Sa365F Dauphin II Helicopter

This is the 1/48 Scale Sa365F Dauphin II Helicopter from Kitty Hawk Models.

KittyHawk Sa365F Dauphin II Helicopter Plastic Model Helicopter Kit 1/48 Scale #80108
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  • KittyHawk Product Number: 80108
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Spotlight Review

"Extremely difficult kit to assemble"
emaurice (Denver, CO)
Kitty hawk has produced two versions of this kit: the SA365F with markings for French Navy, and the Z-9. The Z-9 is produced in China under license from Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). The other option for a 1/48 Dauphin is Trumpeter. The Trumpeter kit is not very detailed, and has some significant flaws (clear parts fit poorly). The Kitty Haw kits are over-engineered. You assemble the inside, and then assemble the panels together. Any misalignment will trigger a catastrophic chain of event. To make matter worse, the location pins do not generally fit. The parts are connected to the sprues with big chunks. I have trashed my first attempt at this kit, and I started another one, which I have yet to complete. Had this kit's assembly been simplified (e.g., by simplifying fuselage assembly), you would have one of the best helicopter kit out there: detailed rotor head, detailed engines, detailed cockpit, included PE, etc. The Z-9 comes with many loads and allow depiction of many versions. However, the complexity of this kit makes it almost impossible to finish. I did look online to find out if anyone has ever managed to complete the kit and I couldn't find many success stories. If you start this kit, be very careful, and remember to trim the rear bulkhead so that it fits neatly on the floor (I didn't do that on my first attempt). Test fit, and check alignment by validating 2-3 steps ahead of the instructions. I don't doubt that this kit can turn into a real beauty, but its assembly is well above my current skill level.

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