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Sikorsky H-3 Pelican

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Category:Aircraft - Helicopters
Used from:1959-Now
Used by:CivilMilitary

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1:72 Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Starfix 900/02)
 
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1:72 "Jolly Green Giant" (Aurora )
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1:72 CH-3E - USAF Viet Nam + Woodbridge (Whirlybird WPX72042)
 
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1:72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant (Scratchaeronautics )
 
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1:72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Lindberg 1141)
 
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1:72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Lindberg 71141)
 
HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
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71141
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1:72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Lindberg 71141)
 
HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
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71141
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1:72 HH-3F Pelican (Scratchaeronautics )
 
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2016 | New tool
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1:72 HH-3F Pelican Italian Air Force (Whirlybird WPX72075)
 
HH-3F Pelican Italian Air Force
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1:72 HH-3F Pelican USCG (Scratchaeronautics )
 
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Augie
Oh for a 1:48 version... any takers?
1:72 HH-3F Pelican Italian Air Force (Whirlybird WPX72075)
 
HH-3F Pelican Italian Air Force
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9. February at 13:32:47 Share
toy-pilot added a new project.
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1:72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Lindberg 71141)
 
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Tim Mansfield added the Starfix Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (1:72) to his completed kits.
1:72 Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Starfix 900/02)
 
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22. January 2018 at 18:22:23
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Alfredo Jurado added a new project.
6. September 2017 at 14:12:04 Share
Łukasz Gliński That's interesting, I always thought they were only used in US, Italy and Tunisia :) Thx for the cover picture! :)
8. September 2017 at 13:26:03
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1:72 HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Lindberg 71141)1:72 Sikorsky HH-3E (DK Decal F 519)
 
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Updated: February 22, 2019
8. February 2016 at 21:32:26 Share
Dutch added a new photoalbum.
7. August 2012 at 14:52:54 Share
Steve Wilson Very methodically tidy start there Dutch, will it stay like that??? :) :) :)
7. August 2012 at 14:59:48
Philip De Keyser I'm tuned Dutch, can't wait for the next pix ;)
7. August 2012 at 16:20:09
Łukasz Gliński Very interesting build (as there are no other Pelicans in 72 available) - watching
27. January 2016 at 10:01:45
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Dutch added a new project.
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Dutch added a new project.
9. January 2014 at 20:39:01 Share
Bill Gilman Hey, my brother flew these in Nam.
9. January 2014 at 22:14:41
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1:72 Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (Revell H-144)1:72 US Coast Guard USCG (Microscale 72-109)1+
 
7. August 2012 at 14:35:07 Share
Dutch Over the holidays, I purchased for $5 an already started kit of the Revell 1/72 HH-3E Jolly Green. The previous owner had assembled and painted the cockpit and had glued the sponsons to the fuselage sides. The kit had then been placed in storage for a number of years and suffered some water damage, rendering the decals unusable. Also, two of the side windows were missing. See photos 1, 2, &3.

Photo_01: HH-3E parts layout #1. Notice only six side windows, completed cockpit & sponsons glued to fuselage.
Photo_02: HH-3E parts layout #2. Remaining parts.
Photo_03: HH-3E head-on showing sponsons with anhedral.

I considered my options. I found a spare set of Airfix HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant decals which would work nicely, but I still had the problem of the missing windows. I did some further research and decided on building a HH-3F Pelican, either USCG or AMI. I purchased decals from Model Alliance (72-186) and Tauro (72-557) for the respective version. I downloaded photos of each version. I decided on the USCG version.

I then tabulated the necessary modifications to be completed:
1. Fix sponson anhedral (plastic card)
2. Delete External tanks
3. Delete IFR probe & plug holes (scrap sprue)
4. Cut larger forward windows (clear plastic card)
5. Add new sponson end walls & floatation bags (plastic card)
6. Replace/reduce thickness of stab support (file / scrap)
7. Add interior floor and search seats (plastic card & spares)
8. Add ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
9. Add 2x pitot tubes above cockpit (spares or PE)
10. Add various aerials (spares / PE)
11. Add winch above door (spares / PE)
12. Add nose radar (cut ext tank + hemisphere radome)

So far, I have accomplished the first two mods. See Photos 4 - 8.

Additionally, I traced the sponson ends onto thick plastic card, as seen in Photo 8. I will purposely cut them over size, glue them in place and then file to shape, rounding the edges as I do. I will use a portion of the same plastic card for the cabin floor. (Photo_09)

Revell 1/72 HH-3F Pelican USCG #1474 Pt.2

Continuing with my previous entry, I accomplished the next few steps on the modification list.
1. Delete IFR probe & plug holes (scrap sprue)
2. Cut larger forward windows (clear plastic card)
3. Add new sponson end walls & floatation bags (plastic card)
4. Replace/reduce thickness of stab support (file / scrap)
5. Add interior floor and search seats (plastic card & spares)
6. Add ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
7. Add 2x pitot tubes above cockpit (spares or PE)
8. Add various aerials (spares / PE)
9. Add winch above door (spares / PE)
10. Add nose radar (1/48 500# bomb from Monogram F4U-4 Corsair)
7. August 2012 at 15:07:19
scale-rotors.com seems like an extensive project, looking forward to see the progress
9. August 2012 at 07:01:36
Dutch Revell 1/72 USCG HH-3F Pelican ? Pt.2 (Correct version)

Thank you to all who commented on my efforts. John, I have taken your 1/48 scale F4U 500# bomb suggestion to heart, finding one in the spares box in under 30 seconds, (after having spent 30 minutes locating the spares box amongst all the other boxes in the garage.) Colin, appreciate your suggestions as well, but I think I?ll keep this one simple, just adding basic details. AFAIK, USCG HH-3F rotors were non-folding and I am researching if they had those roundish square blobs mounted between the blades at the hub as on USAF HH-3Es.

However, while looking at the 1/48 scale 500# bomb, I noticed that it may be slightly large for scale. However, it is the best I have and much better than the HH-3E fuel tank with a hemi-sphere glued to the end. Please look at the following two photos of HH-3F 1492 (now retired) taken from Airliners.net. One is from the left side circa 2006 and one from the right side, circa 2008. Notice that the left side lower window is oddly shaped, having been reduced in size to accommodate the radome fairing. From the right side photo I notice that the landing light is completely visible in the center of the nose, so I must conclude that the radome is offset to port somewhat, necessitating the smaller lower port window.

airliners.net/photo/USA---Co..cd5024b9ad5404c1a2356d404810
HH-3F USCG 1492, 2006

airliners.net/photo/USA---Co..cd5024b9ad5404c1a2356d404810
HH-3F USCG 1492, 2008

Not much new to report this week. I was very busy with work and home duties, not to mention repairing front end damage to my 1:1 scale Volvo 960 for the past three weekends.

I added the sponson side walls, but over filed one slightly, and added putty to build it back up to the correct shape.

Photo_10

My first attempt at filling the IFR probe mounting holes failed. I used scrap wedges from my thick plasticard used for the sponson end walls. They left a gap on either side and broke out of the hole when I tried to cut them flush. BAD idea! See photo 11.

Photo_11

I then tried fitting a piece of sprue into my electric drill and gently filing it to a conical shape while turning the drill at moderate speed. It worked! I then pushed it into the hole, marked it with a mechanical pencil, removed it, cut it, glued it in place and sanded it flush.

Photo_12 TA-DA!

I donated an ice shield from a Fujimi 1/72 SH-3H kit that will be built as an SH-3A, hence not required. I will wait to cut and mount the 500# radome until I have the fuselage halves together and the canopy dry fitted.

Oh BTW, I found this fine copper mesh at my local hobby store. Do you think it could be used for the screen material at various points along the fuselage, by swcribing the outline and then carefully grinding from the back side to complete the hole? The mesh comes in a vary large sheet, probably 4 square feet! So I may be cutting it into smaller pieces and offering for sale (postage).

Paragon
Photo_13

I have completed the following items on my check list:

Fix sponson anhedral (scrap) & putty
Delete External tanks
Delete IFR probe & plug holes (scrap)
Add new sponson end walls (scrap)
Locate ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
Locate nose radar (spare 1/48 500# bomb from Monogram F4U Corsair kit?)
Cut interior floor and locate search seats (scrap & Revell Sea King)

I have yet to complete the following items:

Add interior floor and search seats (scrap & Revell Sea King)
Cut larger forward windows (sheet)
Replace/reduce thickness of stab support (file / scrap)
Add ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
Add nose radar (spare 1/48 500# bomb from Monogram F4U Corsair kit?)
Add 2x landing lights to bottom front hull (scrap clear sprue)
Add 2x pitot tubes above cockpit (PE)
Add various aerials (PE)
Add winch above door (scrap & PE)
Add sponson floatation bags (scrap)

Cheers!
Dutch
13. August 2012 at 22:30:41
Dutch Revell 1/72 USCG HH-3F Pelican ? Pt.3

Well, after a bit of work related travel and a short holiday I am back to work on the USCG HH-3F.

I have located a FOD cover from a Fujimi SH-3H donor. I have cut the 1/48 500 lb bomb at a slant to serve as the radar and will file to shape once I assemble the fuselage. See Photo 14. I have also pinched two seats from the same Fujimi Seaking for the search crew seats opposite the large windows in the forward fuselage. I will have to scratch their head and arm rests and bases. I also discovered that the instrument panel is missing, hence my plasticard replacement using the Fujimi instrument decal as a rough guide. I?ll file to fit as necessary. Still no winch as yet, but I am working on it. See Photo 15.

Photo_14: 500# bomb cut at a slant.

Photo_15: Various additional pieces.

Based on the following photo from Airliners.net, I will have to scratch the four sets of three red web seats for the rear fuselage. I do not think I will be putting much more detail inside, as it will be unseen.

airliners.net/photo/USA---Co..sky-HH-3F-Pelican/1197976/L/

I enlarged the two forward search windows. I checked photos carefully and noticed that the starboard window is closer to the aft edge of the door. I checked the port side using the forward edge of the engine intake as a reference point, and deduced that the port window requires enlarging forward. So I used a Sharpie marker and carefully colored the plastic I need to remove. Not too scientific, but I?ll go slowly so as not to remove too much. What was that old adage? ?Measure twice, cut once!? [To which I usually respond: Oh drat! I cut that piece three times, and it?s still too short!]

Photo_16: Note black marker denoting area to be removed.

I then used my Dremel motor tool to remove the excess plastic and files to carefully make a square shape with slightly rounded corners. See photo 17.

Photo_17

I repaired the stbd sponson forward edge that I previously sanded too vigorously. Looks better, but may need just a little more. I?ll have to add the floatation bags at some point as well. Next I?ll start on the interior. Again, I won?t add too much detail as the rescue door is closed and not much can be seen.

Presently, I have completed the following items on my check list:

Fix sponson anhedral (scrap) & putty
Delete External tanks
Delete IFR probe & plug holes (scrap)
Add new sponson end walls (scrap)
Add instrument panel (scratch)

I have yet to complete the following items:

Add interior floor (plasticard)
Add search seat details (scrap & Fujimi Sea King)
Cut larger forward windows (sheet)
Add four sets of red webbing seats (scratch)
Replace/reduce thickness of stab support (file / scrap)
Add ice shield (Fujimi SH-3D/H Sea King)
Add nose radar (spare 1/48 500# bomb from Monogram F4U Corsair kit?)
Add 2x landing lights to bottom front hull (scrap clear sprue)
Add 2x pitot tubes above cockpit (PE)
Add various aerials (PE)
Add winch above door (scrap & PE)
Add sponson floatation bags (scrap)

Cheers!
Dutch
19. August 2012 at 02:16:33
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Austin K added the Revell Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (1:72) to his stash.
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13. August 2012 at 14:23:01 Share
Bill Gilman My brother flew these in Vietnam. He got shot up but never got shot down.

I can tell you some things: The fuselage windows were almost always removed when they were flying. They come out from the inside and are stored on the inside fuselage walls.

Also, they leaked hydraulic fluid like crazy. There was even a manual written that told you how much of a leak was acceptable, and from which areas it could leak. When the chopper was parked, there were many graduated receptacles underneath catching the hydraulic fluid.

My brother had to go up to Haiphong harbour once and pick up a guy whose life vest didn't inflate. The guy broke one of his legs during the ejection from his F-4. The poor guy was treading water with a broken leg and no life vest! He was quite happy to be lifted into the chopper.
13. August 2012 at 14:54:02
Austin K Interesting! This is still in the research phase, so any other little tid bits would be greatly appreciated...

I've always liked the look of them, this'll be my second build (first was ODS), and I'm gonna be doing it in a SEA camo (although all black with red markings looks pretty spiffy too)
13. August 2012 at 15:08:15
Charles Jones I built about 3 of these when I was a kid, never quite got the paint right. Looks like I'm going to have to find one more and use an airbrush this time.

Bill, what you said about the hydraulic leaks is true even SH-3A's in HC-9 leaked so bad that it darkened the green paint to almost black. I also remember the ANG unit at NAS Moffet with the drip pans everywhere.

Austin, the birds at Moffet were painted in the Euro 1 scheme, this was back in the mid to late 80's, with subdued markings and stenciling.
13. August 2012 at 22:32:12
Fred Zayas I was with the 41st ARRS out of McClellan AFB, Sacramento, Ca. I was a loadmaster in the HC-130 Hercules. We used to refuel HH-3s from Moffett field to help em keep up their refueling currency. Our squadron commander in 82 was Lt. Col. James McArdal Jr. .He won the Mackay trophy for a rescue performed with an HH-3 in 1979. He and his crew saved 28 Taiwanese sailors.
13. August 2012 at 22:48:21
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