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  1. Westland Scout AH.1 XT617, pics mine taken at Wattisham Station Heritage Museum.
  2. We don't normally have a thread dedicated to a single airframe but Mike Costello has kindly provided a lot of pictures of Westland Wessex HAS.3 XM328 as it is being restored at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare.
  3. I am considering building a Whirlwind as a Royal Navy version, possibly the HAS.7 or HAS.9 (maybe both) but I am not aware of either of these in plastic kit form. Can anyone advise me what is available, presumably a basic kit plus aftermarket stuff etc., in order to build these aircraft? Also grateful for information on where to obtain these, if available. TIA Mike
  4. Hello All, I'm going to be building the Frog Westland Wyvern: The kit has side consoles, floor, seat (or throne?), stick, instrument panel, nice wheels and detail on the inside of the undercarriage doors - pretty fancy for a kit from 1970! However, Trumpeter did a newer and more detailed version recently and the rules is the rules... I am intending to detail the cockpit and wheel wells, do some light scribing and possibly drop the flaps. My main objective is to do a decent paint job and make the Sky/EDSG scheme look less slab-like than it normally does in my hands. The decals are a tad yellowed and I don't think I will see much full sunlight in the next few months, so I may re-print some of the letters and numbers. Well, can't sit here typing - there's modelling to do! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  5. This is my second entry: the older release of the Whirlwind. First released in 1958 it was replaced by a new mold in 1978, also by Airfix. This one would also qualify, as there are more recent kits by Pavla and Special Hobby. It was built when I was a kid and survived with almost all the parts intact because it was glued with a multi-purpose glue that doesn't dissolve the plastic. My purpose is to build it as accurate as possible (taking the plans from the Kookaburra booklet as guide) without resource to resin or PE. You may compare bellow the main parts of the older and newer Aifix releases. The later kit has less parts - 34 vs 37. I'm not sure if I will go for the civil registered aircraft - the first prototype is also an option. I have an almost entire week to decide. Carlos
  6. Wessex HU.5 XT765, A Falklands War Veteran. Pics thanks to Merlin101 Info from the FAA Museum Web Site;
  7. WESTLAND WESSEX HC Mk.2 XR525 pics from Julien. airframe at Cosford
  8. Westland Wessex 60, a civilian version as Operated by Bristow Helicopters. Pics by Bootneck Mike.
  9. Hi All, Here are some Finnish Lysander and Blenheim aircraft pictures; 112709 112710 112712 112717 112712 153583 153584 23019 All images SA-kuva. More Lysander and Blenheim pictures that are greater than 4900 pixels wide can be found here at the Finnish Wartime Photographic Archive. Cheers, Daniel.
  10. I got a bagged Frogspawn Lynx minus instructions and decals a few weeks back and I had no intention of building it OOB, so with the help of numerous builds here and photos online I decided to fudge a hypothetical Army version. Here's the backstory: Westland Lynx AH.3 - Export version designed for the Royal New Zealand Air Force with 835 kW (1,120 shp) Gem 41-1 engines and uprated gearbox. 12 produced and delivered 1986-87. Later upgraded with BERP blades. Now replaced with AH.9. As 1985 began the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) issued a requirement for a light battlefield helicopter to replace its Bell Sioux, which had entered service some 20 years previously. Six manufacturers tendered their options: the Aerospatiale AS.250 Squirrel, Agusta A.109, Bell with their 406CS Combat Scout, Bolkow’s B.105, the McDonnell Douglas Defender, and the Westland Lynx. The entries from Bell, MDD and Westland emerged as front-runners on paper. A landing accident in August meant MDD’s MD530MG prototype would be unable to make the competition, so a civilian MD530F was hastily converted to roughly –MG specs and shipped to New Zealand. Some quarters saw the Defender as the best option as there was considerable mechanical expertise in the country from 10+ years civil use of the aircraft, it was highly manoeuvrable and difficult to spot. Similarly the Westland Lynx AH.1 had been proved by several years of service with the British Army Air Corps and Westland had refined the aircraft into the AH.5 variant which was being trialled by the AAC. Another variant, the AH.3, was suggested by Westland as a cheaper alternative to the costly AH.5 and proposed AH.7 for the RNZAF. Bell showed their commitment to the tender by shipping their Combat Scout demonstrator to New Zealand and flew a demonstration tour of RNZAF/NZ army bases throughout March 1986. Unlike the other two front-runners though the 406CS had neither service nor civilian record to its name, but the similar Kiowa Warrior was in service with the US Army. At the end of November 1986 the RNZAF formally announced the results of the competition, with the Westland Lynx AH.3 winning the contract. An order for 14 aircraft (12 operational plus two attrition/spares airframes) was placed in December, with deliveries to start in mid-1987 and be completed by 1989. The aircraft would be used by the new 9 Squadron, generated at RNZAF Woodbourne specifically for battlefield support. The aircraft would be nominally based there but it was intended pairs would make “combat detachments” for exercises around the country, so they would rarely all be at “home” at any given time. In 1993 the aircraft were upgraded with British Experimental Rotor Programme blades for improved performance after concerns were expressed with full loads. The aircraft were upgraded by Safe Air to AH.11 standard – an RNZAF version of the British Army AH.9 but with skid landing gear – with LHTECH CT800-4N engines and a stronger gearbox to allow higher take-off weights, starting in May 2007. Rather than have the entire fleet grounded to allow the upgrades to take place the combat detachment pairs were instead rotated to Safe for the process. The upgrades were completed in November 2008. First step was to find a replacement for the moulded-shut doors with the prototypical three windows. Inbetween cutting out the doors I hack up the Italeri 1/72 Bell 412 doors: As anyone who knows the kit is aware, the interior is two seats, an (open?!) instrument panel and and a floor for the cockpit. So I improved on it a bit: Cabin seats donated by the Airfix Lynk Mk.8 - more on that later - as well as spares box controls, scratched armour plate and Airwaves PE for the panel. You may be able to see the gun mount (already attached) and GPMG/M60 I've scratched, a rescue winch and the two new doors. Also the Navy Lynx interior, but ignore that if you'd be so kind. I'm having fun with all the scratchbuilding, detailing etc and seeing as how several BMer builds have been inspiration/reference I thought it only fair to share my progress thus far.
  11. Lynx HMA.8 Exterior, Interior & Seatbelt sets (for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard (49613, 48741, 49623 & FE613) The new Airfix kit has been with us a short while, and Eduard have done their usual sterling job in producing some rather nice Photo-Etch (PE) sets to enhance an already well liked kit. Interior Set (49613) This set covers the cabin interior of the kit, and arrives in Eduard's familiar flat packaging. Inside are two frets of PE, one of which is 7cm x 8cm, pre-painted and self-adhesive, the other is bare brass, measuring 7cm x 11.7cm. The instruction sheet is two sided A4, and runs through the parts and their placement, showing which kit parts are involved, and noting any parts that need removing to accommodate the new parts. The instrument panel is augmented by a completely replaced coaming to give a more scale look, and inside the instrument panel decal is replaced by a laminated sheet giving pre-painted dials and instrument panel surface, with an improved three-dimensional look. The same is true of the central console, which also gets a pre-painted panel, plus a number of auxiliary parts to detail the sides and other facets of this complex shape. Some small additional parts are added to the cyclic and collective controls too. The observation window at the pilots' feet is given an internal frame, as well as some sill detail to the cockpit and sidewall, while the main cockpit glazing has a set of levers and panels added to the inside of the "bulge" at the top of the screen. The large side-doors are skinned with a new interior, with additional pre-painted warning banding round the window and the emergency release, plus a data placard, all of which will be best seen on a model with at least one door closed. The equipment behind the pilots' seats is given a detail upgrade with a significant number of extra parts, as well as a complete replacement for the central "bench" section that is made up in step 14 of the Airfix instructions. The large arch that fits between the cockpit an cabin is detailed on all visible faces with structural ribbing and rivet detail, while the detail on the rear cabin wall is completely obliterated and replaced by panels of quilted material to better represent the bulkhead. Additional detail parts are applied to the internal walls that form part of the doorways, adding extra interest to that area if you plan on posing them open. Interior Set Zoom (FE613) This is a subset of the above set, including only the self-adhesive, pre-painted fret for the modeller on a budget, or who only wants to detail up the cockpit area. Seatbelt Set (49623) A better description for this set would be "Seatbelt and Seat set", as it includes extra detail for the pilots' seats as well as a full set of crew seatbelts. It comprises of two PE frets, one of which measures 7cm x 3.5cm, and is pre-painted, the other in bare brass measuring 7cm x 4.5cm. The pre-painted set contains a full set of crew seatbelts for the pilots and the rear crew on the triple bench seat at the rear of the cabin. This set is especially useful if you have removed this detail from the kit to install the more detailed bulkhead as discussed above in the Interior Set. In addition, the brass fret includes grab-handles for the centre cabin seats if installed, and a more detailed mounting system for the pilots seats in the form of a lightening hole peppered box-frame with side skins for the seat itself, and a further set of skins for the sides of the seat cushion. Additional detail and bracing to the back of the seats is also included. Exterior Set (48741) Arriving on one large sheet of bare brass that measures 9.3cm x 14.5cm, this set is jammed with parts and the instructions cover two sides of A4 as well as two of A5. The Lynx is a scabby beast, due to its long life-span and frequent upgrades, and a number of the parts are used to enhance this look, starting with the engine "bulge" on the upper fuselage, which receives a lot of additional parts, detailing areas that are otherwise devoid of interest. The fuselage sides also have some strengthening strips added along the top of the door, plus a frame for the cockpit's knee-height observation window. The pilots' side-doors are upgraded with some strengthening detail as well as openers, while the main screen gets a pair of delicate windscreen wipers. The outer skin of the two large doors on the sides of the fuselage receive frames to their windows and door handles to enhance their look. The door gun is augmented with a rolled PE cooling jacket, ring and bead sight, ammo-box and mount details, plus a nice mesh brass-catcher bag for the spent rounds, which folds up into a six-sided bin with a handle on the top. The nose receives a mesh panel just in front of the windscreen, a circular filler cap, and a detail skin for the floor of the cut-out that cradles the sensor cluster. Various small details are added to the skin of the underside of the fuselage, and the nose wheel bay is detailed with some skins, while the main gear legs themselves are detailed with PE oleo-scissors, brake hub and hose detail, as well as tie-down loopholes on the legs. Moving to the main rotor, this receives a new rotor cap with lifting lug, the blade attachment points are detailed and some missing wires/hoses between the control linkages is added from PE. The blade props for stowing the blades on folding receive a number of additional parts to bring them up to specification, the tail rotor receives a new central control, and a small mesh vent on the underside of the tail fin tip. The tail boom gets some mesh panels and some finer tail-fold details, which include a control wire bundle, with some sundry details added along the tail to finish off. Conclusion The Lynx is already a good kit with plenty of detail, but the addition of these sets and sympathetic painting will take it into a class of its own. As usual with Eduard sets, the instructions are clear and concise, the quality of the etching is first rate, and the pre-painted parts are sharp and clear. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Westland Sea King HU5.SAR ZA134 825 CU, pics from Richard E
  13. Lynx HAS.3GM XZ720 At the FAA Museum, pics thanks to Merlin101 via Bootneck.
  14. HPH is preparing a 1/32nd Westland Whirlwind resin kit Source: http://amg.cdc.cz/kat125.html V.P.
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