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||Pavla Models Kit No 72069 - Robinson
|Contents and Media:
||20 injection moulded plastic parts,
10 resin parts, 18 etched metal parts, and 4 vacuum formed clear parts.
£8.94 available online from
Hannants and specialist retailers worldwide
||First-time appearance of this
important subject in kit form; excellent decals; clear vacuum formed
canopy; crisp surface detail; faultless resin details
||Plastic mouldings are a bit rough;
some cleanup of flash will be required; experience essential.
Reviewed by Mick Evans
Pavla's 1/72 scale
Robinson R22 will be available online from Squadron.com
The Robinson R22 light helicopter is one of the most
interesting and much sought after types in its category today.
The Robinson Helicopter Company was founded in 1973. The
products of the new company were to be low cost, low maintenance light
helicopters. The manufacturer’s intention was to fill the gap in the
light helicopter category and replace the Hughes 269 and the Bell OH-13
The Robinson R22 prototype flew for the first time on the 28th August
1975. It was certified to FAR Part 23 on the 16 March 1979 and some 2900
helicopters have been delivered since this time.
I believe that this is the first 1/72 scale kit of the
Robinson R22 Helicopter to enter the market.
On opening the box we are presented with the typical
high quality multi media kit with limited run injection moulded plastic,
resin, etched metal and vacuum formed canopy that has become the
trademark of Pavla Models. There are 20 injection moulded parts, 10
highly detailed resin parts, 18 etched metal parts, and 4 vacuum formed
clear parts. In the case of the vacuum formed parts a duplicate set of
transparencies have been provided in case of error.
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As with most Pavla kits it is necessary to remove all of
the flash from every styrene part and clean up all the mating surfaces
before assembly. Spend the time in preparation and you will be rewarded
with a high quality finished product.
Having built many of the Pavla kits over the years I have been impressed
by the high quality of the detail and moulding. The detail in this kit
is nothing short of superb. The resin cockpit leaves no detail out and
only needs some fine paint work to bring out the finer detail. The other
highly detailed resin part is the engine deck. I have walked around the
Robinson R22 quite often and this area has been accurately reproduced.
Now for the bad news for all vacform-phobics. The main cabin is a two
piece vacuum formed transparency. Some modellers do not like this type
of construction but I have never had a problem with vacuum formed parts.
These are formed very well. They are also structurally substantial in
their moulding and have captured the detail well. The parts should
behave like injection plastic once they have been cut away from the
backing, and the join is along a panel line. This looks to be simple
compared to the Esoteric Bell 47 that I built years ago.
The decals are crisp, accurate in colour and in
Markings are provided for 4 different aircraft as follows;
Robinson R22 Beta II of
the Escuela de Aviation (Pilot Training School) of the Mexican Navy
based in La Paz. The aircraft is in an overall yellow scheme.
Robinson R22 Beta II of
the Dominican Republic Air Force based in Santo Domingo. The
aircraft is in a 4 tone camouflage scheme.
Robinson R22 Beta OK-FFF
owned by Karel Kladiva – Klinex Company and is operated by the
flying school FLY FOR FUN from Sazena airfield. The aircraft is in
an overall white scheme.
Robinson R22 Beta OK-BLT
belonging to NISA AIR company and is flown from the airfield in
Miada Boleslav. The aircraft is in an overall two tone grey tiger
Highly recommended for modellers experienced with multi
Thanks to Pavla for the review sample
Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Mick Evans
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 06 December, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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