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Ever since finding this photo of the Balao-class sub USS Sealion, I have wanted to try and model her......

 

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All I needed was a 1/350 scale model of a Sikorsky HRS-3 helicopter to place on her widened deck aft of the fairwater.....

 

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Then I found that Shapeways Models made a 3D-printed S-55 helicopeter - so I was ready to start...

 

I'm using the AFV-Club Gato-class sub as a starting point.......

 

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Sealion is a Balao-class sub (improved Gato), so I needed a late-style fairwater - also made by Shapeways.....

 

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The S-55 helicopters are sold in blocks of 4 - and they are simply stunning....

 

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Here's a single example - all of 36mm (1.5in) long.......

 

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I just hope my failing eyesight and fat fingers can do it justice...

 

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All I need to do now is widen that decking aft of the fairwater........ watch this space.

 

Ken

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When she was converted to the transport role, Sealion's forward engines and torpedo tubes were removed to make room for storing equipment.

 

I have filled in the recesses for the tubes......

 

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The raised decking is made from plastic card - scored to match the kits decking....

 

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The new decking attached - with the new fairwater temporarily in place.....

 

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.... with the helicopter on deck (just to see what it looks like)....

 

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Ken

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Would be a fun challenge to paint that tiny Sikorsky as meticulously as possible!

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I'm just worried that I won't find any 'Marines' white lettering in my spares box - stars and bars should be OK - but painting those windows etc black is going to be a challenge :woot.gif:

 

.... and my eyesight is failing - which combined with my fat fingers - is not conducive to micro-modelling.

 

I'll do my best.

 

Ken

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That's a really cool subject!

 

I have a photo of my father as LSO for a similar trial, but on an LST

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I'm doing all this by eye - I have no drawings - so it won't be 100% accurate.....

 

Adding the side panels.....

 

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Blended in with filler....

 

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It's exagerated in this view - but I might have got the raised decking a tad too high???

 

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Here's a top view...

 

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A quick squirt of primer - and it doesn't look too bad....

 

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Ken

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Awesome. Keep up the good work. I'm planning on doing Sealion in 1/144 as she was for operations of Vietnam.

 

Dave

 

 

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