by Rich Dann
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Here is my Cobra 1/48 SH-60B. Wow! All I can say is
that these folks really did their homework.
Building this kit is not easy, but not too bad if you exercise a bit of
planning and restraint. I worked on mine for while and then set it aside
for about a year. Now its done and I like the results.
Interestingly, you can build this kit from the outside....in! All the
interior parts can go through the cockpit opening.
I'd have to say the trickiest part of the entire kit is getting the nose
section and windshield installed.
Having close to 1400 hours in the "Bravo" I have a good feel for the
aircraft. All the interior parts were well cast and accurate in shape. I
certainly hope that Cobra ends up releasing the interior parts for their
B/F Hawks as an aftermarket set for the upcoming Italeri kit.
The -60s I flew were painted in a three-tone gray, with Dark Ghost Gray,
Light Ghost Gray and Light Gray. You can see the demarcation in the
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
When it came to the choice of markings, there was
no question as to which aircraft I would do. I did "Oceanlord 22", BuNo
162991, one of two Bravos we had on USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) during DESERT
STORM. This was the aircraft with my name painted on the sides.
Fortunately, it is one of the decal options with the kit. There are
several images of this aircraft in My Squadron/Signal Blackhawk Walk
Around. Interestingly, this was the first Bravo to receive the FLIR/Hellfire
upgrade a few years back.
My crews found two mines during the war and the symbols are painted on
the electronics doors.
Overall, I liked this kit. A modeling challenge, but certainly well
within my skills.
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2003 by Rich Dann
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