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Airfix 1/48th Westland Sea King HAS.2A

February 26, 2024 · in Aviation · · 8 · 318

This is my recently completed 1/48th Westland . This kit is a vast improvement on the old kit and in particular is the inclusion of a fully detailed and equipped interior.

I have completed a couple of the Hasegawa kits, one as a SH-3D and the other a Westland Hu 5 version in Culdrose Rescue scheme.

I did wish to build an early version in the original Dark Blue scheme as orginally issued. The Airfix kit provides this option, but I moved one step on and modelled the kit as an HAS.2A. This included the 'barn door' in front of the intakes (in my case to cover an unsightly seem/gap) and a six bladed rear rotor.

So lovely is this kit that I went ahead and completed it before any aftermarket items were issued, thus no seat belts! As I like Sea Kings and this kit in particular, then I'm sure to build another version and likely include at least some aftermarket items.

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  1. Definitely a great model using the Airfix kit, Mark. I lived in Cornwall in the 1960s and really enjoyed going to the RNAS Culdrose air shows.

  2. Got to love a Sea king. Westlands sold more around the world than Sikorsky did apparently. Winched from HAR3s a fair few times.

    It looks an amazing kit. Nice job👍❤️

  3. Really solid work and a very good-looking result. I think you guys are changing my mind about this kit.

  4. That is an amazing looking SeaKing, Mark @markyp89
    Will look great in the display cases you have in the back. Lots of nice kits there.

  5. Excellent job, Mark!

  6. Great job! I liked the mods you worked to build the version you wanted using the base kit. When I looked over the review pictures when the kit was first released, I thought I would love one for RCN and another for USN! Airfix is truly having a renaissance- first the new 1/48 Buccaneer and now the Sea King! Awesome!
    Alas! I will not be buying any Airfix Sea Kings until I build my Hasegawa Sea King in the stash!

  7. Beautiful Sea King.

  8. Thanks for the appreciative comments.
    I suspect Airfix will release a Commando HC.4 version next. However I would really like them to explore Sikorsky versions, as those USN schemes are so attractive. However there plenty Westland export versions that can more easily be covered

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