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Kaman SH-2F Seasprite Kitty Hawk 1/48


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Hi guys!

My latest workMade the other day from a set of a well-known Chinese manufacturer. Unfortunately it no longer exists.

A little about the helicopter. This anti-submarine helicopter was designed to search for and destroy enemy submarines. In 1970, the US Navy began developing a helicopter for this purpose under the Lamps program (LAMPS - Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System - light ship-to-aircraft multi-purpose system). Initially, it was planned to develop a helicopter under the SASI (Ship and Systems Integration) program with a take-off weight of up to 3000 kg with radio-acoustic buoys, OGAS, a magnetometer, two Mk.46 torpedoes and other means. The takeoff weight limit was a consequence of the low strength of the landing pads. The development of a new helicopter would take a lot of time, and in order to speed up this process, they decided to divide the program into three stages: Mk.l, Mk.II and Mk.III, and use the SH-2D as the helicopter of the first stage (modification of the HH-2D helicopter "Sea Sprite" company Kaman) with a simplified composition of the equipment. But even in this case, its weight reached 5540 kg, which ensured the use only from ships with large and durable landing sites. 20 helicopters were modified, which later replaced the more advanced SH-2F "Sea Sprite" and SH-2G.

Now about the model. To be honest, I did not like it because of the large number of mistakes. Which needed to be eliminated. 

My changes

- completely remade cockpit and operator-observer position

- modified main and tail rotor 

- modified landing gear

- remade side mirrors (used wire)

- rebuilt fire extinguisher

- remade torpedo Mk46

- lowering hydroacoustic station and many others

Painting - AKAN enamel paints

Washing - MIG dark wash

Varnishes - FUTURE, matt TAMIYA (XF-86) and TAMIYA color varnishes

Decals - inside the box

Presented SH-2F "Seaprite" from the US Navy HSL-31 squadron (tail number 1309)
Happy viewing!

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2 hours ago, exdraken said:

impressive to say the least!

 

:thumbsup:

Thank so much! 

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1 hour ago, paulsbrown said:

Great work! I've heard that kit needs a lot of patience.

Thank you very much,  Paul! Absolutely right. 

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1 hour ago, basket said:

Splendid work on this chopper !

Congrats to you . 

Thanks colleague!

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23 hours ago, phildagreek said:

Very smart!

 

7 hours ago, Bertie Psmith said:

That is just lovely. Inside and out, it's perfect to my eye. Just the way I like 'em. 

 

2 hours ago, _alfisti_ said:

Outstanding work, looks really great.👏

Thank you guys for evaluation of my work ! :cheers:

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15 hours ago, Andrew Perren said:

You've done a great job.   I wish I could get motivated to build mine.

Thank so much, Andrew! If you have any questions please contact with me/

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Beautifully done Seasprite there Igor, looks superb. Makes me want to go out and buy one!

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