Cougar model in 1/72 scale Italeri / (Revell) kit (converted)
Eurocopter AS 532 U2 Cougar Mk II is operated by the Dutch Air Force
[KLu] on behalf on the Dutch Air Mobile Army Brigade. The helicopter is
derived from the Super Puma and in fact the Puma helicopter developed by
Aerospatiale and Westland emerging the mid nineteen-sixties. The original
Puma helicopter designated SA 330 was a tactical transport helicopter and
the first production Puma flew in 1968. It was and still is used by many
air forces and by civil operators. It has a crew of 2 pilots and a navigator
and a cabin for maximum of 16-20 troops or passengers. The Puma has a maximum
take off weight of 6400 kg with two Turbomeca Turmo engines. The
rotor has a diameter of 15 meters and its overall length with rotors turning
is 18.15 m. Fuselage length is 14.06 m and its maximum speed about 280
km/hour at sealevel.
The Super Puma
twin turbine medium lift helicopter was extensively modified from the original
Puma. The Super Puma AS 332 was a longer and upgraded version of the Puma,
the type being continually improved and enlarged. It had a larger cabin
and more powerfull engines.
The latest military variant of the Super Puma is called the Cougar. It has even more modifications as compared to the Super Puma. First flight of the Cougar was in Februari 1987. The new European Eurocopter organisation is now the manufacturer.
The variant AS 532 U2 Cougar Mk II is an unarmed tactical military transport helicopter and it is also used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force on behalf on the Air Mobile Army Brigade. It is even longer than the Super Puma as the fairing between the aft cabin and tailboom is a bit longer and made of composites. The latest Cougars got an improved rotor system with larger diameter blades and a new rotorhead that incorporates some lessons learned from the NH90 helicopter currently being developed (a never ending project....) . It also has a small weather radar in the longer nose.
The Cougar landing gear was also changed with two single larger rear wheels and twin nose wheels. Powerplant of the AS 532 U2 is the Turbomeca Makila 1A2 with max 2100 shp for 30 seconds emergency power and a normal max power of 1657 shp.
The Cougar cabin can accommodate various lay-outs such as folding seats for up to 28 troops, 12 stretchers etc. The latest Cougar helicopters also have EFIS/IFDS cockpit displays and an automatic flight control system.
AS 532 U2 Cougar technical data:
shows the correct measurements for a AS 532 U2 Cougar.
See also the
Cougar modelling Report here....
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Italeri issued the kit no. 096 around year 1999 as AS. 532 (which has also been released by Revell Germany in 2002).
(NOTE: a story in Dutch on this model appeared written by me Meindert in the Dutch IPMS NL MIP 2008-3 magazine)
I wanted to
model this as a Royal Netherlands AF AS 532 Cougar U2 mk.2. This has a NH90 type
rotor hub as well as other modifications.
After measuring the kit fuselage length, it was seen that this can be done with the exception of the rear composite fairing; (note: this same kit has also been issued by Revell). For a Dutch Cougar U2 mk.2 as compared to a Super Puma, the Cougar AS 532 rear fuselage cone fairing should be even longer. The longer cone also has a "straight" different shape, being 47 cm longer (= 0.65 cm in 1/72 scale). So the Italeri kit's fuselage fairing cone should be converted for a Cougar.
Some smaller modifications are also needed that can done.
OK, how to make a nice AF Cougar AS 532 U2 .mk 2 ?
Start with the fuselage halves:
Then, an insert was made from bended white plastic card. The overall extension should be 0,65 cm (or 0.25 inch). This is visible as the overall look is different with straight cone.
The two larger rear windows (seen in STEP 2 of the instructions) were openened up, as incidated on the insides of the fuselage halves. (Version"C"). part 17C is not needed.
Also, the Royal Netherlands AF Cougar can be made
as in model in various configurations:
The interior was completed as per instructions and set inside the fuselage. The floor was "closed" near the pilot foot area as the floor is closed here and not open as in a Puma. The interior was simply painted dark grey.
Some tiny antenna panels were added
from thin card.
The main instrument panel with EFIS
displays is by the way a bit too large to small, so cut some plastic. On
each pilot seat , armour plates are fitted on Dutch Cougars, so make this
from thin card. Seat cushions are dark blue. Above the main panel, sun
visors are seen inside the cockpit for the pilots. Make these from thin
clear sheet and paint transparant green (e.g. with Tamiya clear paint).
The four main rotor blades are fine
but sand a bit more the curved tip. Also the inboard blade section "triangle"
should be removed, see picture.
The cockpit glazing is seen here set
on and the model got a grey base coat. Also, the intake filters (called
MPAI: Multi purpose air intake) are fitted. These are in the kit.
After masking, the camouflage scheme
was applied through the airbrush.
The slotted horizontal stabilizer 33A was set on as well (parts 83B and 85B not required).
A red edge was painted on some windows
that are emergency exits, on other windows the edge is black.
It was now time to add the decals
for the Dutch Cougar. A gloss coat of Johnson
Pledge/Kleer was always set below a decal.
The smaller squadron emblem of the
Cougar was printed on a with sheet of BareMetal foil white decal sheet
(for inkjet). After gloshing it was cut out and added as a normal
decal. The 300 squadron marking was found on the internet; it was downloaded,
set to correct size.
The KONINKLIJKE LUCHTMACHT title on the sliding doors were printed on clear decal sheet (like of BareMetal foil for inktjet printes). This because the kit decal letter style is inaccurate; it should be Typeface AMARILLO.
The roundels came from a Dutch Decal roundel sheet.
After setting the few decal markings, the model got several sprays of semi-matt Johnson Pledge/Future. Mix 15% Tamiya matting agent (X21 "Flat base" ) with the Future acrylic to get a semi-matt effect.
In the Dutch Cougar cabin doors there are large bulged observation windows, 1 in each door. These were suggested by simply glueing a thin sheet of clear acetate plastic on the kit window. The door edge is also red.
A nice Cougar helicopter in the Dutch 1/72 model collection.
- Janes All the World Aircraft, 1999
- Piloot en Vliegtuig Juni 2002 (Dutch magazine)
- my 1/32 kit Cougar Build
IPMS Nederland Cougar Walkaround
IPMS Nederland real
Cougar info pages...
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