Westland Lynx HAS.3 ICE
MAN Mil GL 5t 4x4 Kat 1
Folland Gnat T.1
Westland Lynx HAS.3 ICE
815 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, HMS ENDURANCE, Antarctice Survey Ship, 2004
Airfix 1/72 with scratch mods
The Lynx entered service with the Royal Navy in the early 1980s and formed the backbone
of the Royal Navy’s small ship helicopter force right up until 2017 when it was replaced
by the Lynx-
Armed with Sting Ray torpedoes, Mk.11 depth charges, Sea Skua anti-
One area where the Lynx has given extensive service is in the Antarctic, where the
RN Ice Patrol Ship HMS ENDURANCE carried two Lynx aircraft painted with distinctive
This is the 1/72 Airfix Lynx kit, with a few scratch modifications. I built this back in 2008 using some rather oversize handling bars to keep the folded blades in place. This update substitutes some polystyrene rod of amore realistic diameter. Link to original build
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I remain totally immobilised in bed after a bad leg-
Until I am up and about, modelling will be a little scrappy and ad-
Panzerlehrbrigade 9, Stabskompanie, Munster , Germany, 2012
The MAN Mil series of military trucks was developed in the 1970s for the West German
army. Available as 4x4, 6x6 or 8x8 versions, they possessed excellent off-
Over 9,000 of this series were produced, with many undergoing refurbishment and life extension during the 1990s. A modular armour protection system and cab is also available for use in high threat areas such as Afghanistan.
The Kat 1 MAN trucks remain in service but will be gradually replaced by similar, but significantly developed MAN HX2 vehicles from the end of 2018.
Released in 2015, this is a fairly complicated little vehicle kit with over 100 parts. Although fiddly and delicate, particularly when assembling the axle and steering components, it builds relatively easily into an impressive vehicle. The mould, which was crisp and flash free, shares sprues with Revell’s companion 10 tonne 6x6 and 15 tonne 8x8 kits. Cabin glazing is enabled by a sheet of clear acetate that must be trimmed carefully to size and attached to the cab sides (I used Krystal Klear for this).
The only build option provided is the optional load platform canopy, but simple decals and painting schemes are provided for 4 versions, one in a desert scheme, one in white with UN markings and two in NATO European camouflage.
The Real thing at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.
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