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Westland Lynx HAS.3

(Revell - Nr. 04837)

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

Facts:

Hersteller:Revell
Theme:Utility Helicopters
Productnumber:04837 - Westland Lynx HAS.3
Scale:1:32
Type:Full kits
Year of release:January 2013
Price:ca. 30 EUR
Contents:
  • 280 plastic parts
  • 12 clear plastic parts
  • decals
  • instruction sheet

Review:

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

On the basis of their previously released German Lynx Mk.88A (reviewed here) , Revell came up with a first British version of this kit.

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

Anything said in the first review does also apply for the HAS.3. This issue has the ordinary nose without 360 radar and sensors, passenger benches, new tailboom with foldable tailfin and the smaller tail rotor. All other sprues from the previous issue like sonar equipment, Super Lynx nose, clock-wise turning bigger tail rotor etc. are not included in this boxing.

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

Despite of the neat level of detail, the kit has also its flaws. The complete absence of any raised rivet detail gives the fnished model a rather "naked" appearance. It's a pity that Revell didn't take up the opportunity (like Airfix did) as rivet lines are so typical for the Lynx. Furthermore, the horizontal stabilizer is too long for a modern HAS.3 - it's actually the one for AH.1s and HAS.2s. Funny thin: There are decals for Mk.11 depth charges which are also mentioned in the decal placement instructions, but they are actually missing in the kit.

The nicely printed decal sheet allows the representation of the attractive "Black Cats" display team scheme and one of the Lynx' deployed on the icebreaker HMS Endurance.

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

Revell - Westland Lynx HAS.3

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Westland Lynx HAS.3

 

Decals for:
  • Lynx HAS.3, XZ250, 635, No. 702 NAS "Black Cats" Aerobatics Team, RNAS Yeovilton, July 2008.
  • Lynx HAS.3 IC, XZ246, 434/EE, No. 815 NAS, HMS Endurance, 2001
Strong points:
  • crisp detail
  • differences between HAS.3 and Super Lynx considered
  • fully detaild interior
  • full detail for all cabin interior walls
  • optional M3M door gun
  • Sea Skua and Stingray torpedo ordonance (although not really needed with either option)
  • excellent clear parts
  • well printed decals
  • "value for money" aspect
Weak points:
  • abscence of rivet detail on surfaces
  • too large horizontal stabilizer
  • arguable representation of FOD-mesh cover for engine intakeswith clear parts
  • no weighed wheels
  • no rescue hoist included in the review sample (although obviously planned)
  • no folded main rotor option
  • no depth charges in kit despite decals for them included

Summary:

Well done conversion of the good kit from Revell. Good starting point for other conversions, although there is still (kitbash) work to be considered for other export operators of the Lynx.

Reviewed by Felix Troschier - 17. April 2013

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