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  1. 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
  2. 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. Plent
  3. 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.
  4. 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, Ge
  5. 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 pain
  6. 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 f
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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 t
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 usi
  17. 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 Fli
  18. I fell in love with photos of Qatar’s beautiful Exocet-armed Sea King/Commandos in the late, lamented World Air Power Journal back during the Gulf War years. I waited patiently, hoping that some aftermarket company would produce suitable decals, but that never happened. Eventually, with the proliferation of good online photos, I found an image clear enough to use to reproduce the Arabic inscription used on the tails of Qatar Emiri Air Force’s Commandos and Gazelle helicopters. This done, I was able to make up and print my own decals on my PC. Chosen aircraft for my depiction was the oft-photo
  19. 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 air
  20. AFV Club is to release a 1/144th Sikorky SH-3A Sea King kit - ref. AR14405 Source: https://www.facebook.com/AFVCLUB.TW/photos/a.1512888545423326.1073741955.236926266352900/1512888992089948/?type=3&theater V.P.
  21. Sea King HAR.3 / Mk.43 Update sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool Sea King was welcome for those who build Helicopters, Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior Set (73636) This set has one pre-painted fret, and one brass one. You get cockpit de
  22. This is Sweet's simple but rather nice 1/144 Sea King, in kit-supplied markings for a Belgian AF Westland Mk. 48 of 40th Squadron Heli, working SAR operations out of Koksijde Air Base on the southern Channel coast. The 'hat box' search radar dome and 6-blade tail rotor are options included in the Sweet kits; my own additions to the basic kit include the tail-boom strake, scratch-built rescue hoist, nose-mounted FLIR and assorted sensors, aerials and antennae. I also swapped out the kit's overly-thick (and strangely-segmented) main rotor blades - which were the wrong style, anyway - fo
  23. Working on thinning out my stash of Sweet 1/144 Sea Kings. Next up will be a Belgian Mk. 48, as depicted in the kit instructions: More recent online photos of the same aircraft, #RS01 (serial WA 831, now residing in retirement in the Royal Museum of Military History in Brussels), show that it later acquired the larger 'hat box' search radar dome; this is offered as an option in certain of the Sweet releases of the kit, and I had one left over in the spares box, so on it went. The kit also includes options for the six-blade tail rotor as used by most European
  24. The latest Airfix releases are in stock now. First up is the re-issued A04015A Martin B-26B Marauder The kit has decal options for "The Big Hairy Bird" of the 599th BS, 397th BG as seen on the box top and "Flak Bait" of the 449th BS, 322nd BG in olive Drab/Neutral grey. Also out now is the A04063 Westland Sea King HAR.3/Mk.43 This kit has marking for XZ586 in 78 Squadron special markings and a Sea King Mk.43 of 330 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force.
  25. 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,
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