Mach 2 – Sikorsky HO3S-1 – 1/72 scale.
I decided to build this kit considering the important contribution of this real aircraft to helicopters development, as well at its operational utility. I intended first to do a Toko-Ri version, then I decided for one in the yellow scheme due to the small sizes of the kit. So in dark blue it would become almost a small fly (LOL).
The general quality of this kit is very poor. Unfortunately, this is a trademark of Mach2 kits, although they use to make rare theme subjects. The kit has a lot of flash, and thickness of all plastic parts is really excessive, and is totally misaligned. Clear parts are rough and almost milky. The review by Alex’s 72 is complete and with very nice accuracy.
Several adjustments to improve fittings,
Almost complete scratchbuilding of a new winch,
Very hard work to improve clear parts, with sanding, polishing and then Future Wax,
Making of a new glass nose from heat-stretched PET,
Space filling under the main undercarriage,
Antenna masts from sprues,
Seat belts from lead plate and
I used to this battle:
Squadron Green Putty,
Enamel main yellow,
Polyester other colors,
Inkjet handmade printed decals,
and oils for wheathering.
This is one of my worst results in this hobby, not only for the kit bad quality but also due to construction and finishing itself (my fault). Finally, a low accuracy of the model but unusual subject, and a bright color on my finished models shelf.
This text was reviewed by my friend and modeler José Reinaldo.
Review by Alex’s 72
Imodeler post by George Chatzidakis:
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