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 REVIEW: Amercom No.41 Canadian Forces Bell CH-146 Griffon Helicopter, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Amercom No.41 Canadian Forces Bell CH-146 Griffon Helicopter, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008   Mon Jul 10 2017, 21:30

Amercom Magazine Series No.41
Bell Canada Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon Helicopter
Canadian Expeditionary Air Wing, Kandahar Afghanistan 2008
Operated by 408 Squadron, Edmonton, Alberta
1/72 Scale

Just arrived from Poland.

Not at all bad actually.

The packaging is typical for a Magazine Model. Once it is opened it cannot be sealed up again. Construction is mainly plastic but there is definitely some heft with some metal present. A display stand is also included. Overall quality is acceptable especially given the price. The only real complaint I have is that I found the rotor blades difficult to attach. Maybe I'm not doing it right - but I eventually was able to get them to stay in place.

This particular airframe #401 actually served with the Canadian Expeditionary Air Wing in Afghanistan beginning in 2008. The aircraft was from 438 Squadron in St.Hubert but once in theatre were operated by crews from 408 Squadron in Edmonton. They were armed with Dillon Aero 7.62mm M134 Mini guns and were used in the armed escort role to escort the Canadian Chinook helicopters.

Some minor inaccuracies include the rocket pods which are not part of the Canadian inventory. Also the radar nose is not typical. Only Canadian CH-146s used in Pilot training are radar equipped. All in all not at all bad for 12 bucks!

For those who collect Canadian themes I would heartily recommend it.

Dan
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Griffon Helicopters arrive at Mirabel Airport in December 2008, from where they were shipped to Afghanistan via Canadian C-17s.


Based at Kandahar, The Canadian Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing consisted of eight CH-146 Griffon Helicopters, six CH-147D Chinook Helicopters,
3 CC-130 Hercules Tactical Transport aircraft, six Mi-8 Helicopters under civilian contract, and the CU-170 Heron UAV.


Canadian door gunners from the NATO-led coalition force take position on a CH-146 Griffon helicopter as they fly over a neighbourhood in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, March 27, 2009. Helicopters are a prime asset to move NATO-led coalition troops and supplies in the war-plagued country because convoys by road are often blown up by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


























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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Amercom No.41 Canadian Forces Bell CH-146 Griffon Helicopter, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008   Thu Jul 13 2017, 23:45

I have several of the Amercom helos, and I agree with you ACP, they aren't bad at all for the money. You get some decent plastic of unusual subjects that, if necessary, you don't feel bad about modifying a bit to make it right.
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