Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
SH-3 Sea King
by Hubert Ortinger
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale SH-3H Sea King is available online from Squadron
The design of the S-61 was Sikorsky´s answer to the
requirements of the US Navy, to combine both hunting and killing of
submarines in one airframe. Earlier they needed two HSS-1 Seabat
The HSS-2 Prototype, powerd by a pair of GE turboshaft engine made it´s
first flight on 11. March 1959. After two years of flight tests the
XHSS-2 had to undergo the US Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (BIS)
trails to redesignated YHSS-2.
Now officially called Sea King the helicopter was taken by the US Armed
Forces almost unchanged, and became part of the standardization program
in 1961 with a new designation. HSS-2 changed to SH-3.
The SH-3A was used by the Navy in the Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) and
Search and Rescue (SAR) roles. For this task the SH-3A was equipted with
a rescue hoist above the starboard fuselage cargo door, and a Bendix
dipping sonar. It could armed with up to four aerial torpedos and even
nuclear depth Bombs. The aircraft carried a normal crew of four. All
models were equipted with hydraulically folding rotor blades with a
rotor diameter of sixty-two feet. The tail rotor boom could be folded
flat against the starboard side of the fuselage for carrier stowage.
basic H-3A was built in many different versions. Some variants for
The CH-3A was a amphibian cargo/transport version, RH-3A was modified to
the Mine Counter-Measure role and the VH-3A is used as a VIP transport
and was flown by a joint USMC/US Army unit as the Presidential flight.
Besides the US Army found it needed a helicopter with enough range and
payload capacity to be able to fly out and resupply the Texas Tower
radar sites located out in the Atlantic Ocean off of the New England
Coast, as well as be able to recover drones.
As the result, three Navy CH-3A´s were loaned to the US Army, which was
so impressed with the range, performance and utility that they demand
further three by Sikorsky. To be justice for this job they removed the
ASW equipment and the helicopter serialed 62-12571 – 62-12576 and
Not long after acceptance by the Army the number four CH-3B (62-12574)
dubbed the „Otis Falcon“ flew from Otis AFB Massachusetts to Paris
France. Total flight time was 35,5 hours and included stops in Labrador,
Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland before landing in Paris. The
flight broke the helicopter record for the Atlantic crossing.
The helicopters number four and five were returned to the US Navy and
converted to SH-3A standards with full ASW capability, and were used by
Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron ten on the pacific coast, operating
as the fleet replacement and training squadron for the pacific fleet out
of North Island, Cal. Better known as HS-10 Taskmaster!
This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale SH-3 Sea King kit
build straight from the box, with the only addition being Eduard "Remove
Before Flight" tags.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2005 by Hubert Ortinger
Page Created 09 January, 2005
08 January, 2005
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