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Kitty Hawk UH-1Y opinions?

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  • Member since
    August, 2004
  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Kitty Hawk UH-1Y opinions?
Posted by cwalker3 on Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:08 AM

I'm in the process of building this kit and so far I'm disappointed. Fit isn't as good as I expected, especially around the engine section. Ejection sink holes which can be seen after building, are numerous. And there was a lot more flash than I would have expected on a new kit.

I don't know, maybe my expectations were too high. This is the only KH kit I have ever done, but from what what I had read about this kit before it was released, I had high hopes. I'm hoping I'll have better luck with their AH-1Z kit, which I also have. 

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, May 13, 2018 5:14 AM

Can't help with the Venom.  But here is a link to a Viper build done by BK.

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/16/t/168962.aspx?page=1

 

  • Member since
    August, 2004
  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Monday, May 14, 2018 3:20 AM

Thank you.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by VA Spartan on Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:21 PM

Most of what I have read on numerous sites about Kittyhawk is that they have great subjects but very, very poor engineering and fit for the premium price. Most commentators remark the kits end up on the never to finish pile out of frustration. Your experience is the very much within the norm.

On the workbench: 1/35 Takom T-54B; 1/35 Tamiya Char B1bis w/French Infantry; 1/48 Tamiya Fairey Swordfish Mk. 1

  • Member since
    August, 2004
  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Friday, June 01, 2018 9:51 AM

I'd be hard pressed to buy another Kitty Hawk kit, not unless they reduce their prices by 20% anyway. I bought both the Venom and Viper kits after reading that Kitty Hawk had supposedly gotten their act together. From what I've seen though, that's not the case.

The Venom's fit was lousy in a few areas. The Viper's fit was better but they still had problems in areas that they shouldn't. Like locating holes and slots being so big as to be useless. I had some parts where you could still see 1/4 of the hole after the part was in place. It's an easy fix, but damn, this was a $60 kit and you just shouldn't have to deal with this kind of mfg. screw-ups. The equipment in the compartments under the cockpit is so large that the doors don't fit. Again, an easy fix but, you get the idea.

I'm almost finished the Venom. It's just waiting for paint. Once the Viper is ready, I'll paint both and see what I have. I think they'll both turn out pretty good, they'll just take a lot more work than I first thought they would. I normally build armor and got these kits because I had lapsed into a rut and wanted to try something different. I'm ready to get back into a marathon track building session now. Big Smile

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by VA Spartan on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:49 PM

Probably shouldn’t hijack this thread (I apologize) but I am with you.  A premium price for a non-short run kit should bring with it quality engineering.  Kittyhawk really needs to rethink their business model and not treat customers as suckers.  That said, the few completed subjects I have seen are great additions to people’s shelves.

On the workbench: 1/35 Takom T-54B; 1/35 Tamiya Char B1bis w/French Infantry; 1/48 Tamiya Fairey Swordfish Mk. 1

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