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Ancient Heller Noratlas out of box
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 06:05 AM UTC
They say that good things come in small packages, right? The thing is, that doesnít seem to always be the case! I was in a local store a few years ago and I of course gravitated to the Heller section. I saw they had a big Noratlas in stock, but I didnít want to use up that much shelf space. So, when I saw a little one at 1/170, I thought it was a perfect answer! It was also in scale to some old Macross kits I had.

However, as you likely can guess, the small Noratlas isnít that great a kit. In fact, itís well on the road to running ancient Airfix a competition for bad ideas given plastic form! Of course, that kind of makes me love it all the more!

I doubt this is a kit too many have, or at least are thinking of building, but despite it all, it does look like it could have potential! (HmmÖ what if gunship comes to mindÖ)

If you want to be glad of the small-scale kits we get nowadays, check out this old chestnut!

[u]https://adamrehorn.wordpress.com/model-kits/out-of-box-reviews/1170-heller-nord-2501-noratlas-oob/[/u]


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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 06:40 AM UTC
Oh wow have to love the silver colour of the kit and when you scale it up that riveting must stand about two feet tall!
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 06:54 AM UTC
Yeah, aren't those old rivets a scream?

Can you imagine the drag on those things, nevermind the size of the four-man rivet gun needed to pop them in there! I guess it's all about what you expect to see, eh?
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:35 AM UTC
Now boys, don't you go criticizing the size of those rivets without counting them first!

Adam, you're mad. I love your work, but you are seriously mad.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:39 AM UTC

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Now boys, don't you go criticizing the size of those rivets without counting them first!

Adam, you're mad. I love your work, but you are seriously mad.

Cheers, D



Lol.... cover that thing with foil!
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:58 AM UTC
Yeah, I guess I do have a bit of a masochistic streak in me, eh? Stil, this is a fun, bite-sized kit of an otherwise huge subject. And it is in scale to my old Valkyries, so that's something.

I don't know about foil; seems like a waste of good foil to me.

Did they ever use these in South America for hauling meat and stuff, like the old propliners? That would be fun too!
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:04 AM UTC

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Yeah, aren't those old rivets a scream?

Can you imagine the drag on those things, nevermind the size of the four-man rivet gun needed to pop them in there! I guess it's all about what you expect to see, eh?



Was thinking about the old riveters, heat the rivet, fling it to a guy who catches it in a bucket then one guy holds it with pliers as the last guy hammers her in.
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:40 AM UTC
It doesn't seem that many got into civvy service. This one got close, though.
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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 03:04 PM UTC
I just saw a doco with these birds resupplying Dien Bien Phu.
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Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 06:39 AM UTC
That's interesting about the fleet for use in civilian colours. It's too bad about the corruption, because it would have been a blast to see these guys get all "La Paz meat-truck"ed up.