Here is an update on the progress on the Bell OH-13H Sioux. This is the kit I'm starting with:
I wanted to do it as a MASH helicopter, but the Revell kit is an H-13H, not the H-13D that was used in Korea. I didn't know this at the time that I purchased the kit, so the Revell Marketing Department did their job in capitalizing on the popularity of the TV show "M*A*S*H". I bought it to do a MASH helicopter, so it worked!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this kit, the framework of the main body is molded in one piece:
Yes, it's molded way out of scale, but what are you going to do? I was at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA, yesterday; and they have an H-13D in MASH colors. I checked the main parts of the frame (while no one was looking) & they are about 1" in diameter. The kit's scale out to about 2.1" in diameter. I realize why Revell did this, though. If they molded it in the correct diameter for 1/35 scale, the main support members would be 0.7mm & would be very weak. Conversely, of they did the main structure in brass, the kit would be very expensive & probably wouldn't sell well. Balance.
Here is the Lycoming VO-435 engine (or at least it's supposed to be):
Cockpit close-up (well sort of):