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Blue Monday

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  1. Always nice to see aircraft in colours that aren't the norm for it! Great model. BM.
  2. I’ve been looking forward to this RFI! Not disappointed. A superb model in an interesting scheme. BM.
  3. Any update on this build? It is mightily impressive. BM.
  4. That is a fine model of an interesting version of the Sea King. Whirlybirds stuff is always interesting if needing a little modelling skill to get the maximum from. BM.
  5. Nice result from an old kit. BM.
  6. Very interesting subject and a flawless finish. BM.
  7. Great build of an interesting proposed type. BM.
  8. Hi. I had a look on ebay and yes they do command a high enough price. There are a few different versions of the kit, OH-6A, 500M-D Defender, MD500E and the MD530MG Gunship. All are kits of military versions of this helicopter but any of them can be fairly easily converted into the corresponding civilian version. BM.
  9. If you have any further questions, let me know. I will answer as best I can. BM.
  10. The skids on the Kitty Hawk kit are for the Mission Enhanced Little Bird so the skid tubes are a little fatter than for a civilian Model 500. The tailrotor gearbox is also extended by 12 inches (I think) so that will need to be shortened. The tailrotor itself is possibly shorter in diameter too and can come in two- or four-blade versions. It is mounted vertically, not canted like on the MELB. The surface of the fuselage and tailboom features strengthening plates that aren't present on the civilian 500D. Eliminating that and re-instating panel lines and rivet detail would be a big undertaking but can be done. The engine doors should be smooth at the bottom and shouldn't have the faired vent as it appears in the kit. The engine exhaust pipe is also of a smaller diameter than the AH-6J pipe. The instrument panel for the civilian version is different too. A conversion from the AH-6J to the Hughes 500D is possible but lots of work is required. The Dragon 1/35 Hughes 500M-D Defender kit is by far the best starting point for a civilian 500. Hope this is of use. BM.
  11. I'm not sure I get the point you are making. The EH-60 referenced earlier in this thread was a standard UH-60 converted to a semi-stealthy helicopter with various bolt-on additions. That, according to the people who worked on it, had a reduced RCS. The RAH-66 is probably the stealthiest of all helicopters that are currently known of in the white world. The Bin Laden Blackhawk presumably was even more impressive from the point of view of reduced RCS. The "Quiet Helicopter" modifications employed on various helicopters like the Hughes OH-6A "Quiet One"/Hughes 500P and presumably the Bin Laden Blackhawk are not exactly the "flick-of-a-switch Whisper-Mode" tech from the movies. Flying at reduced rotor RPM, like the Hughes "Quiet One" in quiet mode, apparently was on the edge of what was controllable. No turns, no turbulence, nothing but straight-and-level flight. The route in and out would have been mapped for sections to be flown in Quiet Mode and the rest would be at full-RPM. I don't think we have seen the full story of the development of rotary-wing stealthy/LRCS helicopters in the USA. Hopefully some helicopters will be de-classified in the future and we'll get to look behind the veil of secrecy. BM.
  12. I'm pretty sure this isn't an Afghani Hip. The antenna fit might provide a hint......... BM.
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