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Westland Wessex 1/72nd scale accessories


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Good morning all, hope everyone is well. Season's greetings.


I am hoping someone might be able to help me with the world of 1/72nd scale Westland Wessex helicopters. I'm totally unfamiliar with what's available in this area but I know there are many knowledgeable folk on here. 


I recently spotted an ideal candidate for a little diorama and since I have an old Frog 1/72nd scale Wessex hidden in the depths of my stash thought it might re-kindle some modelling mojo. 


I think the area that is likely to require most work would be the rotor heads, main and tail. Are there any manufacturers on the market who offer resin/photoetch upgrades for a 72nd scale Wessex?


The cockpit isn't a huge concern as the photos I've taken show the glazing covered by condensation so much of the visibility into the cockpit will be obscured. Likewise the rear deck and cabin interior. The full sized aircraft has a tarp conveniently draped over those areas. 


I have searched t'interweb and seen some upgraded resin wheels so may treat myself to a set of those. 


Also, the aircraft I would like to depict is in a bit of a sorry state at present which is exactly what appeals to me. Recreating the aged appearance of the markings would be easier with masks so if anyone knows of suitable Royal Navy marking masks that could help create the roundels and numbers I'd be interested in those too.


Here's a snap of the candidate in all her patinated glory😍 




Thanks for any help you're able to offer. 



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There's a reasonable amount of aftermarket been produced for the Wessex in 1:72, but you might have to search around on the second hand market for some that's not currently in production

https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=wessex&fkTYPEGROUP[]="Sikorsky S-58"&fkTYPENAME[]="Detail and Conversion sets"&fkSCALENORMALISED[]="1:00072"

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Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated. 


That's quite a list of aftermarket stuff that's been available over the years. 


I wonder how much benefit the HU-5 sets would be for this earlier bird? More thinking and research is in order perhaps. 


Many thanks once again. Hope everyone enjoys the festivities. 



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