UH-60L Black Hawk "Super Six Two"
I first read the book Black Hawk Down as the movie was being released in the U.S. ( It was released two months later in New Zealand). The book gave an amazing first-person account of the fighting that took place on the streets of Mogadishu and the many acts of heroism by those involved.
The main task in modifying the model was the addition of Miniguns over the kits supplied M60's. I made my miniguns out of 1/48 mustang gun barrels, ERA blocks and smoke grenades care of Revells 1/72 T-80 tank model. The result is a fairly convincing minigun, next came the figures. I couldn't justify spending $20NZ to buy 100 modern US marines (Revell packs) when I only needed two, so I went to my ever trusty spares box and found a couple of pilot figures + two WW2 American soldiers. I carefully sanded down the soldiers helmets to looks like the Pro-Tech's Delta wear and carefully
Though this project was frustrating at times, it was immensely fun overall went together very smoothly. I plan to take another stab at "Super Six Two" using the knowledge gained from this project along with the release of Italeri's MH-60 combined with better paints and spares I have acquired (I've got some 1/72 miniguns and modern soldiers, wohoo!), so hopefully I can present an improved Black hawk model on ARC sometime soon!
Photos and text © by Raymond Biggs