H-34 G III "Navy"
(HaHen - Nr. 48053)
Friends of the colourful German Marineflieger H-34 got now the opportunity to build the new Gallery Models kit in German colours with the help of HaHen's newest release.
The major operator of the H-34 within the German Navy was the Marinefliegergeschwader (Naval Air Squadron) 5 which used some 10 H-34 G III in the SAR role, later further 8 were added from Army Aviation surplus stock. At first the a/c were painted in overal aluminium with no special markings an SC+ codes. Later, the code changed to WE+ and the orange bands with SAR lettering was added. in 1968, the German military aircraft registration system was changed to a four-digit system. All H-34 G got 80+ and 81+ registrations then. Some aircraft also carried the army like standard olive green colour instead of an aluminium colour coat.
Another, not so well known naval operator of the H-34 was the short-lived MFG 4. It was supposed to take over ASW and mine clearing duties. For this purpose it received 5 SH-34J and 2 H-34 G III with minesweeping gear. Due to cost reductions, the MFG 4 was disbanded in 1968 again and its material was transfered to the MFG 5. The codes were in the beginning also SC+ and then WD, followed by 80+ and 82+ in the new system.
Due to 4 rows of numbers, the decal sheets allow the representation of every single German navy H-34/SH-34. Stenceling is provided in three different versions. The tailboom walkway is included as well as a decal for the instrument panel. The SAR lettering is provided with and without white borders. The printing quality is fine, although not 100% comparable to large-scale production decals. But the minor inaccuracies in register and printing edges will hardly be recognizeable on the mode. The carrier film is continuous, therefore every item has to be cut out individually.
A release in 1:72 scale is planned.
There is also a Heeresflieger (Army Aviation)/ Luftwaffe (Air Force) sheet to follow.
pre-assembled registrations for:
Well designed decal sheet, certainly worth its money.
References: F-40 issue Nr.06 „Sikorsky H-34 G-I, II, III" by Siegfried Wache
Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 06. July 2013
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