Random topic. Just felt like sharing.
When you were a kid, did you make modifications to toys like these?
I always hated how innacurate some toys were, or just wanted gunships out of military scout aircraft, so I modified them.
1-3). I still don't know the make of this one, but it seemed more like a military aircraft with the co.ckpit design, so I added wings with a machine gun and a belt-fed rocket launcher. I also gave it a more "dirty" look with my sharpie. It was supposed to be pure black, but over time it wore off. Now it looks post-apocalyptic.
4-6.) These are OH-58s. I have four of them, one broke and is now on display, two I left unmodified, last one I modified as a gunship with rocket pods attached to the skids. The pods were made from shell casings.
7-8.) A Eurocopter EC-135. I have four of them, two were modified to gunships, both of which broke, one got a broken rotor replaced by one from one of the broken OH-58s, the last one was modified to look closer to the real thing; I took a sharpie and colored over the fake "windows" and drew the real-life windows onto it. I hate how brittle these ones are.
As you may notice, I added insignia on the sides of the aircraft. These were hand-drawn from printer paper. What you are seeing are the enemy aircraft in my imaginary games, so I applied insignia to who I wanted the enemies to be in the game. The white circle with swards is the Middle Eastern Coalition. The red star is the PLA (enemy only because they were in a video game, I don't have anything against them in real life!).
1-4.) These are Aerospatiale SA.365 "Dauphin 2" helicopters. I have four of them. One I left alone, the other was a rotor "experimental". The last two were modified to look like different aircraft, specifically a "Panther" (with mast-mounted sighting system) and a WZ-9, the Chinese licence-built version of SA.365 from Harbin, though I left the French insignia on it because I gave up on these little mods at the time. I used model paint for camoflage details, and a sharpie for the nose of the Z-9.
5-7.) These are more realistic-looking OH-58s. I have two of them (plus a Navy TH-57 SeaRanger from the same mold), one was left alone, the other was modified as a gunship; I added rocket pods to the skids, a configuration based on earlier Huey gunships in Vietnam. The pods were made of wood, with holes poked in the front and rear to represent the rocket tubes.
8-12.) A cargo helicopter that looks way too much like a an attack helicopter, except that it lacked any kind of weaponry! I fixed this problem by adding a swiveling chin-mounted twin machine gun, and rocket tubes on the port side (making it closely resemble some aerial rocket artillery experimentals from the 1960s). I didn't add anything to the other side because of the cabin doors.
Yes, I'm preserving every toy that I currently own, because I've done so many personal modifications to them, or they have been discontinued to the point of being "collectors' items".
For example regarding the latter: Do you know of the toy line called "The Corps!"? Well, I own all of the figures and their weapons, uncluding all in the newer line. What makes them special? These were before they made the changes to weapons and equipment. They use to be all real-life based stuff, but now they are all futuristic Star Wars/Star Trek looking crap. I'm a proud owner of the ORIGINAL line before the horrendous changes!
Would love to see it! Feel free to post that in the scale modelling section.
Stingray wrote:1-3). I still don't know the make of this one, but it seemed more like a military aircraft with the co.ckpit design, so I added wings with a machine gun and a belt-fed rocket launcher. I also gave it a more "dirty" look with my sharpie. It was supposed to be pure black, but over time it wore off. Now it looks post-apocalyptic.
Looks like the Japanese MH2000.
Cool toy mods too, BTW.
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