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This page will be dedicated to the Tamiya Sikorsky CH-54 Skycrane

Kit no. is PA1024

 

One of the first kits I ever made back in the seventies was the Tamiya Sikorsky Skycrane

These days the kit is still available on auction sites but is rather dificult to find, and the prices are also pretty high unfortunately.

Anyway, I managed to get one and also the re-release of Revell but more of that later.

 

First an introduction of the kit

It was first announced and released in 1973 and cost 350 Yen

Below the introduction of the kit in the Tamiya News Edition from May 1973 (nr. 39)

I'll try to do a translation with the help of Google Translate of the article, but that will take some time

 

 

THE KIT

 

First of all ofcourse the box art

 

 

THE PARTS

 

 

Then the Sprues

 

Sprue 1 (Front)

Sprue 1 (Back)

 

Sprue 2 (Front)

 

Sprue 2 (back)

 

Sprue 3 (Front)

 

Sprue 3 (Back)

 

And Sprue 4 (The clear parts)

 

Decals

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Build

 

 

Step 1

The construction of the cockpit

At the same time i got the Tamiya Skycrane, I also got the Revell Kit with nr. 4031, which is the same as Tamiya's

In this kit the seats were missing, so I had to make my own (not much of a problem with the help of Evergreen strips

Here the cockpit painted and with decals

 

 

Step 2, 4 and 6

Step 2 and 4 instrucs to build the engines and engine parts

Step 6 is the construction of the Fuselage

I combined these in the following picture since it is a relatively easy build :)

On the pictures below i have installed the engines, did a test fit of the pod and drilled the exhaust pipe and installed it

Then i went ahead with step 5, the construction of the cargo pod.

Painted the inside white, and the rear part light grey

 

 

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