S-70A-9 Blackhawk and
Bell 206B Kiowa Decals
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||1/72, 1/48 and 1/35
|Contents and Media:
||One 14cm x 8.5cm decal sheet (1/48
scale sample under review); 2 small black-and-white instruction sheets
||AUD$7.90 (approx USD$4.00)
||Interesting subjects; crisply
printed; no registration problems (almost all black!); four view
camouflage diagrams plus ordnance camouflage diagrams
||No Kiowa option in 1/35 scale; some
mods required to the Blackhawk for a totally authentic Australian S-70A-9
|| Recommended for anyone wanting to
build an Aussie Blackhawk or Kiowa
by Brett Green
Helicopter decals have never been available in the same quantity as
fixed-wing aircraft. This sheet is therefore very welcome, especially if you are
interested in Australian subjects.
Decals latest releases are just in time for the new 1/35 scale Academy
Blackhawk, but will also be applicable for the 1/48 scale Academy/Minicraft
version of the S-70, or Italeri's 1/72 scale kit.
I received a sample of the 1/48 scale sheet. The 1/48 scale set comprises one
14cm x 8.5 cm decal sheet plus two black-and-white instruction sheets. The
larger instruction sheet contains both side view, top, bottom and frontal view
diagrams of a typical Australian camouflage pattern for both the Blackhawk and
the Kiowa. This includes FS reference numbers, but does not cross-reference to
paint brands. A stencil placement guide is also included on these pages, plus
separate four view camouflage guides for the Blackhawk's outer and inner fuel
The second instruction sheet provides text notes on the aircraft.
Four specific subjects are covered on this sheet - two Blackhawks and two
Kiowas. All aircraft are finished in the standard Australian Army colours of
Tan, Dark Green and Black. In my opinion, the most interesting is the Blackhawk
based in East Timor wearing a small blue swordfish (or is it a marlin?) on the
tail and a "UN" panel on each side of the fuselage. Enough decals are supplied
to build one Kiowa and one Blackhawk.
The decals are sharply printed. The only splash of colour is the medium-blue
swordfish and the white background for the UN sign. This means that registration
problems do not exist! The decals are completely gloss-free, so care will be
required to ensure that all potential silvering problems are dealt with before a
final flat coat..
The camouflage guide helpfully points out that camouflage patterns on
Australian Army helicopters vary from aircraft to aircraft, so check your
references carefully. References focussing on Aussie Kiowas and Blackhawks are
hardly thick on the ground, but we are fortunate that Terry Ashley's PMMS
website does have a Gallery section with both
review of this decal sheet included some essential reference photos of the East
Timor-based Blackhawk, complete with its UN livery and blue swordfish tail
It should be pointed out that the Australian S-70A-9 Blackhawk has a
different stabilizer than the one in the new Academy 1/35 scale kit. The good
news for modellers of Aussie Blackhawks is that Pete's Hangar, Aussie
Decals accessory line, has now released a modified stabilizer for the Australian
A-70A-9 Blackhawk. This accessory is
reviewed by Terry Ashley here on HyperScale.
This is a nice production that will appeal to Helicopter modellers in
general, and fans of Australian aviation in particular.
Thanks to Peter
from Aussie Decals for the review sample.
Aussie Decals are
available at hobby shops and retailers including Snowy
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 11 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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