Heli-Kit News #196, 16-Nov-04


1. Revell have issued another version of their 1:32 EC135, this time it's in Air Zermatt colours, HB-ZEF. This kit may have limited distribution; it is certainly available direct from Air Zermatt, and also from Luchtvaart.

2. More news of Revell's proposed releases for 2005. The known list has expanded to: 3. There are very strong rumours circulating in Russian and Ukranian circles regarding Amodel and covert pictures of test-shots of a 1:72 injection moulded Mi-6. More questions than answers though, I believe. Net dyma bez ognya.

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4. Heliborne have two more products almost ready for release:

5. Joseph Osborn is almost ready to start production of an exterior update set for the 1:32 Revell Hueycobra. This will be a resin set consisting of seven parts: Combinination of this set with the Revell kit will allow accurate modelling of practically any Hueycobra from the Vietnam era.

To reserve a set, contact Joseph and he'll let you know when he's ready to accept firm orders, with first shipments expected to be in the first week of December. A more detailed announcement, with pictures, will be posted in the HKN Discussion Group sometime in the next couple of days.

6. Part have released more new etched-brass detail sets for the 1:35 Trumpeter Mi-24 and Mi-8. Including the two that were reported in HKN #194, we now have:

S35-018 is illustrated here. Images of all these sets are at Jadar-Model (in the shop).

7. Eduard's November releases will include:


8. Here's a close-up look at a few of the many decals on Linden Hill's Hind Airframe Stencil Data sheet LHD35003:

These stencil sets are primarily for use on Mi-24s in Soviet / Russian / CIS service. However, most Hinds in foreign use (with some notable exceptions - Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) also feature Cyrillic airframe stencil data; this is even true for machines that carry the tail rotor warnings in English!

Also note that the smaller stencilling is painted over - either fully or partially, on many airframes delivered to foreign users via one of the several Russian / Ukrainian / Belarussian aircraft repair and overhaul facilities that handle such contracts. Check your references.

9. And lastly, here's a close-up of the 'Dragon' artwork for one of the UH-1Bs on the recent Condor 'Columbian Attack Helicopters' sheet (HKN #194):

Thanks to George Filyagin, Pawel Okulski, Frank Herkenhoff, Joseph Osborn and Gertjan Zwart.

If you buy something as a result of reading about it in Heli-Kit News, please remember to tell them that you saw it here. This will encourage the flow of more news in the future, and maybe we'll even get the occasional review sample!