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1 hour ago, thegoodsgt said:

Are these Res-Kit fuel tanks the Late 650 gallon variant?

 

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Yes, they are the large 650 gal tanks in the bottom photo of the MH-53J/M.  RH-53Ds & CH-53Es also used them.  MH-53Es had the super large sponsons, instead.

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3 hours ago, KursadA said:

I contacted Res-Kit and they are willing to do the drop tanks and the early HH-53B braces/pylons. What we now need is a good set of drawings and photos.

A 1/48 pair of 450-gal F-105-style tanks shouldn't present a problem - I'm guessing there are Thunderchief scale plans available which include them; alternatively, the Airfix 1/72 kit items could be 'scaled up'...

 

I'm not aware, however, of any scale plans of the HH-53B - and whilst the bracing struts would be fairly easy to replicate just from photos, the fuselage-to-tank mount 'fairings' on top of the sponsons will be a little more problematical. The best photo references I've found for them are part of the walkarounds here: http://www.arcair.com/awa01/801-900/awa812-MH-53J-Collings/00.shtm and here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle3/th-53j_66-14432/index.php?Page=1

There's also this full-size version of the head-on shot I posted on page three: https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/6438644/content/arcmedia/stillpix/330-cfd/1989/DF-ST-89-09541.jpeg

 

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I wrote to Reskit asking about MH-53J conversion for the upcoming Academy rebox of Fujimi kit. And also for some MAWS and ALQ-157 IR jammers, to use on USAF and Navy Navy/Marines birds. We will see ...

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On 6/14/2022 at 12:37 PM, andyf117 said:

Four types of tanks carried by USAF H-53s - there were a few variations on the intermediate types, in shape, fin type, and how it was carried.

Kursad's profiles depict the three main types - the 'intermediate' in the second pic below appears to have only been carried by USAFE aircraft.

As always, check references for what's appropriate for the subject being depicted. Click to enlarge.

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If we label these four pictures 1 - 4.  One being the top picture and four being the bottom.  I'm assuming that the Res kit tanks are #4.  My question is: which pictures correspond to the two types of tanks in the Revell kit?  Also, do certain batwings go with certain tanks?  Revell supplies two different types of batwings and two types of tanks and I'm not sure what goes with what?  TIA

 

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TIA, 

 

The Revell kit re-tooled their offering and included the CH-53E style blades and upgraded bat wings and 650 gallon tanks to model the CH-53G/GS.  The Reskit 650 gallon tanks are indeed picture #4.  The kit supplied tanks in the new CH-53G/GS are correct tanks for both a USMC, USN, and USAF late H-53's. In picture #3, you can use the original batwings and tanks from the Revell kit early release and your batwings will be correct.

 

Remember if you choose to do the picture #4 USAF version, you will need to modify the CH-53G/GS batwings by cutting out some of the fairing in the rear of the batwing to tank mounting area.  For some reason the USAF batwings have a gap back there instead of panels covering that gap like installed on the Navy/Marine version of the same batwing.  But this can easily be done.

USAF_late_tanks.jpg

Above I have highlighted the cut out area of the last batwing the USAF used.  You would have to modify the CH-53G/GS revell supplied batwings to make this version.  Not hard.  The kit supplied tanks are correct as well.  Reskit tanks are correct too, and have no seams to sand.

 

USMC_USN_USAF_batwing.jpg

 

The above batwing and tank is supplied in the earlier releases of the 1/48th Revell CH-53D with HMH-363 markings and jeep and howitzer included.

See below picture:

 

revell_early_ch53.jpg

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On 6/15/2022 at 3:26 PM, andyf117 said:

I'm not aware, however, of any scale plans of the HH-53B - and whilst the bracing struts would be fairly easy to replicate just from photos, the fuselage-to-tank mount 'fairings' on top of the sponsons will be a little more problematical. The best photo references I've found for them are part of the walkarounds here: http://www.arcair.com/awa01/801-900/awa812-MH-53J-Collings/00.shtm and here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle3/th-53j_66-14432/index.php?Page=1

There's also this full-size version of the head-on shot I posted on page three: https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/6438644/content/arcmedia/stillpix/330-cfd/1989/DF-ST-89-09541.jpeg

 

Andrew,

Didn't Aviation News Plans Service offer a set of 1/72 H-53 scale drawings?  Let me dig through my AN plans to see if I can locate them.

K/r,

Dutch

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