Heli-Kit News #88, 08-May-00

1. Following on from the Bell XV-15 kit featured in HKN #86, next week's HKN will continue the story with kits of the Sikorsky S-76 and S-72 from the same source.

2.. Amodel have released the first of their new kits for 2000. #7234 is the Mil Mi-1 'Hare'. The following is a combination of the descriptions at NKR and GP Hobby:

"A vast improvement on the early MPM Mi-1 kit, this has cleaner mouldings, more detail, and injection moulded clear parts. There are three sprues with 52 parts in white plastic, plus a clear sprue of 7 parts. The large decal sheet has markings for 8 aircraft (including Polish, Czech, Soviet military and civil and Iraqi)."

"Cabin detail is quite good with optional Mi-1M or Mi-1MY layout and the doors can be assembled opened or closed. Rotor head detail also looks good. The exterior (fine engraved panel lines) has a lot of small detail parts, including numerous aerials and there are optional side mounted fuel tanks."

3. Also seen at GP Hobby is a second book in Militaria's new series - Militaria in Detail. This one is devoted entirely to 'modern' combat helicopter designs. The types covered are the AH-1 Cobra, AH-64 Apache, AH-2 Rooivalk, Eurocopter Tiger, Agusta A129 Mangusta, Mil Mi-28 Havoc and Kamov Ka-50 Hokum. "The book offers dozens of color close-up photographs on 62 pages, outstanding print quality and English-only text, most recommended!"

4. Italeri have released both their 1:72 Agusta-Bell AB-204, #1201, and their 1:72 H-21 Gunship, #1203. Unfortunately for us here in the UK, our Italeri importer is in big trouble (once again), and it is by no means clear when we will see these kits. They are being advertised as available in both continental Europe and the USA.

5. Roco Minitanks have expanded their range of 1:87 scale models with a Eurocopter EC-635, the military version of the EC-135; kit #860.

6. Miku have released their 1:72 Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne. That's all I can tell you at the moment, except that Aeroclub have confirmed they have a shipment of Miku kits on the way. Unfortunately their order doesn't include any Cheyennes because they weren't available when the order was placed, but it does include Ecureuils & Robinson R-44's. However, I'm sure Aeroclub would be a good bet for an advance order if you have no sources in the Czech Republic.

7. The April/June 2000 (No.5) newsletter 'Luso-Fanatics' of the Special Interest Group in Portuguese Military Aviation (SIGPMA), has an article about the Portugese Super-Lynx Mk.95 which includes a fascinating selection of nose-art and badges (in which characters from the Warner Brothers studios seem to figure prominently). Also included are pictures of a Portuguese Esq. 552 Alouette III as used in service with the UN in East Timor.

8. Another selection of interesting links:

Thanks to Dan Hollenbaugh, Burkhard Domke, Keith Goodman, Rui Ferreira, & Petr Zaoral.