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1/8 scale Westland Wessex

Scratch built Mk1

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Martin Fraser28/04/2017 12:05:54
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Hi Folks,

I’m new here as I’ve been mainly concentrating on helis since I began RC flying in 2008.

Those of you that have been to some of last years scale heli meets or visited Scale RC Helis - may have seen ‘Igror’ before now.

521 on bench.jpg

This is my first scratch built model, started in 2012 and now nearing some sort of completion – are they ever finished? 6 foot OAL and 12Kg AUW

In between sticky sessions with epoxy and glass fibre I’ve done a bit of slope soaring and now power fixed wing. I’ve recently acquired a delightful Fly Baby with a Saito FA60T up front. It’s not been flown for 17 years but after some TLC, I think it’s now ready for some air.

Fly Baby01.jpg

Cheers, Marty

Piers Bowlan28/04/2017 13:53:40
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Marty, what an amazing project, I thought it was a picture of the full sized version until I clocked the MDF it is sitting on! I am not really into helis, although I did have a dabble with a TREX 500 some time ago but never got good enough to consider a scale one.

Welcome to the forum by the way and where in the world are you?

Essjay28/04/2017 15:20:35
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Martin, what a fantastic model. I've not seen a scale heli look that good since we had that scale genius Peter Wales flying at our club some years ago.


Martin Fraser28/04/2017 16:57:11
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Many thanks for the welcome and kind words gents.

The Wessex is based on one of the old birds I used to help maintain (airframes and engines) in the mid seventies on 771 Squadron at RNAS Culdrose.

in flight 521.jpg

Although I have a wealth of detail knowledge of these aircraft, this can be a bit of a curse, especially when you look at the amount of exterior gubbins that old military machines seem to sprout. Also,the passage of forty years can play tricks on ones memory, therefore much of the last 4 years has been spent on research.

Aero modelling is quite a small niche hobby these days but scratch building large scale helicopters I guess is even more so!

Cheers, Marty (North Wales)

P.S. To be mentioned in the same breath as Pete Wales is praise indeed.

Edited By Martin Fraser on 28/04/2017 17:00:51

Geoff S28/04/2017 20:21:06
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I'm no heli enthusiast and can barely tell one from another but that is truly a stunning model. In fact I thought it was the full size prototype until I noticed its setting.

I see you've been doing a spot of sloping, too. Now a slope soaring helicopter would be a sight to behold!


Dave Bran28/04/2017 20:50:46
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Posted by Geoff Sleath on 28/04/2017 20:21:06:

I see you've been doing a spot of sloping, too. Now a slope soaring helicopter would be a sight to behold!


It's been done.

Nice Wessex, puts to shame the 450 sized one I have on the go (and no, I'm not about to show pics......ever........!!)

Terry Walters29/04/2017 09:27:36
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Wow Martin that is really something! Best of luck with the forthcoming maiden - keep us posted

Martin Fraser04/10/2018 10:52:10
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Hi folks,

A wee clip from this summer's antics with the Wessex. It's one thing to drop things from an aircraft but you try picking things up! But hey, it is an SAR heli after all.

Cheers, Marty

Edited By Martin Fraser on 04/10/2018 10:59:21

David P Williams04/10/2018 13:23:37
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318 photos

Fantastic Martin - brought back some memories. That was me shivering in the dinghy in 1977, wet winching drill in the Solent with a Wessex from HMS Daedalus.

Martin Fraser04/10/2018 14:09:00
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Hi David,

I hope your crew didn't leave you dangling on the winch line, then land-on and nearly crush you?laugh

I've been winched up from dry land for a demo for the WI once but never from the water. I can only just imagine that the underbelly of a SAR Wessex must have been a beautiful sight to all those people that we picked up in serious peril in the 70s.

Cheers, Marty

J Moyler04/10/2018 16:33:56
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56 photos

That's amazing. I am not into helicopters myself, but your Wessex is very good. Thank you for posting.


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