MH-53E Sea Dragon
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 1065 MH-53 E Sea Dragon
|Contents and Media:
||109 light grey plastic parts on
three sprues, 11 very clear plastic parts on one sprue, decals for 2
aircraft plus a 5 page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts
plan, 13 build drawings and 2 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
USD$17.99 available online from Squadron
from £7.65 available online from Hannants
||Very detailed inside and out;
excellent clear parts an decals.
||Some flash evident.
||Recommended to all helicopter buffs.
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale
MH-53 is available online from Squadron.com
The three engined MH-53 E Sea Dragon is the U.S. Navy's
Mine-Sweeping Helicopter built by Sikorsky and based on the two-engined
HH-53 C Jolly Green Giant (Italeri kit No 1035) which saw service in the
1960s as a Marine Corp transport and a U.S. Air Force special rescue
The Sea Dragon has the power to carry all the necessary heavy equipment
and tow the mine-sweeping sled which is dropped into the sea to detect
mines. It is also employed by the Japanese Self Defense Force.
This is not a new kit by Italeri but a re-release. The moulds are
beginning to show their age with a bit more flash than we've become used
to from this maker of excellent small scale helicopter kits. The
interior is well detailed except it carries none of the mine-sweeping
equipment mentioned above so maybe it is better to keep it all buttoned
up if that is possible.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The “A” sprue has the interior floor, fuselage bottom,
most of the cockpit interior parts, seven main rotors, tail rotor,
under-carriage legs and wheels, rotor-head parts and many other small
“B” carries the fuselage halves, tail boom bottom and winglet, external
engines and cockpit seats.
Sprue “D” has the two three-piece under-carriage pods and a frame that
goes under the tail boom and I think has something to do with the
All of these parts in light grey plastic are beautifully moulded except
for the above mentioned flash with mainly raised panel detail and lots
of well detailed extremely small bits.
The clear sprue is marked “C” and comes with a completely glazed nose
and ten windows, three of which are not for use in this kit.
There are decals for two aircraft, one U.S, Navy in Grey with low-vis
markings and Black walk-ways on the top surfaces and a more colorful
JSDF aircraft in White and Grey also with the Black walk-ways on top.
Oddly, the low-vis and walk-way markings are matt while
the Japanese decals are quite glossy, not that it really matters as both
are beautifully printed as we've come to expect from Zanchetti
Buccinasco of Milan.
As I have stated in previous reviews, I believe Italeri
is the best maker of 1/72 scale helicopters in the hobby. This kit is no
exception, so if your into choppers and you don't have this one then you
had better start saving those cents or new-pennies.
Don't miss out.
Recommended to all chopper enthusiasts.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 06 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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