Italeri's 1/72 scale
HyperScale is proudly supported by
the 1/72 Italeri Wessex HAS.3 kit, built to depict 'Humphrey', a Wessex
helicopter that served with distinction aboard HMS Antrim during the
Falkland Islands war.
I have made many corrections to the kit, the main one involved changing
the direction of tail rotor rotation. Italeri basically got the
rotor blades were separated from the hub, pinned and re-attached facing
in the opposite direction.
I also made new
weapons pylons and scratchbuilt the Mk.3 Mod 1 depth charges.
The main gear struts
were replaced with metal tubing. The hydraulic lines were added
using fine brass wire.
An Aeroclub white
metal 7.62mm GPMG was added to the starboard cabin window, but not
before a new barrel, grips,shell bag, ammo tin and pintle were
The hovering inflight
refuelling panel and its fairing was added using plastic sheet
The Ron's Resins belly
detail set was added
Various cabling was
added to the port fuselage above the cabin windows
re-fueling ports were filled in as these don't belong on the HAS.3
transmission drain guides were added using plastic sheet
The rigging was added
The kit antennas were
replaced with thinner items using plastic card
The mouled 'mesh'
areas atop the tail were replaced with fine brass mesh
The rotor head was
detailed with fine brass wire
The base was made using a
single sheet of .015" plastics sheet that had the deck markings painted
masked and sprayed.
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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007
by Anthony Papadis
Page Created 17 December, 2007
24 December, 2007
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