Accurate Miniatures 1/100 SH-60B Seahawk






Generic USN


Scott Van Aken






Back in the late 1970's there was a need to replace the SH-2FLAMPS helos on destroyers and frigates. The Navy put out a tender for a newhelicopter and that was won by Sikorsky and their H-60 design. A much largerhelo that the SeaSprite, the Seahawk is much more capable, thanks to its abilityto carry larger and heavier subsystems.

Using the same basic airframe as the Army's UH-60 Blackhawk, theSeahawk has been developed further by the navy into an SH-3 replacement; theSH-60F, and a replacement SAR helo, the HH-60F which has additional armor andexhaust deflectors for operation in hostile environments. With the exception ofthe Marine Corps, all branches of the US Armed Services use the H-60 in one roleor another.  


   Considering the size of the finished kit, one gets quite afew parts for the money. Most of the 50+ pieces are in the usual light greyplastic. There are a number of clear bits and weapons include two torpedoes. Atrailing Magnetic Anomaly Detector is also included. There is no detail in theaft cabin where the sensor operators have their positions, but this is rathertypical of many helicopter kits.

Detail on the parts looks very good, and though I haven't test fit anypieces, it appears that fit should be good. Instructions are on the back of thebox and the 4 steps appear rather complete and logical. There is a small decalsheet that is basically just insignia and NAVY titles. It would have been niceto have a few unit tailcodes and such as well. These should not be thatdifficult to make from various letter/number decals sheets. 

These kits were some of the first ever released by Accurate Miniatures, buthave gotten almost no attention from the building public. Other helos in theseries includes an AH-64, AH-1 Cobra, and USAF HH-60. Not sure what else isavailable, but it would be nice if there was an SH-2 and SH-3 available.


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