Academy CH-53E Super Stallion “U.S. Marines Version”

In previous blog entries, we introduced the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion.  In 1/48th, Revell previously produced a CH-53G, and a HH-53C. These two kits depicted earlier CH-53 versions (two engines).  Academy produces a couple of kits depicting the most recent versions in the CH-53 series with three engines and other very significant external differences.  The Academy kits are therefore not the ones to pick if you plan to depict a MH-53J   (Pave Low) using for example Cobra Company’s conversion set.

OK back to Academy’s Super Stallion…  Academy produces a CH-53E Super Stallion “U.S. Marines Version” (academy 12209, see pictures below) and a MH-53E Sea Dragon (Academy 12703, see future blog entry).

I have not had a chance to put this kit together (yet).  The engraving is very well done.  A noteworthy aspect of this kit is that it provides for depicting the helicopter with main rotor and tail folded.  Decals are provided for three U.S. Marines machines. 

In term of aftermarkets, Eduard provides a range of PE, including a Big Ed bundleMAW decals produce beautiful decals if you’re not satisfied with the three options provided by Academy.

 

 

 Kit Summary:

  • Academy 12209
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Availability: Very Good
  • Status: In Production
  • Estimated Street Price: $65.00+
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