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MH-60R Seahawk

Kitty Hawk Models 1/35 MH-60R Seahawk Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2021 Manufacturer Kitty Hawk Models
Subject MH-60R Seahawk Scale 1/35
Kit Number 50008 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Best Seahawk kit in any scale (to date) Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $139.95

First Look

MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60R Seahawk

As Sikorsky's H-60 airframe continued to prove its capabilities and versatility, a new multirole variant was developed to provide a combination of SH-60B and SH-60F capabilities along with improved avionics. This new variant is the MH-60R which remains in service today and in addition to the new avionics, the aircraft is also armed with the new Mk.54 torpedo and the AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and more recently received a new MAD (magnetic anomoly detector) suite.

Kitty Hawk Models has released two more Seahawk variants: the MH-60R (this kit) and the HH-60H. The kit is molded in the usual light gray styrene and presented on 13 parts trees plus two trees of clear parts, and one fret of photo-etched parts. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Nicely detailed flight deck
  • Great main cabin details
  • Nice T700 engines w/detailed IR suppressor exhaust shrouds=
  • Positionable engine access doors
  • Nicely detailed rotor head and swash plate
  • Main rotor blades are positionable - flight or folded
  • Tail boom is positionable - flight or folded
  • Optional racks included for folded main rotor blades
  • Rescue winch
  • Accurate horizontal stabilator with handholds and folding points
  • Positionable flight deck doors
  • Positionable main cabin door
  • Positionable side window(s)
  • ASW operator's console in main cabin
  • Sonobuoy rack in main cabin
  • Avionics bay in nose with positionable cover
  • Nose-mounted FLIR turret

The kit provides the following external stores (see notes):

  • 1 x door-mounted gun
  • 1 x window-mounted gun
  • 2 x external fuel tanks
  • 2 x torpedoes
  • 4 x AGM-114 Hellfire

Markings are included for six options:

  • MH-60R, 168121, HSM-78, -/700
  • MH-60R, 167007, HSM-73, -/700
  • MH-60R, 168128, HSM-73, -/700
  • MH-60R, 166524, HSM-41. TS/425
  • MH-60R, 167050, HSM-35, -/35
  • MH-60R, 168101, HSM-49, -/100

The only thing that should be noted is that some of the colorful graphic art seems to be printed too dark compared to the full-scale artwork by Shayne Meder.

This is another outstanding release from Kitty Hawk and is easily the best MH-60R kit available in any scale (less than 1:1).

My sincere thanks to Kitty Hawk Models for this review sample!

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