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Sikorsky SH-3D – Airfix 1/72 scale

The Marinha do Brasil received the first four units of the Sikorsky SH-3D from the USA, delivered through USS-America carrier in 1970. These helicopters came to compose the First Anti Submarine Squad, located in the Naval Air Base of São Pedro da Aldeia – RJ.

The Airfix kit used is very well known, first injected in 1969, and not necessary to describe its quality and characteristics.

I went to build the first version used in Brazil, so I had good memories about my first aviation magazine I had gotten circa 1974, in which there was a beautiful picture on the cover.

The construction couldn’t be completely OOB, but it was almost that.

Summary:
Some improvements in the cockpit with pedals and seat belts from Airwaves photo etched.
Lots of filling and sanding of almost all rivets.
Closed some windows.
Most of decals home made and a part of them from FCM Decals.
Tamiya White Putty and all painting in polyester inks and
Oils for weathering.

Finally another showy model in my collection of models operated by Brazilian Armed Forces.

Search source:
Book Aeronaves Militares Brasileiras; Flores, Jackson Jr. – Action Editora.
First squad of anti-submarine helicopters
http://www.rudnei.cunha.nom.br/Asas%20sobre%20os%20mares/en/index.html
Brazilian Naval Aviation
http://www.rudnei.cunha.nom.br/Asas%20sobre%20os%20mares/en/index.html

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13 responses to Sikorsky SH-3D – Airfix 1/72 scale

  1. That’s a nice Sea King, Roberto.
    Your Country’s markings look great, you doing a beautiful job on them!

  2. Very good!
    I think that trying to reproduce the subject of a (historical) picture is one of the most satisfactory approaches in scale modeling.
    Excellent job with home made decals!

  3. Well done – really looks nice in those colors.

  4. Great job on this Sikorsky, Roberto.
    Not so often seen a Brazilian build.
    Your home made decals are really nice.

  5. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Beautiful model Roberto.
    Very nice and clean work all around.
    Those Brazilian markings give this model a look of it’s own, just beautiful.

  6. Great job on a classic Airfix kit, Roberto (@boblucio). The kit looks particularly good in Brazilian markings. Nice job on the homemade decals.

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