Dragon OH-6A Cayuse w/crew
|NOTES:||Currently Out of Production|
Along with the
Production OH-6As entered
service in 1966, soon after entering the battlezones of
Large numbers of OH-6As still
fly in the
This is the first DML kit I’ve ever owned, so this will be a new experience for me. I have, however, been a fan of the Hughes 369 since I was a very young child, so I’ve built practically every other kit of the type on the market!
Opening the box you find four
sprues of standard grey styrene, and one of clear, with a total parts count in
the instructions of 85. Everything looks to be very nicely moulded with very
little flash, although there are a large number of ejector pin towers to be
separated from many parts. Panel lines are a mix of engraved lines, and
prominent raised rivets. I don’t believe this would be scale, so the more
experienced among you may wish to “accurize” if possible.
The engine covers are moulded
separate to the main fuselage “egg”, which is odd as nothing is given in the way
of engine detail for this area. The instructions do say to cement them closed,
but one wonders why this was done. No doors are provided for the cabin, meaning
unless you scratchbuild a set, your finished build will have air conditioning
for the crew. I think this is how they would’ve flown in the humid skies of
Interior detail is very nice, with a full set of controls provided and even – a first for me – a fire extinguisher! The instrument panel has a very nice raised moulding, but no detail is provided at all for the faces. No moulded detail, no decals, nothing. The rotor head and mast detail is fair (some may want to improve on it) but, from memory, better than the Revell offering. The tail rotor is very simplistic, with raised lines to aid in painting/decaling the warning stripes! Not too hard to sand off, I think.
One of the features which makes the Loach so distinctive is its V-shaped tail, which on many kits is moulded as separate, fiddly components. With this kit, however, the vertical components are moulded with a tailboom half, with only the angled stabiliser and its boom to affix. This looks to be quite easy due to the tab provided.
A nice touch is the inclusion of
two seated figures, representing the pilot and his gunner/observer. These are
superbly moulded, complete with separate holstered pistols and sheathed knives.
To go with them is a selection of
The decals are, yet again, very
nice and with minimal carrier film. Two individual aircraft are catered for:
17270 of E Troop, 1/9 Cav, 1st
Cavalry Division, based at Lai Khe in 1970, and 17340 of C Troop, 16th
To me this looks to be a fantastic kit, with loads of diorama potential and what seems to be fairly speedy assembly. Eduard make a photoetch set for this kit (in case you want to go all out), but even out of the box DML have provided enough for a great finished model. And, even at such a large scale, the completed aircraft is still less than two feet long, so won’t place a strain on display space.
I plan to get started on mine as soon as possible.
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