This kit has been long in coming; a 1/48 scale H-21 appears to be a popular seller; first in the 1950’s with “Helicopters for Industry” corporation having tooled a rudimentary but well-done for the time model of the H-21A; released approximately in 1956, the molds of this kit (along with that company’s Hiller “ramjet” powered flying jeep helicopter with it’s rotor tip ramjet engines, and the H-19A), were then sold and marketed to Aurora around 1958.
This kit was available through the 1960’s, and is still a classic and much-sought collectors’s item, fetching up to $175 on the market. Fondarie Miniatures developed their own new kit of the H-21 helicopter in the late 1990’s, which was released with vacform canopy and cabin windows, metal parts, and the usual short-run struggle to build; then came Special Hobby with it’s vastly improved injection molded canopy and resin parts. So, when about four years ago Italeri announced it was finally going to scale up it’s excellent 1/72 H-21, rotorhead modellers rose up in anticipation, and have been thwarted in their happiness until now.
Has the kit been worth the wait? In my opinion,it’s a resounding “yes!”