The ADAC HELICOPTER-SET by Revell in 1:32 scale provided the basis for this helijet conversion. I selected the EC 135 helicopter from the set, completed the interior with additional details and painted the pilot. The cabin was completed and installed before beginning the exterior additions which included a large, vertical stabiliser that I cobbled together from various aircraft kits.
I retained the basic helicopter fuselage and the pilot, but because he was very basic, he required a detailed paintjob to make him look more realistic. Some extra kit parts and a new bulkhead were incorporated into the cockpit.
The vertical stabiliser was assembled from a couple of different aircraft, one of them being the old Airfix Victor Bomber.
Brass tubing was inserted through the model to support the VTOL engines, while a pair of aircraft jets became the spacers between the fuselage and the engines. The landing skids were retained, however I added a pair of aircraft droptanks and filled them with resin to provide more stability. Painting consisted of a can of Tamiya Silver, with different panels masked and painted an off-silver colour. Metallic Red was used on the VTOL engines. Decals came from many different kits and the panel lines were drawn on in black permanent felt pen. (Afternote: The 8543 designation just happened to be the decal I used - did I mention that I'm quite a lazy modeller?)