As recently announced, Helokit.com is going offline unless someone volunteers to pick this site up and continues maintaining it.
We are now going to take a look at the recently-released Kitty Hawk AH-1Z kit. Kitty Hawk also announced it will soon release a UH-1Y.
Let me cut to the chase! It appears to be a great kit.
Of course, it comes in a nice box, but most importantly the kit appears to be finely detailed. Previously, your choice for building an AH-1Z in 1/48 was limited to the largely inaccurate Italeri kit or the expensive conversion from Olimp Resin.
The sprues are finely engraved, and the kit comes with photo etch parts (e.g., for the air intakes) and nicely-printed decal sheets (for three different machines). Assembly appears relatively complex at times, and I suspect great care will be needed with the assembly of the fuselage. This kit includes detailed engines and a full weapon load.
I liked the fact that the clear parts were packaged in a separate cardboard box. Furthermore, the kit include ballast for the tail-heavy kit.
I am impatient to get started on this project.
- Kitty Hawk KH80125
- Scale: 1/48
- Availability: Limited
- Status: Initial production
- Estimated Street Price: $60
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Italeri just posted additional information on its re-release of the Bo 105 / PAH.1 helicopter in 1/48th. The product web page (kit reference is Italeri 2742) provides pictures for the spruces, box, and decal sheet. As expected, this kit is a re-release of the old ESCI kits (the spruces are identical), but the decal sheet is new. The kit provides for the depiction of 4 different machines: 2 PAH.1 (attack helicopters) from Germany, and Bo 105Ms from Spain and Holland. The Dutch machine is quite colorful as it is an exhibition helicopter.
I am thinking of getting this kit as Bo-105s are getting scarce on e-Bay, and the only Bo-105 release with a decent decal sheet was the old release from Revell of Germany (which is almost impossible to find). The decal sheet on this new release from Italeri is a big plus.
The pictures below are from Italeri’s web site.
Armycast just published its March 2014 newsletter. The Czech company announces the release of a new set (resin and decals) for the AH-1W in the 1/72 scale. It would be great if such a kit could be released in 1/48 though a release in this scale of a whole new AH-1Z kit is soon expected from Kitty Hawk.
Note that for helicopter kit builders in 1/48, Armycast provides the following products: