Italeri 1/48 SH-60J Seahawk
December 24, 2013 in Aviation
Here is my Italeri 1/48 scale SH-60 Seahawk finished in Japanese colors. Although I am not as pleased with this one as I am with my OH-58D, a great man once told me, ” I know where all the mistakes are, but I won’t tell you!”
I have been building models since I was 9, with a few breaks here and there. About 3 years ago I was able to start getting back into it, and this kit was going to be a warm-up and practice run for when I build my birds from my army days. My wife lived and worked in Japan for a few years before we were married, so she suggested I build this one up as a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.
Built not quite OOB, I added an Eduards interior set, only to be frustrated by how it came out and my lack of decent PE folding tools, so I closed up the cabin door and only left the pilot’s door open. I scratch-built the HF towel rack antenna out of sheet plastic and wire, and took my best guess at what the torpedoes should look like based on my less than successful attempt at finding photo references online.
Overall, it was a fun kit to build, although there are a few areas where some extra patience is an asset. It was a nice break from all the other grey stuff I have been making, and now its sitting in my own little personal museum at my cubicle at work.
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