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1:144 scale SH-3G Sea King

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1:144 scale SH-3G Sea King
Posted by marcopreto on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:22 AM

Here are a few photos of the early stages of the model presently at the modeling bench.

It's a kit from Sweet Models, in their typical 1:144 scale. This one will be completed as  Nasa's 735 (nº 149723), one of the options included in the kit.

The kit details are generaly very nice, but the winch is somewhat crude, when compared to the rest. So I decided also de improve some other bits.

The first item to be improved was the tail rotor. The kit provides both the 5 and the 6 bladed options. The detail on the 6 bladed optin is much nicer, but Nasa's 735 used the 5 bladed tail rotor. So I've scratched a rotor hub using brass rod and some pe leftovers. The original kit part can be seen on the right.


Fuselage halves when together almost free of problems (some filler, sanding and that was all).


The exhausts were improved driling them out on an angle and fitting the resulting hole with a brass tube of the apropriate diameter (cut with the same angle as the hole).


I'm also improving the main landing gear, using the kit's wheels (after correcting their circunferance) and building the gear mostly from plastic rod and plastic card.


I hope to post more soon.




Marco Preto



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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:03 PM

That’s a lot of sweet detail packed in a 1/144 chopper!  I’m looking forward to seeing the progress.


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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, July 16, 2018 9:40 AM

Great work so far!

Having done a handful of these puppies, I have great respect for your mods to date. As with any Sea King kit, be sure to check window positions and fuel fill points to make sure they match your prototype.



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Posted by marcopreto on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:41 AM

Thank you for calling my attention to these details!


I have a recent blog post detailing the work done to the main landing gear:


Presently I'm opening the fuselage windows and I hope to share the results soon.




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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 6:12 AM

That’s some amazing scratch building skills.  It looks fantastic.  Looking forward to the next installment.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by marcopreto on Monday, July 23, 2018 5:26 AM

Well, I could not get away from the idea of opening the fuselage windows!
They were marked with a pencil and carved out. They were replaced by items cut from 0.5mm clear plastic. I've opened a window that was marked on the fuselage, only to realize that it did not exist on the helicopter I am modelling! It was simply filled with a mixture of ca glue and talcum powder (with a small amount of a pigment, to tint it).

Primer was applied to check for imperfections and cover the clear parts (from inside they will show black color. The radar/sensor on the cockpit front was turned from brass rod.

The winch is also being scratchbuilt (I still need to build the support). The photo shows the comparison between the kit's part and the part I've turned and machined from brass rod. I will make a post (in a couple of weeks, if I manage) on my blog detailing the winch construction.

I hope to post more soon.


Marco Preto


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