Novo/FROG 1/72 Westland Wessex Mk. 1
This is a recent build I made for our club’s Helicopter group build. It is a 1978 boxing of a Novo/FROG 1/72 Westland Wessex Mk. 1, 845 Squadron (Commando), Fleet Air Arm, H.M.S. Albion. FROG originally released this kit in 1960. This was a build that I enjoyed very much, the cockpit only came with a narrow floor, two seats and a rear bulkhead. So I put a lot of attention on scratch building the cockpit area and had to add some the extras on the outside too. It’s an old kit but the overall shape was pretty accurate.
Most of the decals are from the kit but I messed up on two pieces, the nose letter B and right side of the “Royal Navy/S.N.”. I should have used Microscale Decal Saver on them first but I did not and they dissolved almost immediately when the water was applied. I did use the decal saver on the later decals. So I ended up using Model Decals for the letter in which I could use only the letter H and for the Royal Navy/S.N. piece, the old ESCI sheet.
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