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#713 Aérospatiale SA365N Dauphin 2

Building the Aérospatiale SA365N Dauphin 2 as used by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Trumpeter 1:48 kit, no electronics.



The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS365 Dauphin (Dolphin), formerly known as the Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin 2, is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters.

It has been produced in many civilian and military variants.

Paint Scheme

It was the schemes that lured me into buying this kit:

I chose to do JA9648, as pictured on the box cover.


Main paints used:

Feature Color Paint Used
cockpit surfaces flat black H12
interior surfaces IJN Grey H61
rotor blades IJN Grey H61
seats light grey 70.990 Light Grey
  silver H8
  blue H5

Build Log

The cockpit is not particularly detailed and I didn’t do anything other than find a dashboard decal that I could add.

build01a build01b build01c build01d build01e build01f build01g

TBH, by the time I got around to building it, the scheme was not enough to get me fired up. So this, unfortunately, is one of those builds I just powered thru in order to get it off the bench. (I bought the kit early in my return to the hobby - before I figured out that 1:48 is not really my thing, especially for helicopters, and that I’m interested in more than building a machine for the machine’s sake)

Nevertheless, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. But now it may just go in the bin instead of taking up space in my limited display/storage area!

build02a build02b build02c build02d build02e

Credits and References

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  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
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