In-Box Review
Sea King
S-61A Sea King “Antarctica Observation”
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by: Richard Tonge [ TINBANGER ]

Developed to meet a 1957 US Navy requirement for a high-performance ASW helicopter with boat-type hull and retractable landing gear, and all-weather capability. Designated S-61 (HSS-2), the prototype first flew on 11 March 1959; seven preproduction aircraft (YHSS-2) successfully completed service trials in 1960. US Navy ordered initial 10 S-61B/HSS-2 for delivery starting September 1961. Aircraft redesignated SH-3A Sea King in 1962. Also produced under licence by Agusta, Mitsubishi and Westland. VERSIONS S-61A: Amphibious transport, generally similar to the US Navy's SH-3A. Accommodation for 26 troops, 15 litters, cargo, or 12 passengers in VIP configuration. General Electric T58 turboshaft engines standard, but Rolls-Royce Gnome H.1200 offered as alternative.

First Impressions
147 light gray parts on 7 sprues.
17 clear parts on 1 sprue.
Clean moulding, crisp detail.
Four parts make up the main fuselage.
Details moulded to cabin interior walls.
Seating for aircrew and 20 seats for marines.
Large sliding door can be installed open to show off interior.
No shroud for tail rotor cover at junction with main rotor housing
The shroud can be found in Eduard's exterior PE set for the Sea King
Rotor Blades
5 blade assembly with blade droop moulded in.
Blades can be assembled folded or open for flight,
Four part construction.
1 piece tail rot
Landing gear
Fixed landing gear with tread moulded into tire.
Tires are not moulded weighted
I don't compare models to drawings or published measurements. When assembled it will look like a Sea King.
Paint ,Decals and Markings
Paint manufactures Aqueous Hobby, Mr Color and Model Master are noted.
Exterior paint colours are marked but no Interior colours so you will have to search the web for cockpit photos.
High quality Cartograf decals are in register and appear to be colour correct.
Decals for one aircraft:-
Shirase Flight Division Yokosuka District, HS-101 J.M.S.D.F, Tateyama AB.

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Highs: Clean flash free parts. Clear parts are thin and crystal clear. Decals.
Lows: As noted in my review of the SH-3D Shroud is visible in all the photos I have found on the internet it should have been included in this kit. Incomplete paint colour call out
Verdict: Previous build by me of the Dragon Sea King went together well and when I do a build review I will be using the Eduard exterior PE set.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 5111
  Suggested Retail:  $ 32.00
  Related Link: S-61A Sea King “Antarctica Observation”
  PUBLISHED: Feb 23, 2014
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

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About Richard Tonge (tinbanger)

I started building model aircraft with my brother and dad at about 7 years old(Yellow single engine float plane). Born in England so mostly built Airfix and Frog Kits! Moved over the pond in 1979. Main interest any type/era aircraft. Tinbanger call sign comes from my sheetmetal days. I am also ...

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Richard, a very concise, and fair review from the modelers view point.
FEB 23, 2014 - 07:15 AM

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