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  1. You are correct about the struts. They were not round but flattened out with a bit of an aerodynamic shape. I know this picture is from the front but it does show how the aux tanks are attached to the sponsons. A little history, when the Air Force wanted to make a better rescue platform than the HH-3, Sikorsky took 8 CH-53A airframes and broke them in two places. This allowed Sikorsky to beef up the structure to allow for the added weight of the aux tanks. The structure allowed the aux tanks to “float” a bit which dampened out some of the normal vibrations. Which is why I think the “B” model airframes were smoother in flight. The second H-53 I ever flew (in 1977) was HH-53B 66-14428, the last H-53 I flew (in 1996) was MH-53J 66-14428. It changed quite a bit over the years.
  2. It would be great if a model of the “B” version was made. However, it is understandable that none have been made as there were only 8 made. I have flown both the “B” and “C” versions and in my opinion the “B” version gave the smoothest ride.
  3. Lad, if you are building the Italeri kit, make sure you reverse the tail rotor. The kit has it turning the wrong direction.
  4. The last time I looked at Lone Star website it did not have any products for sale. Has he opened it up?
  5. It was always interesting to see a C-5 on the ramp. Usually, we asked, “Where are we going this time”?
  6. Yes, when the helicopter was transported by C-5 the helicopter was basically disassembled. The main rotors, rotor head, main transmission, aux tanks, aux tank supports, and one tail rotor blade were removed. It was quite a process. Then when the helicopter got to where it was going, the maintainers has 12 hours to put it all back together for a flight crew to do an air test on her.
  7. The USAF MH-53J/M had folding rotors. The HH-53B/C and CH-53C did not have folding rotors.
  8. The main rotor blades on a USAF HH-53C were not foldable. So folding the rotors would not be correct.
  9. I do have a question. If this kit is a rebox of the Italeri ACH-47A, why did they include decals for the Spanish and British chinooks? I’m pretty sure neither of those countries bought the “A” model Chinook.
  10. The CH-53A’s that the USAF obtained all came with EAPS. They also had the -6B engines. I remember having to be very careful when flying them out of Kirtland AFB as the engines were not very powerful. Externally, they looked just like any other H-53. Once we put the titanium rotor blades, hoist, air refueling probe and the -100 engines on them, they became very good helicopters. I landed one in the Pecos mountains one night at 12,500 feet during a rescue.
  11. I just noticed a conversion set for the revell H-53 kit to make it into a MH-53J. Go to the Lone Star Models site. They have most of what you will need. They do not have the main rotor blades.
  12. The thing about the CH-53E and the MH-53J/M being different is true. To use Sikorsky’s designations: the Three engine versions are the S-80, while the two engine versions are the S-65. Nothing on the three engine -53s are compatible with the two engine versions.
  13. Yes, it is 1/72 scale. If you are willing to part with it I’ll be happy to take it.
  14. I recently bought the Italeri H-19A helicopter model kit from eBay. The windshield’s bottom left and right corners are broken off. The corners are not in the kit. Does anyone know where I can get another windshield? Thanks. Bob
  15. 11Bee, go to a website called the Pave Cave. It is a site dedicated to the Pave Low helicopter and its crews. Under the photos page, there is a section called pre Pave. On the second page of this section, there are a couple of NRS HH-53Cs. You can tell by the small squareish object on the left side of the nose. That is the low light level TV turret. When in use, it only moved up and down. I can not find any cockpit pictures. Hope this is helpful. Bob
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