Civilian helicopters: Technology that inspires
Helicopters are among the airplanes that inspire every technology freak. It is impressive how these agile aircraft operate even under extreme conditions. In difficult terrain, where cars or airplanes inevitably reach their limits, helicopters are literally the last resort in the greatest of emergencies. Their crews have already saved countless lives. It goes without saying that Revell, the renowned specialist in plastic model making, offers model kits for helicopters. The range includes models worth seeing that impressively represent one of the most exciting chapters in the history of technology.
Modern technology at a high level
One of the best-known helicopters that almost everyone has seen in the sky or perhaps even up close is the BK-117. This helicopter is equipped with two turbines and is characterized by high flight performance. This helicopter type was developed by the German company Messerschmitt Bölkow Blohm (MBB) in cooperation with the Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The first flight of the BK-117 took place on 13 June 1979. The great advantage of this powerful helicopter is that the cabin is very spacious compared to other helicopter types. This is why the BK-117 is often used as a rescue helicopter. For example, the ADAC used such helicopters. The Revell model represents such a BK-117 ADAC rescue helicopter in scale 1:72 true to the original.
The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega uses various helicopter types for its operations. Revell has added the model of the Agusta A-109 K2 to its program. The community of model builders welcomed this decision enthusiastically. The bright red Agusta A-109 K2 cuts a fine figure in every model collection and attracts the viewer's attention magically. The original proves its qualities particularly impressively in mountainous terrain. This is extremely important in Switzerland. On board there is usually a compact ambulance equipment. The Swiss air rescuers have thus been able to help many patients and accident victims effectively. The model of the Agusta A-109 K2 is not only eye-catching because of its striking colour. The cockpit, the antennas and even the ambulance equipment with stretcher were exactly reproduced by the developers of the model kit. The main and tail rotors are movable. If the decals are applied precisely, the model becomes a real Swiss rescue pilot.
A fascinating task for demanding model makers
Whoever chooses a helicopter model kit from Revell should already have some experience in model building. The models Agusta A-109 K2, BK-117 and Airbus Helicopters EC135 are marked with difficulty level 3 (medium). Even more demanding (level 5) is the replica of the H145 "Police" in scale 1:32. This modern helicopter type is used among others by the helicopter squadron of the Baden-Württemberg police. The type H145 is a further development of the BK-117. This helicopter is equipped with the newly developed Fenestron tail rotor. In operation, this new development is also advantageous from an ecological point of view. The noise emission is significantly lower than with other helicopters.
To ensure that the hobbyist can complete his model true to the original, Revell lists the matching colors in detail in the description. For the perfect success of the professional application of paint to the civil helicopter, Revell also offers high-quality brushes, mixing cups and other useful accessories in its online shop.