onto the 412
pretty much identical mouldings, just smaller
so the same assembly to start with
and continue with, although on the 412 the other supplied optional hatch on the tailboom
And also, because this is a SAR version the winches. Two options are provided in the kit
and I have built both up, and will check references for the correct one later on.
thence on to the engine cowling
quite an array of parts
it took a while, with the lack of clarity in the instructions, to figure out how to attach the intake splitter plates
but the top and side covers were self explanatory, but will need some careful fettling around the corners to get things looking right
ditto the exhaust ports and front moulding
And assembly starts…
In the 212 we start with the cockpit floor
Adding in the front frames
Then onto the skids, adding the forward “hooks”
And the optional panel in the tailboom and one of the underside protuberances
As a third option
Heller’s Allouette II as flown (Briefly) by the British army
The plastic looks pretty simplistic
as do the instructions
and the decals but, guess what, …
it doesn’t matter because I am building this aircraft. Not sue how I am going to recreate the egg basket around the tail boom though….
Next up, to follow on from the 1/48
the 1/72 version of it’s derivative the Bell 412, also flown as a “Griffin” by the RAF
despite a different layout on the runners the mouldings look largely identical to the 212 so I am assuming they are pantographed from one to the other. This time we have a charming dark blue tone to the proceedings
and the instructions are the same fold out sheet
The decals are a bit more sparse
but, again, irrelevant as I am building to this colour scheme and markings.
As you know by now, the completion of a set of Jets means a switch to rotary wings
This time out another imported RAF bird, the Bell 212, known as the Griffin in the UK. A derivative of the erstwhile “Huey” but with twin engines. In 1/48 I have gone for the italeri offering
The plastic is the usual Italeri strange colour (I presume based on the likely finish colour a’la matchbox) in this case olive drab(ish) but the detail looks nice and crisp
assembly instructions are on a fold out sheet, along with te colour and decal placement in a very confusing monotone. Not a problem as you shall see
The included “Superdecal” sheet looks comprehensive, but largely irrelevant
As I will be modelling this aircraft so will be sourcing all My decals from the spares box
Sure, it's possible I'm type-A anal, it's equally possible you're sloppy.
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