Italeri V-22 Osprey

The V-22 Osprey is produced jointly by Bell Helicopter and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. The unique tiltrotor design allows the aircraft to operate as an helicopter (vertical landing and take-off) but with a cruise speed in excess of 200 kts.  Initially deployed with the U.S. Marines, the Osprey replaces the CH-46s.

In 1/48th, the Osprey is produced by Italeri.  The kit went through a couple of iterations: the early box didn’t have some of the external sensor present in the later release.  However, a number of sites have reported a number of inaccuracies in the kit, even in its most current form. 

Assembly of the kit is easy.  Details are a bit lacking.  I wish more details were provided in the main cabin and cockpit.  Decals are provided for a single prototype machine.

In term of aftermarkets, I am not aware of resin or PE enhancements for this kit.  However, Flying Leathernecks provide a gorgeous set of decals (FL48012 “Tiltrotor Teufelshunde”), which allows the depiction of multiple aircraft (see picture below).

 

Kit Summary:

  • Italeri 2622
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Availability: Excellent
  • Status: In Production
  • Estimated Street Price: $35
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