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  1. HMS Sultan Visit

    Had the chance of a brief tour of the airframes used engineering training at HMS Sultan IMGP7754 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7768 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7763 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7852 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7851 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7837 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7833 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7823 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7806 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7797 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7796 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7770 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP7755 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Sea King Rotor head IMGP7746 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr Willy
  2. I havent seen this version finished so I thought I would put mine up. I do like the yellow RAF rescue helicopters as the last picture wll testify. This is a superb kit and the interior detail is very good shame a lot cant seen if the doors are shut. I have however opened the aircraft up I did the kit version but have just notice that i missed off the directional spot at the rear of the fusalage. Too late now. I had a spare air filter from a revell kit so I used that instead and when the airfix decals went on and the microset had done its job I was rather pleased with the result. Otherwise all straight out of the box Very good value kit will be buying more. Normal rules view from 5ft Rodders ooops that blade nees bending down A theme is developing here :-)
  3. Hi Guys & Gals...I present to you, my lastest completion. The New Tool Sea King. It took me 3 attempts to get the camo half decent, the 3rd of which was achieved by 8 hours of masking.
  4. Hi, Appreciate that there has been a recent group build for the Sea King however I didn't take part as it's taken me 5 months to get to this stage. I'll admit, I've not got that far however my hope is that I will end up with a large model representing this actual aircraft, which coincidentally, was the last aircraft I flew in back on 21st August 1996. Not a particularly interesting flight .. more of an AFCS ( automatic flying control system) check test flight. She passed and was serviceable for future use. The last I heard .. she is sitting down in HMS Sultan, being used as a training aircraft for future WAFU's The link for this is http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=1036995 Anyway, I started with the excellent ( and only) 1:48 scale kit that I could find and ask Santa for. The har.5 kit from Hasegawa "Ark Royal" ?? edition because this would require the least of all options to convert to the has.6 version. First job was to source a MAD sponson for the stbd side, which I did from fellow member "WAFU" and sent him the regular sponson from my kit. Next came the purchase of some PE, which I have never really used before and was pondering the purchase of PE tools. In the end and after some discussion with other members, I just bought some quality smooth pliers and snips. This was mainly due to the fact that there was no real requirement for bending lots of PE that I'd purchased. And so I began... I decided to leave the front seats as is and I appreciate that the Westland versions do not have the large seat supports shown here. This was to help support and place the PJ production 1:48 Lynx crew which I will add later ... especially the all important aircrewman and then... ..the most frightening job for me was to take a saw to my model and I carefully cut out the main cargo door, which thankfully I can reuse and attach later. This was nerve racking to say the least but after some hints and tips from other members, I purchased the best quality micro saw I could afford ... best investment ever. Dry fitted almost everything that I could, as I wanted to minimise fit issues which would require sanding and as such , loose detail. I haven't tried re scribing and due to the good quality of this kit, hopefully I won't have to. There was a gap above the main cockpit and fuselage and this was addressed later. This picture shows the hole I cut in the cabin floor, in order to fit the sonar and you can just see the first bit of PE fitted, which is the sea anchor storage, fitted behind the P2's seat. Decided not to fit the PE yaw pedals as I actually preferred the plastic kit parts, however I did fit the pedal surrounds and sanded down the instrument console, ready for the attachment of the self adhesive PE parts. PE broom cupboard bent & attached. This is where the hydraulic actuators and other gubbins for the AFCS are housed, behind the P1's seat. The first aid kit, flare pistol and piddle tube ( back up intercom !!?? ) was also attached to this cupboard. Finally , I was ready to start some scratch building for the back of this aircraft as the kit is absolutely bare ... which is a shame. The rear crew seats were made using bits n bobs of plastic, copper wire and cocktail sticks. I cannot take credit for this idea, it was borrowed from the excellent thread below http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234976450-sea-king-crew-seat-detaing-revell-72nd-scale-kit/ The seats I was happy with .. the observers / aircrewmans stations .. eh not so much !.... so I started again .. from scratch. Whilst I was trying to figure out the rear consoles, I decided to fit some soundproofing and cabin flooring. For this I simply used some cut up plastic sheet, cut up jiffy bags and some of the plastic straps that held the polystyrene packaging on my new fridge freezer ... another expense I could have done without. Waste not... want not !! Rear consoles v2 ... made using some of the polystyrene packaging, cut to shape and faced with some plastic card. I also use the jiffy bag to make the cover that surrounded the dipping sonar. This was maily due to the fact , that even with the rear cabin door open, viewing access is minimal through said door and cabin/cockpit windows. As you can see, the dimensions of the consoles are much better second time around. I also took the opportunity to fit soundproofing to the cabin ceiling. .... and after painting and applying the cut up cockpit decals from OOB, I ended up with this. I elected to keep the front personnel door closed, so I simply used some polystyrene block to make the fwd equipment rack and also a representation of the MS10 liferaft.. which you can just see through the cockpit. View from the other side Actually quite liked the self adhesive PE for the cockpit .. but it did require a lit bit of help to stick ie superglue Back to the rear cabin area and shown is my first attempt at rear cargo seats. These have since been removed and v2 fitted. I used the luminous "hamma bead" method to fashion the radar screen. Melt the beads using a warm iron and cut to shape. This worked quite well and when exposed to strong light and viewed in darkened conditions you get the following effect. Excuse the poor quality photo .. but you get the idea This was the dirtied effect I was looking for and so far so good. It was then time to take possession of the following bespoke decals sourced from Roger at www.whirlybirdmodels.com Fantastic and just what I wanted. This guy is a genius and we spent several months conversing by email and phone to get the above just right. These are unique to my model and I am over the moon... but lots to do so they have been safely packed away for now The fit of this kit is the best I've come across yet and I finally joined the two halves and dry fitted the various access panels. The gap above the cockpit and glass were filled with platic card and some detail added using wire. The hull is a snug fit and fits perfectly despite what the picture above suggests. I am not going to glue the boat hull section until I've attached the various antenna and decided what I'm going to fit inside the sonar well. I know it will be the correct dipping sonar but I am thinking of scratch building the full body, which I can remove to display, if so required. So this is where I'm at to date. This has taken me 5 months so far, mainly due to work commitments. I could not commit to the time scales of the group build but the fantastic work of all contributors was borrowed for incorporation into my model. This is going to take me several more months but hopefully the result will be be worth it. By posting on this WIP forum, it should ensure that I don't forget about it and do bits n bobs when I can. Thanks for looking in... best wishes
  5. Somewhere in the South Atlantic May 1982... This is my 1/350 build of three of the ships in the RNs Falklands task force, there are two scratch builds, and one minor conversion, plus huge amounts of detail on all three. I don't want to think about the amount of time I've spent over the past 5 1/2 years... Starting with the complete scene: From left to right: HMS Broadsword, HMS Hermes and HMS Yarmouth HMS Hermes and Yarmouth are both scratch built from plans Weathering on both was closely based on photos from the time to get the weather worn look of two of the oldest ships in the fleet. Many of the details are from WEM and Atlantic Models etched brass sets, but I also learnt to etch at home for unique pieces including H's mast, crane, davits and some antenna. Around 230 figures are spre​ad across the 3 ships, mostly on the flight deck HMS Broadsword was a conversion of the OOP WEM HMS Brilliant kit, the main change being the funnel, plus a wealth of detailing. the seascape is modelling clay plus acrylic medium and teased out cotton wool for the foam and spray. The base was lined with plasticard to get a mid-ocean swell adding a bit more interest and action Finally for this post a couple of overhead shots, Broadsword is approaching to start taking on fuel from Hermes' starboard quarter, Yarmouth steaming past on the port-side. Both escorts are really a bit close, but the base is the largest I could fit in my cabinets (to the millimetre) and the navy have been known to bend ships every so often so it's not impossible. Next up some detail shots. If anyone has missed the WiP and would like to see the history on this one, here's the thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234927178-operation-corporate-carrier-battlegroup-1350 Andrew
  6. I was thinking about projects for the future and wondered what was the best (cheapest) way to get a 1/48 HC.4 Sea King. I have a Wessex HU.5 kit in stash and a Lynx HMA.8 with the backdate kit to make it an HAS.2. Was thinking a Falklands war Helicopter display would be quite satisfying. Would the Revell boxing of the SH-3H US Navy Sea King be a good starting point? Is there any resin available to make the changes to the landing gear? Has anyone got any plans to bring out a kit in the near future that I'm not aware of saving the whole expensive and messy business of 'making' an HC.4 from bits and bobs. Airfix scaling up their 1/72 Junglie would be awesome! Thanks. :-)
  7. Sea King HC.4 Identity?

    This photo is of a Royal Navy recruitment poster I picked up about 10 years ago. It shows a Sea King HC.4 on IFOR detachment to Split-Divulje in Croatia, flying low over the Cetina River gorge at Omiš. The code letter on the nose is 'C' but, other than that, I have no clue as to the identity of the airframe - can anyone tell me what serial and what squadron? And does anyone have any other photos of this aircraft at that time?
  8. Hi all, I was given Airfix's new boxing of the Sea King HAR.3 for Christmas so in an effort to hit the ground running in 2017 I've decided to haul 2 older boxings from the stash and build the three together. My intention is to finish the aircraft as follows: XZ586 Sea King HAR.3, 202 Sqn A Flt., RAF Boulmer (from the new Airfix HAR.3boxing) XZ590 Sea King HAR.3, 202 Sqn A Flt., RAF Boulmer (from the old Airfix HAR.3 boxing) XV699 Sea King HU.5, HMS Gannet SAR Flight (from the Airfix HAR.5 boxing) (modified from the new Airfix HAR.3 boxing using decals & possibly some parts from the Airfix HAR.5 boxing) ZA314 Sea King HC.4, 848 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton (from the new Airfix HC.4 boxing) Mystery project (from the old Airfix HAR.5 boxing). What's already becoming incredibly clear is how far the Airfix kits have advanced between old and new boxings. I was originally going to build the old ones OOB as a quick mojo builder but I'm now debating doing some detailing to the interior. I'll stick some pics up once there's something to show Stu
  9. Masking the Airfix Sea King HC4

    Hi all, I think I've set myself a bit of a tester this time! I've got the Airfix Sea King HC4 to have a go at and in a moment of madness I asked Mrs Wasacop which version I should do--all green or the green/white camo? No prizes for guessing which one she went for (and to be fair I agree with her)-- you got it the green/white one! My question to those who know about these things is how much would I have to enlarge a scan of the painting guide to make some masks for this bad boy? Thanking you all in advance for any help on this one, Hilly
  10. RNAS Portland again sort of

    fairly hot of the press...but the german navy (said this before) require extra sea king for training so they are getting a number of ex RN sk mk5s . Heliops will be operating them out of the former MCA hangar at Portland which of course is on the site of RNAS Portlands hardstanding. Fear god honour the king
  11. I have both the Airfix HAR.3 and HC.4 boxings of their new 1/72 Sea King. As my preference is generally to do combat aircraft, is it possible to backdate either (or both!) of these kits into Falklands War machines? If so, what would that entail?
  12. Hello All, A while ago I built Sea King "Old 66" for the Helicopter GB. For the Vignette GB I went on to build a base incorporating the Apollo 11 command module to show a moment from the mission recovery. I didn't manage to get any decent pictures of it because of time/weather/travel, but I grabbed some today and thought I'd put them up here. Well it's space AND diorama AND aircraft... I photograph outside, and the moving rotors in the first shot are not a fancy effect, but the wind gusting in my back garden! The Sea King is 1/72 and the command module is 1/96. The scratch build WIP for the command module is described here. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  13. Hello All, I built the Airfix old mould (1969) Sea King for the Helicopter III GB. It's on a stand measuring 3" by 3 1/2" and there's a picture of the Apollo 11 Command Module on the stand to give it some context: The mission here is to build a vignette of the scene shown in the photo, with the helicopter hovering above. The stand is a 1/4" thick balsa block with plastic card around the sides. So I need a command module, floatation bags and figures, and some ocean! For the command module I have seen some very expensive kits on Ebay, which include the LCM and/or Service Module, which I don't need. So for the capsule itself I thought I might get away with building a plastic card model based on a paper model pattern available freely on the web: It's for a 1/48 model, so I printed it out at 66.7% to get 1/72. Placed on the stand, it looked a bit too big, so I tried making a half-scale copy of the original 1/48 size one to give me 1/96 scale: This looks a lot more manageable and gives a bit of "forced perspective" to the scene. It's also about the same size as the one in the photo, so that works well. For the floats and dinghy I will be using two-part putty I have a choice of two-part advanced wood filler (too fast, no good for modelling), milliput (could do) or a strip of two-part filler in blue and green halves that you knead together until it is a uniform colour. The last one doesn't go entirely rigid and is hard to sand, but I think it would be the easiest to use. I will probably make my own figures for 1/96 scale, and I'd like to put one or two in the helicopter doorway too. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  14. Finally finished this model, which I started back in May this year.. Full build thread is here - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981204-navy-709-flexops-due-sea-king-has-6-xv711-circa-1996-819-nas/ Before the photos, just want to publicly thanks "Wafu" and " daryle-five-zero " for supplying / swopping various parts in order to build this. I also have to thank whirlybird decals for making the bespoke squadron & aircraft decals. Model is Hasegawa mk 5 with added PE and a totally scratch build rear interior. Enjoy .... Many thanks and happy modelling
  15. Well you heard it first but standfast the mk7s still very much in service but there may well Be a limited return of a few mk 5s to support well better not say but it's in Europe. This is a gen dit!
  16. I have purchased the Sea King mk3 and have found that the decals are not fully"varnished" See picture below. Is mine a one off or is a fault on them all like the canopy was on the 1/24 Typhoon. The areas are marked I dont want to soak them off to find I have problems if anyone has the same kit can they have a look to see if theres has the varnish missing also. No point asking Airfix for new if they are all the same. Area marked is where there in no varnish. That said I have a spare old airfix mk3 set 2 sets of modeldecals with a yellow and a grey falklands A/C and the modelart set so it isnt that big a problem Sorry for the poor quality of picture and on a slant but I know that britmodeller dont like pictures that can be used to make copies Rodders
  17. Hello All, I started the Airfix classic Sea King over the Easter weekend. I'm hoping to build it as "Old 66", the helicopter that recovered the Apollo 11 capsule. Ultimately I'd like to do a diorama, but I will settle for finishing the helicopter before the GB ends! First, the kit. There are actually two boxings - 66 has a frogman and a net, and some extra decals for "66" as well as for the original "63": Sprue shot: The decals are well past their sell-by date, so I bought some after market ones from Hannants. These are for the Apollo 13 recovery but it's possible to get a "close enough" Apollo 11 version from them with some judicious trimming (apparently the Apollo 8-11 decals are available again now but this is what I bought): The fit of the parts was excellent when the moulds were new: The pilots are the standard post-war Airfix pilots, with rather unhelpfully crossed legs. The plastic is just about soft enough to cut the limbs apart and bend them into a more useful pose: I've detailed the kit seats, made a more accurate instrument panel and added pedals: Pilot #1 in place. Apparently in a helicopter the left-hand seat is for the co-pilot. Didn't know that! I found it easier to glue the control sticks to the figure, not the floor, so I can paint it all as a cohesive unit rather than having to fiddle with the hand fit later on. As the hatch will be open, I need some interior detail. First I put in a ceiling below the motor section, made from curved plastic card: Then some detail (some taken from photos, some made up) inside: The folding seats were made from plastic rod, stretched sprue and wine bottle foil: And painted: I thought I'd have pilot #2 looking over his shoulder to see how the recovery was going, so this guy got some serious surgery: He was given a uniform made from acrylic putty, and I had to add a new nose because there wasn't one on the figure (although the other, nearly identical, pilot was fine). Anyway, I painted them both up: And we have got to here: I need to detail the instrument panel and centre console, then I can think about installing everything and closing it up. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  18. Hi, what scale is a Sea King helicopter from Heller Humbrol Bobcat / Bobkit? Not Airfix tooling but snap fit from Heller mould. Is it 1/72 like their Super Puma Cougar and other Bobkit kits (Transall, OH-6, Harrier T4, F-16 and Phantom) or is out of scale? Thanks
  19. Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King. This is a UH-3H 152700, converted to the transport role by removing the ASW gear. Pics thanks to Ken, taken at The Pacific Aviation Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  20. Junglie Tribute

    Afternoon all, With 848 NAS standing down today, bringing an end to 37 years of service for the mighty Sea King HC4, I thought I'd share a few images by way of a personal tribute to one of my favourite aircraft of all time. Having lived relatively local to Yeovilton all my life, the Junglie has played a huge part in my interest in aviation, and I'll miss it greatly. All the shots posted have been taken at various locations across the South West, with the final four taken as the aircraft set off on the Monday's farewell tour, the last time I'll see this wonderful machine fly... Westland Sea King HC4 ZD627/WO Royal Navy RNAS Merryfield 08/06/11 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZD627/WO Royal Navy RNAS Merryfield 08/06/11 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZD625/P Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 09/07/11 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF115/WV Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 13/05/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF119/WY Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 13/05/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF115/WV Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 13/05/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF119/WY Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 13/05/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE426/WX Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 22/06/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE426/WX Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 22/06/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF115/R Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 22/06/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE426/WX Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 22/06/12 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZG820/I Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 12/07/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF214/L Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 12/07/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF214/L Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 12/07/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF117/X Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 13/07/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZA310/B Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 13/07/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF117/X Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 13/07/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF117/X Royal Navy Merryfield 25/06/14 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE427/K Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 10/05/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE427/K Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 10/05/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF116/WP Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 10/05/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE427/K Royal Navy Merryfield 10/06/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZE427/K Royal Navy Merryfield 10/06/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF116/WP Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 09/07/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZF116/WP Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 11/07/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZG821/G Royal Navy SPTA 12/11/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZG821/G Royal Navy SPTA 12/11/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZA298/Y Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 21/03/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZA298/Y Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 21/03/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Sea King HC4 ZA295/U Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 21/03/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Westland Seaking HC4 ZA298/Y Royal Navy RNAS Yeovilton 21/03/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Farewell, old friend...
  21. The following images have been taken at various locations around Cornwall since Jan 2016. Unfortunately the few remaining 771 Squadron Sea Kings have been rather elusive. Locations here include Bodmin Moor, Davidstow airfield, Godrevy etc:
  22. New Airfix Aircraft Kits !

    We've got three great new Airfix Aircraft Model Kits including one great Starter Set that's ideal for those new to scale model building! First up we have the Newly Tooled 1/48 Scale Gloster Meteor F8 Kit, next the 1/72 RAF Red Arrows Hawk Kit and last but not least, the 1/72 Westland Sea King HAR.3 Starter Set! Stocks of these kits may be limited, so order soon to avoid disappointment! For full details, please see our newsletter.
  23. Sea King HC.4 Sets - For Airfix Kit 1:72 Eduard These sets are intended for the new Airfix kit. Interior Set This set contains one colour nickel fret, and one plain brass fret. The plain fret contains parts for the main internal bulkheads with their integral equipment racks and cable runs, also the flooring areas at the pilots feet. The nickel fret has another bulkhead part, the instrument panel, overhead panel, rudder pedals, and seatbelts for the pilot seats plus all the troop seats in the back. Exterior This set is on one traditional brass fret, it contains parts for the exterior. It has the external plates for the air filter box assembly, the main door external step, the interior for the main cabin door/steps, external tail rotor part, both external racks for the mounted jamming system, windscreen wipers, and a plethora of external hatches/inspection covers, and aerial mounting plates. Masks The die cut masks are for all of the helicopters glazing and the wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  24. After the HC.4 variant ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972969-airfix-a04056-westland-sea-king-hc4-172/) Airfix is to release a 1/72nd Westland Sea King HAR.3 kit - ref. A55307 Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/jet-provost-and-sea-king-updates/ V.P.
  25. Sea King Questions

    So my first question on the forum...... Now that I have the new Airfix Sea King HC.4, I have been looking at the other Sea King kits I have in the stash..... I am looking at doing a building the Revel Sea King MK41 as a RAF HAR3 of 78 SQN in 86/87, so the question is when were the composite rotor blades introduced to the RAF Sea King fleet? Having looked at many photos - it is not very clear if in the early years of 78 SQN which type of rotor blades were installed. I am fairly certain that when 202 SQN c flight was at Stanley, they still had the original rotor blades. A second question relates to the introduction of the air flow stake on the rear port fuselage. When were these introduced? Thanks James
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