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  1. MikroMir AMP is to release a 1/48th Sikorsky R-5 / H-5 injected kit - ref. 48001 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1454794704598261&id=1416295571781508 In my favourite scale 3D renders V.P.
  2. Hi Friends! I built a helicopter for the first time I liked Sikorsky's orange helicopter very much There were no difficulties in work I mixed the color of the paint myself from three cans of different manufacturers Because I was too lazy to go and buy the desired color in the store Thanks for watching!
  3. Sikorsky VS-44 Flying Boat Classic Aircraft in Profile Igor I. Sikorsky's VS-44A was a large transport aircraft with a wingspan of 124 feet, an overall length of about 80 feet and a gross weight of 57,500 pounds. It was powered by four Pratt & Whitney Twin-Wasp radial engines that produced a combined 4,800 horsepower for take-off and a cruise speed of about 210 miles per hour. Her nonstop range, depending on load and the quantity of fuel, was approximately 4,000 miles, which was unmatched performance for the time. In the summer of 1940 American Export Airline (AEA) ordered three VS-44A's at a total cost of $2,100,000. These aircraft were dubbed the "Flying Aces" by AEA and named the Excalibur, Excambian and Exeter. AEA advertising boasted minimum vibration, maximum sound-proofing, individual sofas, full length beds, roomy dressing rooms, full galley for serving hot meals, snack bar service, attractive lounge and smoking room, proper heating and ventilation and more square foot area per passenger. No other contemporary aircraft had these luxuries. AEA signed a contract with the Naval Air Transport Service to operate a wartime trans-Atlantic route in January, 1942. On May 26 the Excalibur made the maiden nonstop flight from New York to Foynes, Ireland and on June 20 regular round trip service began. The Flying Aces proved to be the world's longest range airliners and set record after record. They were the only aircraft capable of flying nonstop across the North and South Atlantic at full payload in excess of 3,100 miles. This new book from Henry E. Pember is a beautifully written book which not provides much insight into the building and operating of the aircraft, but also the characters involved throughout their use. The archive photographs are evocative of the era and the narrative is highly informative. The book starts with a brief history of Igor Sikorsky and his company, takes a look at the VS-44s predecessors the VS-41 to VS-43 and the Flying Dreadnought, the XPBS-1, which was eventually modified to emerge as the VS-44. For the modeller there are some superb detailed photographs of every part of the aircraft, particularly the cockpit, seating and sleeping areas, the engines, some with some or all of their cowls removed, galley, floats and beaching gear. There are also a number of drawings showing the internal plans complete with notes telling the reader what is what. Addition photographs show the aircraft in civil and military use, along with some of the famous people and the air stewardesses who flew in them. Then there are the accidents and the history of the remaining aircraft through the various companies who owned her right up to its current rebuilding and restoration at the hands of a dedicated band of volunteers at the New England Air Museum. The book ends with a brief synopsis of the end of Sikorsky flying boat designs and the introduction to the world of Helicopters. At the back of the book there are a set of plans for the VS-44A and the XPBS-1, followed by some archive colour photographs first of the original air tickets, wartime posters, post war use and restoration. The last two pages and back cover show the different colour schemes the aircraft wore throughout her time in service. Conclusion This is certainly not my usual genre for bedtime reading, but this is such a wonderfully well written book, it was almost as if the author was talking directly to me. This narrative and the wonderful, and very interesting photographs, the plans and colour plates make this a must have for those interested in aviation history in general and/or flying boats in particular. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. UH-60 Transport Helicopter (04976) 1:72 Revell More commonly known as the Blackhawk, the UH-60 was engineered to be a successor to the UH-1 Huey, and came into service at the very end of the 70s, with an early crash of one of the airframes proving the claims to improve survivability, with all crew walking away from a crash that would have made casualties of them all in a Huey. The aircraft had many modern avionics systems built-in when first released, and has undergone a number of updates to improve engine power, a fly-by-wire avionics system with glass cockpit to augment the multiple redundant systems that allow it to take small arms fire with a reduced chance of it being downed due to loss of critical systems. It can carry up to 11 fully geared-up troops, or a substantial cargo payload either within the passenger cab or suspended below the belly on the cargo hook. There have been many variants over the years, due to the aforementioned upgrades, or because the aircraft has been tailored to suit the task assigned to it, such as Search & Rescue, VIP transport, gunship, ambulance as well as the highly modified “stealth” Blackhawks that were used in the raid immortalised in Zero Dark Thirty, the raid to find Osama Bin Laden. The updates have continued apace, with no sign of the UH-60 being replaced anytime soon. The Kit This is a reboxing of the Italeri kit that dates back to the 90s, so you can expect raised panel lines and some distinctly old-skool details, such as moulded-in seatbelts and some rather inconveniently placed ejector pin marks on and around the crew seats. It arrives in a larger than figure-sized end-opening box, with two sprues in a subdued silver-grey styrene, a clear sprue, decal sheet, and instruction booklet with spot colour with colour profiles at the rear. Construction begins with a decision. Missiles or guns? The missiles option includes the short stub-wings aft of the cockpit, while the other option includes door guns for self-protection. With that choice made, let the glue-slinging commence! The instrument panel is first to be made, with a panel and decal under a coaming, attached to the centre-console to form a T-shape, then two individual seats with moulded-in belts and three sets of four, which again have moulded-in belts in different positions to prevent that cookie-cutter look. These all mount on the floor, with a bulkhead at the rear, and a step-up into the cockpit, where the rudders and controls are attached before the instrument panel and more supportive crew seats are painted and glued in place, presumably after removing the ejector-pin marks from the centre, or sneakily hiding them with some crew figures that you’d have to source yourself. The roof is then glued to the top of the rear bulkhead with another decal at the front for the instruments, then the same colours can be used to paint up the interior of the fuselage halves before sliding the main gear struts through the hull, cutting off a number of blade aerials from the underside, which I’d probably have knocked off anyway. The tail rotor is shown installed at this stage, with the pin inserted from behind. You could leave the blades and actuators off until later if you close up the fuselage carefully, but if you’re like me you might forget. The starboard fuselage half has its gear leg slid into position and a triangular side window added, then the interior is trapped between the two halves along with that pin you probably forgot to put in for the rotor. The main windscreen and ground viewing panels are fitted from the outside when the fuselage is cured and prepped, then the big hump and rear engine fairings are added either end of the rotor housing. The box-like exhaust fairings with their top strakes are fitted to each side, and an infrared defence turret is dropped into a socket on the engine roof. Intakes are added at the front of the engine hump, and then it’s on to the doors. The crew doors have glazing inserts added that have little sliding hatches for firing flares or accepting small items during a touch-and-go, and there are also large sliding doors with two windows each on the sides of the fuselage. The “door gunner” windows are narrow, and for the option with the guns, you use two separate parts and stack them in front of the door’s position to give the guner some room. For the missile equipped option, the doors are moulded together and you can use the glazing panel in one part, rather than cutting it in half. With the windows in position, the main gear is finished off with a small sponson and support jack forming a V-shape, with the wheel fitted to the stub-axle at the bottom on both sides. A couple of probes and a wire cutter are attached to the front of the rotor hump, a towel-rail antenna on the boom, then for the missile option the winglets are made up and fitted to the sides as shown in the instructions. They have two braces on each side, and double-stacks of simplified Hellfire missiles and rocket pods for each wing. For the gun-equipped option, a pair of the short wing root fairings are placed there instead. The door guns are fitted to the mounts in the open doorways, with one each side and separate dual grips for that “get some” experience. The main rotor is left to do, and it begins with drum-shaped part through which the rotor axle slips, held in place by a collar at the bottom, then it is put to one side while the rotor-head is glued together and clamped to get a good bond. The blades fit into their keyed slots once dry, with a top boss added above, then the two sub-assemblies are joined together, adding four control-arms between the head and base, which should then rotate in unison. All that is left is to drop the base into the hole in the top of the fuselage, and either glue it for security, or leave it loose for ease of take-down for transport or storage. Markings There are two decal options in the box, one all green, the other with desert sand over a green underside. The blades for both are black, and some additional black panels can be found on the roof, which are supplied as decals. From the box you can build one of the following: UH-60A Black Hawk, US Army #87-2600 “Tinnin”, Operation Desert Storm, Iraq 1991 UH-60A Black Hawk, US Army 10th Mountain Division, Iraq 2008 Decals are by Zanetti, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion It’s an old kit, so you know what to expect. Considering the age and scale however, it’s not weathered the years too badly. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  5. Brengun has just released a 1/72nd Sikorsky VS-300 multimedia kit (ex-ExtraTECH) - ref. BRS72016 Source: http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-72-construction-kits-20/vought-sikorsky-vs-300-1700 V.P.
  6. This is my second Sikorksy SH-60 build to go along with my SH-60F (I will also be building an MH-60R Strikehawk using the Olimp conversion set.) This one is the Hasegawa SH-60B kit. This is an old Hasegawa tooling, but it went together well with no real issues, other then my own doing. I used the Eduard interior. Mine was an old boxing so the kit decals were a bit "stale". I found a set of the Hobby Boss SH-60B decals which worked well except for more silvering then I am used to dealing with on modern decals. So here it is: Next up is the Testors/Fujimi SH-3H Seaking Enjoy
  7. Sikorsky UH-60A Yanshuf, pics thanks to Dov.
  8. This is an S-64F. Originally built by Sikorsky as a CH-54B for the US Army (Serial on this one was 69-18473). As an interest Erickson Air-Crane in 1992 purchased the the type certificate and manufacturing rights from Sikorsky. They have made over 1300 changes to the original design. Pics thanks to Scimitar and his road trip for the pictures.
  9. I would so like an IM version of this in 1/144 or 1/72 http://www.sikorskyarchives.com/S-44.php
  10. Anigrand is to release in March 2017 a 1/144th Sikorsky XPBS-1 resin kit - ref. AA4111 Patrol bomber compete with Consolidated Coronado Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  11. Anigrand is to release in August 2017 a 1/144th Sikorsky JR2S-1 / VS-44 resin kit - ref. AA4096 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  12. Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion pics thanks to member "Fights On" taken on board USS MAKIN ISLAND LHA-8.
  13. Sikorski JRS-1 Updgrade Set (72642) 1:72 Eduard The Eduard boxing of the JRS-1 is already a pretty complete package, however if you want to add even more detail then this handy upgrade set that will do just that. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. The set has one brass fret. Starting in the cockpit there are new pilot seats, with arm rests, and new two part control wheel. New handles are provided for the main opening window, and additional parts for the nose wheel bay. Wiring harnesses are provided for the engines. New parts are provided for the main gear openings, and various hull fittings. Tie downs/ups are provided for the wing floats, and finally on top of the main wing various hatches and openings are provided. Recommended to bring something extra to your JRS-1 whether the Sword or Eduard boxing. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Anigrand is to release in December 2016 a 1/72nd 1/72 - Sikorsky JR2S-1 / VS-44 resin kit - ref. AA2132 U.S. largest flying boat at the time Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  15. Scratchaeronautics (https://www.facebook.com/Scratchaeronautics/) has just released a serie of 1/72nd Sikorsky S-61R/HH-3F Pelican/Jolly Green Giant resin kits. - NEW MODEL KIT. HH-3F JOLLY GREEN GIANT. US AFRES VERSION. TWO CAMO SCHEMES (EUROPEAN ONE AND EXPERIMENTAL). ENGRAVED PANEL LINES AND DETAILED COCKPIT, WITH THE SAME QUALITY OF ALL OUR MODEL KITS. FOR BUILD AND PAINT. MADE IN POLYURETHANE RESIN. SALES ON EBAY WITH FREE SHIPPING COST ALONG AUGUST. LIMITED EDITION (50 UNITS) Source: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252506087971?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Box art - New Model. HH-3 F Pelican. Version us coast guard. Model in polyurethane resin and windows vacuformadas panels in acetate, negative and detailed cabin in relief. With the same quality of all our models to assemble and paint. 1/72. Scale for sale on Ebay with free shipping during the month of August. Limited Edition to 50 units NEW MODEL KIT. HH-3F PELICAN. US COAST GUARD VERSION). ENGRAVED PANEL LINES AND DETAILED COCKPIT, WITH THE SAME QUALITY OF ALL OUR MODEL KITS. FOR BUILT AND PAINT. MADE IN POLYURETHANE RESIN. SALES ON EBAY WITH FREE SHIPPING COST ALONG AUGUST. LIMITED EDITION (50 UNITS) Source: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252506099003?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Box art - New Model. HH-3 F Pelican. Version Aeronautica Militare. Model in polyurethane resin and windows vacuformadas panels in acetate, negative and detailed cabin in relief. With the same quality of all our models to assemble and paint. 1/72. Scale for sale on Ebay with free shipping during the month of August. Limited Edition to 50 units NEW MODEL KIT. HH-3F PELICAN. (AERONAUTICA MILITARE VERSION). ENGRAVED PANEL LINES AND DETAILED COCKPIT, WITH THE SAME QUALITY OF ALL OUR MODEL KITS. FOR BUILT AND PAINT. MADE IN POLYURETHANE RESIN. SALES ON EBAY WITH FREE SHIPPING COST ALONG AUGUST. LIMITED EDITION (50 UNITS) Source: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252506111501?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Box art V.P.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. HH-60M of The Florida Army National Guard. They fly 4 different aircraft types from Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The HH-60M Medivac is the newest version. Their aircraft have the upturned exhausts and the downturned rotor tips, glass cockpit, FLIR, and modern avionics. When in theatre, they were fitted with sand filters on the intakes, but are removed when they come home. Photographed in late 2014, just after a return home. Pics thanks to DL Munne.
  20. Pic by Rich Ellis of the one at Cosford
  21. Academy is to release a new variant from their 1/35th UH-60 Blackhawk kit (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/aca/kit_aca_2192.shtml), the Sikorky MH-60S "Knighthawk" - ref. A test shot was on display at the IPMS USA Nats 2014. Source: http://www.cybermodeler.com/special/ipms2014.shtml V.P.
  22. Hi everyone and this is my latest, the SH-60B Seahawk by Hobby Boss in 1/72. The full build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Hobby Boss 87231 SH-60B Seahawk Decals: 'Family of Hawks' by Printscale - unit markings are HSL-51 based in Japan. Build: OOB except for scratchbuilt centre pilots' console (which you can't see!) Paint: Brush painted with Revell Aqua Colour acrylics; Games Workshop Nuln Oil; Flory Models Wash; W&N Matt Varnish. Thanks for looking! Dermot
  23. Sikorsky R-4 Hoverfly, pics thanks to Bootneck Mike.
  24. S-61N Garda Cósta na hÉireann (Irish Coast Guard) Pics thanks to Tony (sniperUK)
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