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Westland Wessex HU.5, Falklands '82, 1/72 Italeri


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Another one for my Falklands War collection - 1/72 Westland Wessex HU.5, XS486, 848. Naval Air Squadron, Flight A, RFA Regent,Operation Corporate, May-June 1982 r. Italeri kit + PE parts from Eduard.

 

Wessex XS486 (produced 1964, serial WA160) served in the Falklands as a machine to transport equipment and people between ships and units on the islands. After the end of the war in June 1982, it took part in Operation Keyhole (aboard HMS Endurance), the purpose of which was to retake of the South Sandwich and South Georgia islands. Most of the XS486's fuselage has survived to this day and is awaiting renovation in the back of The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare.

 

The camouflage from the Falklands war period is not very interesting - almost all the original white inscriptions, emblems etc. were overpainted olive green or black to minimize the visibility of the helicopter. So it's like Shrek - ugly and green... :giggle:  On the other hand it`s W O W (so it is written on both sides of the fuselage in capital letters)... :coolio:

 

Italeri kit itself is simplified, has some flaws and issues, but it was quite pleasant to build. I'm just glad it joined my collection.

 

Work in progress (in Polish) here:

https://www.pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=884&t=90571

 

And now some pictures:

 

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Thanks for watching!

 

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My word, that is one fine looking build.  Superb work.  Do you have any more photos of your Falklands War collection - would be good to see.

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A delightful and beautifully detailed build. Could pass for 1/48th.  Well done and thanks for sharing your 'Walter'.

 

Mark

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‘WOW’ indeed! What a cracking model. That paint finish looks just right: quite subtle with appropriate highlighting and weathering. Love it.

Jon

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Thank you, guys! :cheers:

 

On 13/02/2021 at 18:20, Booty003 said:

Do you have any more photos of your Falklands War collection - would be good to see.

 

No problem for me! Here they are:

 

A-4C Skyhawk, 1/72 Fujimi

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Harrier GR.3, 1/72 Italeri

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Super Etendard, 1/72 Academy

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Wessex HAS.3, 1/72 Italeri

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T-34C Turbo Mentor, 1/72 Sword

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A-4Q Skyhawk, 1/72 Airfix

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Sea Harrier FRS.1, 1/72 Italeri

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IA 58 Pucara, 1/72 Special Hobby

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A-4P Skyhawk, 1/72 Airfix

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Sea Harrier FRS.1, 1/72 Airfix

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Wessex HU.5 is number 11. in my "Faklands War collection", but in fact I have 2 more "Falklands birds" completed, but they are "after war":

 

Phantom FGR.2 from RAF Port Stanley, 1/72 Fujimi

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Tornado F.3 of 1435. Flight, RAF Mt. Pleasant, 1/72 Italeri

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Few more kits in progress (now Modelsvit`s new Mirage IIIEA is on the bench), and a lot, lot, lot more in stash... 😉

 

 

 

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Wow. What a superb collection of models.  Each one looks incredible, great talent on show there, an absolute feast for the eyes!

 

Cheers buddy.

 

Phil

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Lovely build on the Wessex, love the weathering. Also a great collection to be proud of !

 

Wulfman

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Blimus - in true Sid James fashion. That is truly beautiful. WOW, now why can't I make such a nice model - absolute top marks to you sir.

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