Revell's 1/144 scale
Westland Puma HC.Mk.1
by Andrew Riddle
Westland Puma HC.Mk.1
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The Westland SA330 Puma is used by the Royal Air Force as a battlefield
support aircraft. This model is the (SA-330E) variant as used in
the 1991 Gulf War.
This is the first 1/144th scale aircraft I have built after a long line
of 1/72nd scale models.
Revell has produced a nice kit here, with a fair amount of detail for a
kit of its size.
The most obvious omission is the lack of exhaust pipes which are very
prominent. Revell merely provides a hole in the fuselage on each side of
the rotor mast. I inserted a piece of aluminium tube, cut at an oblique
angle, with a piece of plastic sheet glued on the inside end. When
painted dark grey it looks suitably dark down there in the bowels of the
Other improvement include:
Refining the rotor
mast with fine steel wire.
Cargo load inside
(an old calculator key and two tiny electronic capacitors!) with tie
Rudder pedals and
the curved tubes that can be seen below the pilot's feet.
New Oil Cooler
exhaust behind the rotor mast.
Replaced the cargo
door steps with a soldered copper wire assembly.
replaced with copper wire and plastic pieces. The boom antenna wires
are very fine hair from my friend Sarah's locks, painted with thin
black paint. This was the finest filament I could find and is
surprisingly stretchy and easy to tension. Thanks Sarah!
The model was hand painted with enamel Humbrol 250 (Matt Desert Sand).
A couple of coats of Future followed, then the model was decaled per
Next, a mixture of 1 part Tamiya Flat Base (the white stuff) to 7 parts
Future was brushed on the produce the required satin sheen (it dries
Weathering consisted of Tamiya smoke and some Humbrol dark grey
drybrushed on to represent the engine exhaust staining which was very
evident on Gulf War Pumas. On various photos the starboard side has a
great deal of staining, whereas the port side is very minimal. I guess
that's the uneven effect of the rotor wash pushing the air over the
fuselage in different directions.
All in all a great little model. It took me about a year, on and off, to
build (that's about my current build rate).
Recommended for something a little different.
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