Building an Accurate 1993 Nightstalker MH-60

Kitty Hawk’s MH-60L provides an excellent base for building a 1993-era Black Hawk, though there are a number of corrections that need to be made if you want to be accurate. These modifications have been gathered and verified by crew members from the October 3rd, 1993 mission.

Cockpit

  • Do not install the aft portion of the center console, parts B22, B23 and PE24
  • Port side collective (E16) should be cut at the control head and rotated 90 degrees
  • Add ballistic armor to floor under pilot legs (M2Modelworks part)
  • Pilot doors should not be installed
  • Do not install F32 in Step 2

Cabin

  • Do not use passenger seats (B-B) built in Step 1
  • Install H-bar support to mount CE seats in combat configuration (M2Modelworks part)
  • Modify CE seat bottoms to install legs so they point aft
  • Move fire extinguishers (E33) in Step 2 from bulkhead to inner part of pilot seat, next to center console
  • Do not install cargo hook in Step 3, use 4-ring tiedown bar (M2Modelworks part)
  • Do not use K-K or J-J in Step 4. Use smaller 1500 round ammo cans (M2Modelworks part)
  • Ballistic armor on floor (M2Modelworks part)
  • Do not build any of the Mk. 230 cannon parts in Step 6
  • Do not install D8 in Step 2. Replace with 2-piece box and pendant (M2Modelworks part)

Exterior

  • Remove access panel on starboard side, aft of cabin door opening
  • Do not open the holes for the starboard side flare dispenser, do not install dispenser in Step 15
  • Do not open the holes for the forward port flare dispenser, do not install forward dispenser Step 16
  • Use G20, F47 for aft port dispenser
  • Chalk numbers were stenciled on the roof, aft of the main rotor in chalk
  • Do not install X shaped antenna (G32, C52) on roof.
  • Do not install E37 on roof
  • Do not make holes for F34 (Step 16) just aft of the pilot door. Do not install F34
  • Cut and remove the bottom part of the fairing over the main wheel struts (G35, G34) in Step 17 and Step 18
  • Do not use D25 in Step 13, fill hole for D25
  • Tail fairing (G9, G15) is incorrect for 1993. There should be no plume detectors. Cut fairing or use replacement part
  • Do not install D62, D63 in Step 14
  • Hoist controls (B1-B4) in Step 16 are only on L models
  • Weather radar (G44, D19) is only on certain aircraft
  • Do not build ESSS wings in Step 17. Add ESSS covers in their place. Covers are provided in a separate bag by Kitty Hawk. If they’re not in your kit, contact KH.
  • Do not install F35 in Step 19
  • Miniguns did not have the ejector chutes, do not use F68, cut F80 in Step 19
  • Ammo feed chutes were wrapped. You can use PE23 in Step 20 and sculpt over them
  • Step 24end can be skipped

Thanks to JY, MH, PS, PP, RN, GI

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