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  1. https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/defence/topowlr-helmet-mounted-sight-and-display-helicopters It's Thales' "Top Owl" helmet.
  2. I hear you on so many levels! If Academy has the stones to tackle a large scale Z, I'd love to see them remold their W (with option for turned exhaust, new canopy, and NTS/non-NTS), and a G as well. Hell, while we're at it, lets see the whole family of Army and Marine Snakes (what I wouldn't give to build a big J, T and W). And how about a November and Yankee to go with them? I can dream, can't I? Semper, Ski
  3. When I retired in 2014, the West Coast was about halfway through the Z transition (and already entirely UH-1Y). So far the sprue shots look great, and the rivets are sublime. There are a few shortfalls I can see, but nothing major (gun oversimplified, LAU-7s would look fine with AIM-9s, but empty they're not accurate due to the attachment tabs for the missiles, seats look pretty sparse, AIM-9 wings have a strange square cutout looking thing, etc). Add some wiring to the tail and main rotor heads, replace the APU exhaust with some brass tubing, and add a "secondary comm tube" to the underside of the fuselage and you're good to go! I'll certainly pick one (or more) up as soon as they're available and drop everything to build it. This thing's gonna be pretty sick. Semper, Ski
  4. Reportedly in February(-ish).
  5. Sorry if this has been posted (didn't see it on the Forum). KH has CAD drawings up for KH50005, 1/35 HH-60G on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kitty-hawk-736521713066784/ Looks good so far, definitely on my build list. Would be nice to see it 1/48 as well! Ski
  6. Aside from the obvious (rearward-loaded Mk 82s), the BSU-33 conical fins are nowhere near straight. They should be in a proper "X pattern" when viewed from the direct front or rear of the bomb... Semper Fi, Ski
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    Kitty Hawk Open 1/32 Poll.

    Well since the Jag and F-84 are confirmed, I'd love to see more helos from them. How about: -an ACCURATE AH-1W -AH-1Z -AH-1T -AH-1J -AH-1G -UH-1Y -UH-1N -UH-1E -UH-34 -CH-46 CH-53 Maybe just a TAD of a Marine bias! Semper Fi, Ski
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    Second mirage pilot, stepping out, by Reedoak

    Great news! It is possible to just do one visor though. I never flew with two visors, only the dark one. I knew lots of crewmen that did this as well. Ski
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    Second mirage pilot, stepping out, by Reedoak

    Great stuff, as always Norbert! Any chance of seeing a USN/USMC helo crew with the visor down?
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    MH-60L & AH-6J 1/35 nightstalkers

    Well I'll be patiently waiting to see what you do with the KH offering, you really made that Dragon Littlebird shine! Semper, Ski
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    MH-60L & AH-6J 1/35 nightstalkers

    Thanks for resurrecting this thread, they are truly stunning builds. I haven't built the -60 yet, but I have tackled the Littlebird (the OH-6, specifically). The windshield/fuselage join is a real PITA, but you wouldn't know it looking at his build. I suspect (hope) that Kitty Hawk has an H-60 forthcoming, time will tell! Semper, Ski
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    Kitty Hawk to release 1/35 HH-60G

    I'd LOVE to see what you do with it, Pig! Not to sound like a broken record, but now we need KH to do an accurate AH-1G, AH-1J, AH-1T, AH-1W, and UH-1N, all in 35th and 48th.... Semper, Ski
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    Second mirage pilot, stepping out, by Reedoak

    Hey Norbert, Absolutely love your products, keep them coming! Any chance of getting the US Navy helo crew with visors down? With maxillofacial shields? I love how the US Army crews turned out, but I'd like the same options with the Navy crew members. Not only would they look great, but it would help those of us who are challenged when it comes to painting eyes! Cheers, Ski
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    KH AH-6J/MH-6J instructions up

    Good LORD, they packed a lot of detail in on this thing, I hope the fit is better than the ol' Dragon kit. Rivets or not, it's a must have for me. One thing I found odd, however; the first marking options show a 6-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor. I don't see any provisions for these in the sprues, only the 5-main and 2-tail version. I do see 6 main rotor blades, but not the associated head. Re: the crew, I wonder if the Reedoak figures for the H-60 would work. Thanks for sharing! Ski
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    AMS Resin AN/APS-4 pod

    Harold, you truly are the master of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Well done, Sir! Semper, Ski
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    Tankfest Northwest

    The date/day change happened just this year. They figured it would be more convenient and they'd get a bigger crowd on Saturday. Semper, Ski
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    Tankfest Northwest

    I'll be there for sure! And by the way, it's on Saturday May 27th, not the 29th. It's 10 miles from my house, and well worth it! I've attended the last three, and they get better every year. They might even have a surprise in store for all you Tamiya fans, particularly in light of their recent announcement Semper, Ski
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    1/32 Tamiya F4U-1D!

    Should I "jump" and get this kit, the EXACT aircraft I would build! VMF-323 on Okinawa, 1945. As a proud former Death Rattler, these markings are a must (and pretty easy, btw)! Semper, Ski
  19. 3rd place? Must have been some stiff competition, because that is one great looking Rhino! Very well done, Sir; I'm sure she's even more stunning in person. Semper Fi, Ski
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    Good F-4 & F-14 reference pic

    Very nice reference pic! I usually paint my bang seat handles yellow, then stripe them with a fine black drafting pen. Much easier to get uniform stripes that way. Thanks for sharing! Ski
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    Loach, OH-6

    No problem! One of my favorite things about folks that share my obsession is our willingness to help each other. Just paying forward the countless times a fellow modeler jumped to my aid to resolve what I thought was an impossible ask... Semper, Ski
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    Loach, OH-6

    Hey Troy, I recently completed a commission build of a 1/35 scale Loach using AoA Decals' excellent OH-6 sheet. (I also have the Fireball offering, which is excellent as well). If you can't find the Fireball sheet, let me know the markings you're looking for and I'll see what I have. Between the two sheets, I'm sure you can find what you're looking for. Cheers, Ski
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    1/32 F/A-18D VMFA(AW)-224, OIF

    Superb! I saw this aircraft firsthand when we relieved -224 in Al Asad on 2005, and you nailed it, Sir! I particularly like the weathering on the turtle back antennas, looks perfect. Hat's off to a job well done. Semper Fi, Ski
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    AT-28 Yankee extraction system in progress

    Harold, you are on FIRE! Keep up the great work, as always! Semper Fi, Ski
  25. I'll continue to harp on the following: 1/35 UH-1Y 1/35 AH-1Z 1/35 AH-1G 1/35 AH-1J 1/35 AH-1T 1/35 CH-46 1/35 HH/CH-53A/D 1/35 CH-53E an accurate 1/35 UH-1N " " 1/35 AH-1W, both early and late With Kitty Hawk's recent forays into helos and 1/35 models, I can dream, can't I? Semper Fly, Ski
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