Revell 1/72 Agusta A-109KM Kit First Look
By Sundiata Cowels
|Date of Review||July 2016||Manufacturer||Revell|
|Kit Number||4456||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Unique subject||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$14.95|
With a maximum speed of 281 km/h (174 mph) and an assortment of armament that belies its small size, the Agusta A 109KM is the land based armed scout attack helicopter of the civilian A 109.
Originally created in the late 1960s as the first in-house design by Agusta, the A 109 went on to become a successful helicopter that by 2000, had built over 500 units for several customers, military and civilian, worldwide.
Revell Germany released this 1/72 scale kit in 2000 and to date is the only styrene kit of this armed scout that I am aware of which makes it a unique subject.
Molded in dark green styrene and comprised of 81 parts spread over four parts trees including one of clear parts, the A 109KM kit is not surprisingly a small but detailed kit. The pieces are well molded and should not be a problem separating from the trees.
- Decals for South African Air Force
- Rotatable Main and Tail rotors
- Positionable Cabin Doors
- Interior Cabin seats
- Mini-gun and rocket pod armament
Based on the instructions this kit is a simple build, starting with the cabin build first, then moving on to the main transmission and rotor, then the tail rotor.
After building this assembly, you move on to combining the fuselage halves around the cabin, adding the clear plastic windows, landing gear and ultimately the rocket and mini-gun pods.
Painting and decals round out the build.
I picked up this kit at IPMS event for about $8 USD some months ago and I am not sure if it is still in circulation but if you are interested in expanding your squadron of armed scout helicopters, do yourself a favor and pick up this kit.