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S-79A-9 Blackhawk

by Ryan Hamilton


S-79A-9 Blackhawk


Italeri's 1/48 scale
MH-60G is available online from Squadron.com




Since the establishment of the United Nations, Australia has had a healthy involvement in peacekeeping duties in the South East Asia and Pacific regions. This was no exception in the early 1990s when Australia assisted the UN with the monitoring of democratic election, and other aid relief – mine clearing and disarmament. To assist with these efforts the Australian Army dispatched six S-70A-9 Blackhawks from B Squadron 5 Aviation Regiment, Townsville, Queensland. These were transported to Cambodia with the assistance of a C-5 Galaxy during May 1992.


After accruing around 500 hours during a 15-month period the Blackhawks returned home. The white colour schemed remained on many of the aircraft, until such time as they were due for their major service. Several Blackhawks were observed at RAAF Base Richmond during January 1994 on bushfire fighting duties still sporting the overall white camouflage, (though missing the United Nations marking and returning to the standard markings and stencilling).



The Model


1/48 Australian Blackhawk – UN Cambodia

From the Academy MH-60G Pave Hawk

To build an Aussie Blackhawk in 1/48, the best kit to purchase (to date) is the Academy MH-60G Desert Hawk, as it give you the correct stabiliser & exhausts for the S-70A-9 as well as other part which can be used to improved the kit.

Construction starts with the cockpit. It is hard to acquire but I highly recommend that anyone building a Blackhawk get hold of the Eduard photo etched sets, both interior and exterior.

All the cockpit consoles were replaced with photo etched parts, as well as a new dash, and roof detail. I added sheep skin seat covers to the pilots’ seats by adding some super glue to the seats and sprinkling some railway modelling sand. Seat belts were added and paint Black-Green. The cockpit is painted all black (too easy), so if you do decide to place all this detail into the cockpit, consider opening the cockpit doors otherwise much is lost. As for the cabin, everything is Dark Gull Grey.


Aussie Blackhawk’s have a different seating arrangement to their American counterparts. The cabin seats run down the middle of the cabin, with the loadmaster and gunners seats in the standard position. The MH-60G has mini-guns and other equipment in the cabin, which should be omitted from the S-70A-6. The mini-guns should also be replaced with the two 7.62mm machineguns supplied in the kit. The kit is then put together as per the instructions. These Blackhawks rarely carried fuel tanks so the wing stubs are added.

As for the exterior, the Aussie Blackhawks have many radios and aerials to suit which need to be added. One thing I neglected to build for this kit is the step that the Blackhawk carries just off the main cabin doors. These are standard on all Aussie Blackhawks and need to be added.



Painting and Markings

Colour? White.

There is quite a lot of black and tan detail around the air intakes, exhausts, and tail. Kangaroos were carried middle way down the tail boom, with green ‘boxing kangaroos’ carried on the cockpit doors. United Nation’s markings on the main cabin door and under the fuselage.

Although Hawkeye Models Australia and Aussie decals both offer decals for the Australian Army (and Air Force) Blackhawk’s, they both have not included the markings for the Cambodian scheme. Therefore I resorted to printing the decals using a laser jet the decals. The boxing kangaroo was hand painted.

Model and Description Copyright © 2002 by Ryan Hamilton
Images Copyright © 2002 by Pieter Stroethoff
Page Created 01 March, 2002
Last Updated 04 June, 2007

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