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OK, where do I start....? If you're unfamiliar with airfix, it's simple. You buy a plastic kit, follow the instructions to put it together and then paint it. However, it's not really as simple as that; it does take patience and a little skill. But practice makes perfect. Depending on your skill level, depends on the model you do. As the Sea King is a level 2, it's more for those who are still fairly new to airfix, but have the basic skill and want to test them.
The Sea King is a nice model to complete. I would say it's OK as your first model, but maybe it's best as your second or third attempt. Still, the skill level isn't too demanding. As this is a 1:72 scale model, it's still small, but not too small. Size wise, it's manageable and won't take up too much room when constructed (about 30cm long with about 20cm for the rotors).
The good thing with the Sea King is that it's not too fiddly. The cockpit, as with all model kits, can be tricky, but there really isn't a lot to it. The smallest part are the two control levels, but apart from that, it's just seats, pilots and the instrument panel. I would highly recommend painting all of these before gluing them together, as it'll be a nightmare once it's all constructed! The construction itself is pretty manageable, as most parts of of a larger size. I think the only thing is to make sure you don't glue the rotors in. This isn't a problem, but they won't spin!
However, there is a lot of 'glass' on this model. This means, for the inexperienced modeller, that you have to plan the construction more. For example, paint first, then windows in. Either that or have a very steady paining hand. Also, new modellers may have trouble with the paint. The traditional Search & Rescue yellow isn't the easiest paint to use as it can go on in streaks. There is one way around this; choose another paint scheme. The other is orange and white for the Netherlands air force.
Remember though, these kits do not come with paint or glue, so buy them seperately. As far as paint go, you'll only really need 5 for this kit. It does list a load on the side, but some of these you will literally only use a dab of, so you can substitute. The actual painting is easy though, as it's all mostly yellow and black that's used on the exterior.
Overall, I would recommend this kit to someone with little experince (maybe if it's their second or third model), who wants a bit more of a challenge. I say challenge; this kit isn't really too difficult. It's a nice model to do, as there aren't too many small fiddly bit and it's a nice size in general. Paint scheme is simple, so shouldn't be a problem. Plus, at the end, you get a really good looking model!
Airfix 1:72 Westland Sea King HAR.3/Mk.41 # 03043