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  1. 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?
  2. Fantastic !!! I can smell the stardust - great action and staging - thanks for posting!!!
  3. Excellent build!!! Please don't leave anything out - I'll be following your footsteps on a similar build. Thanks for posting.
  4. Very nice work - lots of action! Would love to see some shots against a 'star field' or black. Thanks for posting.
  5. Wonderful conversion! Excellent finish! Surprising number of victories for this late war aircraft! Thanks for posting.
  6. 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.
  7. Beautiful work, great weathering and excellent pics and staging - you got it all covered!!! Thank for posting.
  8. Great work!!! You've set a new high mark standard for this bird. Very impressive!!!
  9. Great progress - fantastic project and such meticulous work - thanks for posting and sharing!!
  10. Wonderful work - quite convincing 'have glass' scheme - thank for posting!!!
  11. 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!
  12. Great project!!! About you pics - the gloss acts like a partial mirror, that is it is reflecting a lot of the background (most of which is not in the pic itself), but that background creates another 'wash' over your base paint. Perhaps try different colors or tones in the distant background (again, they bg will only be reflected in the surface and not be seen in the pic). Outdoors, the predominant reflected source is the sky - be it blue or overcast grey, etc. All IMO, but that is what I would try. Hope that helps.
  13. Very nice additional detailing on the Firecracker - looking at the kit and your results, you've made a giant leap!!!
  14. WOW! Yes, a great collection!! And such quality output - that was an average of a completion nearly once every 2 weeks!!! Is 'Red Baron' a corporation? Just kidding - great work and thanks for posting.
  15. Ha! How about posting all the starts for 2018? Bet that looks different
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