by tikbhoy (1:72 Italeri)
This is one of the presidential choppers in the Philippines. The Bell 412EP Tail No. RP-1946 "Blue Bird"
The base kit was the 1/72 scale Italeri CH-146 'Griffon'. Lots of modifications were done on this bird, the main cabin doors had to be scratch built because the provided sliding doors lacked the bulge, the cabin interiors also had to be scratch built since the kits interiors were utilitarian rather than the VIP seats we needed. I also had to do the exteriors the step boart and mount, and helo had various antennas and other details distinctive to the Philippine Air Force Presidential Airlift Wing. (PAF, 250th PAW)
The RP-1946 which unfortunately was tragically written-off last May 2009 when the PAF lost it during a sortie over the mountains of Benguet. (all souls were lost)
Published on 08. October 2009
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