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This is US Navy Sea King SH-3D, BuNo 152711, affectionately known as "Old 66"--the helicopter that recovered the crews of Apollos 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13. (Screen capture from Apollo 11 documentary by Todd Douglas Miller.) (Source) I've modelled her as close as I can get to her appearance at about 07:55 GMT on 24 July 1969--as she was being towed across the deck of USS Hornet, with the Apollo 11 astronauts on board, towards the elevator on which she'd descend to the hangar bay: (Screen capture from Apollo 11 documentary by Todd Douglas Miller.) My starting point was the Hasegawa 1/48 SH-3H, combined with an instruction sheet for their rare SH-3D version, which used most of the same sprues. I added CH124 short sponsons from Belcher Bits, carved a chunk off the tailplane, removed various lumps and bumps, filled in a window, and scratch-built various details--the sea-anchor cable, the fore and aft cameras and their mounts and cable runs, the SARAH yagi antennae on the sponson struts and their cable runs, the retainer sling for the main rotor, and a few other minor bits and pieces. The wheels come from an unidentified resin set a friend fished out of his stash. Also present but not particularly visible are a set of QuickBoost seats and Eduard cockpit detail that I found in the Hasegawa box after I bought it on eBay. I used the Starfighter decal sheet specific to this aircraft, combined with some bits and pieces harvested from the Hasegawa decal sheet, and some decals I printed myself to provide the yellow tape on the camera cable runs, and the yellow stripes on the rotor blades. (The Starfighter sheet and instructions are very good, but are wrong in a couple of details when compared to photographs of the aircraft.) Thanks are due to andyf117 and Ex-FAAWAFU for keeping me right on various points, and to JayBee for a very useful reference photograph. Build log is here: And a closer look at the camera and winch detail around the cabin door:
So this is yet another conversion of a Sikorsky SH-3H kit to depict the SH-3D "Old 66" recovery helicopter for Apollo 11. It's the first time I've posted to "Work In Progress". I suspect I'm going to be grateful for input from people with more experience of this aircraft. My starting point is Hasegawa's 1/48 kit: I've also got the necessary short sponsons from Belcher Bits, the Starfighter/Old 66 decal sheet, a set of Montex paint masks, and the Hasegawa 1/48 SH-3D instruction sheet, downloaded from Scalemates. On opening my kit box bought from eBay, I discover I've also got two sets of Quickboost seats (if anyone wants one, drop me a PM and I'll post it to you), and an Eduard photoetch cockpit set. I started by doing a bit of scratch building to produce the camera mount and Yagi antennae. I've been helped with the appearance of the camera mount by watching Todd Douglas Miller's excellent Apollo 11 documentary. The camera mount for Apollo 11 seems to have been a bit more complicated than is often depicted: The lower right image is from NASA / S-69-21723; the others are screen-grabs from Apollo 11. There is certainly something mounted outboard of the two video cameras, wrapped with yellow tape. I've interpreted it as being an SLR stills camera with a motor drive. Here's my best effort to sorta-kinda reproduce the appearances above: In the Apollo 11 images above, there also seems to be a weapons mount point just forward of the camera mount, bearing some sort of attachment I can't quite make out and which I can't find in my reference material. I'm going to need to scratch build this, too. It seems the same sort of fixing was probably present on the aft mount points on the port side too: What was happening on the forward mount points behind the sponsons is a mystery to me. I'll put together another stills camera to mount on the starboard side, but I've no evidence of what this actually looked like, beyond a tantalizing glimpse in about three frames of Apollo 11, as the helicopter drops out of sight on the elevator. The Yagi antennae were a bit more straightforward. Here they are with their attached cables: I used the "free" resin seats and photoetch detailing in putting together the cockpit. It's an SH-3H instrument layout, but it looks better than I could manage trying to detail by hand: The SH-3D instructions were very useful in finding out which lumps and bumps needed to be removed from the fuselage, since that kit used the same moulding as the SH-3H: I also shortened the horizontal stabilizer and filled the locating holes for its supporting strut: The kit comes with what seems to be a depiction of the dipping sonar retracted into its well, so I carved that out and blanked off the upper end of the empty well with styrene card: Finally, I used the Montex interior masks to paint up the inside of the canopy, and added the green panels with Tamiya clear green (which I found something of a nightmare to apply). Hopefully, some actual assembly photographs coming up soon.
Hi, not very creative but I like to enter Old 66 - the SH-3D Sea King which rescued various Apollo crews in the livery of the Apollo 11 rescue. Starting point is Revells boxing of the Hasegawa Sea King. As this is a later variant I add early short sponsons from Flightpath UK (excellent stuff and service!) and their Sea King etch set. Decals will be DIY as the Apollo Decals are long OOP and the only sheet I found had a collector price tag. Apollo Decals are now available at Starfighter decals but currently only the Apollo 13 livery is available and only in 1:72 at the moment. The 1:48 sheet will probably hit the shelfs before this GB ends but the Apollo 11 sheets will most likely not arrive in time (they will be rereleased this year too). So I did my own artwork for this sheet which I will print myself unless I find a better solution. I had this build on my list for many years and originally planned to make a rescue scene. Due to the ammount of work involved I will not. My Old 66 will be parked with folded rotor and after a lot of thinking I will keep the main cabin door closed: it is molded closed anyway. To open up the door would mean a lot of scratch building and as there are so many GBs I want to do this year I need to keep the Sea King as simple as possible. The Flightpath etch set provides the left side entrance door and the front area of the cabin. But I am not sure if this is correct for the Apollo rescue as I read that the interior was stripped from most equipment to provide room for the recovery mission. Thanks for looking and pics will be uploaded later. Rene Edit: Here is what I currently have: