Heller 1/100 Trident
AUD$5.95 in 1999
SNCASO SO.9000 Trident 1 was a mixed power prototype designed to a French Air
Force requirement for a point interceptor. Main thrust was to come from a
481 rocket motor augmented by a pair of wing mounted Turbomeca Marbore
turbojets. First flight of the first of 2 airframes was on
March 2 1953.
In over 100 flights a maximum height of 65,000 ft was reached with a top speed
of Mach 1.6. The second airframe crashed on its first flight later the same
year. The first prototype is preserved at the Musee de l’Air.
examples of a more developed version, the SO.9050 Trident 11, were ordered but
the project was cancelled in the late 1950s.
is one of a number kits by Heller in this scale and may have been originally
released in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s in the Cadet range.
kit is made up from 21 parts including a single clear part for the canopy.
Surface detail consists of large over scale rivets and raised lines for the
control surfaces. The smaller parts are devoid of detail and have mold seams and
flash. Ejector pin marks are present on many parts but these are on the inner
faces and will not be seen after assembly. Some of the larger parts have flow
marks as well. Instructions call for 1g of weight to be placed in the nose. The
cockpit is just an empty hole but details wouldn’t be seen thru the supplied
at the image of the parts you will notice that there is, on the right, a second
clear part included, this has no connection with this kit. It is obviously an
aircraft canopy, perhaps it is for one of the other 1/100 kits?
decal sheet is matt printed and typical of Heller sheets of the time. The French
roundels are printed in 2 parts with the centre blue dot separate, however the
yellow outline unfortunately varies in thickness. Black anti-glare panel and 3
white panels are included to make painting easier.
instruction sheet is a double-sided A3 item with a 7-stage construction sequence
on one side and a painting and decaling guide on the other.
would be a suitable kit for a beginner and would be an unusual shape in a
collection of 1/100 aircraft.
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