Build by: Ricky (Helo) Wong
Build Date: September 21, 2019
US NAVY Helicopter Transport Squadron HC-11
Ricky (Helo) Wong, is an avid helicopter/aircraft/armour/diorama/figures modeller. His well-versed skills in all these areas of scale modelling are brought to bear this time on the Academy 1:48 CH-64D kit which was released sometime back in 2005.
Of particular interest to Ricky for this kit are the beautiful markings provided for Helo 63 with the American flag well-adorned to the front portion of the helicopter. This special decoration scheme on a “Delta” navy version of the SeaKnight, was assigned to the “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Composite Squadron Eleven (HC-11), aboard the fast combat ship USS Camden.
For this project, he used the new set of resin product from Black Dog: CH-46 Bull Frog Big Set. This set includes the front and rear engine compartment, instrument panel and the front avionics bay.
Also, he also used the Eduard photoedge Big set for the CH-46 and Aires 50 Cal machine guns.
Generally, this Academy kit is a pretty good kit except for some issues with the poor adhering decals and a few poor fitting joints, especially at the bottom of the fuselage.
Ricky super-detailed his project with extra details on the interior by scratch building the extra details on the floor, adding floor hock up rings, adding wires on the ceiling. He also scratch build all the cargo interior seats.
To improve clarity, Ricky took the extra steps to vacuform new dome-shaped cargo windows to replace the kit’s windows. For the flat round windows on the side of the fuselage, he laser cut new round ones from 1.5mm thick clear plexiglass.
For this model, Ricky used Humbrol enamel for painting, oil paint for weathering. He used the Kit’s decal except for the big American flag. As we all know, the decals that come with Academy kits are generally very POOR!!!! Some don’t adhere well or even simply just roll up upon release from the backer sheet. Hence, Ricky did not want to take the chance and opted to mask and paint the American flag instead. However, he used the stars decals provided in the kit to finish this project.
Seaknight Family Navy & Marine Corps, by Philippe Dognon and Christian Bouschon, Landing Zone Publications.