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EC135 "Flying Bulls"

(Revell - Nr. 05724)

Revell - EC135

Facts:

Hersteller:Revell
Theme:Utility Helicopters
Productnumber:05724 - EC135 "Flying Bulls"
Scale:1:32
Type:Model sets
Year of release:May 2013
Price:ca. 24.99 €
Contents:
  • 192 plastic parts in different moulding colours
  • 11 clear parts
  • instruction sheet
  • decals
  • liquid glue with applicator needle
  • doublesided paint brush
  • 5 basic water based colours
Designed for:
  • advanced modllers

Review:

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

The EC-135 is the corporate helicopter in the "Flying Bulls" collection. It serves as a VIP bird and is therefore equipped with a classy leather interior in light tan colours.

 Those who expected to see the new tooled kit of the EC-135 being released first as this variant may be disappointed - as you can see - it is the old kit with all its flaws. 

The basic mould is around for some 17 years now and is defentiely worn out. Some sprues came with the following versions (German Army, Police variants). The latter sprues are better and contain most of the parts you need for an at least somewhat correct apperance of the helicopter.

With some vital parts (e.g. fenestron blades) is flash and also the representation of the exhaust tubes is rather poor. The front windshield doesn't fit very well, filling and sanding is to be expected in this sensitive area. 

Forget part no. 59: It doesn't exist on any EC-135 from serial production.

Most impressive is the list of errors with this kit - see below: 

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Revell - EC135 "Flying Bulls"

Decals for:
EC-135 T2, s/n 0470, OE-XFB, "The Flying Bulls", Salzburg Airport, Austria 2012.
Strong points:
  • good decals
  • overall acceptable level of suface and interior detail
  • lots of parts (mostly mission equipment) for the spares box
  • attractive colour scheme
Weak points:
  • wrong pedals and collective levers
  • wrong shape of seats (too boxy)
  • no interior walling
  • flash
  • poor exhaust tubes with bad fit and no deepness
  • fenestron fin too high
  • wrong turning direction of main rotor (instructions suggest a makeshift correction, yet this method is much arguable)
  • poor fitting of windshield
  • front skid tubes too long
  • wrong attitude when standing on skids
  • missing elastomer damper on upper rotor blade roots
  • incorrect arrangement (symmetric) of fenestron blades

Summary:

Well-meant as a starter/gift set, but due to some fitting issues this one could be a frustrating build and is certainly not suitable for the absolute beginner.

Personal advice: If you're interested in this particular version, geht the kit for the decals and wait for the newly tooled one. This one will be a quantum leap ahead. 

Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 01. August 2013

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