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The Westland Wessex trimotor passenger carrier of 1930 is such an attractive machine that caught my attention very early on my modeling endeavors. I started to gather material to do the usual scratchbuild and had managed to fill a pretty portly folder, when I saw that Rugrats released it as a resin kit with accessories. I understand that Rugrats released several batches, and this to me seems to be an early one, since the decal sheet carrier had aged possibly beyond redemption, as you can see in the accompanying images (no, I don't like to put the decal sheet against the window to fix it, it doesn't, really and after you apply it eventually yellows again). The kit portrays one of the variants the Wessex transport spawned, so bear that in mind when you look at your references. It is a great joy that a manufacturer will release these wonderful jewels of the Golden Age, and the effort should be saluted and applauded. They also offer a DH 66 Hercules, a DH 83 Fox Moth, a DH 84 Dragon, DH 90 Dragonfly, DH 86 Express and a DH 91 Albatross. I am familiar with all these planes, but with none of these kits, nevertheless I am happy that someone will make them available to us. Congratulations on that. The contents of the box, with reference material: Many parts are provided, but among the most practical for me: the spare for the transparencies and the inclusion of the resin master to vac more if anything bad happens: White metal parts, decent, but of slightly less quality than Aeroclub items: More white metal parts, some of them with a not so smooth surface: The engine pods and wheels, subtle wing detail: The ill decals. Wonder if the manufacturer may provide good ones: Of great printing quality, though, but as an all-encompassing carrier you have to individually trim. This may not be ideal for the window frames, for example: The fuselage is free of those silly resin bricks that some manufacturers attach to them, necessitating a jackhammer to separate the part from them: The seemingly unavoidable pinholes (very little of them, fortunately) -some of these are not pinholes, but the strut locations: One exhaust survived the de-molding, the other did not: More pinholes:
This one has been sitting on the window sill for years. And I just love the Light Stone/Dark Green of these HMS Bulwark Wessex's. Original Matchbox (box buried in the stash some where so will have to get it out later.) KUTA has literally given me a KUTA to finish some of these that have been sitting around for yonks. Big problem is that the paint job is seriously awful. It's probably because I put a coat of someone's matt Mid Stone on before I realised it was the wrong colour. The Xtracolour enamel is so thin it leaves the surface like a ploughed field, despite sanding and multiple coats. Pretty awful so it will have to come off. I've made a start but something tells me this is going to be a long haul.
I have just been having a look at the sprues of the Italeri 1:48 Westland Wessex HAS.3 kit; mainly the internal flooring area, and then comparing with photo's I took of an actual Wessex HAS.3 currently being refurbished. On the kit, the sonar dipping opening is represented as a rectangle within a larger plate on internal decking. On this photo of the actual aircraft, XM328 currently being refurbished at the Helicopter Museum, it shows that the opening is round, quite large and takes up most of that deck plate area. Also on the kit floor piece, the circular deck plates are raised and prominent but on the actual aircraft they are flush with the flooring. It shouldn't take much effort to: a. cut out the circular opening, although that may also need the vertical plates under the floor adding. b. a little sanding down of the circular plates to a less prominent level. There are more images of this aircraft in our Walkarounds section. The images above, plus many more, will also be added to the WA section in the near future. HTH Mike