The Gazelle was built under licence by Westland for the British Army, Air Force and Royal Navy. They entered service in 1973 in the training role, and later as a light observation/ liaison helicopter for the Army.
• Length: 135mm
• Width: 130mm
• 40 pieces
• Scale: 1:72
Okay, I must say that I found this kit a huge blast! As soon as it arrived I wanted to make it, since I once did an Airfix model air-plane which I had help with. The Poly-cement was good, it dried fast and it was rather strong. The pieces fitted well, although I found that I couldn't seal the seam on the belly of the helicopter, and even if I squeezed them together, the wind shield didn't fit properly, so that makes this thing less than perfect. The step-by-step instructions were easy to follow, they were accurate and the images were good because they had just enough detail to stop me messing up.
The parts were easy to cut out of their frames, although they were rather small, and two pieces were so small that I couldn't put them on! Once mounted, the blades spun well, although since the instructions told me not to glue them onto the body, they keep falling off. The paints were okay, I had to add a little water to them first, without it the paints were all dark, in fact the green paint was more like black! The paintbrush worked well, but unfortunately after I did my first little bit of painting, I left the paints and brush in the newspaper I had used to keep any excess paint off the floor by accident, so the paintbrush broke and I had to use another one.
I found it hard to get the paintbrush into the small spaces, so it is going to end up messy, so assembly is good for beginners, but the painting is best for those who have had proper experience with a brush, or paint the parts before you assemble the model, being sure to avoid painting areas you plan to put glue. The kit is good for people over 11 years old, and the price matches the value well, big thumbs-up for those two aspects! A little bit of advice for when you are doing the gluing, you should open the windows to let the smell out, it's not pleasant having those fumes hanging around in the room, especially for those with asthma. I hope you enjoy this starter kit, it really is something that is worth the cash!
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