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EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

(Revell - Nr. 04649)

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

Facts:

Hersteller:Revell
Theme:Utility Helicopters
Productnumber:04649 - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei
Scale:1:72
Type:Full kits
Year of release:January 2010
Price:7

Review:

In the first month of 2010 Revell of Germany reboxed their well known kit of the Eurocopter EC 135 in scale 1/72.
The decal sheet contains options for 2 law enforcement helicopters.

The Austrian Police uses the EC-135 since 2007 I believe and the German Federal Police (former Bundesgrenzschutz) since 1998. Both operate their aircraft with the high skid gear.

Some rumours came up whether this issue will have the high skid landing gear or not. Not surprising some were disappointed when it became clear that no changes were done concerning the skids.

But to be honest - most of the readers would be technically capable of building an own high skid landing gear from brass rod or something.

Nothing was changed on the basic kit except that they added two sprues that have their origin in the EC-145.

To summarize the major errors of the basic kit:

  • main rotor turning the wrong direction
  • partly wrong fenestron tail rotor with a too tall fin
  • no slightly bulged cabin windows
  • wrong pilot and passenger seats (better take them from an EC-145)
  • low skids wrong- too low
  • wrong anti-sink-panels
  • from own experience: fitting problems

Some disadvantages of this special re-issue:

  • damaged Parts due to tight packing
  • no tactical police equipment for the interior
  • missing high skids
  • no FLIR device
  • step combined with SX-16 Search Light from the EC-145 does not fit to EC-135 skid gear
  • SX-16 rather crude
  • missing weather radar
  • missing wire cutters for skids on the Austrian version
  • partly intransparent clear parts

Although there are also some Advantages:

  • first Bundespolizei- EC-135
  • lots of universal parts for the spare box (medical interior, float packages etc.)
  • nicely done decal sheet (though the Bundespolizei version can't be from 2003 as they wore Bundesgrenzschutz markings until 2005)
  • low price

The kit has product number 04649 and is sold for 7,99.

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

Revell - EC 135 Österreichische Polizei/Bundespolizei

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Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 05. November 2010

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