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Agusta-Bell AB 204B

by Jott (1:72 Italeri)

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

This is my Agusta Bell 204B helicopter with the special paint scheme due to retirement of the AB204 choppers from the service at Austrian Air Forces. Austria was flying these birds since 1963 and in 2001 they were discharged. The last flight took place with the “Ciao Bell’a” paint-scheme, a nice wordplay for saying goodbye to this beautiful Bell helicopter built under licence by Italian Company Agusta.

At the time I decided to go for a AB204B in that special colours the kit that would fit best for this scope was Italeri box #1201. I guess it was around the years 2004/2005 and unfortunately the kit was more or less sold out at the shops. So I decided to convert Italeri’s UH1-F Kit Nr. 1229, which means to work mainly around the air intake and turbine cowling which totally looks different to AB204. At least the exhaust nozzle was at correct position (right hand). Further the tail boom had to be shortened and fitted to cabin and the kit did not consist of a rescue hoist (finally some plastic sheet, filler and wire). I used Eduard PE parts but once again I was impatient and sloppy during a build and so I used the original parts from the kit as cable cutters – now every time a have a look at the chopper I’m unhappy with the far too thick blades of the wire protection system. The decals are from the IMPS Austria shop.

Side note: I hardly started putting together my helicopter as Italeri re-issued the 1201 kit in 2006. But …He! Twit someone other than me. As now I have collected everything I need for that conversion I was strong-willed to finalize this chopper my way. And here it is: Et violà…..and “Ciao Bell’a”.

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

Agusta-Bell AB 204B

Jott

Published on 10. February 2010

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