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  1. Hi CT7567, Thank you for clearing up my misunderstanding! However, you added a possible new one in your last reply: 'EC-145' (or more complete: EC145 T1) is the name referring to the Eurocopter (defunct since 2014) model with the conventional tailrotor, just like the UH-72A Lakota now in service for 15 years. ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocopter_EC145. The version with the fenestron tail was called EC145 T2 at its inception in 2011, but when Eurocopter changed their name to 'Airbus Helicopters' in 2014, the commercial name was changed into H145, so this is the name now used to refer to the current production version. However, to complicate matters, the official name according to certification papers goes even further back: on their nameplate these current helicopters are indicated as 'MBB-BK117 D-2' , referring to the lineage back to their Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm and Kawasaki origins from the 1970s. The indication 'MBB-BK117 D-3' is already reserved for the new version with five-bladed main rotor, of which deliveries are expected to start this month, first examples almost ready to be delivered to the Norwegian Air Ambulance service. In fact every operator requests particular equipment to be added, and the US military services will be no exception, so without doubt there will be some equipment fitted to the UH-72B Lakota that will be particular to that version. However in the reports it is stressed these helicopters will be largely off the shelf, so with the standard European (French!) engines.
  2. And the sources state clearly these are not similar to the existing UH-72A Lakota's, but different in having the 'shrouded tail rotor' as they describe the fenestron. Plus the added power output of the Arriel 1E2 engines.
  3. Multiple reports: https://www.army-technology.com/news/airbus-lakota-uh-72b-helicopters-us-army/ https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/08/28/airbus-unveils-b-model-lakotas-will-enter-us-army-fleet-in-2021/ https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/uh-72b-take-look-us-army’s-new-helicopter-168133 Convinced? And of course, you are semantically correct, in the US it is called DoD and not 'ministry'.
  4. In fact the chances your wishes will be fulfilled are growing by the day: the US Mindef just announced they have ordered 17 UH-72B Lakota aircraft to be delivered in 2021 and 2022! This UH-72B will be essentially the same as the Jupiter HT.1 (disregarding the antennae and equipment of course), including the fenestron tail. All reason to expect more interest from the kit manufacturers in all popular scales!
  5. Hi Mackem, thats is indeed quite a different story. Only very recenty ScaleWorx seem to have released a new UH-72 Lakota resin kit SW 48-24 in 1:48, I can't say I have seen anything material from it. But if it exists, then it should provide a similar basis for upgrade to an H145. But I would leave the honour first to ScaleWorx themselves to reach that conclusion. If you can't wait for having a Jupiter in 1:48, buy the ScaleWorx kit and I gladly give you all advice and references to do the job yourself. It isn't as hard as you would think it is!
  6. Hi Ryan, I noticed on Twitter you have completed your model on June 15th, complete with custom decals, so I don't expect any answer from this community any longer! BTW: your model looks great! If there are any other takers: within a few weeks I will provide a resin conversion for the H145 in 1/72 scale. I will be glad to provide decals on that scale for the Wales Air Ambulance, and also for the Scottish, East Anglia, Yorkshire, and Devon Air Ambulance Services on request. And of course other operators abroad as well. My prototype is already finished in the colours of the Dutch ANWB MAA Air Ambulance, based at Leeuwarden Air Base. Maarten
  7. Thank you Dave for the answer. I'll reconsider applying to a hosting site. And interesting about the decals. For the H145 Jupiter HT.1 there was already another decal set fro DF-Helostuff, Germany. Both in 1/32 and 1/72.
  8. As I ran into the same trouble I have just made an accurate master for a replacement fenestron tail for the Revell EC145 kit, The EC135 tail is not usable, as it is much smaller and also rather different in shape. I therefore built it entirely from scratch. As I'm new on this forum, I haven't found out yet how to upload a picture from my harddisk (not on an URL, I hate Pinterest or the like) but if anyone wants to see it give me a note, or tell me how to upload some pictures. Maarten
  9. Hello Ryan, I think I can, I made a quick draft design on 1:72 in vectors, so it can easily be scaled up to 1:32. Let me know what you think. As I'm new on this forum, I haven't found out yet how to upload a picture from my harddisk (not on an URL, I hate Pinterest or the like) but if you want to see it give me a note. Maarten
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