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  1. Likewise...and the Kaman-guitar link is fairly well known.
  2. Huh??? I thought I made myself pretty clear. Can you see Bounce's post from yesterday? If so, look at the top of the page from Rotor Tips, there is an interesting piece about a helicopter model collection.
  3. The Kaman Rotor Tips article above has a story on John Slattery, helicopter model collector extraordinaire. In the mid- '60s, I was a kid and saw an article about an AF officer who collected helicopter models in a magazine (likely the USAF monthly, Airman). Fast forward 30 years to 1996 and I'm a Air Force major in the D.C. Area. Somehow (remember this is the pre-internet days) I become aware of the helicopter model collection held by the Helicopter Association International trade group in Washington. I make an appt to see it and meet Slattery, the group's historian. I'm amazed by the collection of hundreds of built kits and factory models. I tell him I recall a magazine story I read when I was a kid about an AF officer who collected models... "That was me", he said. Small world. In addition to his collection, the group had just bought a huge unbuilt kit collection amassed by Ned Gilliand, a long time Bell test pilot, historian and author of Dancing Rotors Rotors the story the U.S. Army's helicopter display teams. Ned had collected hundreds of kits from around the world. There was an example of two of every helicopter kit ever made. It includes ancient kits I'd heard of but never seen, and some rare ones like the "G Mark" brass/ Plastic Bell 47 kit. I believe you can see the built model collection on the HAI's website. A couple of years later, I was transferred to Texas and got to meet Ned, a great guy. He took me to the factory to see some test flying. He sold me some neat Bell factory models and provided a lot of factory literature on Bell types. He even sold me, at a nominal price, an unused example of the Whirlybirds TV series coloring book from the '50s (which I had as a kid).
  4. I recall them in yellow, or yellow with blue stripes, can't say I've seen a factory scheme in yellow/blue. Some photos show a yellow and gray (I think the gray is on the removable sheet metal panels). Did you check airliners.net or do a Google image search? This shot of one at the NASM is via airliners.net: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Grumman-G-164A-Super-Ag-Cat/2710469?qsp=eJwtjbEOwjAQQ3%2BlupkFITF0g4URBn7gdLGgommiu0M0qvrvJIXN9rPshSRNjtnvJYN6MrDKk3aUWTka9Qu9UD5JQ9V00XeMPHXsnbDXliX1c6kksOMkguwI//yqAdoQTLbBRzvYNwm9/dzhWG0YLI%2B8rcB5GGldv0pTMgM%3D A long shot... Try Sikorsky PR (current owners of Schweizer which produced the aircraft for Grumman before buying the design in 1981)... or Northrop Grumman ( original designer and seller of the type) PR. Or contact the current owner of the type certificate, Allied AG Cats of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Also, the back issues of FLYING magazine are available free online via Google. Select the 1960s and do a search. But, having read that magazine back in the day, I don't recall seeing a color ad for them...which makes sense, they were after a different market than the normal general aviation types which did have car-like color magazine ads.
  5. Sorry to hear of your pain. I know what you're going through. When I lived in Texas in 1998-2005, my daily driver (in lieu of my new Mercedes) was a 1977 CJ-5 that I bought off a B-1 pilot and was restored for me by a retired MAtt C-130 load master who was the best old Jeep guy in West Texas. I loved that Jeep... I'm now in the market for a nice M38A1.
  6. Hope you don't mind resurrecting an old thread... Here's a recent abomination from Airfix. Note the windshield...looks like a Peterbuilt truck. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-a04177a-boeing-727--324012 Their older painted box art was good, this looks to be a computer rendering by someone who has never seen a Boeing.
  7. There is a guy at our local field with a NMF USAF marked "A". If he has it out this weekend I'll try to get it for you. A long shot...but you never know.
  8. As I recall, the Kaman blades had real issues with rain. I believe it had to do with erosion as opposed to an inherent structural issue. I flew Bell 47s Rd and early Gs) with wood blades and they didn't have any issues with rain. When I was a kid I would occasionally get a copy of the Kaman magazine for pilots "Kaman Rotor Tips", which would address those and other issues. Many years later when I was an Air Force lieutenant, I worked with a lieutenant colonel who, 15 years before as a young capatin, flew Huskies in the Philippines. He mentioned something about it as well.
  9. I built one back in the day with civil "Easter egg" markings. As I recall it was a nice kit, but the interior was for the civil model and basic by today's standards. It was a good companion to the 1/32 INC Jet Ranger and Revell UH-1D/H Huey.
  10. I had the old 1/24th Monogram Huey when it first was released, it was huge...this will be unbelievable. With the amount of detail that will be visible, you'll need to be a better modeller than I am. I guess you could use the 1/18 diecast cars (I think someone did a WWII Jeep, yes, wrong period but as close as we'll get to a M151 or M38A1...likewise, a HMMWV would be too new) for a diorama.
  11. I saw this aircraft at the Pima Museum. I was impressed with its armament...something not often seen in museum examples. I would assume it took a fair amount of work to De-mil them...if they aren't replicas...which would have been a lot of work as well.
  12. I watched the first three episodes before giving up on it. Boring, confusing, no fun at all. Neat sets and clothes, that's about it.
  13. Lovely work. I'm looking forward to seeing the entire aircraft.
  14. Great work! I'll send you my address so you can send it to me...:)
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