I decided to build a plastic model of a helicopter for the first time in quite a while. What I chose this time was Seaking of Hasegawa. I haven’t decided yet, but I think it will be made the JMSDF helicopter. Is this kit a special version for replacing decals? It also includes the decals of the helicopters that carried out the return mission of the Apollo spacecraft. It seems that a different kit of the same scale has been released from Hasegawa to make a JMSDF plane. That model number is PT2, so it may be quite old.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a helicopter plastic model, and it’s been a while since I’ve had the JGSDF Apache, so I don’t really know what to do. This kit has a lot of work other than sticking the parts together, such as shaving various parts, filling holes, and cleaning the surface. It’s pretty difficult. The number of parts may be larger than the other 1/48 scales.
For me, not only masking but also fitting the helicopter window is a difficult task. I usually don’t mind the dirt of the parts because it’s an AFV modeling, so I care about these parts, polishing it with a compound.
Apparently, this kit was released in 2010. I think it’s a decal replacement kit. There were no particular decal problems with Hasegawa kits. It is good that there is no yellowing or deterioration.
I pasted almost the decal first because I wanted a change. As an image before making it, I thought the painting would be completed if I painted it in white, but there are quite fine details with different colors. To be honest, it is quite hard. I have almost never made a kit of Helicopter, so it might just be a little awkward.
Hasegawa’s Seaking is completed. It is a kit of Sikorsky HSS-2A. Other HSS-2B helicopters of this type have been deployed since then, it is a type with enhanced anti-submarine detection capability.
It was originally called “HSS-2A” and came to be called “SH-3D” when the US Navy revised its naming. At the time of its adoption, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force continued to use the term “HSS-2A”.
In Hasegawa, it appears that the HSS-2B was released earlier and later released as a kit for the HSS-2A, including new parts for a small sponson and a short horizontal stabilizer in the kit. No wonder a lot of parts were no longer needed.
In the United States, it started operation in 1961, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has been operating it since 1964. In Japan, it retired its antisubmarine patrol aircraft in 2003, and the aircraft used for other purposes also retired in 2008. It was mainly used for anti-submarine operations, but it was also used for various other purposes such as an anti-ship attack, search and rescue, and troop transport. In Japan, the body of the Antarctic observation mission and the rescue plane have different coloring and it is interesting.
Decorating this helicopter the main rotor expanding really takes up space. If you want to put it in a box, it needs to be quite a large box. If it’s a small helicopter with 2 blades, there might be a way to fit it compactly in the lateral direction, but this HSS-2A Seaking has 5 blades and consumes space.
I think it is more realistic to bend the main rotor blade a little when it is parked. I’m not sure what angle is good. I made it cool somehow, but it might be too low. Let’s be a little more careful next time.
I wanted to finish it a little more neatly. This kit needs a high level, I had to make it carefully. Lightly washed to reveal details that are hard to see in pure white or gray. A little dirt is called a weathering effect. Let’s assume that it is a natural condition of the body.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.