1/72 Airfix GKN-Westland Lynx HMA 8

Gallery Article by Mario "hiurawa" Binsar on Aug 17 2003

Indonesia Independence Day 

 

Few years ago when I didn't even know (and care....) about painting the model I built, I really love this Airfix kit. And now, a few years older and started to build model-kit again in a more seriously kind of way. I started by looking for this kit. 

That moment finally came when a local hobby shopsell asmall selection of Airfix kits, including this one. 
 
Airfix reissued this kit with a new extra sprue and 4 different versions. The first thing I did when starting this kit was to rescribe it, which I found later is truly not necessary because the real lynx have raised panel lines. :( 
 
The fit is really terrible especially the parts that came from the extra sprue. The same parts also seemed too soft, different from the standard parts. I ended up with a lot of Putty for the nose and few others areas of the aircraft. 

 

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Then I thought; well, since I've done it wrong from the beginning why don't I just build it up with some things I've learned but haven't tried before? So I started to cut the tail and main rotorsin order to posethem in the folded position.I usedplasticard and wire todetail the tail section. and Opened the front and the cabin door. 

Paints are from Humbrol. For the decals I chose the kit's version of the lynx from 815 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Richmond, RN, RNAS Yeovilton, 2000 simply because it has this tiny "babe"picture on it. 

At last,I add remove before flight tags and intake/exhaustcover (many thanks to Daniel Butcher and Everett McEwan). 

Many thanks also for Kamil for the tips, Alex andIwan for thesupport and photo. 
 
-Who Dares Wins- 

Mario "hiurawa" Binsar   Jakarta, Indonesia

      

Photos and text by Mario "hiurawa" Binsar