1/72 Westland Whirlwind – Airfix 02064-0
I was able to sneak in another completion during an ongoing kitchen reno at my sons house and I also got to practice some more white masking with the Operation Starkey identification stripes.
The 1978 Airfix kit did prove to be a decent enough kit especially considering its age, as it shows the nice shape of the Whirlwind. The config of the Whirlwind always got my attention as the fuselage is more slender than the engines, kinda reminds me of Popeye the Sailorman with his huge forearms.
Seeing Tom Cleavers post from February 4th got me going to get this one finished, using Toms striping and colours of XF-53, XF-81 & XF-83 Toms formula for the rear band matched the decals pretty much bang on.
I had Propacteam Decals 72033 but the colours seemed a bit off so I decided to borrowed decals from the Pavla Whirlwind kit. The Pavla decals were impressive as they softened beautifully with Micro Set/Sol and were nicely opaque.
Both the Propacteam and Pavla decals and many diagrams showed aircraft P6974 with lettering 'HE-Z' but I found a photo of P6974 with lettering 'HE-M' so I sliced up the decals I had to achieve the desired lettering, I think my 'M' could have been a bit deeper, but I'm happy with the results.
The more I practice with 1/72 WWII aircraft the more I'm liking it, but I do want to get back to 1/48 WWII builds soon.
Glad to get this one done, thanks for viewing.