Information about Plastic Model Kit
|Model kit:||Bell AH-1/AB-47|
|Camouflage version:||Bell AH-1 U.S. Army|
|Number of parts:||95|
|Size of the model:||7 inch (18 cm) x 1.4 inch (3.5 cm)|
|Quality of the model kit:|
|Brief description of the model kit:||Model kit of Bell 47 helicopter is one of the new ones and it is nicely made. I like detailed engine and reasonably thick tail ribbing. The cabin canopy is very good and it is perfectly polished. I usually use special paint for polishing wooden floor to get better transparency, but in this case there was no need to use it. The only things I added to the model were few wires and safety belts on the seats.|
|Brief description of construction:||As my another model, I chose a new Bell 47 helicopter model kit from Italeri. I have not encountered any problems during the construction . Parts fit nicely. I chose the version with two M60 machine guns. Camouflage version is also interesting. Model was painted with airbrush with Model Master and Humbrol paints.|
|Crew:||1 pilot + 1|
|Length:||31 ft 7 in (9.63 m)|
|Height:||9 ft 3 in (2.83 m)|
|Rotor diameter:||37 ft 2 in (11.32 m)|
|Empty weight:||1,893 lb (858 kg)|
|Maximum speed:||91 knots (105 mph, 169 km/h)|
|Maximum range :||214 nmi (245 mi, 395 km)|
|Service ceiling:||17,716 ft (5400 m)|
Bell 47 was an American two-seat, later three-seat, small helicopter with a distinctive frame without covering plates. This helicopter can be considered as one of the first mass-produced machines with rotary wing and the first helicopter certified on 8 March 1946 for civilian use. Originally known as H-13 Sioux, known mainly from the popular TV series M*A*S*H taking place in Korea during the Korean War, where it served as a medical helicopter.
First Bell 47 helicopters had an open cockpit or metal cockpit. For the most common model 47G, introduced in 1953, is a typical "bubble" canopy, welded tail without covering plates and saddle fuel tanks. Later models 47H and 47J Ranger had properly covered cabin and self-supporting cantilever tail. Franklin or Lycoming engines with power of 150 to 230 kW were used as propulsion. First Bell helicopter using turboshaft engine was a modified model 47G (marked as the XH-13F or a Model 201), which first flight was in October 1954.
NASA had a number of helicopters Bell 47 during time of the Apollo program, which were used by astronauts for training purposes. Before the flight to the moon, Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan had an accident with one of these helicopters.
Source of information:
- Bell 47 - Wikipedia. Link to the source: en.wikipedia.org.
- Bell 47 - Italeri. Information included in the model kit.