|HH-60H Rescue Hawk by Arjen Balk|
The primary model in this aircraft carrier flight deck is the HH-60H Rescue hawk from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron six (HS-6) ‘Indians’. The basic model is the HobbyBoss HH-60H Rescue hawk (late version), but has been modified to represent the HH-60H Rescue hawk in Combat Search-and-Rescue (CSAR) configuration.
The advantage of the HobbyBoss model is that the helicopter can be built in various configurations and cabin layouts. Disadvantage was that the cockpit doors that come with the kit are closed, so when doors have to be open, they have to be cut out. Research is necessary to reflect reality, since it appears that a port window mounted GAU-17/A machine gun is not installed in combination with an extended wing (like with the HobbyBoss kit). Therefore the GAU-17/A was replaced by an M60D machine gun and the GAU-17/A was mounted in the cabin door.
To add more detail to the HH-60H and configure it for CSAR missions, the following modeling kits have been used:
- Armycast: HH-60H Rescue Hawk upgrade set
- Armycast: SH/HH60 weapons set
- PJproduction: SAR helicopter crew (set 721126)
- Authentic Decals: Sikorsky SH-60 F/H Ocean/Rescue Hawk Pacific Fleet
For the flight deck I added the following kits:
- Fujimi: Flight Deck Crew (and Carrier Tractor), set 35001
- White Ensign Models: USN Aircraft Carrier Deck Tie Down Set
Additionally, a lot more detail was added to the HH-60H, helicopter crew and flight deck crew.
LED-lighting was included for cockpit/cabin/winch/navigation/landing and anti-collision lights.
The idea was to combine the HH-60H on the flight deck with the F-14B (on the same flight deck) already displayed on this site.
Photos and text © 2013 by Arjen Balk
July 1, 2013