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  1. This is a title that I have found a useful guide Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures by Katherine Dewey. I think I downloaded it as a .pdf some time ago and should be able to find it on a cd smewhere if you'd like me to look, otherwise it is well worth buying.
  2. Very nice! A subject that you don't see every day!
  3. Thanks for your kind words. I will be building a New Zealand SH-2G , and hopefully at some point a US Navy Combat Rescue UH-2B in Camouflage, hence actually making a mould of the converted Doghouse. I am very new to posting anything other than comments on the forum, so apologies for any clumsiness, especially jumping in on corsaircorps Seasprite thread, when I should have been posting here.
  4. They look superb, I am afraid I was lazy and cheated. After gluing on the PE seatbelts I made a mould from the Kitty Hawk ones and cast mine. I've taken a chance and put the glaxing on around the cockpit , hoping that I@ll be able to reach and paint the seats afterwards. I took a chance on the lower seat cushions not being sheepskin... Cabin seats are chunky ones left over from an Italeri H-34, but as your doing a gunship, I shouldnt think that will be a concern.
  5. No, both are the revell 1/48th (49th) kit. the Antarctic one is an attempt to recreate the airfix 1/72 scale kit, but isn a more suitable scale. a kit I loved ever since I was bought home on my way from Nursery school, so I would have been about four or five years old, and it would have been around 1969! Probably the first model kit I ever tried to build! the other is a Whirlwind HAS7 so has a lot of modifications, but all of them cummulative and minor in their own right. i find that helicopters are often greater (in effect) than the sum of their parts and every litle bit helps...
  6. Throw yourself into it Mike, I am by no means much of a modeller, but I have found that building helicopters in 1/48th to be really satisfying. The more detail you can add, the more you'll feel like you are getting somewhere, Helicopters are nothing if not masses of texture and fine detail. For years I was accumulating Revell H-19's feeling like they were beyond me to make any sort of worthwhile progress, but with the availability of Phot etch for the Grilles, silicone moulding rubbers and urethane resins for copying parts (original and recasts) made me feel that the time was right
  7. Wish I'd seen it, it would have saved a lot of agony, and doubtlless better than What I've been able fashion.
  8. Thanks for your encouragement. I must admit that my references for much of what I@ve done so fare have been the old Aviation News drawings and the £D rendered images for the Clearprop 1/72 kit! I have downloaded some walkaround pictures and I@ll be using them from now regarding the relevant detail for the undercarriage and exterior.
  9. Progress so far. This weekend I will be hoping to complete the undercarriage and the surface detailing and get the cyclics and collectives into the cockpit. Possibly worth mentioning is the filling. Where the radome was I've mostly filled in with plasticard lamination but have done the fine filling with Acrylic powder and Acrylic/styrene monomer both for building up Acrylic nails. Inspired by Paul Budzick , but not having access to dental quality materials, I have tried out nail acrylics and have found that they are fast curing and have good adhesion and no shrinkage. Wet sanded they
  10. Apologies for the shaky start that I have made with this posting, first being unable to post the images, then losing them under the text. I'll start again... This is my attempt at building a single engined Seasprite , a UH-2A from the elderly Matchbox kit, inspired somewhat by corsaircorps good start. The parts breakdown of the Matchbox kit makes it much easier to work with that the Kittyhawk kits, but in truth it is a project I have long considered way before the Kittyhawk Seasprites were even a rumour. I have used the Kittyhawk kit for guidance regarding detail and will be comple
  11. I've been working on a UH-2B these last couple of weeks and I wondered if you've been making any progress with yours.? I've probably skimped and cheated on a lot and it was only while I was looking for some reference photos for the undercarriage, that I came across this thread.
  12. Excellent, great colour scheme, its really good to see an interesting aircraft in one of it's lesser known schemes and configurations. Very nice build.
  13. Really nice nostalgia build. Old kits are often really challenging to build neatly and you really pulled it off , especially in a scheme like that which really demands neat and tidy workmanship.
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