Model Alliance MA-72150: USCG Choppers part 1

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Scott Van Aken

Helicopters don't always get a lot of decal coverage and that is especially true of Coast Guard ones. This sheet takes care of that with marking, a LOT of markings, for two that are in current service, the HH-65 and MH-68. The latter is the same as the Agusta A.109. There are kits for both by Revell, though there will need to be a number of mods made to do a proper HH-65. All of that is covered in the instructions. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of aftermarket to do the conversions so it is old time modeling that will be needed.  In line with Model Alliance's new sheets, this set covers a variety of schemes. Model Alliance decals have changed to a booklet style of instructions that are superbly printed and provide profiles for what seems to be dozens of markings.  It also means that showing profiles of each  option in a review is not possible so my apologies in advance.

The decals are superbly printed by Cartograf. This company seems to be the de facto printer of choice for a lot of aftermarket companies and kit manufacturers. Can't blame them as the work is first rate. The sheets contain serials for all and it looks like there are enough insignia and data decals to do one each. Additional insignia are available if one wants to do them all. So what is on the sheet?

Of course, I am somewhat disappointed that there is not one for San Diego, but I guess some had to be left off for part 2.

The instruction booklet includes a list of available kits. This decal set is also available in 1/48 and may be produced in 1/32 as well.

April 2009

Review sheet courtesy of The Aviation Workshop

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