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Alouette
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 4:04:16 PM
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Here is a list of some of the kits that are or were available in the last few years to help model aircraft of the Irish Air Corps in 1/72 scale. Most of these kits (the majority, in fact) don't have IAC decals included and for those you will have to get the various sheets from Maxdecals. Some of the required decal sheets are now no longer available but updated IAC decal sheets being released by Joe Maxwell's Max Decals.
This list is by no means definitive and there are a few new kits that will be added to the list soon. The Matchbox HS125 is extremely rare and very hard to find (I spent three years tracking down one) while the Airfix Sea King is included only as a donor of parts for the Sikorsky S-61N conversion. Paul Walsh's Military Models shop in Dublin may have a resin nose conversion required for the Matchbox/Revell Dauphin and the Alouette II is included to represent F-BIRX which belonged to Heli-Union and was used to train the first of the IAC's helicopter pilots.

edit by FiSe, partially updated on 26/09/2012


1/72 Irish Air Corps model kits and conversions.
1/48 Irish Air Corps model kits and conversions.


Aircraft type
Manufacturer / Kit serial number


Avro 504K
Airfix - 01048
A Model 72146, 07259, 07268
HR Model 7330
Blue Max 208
Smer 0807



Bristol F2B
Airfix 01080
Roden 043
Pegasus 4012
Roden 425-Falcon, 428-Mk.IV, 429-Sunbeam Arab
Eduard 8127, 8488, 8127



Martinsyde F4 Buzzard
Pegasus 4016
Czech Master Resin 5026
Omega Models 72307
AZ Models 7341, 7342
Karaya 4827


RAF SE5A
Roden 045, 023
Revell 4323, 04061
Roden 416-Viper, 419-Hispano Suiza
Blue Max 110



Airco DH9
Ardpol 72008
Conversion Airfix DH4 + BlueRider BR 102 or Delta conversion set
Roden 423


DH 60 C Cirrus Moth
Frog ?????
Omega Models 72347, 72397
A Model 4803


Fairey IIIF Mk.II
Sanger 767
Aeroclub K041


Vickers T193 Vespa IV, T208 Vespa V


Avro 621 Tutor
AZ Models 72023, 72024)
RVHP 7230


Avro 626
AZ Models 72029, 72050, 72030
Omega Models 72169, 72170, 72258

Avro 631 Cadet


Avro 636


DH 84 Dragon
Rug Rat Resins 72-05-002


Avro Anson Mk.I
Airfix 02009, early version
Special Hobby 72212, 72216 early version
Special Hobby 72074 late version
Classic Airframes 4119, 4120, 4121, 4122
Special Hobby 48081 - late version windscreen only



Gloster Gladiator Mk.I
Matchbox PK-8
Airfix 01002
Revell 04683
Pavla Models 72059
Roden 408
Lindberg 916



Westland Lysander Mk.II
Matchbox PK-7
Revell 00001 as above
Airfix 02053
Pavla Models 72048
Arc Models 72018
Gavia 70401 - it's MK.III
Eduard 8290, 1138 same as above



Miles M14A Magister I
Novo/Frog 153
Eastern Express 72288 same as above
Arc Models 72019 dtto
RV Models 92117, 92120
Chroszy Modelbund A144
Special Hobby 48037
Flashback 8924



Supermarine Walrus
Matchbox PK-105
Revell 04391 as above
Valom 72013
Airfix 02002
Smer 114
Classic Airframes 4105, 451



Hawker Hind Mk.I
AZ Models 7242, 7253


Hawker Hector Mk.I
A - Model 72194


Miles M9 Master I
Pavla Models 72036


Miles M19 Master II
Novo/Frog F340
Arc Models 72020 as above
Magna Models 7217
Magna Models 4805


Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Airfix 02082
Airfix 02082A
Heller 79832
Hasegawa 927, AP39 and many reboxings
AZ Models 7259, 7284


Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIa


Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
Revell 04183


Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
Revell 04144
Hobby Boss 80215 - easy build
Academy 2129
Hasegawa


Lockheed Hudson Mk.I
Airfix AX05034
MPM MPM72518


Fairey Battle TT
MPM 72097
Airfix ????? Fairey Battle Mk1 (D)(also reboxed as Bilek BK916)


Avro Anson C19
Aeroclub K028


Miles Martinet TT.I
Pavla 27045
Magna Models


Supermarine Seafire III
HighPlanes 7276 Seafire III C (comes with IAC decals)- Note; this purports to build an IAC machine out of the box i.e no arrestor hook. Limited run Injection kit so some modelling skills may be necessary!

Octopus 72043 Seafire III (Short-run Inj. with resin details).
Czechmaster CMR1131 Supermarine Seafire III (Resin)
Note; this and the Octopus kit above represent Royal Navy Carrier-capable variants, so will need work to represent IAC machines, as they were partially de-navalised.

Airfix 02040 Spitfire Vc (base kit for conversion to Seafire- requires 4 bladed prop and modification to wing blisters).

Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9
Czechmaster CMR1176 Spitfire Tr.9 trainer version (Inc. IAC decals)- pricey kit!
Brigade Models BKC7206 Spitfire T9 Conversion (Italeri Spitfire kit required for this conversion.)
Final Touch ????? Spitfire T9 Conversion (For Matchbox kit) (D)

De Havilland Chipmunk T20
Airfix 01054 De Havilland Chipmunk (For re-release in 2011)

De Havilland Dove
Rareplanes ????? De Havilland Dove (D) (Vacform kit)
Magna Models 5072 De Havilland Dove (resin kit)

Percival Provost
Matchbox PK-30 Provost T/MK1 (D)

De Havilland Vampire T55
Czechmaster CMR1116 de Havilland Vampire T11 (resin kit very similar to IAC T55 version)
Aeroclub ????? de Havilland Vampire T11 (D)(Lim.Ed. Inj.)

Alouette II
Mach 2 MACH2572 SE.313 Alouette II (for modelling F-BIRX??)

Alouette III
Heller 80289 Alouette III
Alouette III detail set from Whirlybirds WBA72010 will provide all the parts needed for IAC SAR a/c.

Reims-Cessna 172 Rocket
ARII A702-300 Cessna 172

Fouga Magister
Heller 80220 Fouga Magister

SIAI Marchetti SF260M
Planet Models No.198 SIAI-Marchetti SF260M (resin kit)
Cunarmodel CM7202 SIAI Marchetti SF 260 (resin kit) (D)
Daco Resin ????? SIAI-Marchetti SF260 (resin kit) (Long Deleted)
Final Touch Products SIAI-Marchetti SF260 (resin kit) (Long Deleted- possibly a simplified copy of the Daco above?)
Challenge ????? SIAI-Marchetti SF260 (Vacform kit, long long deleted).
Vetromodelli ????? SIAI-Marchetti SF260 (Fibreglass kit -even longer deleted?)

Beechcraft Kingair 200
RVHP RVHP7166 Beechcraft Kingair 200 (resin kit)
Rareplanes ????? Beechcraft Kingair 200 (very nice vacform kit) (D)
Andy Pack Models N/A Beechcraft Super KingAir (Very poor quality vac-form, best to get the RVHP kit.)
(Run away! Run away!! it's moulded with butter and plasticene!) Roy.

Hawker Siddley HS125
Matchbox PK-117 Hawker Siddley HS125-600 (D)

Aerospatiale Gazelle SA342L
Airfix 01059 Aerospatiale Gazelle (A91059) (also released by Heller)

Aerospatiale SA330 (IAC 242)
Heller 60332 SA330 Puma (converted with Whirlybits radar, sponsons and floatation gear)
Airfix 03021 SA330 Puma (same plastic as above, needs same conversion) (D)

Aerospatiale SA365Fi
Matchbox PK-38 SA365N Dauphin (D) Re-released as Revell 04467 Eurocopter SA 365 Dauphin 2

Gulfstream series
Welsh Models WHE7201 Gulfstream IV Saudia (Vacform main parts, resin and w/m details. Lovely kit)
RVHP 7194 Gulfstream G.IV (Resin kit, listed as a future release.)
Broplan ???? Gulfstream G.IV (Vacform)

CASA CN235
Broplan MS-59 CASA CN235 (Vacform, some Inj. detail parts)

Eurocopter AS355
Miku Models 72-050 Eurocopter AS-355

Eurocopter EC135
Revell 04457 Eurocopter EC135

Pilatus PC-9M
L&M Models 72-22 PC-9M (CroAF) also see 72-24 PC-9M (SloAF) (Resin kit- fairly decent).
Aeroclub N/A PC-9 (D) (Limited-run kit - future re-release)

Sikorsky S-61N
WhirlyBits WBA72050 Sikorsky S-61N. (AS SEEN AT SMW 2008!)
This is the resin kit Alouette mentioned earlier below. It's not a complete kit, rather a conversion, but a pretty comprehensive conversion at that. It requires the Revell Westland Sea King as a donor, which is good as this has superior detailed donor parts than the Airfix one. As far as I'm aware, the rotor hub, cockpit, wheels and maybe tail rotor are needed from the Revell, all else is supplied in resin (including complete fuselage and rotor blades), white metal and photo etch. A boxtop pic can be found here; linky
Inbox review can be seen at the end of this thread HERE

Airfix 03043 Sea King (conv)
Transport Wings also have/had a conversion set for the Sikorsky S-61N. It required the aforementioned Airfix Sea King kit for most of the parts but had a rudimentary fuselage that would require a lot of work.
(It might be as easy - or as difficult, depending on your point of view - to kitbash 2 standard Sea Kings, be they Revell, Fujimi or Airfix, into one S-61. There seems to be as much work in the Transport wings conversion. Roy)


Aftermarket items relevant to IAC helicopter models in 1/72

Manufacturer Serial No. Aircraft Type Description Notes

Whirlybird Decals WBA72010 Alouette III Etched brass, resin and white metal. Includes pop-out floats and winch.

Whirlybird Decals (WhirlyBits Accessories) WBA 72032 Puma Resin and white metal. Sponsons, nose radar and floatation gear. All you need for IAC 242.

Airwaves SC72094 Puma Etched brass and white metal. Etched brass only useful for IAC Puma.

Extratech EX72096 Gazelle Etched brass. Suitable for IAC Gazelle.

Extratech EX72142 Alouette III Etched brass Suitable for IAC Alouette.

N/A N/A Dauphin II Resin Extended radar nose.




Useful Irish Air Corps references.

"Irish Air Corps, A View from the Tower." by Comdt Peter Tormey and Capt (now Lt Col) Kevin Byrne. (Published in 1991.)

"Irish Air Corps - Celebrating 30 years of Helicopter Operations, 1963 - 1993" (Published by the Helicopter Wing, IAC, in 1993)

"Wings Over Ireland - The story of the Irish Air Corps" by Donal MacCarron (ISBN 1 85780 057 5, published in 1996.)

"The Irish Air Corps 1922-1997, An Official Souvenir" (Published by the IAC in 1997.)

"The Irish Air Corps celebrates 100 years of flight." published by the IAC in 2003 (ISBN 0-9546669-0-9.).

"The Irish Air Corps, An Illustrated Guide" by Joe Maxwell and P.J. Cummins (Published by Max Decals Publications, May 2009, ISBN 978-0-9562624-0-0)

"Fouga Magister - An Irish Perspective" by Joe Maxwell and Radu Brinzan (Published by Max Decals Publications, 6th of September 2012, ISBN978-0-9562624-1-7)



Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine (useful issues)

July 1981, "The Irish Air Corps, its history and markings" by A.P. Kearns. This issue contains a very comprehensive 22 page article on the history of the IAC. Includes plenty of black and white photos and side-views. (This issue also came with a free decal sheet of IAC markings!)

Decmber 1996, Camoflague and Markings article on the IAC by Lt Col Kevin Byrne.

April 2005, AIRCRAFT IN PROFILE, Irish Air Corps in the 21st Century, by Lt Col Kevin Byrne (Photos and colour side-views of current fleet).

July 2001, 1/72 build of IAC Anson Mk19 by Peter Shaw.

September 2001, Letters page, 2 letters on the IAC Anson including three photos.

October 2004, 1/48 build of IAC Seafire by Tony O'Toole.

November 2004, 1/48 build of IAC Spitfire T. Mk9 by Tony O'Toole.

May 1999, Inside Story, IAC Alouette III photo article by Patrick J. Cummins.

August 2003, Inside Story, IAC SA365F Dauphin photo article by Patrick J. Cummins.

February 2007, Inside Story, IAC EC135 photo article by Liam Aherne.

October 1998, AIRCRAFT IN DETAIL, de Havilland Dove and Devon (includes IAC Dove colour side-view).

January 1999, Review of 1/72 CASA CN-235 (Broplan) by Lt Col Kevin Byrne.

October 1997, AIRCRAFT IN DETAIL, The Miles Military Trainers, (Includes colour side-views of IAC Miles Magister, Master II and Martinet).

July 2000, Occasional Colours, de Havilland DH.9 (Includes colour side-view of IAC DH.9).

August 2005, Letters page, various colour photos of GASU fleet.

The following issues have scale plans of various aircraft flown by the IAC;
March 1997, Miles Magister I and II, 1/72.
March 1998, Hawker Hind, 1/72.
April 2000, Fairey Battle, 1/48.
December 2004, Bristol F.2B Fighter, 1/48.
March 2005, SE.5, 1/48.

Scale Aviation Modeller International, May 2009, IAC Seafire build in 1/32 scale by Radu Brinzan.

Air Corps Wings Newsletter, Issue 8, September 2007, Alouette III special issue.



Flying In Ireland magazine (useful issues).

June 2004, Photo article on IAC.
December 2005, Arrival of IAC EC135.
February 2006, Update article on IAC helicopters.
May 2006, Alouette III - Forty three years with the Irish Air Corps (Photos and colour side-views).
June 2006, Maritime Operations, article on IAC CASA operations (Photos and colour side-views).
July 2006, Policing Ireland from the air. GASU article.
December 2006, Article on replacing IAC Cessnas.
January 2007, Arrival of new AW139 (Plus article on EC135 Air Ambulane Operations).
February 2007, 104 Squadron, IAC, Cessna Operations.
April 2007, PC-9M (Lengthy article on IAC PC-9M Operations).
November 2007, Alouette III IAC Retirement Special.
January 2008, Gloster Gladiator in IAC service (Includes colour side-views).
April 2008, Irish Air Corps No.3 Operations Wing (Current IAC helicopter operations).
July 2008, IAC Beechcraft King Air.
August 2008, small IAC King Air update.


Keep an eye on this post as it will be updated every now and then as I get more information. I hope this is of use. Thanks.

Alouette.

DeBoss
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 9:44:45 PM

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Very very useful.
Thanks for posting. I've got a resin/white metal conversion set for Puma 242 (Nose radar, floatation bags, sponsons) but I can't remember who made it. Heritage I think, but since they changed ownership it isn't listed.

I also edited the above list on 23/09/2008 with some updates.





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I've got one of these for Sale.Silenced

Andy Pack Models N/A Beechcraft Super KingAir

Regards

George

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For the Avro Tutor & Cadet, the new AZ kits are probably a better bet than the RVHP one. They also do a Hind

MPM do an Anson I that is not without it's faults, but probably better than the Airfix one.

Aeroclub did a Hector many years ago which may pop up from time to time.

There are a couple of conversions for DH9s from the Airfix DH4

MPM did a Battle TT1, but are supposed to be correcting the faults in their original Battle kit soon.

Joe Maxwell did a list a few years ago:

http://www.maxdecals.com/htmlpages/iaclist.htm



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Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:59:19 PM

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Georgeconna wrote:
I've got one of these for Sale.Silenced

Andy Pack Models N/A Beechcraft Super KingAir

Regards

George

George, if you give me that Vulcan kit, 50 notes and a slab of beer I might agree to take the Andy Capp KingAir off you.


Ignore him folks...

Troublemaker! Shame on you

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May I add a few notes? As far as Spitfire IXs are concened, the Italeri is a pretty poor kit in terms of both shape and details. Airfix has a new one in program, should be out before the end of the year. Hasegawa's has some shape issues but is miles ahead of the Italeri offering.
A Seafire is also available from Octopus, that is just a brand used by Pavla for some carrier based subjects.
I can't see the Vampire listed: CMR has a very nice resin one. There have also been conversions from Aeroclub and Airmodel, to be used with the Heller kit.

Giorgio
DeBoss
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Updated list on 23/09/2008. I also took the liberty to put it in a sort of chronological order! Thanks Alouette!

Those marked (D) means they are deleted from the Manufacturers catalog (or in some cases, the manufacturer is deleted!). Some are readily available though, especially the Matchbox Gladiator, Walrus and Lysander, Arii Cessna and some of the Frog/Novo kits, which can be had from kit dealers in the UK. The Cessna and HS 125 appear on ebay from time to time, as do the other Matchbox kits, especially from Hong Kong and Chinese traders.

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Alouette
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 6:16:27 PM
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Roy, thanks for updating the kit list. It looks like the list of kits is fairly complete now. I will go through my magazines in the loft and generate a list of articles that will be of use for IAC-modelling.

Alouette.
FiSe
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Some kits were listed as a 'NEW' in 2008 Special Hobby catalogue:

Fairey Battle Mk.I
Special Hobby

Seafire Mk.II
Special Hobby

They could be released under some other brand like MPM, though

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GN
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Re. the SF-260: yes, there was a vacufom. It was from a compnay called Challenge. They had a big list of post-war italian aircraft, but I think the company disappeared at least 25 years ago. Then there was a kit from a company called "Vetromodelli" in the mid '80s. It was made from fibreglass and appeared more or less like a vacuform. Of course very hard to find nowadays.
A resin kit was manufactured more recently by another italian company called Cunarmodel. It's again OOP, but the parts can be seen here:

http://www.italiankits.it/cunarmodel.html

Giorgio
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Updated again, 27 November 2008 with S-61 details, thanks to all for the info so far!



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Alouette
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:19:52 AM
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Joe Maxwell and P.J. Cummins released their new book, The Irish Air Corps, An Illustrated Guide yesterday at Baldonnel. The Minister for Defense and G.O.C. lead proceedings. The book is a must-have volume for anyone building any model of an IAC type. The amount of work that has gone into researching the various types is truly amazing. There are plenty of colour side views of many of the early types flown that will inspire plenty of models. Check it out on the Maxdecals website.

Alouette.
FiSe
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There is some info on it, unfortunately, the most important info is missing. Where can I get one of these? Think

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Alouette
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It was first released for public consumption yesterday at the book launch in Baldonnel. At a guess, I'd say it will be making it into the shops in the next two weeks. I will try to get an exact release date and list of stockists and post that info as soon as possible.

Alouette.
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There were sample issues of the IAC book at the IMMS show last weekend. Looks great. Cost is 35 euros, which seems good value ot me, given the wealth of stuff in it. Got a chance to talk to the author (Maxwell) and he says they will be in Easons, at the very least, after the bank holiday weekend, and hopefully in other shops soon. I pre-ordered a copy, as did a number of others there at the show. Looks like an essential reference to me. He also says that he intends to re-issue the decals in the autumn.

Well worth buying, in my view.

Philip

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Should have mine in the post today.... VIP connections ya 'now Applause

So will see. I will not comment on it as I am too fussy Not talking But looking at the Lysander sample page again... Pity that the colour profile is messed up, sides do not match neither top neither bottow view. Lazyness of the creator of the artwork /?/ Hard to blame Joe Maxwell for this, though.



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Hi Lads,

Got my copy on Tuesday and what a book it is, You need a second person to lift it!!

Packed with great photos and text with loads of information. Definately one to purchase and read at your leisure.

Well done to Joe for all the effort he put into it, It certainly paid off.

cheers

George.

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Yep, it is a big book and text is pretty good...

My 1st impressions and comments are here:

http://www.worldairpics.com/forum/index.php?topic=1814.0 ...post No.7 and No.13 my username is the same like here.



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Hi All

I've just got back, well it was Thursday, from the launch of Joe Maxwell and Patrick Cummins book "The Irish Air Corps an illustrated guide" ISBN 978-0-9562624-0-0 and I can say with out a doubt it's a Fantastic book! very well researched and illustrated with interior shots and a lot of new photo's not seen before, very good for modeling with new colour illlustrations it's quite expensive, but I'd say well worth it. It was my first trip to Baldonnel, and what a day! it was not just the book launch, but also the handing over to the Ulster Aviation Museum of Alouette 202, very nicely restored it was too. I've never seen so many high ranking officers in one place plus the Minister of Defense! And the Museum, WOW! some really nice stuff, and if that wasn't enough, the ramp outside the hanger was really busy, apart from the IAC stuff there was the Garda EC.135 and Defender, plus a visiting King Air from Martin Baker with a work party to carry out mod's on the PC.9 ejector seats. All in all, a fantastic day.

John
PS. I forgot to say, I have some nice walk around shots of the Dauphin with one of the rear of the cabin, and the over head panel, if you want them I'll e-mail them.
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The first post has been updated a little with some useful references for IAC modelling. It will be further updated in due course.

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