Westland Scout AH.1, 3 Cdo Bgde Air Sqn,
Royal Marines, Falklands 1982.
This is the Airfix kit once more in its (almost) natural state. I added some scratch parts to the engine, plus my own decals and removed the rear doors, but otherwise it is "out the box"
The Westland Scout entered service with the Army Air Corps and Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron in 1963, serving right up until the mid 1990s.
Similar in design to the Naval Wasp, but with a skid undercarriage and non-folding tail, it saw operational service in Borneo, Aden, Oman, Rhodesia, Northern Ireland and the South Atlantic.
Twelve aircraft deployed to the Falklands in 1982, six each with the Royal Marines (3 Cdo Bgde Air Sqn) and Army Air Corps (656 Sqn AAC). Used for casevac, light transport, ammunition resupply and special forces insertions, they played a major part in the operation to recover the islands, including the firing of twelve SS.11 missiles by three Scouts (1xAAC, 2xRM) hovering 100m apart on the ridge overlooking Stanley Racecourse, which successfully destroyed a battery of 105mm Argentine howitzers, bunkers, an ammunition dump and command post.
One Scout aircraft from 3 Cdo Bgde, Scout XT629, became the only Argentine air-to-air combat victory of the war when it was destroyed by cannon fire from 2 Pucaras north of Goose Green on 28th May 1982, resulting in the death of its pilot, Lt Nunn Royal Marines and resulting in severe injuries to his crewman.