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  1. New to me is your technique of applying the bracing wires without the top wing in place - BRILLIANT and ingenious - makes everything so much more accessible!!!
  2. Fun to see the very colorful -3! Great work and perseverance - thanks for sharing!!!
  3. You bet I like what I see - very well done and stunningly photographed. Thanks for posting!!! and; "Modelling isn't as easy as it used to be, hands have become shaky and eyesight is diminishing, but I still enjoy it." I know exactly what you mean but your work encourages me - THANKS!
  4. Beautiful build - using your WIP as reference for my own build. Amazingly well engineered kit and with so many microscopic parts - I admire your patience!!! Awhile back a post (4 Fed 2018, by Phartycr0c ) in this thread caught my eye - "great build work on a really unusual subject. does make you wonder whether Kayman "Appropriated" the captured German technology for its line of helicopters etc." The connection is more direct than "appropriation" - a quote from Wikipedia: Design and development [of the Huskie HH-43] In 1947 Anton Flettner, a German aviation engineer, was brought to New York in the United States as part of Operation Paperclip. He was the developer of Germany's Flettner Fl 282 "Kolibri" (Hummingbird), a helicopter employing the "synchropter" principle of intermeshing rotors, a unique design principle that dispenses with the need for a tail rotor. Flettner settled in the United States and became the chief designer of the Kaman company, where he started to design new helicopters, using the synchropter principle. The Huskie had an unusual intermeshing contra-rotating twin-rotor arrangement with control effected by servo-flaps. The first prototype flew in 1947 and was adopted by the U.S. Navy with a piston engine. In 1954, in an experiment by Kaman and the U.S. Navy, one HTK-1 was modified and flew with its piston engine replaced by two turbine engines, becoming the world's first twin-turbine helicopter. The Air Force later adopted a version with one turboshaft engine: HH-43B and F versions. Italeri/Testors makes the Huskie and provides internally a pair of beveled gears that allows one to study the coordination of the counter-rotating blades – a ‘must have’ companion to the ‘Kolibri’ – no?
  5. Fantastic !!! I can smell the stardust - great action and staging - thanks for posting!!!
  6. Excellent build!!! Please don't leave anything out - I'll be following your footsteps on a similar build. Thanks for posting.
  7. Very nice work - lots of action! Would love to see some shots against a 'star field' or black. Thanks for posting.
  8. Wonderful conversion! Excellent finish! Surprising number of victories for this late war aircraft! Thanks for posting.
  9. Very nice work - excellent weathering! Fascinating comparison of Hellcat and Bearcat - always thought of the Hellcat as being a lot larger than the Bearcat. Thanks for posting.
  10. Beautiful work, great weathering and excellent pics and staging - you got it all covered!!! Thank for posting.
  11. Great work!!! You've set a new high mark standard for this bird. Very impressive!!!
  12. Great progress - fantastic project and such meticulous work - thanks for posting and sharing!!
  13. Wonderful work - quite convincing 'have glass' scheme - thank for posting!!!
  14. Wow - great detailing! I know how sparse the the detail is on the original kit (kinda like an old Revell kit, but the price is good). Thanks for posting!
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