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  1. Man, a little LATE to this conversation! I too am building a couple of Lynxes, one Royal Marines AH.7 and one French Navy Mk.2/4 (FN). I started with the Airfix AH.1 kit and ended up buying a Mk.8 for the BERP blades and newer tail rotor to update it to a Mk.7. I just bought replacement parts from Hobby Boss for the correct "foot" windows and intake covers (which I will cut-out the screens and place some fine tea bags (it's an American thing!) over them) for realism. So after buying a NeOmega Lynx set for the engine mods to see if it fits on the Airfix kit (it doesn't!), I'll have to make a few resin copies and modify them to work on both kits! Now, that just leaves buying ANOTHER Mk.8 kit for the BERP blades and tail rotor, plus some Pavla export seats, French sponsors, AirGraphics AH.7 weapons, the correct MRP paints, and MAYBE a Pavla interior! With the additional Berna decals I purchased, this has become a VERY expensive pair of models but you should see the plans I have for my French Army and Royal Marines Gazelles! Oh well, C'est La Vie! WARDOG
  2. Yep, Gloss White for the gear and wheel wells. It's easier to see fluid leaks on the gear struts and in the wheel wells. WARDOG
  3. Hi PhantomBigStu, As mentioned, those B-1B resin accessories are a bit costly but, if you want an accurate model, you will need them! It will also require extensive amounts of effort to put everything together to achieve the final results. A Dremel grinding/cutting tool will definitely come in handy! I ended-up purchasing all the mods except for their wheels and wing gloves. It means that I now have a kit that I purchased in the 80's for less than $30.00 that is now well over $100.00! Cheers, WARDOG
  4. Hi Phreak, I know I have some Cut then Add decals for a Thai Harrier (IF you need some!) but I'll have to check to see if I have any resin Stencil seats around. I heard that KP is supposed to be coming out with an Alpha Jet but I'm not sure if it'll be new or a re-box! I will soldier-on with my very old MPC (Airfix) kit with a Pavla cockpit, intakes and exhausts, Stencil seats, and a Master pitot. I'm also trying to modify the tail cone with the chaff/flares and E.C.M. bumps. All I need now are the correct Portuguese decals; all the ones available now have the rescue arrow in German, instead of the Portuguese over English details! Give me a buzz, (glynnj(at)swbell(dot)net WARDOG
  5. Hi Darthspur, The YOV-10D Night Observation Gunship System version used in Vietnam had a M197 20mm gun on the belly and a F.L.I.R. detector/laser target designator under the nose. It was successful but there were no funds for it. The old Airfix kit has these features and two Hellfire missiles, (which definitely were NOT used in Nam') one for each of the wing pylons. The proposed OV-10X would have used two Hellfires on each underling pylon, but again, funding never showed up. I don't have a lot of info on the OV-10Gs used in Afghanistan except they had a laser designator in the nose and the four-bladed Hartzell props. Trying to decide if I want to build my Airfix kit but REALLY want to complete my Academy OV-10 with Philippine Air Force decals and somebody's four-bladed props (COME ON, QuickBoost!). Please post some pics, WARDOG
  6. Sure wish that was in 72nd scale! WARDOG
  7. Hi Daryl, The first rendition of Helo Drab in acrylic, I believe, was by Testors Model Master. I like it and it is a much better shade than their enamel so I will be using it for my Army helos. Slater, Yes, the earlier, Vietnam-era helos were in FS34087 Olive Drab. It is a more brownish-green color than the later Helo Drab color. Cheers, WARDOG
  8. Also, For FS numbers, the lower the last three digits, the darker the shade. So -031 would be darker than -087. Take Care, WARDOG
  9. Ciao Luigi, I appreciate the information. I did compare the Dragon stuff against the Zvezda and ICM kit and as you say, the Dragon stuff is a little "smallish". But, I don't entirely trust either manufacturer completely. I trust Zvezda a little more but I have found differences in weapon sizes in different kit also! I sure wouldn't mind having some of the beautiful resin weapons that are out there but I fear the budget for them would be higher than the real weapons budget of Uzbekistan! Miller Grazie, WARDOG
  10. Hello All, Anybody have an opinion on which paints are more accurate for splinter AJSH-37 and/or two-grays JA-37 Viggens; Hakata or MRP? I need to get going on building and displaying my Viggens and want to do them correctly! Cheers, WARDOG
  11. Hi All, I have a number of Dragon air-to-air, air-to-ground, and rocket and bomb sets bought years ago to up-date my Soviet/Russian Kits. They are nice and while not quite Result quality, they do fit the bill at a (then) reasonable cost. My question is; Are their missiles a little "small" in length and diameter? Not having access to reliable drawings or dimensions, I'm just not sure! Any and all input appreciated, WARDOG
  12. Thanks, Steve. Pretty good info there. WARDOG
  13. Ciao, Giampiero! I sent you some drawings to your email that might be helpful. Salut, WARDOG
  14. Please disregard, I was able to locate the correct info on a RNZN site. Answered to question: FS36440 Light Gull Gray. Thanks All, WARDOG
  15. Hi All, Anybody know the correct overall color used on the later New Zealand SH-2Gs? I have the EXCELLENT 1/72 conversion for the Airfix kit and want do use the later, overall gray scheme. When searching on the net for decal sheet info, I only seem to find the standard, three color scheme as used on U.S. and Polish birds. All help appreciated, WARDOG
  16. I have struggled mightly for years in trying to match modern French colors for my Armee de L'Aire interceptors and bombers, Aeronaval fighters and helicopters, and A.L.A.T. helicopters! Many of the current paint manufacturers just Don't get it right, at least to my old eyes, anyway! Allez, ma cousins Francaise, we NEED some correct paints! There is definitely a market for them! Glynn "WARDOG" Jacobs
  17. Buona Sera, Giampiero! I would do a Google search on "Kazakhstan MiG-27 decals" and you should come up with different color schemes and instruction sheets with painting guides. Ciao, Buona Fortuna! WARDOG
  18. Hi Andy, Don't know if it is in the FS system or not but try 33307. In the FS system, the first number is the "sheen" i.e., 1 - Gloss, 2 - Semi-gloss, and 3 - Flat. The second number would be the tone (my word, for lack of a better memory!) where 5 = Blues, 6 = Grays, and 3 = Browns, 4 = Greens, etc. Give it a shot until someone comes up with a concise answer. Cheers, WARDOG
  19. Nope, That was an Air Force Osprey, not one from the Marines! Cheers, WARDOG
  20. A VERY good forum here with lots of GREAT info! In spite of it all, I guess I will still just use my old KP kit with the Carpena decals "F" nose, and maybe bash-on some Hasegawa main wheels and possibly, fuel tanks. It's "The bird in hand syndrome"! Now, all I need is a set of Madagascar decals! (Prematurely gave mine away years ago!). Cheers, WARDOG
  21. Hello, old Friend! For modern Russian weapons, you can also check ResKit. They have a wonderful amount of Russian bombs, missiles, and rockets/pods in 72nd scale. They are not cheap but, they are beautiful representations of Russian weapons (some with photo-etch fins for added realism). Shop around for the best prices! ICM weapons sets are best avoided. Their weapons are very crude, but their load-drawings are nice! If you use Google, you can look for something like "MiG-29 1/72" for example, and you should get a lot of referrals and pictures for different MiG-29 kits and accessories. There are a also some sites which will show the instruction sheets like Super Hobby and others (forgot another site, "1999..." something or another!). Sometimes, I use other scales too for different paint scheme information or weapons loads. Try it out and see if it works! Hope this helps, WARDOG
  22. Hi Larry, I too have bought, but not used a set (1st Generation Harriers) of their decals. I do like the fact that there are specific stencils for each aircraft option so that you could build ALL the options instead of one or two. Let me know if/when you might want some 72nd Harrier decals (like for a Thai AV-8A or TAV-8A!). WARDOG
  23. Hi Larry, I'd say very light Gray also! Compare the gloss White pilot's helmet to the aircraft's paint. It's my method of color-checking these photos, look for a color I "know" and use it to compare another color to. Take Care, WARDOG
  24. Aye, she IS a beauty! Unfortunately, I have heavily invested in the Hasegawa kit with a lot of resin parts so.... I'm also not such a big fan of photo-etch but I WOULD like a copy of that bigger SLAR pod to make mine an accurate Argentine bird though! (I wish they would sell that separately!). Cheers, WARDOG
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