Heli-Kit News #41, 13-Jun-99
1. I have information from Moscow which suggests that there are 1:72 resin kits, from an unknown but probably Ukrainian source, of the following Kamov helicopters:
As I understand it each of these simply consists of a one-piece fuselage with the cockpit windows indicated just by panel lines, plus landing gear, rotorhead, and rotorblades.
- Ka-126 (Hoodlum-B)
- Ka-226 (twin-engined Ka-26 with enlarged cabin section)
- Ka-27PS (Helix-D) SAR
- Ka-27PL (Helix-A) ASW
- Ka-31RLS (Helix-?) AEW (folding radar array slung below the fuselage)
- Ka-32 (Helix-C)
2. Also from Moscow, I am told that the Amodel / Sky-High Ka-25 is now available (and very cheap, the equivalent of US$4). It is a Ka-25 Tse 'Short Horn' Anti-ship surveillance & targeting version. The quality is said to be very good in comparison with the Airfix Ka-25 and Zvezda Ka-29. There are many fine panel lines but no rivets, and the cabin doors are very thin with nicely moulded window frames. Decals are provided for USSR and Ukraine, and the instructions include technical drawings. I'm looking forward to seeing this myself.
3. There are some new Extratech 1:72 photo etched sets, including:
4. The new Mi-2 book from the publishers of the F-40 monographs is now in stock at Luchtvaart.
- 72093 Sea King Mk.41 internal & external details for the Revell kit
- 72096 Gazelle internal & external details for the Airfix/Heller kit
5. Luchtvaart also have the new version of the 1:32 Revell Alouette II, with wheels and markings for KL and (French?) Gendarmerie, kit #4449.
6. Hasegawa seem to have re-issued their Mi-24E #04021, with 6 crew figures and Soviet markings. Another re-issue of a kit which hadn't apparently been withdrawn!
7. Pete Tasker describes the new Kora 1:48 Fa.330......
"Approx 3" x 3" (fuselage frame, horizontal and vertical stabilisers/tail, blades, seat etc) brass fret, 3 resin bits (main rotor mast, parachute pack, & horizontal fuselage frame support) together with 4 metal pieces (rotor head etc). Single small instruction sheet (looks adequate) and no decals. Not a lot for the money but it does look quite good".
The instructions say there are no decals because the originals had no markings on them, which would appear to contradict the evidence of published contemporary photographs.
8. The latest releases from Hawkeye Models Australia are:
The following are planned for September 1999:
- CS-7 1:72 SH-60B to S-70B-2 RAN Seahawk conversion kit with decals, A$25. This is available in two versions, one for Italeri and one for Hasegawa (say which is required when ordering).
- CSW-1 1:72 Penguin and Hellfire Missile set for SH-60B, SH-60F or S-70B-2 Seahawks, A$15. This comprises one Penguin missile and rack, four Hellfire missiles and racks, plus decals.
- DS-024 1:72 Black-tailed SH-60F Seahawk Decals, HS-4 'Black Knights' from USS Abraham Lincoln CVW-14, A$8.
You can get an updated 1999 colour Catalogue showing the full range of Hawkeye decals and conversion kits for A$10 from: Hawkeye Models Australia, 6 Amaroo Cl, Blue Haven, NSW 2262, Australia. (02) 4390 8463.
- RAAF/RAA Blackhawk decals
- RAN Seahawk prototype decals
- USCG HH-65A Dolphin decals
- USAF VH-60N Presidential Blackhawk conversion and decals
- RAAF/RAA Blackhawk conversion and decals
9. Hawkeye are also listing Lee kits which are Chinese copies of western products, and Idea kits which are probably also copies, though I don't know this for certain:
Thanks to Pete Tasker, Yevgeny Borissov, and Stephen Evans (Hawkeye).
- Lee 1:72 - 104 AH-64D Longbow Apache, 105 AH-64A Apache, A$8.50 each
- Idea 1:72 - AP033 UH-60 Blackhawk, AP042 SH-60B Seahawk, A$9.00 each