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Thanks Rick: for those in the Forum who advised that they will be building this Helicopter, I came across a good reference for both RN and RAF Sea King photos, here it is. Westland Sea King - Rotary Wing Aircraft Walkarounds - Britmodeller.com

The above solved one of my problems relating to the Sand Filter. Here is a close-up of the FlightPath Sand Filter provided.

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The edges did not seem to match the long range photos I have seen so far until I found these photos.

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It looks as if the filter packs are covered with a fine mesh screen which, from a distance gives the appearance of straight black edges. It might be possible to simulate this by misting on some Tamiya 'Smoke' onto thin clear Perspex, will experiment nearer the time. Cheers Derek

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Derek, these filters have dozens of circular inlets on the black panels. From memory the idea is that air is drawn through and passes through a type of vortex generator that expels any particle to the edge and out of the air before it enters the compressor. The particles are ejected through impeller fans located on the lower sides next to the mounting feet. The two panels on the top are hinged for access to the compressors to do inspections. There is a secondary cone shaped screen over these (we used to call them Madonna's tits) with a spray diffuser incorporated for doing a compressor wash, the connectors for these are next to the LH impeller on the EAPS/SNIPS. Salt builds up on the blades and degrades the preformance of the engines I would paint these panels solid black as they are not mesh at all.
 
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Thanks Rick, I see what you mean about there being no mesh. I went back to the website above, took a copy of the photo, enlarged and enhanced it, so that I had a clearer idea for my own benefit. Think I will pin wash the embossed bits on the photo etch with black then mask and apply the smoke so that the demarcation between the vortex nozzles and surrounding frame can be seen as the picture. Thanks for the info. Cheers Derek
 
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Had a rather frustrating week; started to scratch build the stretcher using 0.88mm dia. Evergreen but it proved too floppy. Found some 20G plastic coated wire from the bosses floral arranging stuff so have destroyed my finger tips cutting/filing and super gluing the stretcher together, here is the results, still to clean it up before priming, but should be reasonably presentable when its inside the Helicopter hanging off the wall.

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Assembled the cockpit as supplied with the kit. The kit comes with embossed dials/switches and instrument decals but I filed off the detail as I have the Eduard Zoom set. Notice the white plasticard on the right hand side of the pedestal between the pilots, had to narrow the console as per the Eduard instructions.

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Will now fit the 'Flightpath' internal photo etch and scratch build the passenger seats.

Cheers Derek

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Nice bit of scratch-building there. That orange must be among the worst ever colours for a kit, surely?
 
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Thanks for your comments lads; yes I agree I hate coloured plastic, wish they would all stick to grey.

Here are a couple of shots showing all the photo etch provided for the cabin internals with the Flightpath conversion set. They also provide a nice photo etch for the crew door internal surfaces which I will fit later.

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Have also opened up the Crew and Cargo doors before I start the scratch built cabin interior details.

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Cheers Derek

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Nice work Derek the bit of PE at the back looks like a cooker Ha Ha
 

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Derek great job scratching the basket! Loving that PE in there as well!
 

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Great work Derek, looking forward to more soon.
 
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Hi Rick, wonder if you can help with a query. I am scratch building the interior of the cabin, but despite doing a long google search and a look at the available programs on Demand 5 'Highland Emergency' I cannot find any photos of the cabin interion betwen the Crew Entry Door and the Radar/Radio Operators position. A flight simulator game suggests that it is a shelf unit.

Woould be obliged if you or anyone else can through some light on this. Many thanks. Cheers Derek
 
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I don't have any interior photo's Derek but the link below leads to a forum detailing someone elses attempt at a HAR3. The rack between the personell door and radshack has a load of avionics boxes (LRU's) fitted to it. On top there is a rapid water boiler and another LRU. When crewed in the crew's NVG google boxes are stowed on top. The NVG boxes are foam covered in waterproof fabric and are about the size of WW2 cardboard gas mask boxes. I think that some of the blanks or blades socks are stowed here but I can't be sure.

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Thanks for your fast reply Rick. I have the photo etch next to the door so there won't be much to see anyway, so I will just add some selving. Thanks again. Cheers Derek
 
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thats looking very tasty last seaking i did was the airfix one it pants compared to yours.

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Hi Derek,

Great work. But may I be pedantic? The top shelf on the LH rack is a touch too high for me. And the RH rack doesn't have a bulkhead to the cabin roof, it is about 4-5 feet high. I found a useful site withe reference photo's for you. Lots of Seakings with a HAR3 buried in there somewhere.

Westland Sea King - Rotary Wing Aircraft Walkarounds - Britmodeller.com

In fact, there even some shots of a 203 sqn cab (XZ593 I think) on the SAR dispersal at RAF Lossiemouth. In these shots you can see the typical readiness state of the cab's when parked as I described in an earleir post.
 
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Thanks Gents for your encouragement.

Rick, I will incorporate your observations in my next posting, thanks for the advise. I was aware of the website you mentioned, I reported this in posting #21 above; very good for those who may want to do the Royal Navy model as well. Pity there are no interior shots.

Cheers Derek
 
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