MH-53E Sea Dragon Model

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MH-53E Sea Dragon Model

This book contains detailed instructions on building the MH-53E Sea Dragon Mine Hunter 1/48 scale model aircraft from Academy (Kit 12703).

In addition to the kit’s instructions, there are 2 aftermarket kits for the CH-53E from eduard that can be used on the MH-53E; 48542 Exterior and 49364 Interior.

Can you imagine merging all of these instructions? Well, I’ve done that for you and more. I take the model kit instructions from Academy along with the eduard AM sets and break them up into individual steps.

The aftermarket steps are colored gray making them easy to skip if you just have the basic model. This book provides a little history of the Sea Dragon, a detailed list of tools that I used to build this model, along with a list of paints. The actual instruction section contains 824 steps and 138 plus figures over 160+ pages that tell you what to dry fit, glue, and/or paint for each individual piece. Each step instruction shows the source (i.e., either Academy or AM) along with a block to mark that you completed the step.

I provide an index of the individual sprue parts that show where in the book the part is mentioned. This index was a great way to make sure that no pieces were overlooked. Finally, there are several pages of in-process photos with assembly tips and the final photos of my build for reference. This book is a great checklist to make your build go smoothly. Of course, you can feel free to use different tools, paint, weathering, etc. or even add your own diorama. I hope you find this book useful. See a multi-page sample along with photos of finished models and other books at