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S-61A Sea King 'Antarctica Observation'

Cyber Hobby 1/72 S-61A Sea King 'Antarctica Observation' Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review March 2014 Manufacturer Cyber Hobby
Subject S-61A Sea King 'Antarctica Observation' Scale 1/72
Kit Number 5111 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Great details, new parts for this version Cons None
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $39.95

First Look

Sea King
Sea King
Sea King
Sea King

Dragon is back with another release of the Sea King Helicopter family. This time it is the S-61A version in J.M.S.D.F. markings.

The kit consists of 185 styrene parts molded in grey and 21 styrene parts molded in clear. All of the parts feature very nice details. Some flash is present, but should not present any problems during assembly. Markings are included one aircraft:

Shirase Flight Division Yokosuka District, HS-101 J.M.S.D.F., Tateyama A.B. Aircraft in overall dark grey with an orange nose.

Some key features of this kit are:

  • Cockpit glazing realistically presented with crystal clear parts
  • Rearview mirrors molded on cockpit
  • Newly designed S-61A
  • 5 blade tail rotor realistically produced
  • Detailed landing gear and buoyancy sponsons
  • Authentic rotor system
  • New spot light
  • Curved clear parts
  • Realistic steps
  • Strengthened landing gear
  • Realistic pilot seats
  • Slightly curved rotor blades
  • Sonobuoy cover

Test fitting of the main parts show that overall fit is nice. No problems should be encountered during assembly.

My sincere thanks to DML for this review sample!