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    This century, I will mostly be building helicopters...

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  1. Same guy was originally selling the WhirlyBirds stuff under a different account - I bought a few items about six months ago, immediately prior to him setting up the above-linked one... ....I did have to 'prompt' him in order to get combined postage on the multiple purchases, as eBay wasn't doing it automatically (presumably due to his 'settings' input) - so I'd recommend 'adding to basket' to check total postage costs first, and negotiating accordingly if necessary...
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/aircraftmodels 'Old' stock is still being sold off under the WhirlyBirds label, and gradually replaced by 'new' under the Air-Craft branding...
  3. "Mine countermeasures equipment, left, installed aboard an RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter for use by Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) during Operation INTENSE LOOK": https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6396338
  4. Over the many years that I've sold built models on eBay (exact same category as Darren), I've never once had any complaint about breakage or damage - when packaging them up, I too make sure that there's plenty of room inside the box to avoid contact with the sides and allow leeway to move... ....however, I simply use loosely layered lightly-crumpled sheets of newspaper as the packing material - and also cocoon each model in either a sealed (stapled or taped) lightweight plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag), or clingfilm/wrap; the former for smaller ones, the latter for larger. Should anyt
  5. Recently downloaded almost a full set of the NHA's 'Rotor Review' magazines, and on starting to read through them found an article with reference to - and a couple of photos of - the CH-53Es briefly operated by VC-5 in the mid/late 1980s: Note how the first image has the checker band around the rear fuselage and the 'UE' tailcode, whilst the second has only a checker band around the tail...
  6. eBay. Sell them individually, or in small lots. Price them to sell, and whilst some may go 'cheap', you might just be pleasantly surprised at what others will fetch. Either way, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that they'll be appreciated by the buyers...
  7. Engine intakes and filters (where provided) were separate parts on all the Fujimi - and now Academy - H-53s, Gunny, as seen in the sprue shots here: https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/USMC-CH-53D-Operation-Frequent-Wind.html Likewise, the Airfix (and MPC) kits featured both intake types - but only the early-style tanks... ....whilst that Fujimi German version doesn't have any external tanks at all - or EAPS filters (hence the "where provided" above)...
  8. Adding to this thread as a follow-on to your "late RH-53D" pic over in the 'Eagle Claw' one, @YF65_CH53E - another 'low-vis' RH:
  9. I'm one who also spends far and away much more time on researching than actual modelling - and frequently, the more I research and gather information and photos on a subject, the more ambitious my plans become... ....often leading from an initial intention to build a model of 'x' to a project encompassing several or more models of 'x' incorporating the differences of various versions, guises and schemes - all, of course, necessitating further research... ....and when I'm producing my own decals for some of the planned builds, that, in turn, leads to yet more research - increasing fur
  10. C'mon, Gunny, told you before...
  11. Negative, Gunny, Italeri's MH-53J did NOT have the composite blades, only the metal ones: https://www.italeri.com/en/product/2036 Likewise Revell's re-boxing of it: https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/Mh-53J-Pave-Low-III.html No 1/72 kit of a six-bladed version has included composite blades - there have only been resin aftermarket sets. The only kits I'm aware of that provide both type are the Revell 1/48 GA and GS/G...
  12. You can do direct comparisons of the contents of the two kits here: https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/Sikorsky-CH53GA.html#gallery_start https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/CH-53-GS-G.html#gallery_start The plastic appears to be the same in both, except that the GA has an additional sprue which includes the large 'towel rack' aerial.
  13. Always good to learn more aboot Canadian Labs...
  14. Only a tiny photo, unfortunately, but this is the sole 'light gray' single-engined H-1 that I've ever found a pic of: http://www.chinalakealumni.org/1992/157177 HH-1K 30APR92 CLK W-Munzenmaier.jpg
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