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  1. The MD-500 with the registration N58243 is well known from the TV series "Magnum". I took Italeri's AH-6A Nightfox Kit and threw the whole weapon crap into the bin, made some stress with the paint job and some small parts myself. From a distance it looks quite good. I know that I can do it better... but it could be worse, too.
  2. It's done. And it was no fun at all… But probably also because I didn't work on it all at once, but always did a little something. Here he is, the little bugger. From a distance he looks quite good, but please don't get too close! I can definitely do it better...
  3. It's beginning to get annoying, but what one starts should be finished. Unfortunately, the tail with the T-tail is much too heavy, Italeri only plans armed versions, there is of course much more weight in front than on the OH-6A with the V-tail. To make it look more like a model and not a toy, I added the steps on the outriggers and the rear entry aids. As well as the 3 white antennas. The steps are made from punched sheet. I cut the punched parts to get the round shape with straight sides of the original. From the semicircular parts I could build the hinges of the left front d
  4. here I sand off the colour from the attachment points of the skids... In the end it looks like this... and it's quite tail heavy and I start with the corrections.
  5. My construction to fix the front window while drying to the fuselage…
  6. The magnification makes it worse… But as one can see here, I decided to go for seatbelts and some handlebars, but it seems like a window has moved. Grrr… more to correct, but when this is fixed, I can close it. And I have to search for some small decal letters to apply the registration. Usually i would mask and airbrush it, but this will be too small. The model on the photo looks so miserable that I almost thought about cancelling the build report here... but it's just a tiny part in 1/72, I just have to get through it. And you too!
  7. Thanks… and yes, that's right, the pictures are at least four times as big as the model itself... that doesn't make it look better. As I can see in your footer, you know how small it actually is.
  8. Some corrections made, but more important was the assembly of the super-tiny windows: You can mess it up quickly, that's why I tried to glue the windows with Pledge, it spreads well on the windows when it gets messy. And that worked pretty well, but I could only do one pane per hour, because I wanted it to dry out properly. It even survived the subsequent installation of the cockpit... Yes, I know, the right pedals are missing, but no problem, they're not lost… Now I have still to decide whether I'll install seatbelts or not, as I'm n
  9. The famous colour combination is on it and of course it still needs some corrections, these will come after the final assembly. I'm still wondering who at Hughes came up with such a weird colour combination and got away with it with the management. You could actually order the MD500 from the catalogue like that.
  10. Thanks Dermot, good reminder. I built this kit two years ago in another version and yes, now I remember, there was an issue with the windows. Maybe it's a good to replace them with self made ones. Here the old kit in 5x magnification:
  11. Thanks a lot, and You're right, You did mention it. I was confused… Great Picture, by the way. As we now have identified the actual plane, shouldn't I close this thread and start a new one asking directly for pictures of XH175?
  12. Ok, that means, XH175 wore the code J… but did it in August 1969? And as I understood it right, it was already camouflaged then? It would be so great if I could ever seen that plane in that state then. As Phill Keeble wrote, it was in a awful shape and was transported by ship back to Belfast. He wrote: "The engine intakes and nacelles were flattened like a boxer's nose. The thick metal air scoop for the generators had holes punches clean through them- The whole front of the fuselage and wings had been pounded, planished and stripped of paint…" The fibreglass roof o
  13. Oh, thanks… that’s a beginning. The aforementioned flight took place on August 8th, 1969, so this could be the right plane.
  14. Here one can see those ridiculous bubbles the Revell color did produce… so I have to say goodbye to the rivets, which are either way too strongly pronounced. And I once violated all model building laws and now I actually assemble the fuselage without the cockpit. Because the paintwork is really something special, and then you have to mask the little windows? Let me try it like this. I hope that I will be able to push this in afterwards... I can still pluck them apart.
  15. In Phil Keeble's excellent Book "Patrolling the Cold War Skies: Reheat Sunset" he describes a flight in a thunderstorm to Malta. He describes the aircraft with the code 175, but without the two letters in front of it. Does anyone know which Canberra that was exactly? And what it looked like at the time? Or even better: Does anyone have any photos of the plane from that time? Best of all, someone even has photos of the plane after the flight, it must have looked terrible. Where could I find pictures? Ask anyone except Mr. Keeble himself... If
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