Company: Gallery Models (MRC)
For the longest time, the only 1/48 scale model of the workhorse Sikorsky H-34 helicopter was made by Revell, whose molds at one point were rumored to be “lost at sea.” Then, after being missing in action for nearly 25 years and fetching high prices on eBay and elsewhere, the venerable Revell kit was joined by a new-tool H-34 coming from MRC’s house brand Gallery Models. The announcement was released in 2012; MRC displayed test shots and box art for two forthcoming versions in Orlando at the 2012 National Convention – a USMC version and a US Navy version. The USMC version is the subject of this review.
When you open the largish box, you are greeted by no less than 231 parts on eight sprues of light gray plastic, three sprues of clear pieces, and two frets of brass photo etch parts. Decals are provided for three different H-34’s:
- HUS-1 (UH-34D), 145738, HMM-162, YS/22, USMC
- HUS-1 (UH-34D), 148077, HMM-363, YZ/66, USMC
- HUS-1 (UH-34D), 148783, SG/--, USMC
These are thin, well printed, and in good register.