The kit was constructed according to
instructions beginning with cabin/cockpit area. Details
were added to upper centre console using wire and extra
belts to the crew seats made from tape. The remainder
of the interior was completed OOB as no doors or windows
were to be opened. For major modifications and
enhancements I chose to concentrate on the exterior.
Two separate resin sets were purchased
from Plane Bits and Hawkeye, neither set was without
its flaws but the Hawkeye set was far more complete.
The best components were selected from each set. Some
resin components were rejected, these I replaced with
scratch built items from various materials. Modifications
are listed below as resin, etch or scratch.
All the moulded in rivets over entire airframe
were deepened with a needle in a pin vise. I chose
to do this because I didn’t feel the existing
holes were deep enough to hold a wash and some
had to be re-instated anyway as they were lost
The upper fuselage spine Radome and Intake Sand
Filter were added from resin parts. The radome
was glued into place but the sand filter was given
brass locating pins so it could be left off until
The undercarriage Sponsons were replaced with
the Westland shorter style replacements. Resin
one piece items from the Plane bits set were used. I
made each side undercarriage assembly into a remove-able
sub assembly consisting of the sponson and stub
wing with the fuselage brace attached. Brass
pins allowed the entire sponson assemblies to be
added after painting and decaling etc during final
Dipping Sonar Bay cover was created from scratch
using styrene sheet before the Hawkeye resin set
arrived. The Hawkeye set has a resin part
to do this job which I didn’t use.
The side windows in a Westland Mk50 are different
from a Sikorsky SH3. The Hawkeye set has
extensive instructions on the necessary changes. The
Port side aft window is moved to the correct location,
10mm further aft. The existing hole in fuselage
is filled with a styrene plug from scratch and
faired in. The Port side forward window is deleted – I
glued the clear window in then filled and faired
Various RAN style antennae and fairings added
to fuselage underside from Resin components of
the Hawkeye set. There are also upper and lower
blade antenna added from Etched metal.
The etched cargo step is added under the main
cabin door and support braces are from styrene
rod. Do not follow the Hawkeye measurements here
as they are wrong. You’ll just have to work
them out for yourself referring to photos. The
finished step adds a lot to the model.
Westland versions have a shorter tail stabiliser
than the Sikorsky models. Hawkeye provided
this in resin however my part was marred. The
plastic kit item was shortened instead to match
and a tip made from styrene. Westland models also
have the support brace deleted.
This model requires a 6 Blade tail rotor (kit
provides 5 blade tail rotor) - Neither conversion
set offered a good option. The brass one
was poor and the Hawkeye resin set was detailed
but extremely weak. In fact it was broken just
removing it from its sprue piece. However
the Hawkeye piece is mastered from the original
Hasegawa pieces so I took the resin six bladed
Hub, 5 kit plastic blades and one resin blade and
pinned them all together with brass wire. This
produced a much stronger but still well detailed
assembly. This was further detailed with wire.
The under fuselage Cargo Sling and associated
cabling was added to fuselage underside from scratch
using wire, bent to represent the hoist in its
All the Grab handles on the fuselage sides were
replaced with wire.
The Rotor Head was detailed from scratch with
wire for hydraulic lines etc. All the reference
photos I looked at showed a very busy area here. Without
the luxury of technical drawings for exact placement
I chose to just make it as busy as I could. There
are in fact 60 individual pieces of wire on the
rotor head. The entire rotor assembly is not fixed
in place for ease of transport.
NOTE on the rotors: It
has since been pointed out to me that in this configuration
the helicopter would have been fitted with new carbon
fibre main rotor blades. The kit supplies the original
style of metal rotor blades which have a different shape
to the root end of the blade and no panel lines on the
On the Port side tail there is a long antenna
which is added from styrene right angle stock.
The Hawkeye set provides a piece but it looked
over-scale to me so I sourced my own from plastruct
The Port side fuselage has a wire antenna which
was added from stretch thread, the posts and mounts
were made from styrene stock. This connects to
the resin blade antenna near the tail wheel.
A White rope was added to port side under the
cockpit side window to the underside centreline
attachment point from white thread.
A Grab Handle and control cables were added to
under the rescue winch on the starboard side from
Aircraft beacons were added to the tip of the
tail and underneath the front fuselage from red
reflective beads and a searchlight from a suitable
The windscreen wipers also had clear washer tubes
added from fishing line.
The model was airbrushed with Model Master enamels. FS36320
Dark Ghost grey overall. Black areas on nose painted
flat black. All other areas of black are
White circles for Roundels masked and painted
Rotor blades painted black (with a drop of white)
with yellow tips for main and red/white stripes
Tamiya enamel clear gloss applied prior to decals
Panel line/detail washes with thinned acrylic – dark
Testors dullcote to seal in decals and weathering.
Tamiya clear green painted on upper cockpit windows
interior surfaces prior to closing fuselage.
Hawkeye decals set for RAN Sea Kings was
applied as per instructions except for the white discs
provided for roundels. These areas where painted white
for a better result. These decals are very tough
and had to be cut to go over panel lines.
A Panel line/detail wash was applied
before decals. Shading and exhaust staining added
with tinted layers of Dullcote. Rotor blades were
painted silver initially and after being painted black
were sanded back on the leading edges and tips to show
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