Matt Stein Models
Sikorsky HSS SEABAT
in 1/550 scale
One of Matty's Models' initial releases, on July 4th 2006, is this classic '50s and early '60s SEABAT
helicopter in (approximately) 1/550 scale; suitable to depict the HSS-1
anti-submarine aircraft or HUS-1 assault/utility aircraft on your 1/500
to 1/600 scale carriers, cruiser escorts, etc.. Here is what is
Each casting is delivered still in its native casting wafer(top left), which is quickly and easily removed
(top right). Look closely at all views to note the tail stabilizers,
tabbed rotor* hubs and partial landing gear** - all in this single
casting - as well as the following, additional features:
- Textured vent grilles
- Gloss-finish canopy/windows
- Raised canopy and side-window framing
- Deeply scored tail-fold-line (right side only)
- Locator tabs for all rotor blades*
- Locator dimples for completing all landing gear**
Surface details are far easier to read in this example, which has been "purple-primed":
does not need priming for most applications, however since purple
blocks the (yellow) internal reflections of the castings most
effectively, a thin coat of opaque purple is recommended - even before
removing the remnant casting wafer, as shown here, for easier
Detailed and illustrated instructions for assembly/completion are available here.
Your assembled units should look (structurally) like this:
And your finished aircraft should look (at least) as good as this:
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are to be provided by the builder*; from readily-available materials.
Here, the main rotors were easily chopped from strips of 0.030" x
0.010" (Plastruct®) styrene bar stock, and tail rotors cut from
4-bladed rounded-tipped brass props on the Revell Midwy/Forrestal/Essex fret, available from Gold Medal Models .
Landing gear are likewise to be completed by the builder**; from
readily-available materials. Here all landing gear were made using our
very simple, and recommended, "Glue Drop" construction method.
Decals for these examples came from spare leftover scraps, however
Matty's Models recommends using the excellent decals provided by Gold Medal Models; we recommend obtaining both their 350-6D and 700-3D
decal sheets which between them will provide an outstanding variety of
USN markings - sufficient to complete almost any USN aircraft from the
1920s through the '80s, in scales from 1/350 through 1/700.
PRICING(Excluding ONLY ACTUAL shipping and any applicable taxes)
- 4-Pak (four aircraft): $10.00 USD
- 8 or more aircraft: each $2.40 USD
* Rotor- and/or propeller blades to be provided by the builder;
from readily-available materials. For photo-etched brass (PE), Matt
Stein Models recommends using any of several "1/500 and similar" scale
frets made by Gold Medal Models
** Remainder of landing gear to be provided by the builder; from
readily-available materials. Instructions for a very easy "Glue Drop"
method for completing all required landing gear are available here.
TO ORDER and/or for more details: eMail Matty!
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