hey guys, I finally ordered my two little birds by Kitty Hawk, but now I keep seeing a 2.0 version for sale on ebay and in some online stores. I don't have my kits yet, I am stuck in mandatory quarantine on the other side of the island from me home, so I won't be getting any of my online orders until I get back to my place, which might be a while. Anyway, I am having trouble finding out details, what makes the version 2 different. Does anyone have details as to what the new kit has that makes it different, and possibly better than the original kit? Thanks in advance, Anthony
  5. Thanks for adding the link, that is the correct one. I am quite shocked at the number of photos that are for the most part, showing the faces of those in the different SF groups, which is unusual. I would think they wouldn't want their faces shown for security reasons. I have been going thru some of the photos of the men, looking for a buddy of mine, but still have not seen him, yet. I will let him know if I find his photo there, it seems a bit reckless. But apparently there is an ongoing Fox TV show that follows recent/current Navy SeAL's in training operations. I live in the Philippines, so I was unaware of this, if true, it's rather sad to me. Turning the teams into a reality TV show like cops, just seems wrong. Anyway, I hope those photos are indeed new, and I am happy to have been able to share something to what is likely the very best resource for Little Birds in the entire unclassified world. Cheers, Anthony
  6. Hey guys, I stumbled upon a website dedicated to SF, including but not limited too SOAR. They have a few very nice photos that I can't remember seeing on this thread. I will post some, in the hopes they are new to the thread, they certainly are interesting. Anyway, if they turn out to be duplicates, just let me know, and I will delete the post in the name of space. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š There are a few more pictures of the Little Birds, plus a bunch of Blackhawks and Chinook as well. Seems like a very nice site for reference photos of helicopters from the SPECOPS community as a whole. Cheers, Anthony D'Agostino
  7. I knew that this was the place to get the quickest answer. Thanks! Anthony PS. Haven't built the kits I bought from you yet, life got in the way, but I gave life the boot, so hopefully soon, I will be on the bench with one of the big kits.
  8. Hey guys, I have a quick question regarding the 160th SOAR that I am sure you all can answer. I was looking over a very nice build of a Kitty Hawk MH-60L, and the builder left the doors off. Is this something the pilots would do? I know the Little Bird often has no doors, but the Blackhawk, I have doubts. Also, would they remove the rear sliding doors as well? I only ask, because there is so much great detail inside, it would actually be nice to leave them off, but I want to be accurate as well. And since I plan to show my kits in flight, the pilots doors would have to be closed, unless they are removed. Thanks in advance, Anthony PS. Has anyone built the Kitty Hawk A/MH-6 kits yet? I just ordered two of them, the 50002 & 50004, the two that contain figures, which I will mix and match with other figure of the MH-60L's I will be building in the future.
  9. Speaking about the rotor heads being soft on detail, have you seen the rotor head upgrades for the CH-53 by res-kit? They make the 6 blade version, and the 7 blade E type. They look gorgeous! 7 blade version, made in 48 and 72nd scale. Plus, they make the rear rotor as well, in both scales. In fact, they have quite a lot of upgrades, wheels, wheel well, intakes and more. Then you have even more upgrades by Black Dog, full engines and electronics bays, great for the folded up build with maintenance bays open all around the big bird. She really is a gorgeous specimen of the ingenious ways that man has overcome gravity. After we score a win with this type, we need to start pressing the companies for a 35th scale MH-47 used by SOAR. They could make it optional which type we build, SOAR or standard Army bird. Imagine having one of those as part of your next armor diorama! Cheers, Anthony
  10. I concur 100%! Academy, are you reading this? You would be the obvious choice, since you already have what is considered the best CH/MH-53E in any scale, with a bit of tweeking, you could easily create a 35th scale. Sure there will be required work on details and cleaning up any mistakes that were made on the 48th scale kits, but you are still ahead of the game. In fact, this would be a great opportunity to create the first CH-53K! Maybe even make a single kit that builds up as either the C or M versions, builders choice. That would widen the net. Then a new K kit to go along side. I would recommend Kitty Hawk, with the help of Floyd, as my second "go to" for helicopters. They are still in the learning phase, but they are not scared to try and provide as much detail as viable in a plastic kit. Hopefully with time, they will get better and better with their fit issues. Finally, Revell is the only other maker of 48th scale kits, but apparently they are seriously lacking in details. If they upped their game, they could make a quality kit for us, along the lines of their still top of the heap F-15E's. Lets keep the conversation going, someone from these companies has to be reading threads, testing the waters for what people want. Cheers, Anthony
  11. The best way to do this, is order the filter and find the fittings once it's in hand. There is no better way to assuring a proper chain, than having the chain parts in hand. Bring the hose from the compressor, the new middle part (filter) and the hose that is going to connect to the filter and airbrush, if your current hose attachment doesn't match the filter out of the box. This way, there is no mistakes and you get exactly what you need for your configuration. That would be my advice, I am dealing with the same issues. Good luck, should be pretty simple actually, especially if you have all the parts in hand. The old saying, "better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it"....... I feel the same way about firearms๐Ÿ˜! Cheers, Anthony
  12. Just out of curiosity, why didn't you just fill the panel lines? As I am new to modeling again, I don't have a command of the techniques or reasons for using one over another. I am still struggling to find the Philippines equivalent to many of the materials used in other countries. After about a year, I finally found the local version of future floor polish. Needless to say, I bought 4 bottles, don't know when/if I will ever see it again. I have read about many techniques that are absolutely new and even alien to me. I don't expect perfection right out of the gate, but I do still have high hopes. I had intended to start my return to modeling with a pair of AH-6 Stealth helicopters w/ CMK conversion sets. One AH, one MH. I figured doing two all black kits would be a easy way to start. When the kits arrived, I was shocked at how tiny they are. When the resin conversions arrived, even more shock set in. I didn't even know what I was looking at. Anyway, I started by removing the fuselage halves to begin cutting away the doors. In my haste, I cut out the rear doors, but only one door needed removing, I had inadvertently removed a big chuck of the fuselage itself! IDIOT! But there was light at the end of that tunnel. When I nought the set, I was under the impression that the Academy kit with the ugly yellow glass was the only kit that worked. I soon figured out that any Academy kit would work. So I ordered two new kits with clear canopies, and now I have plenty of spare parts! ๐Ÿ˜ The kits are cheap, the CMK conversions, not so much. Add shipping to the Philippines and import taxes, they really get expensive. Since I have so much money invested, I decided to save them for a later day, after I develope some skills first. So my return kit is a Tamiya F-15A 48th scale. Simple, basic building to hone my skills with panel lines and other detailing methods, plus regain my airbrushing skills. I am ALMOST ready to start building the kit. I did get a small amount done, but ran into an issue where I lacked the right color paints for the cockpit. Now I am just waiting for a few bits to get my compressor hooked up. I had planned to use my no name, tankless compressor from Amazon. After others warned me of the fluctuating air pressure, I decided to take my larger 5 gallon compressor used for running nail guns, into my paint compressor. It can put out nice consistency, a huge help for spraying paint. Almost ready! After that kit, I am unsure of what is next. Probably a 48 Blackhawk build, as learning and prep for the bigger 35th scale kits I have, with LOTS of resin. So that is my story and I am sticking to it. Now I just need a 53 in 35 (see its meant to be!), I would love any version, but maybe the new K would be a nice way to start in that scale. Whose with me? ๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers, Anthony
  13. I don't know what kind of builder I am. My last build was during the Cold War๐Ÿ˜. Back then, there was no internet, no forums or blogs, no place to even get reviews. The choices were local only, and even then, it was based on what the shop decided to put in their inventory, so the choices were just a tiny keyhole view of what was out there at that time. Most kits had the names Revellogram on them, a few DML or Fujimi kits and if lucky, the owner would stock some Hasegawa or Tamiya, considered the "up scale" kits, their prices matched. The only supplies available, were little square bottles of testors paints, but they did make FS colors, which was perfect. Then the greatest, most horrible supply of all, that testors stringy, smelly, get everywhere you don't want it, turn plastic into molton lava tube glue! That stuff ruined more kits than I was able to finish. The idea of repairing a canopy was not even considered back then. Maybe it was possible, but when you had no money to buy the model magazines, you were stuck with what knowledge you had in your head, I had very little. Today, it's a whole new game, a new world really. I see the super detailer, and I like what I see, but I also know that my accuracy to the rivet is not that important to me. I will build the kit as it is, with some PE/resin upgrades, but I won't be scratch building to correct fault in design. I guess that means I will be somewhere in the middle. As long as it makes me happy, then I am happy! Cheers, Anthony PS. I was looking at both the Dolphin and the Sea Sprite, what are your thoughts on those?
  14. Just out of curiosity, which kits did you build from them? I already have a few in my stash, the details seems to be really good, but I haven't built one yet. Really, haven't build anything yet, just waiting on the last few bits of paint, supplies and fittings for my airbrush, before I can start a build in earnest. In my stash, I have their 48th UH-1Y, AH-1Z, F-35B and planned on getting their latest 35th scale kits, one of each. Are they really that bad? Others like them, but it's always hit and miss it seems. Thanks, the more feedback I have, the better off I will be when the builds begin. Anthony
  15. If you think it's too complex, then I know I bit off more than I can chew๐Ÿ˜. Did I mention that the last time I built a model, the cold war was still a threat? I like to challenge myself, but I might have to skip the ceiling as well, maybe they will fit into the Kitty Hawk kits when I get my hands on one of those. I only have two Blackhawks right now, but three sheets, so I will have at least one to try out with the Kitty Hawk kit, when I find one that is. Thanks for the picture, already downloaded and in my Blackhawk file. Have you tried to install the ceiling in an Academy kit? If so, what were the results? Also, what color should they be painted? They look good in black, just a bit too shiny, I considered just putting a matte finish over them sheets, but not sure they should be black at all. Thanks as always, Anthony
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