S u m m a r y
||Italeri 1185 OH-58D Kiowa
|Contents and Media:
||76 finely moulded plastic parts on
two sprues, 6 clear parts on one sprue, decals for one aircraft and 3
page fold-out A5 sized instructions with history, parts plan, 5 build
diagrams plus decal/paint drawing.
||Important subject, highly detailed;
||Raised panel lines?
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale OH-58D Kiowa will be available online from Squadron.com
The Bell OH-58D Kiowa is an uprated version of the
original Kiowa from the Vietnam era, which itself was the military
version of the civilian Bell Jet Ranger. This kit, like the 1/1 scale
model, is also an uprated version of the original Italeri Kiowa but
considering that Italeri is the best maker of 1/72 scale helicopter
kits, that's not such a bad thing. The level of interior detail in this
kit is equal to what we are just starting to see in 1/72 scale fixed
wing aircraft but Italeri have been putting this in their helicopter
kits for years. Sure, the model dose have raised panel markings but it's
very cleanly done, not the wishy-washy stuff we've come to expect from
some other manufacturer's older models.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
So what’s new? Well, the original was just an
observation helicopter. This one can not only find the enemy but attack
it also and is designed to work in conjunction with other attack helos
and fixed wing aircraft.
The first thing you will notice is the four bladed rotor replacing the
two bladed affair we've become used to on Bell helos. Then there's the
above rotor sensors which allow it to identify an enemy without
revealing itself plus a full compliment of armaments on either side of
the fuselage. A very detailed rotor head and tail rotor and host of
antennae complete this lovely little model.
The decal sheet, as is usual from Italeri these days, is nicely printed
with good register but only covers one aircraft, so you can paint it any
colour you want as long as it's US Army Olive Drab.
To sum up, this kit will build into excellent little model without the
need for any extras or add-ons and should be suitable for those with
limited experience and skills.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 27 October, 2005
Last updated 27 October, 2005
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