by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ ]
IntroductionWerner's Wings brings us another great decal release for USAF MH/HH-60G Pave Hawks in 1/35th, 1/72nd and 1/144th scales.
DecalsInspired by the National Geographic show, ‘Combat Rescue’, these sheets are designed for MRC/Academy HH-60G kit in 1/35, Revell's 1/72 kit, and DML/Dragon's 1/144 kit. The decals were masterfully rendered by Mason Doupnik who has done all of Werner's Wings decals so you know his high standard of excellence.
This sheet follows the development of the MH/HH-60G from the beginning up until the present day. The decals are printed by BOA Agency so they are thin, in perfect register and perform flawlessly. This sheet contains markings for 17 complete aircraft and five extra mustaches for the Pedros. There are stencils included to do one aircraft with the proper Air Force font. Extra numbers are provided if you want to customize your model. Every paint scheme used operationally is represented from the three tone Euro-1 ‘lizard’ scheme, a Desert Storm two tone scheme, OIF three tone desert scheme and the final overall AFSOC grey. An in-depth history of the Pave Hawk and their differences over time are included in the instructions as well.
Some historically significant aircraft such as the aircraft that rescued Markus Latrell from “Lone Survivor” fame, the aircraft that rescued the downed F-117A pilot during the Kosovo air war, and the aircraft that rolled down a mountainside in Alaska are all included.
The decals are very nicely printed and are in perfect register. The most minute lettering is in perfect clarity and looks awesome. The sheet is packed full of all the different stenciling and markings need for the 17 aircraft depicted in the instructions and then some. The sheet also includes the large green "Jolly Green Giant" footprints for the bottoms of the skis (forthcoming from Werner's Wings in 1/35 and 1/48) for the Alaska Air Guard helos and multiple small green feet for other aircraft. The additional moustache decals are very nice and allow the builder to choose many options and build just about any mustachioed Pedro helo that can be found.
Besides the Pave Hawk sheet an extra 1/35 MH/HH-60G Stencil sheet (35-08) has been released for those wishing to build more than one Pave Hawk. The additional stencil sheet can be purchased separately and provides a complete set of stencils for one aircraft. The sheet has some of the smallest stenciling I have seen and it is all perfectly readable. It is quite complete and will dress up any MH/HH-60G you want to add them too.
ConclusionCurrently, there is an issue with the printing of the 1/48th scale decals. The issues are being corrected and they will be released at a later date.
Werner’s Wings is also working on a resin set of skis for UH/MH/HH-60s as well. These resin items will be offered in both 1/35 and 1/48. They will be available soon.
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