The CH-46 Sea Knight is a medium-lift tandem-rotor transport helicopter powered by twin turboshaft engines. It was designed by Vertol and manufactured by
Boeing Vertol following Vertol's acquisition by Boeing. The
Sea Knight functioned as the US Navy's standard medium-lift utility helicopter prior being phased out
of service in favor of the
MH-60S Knighthawk, The U.S. Navy retired the Sea Knight on September 24, 2004. The Sea Knight operated by the U.S. Marine
Corps to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment The USMC also used the helicopter for combat support,
search and rescue (SAR), casualty evacuation and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP). The USMC retired the
Sea Knight on August 1, 2015,
replacing it with the
MV-22 Osprey.

The Five Star Model upgrade set is designed to detail Trumpeter’s 1:350 scale
CH-46 Sea Knight. It contains part to detail four helicopters. The parts include the
3-bladed rotors in both extended and folded versions and the center sections of the rotors which are sandwiched around the larger rotor parts. Also included on the
fret are the landing wheel and struts, fin on the top of the fuselage, side vent, grab handles, windshield wipers and optional tow bars. The etch is well done with
good relief-etching. Part numbers are etched into the fret. A small single-side sheet of instructions is included with images of an assembled Sea Knight with the
parts identified by their respective part numbers. The instructions do not show the stowed rotors but their placement is rather obvious.
The CH-46 brass photo-etch detail set in 1:350 scale is a fine little set from Five Star Model to help detail Trumpeter’s CH-46 Sea Knight. My thanks to Five Star
Model for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo
New York