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  1. As someone who made a (very small) contribution to the research into Airfix's new 1/48 Sea King, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch event at Historic Helicopters near Chard yesterday and, like everyone there, I came away with a kit. I think it's going to be in the shops pretty soon (I seem to recall August being mentioned), but judging by the thread in The Rumourmonger yesterday there is a lot of interest in this kit, so I thought I'd build it ASAP. [Sorry, Ark Royal fans; back burner again for a while - but in truth my mojo has been massively dented in recent months because of this blasted court case, so I rather welcome a chance to get the old creative juices going again!] Long term BM members will already know that I have 'form' when it comes to 1/48 Sea Kings - specifically a long-running (and as yet unfinished) saga converting the Hasegawa 1/48 kit (until yesterday, the only game in town in this scale) into the HAS5 that I ditched in 1988 Though some "sprue shots" have already been posted in the Rumourmonger section, I will start with a full set: Sprue A, mostly the inner shell (Airfix have taken the same approach as they did with their excellent 1/48 Lynx kit, providing an inner box that sits inside the fuselage) The floor is particularly nicely done, I'd say, with the characteristic access panels to the fuel tanks etc faithfully rendered: The kit provides the parts to build an HAS1, HAS5 & HU5 (all the same airframe, XV666 - known throughout the Fleet Air Arm as "Damien") - you could also easily build an HAS2 provided you could access appropriate markings, and no doubt the after-market designers are busy as we speak. One of the real features of this kit is the fact that it has a full interior (Hasegawa's has absolutely nothing behind the two pilots' seats), so to allow the wide variation in internal fittings between the stages of Damien's life, the underside of this floor part is marked with numerous holes: ...and the instructions tell you what to remove for which version: Sprue B: Sprue C Sprue D - both metal & composite blades, the 6-bladed tail rotor (5-bladed on a different sprue), plus some of the main rotor head: Sprue E - sponsons, undercarriage & the "pit-head gear" (sonar winch) Sprue F - 5-bladed tail rotor, seats, underside of boat hull, more sonar stuff Sprue G - internals, mostly: Finally Sprue X for the clear parts: Lots of people have already been asking about future releases (HAR3 & HC4 in particular). The Airfix guys were predictably non-committal yesterday, but there are obvious indications that both 3 & 4 (and I suspect at least one "export versions" boxing) will follow in due course; notably the window openings in the fuselage halves, but also the fact that there are parts for the so-called "Commando step" (which was only fitted to the HC4) - the smaller "SAR step" as fitted to the HU5 is also provided. The Eagle-eyed among you might also have noticed these IR jammer parts on the clear sprue (sorry photo is a bit blurred!) - as far as I know these were only ever carried by the HC4 More follows once I have had mi lunch! Crisp
  2. 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.
  3. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/germany-send-ukraine-six-sea-king-helicopters-air-defence-2024-01-23/ I know the Sea King is a marvellous bit of kit ....but air defence....journalists eh . Still another 6 aircraft
  4. This is Shark 20 as she would likely have been during the Sydney-Hobart yacht race rescues in December 1998. Built under the Sea King Group Build but completed too late to include in the gallery. This is the most complex buld to date during my middle-aged modelling renaissance and I think at times I bit off more than I could reasonably chew. I failed to finish off some of the details but have done enough for me to call her done and move onto a (hopefully) simpler build. Painted in Gunze H307 (FS 36320) with some light panel line detailing and exhaust staining around the rear of the fuselage. The build thread can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975709-westland-sea-king-mk50-ran/ Thanks for looking, Andrew
  5. An assortment of shots (DSLR and iPhone) of my completed Sea King HAR3 from the Airfix starter set. Generally pretty good fit and detail although that canopy assembly and masking is never going to be easy on a 1:72 Sea King!!! Mostly build o.o.b. but a bit of Eduard etch used (notably the wipers and that front door / steps), plus a bit of scratchbuilding: plasticard antennae, the wire aerial and handrails, and some small pieces of wire and plastic rod to better represent the really complex rotor head engineering of the real one. It's not perfect but certainly better than the kit version. Bit more info: painted with Vallejo Air yellow acylic, which in itself is a decent paint... but I didn't realise until too late, just how hard it is to cover anything with yellow! Especially as I'd pre-shaded over the grey primer with black panel lines... about eight coats of yellow later, and pre-shading still dark as anything, I gave up and put another thin primer layer over it all before starting again with the yellow! Lesson learned though. (I subsequently read a great tip on here: prime with pink if you're going to paint yellow. Will definitely try that next time). I tried to keep the weathering really subtle, as these helicopters were generally kept very clean (although there are some images out there of quite dirty ones..). Assorted diorama bits include Noy's Miniatures modern aircraft hangar and ReedOak groundcrew figures (amazing quality). Thanks for looking!
  6. Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I’m relatively new to adult modelling. I built Matchbox kits as a kid in the 80s but I’ve only take it up as a focused hobby over the last year or so. When I heard that Ukraine was receiving Sea Kings I thought it would make an interesting modelling subject. This is the old-tool Airfix 1/72 Sea King with HAR5 extras that came out around 2010 (so lots of putty). I’ve made a few adjustments based on observations of the Ukrainian HU5s. I wanted to support Ukrainian model companies in making the model – the landing gear is Reskit resin and the roundels are from a Foxbot Mi-24 set (all the other Ukrainian markings are painted). I had thought of scratch-building the step under the main cabin door but I’ve reached a point where I need to draw a line under the project! 😁 I noticed Xtrakit have Ukrainian markings available for the new 1/48 Airfix Sea King so a much sharper rendition than this can be accomplished. But this is my tribute!
  7. SH-3H, Bureau Number 148966 of HS-8 ("Eightballers"), Carrier Air Wing 14 out of Naval Air Station North Island. This would be between deployments on USS Coral Sea (CVN-43). Visiting Nellis AFB, September 1980. CO Commander Bob Parkinson Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Wing Pacific Fleet CASWWP - CAPT, H.A Zoehrer Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. Hello! After recently finishing my third lightning (and catching covid for the first time after avoiding it for two years🦠), I have decided to mix things up by not following the lightning with another lightning, but a sea king instead! Airfix's HC.4 to be exact. The specific scheme being ZA314. I'd like to thank @Julien first of all for the brilliant reference photos that have helped me so far throughout this build. interior One final look before closing it up. After fitting the fuselage, there is only one major issue, this fit issue Luckily, the box thing on top will solve it I was making the landing gear and the "strut" broke on both sides Luckily it could be fixed easily. My parents surprised me earlier today with a nice little surprise (as a "get well soon" for covid as well as a gift for doing well at school) should be very fun! I was not expecting it and it made my day brighter. Here's how the junglie is currently looking: Made a whole bunch of progress so far today, more tomorrow...
  9. This little guy was a long time coming. I started it in about 2017 I think, and did a lot more during my first lockdown last year. In fact, it was all done bar the rotors, which I did the other night so I could boost my 2021 completion rate... I have (cough cough) five of these excellent little Sweet model kits (Sweet is the brand, it's Japanese). They were under ten bucks each from one or another of the major Japan-based websites. There are several boxings, covering both Westland and Sikorsky versions. In this kit, you can build this Belgian SAR chopper, or a German SAR chopper, or an Australian Navy ASW one (I am three quarters through the decals on my RAN version). There's a few other variants - a special boxing with JMSDF Antarctic exploration markings, a mix of other JMSDF markings, a version I don't have which includes RAF yellow SAR ones, and then a Sikorsky boxing with Marine Force One, the USN 66 helo used in Apollo recovery (I'm part-way through that too) and a NASA version. I am no expert on Sea Kings so I won't comment on their accuracy other than to say "they look like Sea Kings to me" and also "they're simple 1/144 kits" so a few shortcuts have been taken (with the winch, for example). You do get 5 or 6 bladed tail rotors depending on whether it's a Sikorsky or Westland version, and some of them come with the smaller, old-school dome radome instead of the big one I used on this kit. They seem to also come with a choice of sponsons. There's no cockpit detail behind that glass and the hull/fuselage has no windows at all so there's no interior to build. As a result these are incredibly fast with construction, but you can take a while with painting and decals. This one is performing a rescue drill in my backyard. The real Belgian Air Force Sea King SAR choppers were retired a few years back - March 2019. According to this website they'd served for 43 years, 60,000 flight hours, 3,309 rescue missions and 1,757 lives saved. Pretty decent record all round. I did the tint on the cabin skylights with my kid's green texta (marker pen). Works reasonably well for a small area. The paints are Vallejo acrylics, except for the orange which was Testors Modelmaster (I had a few shades of orange for these chopper kits, I forget precisely which one this was). Well, this was the first of my five Sweet Sea Kings. I'm pretty happy with how it came out and I have decided I am a real fan of bright orange on helicopters. thanks for looking!
  10. 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
  11. After a short break and some deliberation, this will be my first build of the year. It’s an old kit but looks like a Sea King to me, and I need one to go with these: The kit only includes 22 sqn markings, but my Wessex is already 22, so I’m going to do the Sea King in its more familiar 202 sqn markings. I remember visiting RAF Boulmer as a kid in the 80s and sitting in a Sea King cockpit, so I might do this one as that aircraft, XZ587. Luckily I have some decals left from the Whirlwind with 202 badges included. Plenty of yellow left too! All advice very welcome, especially about the interior! And obviously any cool anecdotes from any ex-Sea King/SAR types ...
  12. Search and Rescue "Good Bye" Set 1/72 Revell (05683) For decades, the sea rescue cruisers of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) and the Sea King helicopters of the German Navy have been part of the Search and Rescue (SAR) service in all weather conditions on the North and Baltic Seas. One of the most enduring aircraft of the post-war period, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King flew for the first time in 1959. Although no longer in production, the Sea King continues to serve with air arms around the world, including those of Canada, Germany India, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Just as they had done with earlier Sikorsky designs such as the S-55/H-19 Chickasaw (produced in the UK as the Whirlwind) and S-58 Choctaw (Wessex), Britain’s Westland Helicopters secure a licence to produce the Sea King not long after the aircraft made its first flight. Westland’s first variant was the anti-submarine HAS.1. This was followed by the heavily modified troop carrying version, initially produced as the Commando for the Egyptian Air Force, but also used by the Royal Navy where it was known as the HC4. Other UK produced Sea Kings included the HAR3/3A search and rescue helicopter, and Airborne Early Warning (AEW) variants. The Mk.41 Sea King depicted by Revell in this kit was the export version of the HAS.1 supplied to the German Navy in the mid-1970s. The Berlin was operated by The Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) or German Maritime Search and Rescue Association. From 55 stations in the Baltic and on the North Sea Coast they operate a fleet of vessels for maritime Search and Rescue, It is financed entirely by donations. The Berlin was in service from 1985 to 2017 and one of the most powerful sea rescue vessel with a Diesel power train developing 1200KW. The vessel has since been replaced by a new one with the same name. Search and Rescue Vessel "Berlin" Here Revell have re-boxed their 1988 kit of the Berlin. As well as the hull casting there are 6 sprues of white plastic and a clear sprue. The first thing to be built up is the supplied stand to display your model on. Next up on the lower hull rudders and propellers are added on. Now the hull can be flipped and the main deck attached. To this is added the main deck house is built up and added. To the top of this is added the bridge where the vessel is controlled from. Next up is the main mast which holds the antennas and radars. At the rear of this top deck the firefighting cannons are built up and added. On the fore deck the bulwarks go on and then railings on the top o them. The railings are straight and will have to be bent to shape using hot water. The rest of the railings and fenders go on down the sides. On the aft deck fittings go in place for the rear launched smaller rescue boat. Once all the fittings are in place the actual smaller boat can be built and added in. One marking option is provided for on the decal sheet which is from Cartograf so there will be no issues with it. The option is for the Berlin, there are also declas for the stand. The Sea King Here Revell have re-boxed their excellent kit, the SAR 45th Year boxing was released in 2012 and the tool is still good today. It is comprised of just over 150 parts moulded in light grey plastic. The kit is pretty modern, having been tooled in the late nineties. As such, it dates from a period during which Revell were enjoying something of a purple patch, churning out some outstanding kits in 1:72 scale such as their Panavia Tornado, McDonnell Douglas Phantom II and General Dynamics F-16 to name just three. The mouldings are clean and crisp and there do not appear to be any flaws in the plastic. Surface detail is comprised of fine, recessed panel lines and delicate, raised rivet detail, which replicates the skin of the Sea King very accurately. The kit is equipped with a well-appointed cockpit, comprised of the pilot’s and co-pilot’s seats, centre console, cyclic and collective controls and yaw control pedals. The rest of the cabin is equally nice and includes additional crew seats and folding passenger seats. There are a number of additional interior parts marked ‘not for use’ on the sprues that can be used to build other versions of the Sea King. The optional cabin windows are flashed over and so some plastic must be cut away in order to build the Mk. 41 depicted on the decal sheet. The choices don’t stop with the interior, however. Revell have provided plenty more options on the sprues. There is a choice of engine intake guards (including, of course, the option not to fit them at all) and five or six blade tail rotors. You also have the option of both the small upper fuselage radome and the larger radome fitted to the HAS.5/HU.5 and HAS.6. There are plenty of other options too, but you’ll need to pore over your sources if you have a particular aircraft in mind, as not all of them are dealt with in the instruction manual. The main rotor blades are of the later, composite type, but Revell have provided a diagram which shows you how to backdate them to the earlier, metal type. The rotor head is very nicely detailed. If I have one gripe with this kit, it’s that it doesn’t include the option to depict the rotors in the folded position without some surgery. This is by no means a deal breaker, but it would have been helpful, particularly as helicopters tend to take up a lot of space on the shelf! As an extra bonus, four Sea Skua anti-ship missiles have been provided as well. If you don’t want to use them when you build the kit, they will come in handy for the spares box. One marking option is provided for on the decal sheet which is from Cartograf so there will be no issues with it. The option is; Westland Sea King Mk.41 ’45 Jahre SAR’ of Marinefliegergeschwader 5, 2003; Conclusion A good chance to pick up both of these good kits from Revell in one box. Revell are also donating 1 Euro from each sale to the DGzRS. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  13. No, you're not seeing things. As I just posted in the chat thread, this is my exorcism for all the grief I've suffered building the old kit. I had previously turned my nose up at the new tooling because it lacked rivet detail, but I'm prepared to overlook that here. I picked up this kit second-hand yesterday for 10 Euro, which was exactly how I acquired the old kit last year. One thing I hadn't noticed before is that there are two boxings of the 2016 HAR.3 starter kit, both coded A55307. I bought the version on the right: The difference goes beyond rearranging the paints to reduce the package size - assuming the version on the right is newer. The version on the left has 6 different paints, the version on the right just 4, with two each of Hu 69 yellow and Hu 64 light grey. This is not just an academic point, because I suspect the painting instructions (which for starter kits only ever refer to the supplied paints) are overly simplistic, especially in respect of the interior. So I will try and muddle through. I am starting on this kit as soon as time allows today ... can't keep Prince William (the pilot) waiting!
  14. Hi all, Worked on Revells 1/72 Sea King HAS.6 along side my recently completed Shorts Sunderland. Completely out of the box build with the exception of Hannants remove before flight tags for detail, some decals from an Airfix kit and canopy masks from Eduard. A really nice kit, the panel line work is not to everyones taste but a more enjoyable build (I found) than the Airfix new tool. Finished off as XV675 which is currently used as an instructional airframe at HMS Sultan and one I've recently seen. Weathered to depict an aircraft in active service, rotors folded using just the kit blades chopped and superglued (I'm tight on space in my cabinet!) I may eventually add the relevant tie downs and straps, but for the time being, I have used some invisible thread to simulate the blades held in place. Pictured on combat kit display bases photographed on white card along with another recent completion of the Airfix new tool Sea King in conjunction with the Whirlybird HU.5 conversion set and CMK engine set.
  15. My latest finished build is the Hasegawa 1/48 Royal Navy Sea King for a group build. Used: Eduard interior/exterior set UMP Primer MRP and Tamiya paints UMP and Tamiya washes Uschi van der Rosten rigging wire Thanks for looking
  16. I had a look through my Sea King course notes and found these two illustrations of the HF aerial lay out for the HAR3 and 3A as the Airfix instructions are incorrect and appear to be a hybrid of both types. I hope Britmodellers find them useful.
  17. Dear All It would be nice to know we have our own personal rescue helicopter standing by, I now have my own, albeit in 1/72 scale and unlikely to be able to winch me up! This is the Airfix HAR3 with Eduard PE and the Xtradecal markings for 202 squadron RAF Lossiemouth early 1990s. Perhaps some of you remember this Crab rescue bird? Looking at pictures on the internet, from heavy use some had exhaust streaking down their backs. I don't mind Airfix's heavy panel lines so much on a helicopter and I added my own rivets. The lights are lenses for Little Cars I filled the interior with lots of first aid bags made from putty! Like many Airfix kits I found the engineering ambitious but the fit not perfect Hope you like it? Andrew
  18. I finished this a week or two ago. Very nice to build into a decent representation of a HAR3 or 3A if you don’t follow the instructions to the word. I enjoyed this build so I’m contemplating another Sea King but not sure which one to do next - RNoAF, an RAF grey whale, RN bagger or Junglie with a bit of AM thrown in.
  19. This is the second framed Sea King I've built. The first was made for a friend who wanted it for a gift for a Sea King pilot. He liked it so much, he asked for a second one for himself! The kit was made with two M3 nuts built into the starboard side. Brass tube spacers hold the model off the backboard while M3 studding hold it in place. The background is a 12x8 photo print with the graphics done on my laptop. The starboard side sponson is fitted directly to the fuselage, omitting the small wing, in order to reduce the overall depth of the model and frame. The rotor head was modified to allow the rotor blades to be stowed.
  20. Well - this time I'll try to follow suite and post most of the finished model pictures here. You can follow the build here: Comments are welcomed Ran
  21. An now for something completely different. The is progressing and the is DONE. So ... what next? What could be different then a WWII Bomber in 1/48?? TA DA: A Falkland era, Helicopter in 1/72 . While gearing up to start - I've noticed the instructions of this 1/72 lack almost all paint call outs of the internal parts. Looked around and found the instructions for the 1/48 Hasegawa Sea King kit ( 1999.jp.co site) and will use these for paint call out. That's it for today. Ran
  22. I drove to Belgium a few weeks back for the Sea King 'spotters day' retirement, and last Friday I was lucky enough to get onto the spotters day at Marham for a photoshoot with the retro painted GR4. and a few from Marham. We was treated to being taken out to the runway for the take off, a few passes and landing... a good day for sure.
  23. So having completed a couple of group builds, I thought that I would try a WIP.....So for my first try at a WIP I have decide to have ago at a couple of Sea Kings. I have two of the new tool Airfix Sea Kings in the stash. I will build the HAR.3 as a 78 Squadron from the mid to late eighties. I have a few decal sheets to help out here. I plan to add the lifting frame that appears on a number of the 78 Sqn machines. I have the Airwaves HC.4 conversion set - planned for a another build using the old Airfix Sea King - there is a challenge, so I will be using the lifting frame from that set as a template. For the HC4, I will be using the kit decals, but during the Eduard E-day sale, I pick up the big ed set cheaply, so I have some etch to add. The second set of masks is for the HAR3 and were not part of age big ed set. Also plan to use the lift strops (if the is the correct term) from an Airwaves etch set: Anyway last night made a start - a couple of the etch parts added to the Junglie.
  24. Hi all and forgot about posting this one here from earlier in the year. Built for the Carriers GB here on Britmodeller. Mostly OOB but with some corrections to make accurate for the type - full build thread if you're interested is here ! Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (7) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Cyber Hobby SH-3D Helo 66 (14) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and Happy New Year to you and yours. Cheers, Dermot
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