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).
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.
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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