AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Canadian Forces 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Helicopter by NewRay
This model from NewRay (AW-101 Merlin) measures about 10 inches in length for the fuselage and the rotor span is about 11 inches . It is mostly made of metal. The plastic parts would be the wings, weapons and rotor blades. Both rotors can spin freely.
On the right hand side there is a door that can slid open and close. At the back of the fuselage is a gate that can be opened (lowered) to reveal some details of the interior such as gurneys and medical stations. The landing gear can be folded in and out, the back wheels can spin freely but the front wheels don't have any movement.
The details are nice; the panels along the fuselage are very well defined and accurate. The box measures 13.75 inches long by 4.75 inches high by 4 inches deep.
A plastic stand is included.
The AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications. It was developed by joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter. Several operators, including the armed forces of Britain, Denmark and Portugal, use the nameMerlin for their AW101 aircraft. It is manufactured at factories in Yeovil, England and Vergiate, Italy; licensed assembly work has also taken place in Japan and the United States.
Prior to 2007, the aircraft had been marketed under the designation EH101. The original designation was EHI 01 but a transcription error of a handwritten note changed this to EH101 and the designation stuck. In 2000, Westland Helicopters and Agusta merged to form AgustaWestland, leading to the type's redesignation as AW101. The AW101 first flew in 1987, and entered into service in 1999. Since the AW101's introduction it has replaced several older helicopter types such as theSikorsky S-61, performing roles such as medium-sized transport, anti-submarine warfare, and ship-based utility operations.