Ricando Riva’s Westland Lynx AH.7 – 1:48

Westland Lynx AH.7

Brief history of the Westland AH.7 Lynx.

The Westland Lynx was designed in the 60’s. This small and versatile helicopter came to replace the previous generation of helicopters such as the Wasp or the Scout. When they entered service in 1978, the multi-purpose Westland Lynx quickly entered service with the British Army, Royal Navy and 9 other countries. The Westland Lynx was produced in two main variants. A version for the army with skates in the traditional style and a tricycle for the naval versions.

Since then, together with the Chinnock, it has been in service with Her Majesty’s army. During all this time he has done so with excellence in the roles of armed escort, rescue, evacuation and, until the introduction of the Apache, as a light anti-tank chopper. In this role he has made good use of his excellent speed and maneuverability.

During the occupation of Irak in March 2003, the Lynx AH.7 continued to provide their service with state-of-the-art modifications for the new theater of operations. They have new sand filters, heat sinks for the exhaust, infrared vision systems and high-tech Radar.

Something also characteristic of these Lynx AH.7 was their variety of camouflages with different sand tones and the well-known desert pink used by the English for many years. The Westland Lynx AH.7s had a strong performance and participation in all operational coalition theaters in the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War.

The Airfix kit.

Westland Lynx AH.7, has been on the market since 2012. This kit fills a gap in the supply of British helicopters in the 1:48 scale. Made with new mold design techniques, it contains excellent detail. The kit has decals to make two aicrafts:

– XZ208 of the British Army Air Corps of the 671 Squadron, Second Regiment.

– XZ180 of the Royal Marines of the 847 NAS, 3rd Commando Brigade.

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