Italeri Cormorant & German Revell EH101 HC.3 Landing Gear Question

I recently acquired the 1/72 Italeri Cormorant helicopter (Kit # 01226). I've heard there are a number of inaccuracies in this kit,
particularly the main landing gear. The Cormorant kit includes the single-wheeled main landing gear struts while it should have double main wheels. I've heard a rumor that the German Revell EH101 Merline HC.3 (Kit # 04468) may actually be closer to the production Cormorant configuration and includes the double-wheeled main landing gear. Can anyone confirm this? I was thinking of buying the German Revell kit and would like some confirmation that I'm shelling out for the EH101 with the right features.
Thanks in advance,
Martin
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I recently acquired the 1/72 Italeri Cormorant helicopter (Kit # 01226). I've heard there are a number of inaccuracies in this kit, particularly the main landing gear. The Cormorant kit includes the single-wheeled main landing gear struts while it should have double main wheels. I've heard a rumor that the German Revell EH101 Merline HC.3 (Kit # 04468) may actually be closer to the production Cormorant configuration and includes the double-wheeled main landing gear. Can anyone confirm this? I was thinking of buying the German Revell kit and would like some confirmation that I'm shelling out for the EH101 with the right features.
Thanks in advance,
Martin
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On 15 Aug 2004 22:52:33 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com (Martin) wrote:

Check out a EH 101 detail building report on
http://www.xs4all.nl/~designer/models/eh101/eh101.htm
I believe the Revell kit has the double wheeled gear but I haven't made that kit. regards, Meindert
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snipped-for-privacy@xs4all.nl says...

The Revell kit does have the double-wheeled main gear that production Cormorants have, but its probably a bit excessive to buy the kit just for that (particularly as there are Cormorant-specific parts in the Italeri kit, like the cabin sides with extra windows and the winch, even if that is inaccurate). Probably better to find a set of 4 wheels from the spares box, or even a cheaper kit, and make the other changes suggested on that website. I used a set of wheels from a Starfix Jolly Green Giant, about the only salvageable parts from that mess, but then put the kit aside. May be inspired to restart it now. Incidentally, I believe the Italeri kit is fairly accurate for the Civil Utility pre-production bird, PP9, for which decals are also provided in the kit.
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