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  1. Hey guys, late to the party, but I figured I would add this bit of detail regarding the kit. For some strange reason, the main gun turret is wrong. On the actual aircraft, the turret is just a wrap around type, not enclosed. Some of you master builders would likely have no issue correcting this problem with precise dremel work or other method, it would be a shame to hide the details of the rotating 20 Mike-Mike! But this change creates another issue. The turret is designed to hold the weight provided, and might explain the mistake, so you would have to find another method of making certain she doesn't become a tail sitter. And I forgot to mention, the gun is represented with the three rotating barrels which affix to the turret exactly where you need to cut out the turret and the gun receiver detail is completely lacking. This would have to be scratch built. It does not look that complex to do, but I digress, I know nothing about scratch building, except that many of you giants make it look so easy. For those with less skills, like myself, there is a solution from Werner's Wings, a correction set that replaces the turret and some components of the cannon, basically the only kit part you use with this correction set, is the barrels, the body/receiver comes with the correction set as resin bits. Anyway, this kit has been out for some time now, but this was not noted in the review, unless my reading is bad. Just wanted anyone looking to buy this kit to have a heads up. The only other noted defect, is the tail number of the hi-vis is apparently off. The decal is "168003", but in reality, it should be "168803". You can steal the 8 from the unused number and replace the "0". Should not be too difficult a task, using a straight edge as a guide should get even someone of my low skills, in the ballpark. Anyway, I had never heard of this brand when I made my return to model making, and their kits just grew on me really quick. The level of detail is incredible in my view, their 35th scale Blackhawks may not be perfect, but the level of detail is leaps and bounds above the older Academy kits, which I have three versions of. I look forward to building this, hopefully in the not too distant future. Nice review Mike, as always, Anthony
  2. My friend Dan told me about the crazy high import taxes, that apparently kick in at a low level in the UK, and he is worried that it will get a whole lot worse, once Brexit kicks in fully. It's a shame that your government likes to take a big bite out of every quid that you earn. I complained to him about the Philippines, any package over $200 is hit with a 40% tax, otherwide, the fee is only $2 on anything that isn't a letter. Anyway, good talking to you, happy modeling (if there is such a thing), Anthony
  3. I just checked them out, they certainly do look the same, the price is a lot higher than what I have found from the DSPIAE store on aliexpress. I have never used that site and am curious why everyone thinks it's a shady place to buy items? Is there a lot of bad sellers? Some things I buy online in the Philippines, where I live, are COD. This takes all the risk of buying, almost zero. They don't make money unless the item arrives and I pay for it. I would however, trust their shop, since their repution as an honorable dealer is on the line. Anyway, I look forward to buying these nippers, I have their micro drill, and if that is any indication of the quality, this would make a perfect cutter for those in our artform. Cheers, Anthony
  4. I have been trying to buy a pair of these for some time now, having first found them on ebay, along with a bunch of other tools by the same company. I never heard of them either, but the slick color choice, being the bright red that car owners with a similar color can attest (police have an eye for red cars), that makes their tools hard to ignore. Looking over some macro pictures and videos, it's like a masterful culk leader, taking you in, I sprung for their micro drill set. I too was just as impressed with their quality and accuracy. The only downside in my opinion, was the method used to lock the bits into the tool. But that is based more on my ignorance of the type of bits used for the tool, which have a round based and come from the CNC world, so the must be locked into the tool, and DSPIAE uses a small screw on the side. The choice of a typical CNC bit style, makes buying new bit easy. They could have gone with a proprietary method, but have allowed us to buy replacement bits anywhere, which is a nice thing. Companies like Apple could learn a thing or two from DSPIAE, giving the end user the freedom to buy what works for them. The other tools from this company, no doubt carry the same quality level as both the micro drill and these nippers apparently do, I am hoping to collect as many of their tools as possible, with focus on their mitre cutter and PE bending tool. The latter appears to rival one from the bigger companies. As a carpenter, I learned the importance of using the right tool for the job. DSPIAE has created a line of tools that is just that, the right tools. I am not prone to gushing either, but I do know that the most quiet people, are always the happiest (or about to climb a clock tower with a hunting rifle). What I mean to say, all too often, the only voice we hear, are the complaining type. I have made it a habit of being just as loud when praise was warranted. But I don't praise everything, only when something truly exceeds my expectations. I have now, nor ever, received anything free from any company, which is a shame, because I am poor and could use a lot of freebies (hint hint) Thanks for the review, although I quite expected it to be positive. And for those who don't know, there is a newer 3.0 version of these nippers on the market. Cheers, Anthony D'Agostino PS. Does anyone else feel like a naughty kid when they says nippers, or is just the kid in me?
  5. Glad I found this thread, I too have been drawn into their decals, but now that you say they are printed by an ink jet, I am a bit nervous, since I just put in an offer for a set of decals today. Hopefully they reject it, but if they don't, I will have to buy them. I won't be using them anytime soon, but when I do, I will come back with a review. Wish me luck in NOT having my offer accepted. Cheers, Anthony
  6. As soon as I read half of the sentence, my brain kicked in, that's logical now. I guess my brain envisioned a hybrid chainsaw/drill machine made by the gods of some dying star. What you said about the tanks also just clicked, that us why the MH-53E has those giant sponsors, so it doesn't need the extra fuel tanks, another "duh" moment. OK, here is the kicker. In your open, you said this. I am not sure what you meant there, because I have two identical kits. I have been trying to find the CH-53E, but it is gone, no store has them, and the only person on ebay selling one, want nearly triple the price, which I won't be doing, too broke. I guess my only other confusion, is the BIGSET, but I think you confirmed it to me. The PE does work, especially the exterior stuff. The only interior parts that work, are the cockpit. Everything else from the interior set, is useless on this build. Would that be an accurate statement? Anyway, thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful build, she really is a thing of beauty. While I may have two birds, I guess I can configure one in folded position, with engines open etc, just for creative difference. I definely have a lot of time to research out my plans. Since I am unable to truly start the build yet, I think I will start by correcting the lack of surface detail, which can by done long before the build starts. I found Galaxy models rivet tool, which looks a lot better than the plastic trumpeter set. It's a little more expensive, but if the reviews are accurate, probably worth it for durability and ease of use. I looked at some close-up photos of the tail, some places have two lines of revits on both side of a panel line. That is four lines of rivets, together! In some areas, it looks like rivets held together by skin, not the other way around. Finally, the only thing I need to consider now, is whether or not to spend the extra cash on Black Dogs engine/electronics big set. I am sure you have seen them, and it adds a lot of super detail, especially good for those of us that don't know anything about scratch building. Something that I have never done before. Most of what I will be doing with these kits, will be totally new to me. I just hope I can gain skills rapidly, I am already 50, not getting any younger any time soon. Cheers, Anthony
  7. It's a shame they are going to give us grief with these figures, we know that they only add pennies to their cost to manufacture, yet they want to add another 60 dollars to an already expensive kit? Sucks, but poor people like me just can't afford to buy the kits at all, if they charge that much money, when I can buy an Academy kit for $50 elsewhere. I know that these kits have surpassed the Academy offerings by leaps and bounds, mostly in the cabin though, and when you try to justify the huge expense, over the kits that look just as good from a far, the wife knows something is wrong. I guess I have never lost that guilty look from my childhood days. Anyway, your review kit has different figures than other kits did, for instance, the fast roping soldier, which is something I definitely want for my proposed diorama, several fast ropers actually. I am sure that live resin will come out with them in no time, if jot already. As for these figures not going with this kit, that also makes no sense, this is the most likely kit to see guys fast roping from, if you build the Somalia version anyway, also a shame. I am sure that a set of werner's wings decals can fix the issue of the ISSS installation, there has to be some information about a serial which did have these installed at some point during the transition time after 2000. I just wish I could find out which birds I actually took rides in, so I can make exacting replicas of those birds, it would mean a lot more to me, and the guys that piloted them as well. Anyway, very nice review, now if you would so kind, and ship me your free sample, so I can get started building it for you! Cheers, Anthony
  8. Wow, what a great looking build, makes me thirsty to build the two MH-53E I have in my stash! I do have a few questions, if you don't mind, starting with the PE. I have never found a eduard set for the MH-53E, but I thought that most of the BIGSET for the CH-53E would work with this kit. Is that accurate? I have also seen some very nice aftermarket RESKIT rotorhead and tail sets, they seem amazingly precise, did you consider these sets, and if so, what made you reject them for this build? RESKIT also makes seats w/ armor plates, have you seen those? If you built another kit, would you consider them, or just repeat what you have done here? Finally, I am unsure of the final build configuration, but every photo I have found, shows extra fuel tanks on both sides of the sponsons. Does the kit contain these fuel tanks, or the proper mounting gear for them? I am sure when it comes time to build mine, I will have a thousand questions, I hope you don't mind me coming back to pick your brain. Don't worry, it won't happen any time soon, I have neither the space, or the equipment to truly start building again, and I have a whole lot of practice that needs doing before I can consider building one of these birds. It will be interesting to see how different my first build is, from my second build, when I get around to them. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration, Anthony D'Agostino PS. The grill on the tail, was that part of the eduard set, or did you scratch build that? Also, what in the world is "chain drill"?
  9. Been some time since I posted anything on the forum due to personal issues keeping me from my hobby unfortunately. But this month, I was able to purchase this kit, and the KH50004 kit, which also contains figures. I do worry that the figures are pirated, and the real figures are being sold separately for a bigger profit, I hope that is not the case. Anyway, I plan to use these figures with a Blackhawk, and fit the weapons systems on this kit, I do need to procure a second pilot though, as this one will be configured in flight. I love the review, it's in depth enough to give us a real good head start, so thank you for this. I do have a few questions, mainly regarding the weapons systems in the kit. What are your impressions of the mini-gun? Is it made well enough to install, or would we be better off getting one from the aftermarket arena? I can only see the mini-gun, hydra rockets (I think that's what they are called) and hellfires. Is there an option to install a GAU-19 or Mk19? My kits won't arrive until I return from exile for a month, so I am very curious to know more about the kits I just purchased. The next buys hopefully will be their ( )H-60 kits, I think they exceed the older academy kits in the way of details by leaps and bounds, just wish they were a bit more affordable oob. Cheers, Anthony
  10. Yes and no. Not sure where/when this was taken, but it does show the typical uniform mismatch with body armor. This style of flak jacket is old old old school, if you wear one to a battle, I pity you. The newer vest that we had circa 2003, had a total coverage front flap, which then held the ceramic plates, the ones that actually stop bullets. At that time, it may have been supply issues, order issues or some other problem in the chain. All the vests we got were the ballistic type, and all of them were in the woodland colors. Whether accidental, or by design, the mismatched armor actually gave the soldiers better visual results, breaking up their shape against the terrain. Probably some supply clerk will claim purposeful ordering, when the truth likely is based on the supply issues, only having woodland vests during that time. This was the period when the US Army was transitioning to the short lived ACU, which was more like pajamas than a battle ready uniform. Even the closures were all velcro. Anyone that has tried to be silent, and had to pee, knows how loud ripping open a freshly made fly is. I don't know if the latest Army uniforms have rid themselves of all the velcro closures, I sure hope so. Buttons are silent, and when silence matters, that's what you want when pee time eventually arrives. Depending on your job, you have to keep and carry out your waste with you, another fun fact. Try pooping into an MRE bag, then rolling it up and sticking it in your ruck. Cheers, Anthony
  11. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I keep waiting for blood to shoot out of his arm sockets, and the screaming to start (regarding the last photo of the soldier facing the camera). This is 35th scale, correct? Phenomenal work! I am curious, did you intend for the flak jacket to be different in appearance against the BDU's (battle dress uniform for those who need to know)? This change of color/saturation from the uniform, adds tremendously to the realism. Unlike the uniform, the flak jacket (grrrrr, autospell has been changing flak to flack, annoying) spends most of its life, building up dirt, oil and other contaminants without much cleaning. Since a Joe can't throw it in a washing machine, it pretty much doesn't get cleaned. Every once in a blue moon, it might be washed off via hose and bar soap, but that's about it. These were thankfully replaced with actual ballistic vests with SAPI inserts, making the flak jacket obsolete and used primarily for training only. At least that was my experience with them, maybe some jobs still require that over the ballistic vest, but I can't think of one. If anyone knows, please let me know. Its good to be back, albeit probably on a limited basis, Anthony
  12. Wow brother, that looks AMAZING! No matter how long it takes to apply, it can't be any longer than painting by freehand to the same results, probably even longer. These decals are extremely accurate, both in color and pattern. They probably even sell cold weather pattern and warm weather. While the pattern is the same on both, the material of the cold always looked darker than the warm. While it was against regulations to mix your uniform, it was never enforced, because half the time, we lacked the inventory to have matching sets, which is embarrassing. During the early 2000's, we would were desert patter uniforms, which were the same pattern, just the tan/brown colors. We had woodland vests, both flack vests and ballistic vests, this helped break up our body at distances, making the whole pattern more effective. Something to consider for anyone doing US Army patterns in the mid 90's until 2005. Cheers mate, it really is gorgeous! Anthony
  13. That's an understatement my friend, she looks great! So am I correct, did the kit skip these details (t-locks, commander intercooler box, that awesome pull chain for the troop compartment, all the other details made from white plastic)? Or did you just replace the kit parts because they were inferior? Cheers, Anthony
  14. As a novice model builder, but a professional painter in my time, I recommend you wait on the fix for a few days, just to allow the paints to fully harden. That way, when you sand the area, the new tape won't damage the finish. Plus, it might be a nice look if you find the panel lines where the damage is, and repaint the panels just like a repair on the real aircraft. Then it would not matter if the repaint is different, it would actually add to the realism. That said, the subtle differences do show up in the pictures, just enough to allow everyone to understand what you were going for, and accident or not, you nailed it. She looks great! Cheers, Anthony
  15. Reminds me of a guy that makes his own swatches with every new paint he puts on his paint shelf. If memory serves, he sprays one half, and hand paints the other, just so he can see the actual color as painted. Not a bad idea at all. This guy has the ability to build 1:1 scale, flying models. Many of us mere mortals, can't afford to build 1:48 scale plastic models, this site is just a vulgar display of unending wealth! Even though I am green with envy, I will check out their site, no matter how miserable it makes me feel. A true master class that proves this "if they don't make the version you want oob, then make your own!" I have forgotten how much I learned from that WIP, thanks again, Mr. Ed Anthony
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