Recent re-release of the Italeri UH-1N (without the Canadian decals)
August 15, 2017
A number of years ago, Italeri released the 1/48 UH-1N / AB212 (Agusta (now Leonardo Helicopters) manufactured this helicopter under a Bell license). This kit is a re-release of that older kit with a nice decal sheet but without the Canadian rescue scheme (yellow helicopter) . This kit has also been released by Heller as the special forces UH-1N (with minimalistic decals). This kit is quite nice, and you have the benefit of a number of aftermarket enhancements, including PE from Eduard. The model comes together quite easily but some putty and dry fitting will be required. I find the details to be adequate in this scale (and as previously stated, you can get aftermarket parts). Decals included in this kit provide for building 4 machines. 2 Italian military (including one for a deployment in Afghanistan). 1 US Marines Rescue machine (abandon chute), and 1 German border patrol machine. The kit makes for an enjoyable build but I miss the decals for the Canadian Bell 212 (CH-135). If you wish to build this Canadian machine, you will need to separately purchase the decals from Belcher Bits (Candian RCAF/CAF helicopters - 1/48).
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