US Coast Guard MH-65C
July 31, 2013 in Aviation
This model represents the USCG H-65 “Dolphin” short range helicopter. Dating back to the 1980’s, this twin engined aircraft is the Services’ standard shipboard aircraft, certified for all weather and night time operations.
My model is the 1:48 scale Trumpeter kit, and goes together quite easily. I modified the kit as the HITRON weapon carrying version. To upgrade the model I added a scratchbuilt engine, exterior antenna, extended the radar nose cone, added the infared optic sensor, opened up compartment panels, and the cockpit roof hatch. The interior was detailed to reflect the current version of the HH-65. The model was painted with Tamiya rattlecan orange paint.
The helo, nicknamed “Tupper Wolf” (because of the actual helo constructed of plastic/fiberglass/polycarbon parts similar to Tupperware) sits on my USCGC CAMPBELL model at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.
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