A British licence development of the Sikorsky S-58, the Westland Wessex was a multi-role all-metal helicopter produced by Westland Aircraft Ltd. The Wessex HAS.1, powered by a Napier Gazelle turboshaft engine, first flew in June 1958 and the type began performing anti-submarine duties three years later, operated by the Royal Navy.
In total, 140 HAS.1 helicopters were built, of which 12 were converted to the Wessex Commando Mk.1. In April 1962 they equipped No.845 NAS and represented a great improvement in the RN Commando Force’s ability to undertake helicopter assault from carrier decks. A weapons platform could also be mounted on both sides above the undercarriage.
Commandos were put into action in Borneo in 1963 during the confrontation with Indonesia. This Wessex variant was finally retired in the autumn of 1965.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Wessex Commando Mk.1, Black XP138/M-B, No.845 NAS, Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark, September 1964
2) Wessex Commando Mk.1, Black XP107/D-A, No.845 NAS, Royal Navy, Borneo, January 1963
3) Wessex Commando Mk.1, Black XS154/V-B, No.845 NAS, Royal Navy, Borneo, May 1964
4) Wessex Commando Mk.1, Black XS151/R-B, No.845 NAS, Royal Navy, Borneo, 1964