Heli-Kit News #11, 13-Nov-98

1. I have received a curious rumour via a correspondent in Australia, which is that there are two 1:72 helicopter kits due from Special Hobby; a Hughes TH-55A and a Hiller UH-12/H-23. No dates as yet. I have yet to get any confirmation of this or to establish its source.

2. The re-released 1:35 OH-6A Cayuse mentioned last week is from Shanghai Dragon, and comes with a 2-man US Army crew. It's in 'Dark Horse' 16th Cav Div markings, and is being advertised by Squadron.

3. The new Eduard etched brass sets for the Italeri OH-13S (#72-278) and the Hasegawa AH-1S (#72-280) are now available. If you want to see before you buy, the instruction sheets are reproduced at Hannant's.

4. Isradecals are still planning to produce their excellent 1:48 IDF helicopter decal sheets in 1:72 scale. They will be ready "very soon". They are also issuing a Yellow 'V's sheet both in 1:48 and 1:72 in 3 weeks from now.

5. Those of you who have spotted a resemblance between some of Aircraft In Miniature's future plans and those announced several years ago by Blue Rider will not be suprised to hear that AIM did indeed get the research material and decal designs for these models from that source, although the kits themselves had not been started.

6. Since there's not a lot of other material this week, I will reproduce part of an email I received from Italy which gives an insight into the curious thought processes which determine some of Italeri's decisions....

"...yesterday night I met Giovanni Paulli, the guy that makes cover arts for Italeri. He confirmed that the (RCHTA) list is correct and he is working at their color leaflet that will be released in Milano next January and then in Nürnberg. He also confirmed that the Mojave project has been frozen. He neither knows at what stage and by whom, whether in Bologna or in Austria, nor if it is simply delayed or deleted, but for sure no cover boxes, instruction sheets or color profiles are planned to be made for the immediate future, that means until September 1999 for issue in the next millennium."

"As far as he knows, the H-21C has been preferred being a better known and more widely used subject. Beyond, he reported an emblematic consideration: Hobbycraft made a rather rough kit and sold it well, so Italeri will make a cheaper and (supposedly) better one, convinced to sell it to all those unsatisfied by the previous Hobbycraft mold, plus many more."

So it appears that if we want Italeri to produce a Mojave, then someone else has to produce a bad one first ? Or we could try bombarding Italeri with protests.