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      Post #66678, posted on 03-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello,

      I just secured a cheap AMD Mercure in 1:125 and a very cheap (considering what it usually goes for on the net) Nord Super Broussard in 1:75, both from Heller.

      I understand these are 70-80s kits and will stand rescribing and detailing but how about accuracy ? Monday-Friday job or A-team work of art in regards to outline fidelity ?

      Thank you in advance.

      Cheers !

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      Post #66679, posted on 03-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello,

      I can't speak of the Brussard, but I do have an example of the Heller Mercure in my collection. I chose to purchase one a few months ago because from what I saw on the internet, my opinion was that it was more true-to-shape than the 1/144 and 1/100 kits available. As a matter of fact, it is on my short list for building. F-DCAL is resizing some OC Air Inter decals for me, so hopefully I will have them soon. I think the Heller kit got the aft fuselage and nose shape just right. It does have raised panel lines which will need to be rescribed and features typical engine fan detail for a 70's kit. I may try to find a replacement resin fan that fits, as I find this to be the only sore spot with the kit. I hope that helps.

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      Post #66680, posted on 03-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Dan,

      Thank you for your view on this kit.

      I once had the 1:100 Plasticart kit which I judged unbuildable (almost dangerous glass-like plastic) so even if it were considered the most accurate Mercure, I would not touch it with a ......-stick.

      My stock of spare parts is such (easily 1kg) that I will handle well the detailing part of the kit, and thanks to these many decal producers, I am sure I will find my joy when it comes to choosing the livery.

      I however discovered 2 different windshield designs on 2 prototypes (juste like with Comic's ARJ21), one has a 737-style windshield with 2 flat front panels while the other features a 747 or TriStar-style windshield with 2 curved front panels, which made it on the certified frames.

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      Post #66682, posted on 03-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I want both for my stash !! Both getting scarcer than the proverbial hens' teeth. Let's see some build in progress. !!

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      Post #66687, posted on 03-27-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I think the Super Broussard came much earlier, I built mine in the '60's, I had it until the early part of this century, now gone

      Graeme