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Loach Kits, big and small
Posted by FITTER on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 8:21 PM
As promised, here are a couple of quick pics of that 1:20 scale OH-6A I was talking about in that other thread. Since this is a little off-topic for a thread about 1:35 scale helicopters, I felt it best to start a new thread about the Loach and the various available kits.

ANYway, here's that Nichimo kit that we were discussing:



I picked this up back in the late ' 70's, I believe, and I really don't know if it's still available... I'd suspect not. It's a big box for such a small helicopter (24"x14"x4"). The kit includes a stand and extra parts to power the rotor and tail rotor, as well as the standard scale pieces.



The kit includes two sets of instructions... one in Japanese and one in English, as well as a color guide. As you can see, the engine compartment and cabin doors are open only on the port side; to do it right, the opposite side needs to be cut out, as well. The detailed engine is a kit in itself and deserves to be displayed in an open engine bay, especially in a kit this size. A lot of work is needed to convert this one into the military OH-6A, mainly inside the cabin. I'm saving this one for a rainy day.

FITTER out
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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:16 AM
Fat chance you'd sell that kit I suppose?

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Saturday, March 1, 2003 7:28 AM
Fitter,

Wow, so in 20th scale that's what? maybe seven inches long? LOL.
I just got my 1/32 Loach and its TINY! The Hobbycraft kit is a bear, but I'm working on it. I've built a new cockpit floor and aft bulkhead already. I've got collectives and cyclics from a Huey that I'm modifying and I've cut out the engine compartment. I'm gonna do the engine doors closed, but the fuselage was not meeting up properly there and wouldn't correct.

The fuselage halves are super-glued, filled and sanded and I've cut out all the doors. Now we're getting somewhere!
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Posted by FITTER on Saturday, March 1, 2003 10:51 AM
CH:

Too bad you need to do so much work on this... wouldn't parts from an old Revell 1:32 Loach help? These kits are still around in one form or another, I believe. Maybe you should have just left the doors on...

I found a couple of interesting sites that I thought I'd share... one is of a review of the Italaeri OH-6A, allegedly the old DML kit in a new box. If this is true, I'm going to get several. It was a NICE kit! Check it out here: http://www.arcair5.com/Gal1/501-600/gal547_OH-6A_Alder/gal547.htm

Another interesting site has a gallery of models that people have built. This page is the helicopter listing, but there's more if anyone wants to backtrack: http://www.kithobbyist.com/largescaleplanes/articles/articlesrotor.html

Some nice stuff here; be sure to check it out. I hope it generates more excitement and encourages others to try doing a helicopter or two.

BTW, that 1:20th scale Loach is about 13 inches long... and, NO, it's NOT for sale! Big Smile [:D]

FITTER out
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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 1, 2003 2:27 PM
I'm working on Italeri's 1/72 Loach. Can't be more than 3" long.My fingers are longer than the fuselage, and I've got small hands.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Sunday, March 2, 2003 12:08 AM
Fitter,

Thanks for the links! I gotta get some webspace so I can get my pics up. I've just been a bit bogged down with work. This week I should be able to do it.

I think I'm gonna have to get some Italeri Loaches!

Rolling in Hot!

Jon
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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 2, 2003 6:26 AM
What is the price on Italeri's 1/32 Loach? Are ther any aftermarket decals for Hugh Mills ship "Miss ClaudeIV", or are they in the kit?

Lee

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by FITTER on Sunday, March 2, 2003 1:10 PM
I don't know about the price on that 1:35th scale Loach, as I haven't actually seen one yet; they must be available online, I'd think. I found this link but it says they are out of stock.

http://www.discounttrainsonline.com/Italeri-Models-OH-6A-LOACH-135-/itemITL-382.html

From the illustration, it doesn't appear to have the markings you asked about. Maybe I could scan my DML sheet in and post it here... I don't know if that would be useful or not. BTW, there was a version of the 1:32 Revell OH-6A that had these same markings. I *THINK* the old Microscale had a 1:32 decal sheet for Vietnam helicopters, but I never got one. I can't remember who they became and if they still offer the same sheets. They used to have an awesome selection of decals... I used to get mine at San Antonio Hobby Shop when I lived on the left coast. They had ALL of them in stock. That place was fantastic! I haven't seen their new store yet.

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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Sunday, March 2, 2003 11:05 PM
Hey Guys,

I just got the 1:35 loach. It DOES have Hugh Mills' markings and markings for a ship from E Troop, 1/9 Cav. I picked mine up on ebay for $12 and that includes the crew. I don't think I'm gonna do it in Hugh's markings, though. (no offense Hugh) But I've got 2 on the way now, so I'm doing a Pink team from C Troop, 1/9 Cav and I think I'm gonna do a hunter-killer team from either 2/17th Cav or F/8th Cav. Not sure which.

BTW, the 1:32 Hobbycraft Loach is the old IDEA kit from Korea. WHAT A BEAST!

Jon
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Posted by FITTER on Monday, March 3, 2003 7:36 AM
LMAO! Well, time to put that lousy kit back in its box; why waste the time and energy? Glad you got your hands on a GREAT kit now... I wonder if they are going to do the other versions as well. I have their (DML) MD 500 Defender and the MD 500E in L.A. Sheriff's Dept. markings w/ crew (the newer-style windscreen).

I'll be happy if I can get a couple of the Italaeri kits so I can save my DML kits. CH: does your kit include the doors or not?

FITTER out (Yes, I AM a kit-hoarder!) Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:42 PM
Hey guys,

I finally got my Loach kit. It IS the DML kit. Goes together fairly well and it looks like it'll be one hell of a build! I'm accumulating 1/35 smoke grenades, making ammo boxes and researching now. Gonna be fun!

Rolling in hot!

Jon
"1-6 is in hot"
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