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MH-60J Jayhawk Conversion

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With all the major construction complete, it was on to painting. I started by painting the interior a light blue/green color as seen in reference photos. I used Model Master Russian Aircraft Interior Blue as a close match. For reference, I used the photos of an MH-60J from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NJ as seen on Prime Portal. On the starboard side, I also added the winch controls. On the port side, the web seat was made out of lead foil and styrene rod. The crew seats along the back wall are the left over kit pilots’ seats with scratch-built frame supports and Eduard PE belts. All detail painting was done by hand using a small (000) brush.

The USCG rescue basket was scratch-built. It is made out of 0.020 brass rod soldered and super glued together, bridal veil tool for the mesh bottom, and A & B putty for the flotation rolls on either end.

USCG MH-60Js are full of rescue gear and equipment. I filled the interior of mine with a slew of gear as well. I used various bags and bundles from my spares bin to fill out the load. I also made a hanging gear organizer that hold flash lights and other assorted small items that hangs on the small wall section next to the starboard door and a map case out of A&B putty as well. I painted and added decals to the gear bags to add detail to them. I placed them around the cabin in a random arrangement that looked right to me. It is quite full, and unfortunately, you can only see about half of the bags and details once the helo is closed up. Oh well, I know its all in there.
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About the Author

About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.


Comments

Well done Gino! Love the hi-viz scheme these machines wear. Excellent build! "Q"
MAY 17, 2009 - 03:42 AM
Thanks for posting it Rowan. It turned out to be a great-looking article.
MAY 17, 2009 - 11:38 AM
Fantastic Jayhawk. You have great scratchbuilding skiils!!!
MAY 24, 2009 - 02:41 AM
Thanks for the kudos Matt. Glad you like it.
MAY 27, 2009 - 11:47 AM