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Everything posted by troschi

  1. Experience tells me: Be patient - maybe until next year or some time later...
  2. What a large innovation. Just the 48 scale schemes scaled down to 72 but finally they have the depth charges and their carriers also in a regular boxing and not just in a "speciale italia" one and the Tamiya rebox. The V-leg oleo is wrong for Italian a/c AFAIK. EDIT: But they supply both types...
  3. Hi Bjorn, I like your Mils! I don't see any thick decals on the Mi-2 in the final result. I also have some decal sheets made by DF HeloStuff and keep in mind that they have (unlike large scale production decals) a continuous carrier film which covers the whole sheet. As mentioned in the handling instructions, every decal item has to be cut out individually 2-3 mm around the edge of each symbol.
  4. True, think I mentioned it earlier. But as stated above, the engine cowling is only the more bulgy one with HH-65A and B which used Lycoming engines. HH-65C have the standard dauphin Turbomeca turbines and therefore have standard "upright" engine cowlings.
  5. Why should they? AFAIK, the HH-65 Charlie models run Turbomeca engines instead of Lycoming with tha A and B models. Therefore, with HH-65C the engine housing is the same as with any other ordinary Dauphin.
  6. completely true - the three tone camo was and is only on a/c with low-viz titles, numbers and stencils. For the earlier scheme, most stencils are missing on the decal sheet. Have a look at www.df-helostuff.de!
  7. That wouldn't help that much as the AB-204 the Bundesheer flew has the original Huey fuselage, based on the short UH-1A/B/C and its variations. The kit represents a long bodied "Slick", a D and/or H model.
  8. We have discussed this earlier. I can agree on that. In his EBay auctions he does not mention the true time frame, you may be right. Though he states explicitly that one has to be patient and if you're not, he kindly requests not to do a purchase.
  9. Loads of stuff announced (also a Wasp conversion), let's see what we will get in the end:
  10. They tried to consider some of the differences with their PE parts. They include antennae, fuselage piping, some smaller other things, a rescue basket and hoist sling. Hoist, fuel jettison pipe and two other small parts are provided in resin. The modeller has to fill the port aft window and door panel lines of the AS-365 on his own. I haven't done any measurements so far but I think the stbd aft cabin window should be larger with a HH-65. The modeler needs to remove/cut away the civilian sliding door rails. The aft cabin is completely empty. The front seats are incorrect for a HH-65. IMHO major issue: Turbomeca engine housing and exhausts instead of the more bulgy lycoming engine tunnels and different exhaust section - not an easy fix. If you prefer a log nose HH-65C, then it's fine as long as you get a nose (Air Graphics - maybe soon) decals are provided for an overall international orange one from operation Enduring Freedom with the large shark on the stbd engine. Futhermore you have the chance to model an aircraft in the old color scheme. For this anyway you will need gear well doors (not included) and another "Coast Guard" lettering which was bigger and without "U.S" but which is missing on the decal sheet. Despite the fact that the sheet provides all station names and a set of numbers to model your individual a/c it's not very convincing. This applies one the one hand for the representation of the shark (there is also a second one with a better grey included on a small correction sheet) and on the offer hand it's because of the inclompleteness. Not only the wrong titles as mentioned above but also missing " Coast Guard" lettering for the lower elevator surfaces. All in all it's a good starting point and definitely better than any other attempt with Matchbox/Revell but one has to invest a little effort.
  11. An USCG HH-65A/B Dolphin with PE fret including rescue basket has been released. Decals are included for both red and red-white scheme. Moreover, a Chinese armed Z-9 is also available now.
  12. I ordered several items from him and evrything arrived after some weeks waiting. He resides in Ceuta, northern Africa which make things quite complicated.
  13. huuuh? The different Top Gun Mi-14 kits are available (again) for ca. 4 years now and only the number of the boxings and decal varieties rose from time to time. Nevertheless, the original kit (first released w/o any decals) is around since the 1990s and very delicate - but certainly nothing for the faint-hearted. Rivet counters argue that the fuselage width is too small. Alternatively, Armory provides a conversion for Zvezda's Mi-17 which fits also to Hobbyboss' Mi-17 with some work. Neomega also has a Mi-14PS conversion for HB in the pipeline.
  14. Hi Matt, step 28 are the external fuel tanks. Open airbrakes are unlikely when the a/c is on the ground and engine off. But I see your scooter is piloted. I also have the kit on my bench and got hold of some reference books but haven't achieved to study them completely yet. Just a speculation, the A-4 A/B had another (weaker) engine than the following versions and according to the photo material, most of the depicted scooters carried the tanks. But the outer wing stations were empty then. I opted for the tanks and a single Bullpup on the centerline station for mine. I also thought about a triple ejector rack...
  15. the short nose is included in KHs second boxing Item No. KH 80109: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234980039-148-harbin-z-9bcw-haitun-new-variant-by-kitty-hawk-released/
  16. Laurie, sorry, but I see another point. As the Junglies didn't have any sonar equipment, there is no sonar tunnel tube at the fuselage belly. Juglies, HAR.3 and HU.5 had it blanked off with a panel. The horizontal stabilizer does not only have no support strut, it is also smaller than the one of the SH-3H as represented by Hasegawa.
  17. For what reason? I have the impression that the engine housing is too big...
  18. Although SM lists the Revell 72nd Huey as a Hasegawa moulding, the RoG UH-1H/Ds could rather be considered as copies of the original Hasegawa mould. Revell improved and added some details here and there whereas the original Hasegawa kit has a finer surface structure with e.g. raised rivets on the tailboom instead of raised panel lines. Whether it's Hasegawa or Revell, these are tough kits and not for the faint-hearted. To make a nice looking Huey out of it, you have to invest some extra work. Good luck and an enjoyabe build though!
  19. http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/testshots-vorgestellt-douglas-c-54-von-revell-im-massstab-172/2015/ a translator may be used at your discretion ... Summary: Great!
  20. Nobody has seen any parts yet but the modelers have nothing better to do than to complain. Obviously bigger manufacturers keep their fingers away from an Ecureuil/Squirrel for whatever reason. So there was Miku - what you got there was more something of a caricature of an Ecureuil - Dimensions and Proportions were awkward. Mach 2 makes such mistakes sometimes as well but I think they will get it better than Miku. And why 1:48? There are better kits, but the Heller kit is still useable... I suppose a modeller who considers to buy a Mach 2 product knows what he will get in the end. The Miku kit is around for 2-3 times the price of the Mach 2 kit and you will have no real advantage with it. Yes, I'm afraid of the clear parts and curious how he (M. Palix) will do the rather delicate starflex rotorhead. But overall, I'm happy at first that somebody will do an Ecureuil! If it'll be crap - I can also stay away from a purchase then.
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