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Does anyone know of a kit or conversion to make a Bell 206L Longranger in 1/72 scale? Or is the only way to combine two regular 206 KITS?

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Graham Holmes

Columbus, OH

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Hello Graham,

Affraid not. The Bell Long Ranger, being a typical civil model, is not an interesting subject for most model manufacturers and is not available in any scale.

Afaik there is neither any 1:72 model of a regular Jetranger/ 206/ OH58A (although I vagely remember that in the 1970's (?) Revell or Monogram had a maybe ;) 1:72 snap together kit of a LAPD JetRanger ).

Now you'd probably have to use Italeri's 1:72 OH58D. In that case you'd have to re-model the engine housing and the rotor head too (among things).

If I were you I'd switch scale and try my luck in 1:48 (Esci/ Italeri) or 1:32 (Revell). These are regular 206's and would require less work.

HTH, good luck!

Gertjan

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Hello Graham,

Affraid not. The Bell Long Ranger, being a typical civil model, is not an interesting subject for most model manufacturers and is not available in any scale.

Afaik there is neither any 1:72 model of a regular Jetranger/ 206/ OH58A (although I vagely remember that in the 1970's (?) Revell or Monogram had a maybe :D 1:72 snap together kit of a LAPD JetRanger ).

Now you'd probably have to use Italeri's 1:72 OH58D. In that case you'd have to re-model the engine housing and the rotor head too (among things).

If I were you I'd switch scale and try my luck in 1:48 (Esci/ Italeri) or 1:32 (Revell). These are regular 206's and would require less work.

HTH, good luck!

Gertjan

Thanks Gertjan, I was afraid of this. I have already made a regular 206 from the Matchbox kit, which I found easier than the Italeri kit. Also, there was a Rareplanes clear vac kit of a 206, of which I have two of, so I will combine them, just using the fuselages with the details from Italeri.

I do have both the Esci and new Revell kits, but I need a 1/72 for a diorama.

Graham

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In addition to their OH-58D kit, Italeri also makes an OH-58A in 1/72 scale (also available in 1/48).

http://www.daveswebshop.com/it195.shtml

While it’s not the Long Ranger you’re looking for, it’s a lot closer than the Kiowa Warrior and probably easier to work with than the Rareplanes vac kit/conversion.

Unfortunately the 1/72 kit doesn’t seem to be in production, but you ought to be able to still find it in shops or online.

I haven't seen the Monogram Snap-Tite Jet Ranger in person, but I've read that it is significantly larger than 1/72 (around 1/64). Of course, it's also really difficult to find these days.

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In addition to their OH-58D kit, Italeri also makes an OH-58A in 1/72 scale (also available in 1/48).

http://www.daveswebshop.com/it195.shtml

While it’s not the Long Ranger you’re looking for, it’s a lot closer than the Kiowa Warrior and probably easier to work with than the Rareplanes vac kit/conversion.

Unfortunately the 1/72 kit doesn’t seem to be in production, but you ought to be able to still find it in shops or online.

I haven't seen the Monogram Snap-Tite Jet Ranger in person, but I've read that it is significantly larger than 1/72 (around 1/64). Of course, it's also really difficult to find these days.

I picked up a couple of the 1/72 Italeri OH-58A kits in a Tamiya boxing a year or two ago from Lucky Model. Apparently Tamiya boxes Italeri kits for the Asian market, so a search of the various Japanese and Hong Kong based sellers might find the Tamiya boxings of the Italeri kit. Mine are definately Italeri since its stamped on all the sprues.

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Michael,

It's great to see you and the LongRanger project back on the forum. It is a shame that no manufacturers have seen fit to produce one in larger scale(or at all). I see so many of them in use in civilian and law enforcement roles here in the US. I look forward to following your progress.

Sincerely,

David

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Sorry, I meant to post the above message in the other thread on the LongRanger topic. While here though, does anyone know it the Revell JetRanger re-release is available yet in the US? Just wondering? Thanks.

David

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Sorry, I meant to post the above message in the other thread on the LongRanger topic. While here though, does anyone know it the Revell JetRanger re-release is available yet in the US? Just wondering? Thanks.

David

David,

Saw it at Hobbytown yesterday $26 I think.

Ray

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Sorry, I meant to post the above message in the other thread on the LongRanger topic. While here though, does anyone know it the Revell JetRanger re-release is available yet in the US? Just wondering? Thanks.

David

Cheapest I have seen it on the net was just under $20 at either internethobbies or plastic-models, i don't remember which. Most places seem to be low to mid $20's like rotorwash said. Unfortunately, my local HobbyTown hasn't had any come in. I may just order off the net.

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Bump!

 

For some time Scalemates has listed this 1/48 206L-1 set by Top Gun Models. I asked for availability info on Top Gun's Facebook page and they got back to me about half an hour ago:

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Hi, friends we work on IT.


Sorry for long term.
Some of projects we restart, Long Ranger II or Bell 407

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Been hoping someone comes out with this family so I can do this one.
Sonoma County Sheriff "Henry 1"

 

Oops wrong thread. I thought I was in the 407 thread.
Nonetheless I would like to see some 1/48 Long Rangers.

Alan


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Edited by SinisterVampire319
Wrong thread

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If anyone ever releases a LongRanger, I'd love to build this, as a testament to the crew. This helicopter is now preserved in the Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC and I was fortunate enough to pay a visit there last year. A scratch-build/conversion using the Italeri 1/72 OH-58A Kiowa might even be possible.

 

https://www.statter911.com/2014/09/04/gene-windsor-us-park-police-paramedic-rescued-air-florida-victims-potomac-dies-age-74/

 

LD.

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5 hours ago, Loach Driver said:

If anyone ever releases a LongRanger, I'd love to build this, as a testament to the crew. This helicopter is now preserved in the Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC and I was fortunate enough to pay a visit there last year. A scratch-build/conversion using the Italeri 1/72 OH-58A Kiowa might even be possible.

 

https://www.statter911.com/2014/09/04/gene-windsor-us-park-police-paramedic-rescued-air-florida-victims-potomac-dies-age-74/

 

LD.

Good call LD, that would be a great tribute. A good base may the Italeri 1/72 206 JetRanger #1372 they released a couple of years back - it still (frustratingly) has Kiowa rear windows that will need to be changed but it has a tail rotor driveshaft cover, higher skids and a searchlight.

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On ‎2‎/‎1‎/‎2020 at 3:30 PM, Loach Driver said:

If anyone ever releases a LongRanger, I'd love to build this, as a testament to the crew. This helicopter is now preserved in the Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC and I was fortunate enough to pay a visit there last year. A scratch-build/conversion using the Italeri 1/72 OH-58A Kiowa might even be possible.

 

https://www.statter911.com/2014/09/04/gene-windsor-us-park-police-paramedic-rescued-air-florida-victims-potomac-dies-age-74/

 

LD.

Whoa was it that long ago… I can still vividly remember these first tv reports. Indeed, this 206L would be a fitting subject, LD!!!

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