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Westland Whirlwind/Sikorsky H19

A trio of Westland Whirlwinds

Well that isn't entirely correct. One of them is an H-19 from Sikorsky. I wanted to build a H-19 helicopter to accompany my SAAB Tunnan's in UN marking from the Congo mission in the early 1960's.

There was a helicopter group build in an Airfix forum, so I decided to build it using an old Airfix kit. It is a Westland built craft while the UN helicopters were Sikorsky's, but I decided to let the differences of the air intakes on the sides pass and started to build. Then I saw that the version was totally wrong. The tail boom was straight when it should be pointing downward. I learned that Italeri made this version, so I bought one and built my UN-craft.
(Model finished 2016)

But I wanted to finish the Airfix kit that I already had started and found decals for a civilian machine from Sabena, so I bought them. Then I noticed that the decals could be used on a Swedish machine from Ostermans. The stripes were the same on them, I only needed to change some text. But the decals were for an Italeri kit and didn't fit the Airfix windows so now I bought an Italeri kit and built the Osterman machine.
(Model finished 2016)

But again. What to do with the Airfix kit? On the decal sheet was an alternative for a machine from BEA. I decided to finish my kit with those decals.
(Model finished 2016)

One alternative was for the machine used in the Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night.

But the problems weren't over. The registration letters were too large for the Airfix kit, but I just let that pass. I wouldn't change the scheme again. So that is why I built three helicopters even though I'm not interested in them.

Stockholm August 20, 2016 Not updated
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