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Revell of Germany # 09427
UH-72A Lakota -- 1:32 Scale



In light of the aging UH-1 and OH-58 helicopter fleets in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program was launched in 2005.  The Airbus EC-145 helicopter won the contract, and it became the UH-72A Lakota, which today serves in a range of roles.  Here in northern Virginia, I often see Lakotas in the skies around the Pentagon and Ft. Belvoir, looking far sleeker than any Blackhawk.  In 2016, Revell of Germany released a 1:32 scale kit of the UH-72 based on earlier issues of their large-scale EC-145 kits.  In this review, we’ll take a look at this kit of the most recent rotary wing aircraft to join the Army inventory.

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The LUH requirement was first issued in July 2005, with an initial stated requirement for 345 helicopters to conduct homeland security, administrative, logistic, MEDEVAC, and other diverse support roles for the U.S. Army.  EADS North America won the $3 billion contract the following year.  The production line opened at Airbus Helicopter’s plant in Columbus, Mississippi, and by 2014, the 300th UH-72 was delivered to the Army, on-time and on-budget.

The UH-72A cockpit features a large wrap-around windscreen for the pilot and co-pilot.  The cockpit displays simplify the presentation of flight and vehicle information, increasing situational awareness and reducing the flight crew’s active management of flight controls, navigation, and communication. The Lakota’s cabin accommodates eight troops or passengers.  The cabin seats fold upwards and can further accommodate a number of modules for missions such as medical evacuation.

The first production Lakotas were operated by the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California, for MEDEVAC operations in early 2007, and a few months later, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Fort Eustis, Virginia, took additional deliveries.  The Lakota’s versatility in service is reflected its wide range of operators, from the Joint Readiness Training Center to the United States Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Army National Guard units from Oregon to Puerto Rico, and their support roles at missile test ranges in Germany and Kwajalein Atoll.  The first UH-72As specifically developed for training were delivered to the Army in March 2015.  For many years to come, the UH-72A Lakota will serve as a key multi-role player and whose fuller contributions remain ahead.  

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Revell of Germany’s 1:32 scale UH-72A Lakota is an injection molded plastic model kit.  A total of 222 plastic parts come on a combination of two white, seven light gray, and two medium gray sprues.  Around 40 of these parts go unused in the UH-72 build.  Twenty clear parts are provided on two additional sprues.  Also included in the box is a very well-printed color instruction booklet which guides the builder through assembly of the UH-72A over 74 steps.  Markings are provided for two helicopters:

Strengths: This kit draws on the strengths of the Revell of Germany EC-145 that was a new-tool release in 2005 and has been reboxed in at least four different issues to date. This kit gained a very strong reputation as a well-made, well-detailed, and well-fitting replica of the EC-145.  Parts molding is crisp overall, and only a little flash was observed in a few places.  The surface detail of the exterior of the helicopter in particular is very well executed, with accurate raised rivet detail on the fuselage and tail boom.  Interior detail is also very good, though see some observations below.  The new parts here to build a UH-72 are mostly those for the seating and other interior details.  The side doors can all be opened up.

The two paint schemes (a multicolor tan/olive drab scheme and an overall olive drab scheme) are featured in the box.  Decals are printed by Zanchetti in Italy.  Colors look good and appear in register.  Carrier film is thin but fairly well-restrained.

Weaknesses:  This is an all-around good kit, and only a few observations come to mind. For 1:32 scale, I think the cockpit’s instrument panel and control console could be more crisply detailed, and gauge faces are represented only by decals.  The shoulder harnesses and lap belts in the cockpit and crew cabin seats are all identical and molded on the surface of the seat pads in a “static” position. To my eyes at least, it’s not as realistic as it could be.  A little more thought could have been applied to the bagging of the clear parts.  The big windscreen was scratched up just a bit from contact with the other sprues of clear parts all co-located in the same bag.

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Revell of Germany’s 1:32 scale UH-72A Lakota will build up into a very good replica of the latest helicopter to join the U.S. Army inventory.  For those interested in converting this kit into an Army MEDEVAC airframe, Werner’s Wings produces a resin conversion set (http://wernerswings.com/index.html).  I rarely venture into rotary wing subjects, but this kit is indeed inviting.

Sincere thanks to Revell of Germany for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.revell.com/germany.

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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