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As we all know, Forgeworld stuff is very very nice. However, it's also expensive. And being un-employed, I can't afford the nice shineys, so cheap alternatives are being looked at.
Looking at the rules for Valkyries and the background for Vultures, I thought that Apache Helicopters would work excellently as 'counts as' vultures
However, in order to pull this off, I'd also like to include some 'counts as' Valkyries that are helicopters as well.
So far I've narrowed the choice down to 3:
Which do you think would work best as a Valkyrie and alongside Apache models?
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I have been brooding over the possibilities of a 40K 'helicopter' for some years now and I'd reccomend browsing the range of model helicopter kits that are out there. Here are some links to a UK site that have a decent range.
These are 1/35 scale, which is near enough 54mm; Netmerchants> Scale Models > Aviation Aircraft & Accessories > Helicopters Scale Models > 1/35 Scale
These are 1/48 scale, which is considerably smaller, however the vehicles are more 'in scale' with the Imperial Guard range; Netmerchants> Scale Models > Aviation Aircraft & Accessories > Helicopters Scale Models > 1/48 Scale
I found the Hind-D to be very close Valkyrie. Well at least for a helicopter.
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I think the Chinny-hook. It looks more like a transport which is what the Valkyrie does. I think it will provide you with your best contrast between the two helicopters and make them both look more distinctive.
In response to your original question. I was looking for something very similar for my British Guard Army. I gave the Italeri CH47D Chinook a blast and i think it has worked out perfectly. It is a foot long too which is the same as the Valkyrie model itself.
Below are some very early stages of painting images (I have finished painting, washed, added more decals and weathered saince then and it looks a lot better, but you get the idea.
I have used it in game a few times and always find people go "Hey look thats a cool idea!"
Hope this helps you in some way
I will try and get some decent pictures of the finished model tomorrow to show you. I only had one problem when assembling it; the rotors. If you glue them together they are way too big to fit into a carrying case. If you are going to do this, do what i did; Glued 2 together and then added a large "pin" to the end of the third and a hole straight through the propellor mechanism so it slots in and holds itself in place (Magnets werent strong enough). Will try and get some pictures of this tomorrow too.