Dragon 1/144 SH-60F Seahawk "NSAWC Top Gun"
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
This is one of Dragon's double kits that includes two SH-60F Seahawks. Actually, there is a lot more in the kit besides two Seahawks as the way Dragon and others do their kits nowadays, you get much of what is needed to do a pair of Blackhawks as well. Of course, this is to use extant sprues to provide parts and in this case it is rotor blades and horizontal stab that are pulled from the second set of fuselage sprues.
The Seahawk sprues provide all the needed bits and pieces and includes a nicely done cockpit section. Also provided is a nicely done cabin, complete with operator's station and additional seats. This is not the norm with 1/144 scale kits and it is very nice to see that Dragon has added in this detailing. Thanks to a separate cabin side door, you can display all the work you put into this art of the kit. The seats even have harnesses molded on them. One thing you may wish to replace is the oversized cyclic and you also may want to install the collective as none are provided. Frankly, I doubt if you could see them even if they were included.
In line with other 1/144 kits from Dragon, the detailing is very well done. It may appear to be somewhat exaggerated for the scale, but once painted it does look quite nice. The entire nose section is clear plastic. This allows for hassle free clear bit installation, somewhat easier masking and the ability to fair in this part without too much worry about goofing up the clear bits.
Instructions are quite nicely done with Gunze and Model Master paint references. Both subjects are camouflaged versions with NSAWC/Top Gun based at Fallon, Nevada. The first one is painted in a grey and green camouflage scheme and carries the lightning bolt motif seen on some NSAWC aircraft.. In desert browns is the other aircraft and like the first has a small red star on the fuselage. Neither has US insignia. The small decal sheet (shown a twice life size) is well done and has several markings in two shades where the camo demarcation line would go. This means that great care has to be taken when painting these to be sure everything matches up.
Another superb small scale kit from Dragon. These two for one boxings seem to sell quite well as the LHS generally has difficulty keeping them in stock. This set is particularly appealing as these helos are not festooned with all sorts of scabbed on antennas, dispensers and other items one often sees on modern helos.
My thanks to www.dragonmodelsusa.com for the review kit. Get yours at your local shop or ask them to order it for you.
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