Trumpeter's 1/35 scale
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|Contents and Media:
||256 parts in light grey plastic; 23 clear
injection moulded plastic; 8 rubber
tyres; 14 white metal cast undercarriage parts; 26 photo-etched parts on
one large fret;
acetate film for instruments; markings for two
||Available worldwide through local
retailers. Review copy
supplied by JB Wholesalers, Australia.
||High quality mouldings; high level of detail in most areas
including cockpit and cabin interior,
sensible engineering resulting in a buildable kit;
very impressive, appropriate and subtle surface features including
finely recessed panel lines, fasteners and tie-down points; thin, clear and accurate transparent parts;
metal gear legs and rubber tyres; transparent instrument panel
||A few sink lines (although they look
like stressed metal effect, so you may choose not to do anything about
them!); no benches/seats in main cabin.
Reviewed by Brett Green
scale CH-47A Chinook will be available online from Squadron.com
Trumpeter continues on its path of high quality kits and
constant improvement with their brand new 1/35 scale UH-47A Chinook.
Trumpeter has decided on this military vehicle scale for its
helicopter kits, and it does make sense. This big Chinook will certainly be
the ultimate Vietnam diorama accessory!
Trumpeter's 1/35 scale Chinook comprises 256 parts in light
grey plastic; 23 clear injection moulded plastic parts; 8 rubber tyres; 14
white metal cast undercarriage parts; 26 photo-etched parts on one large
fret; acetate film for instruments; markings for two aircraft.
Click the thumbnails below to view
Surface detail is as good as on Trumpeter's recent 1/32
scale Messerschmitt Me 262 kit - in other words, true state of the art. Panel lines
are very finely recessed with sublte rows of rivets in places.
Subtle details such as vents and raised window sills are
convincingly depicted too.
Ejector pin marks are admirably few, and limited to some
There are a few slightly sunken lines on the fuselage, but
these actually look like stressed metal effect to my eye anyway. You may or
may not choose to fill and sand these, but I probably won't.
Engineering is quite simple. This kit does not suffer from
metal hinges and gimmicky moveable parts. The focus instead is on practical
detail and designing a model that is quite straightforward to build yet has
Clear parts are very thin and free of distortion. The big
windscreen is moulded as a single part with the entire nose section - a nice
approach that will ensure that you will not smear the clear parts with glue.
The instrument panel
is offered as a clear part as usual, but for the very first time Trumpeter
has not hollowed out the instrument lenses. Although this will require a
little more time masking the instruments, this very welcome improvement will
deliver a more realistic result.
The kit features two nicely detailed engines and pods
comprising 19 parts each..
Cockpit detail is very thorough. The seats even feature
separate photo-etched harnesses, while bulkhead and floor textures are very
impressive. The rear cabin is also detailed with tie downs on the floor and
quilted sidewalls, but no seats are supplied. The cargo door is a separate
part and may be posed open, and the lower door for the winch is also
supplied separately. The forward door with its integrated step may also be
Trumpeter has supplied landing gear legs in white metal.
These are well cast and have nice detail. Tyres are vinyl.
Multimedia content is further boosted with a big
photo-etched fret. This includes grilles, vents and harness straps.
Two sets of markings are supplied - US Army Aviation Command
during 1966 and 228th ASHB, 1st Cav Div (Airmobile), Lai Khe, Vietnam 1970.
With their CH-47A, Trumpeter delivers another impressive, high quality
Trumpeter's 1/35 scale Chinook is large, features excellent surface
detail, good interior detail, makes very effective use of multimedia parts
and is thoughtfully engineered for a simple build.
Whether you are a fan of Vietnam era, or helicopters in general, or just
an admirer of excellent kits, Trumpeter's big Chinook will not disappoint.
Thanks to JB
Wholesalers for the review sample.
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