Iliad Design 72015A: DeHavilland Canada DHC-6
There have been darn few markings available for the Revell/Matchbox DHC-6 'Twotter' so it is a delight to see that Iliad Design has come out with a fine sheet for this kit. There are five markings options provided with enough difference to make just about any fan of the type happy. I should mention that all but the US Army option have large black areas painted on the upper and lower wing around the engine nacelles to cover up the exhaust soot that collects there. If I recall, there were two nose wheel size options provided with the kit. I'm not sure which these use, but they all seem the same size so pick the one that is appropriate.
This was a very successful sheet and so this is a reprint with an additional option. This required the rearrangement of the sheet, but nothing has been left out on the other options.
The first option is an Ecuadoran Air Force version from 1994. This plane has black horizontal stab tips to match the location of the black wing areas. THe plane is in standard US SEA camouflage and the rudder stripes will need to be painted.
Next is a plane operated by Transport Canada that was used for coastal pollution patrol. It is overall red and was in service during 2006/7.
The lone short nose version is next and was operated by the Alaska ANG around 1979. This has no engine soot bands, but does have white bands around the wings and fuselage.
The new addition is a Guatemalan Air Force version in dark gull grey over light gull grey.
The first of two white planes is this one registered in Switzerland with the International Red CRoss. This was used in Algeria and Afghanistan during 2004. This one also has the black exhaust bands on the horizontal stabilizers.
The last option and also a white plane is aFrench Air Force version operating with ET 2/65 out of Egypt in 1989. It as red wing bands outside the engine exhaust area and was with the MFO in the Sinai region. Note the very short lived and quite unofficial fuselage insignia.
As each of these airplanes is a bit different in its avionics, Iliad Design has provided a full upper fuselage view of each plane showing exactly which blade and long wire antennas were fitted to each plane. It also provides upper and lower airframe views and where the various 'cut here' markings are applied on specific planes. While it is true that each option will require some masking by the builder to get the schemes right, the result will be a superb model.
Thanks to www.iliad-design.com for the review sheet. You can get yours direct from the link.
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