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  1. HH-60H “Rescue Hawk” is a derivative that specialises in combat search and rescue (CSAR) and naval special warfare (NSW). It operates side by side with the SH-60F from aircraft carriers, and incorporates a nose-mounted FLIR turret. I have seen several Sea hawks almost always in standard grey while researching the aircraft i stumbled upon this unique one time one aircraft blue and gray camouflage scheme. Kit and supplies used Italeri 1/48 HH-60 Seahawk Eduards- HH-60 Exterior detail set 48658 Eduards- HH-60 Interior detail set 48496 Authentic decals-HH-60 Ocean hawk, Rescue hawk #48-21 Wolfpack-HH-60 folding tail set #48125 Blackdog HH-60 Cabin detail set A48010 Skunkmodels HH-60H upgrade set Archer-resin rivet heads .043-.098 Paint and supplis Vallejo-73.645 Primer black Vallejo-71.276 USAF Light Gray FS36495-underside/belly Vallejo-73.276 USN Light Ghost Gray FS36375 Vallejo-71.332 Underside blue Faded FS35450-camouflage Vallejo-76.515 Light Gray wash Vallejo-76.518 Black wash Vallejo-77.724 Metal color-silver Vallejo-77.725 Metal color-gold XF-85 Rubber Black AK Interactive Utra Matt varnish I originally was going to use the Skunkworks kit however quickly discovered it was sold out everywhere it would have eliminated most of the expansion packs I needed to convert the Italeri kit to a true HH-60H. CONSTRUCTION Black dog interior set was assembled and painted the interior kit although detailed suffers from mould creep and is in need of retooling the fit was very warped and I had to bash it to get it to fit properly into the model shell so much fitting cutting, fitting cutting. Anti slip protection strips were custom added to the floor pan. Interior upgrade set assembled prior to inserting into model shell. lastly for the interior was the door details I added some build up that was missing from the kit door to photo references I tried to find an upgrade set for the rotor head but so far does not exist in 1:48 so it was onto doing some scratch building from the best photos I could find. I used jewellery plastic cord which is very loose and flexible .5mm . There were a few PE parts for the rotor head in the Eduards exterior kit what was lacking is the detail for the coupling and shackles when the blades are in the folded back position. I spent two weeks applying the extensive Eduards exterior detail set in conjunction with the skunkmodels upgrade set and the Wolfpack folding tail. These are the best rivets in a decal sheet just cut and apply like any decal they are raised so when painted over get that ultra realistic look. Painting and weathering Here is the homework on the proper colors and camouflage pattern I found on the web. I did up some swatches to check the accuracy. The blue is FS 15044 MR hobby colour originally listed that I found on a 1/144 scale HH-60 kit instructions is cross referenced to Vallejo FS 35450 faded blue. First coat over pre shaded primer black. I decided to forgo the AK masking putty that I used on my previous F-18D project I was not happy with the performance. I moved onto Royal Le-page Blue Tack its cheap easy to cut doesn't move over time and provides a smooth curved line with no residue. Once removed I wash it in a bath of 50/50 water and Windex then let it dry remould and reuse its awsome. The next hurdle in this project was the custom tail markings as no decals exist for the matching color markings so I photo copied the decal sheet to get the right scale then used masking film to hand cut a mask. I could have made a custom decal but matching the colour would have been a nightmare I did this in about an hour and I think it turned out for the best. Applying the folding tail Should be finished in a about a week final paint touch ups, weathering, decals and matt varnish. The decals by Authentic from the few I used were a nightmare they disintegrated when wet so I had to put a coat of Microsol decal film to rescue the rest. I had to reorder the set to get the ones that got destroyed back that are key like the " danger air intake". Worked on the folding blade restraints today from some good ref photos another item that is not out on the market. It takes many tries and patients to dry fit the parts to get the right lengths but the work is worth the effort. After fit is done I tacked everything together with glue let set then removed, airbrushed and reset into place.
  2. This is my build of the 1/72 Hobby Boss's Sikorsky SH-60F Oceanhawk. The kit was a fairly easy build although I could argue with some of their decisions and the lack of some interior and engine exhaust detail. The kit came with decals for this and an HS-8 aircraft and while they went on fairly well there was more silvering that needed attention then I am used to. I used both the Eduard 72-378 and SS344 interiors and their CX244 mask. Even though the 72-378 is really for the Hasegawa kit, it worked well here. So, on to the picturtes Next up is the Hasegawa SH-60B Enjoy
  3. Hi folk's,and to celebrate I thought let's go small,Spadad tipped me off about these little Revell gem's so here's the Seahawk the Blackhawk is next on the list, what a superb little stress free build it was,even a passible front cockpit and at just over six quid good value for money especially if you're pushed for space. Anyway firstly the this is how small it is shot and thanks for looking in.
  4. I know I'm joining this late and the model has been started but in my defence I only joined the site a couple of weeks ago and only came across this particular thread on Tuesday. So I'm going to be putting together the Trumpeter 1/48 Seahawk. I actually started it on 7th April while we were on holiday in Wales - I though it might be a little easier to transport than a 1/48 Wasp, a 1/600 LONDONDERRY (from the Airfix LEANDER) or a 1/600 ALACRITY in a South Atlantic Sea State 10 which are the others on the bench at the moment. Unfortunately I didn't take too many photos of the early build because the lighting in the holiday cottage wasn't great and in any case I didn't think I'd need them. The only one taken during that first week was of the bang seat. I'm basically building this out of the box so yes, I could have bought the Aires resin cockpit but this was going to a relatively fun quick build and so let's keep it simple. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that so armed with photos of a MB Mk 2, I set about thinning the sides, adding the bar across the back where the curtain is attached which tips the pilot out of the seat after ejection and adding a bit of texture to the very plain seat back. You can see the initial work below: . That was day 1 or 2. I then went on to complete the rest of the cockpit, again largely out of the box but with some light embellishment such as the addition of throttles, sea belts (from wine bottle top foil) and paint the interior of the UC bays (and hence my interest in the other thread on that subject before it was too late to repaint if I'd got it wrong). I got back from leave 2 weeks ago and set the Seahawk to one side in order to concentrate on the Wasp (based on the very aged and fairly crude Fujima kit being built as XT420, HECLA Flight in June 1982 in which I was serving as a fresh-faced Midshipman, straight out of Dartmouth). But I'll swap over this weekend and see where the Seahawk takes me. Haven't decided which aircraft to go for yet. I'd like to look at doing WV908 in RNHF colours of 806 NAS but I haven't found any decals for that variant in 1/48 and I don't relish printing the white serials or ROYAL NAVY logo without access to a white printer, so I'll probably do one of the two Op Musketeer aircraft for which kit decals are provided.
  5. Hawker Seahawk FGA.6 800 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Ark Royal and Farnborough SBAC Show, 1958 MPM Kit finished with Xtracrylic paint and Xtradecals. The serial and code from the Xtradecal sheet was changed to represent XE342 coded R/100 which was flown as part of the 800 NAS display team at Farnborough 1958. The kit’s nosewheel was too small so I substituted a nosewheel from an old Airfix Seahawk. The MPM kit was OK but I think I would use the more modern Hobbyboss kit next time around. The model is part of an 800 NAS jets collection, which starts with the Attacker – see photo. The Scimitar is also done, as are 2 Buccaneers and numerous Sea Harriers, most of which have been posted to Britmodeller at various times. Still to do are two more Buccaneer S.2s, a couple more Sea Harrier FRS.1s, one more FA.2 and a Harrier GR.9. I may well add the Harrier T.8 now Sword have produced one, and a Hunter T.8. Looking forward to it all! Chris
  6. Hello Chaps, Until my man-cave is setup in my new home, I cannot do any airbrushing and so my last 6 builds have been "old school" brushing with the "hairy sticks". I've decided to stick with 1/72 scale while using brushes because there is less surface area to cover compared to the 1/32 scale I prefer to build. This was my first adventure with the bristled wands that I completed in November, 2016- the HobbyBoss 1/72 Seahawk Mk.100/101. Not a bad little kit with decent tub details for this scale; I added seat belts made out of foil from the top of a wine bottle and the rest was OOB... If you'd like to see my YouTube build video, then here is the link to that: Thanks in advance for taking a look and commenting, much appreciated. In the meantime, happy modeling! Cheers, Martin
  7. Yesterday I did some portraits of a friend and his family. He had a woman living with him who had 2 young children and 2 Bull Arab dogs. She had barely enough money to feed her kids let alone 2 grown big dogs. She left and left the dogs behind, my friend is not overly rich and has 3 kids, a wife and 2 dogs of his own. I am a little distressed over the state of the dogs. I am starting this kit to get my mind off the dogs. This is a female 1yr old, notice the wound on her leg. 2 yr old male The Wife and I are thinking of joining ARRG (Animal Rights and Rescue Group) to help these poor animals. We have a Bull Arab called 'Billy'. Billy is another ARRG dog we have had for 2 months. He is not spoilt , much, we took him to Pet Barn to choose some toys new on Saturday. He is scared of being in the car. We are trying to show him good things happen when you get in the car. Billy I am starting this kit to get my mind off the dogs. I have already said that ---- not working. Box art Thanks for looking. Stephen
  8. Hi all. This is the 1/48th Trumpeter FGA.6 Seahawk. I started this about a year ago and I’ve just finished it today (16/10/16). It’s been around a while so and information about the kit is readily available online so I won’t cover that here but I will cover some of the issues that I had when building it. Firstly, it’s built with kit decals. From the boxy get WV824/122-C. An FGA Mk.6 apparently from HMS Bulwark in 1959, that’s what Trumpeter tells me so I’ll go with that. Main paints are Gunze Acrylic, Mr Color Lacquer and Tamiya Acrylic all thinned with various amount of Mr Color Levelling Thinner so it goes through the H&S gun. The seat has been replaced with a Pavla item though I don’t think it’s correct for the variant. So sad too bad right? The kit decals performed quite well with the Microset/sol products. The white is transparent so you can see the demarkation line between the grey and white on the rear fuselage, be sure to squint your eyes. Building the model was pretty straight forward with the two most noticeable problems being cleaning the seams of the intake guide vanes and cleaning up the horizontal seam that separates the upper and lower fuselage halves. Two or three applications of sprue glue helped eliminate the seam along here with some judicial sanding and polishing of the plastic for final finishing. Nose weight was installed behind the rear wall of the cockpit as I was suspicious of tail sitting with the wings folded. I installed a number two sinker with some two part epoxy to secure it in place to ensure this wouldn’t happen. I still had suspicions when I test fitted the wings and gear so I had to hack the noses of the wing tanks to install a number 0 and number 1 sinker in each of those. This put weight forward of the main wheels which ensured it sat on its nose wheel. The main tanks needed some work after having their noses cut off. Iy was once again out with the sprue glue to tidy up my handy work. Another fiddly area to tidy up and look respectable is the forward rear join that runs straight through the middle of the exhaust panel. More sprue glue fixed this panel up. The corollary to this panel line is that time needs too be taken when aligning the fore and aft fuselage sections. The Mk 1 eyeball helped here and I’m pretty happy that all is square. The other subassemblies are certainly not Tamiya like in detail but they suffice for this model. The undercarriage and associated doors are suitable for the kit as long as you don’t pick it up and the flap wells are there but…meh. Of course the most noticeable feature is the folded wings of the model. I replaced the kit attachment points with something a bit more substantial from card stock and some superglue. The kit would have you mount the wings perpendicular to the horizon line but reference pics suggest that they are almost touching. Due to the precarious fold I opted for a middle ground and angled them in but not to far so that the glue wouldn’t be to stressed. The benefit is that it saves display space in the cabinet and is something different to look at. There’s a bunch of other stuff I could go on about but this is enough…tl;dr right? Pardon the moody pictures too. The black cardboard was at hand so that’s what I used. Feedback and suggestions are more than welcome but I certainly won’t be building another one of these soon! Thanks, Michael
  9. I started this about the same time as the MiG-21 but has languished on the ‘wait’ until the MiG was done. Now the MiG is out of the away I’ve been tinkering on it for the last week and it’s starting to look like a Seahawk. The kit is the 1/48 Trumpeter FGA.6 The fit of the cockpit tub leaves a bit to be desired but I’ve managed to get it in there. There’s not a lot of internal bracing in the forward fuselage so the top/bottom seam wasn’t exactly a perfect join. Since gluing the joint I’ve gone back over the joint with some home made sprue glue (cheers Pappy) to fill in the gap. This allows the gap to filled and strengthened at the same time. Sanding it back to a smooth joint doesn’t take much effort as you’re sanding plastic all the way without the worry of sanding away filling material at different rates. The seam through the middle of the exhaust panel has had the sprue glue treatment as has the rather large ejector pin marks in the main gear doors and the inside of the flap slots on. Some nice detail on the wing fold. This is the Quickboost seat; can’t say that I’m fussed with it. I think I might shell out for the Pavla variety as it has the seat cushions molded in place and a more realistic drape to the belts. The 60lb rockets need a bit of work as they are integrally molded onto the launch rail. In their infinite wisdom Trumpeter decided to make them into a two piece affair thus adding a fiddly seam to be tidied up. Again sprue glue to the rescue here. There’s eight of them to do and they're a bit fiddle, particularly ensuring that the fins are correctly orientated and the fore and aft body parts are aligned. The main wheel well was base coated black over which I sprayed an Alclad shade (sorry, can’t remember which one it was) over which some Games Workshop Nuln Oil was applied. I was unsure about the top panel line on the rear of the fuselage as it did not meet with its forward counterpart. I decided to hit it with sprue glue too. I’ll rescribe it to so it meets with the forward panel line at the mid fuselage join. There's a slim chance I'll have paint on it over the weekend but there's a 40th birthday in need to attend to for a lady I know. Cheers, Mick
  10. Earlier this year we (723 Sqn, RDAF) took delivery of the first three MH-60R Seahawks. The remaining six airframes are scheduled to be delivered during the next 1½ years or so. The MH-60R will replace our Lynx Mk. 90Bs, and retirement of the latter has already begun. More pictures can be found here: http://www.amarc.dk/index.php/gallery-mainmenu-31/26-helicopter-pictures Jens
  11. Hello! Here's one of my model, which was done simultaneously with the Delta Dagger. Everything was connected quite well. It was only one problem- the front part of the fuselage, where the top and bottom were combined bad. After gluing the halves repeatedly formed between them crack. even after painting. In building I used a photo-etching set and resin ejection seat. The model was painted Tamiya and MR Hobby paints. Weathering- oil dots, pigments and salt dots.
  12. Lukgraph is to release a 1/32nd Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk resin kit - ref.32-03 Release is expected late September 2015. Source: http://www.lukgraph.pl/products.html V.P.
  13. Has anybody on BM made these kits, and are they worth spending money on.
  14. As a follow on to my thread on the RH-53D and the great information it uncovered for me I need some guidance on the smaller ship borne helo's operated by the US Navy. I've already got an Airfix Kaman Seasprite in the stash (and a lovely kit it is too - one of Airfix's best) but I want to portray its successor the SH-60B Seahawk in my line-up. So the question is fairly simple - Who makes the most accurate Seahawk in 1/72? Hasegawa, Hobbyboss or Italeri/Tamiya? (plus anyone else I've forgotten about) Over to you gents, please enlighten me Regards Tom
  15. Hi All, It is done! Skunkmodels 1/48 HH-60H Rescue Hawk HS-6 "Screamin Indians" Wolf Pack tail fold Cobra Co Naval main rotor head Eduard interior & exterior PE sets Armycast mini gun set Fireball ALQ-144 Authentic decals Gunze & Tamiya Acrylics. Thanks to those who followed the ups & downs of my first WIP. Thanks for stopping by Cheers, J
  16. Hi, anyone know what colour of flying suit would have been worn by a Seahawk pilot in the Fleet Air Arm circa 1950s ?
  17. I built this straight from the box using the Indian Navy markings. I love the Extra Dark Sea Gray/Sky combination and colors presented in the Indian Navy markings. The kit went together with the usual angst regarding these kits. There are several builds on BM that talk about how to approach attaching the tail and the bottom line is the kit instructions are not the preferred method. I found it better to put the main fuselage together then add the tail section one side at a time and shim along the main seam. That way the panel lines will line up. Kit needs a lot of nose weight. I used about 10 grams pushed in around the nose gear bay. More is better in this case. The rest of the kit was fine.
  18. I'm looking for the older kit 2620, however I have a newer version(SH - 60H) which looking at scalemates seems to be the same kit but updated. I have the Cobra detail set for the 60B. Any of the buffs out there advise me if the new kit is suitable? The 2620 kit doesn't seem all that readily available. Thanks.
  19. 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
  20. Hi everybody as I'm new here I thought I'd show some of the models I am particularlly pleased with from my 100+ collection. The Jaguar I just finished tho still cant get a straight yellow band around the bombs! And the A319 before the Jag (lesson learned with the A319 dont use aircraft paint on plastic it peels off) Anyway please look and comment, my next Build is the Airfix 1/48 Lynx HMA8 Roundals and fin flash on the Mustang had to be painted by hand due to decal disintigrating. And now my personal favourite
  21. We've got a bonus batch of various 1/72 kits now listed at extra special prices! Minicraft - PB4Y-1 Liberator 'Easy Maid' and US Navy Anti Sub Patrol - one of each for £15.00 per kit Eduard - Grumman Hellcat Mk I/II Royal Navy Dual combo £13.35 per kit (2 in stock) MPM - Meteor MK I Ltd Ed £9.75! 2 (in stock) Hobby Boss - Hawker Seahawk FGA.6 £6.00!!! (6 in stock) So if you fancy a half price Sea Hawk or 2, or any of the others, go on our website and get ordering but hurry as these are listed on Ebay as well! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/index.asp thanks Mike
  22. Hi all, Have been really looking forward to this GB for a while now and have pulled this one from the stash. Kit contents/sprue shots.. Clear parts, decals and colour paint guide. This is going to be OOB but instead of the kit decals, I'm hoping to go with an aftermarket set for HSL-51 Warlords - really like that tail scheme! Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds! Dermot
  23. Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk, pics thanks to bootneck.
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