Hello from France
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Author:  Edgar Wells [ Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:23 am ]
Post subject:  Hello from France

Hi all

I'm Edgar, a newbie to the forum and have not introduced myself yet, rude I know but better late than never right..
I'm originally from the UK but now live in France, I gave up a career in IT to help run a family business in the Cognac region.

I started modelling again two years ago after modelling in my youth, in those two years I've built a good cross section of models but have finally decided on two subjects that really interest me.
One is whirly birds, so far every 1 48 kit I can find of any UK fielded variant.
Having always been a tank enthusiast, I'm also drawn to IDF armour.
Having decided on a path of IDF discovery I built Mengs Merkava Baz, and I currently have their Dooi d9r on the desk.
One question is, 1 48 IDF helicopters..anyone know what's available?
Second is I'd like to build a m109 doher in 1 35 next, what's the best version available?

Anyways enough waffle.

Nice to meet you all

Author:  Craig Sargent [ Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hello from France

Welcome aboard. For 1/48 helicopters there are a few items on offer. Most may need some mods depending on the time frame you chose to model them

The main ones for the IDF/AF would be:
    Hasegawa AH-64A
    Hasegawa AH-64D (they also did an I with all the necessary resin parts included, but this is a little harder to find now
    Academy UH-60
    Hasegawa/Academy MD500D
    Revell CH-53
    Monogram/Revell AH-1
    Italeri Bell 47
    Trumpeter SA565 Dauphin (you'll need the IsraCast Atalef conversion)
    Italeri UH-1N
    Italeri UH-1H
    Gallery Models H-34
    Italeri/Esci/Heller/Fujimi Jet Ranger
    Heller Allouette II
    Heller/Fujimi Gazelle

Pretty sure there are no Frelons available in that scale. Pretty much covers most of them.

Italeri also do a V-22 - Israel doesn't have them yet but is due to receive 6.

Author:  Edgar Wells [ Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hello from France

Thanks very much for that info, I have already in the stash a Kitty hawk SA565 Dauphin so will look to possibly convert that one as a starting point.
Would love to see a 1 48 Frelon having seen one recently at a collection in Bordeaux.

Everything else is a shopping list then, I take it Isracast is the place to head to for conversions and decals.

All very helpful thanks again

Author:  Vasilios C04 [ Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:22 am ]
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Author:  Craig Sargent [ Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hello from France

Isracast have a few sets, but they are sold under Wingman Models now I believe. There is a Dauphin conversion to Atalef, an AH-1 update set, an AH-64 set.

If you can find this kit, it comes with resin and decals in it - pretty much most of what you need to build a good Saraf.
Hasegawa 1/48 - kit number 07365
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