VH-71 “Marine One”
Proposed U.S. Presidential Helicopter
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No. 1268 VH-71 Marine One
|Contents and Media:
||113 olive drab plastic parts on
three sprues, 20 clear plastic parts on one sprue, decals for one
aircraft plus a 4 page, fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts
plan, 11 build diagrams and a one page of paint/decal instructions.
(available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed, subtle engraved and
selected raised panel details, excellent decals and clear parts.
||No detail in passenger compartment.
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale HO4S-3 will be available online from Squadron.com
The EH-101 was designed and built by a partnership of
Agusta of Italy and G.K.N. Westland of Great Britain. It first took to
the air in 1987 and now equips the R.A.F. And Royal Navy as the EH-101
Merlin, Canadian Armed Forces as the EH-101 Cormorant and of coarse the
Italian Navy. It's also been ordered by Denmark, Portugal and Japan and
has been offered to the U.S.A. as the US-101. The U.S. Marines have
selected it as a replacement for their VH-3D as Marine One for the U.S.
President. It should enter this role in about 2009.
This is the fourth EH-101 that Italeri have released. I
suspect they have taken one of the earlier kits and marked the
appropriate parts “not for use”, added new decals, instructions and box
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The “A” sprue has the main forward fuselage parts, most
of the interior, undercarriage and tail. “B” has the odd looking rotors,
most of the rotor head and tail rotor. “C” sprue carries centre
fuselage, forward fuselage side panels, outer engine cowlings, main
undercarriage winglets, two piece rear ramp, passenger seats (marked not
for use) and the rest of the rotor head parts. All of these parts are
beautifully moulded in Olive Drab plastic with a very high level of
detail. There are 12 parts on the “A” and “C” sprues marked “not for
The 20 parts on the clear sprue are very clear and thin with no
Not surprisingly, decals are supplied for one aircraft. All necessary
markings included plus all the pin-striping. Colours are called out in
the instructions and on a full page paint/decal marking sheet with
reference to Model Master paints.
I think the fact that Italeri has provided no interior detail for the
passenger area is because they simply did not have the relevant
information as the aircraft is not due to take on these duties until
So, unless you want to wait until that detail is
available, it may just be better to model the side door closed.
This will be a very interesting model to build as indeed
the others EH-101s will be also. Just how much of the colour scheme is
speculation I don't know but, either way, it will create interest where
ever you show it.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 10 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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