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Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
SH-3 Sea King

by Jeroen Veen


Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale SH-3H Sea King is available online from Squadron




I thought it might be a good idea to send a couple of photos of a helicopter. I don't see a lot of helicopter kits on HyperScale (although the Academy's Sea Knight might change all that, hopefully), and I think it's a shame because there are some really nice and colorful kits to be made. And being a real enthusiast for 'naval' subjects I had to built this one. It's the standard Hasegawa kit of the Sea King, scale 1/48. I built it almost straight form the box but added some Eduard etchings.

(Isn't it a bit strange by the way that there are almost no update kits or extra decal options? I really believe that, although the Sea King 'as is' is a great kit, but there's a lot of conversion potential, I think).



Painting and Markings


Anyway, after building the model I base coated it with Humbrol primer, preshaded the panels lines with Aeromaster gloss black and then misted on the white and grey, both gloss paints too. I have been searching for aftermarket decal sets because I felt the Hasegawa decals were a bit thick and I wasn't sure wether they would settle down nicely. But since I had no other option I used them anyway and in the end, with a fair amount of Sol&Set it turned out ok (at least: good enough for me).



After this I airbrushed the whole with Aeromaster flat finish and started weathering. I had been building tanks and stuff in 1/35 which required heavy weathering, so I was afraid of overdoing it, especially because I was looking for what is in my opinion a battered and beaten look of carrier planes and helicopters. So I tried to be subtle with thin oil washes of raw umber and sometimes black oil paint, applying them layer over layer until I felt it looked right. After that I did some chipping and detail painting.



Finishing Touches


The last thing I did was gluing all the small parts to the model, one final matt varnish coat, taking of the tape to cover all the windows and wind screen. That was it basically. I'm not the fastest of model builders (and why should I?) and I think this kit took me about 45 hours to complete.





Hasegawa's Sea King has been one of the first aviation models that I actually finished (others before this one ended in the trash bin), and it gave me great satisfaction building it.



I am really pleased with the end result.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Jeroen Veen
Page Created 31 May, 2005
Last Updated 31 May, 2005

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