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  1. Sikorsky CH-53 GS/G (03856) 1:48 Revell The CH-43 Sea Stallion was developed in the 1960s when the US Marine Corps was looking for modern replacements for its piston engined helicopters. The Navy issued a request for a "Heavy Helicopter Experimental / HH(X)". which drew offers from Boeing of a modified Ch-47, from Kaman a version of the Fairey Rotodyne (now that would have been something), and Sikorsky with u larger upgraded platform based on the S-61. The first new CH-53 flew in 1964 with production deliveries beginning in 1965. At the same time the German Army were looking for a replacement heavy helicopter and after looking at both the CH-47 and CH-53 the CH-53 was chosen. Only the first 2 machines were from Sikorsky with the remainder of 108 being built by Fokker under licence. The German helos have been upgraded over time. The re were three major upgrades: new missile warning and self-protection systems; and provision for two external fuel tanks allowing range to be increased to 1,800kmwhen carrying 36 armed soldiers or a 5,500 kg payload. This came with the addition of a night vision goggles-compatible cockpit for night low-level flying capabilities. Upgrades were done by Eurocopter Germany by early 2001, resulting in updated GS/GE/GA variants. As a result of new foreign operations 20 of the helicopters were converted to perform Combat Search and Rescue missions. These were designated CH-53GS and as well as more powerful engines, they are equipped with modernized IFR equipment, additional exterior fuel tanks, low-flight night vision cockpit and NVG, partial ballistic protection, engine dust collectors, missile counter measure and self-defence armament. With the lower capacity of the replacement NH-90 is has been estimated the CH-53 will serve upto 2030 to stop a loss of their capability. With restructuring in the German military the airframes have passed from Army control to that of the Air Force, so no longer will we see HEER on these machines. The Kit This is Revell's kit from back in 1981 and its BIG, I was surprised how big it was when laid out against another big revel kit the 1/48 B-29, its about 3/4 the length. Figures from the box give a length of 47cms and a rotor disc of 45cms. Even though its a product of the time with raised detail the moulds have held up well and Revell have added new parts to the kit over time so you can build any CH-53 from the box (the old jeep and towed gun from the first boxing are still present). New parts for the German versions include different rotor blades, Side fuel tanks, and new engine nacelles. The sprues on this kit appear to have been packed very tightly leaving some parts off the sprue, and some broken; most notably the tail rotor. Construction starts in the cockpit, so no surprise there. The pilots crew seats. Rear wrap around armour is added to the seats with the head rests. Collective control sticks are then added. The instrument panel is added to the main cabin floor (instruments provided as decals), then the cyclic sticks go in and the rear cockpit bulkhead. The front lower bulkhead is then added which houses the tail rotor pedals. The complete seats can then be added in. Moving on to the main fuselage a large number of holes must be drilled. The front wheel well is added in along with all the cabin window. The fuselage is now ready to go together by adding in the main cabin floor, rear top opening door; and the support parts for the main and tail rotors. At the rear the ramp is made up and added, this can be open or closed. We then move onto the large side sponsons which accommodate the landing gear. The inner arts attach to the fuselage and then the main gear legs go on, this is then followed by the outer parts. Back to the front of the helo the large single part glazing is added, followed by the nose gear. The engine pods can then be added to the fuselage side, sand filters being provided for the version which carried them. The left side tail plane is also added now. If building the version with the extended range tanks these can now be built up ad added on. To finish off the main body of the helo a large number of small detail parts are added, some dependant on the version being modelled. These include various aerials, tail skid, jammers/|ECM equipment, and wire cutters. To finish off the rotors must be made up and attached making sure ti use the right blades for the version being made. Decals The decal sheet is large and impressive, it is from Zanetti in Italy (so no issues there) as well as a large amount of stencils and safety markings there are four options; CH-53GS, 84-67 HFR 32 May 2002 - Overall Green Scheme CH-53GS, 84-57 HFR 32 April 2002 - Overall Green Scheme CH-53G, 85-03 HFR 35, April 2002 3 Colour Camo with KFOR markings CH-53G, 85-03 HFR 35, April 2002 3 Colour Camo with ISAF markings (not clear on the instructions this one) Conclusion This will surely make up into an impressive looking model. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  2. Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion pics thanks to member "Fights On" taken on board USS MAKIN ISLAND LHA-8.
  3. Wolfpack Design is to release very soon a 1/72nd MH-53E Sea Dragon "US Navy" kit (plastic Italeri) - ref. WP17206 Source: http://www.wolfpack-d.com/catalog/htm/wp17206.html MH-53E Sea Dragon 'US Navy' Sprue parts by Italeri models, Updated details by Resin and PE Parts, 3 A/C markings for US Navy (2 A/C during Operation Tomodachi) Decal printed in Cartograf, Italy A4 color printing 8 pages manual included V.P.
  4. Hi all. Here are some pics of my latest build, it's Airfix's old (but still good) CH-53 built as an S-65 of the IDF/AF as she would have been seen in her early service life around the 1970 mark, they were delivered in the late 60's in this attractive scheme and re-painted in the more boring scheme they wear today in the 80's. The kit is straight from the box but with the addition of decals from Print Scale. Makes an interesting bedfellow for my recent Iranian RH-53! Anyway here are some pic's, there are more in the build log here:- http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997643-airfix-172-ch-53s-65-double-build-iran-and-israel/ Thanks for looking, and all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Thanks for looking. Cheers. Craig.
  5. Time to state my intentions with regard to this Group Build. The plan is to build two of the good old Airfix CH-53 kits at the same time, the reasoning being that they are both the same colour on the inside and should build up the same hopefully meaning that it won't take much more time than building one (and it helps to thin the stash a bit!). Anyway here are pictures of the two different boxings I will be using for the build. And the insides of the box to prove that they have not been started yet. As you can see the parts are still safely wrapped up in their plastic bags. I have another one of these in the stash (I know I know) which has been opened and I must say it is my prefered option for an early twin engined CH-53 as it is accurate in outline and in good old Airfix fashion is festooned with raised (but not too prominent) rivets, and guess what? So is the real thing! These beauties are not exactly built for speed and, like most helicopters, have lots of raised rivets (in my mind a real issue with Airfix's new Sea King/Commando kits as the real things are covered with them as depicted beautifully by Revell on their kits). We will have a closer look at these during the build process, which will be pretty much OOTB as there is a time limit and the ramps will be shut, therefore limiting what is visible. On to the colour schemes and decals. I will be using Print Scales two new sheets for the aircraft, which look superb, and I will be building one aircraft from each sheet, here is a picture of the decal sheets. As you can see there are plenty of other very nice options on these sheets (at least one UK based HH-53 will be built later) but as I said I am going to build the Iranian Navy one and the Israeli one, here is a picture of the Iranian aircraft from the instruction sheet. As I said the other option I'm going to build is going to be Israeli and this comes in the older attractive 3 tone (cafe-au-lait) colour scheme. I would like to build one of the 2 aircraft which were used for Operation Rooster 53 (whoever chose the operation name must have been smoking something "unusual") when they were used to "borrow" a complete Egyptian P-12 radar system to uncover it's secrets. I am not sure of the serial numbers of the 2 aircraft involved but here is the decal sheets option. Well that's it! It might take me a couple of weeks to get started as I have the small matter of a couple of 1/48 P-47's to complete for another GB. Thanks for looking in and I look forward to all of your inputs during my build, as well as watching yours! Craig.
  6. Hello All Just joined, so I'd like to share my latest model; an Academy 1/48 CH-53E. Before that, a few things though. This is both my first chopper, and my first attempt at using my new airbrush, so be gentle Big, isn't it? I know its not completely accurate (rotor markings especially) but it adds a bit of colour to an otherwise grey model. I did have soem trouble with the decals; they just wouldn't sit on the model. Not sure if it was because I didn't use enough gloss, or because the kit was 2nd hand and had been stored somewhere moist, so it doesn't have as all the markings it should, but not much I can do now. Comments appreciated Cheers Anirudh
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