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  1. Excellent work and I love the background story. I built this kit as a Mi-24P (using upor conversion) and I agree with you that it is a very well engineered kit and a pleasure to build (just like the Hip). I wish the same Trumpeter team would tackle the Mi-28 or the Ka-50/52. Quite a feat of navigation for the Impalas to fly at low level to intercept moving targets which were probably also flying quite low. Looking forward to the next update. Cheers, David
  2. I wish I would be wrong because I would love nothin more than building a Falkland Seaking but the kits DRA05111 to DRA05113 and DRA05115 to DRA5117 are all 1/72 kits...
  3. Kent, I will make myself a Mojito and pretend I got to Cuba for the week-end on the wings of your creation.
  4. I play Carcassonne with my three kids (age 11, 9 and 7) and it is a lot of fun with lots of extensions available. Recently I started playing with the two older ones "Memoir '44" where you can replay the famous battles of WW2, last week-end we played the scenarios of "Pointe du Hoc" and Omaha Beach. Very good way for the kids to learn about WW2 and the game is very interesting to play for adults and younger ones and good replay value. Cheers, David
  5. And the Zulu is done. Not as happy with the Zulu and as I am with the Whiskey, but it is all my fault. When I applied the primer, I did not protect the hole where the turret plugs in and as a result some paint dust flew inside the cockpit. Not a ton but enough to be noticeable, bummer. As others have found out, the kits stencils completely blend with the paint job. It was too late for me to use Dave's decals. Here are the pics, I hope you enjoy even if it is far from perfect. The Zulu kit is brilliant, it is a treat to build. Cheers, David
  6. I loved that game but my all time favorites were Gunship 2000 and after that Jane's Longbow 2... I remember the adrenaline rush when hugging the terrain you would suddenly stumble on a Shilka or spot a Havoc on the horizon... good memories:)
  7. Defmodel (http://defmodel.com/) has a set of seated pilot and gunner for the AH-1Z plus other assorted goodies (gun barrels and FOD cover). Looks good on the render but no idea as to the quality of casting. Cheers, David
  8. I have subscribed to this one. Super cool project and very nice start. Love to see the period photos, very inspirational. I have not yet pulled the trigger on the KH blackhawks but I fully intend to build one of each version. Will you be using Werner's Wings Irene! decals? Cheers, David
  9. The Whiskey is finished. Super happy how the transparencies turned out, more pictures along the Zulu when it is done. Cheers, David
  10. Whiskey on the home stretch...
  11. For those of you who have the kit, this looks like a nice addition: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=32036
  12. Carl, thank you for leaving a post. It is indeed nice to see the differences between the two airframes. What I found interesting is that the two crew positions are completely interchangeable: you can fly from the front seat and use the weapon systems from the back or fly from the back and fight from the front, something that could not be done in the Whiskey. If the pilot spots a target from the back it will show on the displays of its co-pilot seamlessly, where in the Whiskey, the pilot would have to give his copilot visual directions for him to spot, acquire and engage. I am sure the crew love these features. OK, time for an update. If you have followed this build from the start, you will recall I was not super happy with the 20mm gatling gun provided in the kit The gatling gun in the Whiskey kit was completely useless, so I had replaced it with the Masters offering and I was very happy with the result. So I bought another one to replace the Zulu gun. I thought that it would be useful to show how the Masters gun build and how you adapt it to the kit parts, fortunately that was very easy, so here we go: Masters parts and instructions You start by using kit part C18 (the part looks a bit messy because I salvaged it after building the gun from the kit parts) Then you glue with CA the brass base of the gun on the kit part. The brass is almost a perfect fit to the kit part, you just need to slightly scrape the inner lip of the part and it will fit snugly. In the brass base there are three holes to accept the barrels. I used a drill bit to drill the three holes in the kit parts and then glued the three barrels with CA Then you glue the middle brace: and you finish the gun with the muzzle brace (using thin CA): Then I glued kit part C18 to part C35, primed the gun with Aclad gloss black and then Alclad steel Then I glued the base together. I painted it before assembly Yellow primer. Not sure this is accurate however. The manual calls you to glue part C38 (the part of the gun shield that moves with the gun). Before doing that you need to add the corresponding shark mouth decal (if you are building one of the three shark mouth versions in the kit). If you glue the shield without the decal, good luck putting the decal afterwards. gun shield glued to the gun assembly. The hole is just big enough to accomodate the Masters barrels, just go slowly: Then I glued the two sides of the turret around the gun. The fit is perfect and the gun moves up and down. You need to paint the turret gloss white before assembling it because the shark mouth decals only has white printed on the top part of the decal. I think they left the white out on the bottom part to allow for the curvature of the turret (there is no transparent film between the bottow teeth). I have not applied that decal yet. This leaves a seam on the turret but the front seam will not be seen once the turret is in its housing and the back seam can be eliminated without fouling the front of the turret (at least that is the plan). I think the Masters barrels are a nice addition to the kit and they fit very easily to the kit parts. More progress soon. Cheers, David
  13. A bit more progress: finished the main painting of the two Cobras. Sprayed future and the Whiskey and decaled it with decals from Caracal. I thought that this red on grey scheme was looking good. I need to paint the tail of the Zulu Nato black and then future and decals. The Zulu has been a joy to build, great engineering and details. Some pics: More progress soon. Cheers, David
  14. Dukie99

    LAU-88/A

    I have used the Northstar Mavericks on a number of build and the quality is top notch and they come with the launch rail. If you prep the part correctly you can actually slide the missile on the launch rail. cheers, David
  15. Time for an update on the Zulu. After giving a coat of primer, it was time to add the photoetch. I am not a big fan of phototech because I am usually bad at it, but here the pe is a pleasure to work with, it is very thin and conforms well and all the places where the pe goes is recessed so you get a very nice flush finish without much effort. I like it a lot. See for yourself. Cheers, David
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