Cyberhobby 1/72 SH-3G Sea King
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (company designation S-61) is an American twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter designed and built by Sikorsky Aircraft. It was a landmark design, being the first ASW helicopter to take advantage of turboshaft engines, as well as being the first amphibious helicopter in the world. Introduced in 1961, it served with the United States Navy, and remains in service in many countries around the world. The Sea King has been built under license in Italy and Japan, and in the United Kingdom as the Westland Sea King. The major civil versions are the S-61L and S-61N.
During the 1990s, the Sea King was replaced in the ASW and SAR roles by the U.S. Navy with the newer Sikorsky SH-60 Sea Hawk. However, the SH-3 continued to operate in reserve units in roles including logistical support, search and rescue, and transport. On 27 January 2006, the SH-3 was ceremonially retired at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, by Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2). They have been replaced by increasingly advanced variants of the SH-60 Sea Hawk. Interestingly, the VH-3, operated by the USMC is still the official helicopter for the President.
The SH-3G, and subject of this kit, was a cargo, utility transport helicopter for the U.S. Navy. 105 conversions from SH-3A and SH-3D. The larger, braced, horizontal stabilizer incorporated into the SH-3H ASW version was retrofitted to extant SH-3Gs. .
This one continues the series of Sea Kings being produced by Dragon/Cyberhobby and the first non-Westland kit I've had the chance to preview. There is a great deal in common with the Westland kits, as you might expect. This one is devoid, however, of any offensive equipment and there is a plug provided to cover the hole for the dipping sonar.
The cockpit is well appointed, including pedals, collective and cyclic controls. The cabin has a row of fold up seats along either side. The cabin and cockpit doors can be posed open if one wishes. Here are a complete list of features from the PR folks.
reproduced sonobuoy cover
- SH-3G Sea King USN Utility Transporter rendered with stunning detail
- Windshield wipers molded on cockpit
- Cockpit glazing made from crystal-clear parts
- 5-blade tail rotor realistically produced
- Detailed landing gear and buoyancy sponsons
- Fitted door for sonobuoy on belly of Sea King fuselage
- One-piece fuselage reproduced w/intricate details
- Slightly curved rotor blades reproduced
- Authentic rotor w/intricate detail
- Strengthened landing gear realistically portrayed
- Realistic steps included
- Realistic pilots' seats included
This one makes a nice addition to their Sea King kits and is one that will look great in with your helo collection.
As a final note, your editor did an SH-3G back in 1985 when stationed on Diego Garcia. Using individual numbers and letters, I built one of the two aircraft based there for SAR and other work using the Fujimi SH-3H kit.
Thanks to www.dragonmodelsusa.com for the preview kit. You can find this kit at your favorite hobby shop or on-line retailer.
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