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Fellow Rotorheads,

At last, it appears that a decent (and hopefully accurate) 1/72 kit of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne may finally be arriving soon, courtesy of Anigrand Models. Just announced today via the regular E-Newsletter from NostalgicPlastic.com, this is what was posted:

1/72 Lockheed AH-56A Cheyenne, $56, ETA is May 2008.

The Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne was a two-seat, single-engine, rigid-rotor, compound helicopter with low-mounted, fixed wings and retractable main landing gear. The AH-56A was the design winner of the United States Army's Advanced Aerial Fire Support System program in 1965 to establish a technologically advanced, dedicated attack helicopter. It was armed with a 30 mm cannon in a belly turret and either a 7.62 mm mini-gun or a 40 mm grenade launcher in a nose turret.

Given that Anigrand has had a history of fairly accurate kits (in my opinion) of unusual subjects, I have high hopes that this one will blow away the ones we've seen in the past from Legato and such, which were all based on the terribly inaccurate Aurora kit from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Time will tell...

Incidentally, I asked the owner of Anigrand to do a 1/72 kit of the Cheyenne three (or more) years ago, and I even provided some detailed reference shots in my E-Mail. At the time, he turned it down, as he originally planned to only do kits that had NEVER been done before. I'm glad to see he's changed his mind!

It's due to be released in May this year. Keep your fingers crossed on this one...


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