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andyf117

Fujimi 1/72 SH-3A Sea King - HS-5, USS Essex, 1968

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Built for the Carriers Ahoy! GB, and my first completed GB entry, the model depicts SH-3A BuNo 149918, Modex AT-55, of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 5 (HS-5), USS Essex (CVS-9), the recovery aircraft for astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr, Donn F. Eisele, and Walter Cunningham, the crew of Apollo 7, who splashed down in the Atlantic on 22 October 1968 on completion of their 11-day mission, which was the first manned flight of the Apollo space programme.

Apollo Splash Down - British Pathé

 

The build thread can be viewed here:

But a brief summary: old-issue Fujimi kit with modified interior and mission-specific additions; corrected cockpit windows; folded main rotors made from a salvaged Fujimi set with donated Airfix kit blade roots; brush-painted with Humbrol enamels; home-printed decals for the main markings and some stencils, danger legends etc, the rest adapted from various sources.

 

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Nice. I always appreciate a build with a  spaceflight connection.

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Very nice Sea King, with a great finish to it.  Picking up astronauts from the ocean is how I first remember these helicopters.

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Another lovely Seaking :clap:

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Great looking Sea King there, really nice work

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A very neat result! What brand of decal paper do you use to produce your decals?

 

Regards 

 

Richard C

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very nicely done indeed

 

Andy

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Lovely work on the Sea King. Incredible to think that we are just 2 months short of it being 50 years since this helicopter recovered the Apollo 7 crew!

 

Cheers

 

John

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40 minutes ago, spruecutter said:

A very neat result! What brand of decal paper do you use to produce your decals?

I've two different lots, purchased at different times via eBay - one's 'Crafty Computer Paper', the other 'Mr Decal Paper'....

....to be honest, I'm not sure which I used for what - eg., grilles, walkways etc. are on one sheet, unit markings etc. on another, and they could be on different brands or both the same...

....there doesn't appear to be any great difference between the two

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