Hasegawa RAN Seaking 'Great White Shark'
Boy was this a project and a half, from start to finish (I'm
sure I still need to do things to it) Its been about a year
on and off.
When I started it I thought this is is easy
as I carved the side door off. I scratch built the interior,
you have to be crazy to do that. In this Sea King its not
just seats, hey they are tough but fairly straight forward,
its all the consoles and dials! I used the eduard Interior
set to get the front sorted out and just had to improvise
for the rear. It still amazes me that nobody has ever thought
to produce an interior set (cobra company??) To alter the
US Sea King to the Australian version I used both the Airwaves
set and the Hawkeye Models set. A few of the other modifications
a. The side sponsons are
Airwaves owing to the better finish of them
on top of the helicopter is Hawkeye Models version owing
to the better shape and height.
The rotor blades had to be altered to the correct
pattern and I used an Airwaves set for this and loads of
The painting well you can guess IGA Grey,
white and a blue that I cannot remember but it was Humbrol.
The Hawkeye decal sheet (now available through model alliance
as well) had great templates that really helped to get the
flags line in place. The decals went on well but the amount
of bad language I used to get the Union flag portion of the
markings into place is best left unsaid! All in all it was
tough but the end result is the best thing (in my opinion)
I've ever made. It would be a great show piece but unfortuantely
I have no idea where it is, I think, hope, its on a ship