Sikorsky S-62 in 1/32 scale
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Modelling report
Sikorsky S-62 in 1/32 scale kit review & modelling report: half scratch and half of a toy model

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The main parts now first got a white base coat to check for any errors.

The overall fuselage was assembled. All glass work was protected with masking tape. Now loads of putty were used. I use the white car filler of Alabastine (in Dutch "autoplamuur") . 

The rear tailrotor mast was set at an angle as on a S-62. After the putty dried, sanding was done. Next, a white base coat was added and some new putty/filler was needed in places.

The rear of the main upper rotor fairing was made smooth, removed the large cooling vent. Some strip was set in place here. 

The result is seen here with again some filling; the "white dots" are filled gaps with hidden metal screws of the toy model. The starboard engine is not there on a real S-62. A new port flat fairing was made with card and loads op putty.

The location of the sponsons was determined as situated next to the cockpit. Metal struts were used from thick metal wire and plastic tubing. Holes were drilled to fit in the struts to get a strong assembly. The main upward strut got an airfoil shape. 

The S-62 has an undercarriage with two big wheels. The wheels were luckily found in the spares box. The smaller rear wheel was also found in the spares box.

The model was now ready for the colours. But there are numerous "raised rivets" on this helicopter as on many many helicopters. And in 1/32 scale they are visible. So I used "raised rivets" from Micro-Mark that makes them for railroad railcar models. These rivet decals are real value for money and I highly recommend them!

Strips of raised rivets were cut and applied as a normal decal on the S-62 model. They will be seen when covered with paint.

After several rivet decals set on the model, a gloss white finish was applied with the Harder Steenbeck airbrush using MR.HOBBY GUNZE SANGYO H1 white acrylic but any white can off course be used.

The horizontal stabilizer was made from a piece of scrap plastic found in the spares box. It was sanded in an airfoil shape.

The tailrotor was made from blades found in the spares box as well and shaped. Its diameter is 85 mm in 1/32 scale. Its hub was made from metal rod and some plastic bits.

The S-62 would be made as a KLM NOORDZEE HELICOPTERS "PH-NZB" model. So I had to make my own decals. With a text editor the markings were made. The lower S-62 base coat is white, so a white decalsheet from BARE METAL FOIL was used, for INKTJET printing.

These are the markings I made with the text editor: 

The blue is very dark, note that this varied over the years for KLM operated helicopters and aircraft. The KLM "crown" is also very dark blue. 

The home printed decals got at least 5 coats of Johnson Future/Kleer/Pledge clear acrylic varnish applied with the airbrush. So each marking decal should be cut out separately and applied to the model.

But first, the blue striping was applied to the tailsection. With masking tape this was done and the airbrush. Colours used were for the Gunze Sangyo H15 Dark blue acrylic and for the lighter blue Gunze Sangyo H25 acrylic. Thinning is needed with the special Gunze Sangyo acrylic thinner. 
The white circle on the tail with KLM was also done with round cut masking tape.

The main rotor top fairing is red as well as the horizontal stabilizer. Revell aqua 36131 Feuerrot red was used. 

Some white re-touch work is still needed here. This will blend each home printed decal into the surrounding area.

The tailrotor blades are black with red-white-red tips and a metal central hub.The horizontal stabilizer was set in place, after being airbrushed red. Its metal struts were than painted white. Some small holes were drilled to get a strong joint. 

The tail wheel was made with some spare parts from the spares box. 

The main rotor blades are gull grey Fed.Std FS36440 (for which Gunze Sangyo H325 was used) on upper surfaces and black lower surfaces. The tips are yellow. 

The main rotor hub was made with bits and pieces of the New Ray hub, but it should be 3-bladed. The attachments were re-enforced with bended metal etch bits. The main rotor is not fixed in place. It fits into a bit of round tube at the rotor fairing floor.
There is a winch above the cabin door. This was made from scrap with bits and pieces of metal strut as well and a "hook". 

The black smoke panel was airbrushed and some vents and grills set in place painted black.

Inside the passenger cabin it was decided to make the model in "bare transport mode" with seats removed. From some card and rod a wooden pallet was made with an "equipment piece on it that needed quick transport to a rig". The piece was tied with tiebands.

The windscreen fits OK, but the port cockpit sliding window was set open for a change. 
The upper windows got a coat of transparant green with the airbrush using TAMIYA X-25 Clear Green thinned 50% with Tamiya X-20A thinner. 

Finally, the S-62 has, as many helicopters, antenna wires. Some antenna struts were set in drilled opened holes and fitted. With superglue, stretched wires were set using EZ-line; this is a flexible wire. (alternatively use thin fishing wire and paint black).
Also some small blade antennas were set in place. 

      Here the raised rivets made with the Micro-Mark decals are well seen on the lower boat hull. 

Wheels were set in place. The struts are metallic and white. Some small anti-collision lights in red and green were made from scrap transparant plastic and set in place.

This completed this 1/32 scale S-62 model of KLM NOORDZEE HELICOPTERS 

The S-62 of KLM was used a lot for offshore transport work to oil rigs in the North Sea. So for display purposes, it would be nice to make "rig" helicopter platform.

Using CARTON PLUME foamboard from CANSON , that can be easily cut and assembled, a rig platform was made. It was airbrushed in various colours with acrylics and with a large "H" marking on top using masking tape. Some "weathering" was done as well. This board is really recommended to make any structure for us modellers. Architectural models are made of it.

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