1/35 MRC/Academy OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
December 20, 2013 in Aviation
My name is Ramon, and this is my first article on iModeler! I present to you MRC/Academy’s 1/35th scale OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, which I modified to represent the aircraft my friend Jon Hulse was a crew chief on back in the 90’s. We were assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Jon was in Troop Q, while I was assigned to Troop R, the UH-60 troop. Jon is now a pilot, and I got out and am now a 3d animator. Building this kit was a nice trip back in time…
Anyways, about the model! I had to scratch build the skids to represent the MPLH rapid deployment skids that our little birds had, added wine-foil seat belts in the cockpit, wiring harnesses for the weapons pylons and created my own custom decals to represent his particular aircraft, including putting his name in the crew box next to the windshield. I weathered it with lots of layers of different shades shot through my airbrush and soft pastels.
Although not perfect, I did have fun finishing this kit after carrying it around for more than a decade. I learned quite a bit about the aircraft itself and there are a few things I would do different if I were to build this again, but overall it was a good experience and I recommend this kit to anyone!
Thanks for viewing – Cheers!
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