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Back ground

The British designed Lynx light weight battle field attack and multi-purpose helicopter is a highly successful aircraft that had its origins back in the 1960’s (under the guise of the WG.13) as a replacement for the British Army Westland Scout and Royal Navy Westland Wasp helicopters. The prototype Westland Lynx first flew on the 21 March 1971.

The initial British Army version of the Lynx was the AH.Mk.1 and that for the Royal Navy was the HAS.Mk.2 (first flown in November 1972). The Lynx has been developed through successive up-grades and variants and is currently in service with the British Army Air Corpse (AAC) and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) as the Mark AH.Mk.7 and HMA.Mk.8 respectively.

The company owned Lynx aircraft (modified) broke the helicopter world speed record over several distances during 1972, attaining the highest speed of 199.92 mph (321.74 Kph). On the 26 August 1986 another company owned Lynx helicopter (G-LYNX) was again specially modified (up-rated Gem 60 engines and new BERP (British Experimental Rotor Programme) composite rotor blades) once more broke the absolute helicopter high speed record over a 15 and 25 Km course reaching a top speed of 249.09 mph (400.87Kph) – a record which it still holds to this day.

Westland has exported various marks of Lynx helicopter to at least 22 customers world-wide over the years, and more are on order. The subject matter of this kit and review is the Sea Lynx Mk.88A operated by the German Navy (Bundesmarine) MFG-3 (Marineflieger-3), based at the Naval Air Division at Nordholz in Germany. 19 Sea Lynx Mk.88 aircraft were originally delivered to the Bundesmarine Marineflieger, in three batches, between 1979 and 1985. During operational service with MFG-3, four aircraft were lost.

Between 1998 and 2001, seven new Sea Lynx aircraft were ordered and delivered to the upgraded Sea Lynx Mk.88A standard (Gem 42 engines, under-nose radome with 360° Marconi Sea Spray 3000 traverse radar and Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) above the nose, Bendix dipping sonar and Mk.4A1 and Mk.46 torpedo). The older Mk.88 variants have now been upgraded to Mk.88A standard. ASuW takes on a more prominent role with German navy, the Mk.88A Sea Lynx are able to utilise the Sea Skua missile in addition to a flexible mounted .50” FN Herstal M3M machine gun.

Brand: Revell
Product name: Westland SEA LYNX Mk.88A
Product number: 04652
Scale: 1:32
Type: Full kit
Includes: Plastic sprues, Waterslide decals, Clear parts
Released: 2012 | Initial release – new tool
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