Apollo 11 Recovery Diorama - United States Navy SH3-D b “OLD 66” and 64 of HS-4 Squadron
Resin parts: There is no resin parts within the Kit. Photo etch: There is no Photo Etch in this kit. Scratch built: I did make the Yagi antenna’s from Evergreen plastic and communication line from stretched sprue. The Command Module Columbia is not included in this kit and is Resin. I moulded mine from my Bandai 1/144 Saturn V set I have. The floatation balls, collar along with life rafts, are made from two part putty. With the figures manipulated from 1/144 Chinese figure set, to suit various poses required for the diorama. Decals: The decals are very good, but only 1 HS-4 set for 1 bird. The second set of decals for Sea King 64, had been made from left over decals in the kit and my own stash.
Just a small amount of led pencil weathering was added to panel lines. Smudges
to engine exhaust areas. Build: The instructions are very simple as is the
actual build. A nice little kit with excellent details. Having the cargo door
and crew access doors optional was great. Base: The base is a 6mm Perspex sheet,
with a 3mm frosted Perspex glued on top. I then poured a small amount of 2 part
resin, to highlight some water activity. A 9mm x 9mm wood frame was added once
completed with a plaque and a few lapel pins.
aircraft: The real “Old 66” (Bu Nu152711) was lost in 1975, during a sonar
dipping exercise, although there are 3 Replicas in Museums. One of which is on
the USS Midway. The Seaking’s went from a 2 digit modex number, to a 3 digit
during the latter part of 1969. “Old 66” also wore the numbers 740, 401,
Long live the King
Photos and text © by Michael Jack