AH-64 Little Bird
by Ben Nielsen
AH-64 Little Bird
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My 1/35 Scale AH-6 Little Bird Gunship by DML/Dragon.
Here is my finished kit of this modern mean-looking attack bird. This
one is currently displayed as flown by the "Nightstalkers" Squadron.
This particular kit has it's share of cons. For example, notice the
bulge and seam where the canopy fits on to the frame. This little bugger
did not fit right at all. Not to mention there is no alignment pins
whatsoever, so I had a heck of a time getting it to look presentable. At
one point I thought all was lost and I'd never finish the kit. Well,
with a little patience, motivation and a lot of puttying and sanding, I
got it to look the way I wanted.
I also modified the seats with a back seat cover and
seatbelt harness made from fine masking tape.
Otherwise the seats would have been very plain. I got my
references off the internet at MD Helicopters and the book/motion
picture Blackhawk Down.
And just for a touch of spice I added a pilot's souvenir
AK-47 rifle that is located just between the seats. It's kind of hard to
see but it's there. Yeah, I know it's a Russian gun, but I didn't have
the M-16 family kit by DML/Dragon. Just the AK-47 kit. So I'm pretending
it's an enemy's rifle that the pilot just so got his hands on!
This is the first of a series of kits that I am planning to build. I
think it will be complete with the additions of the:
MD-500 Defender from DML/Dragon
MD-530G Gunship from DML/Dragon
AH-6 Little Bird (OH-6
conversion w/commando planks) By DML/Dragon OH-6 Loach by DML/Dragon
and finally the OH-6 Cayuse by
All in 1/35 scale. This should be fun! I just to hope
these kits don't have the problems of this little bird kit.
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2002 by Ben Nielsen
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