FAA models in 1/72 scale
The FAA operated various versions of this helicopter and it would be nice to have a ship based Wessex in the model collection. Matchbox / Revell issued a 1/72 kit of the HU.5 in 1991. It was an Italeri mould. This kit release has about 70 parts and has decals for a yellow Royal Navy HAR 2 of no.22 squadron and grey/orange no.771 squadron HU5 Wessex.
Yeah.... lets continue with the bought kit of the HU.5 Matchbox kit.
The parts are basic and typical Matchbox / Revell / Italeri style.
The engine intake on the nose was opened up and a small metal screen was added from metal mesh also on the lower side. The grid structure was suggested with white glue.
Also, aft of the roto mast, an opening was made and grilles were added from this mesh.
Otherwise, the kit was made as supplied in the kit.
From the spares box an old torpedo head was found suitable for the radar and some pieces of card for the fairing.
The cabin was not detailed as the doors would be set closed. Cockpit was detailed wth some stretch sprue and seats were given seat straps from tape. Instrument panel was made of some spare decal.
Some antenna wires were added from
stretched sprue, some details in the cockpit and some antennas on the airframe
as seen in pictures. Some brake lines were also added to the gear legs.
On the belly of the fuselage, some details of winches, piping were added although no clear references could be found on the exact shapes.
I found that the Matchbox/Revell decals
"broke up"!! Looking at the sheet, it was stated that Revell
printed them. So beware! I suggest to apply a coat of MicroScale
Liquid decalfilm first. So I ended up using some decals from
the spare decal box with the Modeldecal set.
The large engine exhaust pipes on each fuselage side were installed, but this was an error. Later on, they were cut off as seen here, the holes filled and two small pipes added in stead. These exhausts are for the 1600 shp Napier Gazelle engine.
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