Hi folks, just a quick build whilst I take a break from the big harrier currently on the bench. This is Revells 1/72 kit of the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 prototype. I made an impulse buy for £8 at the local model shop!
The Comanche was originally designed to be a stealth reconnaissance scout helicopter, which could either designate targets for the AH-64's or engage smaller targets itself. There were two prototypes built and the first made it maiden flight in 1996. The program was eventually scrapped in 2004 costing the tax payer 6.9 billion!
The Comanche was armed with a 20mm Gatling cannon and could carry 6 hellfire missiles internally. There was also an option of fitting external stub wings capable of carrying a further 12 hellfires, at the sacrifice stealth capabilities.
The kit itself builds up... well like a sixteen year old, £8 Revell kit! There is the option of opening up the internal side stores to show the missiles, and also the stub wings are included along with the additional ordinance if desired. I decided to do a simple build and keep everywhere closed up to show the sleek stealthy shape of the air frame.
The prototypes were a light olive green, but I went with my own plan and built a 'what if it entered service'. I painted it all in Tamiya XF-1 matt black and didn't use any varnishes at all to try and capture the radar absorbing finish. This obviously meant no decals, so I left it completely unmarked.
The actual helicopter was quite small and measured 14 meters in length, and the model itself measures about 12cm. I was going to put a paint jar in one of the photos to get an idea of scale, but then forgot...
In all, well worth £8 and a fun little build! Thanks for looking.
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