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Westland Sea King
(HU Mk.5 SAR model)

Owner's Workshop Manual

Haynes Publishing

S u m m a r y :

Title and ISBN:

Haynes Publishing, Sparkford Yeovil, UK 
Westland Sea King (HU Mk.5 SAR model)
Owner's Workshop Manual

by Lee Howard
ISBN 978-0-85733-505-0
2014

Contents & Media:

157 pages in US Letter format (21.6 x 28.0), hardcover     Well over 200 illustrations, most in colour, plus technical drawings (on average 3 illustrations per page)      Eight chapters showing and describing the Westland Sea King in detail.

Price:

GBP £25.00 plus shipping availabkle from Haynes website

Review Type:

First Read.

Advantages:

A well-produced book for helicopter enthusiasts but clearly also for modellers.

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

A very successful combination of text with background knowledge and historical facts on the one hand and good detailed photos on the other. Anyone who wants to build the Sea King in the best possible way and is interested in one of the best-known rescue helicopters can buy this title without hesitation.. 


Reviewed by Jan Teipel


FirstRead

 

Lee Howard's publication "Westland SEA KING" 1988 onwards (HU Mk.5 SAR model)" is a very well-produced book for helicopter enthusiasts but clearly also for modellers. The ideal complement to the current 1/48 scale kit from Airfix.

 

 

Starting with the development of rescue helicopters, the text leads on to the history of the Sea King. This is followed by 54 pages on the "anatomy" of the Sea King, the last third of the book presents the operation and maintenance of the Sea King and ends with descriptions of four actual SAR missions. 

 

 

Many detailed and sometimes large-format photos show the Sea King as a whole but also in many details. The cockpit, the sensor workstation and the cabin are presented, as are the engines, rotor head and the exterior of the Sea King. Unlike pure "walk around" books, the pictures are supplemented by well-explanatory texts. The crew and their equipment, the use and maintenance of the Sea King are also covered. Not only super-detailers, but also diorama builders will find plenty of inspiration here. A strictly model-building oriented walk around would probably show even more and more systematic detail photos, but this book offers plenty of insight to bring a model of the Sea King to an outstanding level of detail.

 

 

Lee Howard, the author, is an aviation historian and has many years of experience in the field of military helicopters. The pictures and text benefit greatly from this.  

 

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The photos are clear and informative, often with a list of explanations. The text offers lots of background information, readers get to know the Sea King quite well. An explanatory glossary and a keyword index round off the work.

 

 

Conclusion

 

A very successful combination of text with background knowledge and historical facts on the one hand and good detailed photos on the other. Anyone who wants to build the Sea King in the best possible way and is interested in one of the best-known rescue helicopters can buy this title without hesitation.

Available online from http://www.haynes.com/


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