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Academy 1/35th scale AH-1Z Viper

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Gentlemen,

               If your a rotor head like me, you need to get this kit. I picked it up from my hobby store here last week. Academy did a great job putting this one together. My only issue is the lack of seatbelts. I’ll make some up from my spare parts cabinet. Academy has incorporated slide molding on several of the parts in the kit.( tail boom, weapons pylons). The surface detail is very good, and not over scaled.

                The fit of the parts is great. Decals are from Cartograf. I’ve already got a lot of the model built, (Thanks to slide molding). The hellfire missiles also come in one piece. The main rotor built quickly, but took a while to paint. The tailrotor, and 90 degree gear box have a lot of detail.  I should be done with the model by Wednesday. I’ll start working on the display base Thursday. 

Regards 

Christopher.

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Looking forward to some pics...are you doing the box top markings?

 

GIL :cool:

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Gil,

         I chose to do a more subdued scheme.

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        Coming along nicely.  The fit of the parts have been fantastic so far.  All of the main components are painted and assembled. The tail rotor and main rotor head are well detailed. The main rotor blades have a little pitch molded into them. I changed out the pitch control tubes that attach to the swashplate with larger ones. I used white thread for the wiring on the 90 degree gearbox. I used Testor Fabric spray paint to simulate the texture on the 2.75" rocket pods.

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Picked up the plates for the base from the trophy shop today.

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Beautiful work! This is one phenomenal model already! Way to go!

 

I'm just hoping someone releases one of these in 1/72 scale so I can add it to my collection. Keep it coming man!

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Thanks a lot Mark. Have you considered the Kitty Hawk 1/48th scale kit? Adding it to your collection. You would do an awesome job on it.

Regards

Christopher

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Stellar work! Love the attention to detail, as in color coding the rotor head links. Looking forward to the finished pics!

 

GIL :cool:

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Well done.  Your attention to the small things really make an interesting build.

Really great work done so far!

Bill

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Thank you guys. She’s coming right along. Had to take an unexpected break from the build. Hope to finish her soon.

Christopher

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The helicopter is just about finished. I have to add some pastel chalk streaks, and REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT tags. I've started on the base todays

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Stellar work! There are so many little "tasty" details that please the eye....thanks for sharing!

 

GIL :cool:

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:smiley32:

Looks great...even without a base.

Bill

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Finally completed the base. I'm happy with it. This was a really fun build. Academy consistently put out great kits. This one, by far, has been their best.

Regards

Christopher

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Thanks Gil, and Bill.  Much appreciated.

 

Chris

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I've always liked the looks of this helicopter. Very nice job.

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Thank you Sir. “Scouts Out”

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Sensational work! That looks just like the real one I saw at the Fullerton Airport Days last year! Way to go man!

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Thank you Mark. I really appreciate that.

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