Heller 1/48 Sud Aviation Alouette II “Armée de Terre”
This is my Heller 1/48 Alouette II, finished as an "Armée de Terre" bird.
The Alouette II is a French light helicopter, originally manufactured by Sud Aviation and later Aérospatiale. Performing its maiden flight On 12 March 1955, it was the first production helicopter powered by a gas turbine engine.
The Alouette II was a widely used type and popular with operators, with over 1,300 rotorcraft eventually being constructed between 1956 and 1975. The type was predominantly used for military purposes in observation, photography, air-sea rescue, liaison and training, but it has also carried anti-tank missiles and homing torpedoes.
Successfully developed into the larger and more powerful Alouette III, its production was terminated in 1975.
The French Army Light Aviation (Aviation légère de l’armée de Terre – ALAT) operated the Alouette II from 1956 onward.
This is the 1989 updated/retooled version of the initial 1/50 1967 SA 313B mold, a straightforward kit, really pleasant to build.
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