HUP-25 Army Mule Helicopter 1/48 plastic model kit
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I always wanted one of the old Aurora HUP/H-25 kits. I remember them from when I was a kid, but they were discontinued by the time I was old enough to build plastic kits. The molds are in great shape for their age (circa 1954), but there is some flash on small pieces like the wheels. I compared it with my old Helicopter for Industry example and the molds have aged very well. It is molded in olive deal plastic. The decals consist of two U.S. Army ships (including the box top example which replicate the old Aurora kit decals) as well as a yellow Marine rescue ship and a Navy orange and gray example assigned to an aircraft carrier for plane guard duties. The decals certainly look first rate and went on without issue. A word of caution, this is a lot from the dawn of plastic models. There are just 16 pieces, so don't expect a 21st century level of details. However, the kit can be updated with a better interior (using donor parts from another kit), rear fuselage bulkhead and a correct looking exhaust pipe. I built a bulkhead out of flat sheet plastic and added a exhaust pipe after drilling a hole in the aft fuselage.I I also added control pedals in front of both pilot seats (made out of staple gun staples cut in half and mounted in modeling clay). After looking at photos online and wanting to make it more accurate, I shaped the back of the instrument panel with putty. But even if you build it out of the box it will be a nice display piece and reminder of the way kits used to be.