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  1. I too appreciate these efforts. Hannants had the Zvezda kit in stock last week. It sold out within a day. The biggest issue I have with the AMK kit is the lack of rivets and rough plastic, so I've bought one of the other options... Jon
  2. Thanks. And thanks for the excellent decals - I look forward to using those for the CH-53 later this year. Jon
  3. In 2023 I shall complete: Tan Model 1/48 RF-84F Thunderflash Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom FG.1 Academy 1/48 F-4B Phantom converted to an F-4G Tamiya 1/48 F-4B Phantom Eduard 1/48 Fw190A-5 as an SNCA NC900 Academy 1/48 CH-53E Super Stallion Jon
  4. Thanks for all the help with this one. I finished mine a couple of days ago. There's lots wrong with it (especially the over-drooped blades), but I'm pretty happy overall. I'll be using the same AOA set next year on the CH-53. The AOA decals were amazing; the Academy ones sadly not... Jon
  5. I have one of the sets, but I haven't used it so I can't comment on the quality of the decals. I also can't comment on accuracy, but they do include a photo or two of the actual machine. Jon
  6. Art Scale do quite a few sheets: https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=363071&code=&product_type_id=all_decals&scale_id=955&keyword_search=AH-1&setPerPage=25&currency_id= Jon
  7. The thread that just keeps giving. Thank you Jon
  8. These images are super-helpful (in addition to the fantastic walkaround from Dave Roof) - especially as the first one gives a slightly better view of the underside. Quick question: What is the cross section of the thing circled in red? Is it circular, oval, flat or something else? Thanks for the help - much appreciated. Jon
  9. Here's a quick and easy method I used last week: Clamp blade to steel rule using a clamp and magnets. Dunk in near-boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Result: This is for 1/48 CH-46 blades. Jon
  10. Dan, This is great - thank you for such a thorough reply. Does that mean the eroded leading edge should be a metallic colour (the nickel strip)? Cheers Jon
  11. Here are some photos I've found of 157667 which would indicate a very light brownish grey would be correct:
  12. Well, surely you agree the highlighted sections aren't black, weathered, faded or otherwise? Unless I'm missing something really obvious?
  13. I have to confess to being a bit confused. 157664 was originally an F, but should have had fibreglass blades by 2006? Here's some better images from the instructions. I think you can see why I'm tempted to go with a very dull metallic colour: Jon
  14. Thanks. That what I would have thought, but a CH-46 mech on FB has just informed me it should be metallic, so I'll go with that. Cheers Jon
  15. I've a feeling I might be asking quite a few questions of this group... I'm making the CH-46E in this image, from AOA : The rotor blades are pretty worn, but what I don't know is what colour they wore down to. It is metallic, or grey? Any help is appreciated Jon
  16. Hello, I'm starting Academy's 1/48 CH-46E today and will be using the AOA decals to model 157664 EH-03. AOA supply three great photos of this airframe, but they are a little small and only partial on the left side. I've done quite a lot of Googling, but not come up with any more images. Is anyone aware of any more photos of this airframe from the 2006 USS Bantaan deployment with HMM-264? Just looking for more references. Many thanks for your consideration Jon
  17. That is a -6. This is an interpretation of the original scheme - there's at least one more (e.g. with floats in blue). There is a photo of the original airframe kicking around. 8563 also wore a different silver scheme earlier in its life. Jon
  18. The -6 also had a different front fuselage behind the cowling and the cowling itself was different to the earlier variants. None of the 1/48 kits have it correct. It's not widely remarked upon (e.g. not mentioned at all in the Ginter book) but obvious when you start comparing photos of -5s and -6s. Jon
  19. No problem and thanks for the answer. Looks like such a great scheme I'll get the sheet anyway 🙂 Cheers Jon
  20. This poster has not been on ARC since 2017, so I don't think I'm going to get any joy, but did any of the photos he had get posted or published anywhere? I would like to buy this Caracal sheet and make 'Cilda' but I need to know if this aircraft had the large drag chute housing or the smaller ventral keel? I think it probably had the larger housing, but 45th TRS polka-dot aircraft had both kinds and I'd like to be sure. I don't fancy converting the Tanmodel kit to remove the large chute housing as that's already proving enough of a ballache on the Kinetic F-84F I'm backdating...
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