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7.62
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Shawn,
For the little bird if you want a basic five blade SOF machine..
go with the GHQ stock# AC14 "MD 500 Defender w/ rotor top mounted sight" and just leave the sight off the top of the rotor.
The MD 500 Defender #AC12 also comes with tow but the sight is molded into the front of the nose of the helicopter (if I remember correct).

All the GHQ heli's are great, the MD500's are a bit on the small size for my fat fingers but take your time and they are IMHO well worth the money.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

redleg wrote:
Welcome back, Shawn!
I just recently assembled some GHQ helicopters The most difficult part for my was the tail rotor, which is pretty small, but it's larger than a MG that you would glue to a tank.


I agree T/R are a tad on the small size but worth the effort just be careful with the crazy glue ! This is a Cayuse I got off Cama sometime ago.



Then again the heli is small!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics, thanks!

I'm putting in an order for some M-ATV shortly. Hopefully the CROWS-J from Stryker Javelin will fit where the turret basket normally slots in. I'm going to play around with M-ATV and see what different weapons/optics I can mount on them. If anyone has any cool suggestions for pairing certain turrets with an M-ATV, let me know!

Now to figure out what else to get...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info on the LRASS mount, Chris.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further to my last -

What glue do you guys suggest for model assembly? Where does one buy it?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Krazy glue (wally mart, home deport, Crappy tire) about CAN$2.50.
The red one is what I have used for years now.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krazy Glue for me too. Sometimes I use the brush and sometimes I use the pen. Both work well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question for any of my fellow Canucks...

How long does it usually take for your GHQ orders to arrive in Canada? I know the FAQ page says about two weeks. Does that sound right on average?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's about right. It depends on customs.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another quick question...how strong are the barrels on GHQ MBT and other models with large caliber barrels?

I have some nerve damage in my hands from the military and it can be hard to work with really thin barrels like you'd find on some of the IFVs. They are hard for me to straighten out etc.

I've never owned any GHQ MBT, tank destroyers, artillery etc - are the barrels fairly strong and easier to keep straight than the smaller turrets? I had some Leo 2 from another manufacturer in the past and the barrels were strong and I had no issues.

Also, does anyone have any suggestions for IFVs that have fairly straight, strong barrels so I don't break them? It can also be fairly challenging for me to glue some of the pieces, but I'm not going to let that stop me.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never opened a GHQ package or a Cin C box that gun barrels didn't need to straightened, but they are fairly tough - bend more than break. GHQ barrels generally are stronger than CinC because they are thicker. It often depends on the model. If you wargame, the bending and breakage may be more of a problem than if you just collect and paint. I am of the latter sort.

Age and diabetes affect my sight and nerves in fingers. I often use tweezers to straighten barrels. Tweezers with a flat tip and some width are best. Grip on either side of the bend and press, working all the angles of the bend. Patience is required. Once straightened, all depends on how carefully you handle the piece. SOMETIMES, you can try just pulling in the end of the barrel for thinner ones like IFVs.

Since I don't wargame, I don't move my pieces a lot. I keep them in clear plastic boxes, putting sandpaper on the floor of the box. The sandpaper keeps the pieces from sliding around too easily, more so than the sponge and felt I have tried.I

Arthritis and nerve damage have inhibited my fine motor skills, so I just can't use my fingertips like I used to. The tweezers help.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use tweezers to work on my barrels. I also use these in place of regular tweezers.



Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses, gentlemen.

I don't know anyone in my area to have a game with, so I will mostly be collecting and painting for now.

It sounds like tweezers and tools are key. Cheers.

P.S. Chris, I will be shooting you an e-mail shortly.
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