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1/48 Italeri MH-60K Blackhawk

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Starting on Italeri’s 1/48 MH-60K. With this build I will be using Eduard’s “Big Ed” detail kit. Beginning with the cockpit I added the photo etch parts to the floor and console. As I started on the seats I noticed that the rear of the seats on the reference photos have a bin and bracing as well as a first aid bag behind headrest. Using some stock styrene sheets and rods I made the braces. I used a small piece of nylon cloth to make the first aid bags.

More photos in the build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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Moving forward after some corrections the cockpit section is almost done. I scratch built the fire extinguisher and painted the cockpit section the correct color. I then started work on the crew area. The photo etch comes with the support cables for one side of the crew seats and I used 32 AWG wire to replicate the other side. The molded in seat belts were  removed. I will make new seat belts out of cloth tape. I am working on making the turn buckles that go from the top of the seats to the supports. Need about 20 of them. Still have lots of details to add to the crew area.

Build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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More details on the crew cabin being added. Seat belts and turn buckles done. Working on the cabin roof. Need a few more details to be scratch built and some more photo etch to be added. Also the decals I ordered for the paint scheme arrived today. They are the Werner’s Wings decals representing the aircraft from Operation Gothic Serpent from the 160th Task Force known as the Night Stalkers. Includes markings from the infamous “Blackhawk Down” operation.

 

All the build photos can be seen at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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The Italeri 1/48 MH-60K cockpit and cabin ready to install into fuselage. Working on the adding details to the fuselage. Many of the vents and grates need to be cut out and replaced with photo etch details. Should be ready to close up fuselage soon.

All build photos are at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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Terrific start on the Big Sikorsky Blackhawk. PE details looks fantastic

Keep 'em comin

:popcorn:

Peter

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The continuing work on the 1/48 Italeri MH-60K Blackhawk. Fuselage together, starting to add photo etch details to the outside of the fuselage. It is slow going as there are over 170 pieces to add. The bottom and nose of fuselage is done. Working on the top and sides now. Still need to do the boom, some more on tail, and the main rotor.

See all the photos in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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Terrific work on the Big Sikorsky as the detail PE is amazing

Keep ‘em comin

Peter 

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After many hours of trimming, folding, and bending the numerous photo etch parts for the fuselage are now installed. Some minor finishing and some minor filling then the fuselage will be ready for painting. Still have some items left to build and detail like the main rotor, doors, and the machine guns.

 

See all the numerous build photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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Fantastic progress on the Blackhawk; PE details look perfect and can’t wait to see her in the painting stages.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter :thumbsup:

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Normally I'm a happy kind of guy. But today I am very not very happy. You may have been following my build of Itarei's 1/48 MH-60K Blackhawk SOA. Well the instructions have you install the MH-60L nose. So on one of my posts I was informed that the kit does supply the correct nose. So I looked and the part was missing. I contacted Italeri and they say to confirm part and it would cost 5 euro's to get the part and 20 days shipping. Well I used a coupon and purchased another kit due to time and figured later I can build a MH-60L.
Guess what???? On the newer kits Italeri REMOVES THE PART or has blocked it from being molded!!!!!! The photo is where the part is suppose to be. This is from a factory sealed kit.
 
If anyone has an older release of this kit and your tree has part E25 or if anyone knows of a resin replacement, Please contact me. The build is going to be on hold until I can locate the correct KILO nose.

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Update - Using the power of Facebook groups 3 others who have offered to send me the part checked their stash kit. All of them are missing this part.

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Wolfman_63,

 

That is some fantastic work you have going on 👍

 

That Eduard set really takes up to a new level. 

 

I’ll be looking for you next post for certain.

 

Great work,

 

Mr.Happy (In name only)

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So here is where I stand, Lone Star Models does not know when it will get to the MH-60K set. I contacted them. I found out that Italeri stopped molding this part. Many modelling friends on Facebook have looked in their MH-60K kits and the part is missing. The kit was released back in 2007 and the kit did include this part. It appears that sometime around 2012 Italeri stopped molding this part. It is the only part that is not in the kit.

A fellow modeller in Turkey has the K nose. The kit he has was molded in black. This may be the old RoG version (which Italeri used). He did not use the nose and has shipped the part to me. Not sure of shipping time from Turkey to U.S. so I will be doing some of the smaller details (main rotor, the guns, side doors, etc.). It is actually OK since next week I have two sons who are are going back to college and there is some travel involved. 

Stay tuned.

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So after realizing the Italeri kit does NOT include the correct nose, I surgically removed the “L” nose. Utilizing the numerous modeling forums and groups I was finally able to locate the correct nose from a fellow modeler in Ankara Turkey. The correct nose should be here late next week.

In the mean time I am working on the smaller details. Main rotor, machine guns, side doors have been detailed. Corrected the placement of the smaller antennas and started to base coat the model and rotors. The kit decals only have the black lettering for the warnings and such so I scanned the decal sheet in and changed the colors to the dark olive color used on the 160th Night Stalkers aircraft.

 

More photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

 

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Excellent work. This is work is something I wish I could aspire to.

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The MH-60K is now complete! Overall an OK model. I really still cannot believe Italeri purposely does not include the K nose. I have had many respond that their kits do not have the part as well. The only other thing is the cockpit clear parts do not fit very well. Took a lot of shaping to get them to fit OK. If I ever did another one I would fill the edges and then trim to fit the clear parts. With all the photo etch already installed I was not able to do it. The Werner’s Wings decals are awesome. They went on easily and just the right thickness. 

You can see all the build photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/

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