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Bristolhibby

Matchbox Westland Wessex HU.5 1/72

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My second group build is a Matchbox Westland Wessex HU.5 1/72.

Got it a couple of years ago off eBay. Couldn't remember exactly what I paid but it was definitely under a tenner.

Had a look on KingKit and it is for sale for £9.99, so that's good enough for me.

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So far I've painted the interior and some black bits.

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Looking forward to this.

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Bit of work done on the cockpit.

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And stuck the two halves together.

A bit of a pig to stick together, so much tape required.

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Hi Bristolhibby

Did you manage to get any more work done on this???

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Hopefully you can find some time. I look forward to seeing more whether it makes it or not...

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Out of Tamiya tape so this project has stalled. As I can't do any masking.

This has also affected my Sukhoi 27 (can't mask the cans off).

Got some ordered though.

Hurry up!

J

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Painting with Xtracolor enamel paint.

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It takes ages to cure. Put the second coat on last night and it's still tacky almost 24 hours later.

Anyone know if this helicopter has a Matt or Gloss finish in real life?

J

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Semi-gloss would be best,Fleet Wessexes had a lot of washing and cleaning

to keep the salt off 'em so soon lost their glossy shine.

Something with this kit that makes it look much better is to lengthen the undercart's oleo legs.

These are the parts than run from just below the cockpit.Lengthening by (IIRC)about 3mm

lifts the front end of the aircraft up just enough.

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Semi-gloss would be best,Fleet Wessexes had a lot of washing and cleaning

to keep the salt off 'em so soon lost their glossy shine.

Something with this kit that makes it look much better is to lengthen the undercart's oleo legs.

These are the parts than run from just below the cockpit.Lengthening by (IIRC)about 3mm

lifts the front end of the aircraft up just enough.

Cheers for the advice. How would I go about doing that?

J

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Seconded! I have a soft spot for the Wessex as I'm a stone's throw from the old RAF Mount Batten and fondly remember them buzzing around Plymouth :)

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Finally finished.

The kit decals were crap, even with Microscale liquid decal film they cracked to pieces.

So I cobbled together some spares & Modeldecal 99.

It's not 100% accurate, but it does for me.

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Cheers

J

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