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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
I had no intention of looking for a new part works series while out shopping but just happened to see the first issue of Amercom and the flying fortress aircraft series in the Co-op, so at only £1.99, had to take one home.
Like Eaglemoss Publications and DeAgostini, this is a bi-weekly partworks series of 1:44 and 1:200 scale diecast giant warplanes.
I’ve not had much dealings with Amercom and only had one of their helicopters about a year ago and although a good model, I had issues with the balance.
The Avro Lancaster bomber was a disappointment.
The stand is much the same as the helicopter series and to my mind too light and should of been weighted, Eaglemoss got this right with their Star Trek Starship collection
The actual plane could of been a good starter for any warplane collector but I feel as with many of these mass produced collector models the quality control is lacking and has let through sub-standard models, as it is in my case, ok, I know it was only £1.99 but the price increases and how are collectors going to feel when their more costly issues come out sub-standard.
Generally though I have to say the detailing is fantastic but whoever put this one together needs glasses, on top of the following issues I have with the model two of the props turn and two don’t.
Although this is 1:44 scale and not something I would normally collect I do have a love of some of the big bombers, especially the Avro Lancaster and could of been persuaded to collect more.
The first thing I noticed was the badly fitted undercarriage making the plane sit lop sided on the ground the tail plane also are out of align with the wings and as you can see in the picture below, looks like an amaturish attempt at an Airfix kit.
It’s a shame and has now been consigned to the bin, I won’t be replacing it nor will I be adding more from Amercom.
If you do want to collect these, you should find them in a local store or try their website below, you may be luckier than me and get a perfect one.
If you have had any bad experiences with partworks from any maker, please let us know as I think it’s time we weed out the good from the bad, use the contact form at the top of the page and sent me the details.
I would also like to hear from anyone that got any part works set or series and all are perfect, it’s only right we should sing the praises of those that get it right too.
It’s not often I go into shops like WH Smiths, but have been doing so to pick up my Batmobiles but in doing so have come across another series of diecast, this time helicopters.
It called the helicopter magazine and each issue comes with a different 1:72 scale diecast helicopter, unfortunately I didn’t know about this one and is at present on issue 11, so picked one up anyway as it is one of my favourite helicopters, the Bell UH-1B affectionately known as the Huey.
This is one of the latest Amer/com collections and have previously issued planes, tanks and military dioramas as well as cars in a larger scale.
The quality is fantastic and the only issue I have is I would of preferred the stand to of been in clear plastic like the older Airfix kits were, but is a good fit and suits the aircraft, the actual model is a bit off balance, if you stand it on the ground on the skids it is tail end heavy so sits wrong.
This is the first one I have acquired and will be looking at what back issues I can get and include other favourites such as the Apache, Chinook and the Sea King, so watch out for more helicopters on these pages.
For more on this series go to helicopter-magazine.com
The real helicopter
The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (unofficially Huey) is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army’s requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952, and first flew on 20 October 1956. Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide.
The first combat operation of the UH-1 was in the service of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The original designation of HU-1 led to the helicopter’s nickname of Huey. In September 1962, the designation was changed to UH-1, but “Huey” remained in common use. Approximately 7,000 UH-1 aircraft saw service in Vietnam.
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