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ACH-47A Armed Chinook

 

Italeri, 1/48 scale

 

S u m m a r y

Item No. 2647 - ACH-47A Armed Chinook
Contents and Media: 177 parts in green injection styrene; 7 clear parts; markings for three aircraft.
Scale 1/48
Price: USD$58 available online from Squadron
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Well detailed; high quality moulding; good interior detail; generally accurate; attractive surface texture (recessed panel lines, selected rivets); thin and distortion free clear parts; plenty of ordnance; should be a quick build.
Disadvantages: No steps for back ramp; sponson panel arrangement more typical of D model.
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


Italeri's 1/48 scale ACH-47A Armed Chinook  is available online from Squadron

 

FirstLook

 

Italeri has released the first in an all-new family of 1/48 scale Chinooks with the ACH-47A.

The kit comprises 177 parts in green injection styrene, 7 clear parts and markings for three aircraft.

The plastic parts are well moulded with no visible flaws on exterior surfaces. Surface detail is by way of crisp, recessed panel lines plus some appropriately raised panels, restrained rivets in a few places and several convincingly moulded grilles and vents.

 

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The interior is impressive, with structural detail moulded onto the separate fuselage sidewalls; and some nice extra touches including quilted bulkheads for a busy cabin and cockpit. The flat instrument panel with its decal dials is not quite up to the standard of the rest of the interior, but I am sure that we will have plenty of options for this space fairly soon!

 

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A large proportion of the parts are ordnance and other small parts. In general, construction would appear to be very straightforward. For example, the rotor hubs are one piece each (plus a base plate). The detail still looks good, and should look even better after some careful weathering.

Transparent parts are very clear and free of distortion. The nose is a single large transparency, simplifying construction in this area too.

 

 

Three sets of markings are supplied - two for operational aircraft in Vietnam, 1967, and one at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in 1968. Decals are well printed and matt in finish.

 

 

The overall outline of the airframe appears to be accurate, but I am advised that the panel line arrangement on the sponsons is more typical of the AC-47D variant.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Italeri has delivered a nicely detailed 1/48 scale ACH-47A Armed Chinook, which should be quite simple and fast to build.

Recommended

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample


Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 22 September, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007

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