A good review and a good rundown of potential issues by Mother. I too plan to get and build this kit.
A couple points though, Joe says:
"Step 3: the kit is missing the FLIRR ball, so parts C21&20 are not used. But it you can get one or make one then go ahead and add them."
It is actually common for AH-6Js to not install the FLIR ball, but have the mount still in place. The ball is removable when not used, but the mount is permanent. All the AH-6Js in OP Gothic Serpent (Somalia '93) had the mounts, but the FLIR balls not mounted.
"If you plan on building the Littlebird with weapons, don't add parts A1,2,3,and 4, they are used for the fast rope bar."
This is not necessarily true. The aircraft can be reconfigured as either an AH or MH by adding or removing mission equipment (i.e.: weapons plank vs seat plank, FLIR or not, etc., etc...). They can be reconfigured in many ways. As such, most aircraft have the connection points for the fast rope rigs on them. So it is not incorrect to have them on an AH-6J gunship.
...first I will do some research and see if anyone has any 1/35 scale crew, more importantly, some 1/35th special forces in a sitting position that could sit on the out riding planks for interdiction/ extraction work.
Kitty Hawk has shown a future set of figures for the Littlebird. They are suposed to be from 3D renderings and look awesome. Hopefully we will see them soon.