UH-34J Sea Horse
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No. 1066 UH-34 J
|Contents and Media:
||70 olive drab plastic parts on two
sprues, 7 clear parts on one sprue, decals for 4 aircraft of three
nations plus a 5 page fold-out instruction booklet with history, parts
plan, 9 build diagrams and 4 paint/decal drawings.
(available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed, very clear
transparencies, engraved details and excellent decals.
||Some confusion over variant (J or D
- see text).
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale UH-34J Sea Horse will be available online from Squadron.com
As I have mentioned in earlier reviews, in my opinion,
Italeri is the best manufacturer of 1/72 scale helicopter kits.
In this kit, there is one question mark. Is this a UH-34
J (the box top) or a UH-34 D (instructions and decals)? I don't know.
Whichever it is, it lives up to Italeri's usual standard of excellence
in detail, moulding and decals.
The Sikorsky UH-34 series of helicopters was the last to be designed
with piston engines, in this case, a Wright R-1820-84 radial in the
nose, developing 1,525 hp, before the introduction of turbine power. It
was also the airframe on which the Westland Wessex was based, the
Wessex, of course, having turbine power from the start.
The plastic parts are all cleanly moulded in olive drab plastic with
finely engraved panel lines and heaps of detail inside and out. There is
an optional left nose half for different exhausts and the cockpit side
windows plus cargo door can be posed open or closed. The cockpit
interior is very detailed although one thing they've missed is the
cyclic control lever to the left of the seats.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
There's not much point in having an open cargo door if
there's no detail inside. No problem. Italeri have given us eight nicely
detailed canvas seats on a detailed floor with front and rear bulkheads
and even the interior sidewalls have frame detail. The clear parts are,
as usual, just that, clear, with frame detail on the out-side and even a
switch panel on the inside of the roof.
Another area where Italeri excel in their helicopter kits is the rotor
head. This kit's no exception and the rotors them-selves, even have the
Decals, as we've come to expect from Italeri, have perfect register and
minimum carrier film and although a bit matt, I wouldn't go looking for
another set unless I wanted to model a particular subject. There are
four markings sets offered on the sheet, a Marine Coups aircraft in
all-over Field Green with an orange louvered panel behind the engine
from Vietnam, 1962, a German Army helicopter in Olive Green with no date
and Two French Navy choppers, one from 1959 and the other 1975 both in
All in all, this is a superb helicopter kit from Italeri, although, from
them, this is to be expected.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 29 November, 2005
Last updated 29 November, 2005
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