The CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavy-lift helicopter built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps. It was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion,
mainly by adding a third engine, adding a seventh blade to the main rotor and canting the tail rotor 20 degrees. The United State Navy operates the
MH-53E Sea
Dragon
for Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) missions and heavy-lift duties. The CH-53E can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo
50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation. They are compact enough to be deployed on amphibious assault
ships and can carry 7.62mm and 50 caliber guns.

The
Five Star Model upgrade set is designed to detail Trumpeter’s 1:350 scale CH-53E Super Stallion. It contains part to detail four helicopters. The parts include
the 7-bladed rotors in both extended and folded versions (two of each) and the center sections of the rotors which are sandwiched around the larger rotor parts. Also
included on the fret are the tail rotors parts, landing wheel and struts, fin on the top of the fuselage, tail skeg, 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
Super Stallion with the parts identified by their respective part numbers. The instructions do not show the stowed rotors but their placement is rather obvious.
This is a fine little set from Five Star Model to help detail Trumpeter’s 1:350 scale CH-53E Super Stallion. My thanks to Five Star Model for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo
New York
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