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Italeri 1/48th Westland Wessex HAS 3

March 25, 2016 · in Aviation · · 22 Comments

The has long held a great deal of interest for me and was a mainstay of the Fleet Air Arm for several years.

My father spent many years working on them as a Air Fitter and ended up a CPO. Many happy memories of a boyhood spent around Navy bases and these aircraft.

The series of the Wessex are an enjoyable build and I aim to complete the full selection of HAS 1, HAS 3 and HU 5, all from the Royal Navy.

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22 responses

  1. Nicely done, sir..."whirly things" are a welcome change of pace.

  2. Very nice presentation, Mark, with a dramatic livery. Noy's Miniatures do a modern helipad printed base sheet for about £8 (NM40811). I think Hannants carry it, if of interest.

  3. This by far the most attractive scheme ever applied to a helicopter. I have the Revell 1/48 in the stash. Yours have persuaded me to get mine out of the stash. Well done!

    • Thank you Morne. The Revell kit might make a passable S-58, but I'm afraid only a poor imitation of a Wessex.

      Good luck though and just enjoy the build.

  4. Like RN Wessex helis..

  5. Great job.Love the color scheme

  6. Great looking build, and as mentioned, a really striking color scheme.

    • Thanks Greg. The old Royal Navy anti-submarine scheme does look attractive.

      Preferred it to the dark grey overall of the 'Humphrey' scheme, despite the history of that airframe.

  7. Mark, she's a beauty. Nice clean build, marvelous paint job. Looks the business, to be sure.

  8. Very attractive, Mark, and well executed. I, too, have a fondness for the Wessex, my only air experience in a helicopter was in a RAF version many years ago.

  9. Great looking egg beater

  10. Nice work Mark, really nice build, very eye catching paint scheme. Good-good job !

  11. That's sharp, Mark! I've got a Wessex in queue that will be done as the famous "Humphrey" later this year.

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