Revell 1/48 HS 123A-1 Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||January 2012||Manufacturer||Revell/Germany|
|Kit Number||4500||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nice kit of Hs-123||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||Out of Production|
This model kit has really been around the block, so to speak, over the years. The mold is originally from Esci, which was an Italian company. The molds first went to Ertl in Dyresville, Iowa USA. Ertl discontinued aircraft and AFV kits and the molds went to Amtech. Amtech added a resin cockpit interior and injection molded un-spatted landing gear to the kit. They also sold these resin and plastifc parts separately to be used in the earlier Ertl/Esci kits and the kits that were molded by Italeri with the same molds. Amtech also changed the decal sheet for their offering and sold this sheet separately too. I believe the decal sheet was changed in the Italeri box and also in the Tamiya box (yep…Tamiya got the Esci molds later too). Now the molds are in Germany at the Revell company there. So, this kit has been all over the world and it would not surprise me now if the molds went to any other companies than the ones mentioned above. The kit originated in the early 80's.
The kit comes in an end-opening type box. It is not shrink wrapped and the end flaps are held shut with circular pieces of scotch tape. The box art shows 2 Hs-123's on a bombing run.
One side panel has a listing of paint colors suggested to use to complete the model. Next to this is a list of the features of the kit: detailed cockpit, detailed BMW radial engine, movable propeller, ventral auxiliary fuel tank, decals for 2 Luftwaffe versions and one Spanish Civil War version. This is all in 4 languages including English. Next to these are 4 photographs of various areas of the model made up.
The other side panel has a one paragraph history of the Hs-123 in the same four languages. There is mention that the kit does not include glue or paint and that it is intended for modelers of 10 years age on up. The kit is made in Italy and the box and instructions printed in Germany. Revell of Germany’s street address is shown too.
The back of the box has the full color box arts of 6 other aircraft kits that Revell of Germany markets and a photo of the air brush, paints and cement that they sell. The box arts are for:
Kit no. 4420 a AH-64D/WAH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter Kit no. 4723 a Heinkel He-162A-2 “Salamander”\ Kit no. 4224 a Schleicher ASK-21 glider Kit no. 4221 a Antonov An-124 “Ruslan”
Kit no. 4584 a F/A-18E Super Hornetmethods and Revell of Germany’s street address and phone and fax numbers.
Kit no. 4481 a Eurocopter EC145 ADAC/Securite Civile Unfortunately no scale is shown for what scale these kits are in.
Next to these box arts is an explanation of what the different five skill levels that Revell marks their kits with mean. This kit is labeled as being a “3”. That means it is “more demanding – a model with up to 100 parts”.
Inside the box is a single sealed cello bag that holds the 3 gray parts trees and the single clear windshield part. The instructions, a sheet of warnings and the decal sheet complete the kit’s contents. The warning sheet is in 21 languages including English. The decal sheet has a protection sheet for the face of it to prevent scratching of the lettering. However, this sheet is floating around loose in my kit, so of no value in respect of what it was intended to do.
The instructions consist of a 12 page unbound booklet in 8” x 12” page format.
Page 1 begins with a black and white photo of the model made up. This is followed by the history of the Hs-123 in German and English.
Page 2 begins with “read before you start” instructions in 18 languages. This is followed by illustrations of various assembly methods and Revell of Germany’s street address and phone and fax numbers.
Page 3 begins with explanations of the international assembly symbols used in the assembly step drawings. This is followed by “safety advice” in the multiple languages.
Page 4 is a listing of paint colors suggested to use to complete the model. These are shown by pennant symbols with alphabet letters on them and the colors are called out in the multiple languages again.
Page 5 begins with parts trees illustrations, followed by the first 4 assembly step drawings.
Pages 6 & 7 give a balance of a total of 21 assembly steps.
Pages 8, 9 & 10 each have a 4-view painting and marking scheme shown.
One scheme is for a Hs-123A-1 of II/SG 1, Russia 1943. It is in dunkleguen over hellblau with aluminum prop blades. It has a yellow fuselage band and the fuselage code is a red chevron outlined in white, followed by a yellow K + yellow horizontal bar outlined in black and partially over the right end of the cross. Further drawings are included for placement of stencil marks. There is an illustration of a red devil on a white circle on the forward sides of the fuselage.
The second scheme is for a Hs-123A-1 of 4/SG 2, Russia 1943. This aircraft is in the same color scheme, but has a yellow cowling. It has a yellow fuselage band also and the fuselage code of a blue chevron followed by a horizontal blue bar (both outlined in white) then a black triangle outlined in white + E in blue outlined in white. Again there are illustrations of where to put the stencil marks. The prop blades are swartzgruen. There is a white infantry assault bade on the forward sides of the fuselage.
The third scheme is for a Hs-123A-1 of the 33rd Gruppo, Villanubia/Valladolid, Spain, Summer 1952. It is in overall pale gray. It has aluminum prop blades. There is a lightning bolt down the sides of the fuselage in blue with white outline. The fuselage code is black lettering with white outline that is 33 roundel 55. A small serial number in black of BV1-3 is on the tail and the rudder is white with a large black X on it. An alternate fuselage code of black lettering with white outlines of 1 roundel 50 is offered for this aircraft and the small black tail serial number of BV1-5.
Pages 11 & 12 of the instruction booklet are blank.
Gray letter A parts tree holds the cowling parts, the upper wings top and bottom parts, the upper wing parts for the lower wing and the horizontal tail surfaces. The flaps are molded solid on all of these. (8 parts)
Gray letter B parts tree holds the fuselage halves, the lower wing bottom half, the landing gear legs, propeller, cockpit floor, engine parts, cockpit side walls, forward fuselage top panel etc. (16 parts)
Gray letter C parts tree holds the drop tank, wheel spats, main and tail wheels, cockpit rear bulkhead, bombs and their attachments, wing struts, joy stick, dashboard etc. (36 parts)
The single part that is the clear cockpit windscreen completes the kit’s contents.
I later bought Amtech’s kit of the resin cockpit parts and the injection molded parts to do the landing gear as un-spatted.