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SA 365 C1 Dauphin

by Alan (1:50 Heller)

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

I decided I wanted to build a Royal Hong Kong Air Force Dauphin circa 1982/83 as I served in Hong Kong during that time and nostalgia was creeping up on me. I settled on the old Heller Dauphin 1/50 kit as it seemed to be the closest in form to the aircraft I wanted to depict: HKG-1 of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force (RHKAAF).

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

Originally I thought it would be a case of tweaking a few parts, a paint job and some custom decals. However, once I got started and the more I researched, the more I realized that I had bitten off a much bigger job than I realized. The build took me around 7 months in total... and a lot more scratch building than I had anticipated!

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

Scratch built:

  • Tail wheel assemby
  • Front wheel assemblies
  • Cabin steps
  • Floatation gear
  • External cargo hook
  • Rescue hoist
  • Cabin seats
  • Instrument console and panel
  • Rear engine fairing
  • Intake mesh covers
  • Custom made decals
  • Various aerials, small bits and pieces such as lights etc.
  • Paints were all custom mixed as I could find anything close to what I needed, apart from the white  

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

The base kit: Heller 1/50 Dauphin SA365Also taking part in this build as donor parts were the Trumpeter Dauphin of which I used two of the wheels, a few parts from the rotor head, and the Eduard etch for the Trumpeter Dauphin of which I used about 20% of the parts, such as the windscreen wipers and the Fenestron rotor.

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

The rebuilt Starflex rotor head was made of roughly 50/50 the Heller kit and the Trumpeter kit with some scratch built parts. I used the blade roots from the Trumpeter kit with the blades themselves from the Heller kit.

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

The scratch building was done out of necessity as I couldn't find any aftermarket parts or suitable donor kits, so I used basically anything I could find that looked as if it could do the job.

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

SA 365 C1 Dauphin

Alan

Published on 25. November 2014

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