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Sikorsky H-34 French Navy Hobbyboss 1:72

May 5, 2017 in Aviation

Another recent finished model is the Sikorsky H-34 in the colours of the French Navy.
I started allmost 4 years ago with the build, but due to mainly business duties I was only able to finish this build just now.
I like to build subjects which do not appear often, and with the yellow and blue it stands out with the usual grey camo on Navy aircraft and helicopters.
Another interesting thing is that it shows the licence build H-34 from Sikorsky by Sud-Aviation in France.
The right decals to show this are present and have their place on the tail of the aircraft.
In total the French Navy, Airforce and Army had 301 of these helicopters. 166 of these where licence build in France by Sud Aviation.
The Hobbyboss kit is an easy build, with interior details somewhat simple,, but it does the job. The guns are part of the kit and this configuration was used in Algeria amongst others. Painting was done with Revell aquacolours and some light weathering with pastels. Decals are very thin, but with patience they worked well. For me another nice addition and fun to build. I hope you like it too.

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16 responses to Sikorsky H-34 French Navy Hobbyboss 1:72

  1. Nicely done, sir…..more so in that “small-ish” scale. 🙂

  2. Great build! It reminds me that I got a couple of helos waiting to be built.

  3. Smart choice of livery neatly carried out.

  4. Looks good Ferry, well done.

  5. Ferry, I’m with you – the blue & yellow stands out well. Your version is excellent! Bravo!

  6. Hello Ferry,
    Nice build in very attractive color scheme. If I am right, the Sud Aviation had one exhaust pipe and the US had three exhaust pipes.
    Could this be explained by some technician on this forum!
    Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.

    • Hello Dirk,
      Thank you for your nice comment. Yes there have been some variations in the exhausts. Originaly the Sikorsky built HSS-1 and later H34-A had the single and low mounted exhaust. The French built H34 was based on the HSS-1, hence the single exhaust. Belgium used this version as well.
      American production series HSS-1N and all later built versions of the H34 including the S-58C had the triple exhaust, which was mounted higher in the nose. All these models used various versions of the Wright Cyclone radial piston engine.
      Hope this explains a liitle bit more Dirk.
      Best wishes, Ferry.

  7. Nice looking build, and agree that an uncommon scheme stands out.

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