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The Venomous Viper...RFI


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1/35 Academy AH-1Z Viper, all built out of the box except for a little enhancements to the optical ball. I added Leathernecks optical ball foil and MV Lenses, and added magnets so it could be attached after paint.

Paint was by MRP, Light Ghost Gray and US Navy Modern Blue-Gray with details painted using Mr Color and Vallejo, clears were by Testors.


Project finished, total elapsed time of 45 days and approximately 50 hours. The build took a scant 15 hours, painting and decaling took the bulk of the time. There were hundreds of stencils. Ordinance alone probably topped over 100. But this was a a 95 out of 100 kit, my biggest negatives are the ejector pin marks in the cockpit that are in visible places and the non existent mounts for the the hellfire missile rack, I had to drill and install metal pins to join them to the wings. Another quibble is the canopy that was slightly bent on mine, so they had to be glued in place with extra thin before painting. Other than that, there were no fit issues.

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