S-64 Skycrane Erickson 1/48 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built HS64T Desktop Model. This 1/48 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 18 inches and a length of 17.5 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
The Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane is an American twin-engine heavy-lift helicopter. It is the civil version of the United States Army's CH-54 Tarhe. The S-64 Air crane is the current production version, manufactured by the Erickson Air-Crane company.
Originally a Sikorsky Aircraft product, the type certificate and manufacturing rights were purchased from them by Erickson Air-Crane in 1992.
Since that time, Erickson Air-Crane has become the manufacturer and world's largest operator of S-64 Air cranes and has made over 1,350 changes to the airframe, instrumentation, and payload capabilities of the helicopter. The Air crane can be fitted with a 2,650-gallon (~10,000 liter) fixed retardant tank to assist in the control of bush fires, and it has acquitted itself admirably in this role.
So far, S-64 Air cranes have been sold to the Italian and Korean Forest Services for fire suppression and emergency response duties. Those in the Erickson Air-Crane fleet are leased worldwide to organizations, companies, and Federal Government agencies for either short-term or longer term use in fire suppression, civil protection, heavy lift construction, and timber harvesting.
Erickson is manufacturing new S-64s, as well as re-manufacturing existing CH-54s, thus, the U.S. military could re-introduce new up-engined Air cranes to meet their 20-ton Sea Basing requirements. Erickson began the tradition of giving each S-64 an individual name, the best-known being "Elvis", used in fighting fires in Australia. Other operators, such as Siller Brothers, have followed suit with their Sikorsky S-64E, Andy's Pride. The Erickson S-64E nicknamed "Olga" was used to lift the top section of the CN Tower into place in Toronto, Canada.