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HH-62
Posted by thunder1 on Monday, December 19, 2011 11:19 AM

I haven't seen anyone's build up of this kit on the forum so here is my latest effort. It's of resin construction in 1:72 scale. The kit is pretty basic, almost like an updated version of the 1970's era vacuform kits(remember them?) There was a lot of scratch building with this model and for the price there should have been some directions, decals, and a stand. But it's the only game in town and I've wanted one of these "egg beaters" in my collection for a over decade.  Thge CG flew these helo's for close to 30 years and the model can be painted in four different color schemes spanning this time period.  I took a couple of "rides" in the "62", they were noisy and shook a lot but I enjoyed every trip, they were great machines.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Monday, December 19, 2011 1:27 PM

Awesome build . Bow Down

Your right about not seeing HH-62 all that much .

May I ask where you bought the resin kit , I would very much like to build a HH-62 for my helicopter / USCG collection as well .

                          John .

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Posted by thunder1 on Monday, December 19, 2011 3:11 PM

Hi John

 

Thanks for the nice comment.

 It was purchased direct from Unicraft models(Google the name and the address should pop up). Unicraft, as you may know, offers a wide variety of unusual aircraft in resin.  I note that they are producing another CG helo, the "Flying Banana" , hope to purchase one soon.

 By the way, Sikorsky referred to this helo as the "H-62" but the USCG called it the "HH-52", boy am I losing it!

Regards

Mike

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  • From: Mobile, AL
Posted by RotorHead10 on Monday, December 19, 2011 5:53 PM
Talking to the older guys, they loved that aircraft. Along with the HH-3F that is considered the golden era of rotary aviation. I'm not not sure about flying in a 52 though. single engine in the goo, no radar.I feel pretty comfortable in the safety of my MH-60T. Blessed are we with modern avionics and glass cockpits!

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 1:29 PM

thunder1

Hi John

 

Thanks for the nice comment.

 It was purchased direct from Unicraft models(Google the name and the address should pop up). Unicraft, as you may know, offers a wide variety of unusual aircraft in resin.  I note that they are producing another CG helo, the "Flying Banana" , hope to purchase one soon.

 By the way, Sikorsky referred to this helo as the "H-62" but the USCG called it the "HH-52", boy am I losing it!

Regards

Mike

Thank's for the link to Unicraft Models Mike ;

I just ordered my S-62/HH-52 and I look forward to it arriving early in the New Year .

I have an unfinished HH-3F Pelican build under the bench , it was the 1/72 Lindberg HH-3E kit . I cut the cockpit section off and grafted a Revell Seaking cockpit front section on as well as the recessed rotor housing ; It was a lot of work kit bashing the HH-3E , so I dug her out last night and will start masking the canopy and finally get around to painting her .

Both the HH-52 and the HH-3F should look great sitting next to each other .

Thank's again for the link .

                                 John .

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Posted by RotorHead10 on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:33 PM
Indeed. It makes a current Coast Guard hoist operator weep. I just purchased the lindberg kit. Only thing i was going to add was the FOD cover and a radome. How much of a difference did the seaking nose affect the sub assy?

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Posted by jb4406 on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:58 PM

H-34.......

I recently used the old 1/72 Revell Jolly Green Giant kit to build my HH-3E, didn't have to graft a new nose or rotor housing onto it, and used one of the fuel tanks to make the radome. Also pirated the main rotor & winch from an old MPC Sea King then changed the side windows & added scratchbuilt items to the fuselage & cockpit to complete the build. It was a fun conversion, and will soon be ready for paint. Have any suggestion for the USCG red-orange color? I usually paint w/ Model Master enamels. 

I'll soon be building 1/72 USCG  Albatross, C-130, & a Jayhawk, all because I really like the paint scheme, & live near USCG Air Station Cape Cod.

I just might have to get the HH-62 now......... 

"The difficult, I do  right away. The impossible will take a little longer."

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Posted by RotorHead10 on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:14 PM
my suggestion for the orange would be testors international . it is also the name of the color we use on the actual coast guard aircraft. it looks real good on the jayhawk i completed

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:42 PM

RotorHead10
Indeed. It makes a current Coast Guard hoist operator weep. I just purchased the lindberg kit. Only thing i was going to add was the FOD cover and a radome. How much of a difference did the seaking nose affect the sub assy?

Here's a link to a couple of WIP pic's of the HH-3F build ;

/forums/p/92862/907747.aspx#907747

This was my second Linberg / Revell kit bash of the HH-3E ; I did the same conversion for a Vietnam HH-3E . The Revell front cockpit section was slightly smaller in width than the Linberg fuselage but it fitted together okay . I have 6 more Lindberg HH-3E kits in the stash but I won't be kit-bashing them to the same extent as the two previous builds , I'll just try and improve the cockpit interior and add a rear cabin floor and cut open the side door .

Here's a link to the HH-3E Jolly Green Giant with finished pic's on page 2

/forums/t/90644.aspx?PageIndex=1

                      John

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Posted by thunder1 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 9:21 AM

Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican

HH-3F

HH-3F

Here's my copy of the Revell H-3. I haven't built a Jayhawk yet in 1:72 for my collection, it's on my list for next year. I took a couple of short hops on the H-3, noisy like the 52 but spacious in the interior, more so than the Jayhawk. My respect to the CG aircrews that fly these things into the soup, I prefer a steel deck under my feet on a SAR case.  

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Posted by RotorHead10 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:02 PM
If you havent done so already, i highly recommend picking up the hobbyboss kit. the fit is nice and scratch building some antennas will be required, but overall its a great kit.

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:13 PM

Another Awesome H-3 USCG build Mike .

I don't suppose you might have have built a  HUS-1G (H-34) Coast Guard bird , with an external tank fitted .

I've been trying to figure out for ages how to mount a external tank on my HUS-1G as well as a CIA "Air America" S-58T and an upcoming LH-34 /HUS-1L Antartic Sea Horse ???

                    John .

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Posted by thunder1 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:55 PM

John

Thanks for the nice compliment on the H-3.

I built this HUS 1G  so long ago I forgot how I attached the external tank , I recall I built a frame from brass rod, I wish I had a better picture. I think I used a photo from a book on CG aviation as a guide. The Coast Guard has a lot of aircraft sites to use for research thank goodness for the internet! You should have seen the "stuff" I built back in the day with no computers.  Tongue Tied  Try the USCG home page, historian department, I believe there are pics of helos. Good luck.

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Posted by salvine on Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:18 PM

On the site there are pics of this kit that shows with and without a cockpit and windows. What do you get with the kit?

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Posted by thunder1 on Friday, December 23, 2011 2:44 PM

Regarding the HH-52, the kit comes with a vacuform canopy and a piece of clear plastic for the windows. I always use Testors Clear Parts Glue in lieu of clear plastic. It's a little tricky to work with making windows, portholes are a little easier. I have also used Micro Crystle Clear as another means of putting "glass" in model aiorcraft.

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Posted by salvine on Saturday, December 24, 2011 11:31 AM

Thanks! I may have to grab one while these are still available. I grew up watching these in Kodiak AK as a kid.

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, December 24, 2011 11:37 AM

Awesome looking builds! cheers Trey

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Posted by Skimeister on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:19 PM

Thunder   Any chance you can contact me reguarding the Coast Guard Aircraft? I have been looking for a HH-52A model since 1985. I flew the HH-3F's for years and would love to pick your brain about these builds. Great friggin' work!  OMG I can't believe after all these years there may be hope for me yet. God I miss those birds. If you think the 52 was noisy and shook, you need a ride in a Pelican. Earplugs and seatbelts are a must. : )  Thank you for the uplift.  gryxter@verizon.net

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Posted by artworks2 on Thursday, March 05, 2015 7:41 AM

Beautiful work on al the models...

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Posted by RotorHead10 on Thursday, March 05, 2015 1:58 PM

I'd like to pick your brain about hoisting in an H-3!

MH-60T flight mech sends...

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Posted by rcboater on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:16 PM

I just found this thread.. hope it isn’t too late to contribute. I’m slowly accumulating a collection of 1/72 scale USCG aircraft....

I found an outfit in the UK- http://air-graphics.co.uk/   They have resin conversion for a HH-65C, and a correction set for the HH-65 doghouse. They also have a set to convert the HH-3E to a Pelican.  The -3F set includes a hoist, a FOD cover, the radome, floatation bags for the sponsons, and a 5-bladed tail rotor.   I ordered both HH-65 sets and the Pelican set. They look nice, but I haven’t test-fitted anything yet.

I was converting the old Aurora HH-3E to a Pelican, got stuck trying to make a decent radome. The Air-Graphics set should let me finish it now....

I also own the Unicraft HH-52 kit - got mine on eBay.  Haven’t gotten the nerve to start it yet- it will be my first resin kit.

Finally, I built the Hobby Boss H-34G as an AIRSTA New Orleans bird from 1960.  The HB kit is OK, but the Italeri kit looks to have better molding.  Someone used to make a little resin set for the extra fuel tank, but I think it is long OOP now.  I started to make mine using a spare drop tank from the scrap box, but never came up with a decent mount. So I display my model “Starboard side to”...!

 

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Posted by rcboater on Sunday, March 03, 2019 10:02 PM

Update:  Found another great vendor:   Whirlybird in the UK.  They offer the external tank and fittings for the H-34G in 1/72.  

But they also have other USCG (resin) kits — I bought two...

The few threads  I could find online say that the Whirlybird kit of the HH-52 is easier to build that the Unicraft kit....

 

 

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