Heli-Kit News #122, 07-May-01
1. The Amodel Ka-15 'Hen' #7242 is now available. This is typical of recent Amodel products; nicely moulded and true to scale, with engraved panel lines and clear parts that aren't too bad, though they will need some polishing. It comes with markings for three Soviet machines, a slate-grey pre-production example marked only with red stars, and two production models, '15 yellow' which is slate grey, and '02 white' which is marine green. The parts for the forthcoming Ka-15M are present on the sprue but marked in the single-page instructions as 'not to be used'. I notice that there is no sign of the large mesh-covered crescent-shaped opening which ought to be in the roof in front of the rotor pylon, but this omission can be easily rectified.
2. The balance of opinion is now that Hasegawa's new 1:48 Apache, due for release in about a month, will be an all-new tooling, rather a re-box of someone else's.
3. The long-awaited MRC / Academy 1:35 UH-60L Blackhawk #2192 has been available in the US for several weeks now.
4. Revell have released their 1:48 rebox of the Italeri RAH-66 Comanche, #4470.
5. KP have re-issued their 1:72 Mi-4 and Mi-8/17 kits with new numbers:
6. Sharkit are planning to release a 1:72 resin kit of the VZ-9 Avrocar 'flying saucer', which is hardly acceptable as a rotorcraft, but might be of interest, #7216.
- #3124 Mil Mi-8 Hip, German SAR
- #3125 Mil Mi-17 Hip, Soviet Russian & Czech
- #3126 Mil Mi-4 Hound, Czech & Soviet Russian
The Doak VZ-4, Sharkit #7219 (HKN #30) doesn't ever seem to have materialised.
7. Airwaves are in the process of releasing a series of Sea King detail sets and conversions in both 1:48 and 1:72.
First are a pair of general etched brass detail sets for the 1:48 Hasegawa and 1:72 Revell kits:
Next will be Sea King HC.4 conversions in both 1:72 and 1:48, to go with the forthcoming 1:72 Revell HAS.6 and existing 1:48 Hasegawa kits. These conversion sets will be all-new toolings reflecting the 1990's HC.4, in resin and etched brass (they are not derived from the old white metal set SC72-001). A number of the component parts of these sets will also be available separately in both scales where appropriate (the sand filter box is already available in 1:72, SC72-124).
- AC72-220 includes cabin door & steps, tail-fold, undercarriage wheel wells, leg webs & torque links, full aerial suite, tie-downs, rear-view mirrors, and cargo slings.
- AC48-104 includes cabin door step, tail-fold, aerial suite, tail-rotor control star, and rear-view mirrors.
Also, the update set for the Airfix / Heller Puma is still being worked on, and will be along sometime.
- SC48-086 Sea King HC.4 conversion
- SC48-087 Sea King main troop door in open position
- SC48-088 Sea King composite main rotor blades
- SC48-089 Sea King sand filter box
- SC48-090 GPMG & door mount for Pumas, Sea Kings, etc.
- SC72-126 Sea King HC.4 conversion
- SC72-127 GPMG & door mount for Pumas, Sea Kings, etc.
8. Model Art's latest decal sheet 72/038 is now available, this features French Army and Air Force S-55/H-19's and Royal Navy Westland Whirlwinds. Markings are provided for the following:
Also provided are markings for three RAF Hunter F4's.
- Armeť de l'Air S-55 WH-594 from EHL I/65 in Indochina, Oct-55. This is overall aluminium with yellow tail-band & red stabiliser tips.
- Armeť de l'Air S-55 WH-598 from EHM II/65, also Indochina 1955, and coloured as above with the addition of wavy green zebra-stripes and red-cross roundels. Painting this one is going to be fun !
- ALAT S-55 AMO from GH2 in Algeria 1956, green and brown camoflage.
- ALAT H-19D3 55957/HV, Istres 1964, dark green with dayglo orange nose, fuselage band, and tail.
- RN Whirlwind HAR.3 XG588/'995', HMS Warrior - Operation Grapple, Christmas Island, 1957. This is gloss white on top, gloss sky below. Operation Grapple related to the first British tests of the hydrogen bomb, when four HAR.3's formed part of the ship's flight on board HMS Warrior. They were used as plane guards for the Avengers, and for general transport duties.
- RN Whirlwind HAS.22 WV223, 781NAS, Lee-on-Solent, 1963. Emerald green and white, as per the old Airfix HAS.22 kit.
- RN Whirlwind HAR.1 XA868/'449', HMS Protector ship's flight, Antarctica, 1968. Gloss black over International Orange, as per the old Airfix HAR.1 kit.
- RN Whirlwind HAR.9 XN386/'35', HMS Endurance ship's flight, Antarctica, 1972. RAF blue-grey and gloss international Orange, as preserved at Doncaster, UK.
Next from Model Art, if things go according to plan, will be a sheet related to an imminent Airfix update, including a range of nose-art.
9. Interavia have released the following 1:72 etched brass detail sets:
These are available from Aviapress.
- INA-021 Kamov Ka-50 photoetched parts
- INA-009 Mil Mi-24 photoetched parts
10. Eduard have released SS-156, a set of etched brass parts in their Zoom series, for the 1:72 Academy AH-64 Apache.
11. Two new issues from E-Z Mask:
Full listing of EZ Masks in the Great Models database.
- 199 1:48 'AH-1S' Cobra inner & outer masks for the Revell/Monogram (AH-1G?) kits
- 200 1:48 AH-64 Apache inner & outer masks for the Monogram kits
12. May is a good month for UK Modelling magazines. Scale Aviation Modeller International features two articles from Poland on modelling the Mil (PZL) Mi-2, and Scale Aircraft Modelling takes an in-depth look at the Italeri AB 204. Both contain a wealth of useful advice and information, and both are very well illustrated.
13. Aviapress are advertising a two-volume set of books on the Mil Mi-24 Hind. However, our Moscow Correspondent tells us that these are best avoided.
14. Aviapress are also advertising as 'new' the first issue of the Russian magazine Vertolet (Helicopter) In fact this is the #1/2000 issue, there have been nine since then; it's reported to be of limited interest to modellers, more like a series of advertisements, but showing signs of improving.
15. The Fanakit website has been updated with some detail shots of an SH-60B Seahawk.
Thanks to Drewe Manton, Andrew Deely (Airwaves), Ivan Brocot, Jean-Pierre Desprez (Model Art), and Yevgeny Borissov.