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20 hours ago, quang said:

Those who couldn’t build their kits called them crap.

Their RF-101 Voodoo was one of my most enjoyable builds. Goodbye  Kitty Hawk. You will be sorely missed.

IIRC there was a large bru-ha ha here about the rough build ability of these kits on this site.  The Kingfisher kit was at the center of the controversy. It was hard to build for some people.   Fur was flying.  People left this site for this and other head scratcher reasons (I do not understand).  I will miss this company even after cursing their Kingfisher kit.  Most “crappy” kits can be built. They take more time and are more challenging. 

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2 hours ago, Dave Williams said:


I am curious how well the H-60 kits sold, especially the naval versions, although the first kits (Seahawk/Oceanhawk) only came out less than a year ago in the midst of the pandemic, so it’s probably not a fair metric.  Still, I wonder if the kits would have been popular enough to support 5 naval versions in the long run.  Most of the chatter about the naval versions was which one can I use to make a USCG Jayhawk, and not that much about the versions in the box.

I don't know how well they sold either and frankly, I was kinda surprised that they released that many Navy birds back to back. 

I thought maybe they would mix it up, but it wasn't the case.

At least our team got a free model of every H-60 for helping out before they decided to pull the plug.

I've got every Navy helo laying beside me in a box. Can you say collectable stash???

 

Tim

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Just hit Sprue Brothers to purchase an MH-60S.   Plan on building it into an OIF UH-60L.   Bummed that I had to spend that much money on a kit that I won’t build for a long time but once it’s OOS, I’ll be paying twice as much on Ebay

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this is kinda sad, really like their approach to making kits that we really wanted. The F-101 to replace the revell kit the cougar the f-35 ,T-28. 

My biggest deception was when the decided to make their Huey 1/48, in 1/35 that would have sold like hotcakes! 

 

Just looked at luckymodels they have only 2 kits listed left, all others are gone. i know they had the new blackhawks not too long ago

 

Time to get stocked up 

  • 1/48 F-101B
  • 1/32 Saber dog
  • 1/32 Bronco
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This must be gut-wrenching for the people involved with Kitty Hawk and I feel for them.

 

I always assumed there were enough modellers in the world who could manage to build great models from their kits (I am not one of those) but apparently not. A real shame as I think their helicopter kits look fantastic.

 

Sad news, I wish them well for the future.

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Without KH I would never have two NA Harvard Mk IIs included in my collection, so for that alone I thank them. Like their other kits they were far from perfect in both fit and detail but they provided me with the opportunity to make and improve them, and I loved doing them both. I’m so tempted to buy another just in case I ever get around to making/converting a Mk I. Once they’re gone, they’re gone but Hannants have stock at the moment. Hmmmm. :hmmm:

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Built the Bronco and enjoyed it, have the Mirage 2000 and will enjoy building it, want to get a Seahawk and a Little bird.

 

No other 'dealer' gave us these models and for that they have my thanks.

 

Feel for those involved in the company who put so much effort into achieving their (and our) dreams, hope all turns out well for you.

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I built the P-39.  Once I'd applied a bit of research into what bits went on which variant, and worked out the odd mismatch between the instructions and parts, I rather enjoyed it.  Might have to get me a T-6 while I can ...

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I'm really wondering what is going on in Asia with regard to LSP production? Not so long ago we were buried under tons of releases coming from Japan, Korea, China and HK. But now...? Hopefully Eastern Europe is actively filling the gap but for how long... <_<

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4 hours ago, MikeC said:

I built the P-39.  Once I'd applied a bit of research into what bits went on which variant, and worked out the odd mismatch between the instructions and parts, I rather enjoyed it.  Might have to get me a T-6 while I can ...

Even if I haven’t finished the build of my Airacobra, I never found a reason to call it ‘crap’.
It’s like a rollercoaster ride, bumpy and eventful but never a dull moment! :beer4:

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