SA-316 Alouette III
by Maik Heitsch (1:72 Heller)
This is my Heller Alouette III built in 2011.
In 1962-1967 the Danish Air Force received eight Alouette IIIs as they need a ship-based helicopter. The helicoptersaircraft were subject to the Danish Navy and served in an independent unit of the Danish Air Force. They were equipped with a fixed floatation gear and deployed on the different vessels and mainly tasked with SAR, fisherey inspections, observation and liaison around Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Finally they were taken out of service in 1982.
The construction of the well known Heller kit went pretty straight forward. Some interior wors was done like cables, seat belts and some SAR gear. I replaced the control rods around the main gear box ans swashplate and added some tubing around the engine. The entry steps, some antennas and rear view mirror were also made from scratch with the help of wire. I also decided to rebuild the rescue hoist frame as the kit parts were way too thick.
Whirlybird models provide a resin fixed floatation gear for the Alouette III with struts made from white metal. The construction was not that easy as I had to re-drill the holes for the support struts. For the black stripes on the "hot dogs" I used black decals.
Finally I sed the Danish markings from Maxdecal's sheet 7204 "International Alouettes" which went on without any problems. The paintwork was done as usual by hand with a brush. Only the black seperation lines between the aluminium and orange fields were again made from narrow black decal stripes.
Published on 04. February 2014
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