AB 204 B / UH-1 F
S u m m a r y
||Italeri Kit No 1201 Ab 204 B / UH-1
|Contents and Media:
||51 olive drab plastic parts on two
sprues, 9 clear plastic5 parts on one sprue, decals for three aircraft
plus 4 page A5 sized fold-out instructions with history, parts plan, 6
build diagrams and three pages of paint/decal drawings.
||Highly detailed, well moulded and
very clear transparencies.
||Raised panel lines?
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale OH-58D Kiowa will be available online from Squadron.com
There's not a lot I can say about this kit that hasn't
been said before.
In my opinion, Italeri make the best helicopter kits on the market. I
didn't really know if this was a new kit or a reissue and while
rummaging around in my collection looking for an Italeri UH-1 B/C to
compare it with I actually found the same kit in an older boxing. Doh!
Comparison of the old and the new shows the same plastic
and decals with only the new box colours and the addition of UH-1 F in
the title. The decals and clear parts are now sealed in a plastic bag.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
So, why do I think they are the best? Well, with heaps
of detail inside and out, very cleanly and finely moulded main sprues
and some of the best clear mouldings on the market, what more could you
want. The rotor blades have that characteristic droop moulded in and the
models tend to look as they should. I can't really see any-one bettering
these kits for some time if ever.
The kit comes with markings for three aircraft, an Italian Air Force
rescue chopper, an Austrian Air Force transport hello and a third
example from the Dutch Navy. The decals, as we've come to expect from
this Italian company, are well printed with all the markings relevant
for the three options including quite a few stencils on nice glossy
film. Colours are called out with FS numbers where known and Model
master numbers for both enamels and acrylics.
So there you have it. Not a new one but a good one.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2006 by Italeri
This Page Created on 27 March, 2006
Last updated 26 March, 2006
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