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#684 Westland Whirlwind HAS.22

Building the Westland Whirlwind HAS.22 from Airfix (no electronics in this one)



The Westland Whirlwind helicopter was a British licence-built version of the U.S. Sikorsky S-55/H-19 Chickasaw. It primarily served with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in anti-submarine and search and rescue roles.


Airfix released the latest Vintage Classics No. A02056V boxing in 2022. The tooling is from 1956.


Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
fuselage lower Gloss Emerald Humbrol 2 70.969 Park Green Flat + 70.975 Military Green
wheel hubs ans struts Silver Humbrol 11  
fuselage upper Gloss White Humbrol 22 H1
rotor tips Trainer Yellow Humbrol 24  
cockpit interior walls Sea Grey Humbrol 27  
tires, dashboard Matt Black Humbrol 33  
cockpit controls Coal Black Humbrol 85  
cockpit interior features Light Green Humbrol 120  
rotor fittings Satin Medium Sea Grey Humbrol 165  

Build Log

Maybe bobble heads, but nice that Airfix actually include a couple of figures in the kit.


For a 1956 tooling, the fit is not to bad at all, though the clear parts don’t fit all that well.

build01b build01c build01d

The new 2022 decals are very nice, and the overall result is quite pleasing. I didn’t sweat the details too much - a nice simple little build.

build02a build02b build02c build02e build02d

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