A British licence development of the Sikorsky S-58, the Westland Wessex was a general purpose duties all-metal helicopter produced by Westland Aircraft Ltd.
The Wessex HC.2 was designed for battlefield tactical support, troop-carrying and casualty evacuation. Powered by twin Rolls-Royce Gnome turboshaft engines, the prototype first flew in October 1962.
The Wessex HCC.4 was produced only in two examples for use by the Queen’s Flight, having a special VIP interior finish and an extra folding step below the cabin door.
The Wessex HU.5, basically similar to the HC.2, represented the version for the Royal Navy, while the Wessex Mk.52 was an HC.2 modification for the Iraqi Air Force. The last user of the Wessex helicopter was Uruguay, who took delivery of several Wessex HC.2s from the RN surplus stock for their naval force in the 1990s.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Wessex HCC.4, Black XV733, The Queen’s Flight, Royal Air Force, RAF Benson, 1981
2) Wessex HU.5, White XT770, ‘Green Parrots’ VIP Flight, No.781 NAS, Royal Navy, RNAS Yeovilton, September 1975
3) Wessex Mk.52, Black ۵۸۸ (588), Iraqi Air Force, Iraq, 1965
4) Wessex HC.2, Black XR505/081, Uruguayan Naval Air Force, aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), Exercise Southern Partnership Station, Uruguay, July 2009