Hobbyboss 1/72 UH-60A Blackhawk
Two US Army options
Whukka-whukka-whukka here comes another Huey in another movie. Didn't they
get the memo? The Huey's out, man. The Blackhawk's been carrying the US Army
around since 1979. As Jake Gyllenhaal says in "Jarhead" as a Huey flies
overhead playing the Doors: "that's Vietnam music, can't we get our own
music?!" How about our own helicopter, too, nineties and noughties movies?
Well, fair enough, they still use a few Hueys too but
there are nearly 1,500 Blackhawks flying for the USA alone, and another 2500
or so serving at least 23 other countries. You'd think producers could
scrape a couple up for their helicopter scenes.
the Hobbyboss SH-60F Oceanhawk I've already built, this Blackhawk is nicely
moulded with finely engraved lines. Nothing to complain about there!
On the inside, there are some prominent sink marks which are probably
visible if you pose your model with doors open. The main cabin has a floor,
ceiling and rear wall. Up front are two pretty soft looking flightcrew
seats, cyclics but not collectives, and no decals or moulding for the big
instrument panel. In the rear there's basically detailed seating for 15 -
three rows of four and three individual seats, two of which are for the
windows just ahead of the main doors. Test fitting shows that those seats
are not directly aligned with those windows (not sure if that's correct or
not) and also that the main seating, if installed, would make it pretty hard
to get in and out of the helicopter.
Though not shown on the box art, this kit comes with the cool-looking
high-slung fuel tanks, one on either side. From pictures of the real thing
on the internet, it seems like there are a couple of types of set up for
these high-slung tanks. This kit has the kind where the supporting arm
points upwards, rather than hangs downwards (as on Australian S-70A-9s.
No armament is included.
Decals are simple and there are two versions, one in green and the other in
I like it and I got it for a reasonable price. I don't know if it is the
best 1/72 Blackhawk - probably not - but it'll make up a decent model of a
somewhat forgotten helicopter.
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