Heller 1/35 scale
Aerospatiale SA 321Gv
by Tadeu Pinto Mendes
Aerospatiale SA 321Gv Super Frelon
Derived from the SNCASE SE.3200 Frelon, the Super Frelon (hornet) was the world's first three-engine helicopter when it was launched in 1962. With great capabilities, it was also adapted for amphibious use.
It is capable of carrying 44 equipped soldiers and externally in its version for the navy it can carry 4 torpedoes or 2 MBDA AM39 Exocet air-to-sea missiles. Its defensive armament is a 20 mm cannon.
With several versions, it was used in addition to France, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Libya, Greece and South Africa. In action it stood out in the war between Iraq and Iran launching Exocet missiles and also between Israel and Syria. 110 units were manufactured until 1981.
16 units were delivered to Iraq and 2 were shot down by Iranian fighter jets.
The same was also done under license in China as Changhe Z-8. Over the years the Super Frelon was replaced in naval services by the Super Puma.
This is a model with over 300 parts and quite detailed.
Its assembly requires a lot of experience and dedication.
This one came to be made from the French navy in blue-grey colors throughout the helicopter and white on the dorsal parts. I chose to do it in the colors of the Iraqi air force that fought against Iran in the 1980s.
These were in the dorsal parts in Phantom Gray - FS 26375, Medium Gray - FS 26270 and Blue Gray - FS 36118. Ventrals in Phantom Gray.
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2022 by Tadeu Pinto Mendes
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