Sunday, 6 February 2011

Westland Scout

Never properly thanked Eli for sending me an Airfix Westland Scout for Winter of '79. So here is a very public Thank You to Eli.

Known as "The Flying Landrover", the Westland Scout was a versatile light helicopter that saw service with the Army Air Corps and Commando Brigade Air Squadron RM, from 1963-1994. In it's basic form it was much used for reconnaissance and border patrol duties. Bench seating in the rear of the cabin allowed 4 fully equipped squaddies to be inserted into 'indian country' and it could also double up  in the CASEVAC or ground support and attack roles.

The basic Westland Scout was unarmoured but it could have a gunner with pintle mounted GPMG in the rear for ground support, or be fitted with 4 SS11 /12 wireguided missiles and 2 GPMGs mounted on the skids. The skid mounted GPMGs were sights were a rudimentary cross made with a chinagraph pencil on the canopy in front of the pilot! Nevertheless, the GPMGs proved successful in operations in both Aden and Borneo. The missile booms and 4 missiles could be fitted in 20 minutes "with rotors still turning" as proved during the lead up to the battle of Mount Tumbledown in the Falklands War of 1982.

The SS11's gave the Scout a powerful anti-tank capability. In the Falklands War armed Scouts attacked Argentine naval forces in conjunction with other helicopters and undertook precision long-range 'sniping' of Argentine artillery and.command assets.

Probably the Scout's most famous role came in the 1982 movie WHO DARES WINS. Perfect fodder for Winter of 79.



  1. Love it, Mark, I was actually lucky enough to get a ride in a Scout while on exercise in Kenya back in '87. We were those bods squeezed into the doors with feet on the skids; quite 'Wild Geese-esque' really, looking back at it...:)

  2. I hope you make a better job of the kit than I did with mine (in 1975-ish!). I remember a Scout landing in Monifieth when I was a wee lad and the crew showing a film about the Scout's various roles in the Army. Good stuff.

  3. Glad you like the heli. I was lucky enough to snatch it up.

    Can't wait to see it put together.


  4. As a kid I had two; the first was badly made and then got crunched in a critical floor impact; the second was better glued, had a bit of cammo, a pair of rockets and a long career delivering 4 airfix commandos to the action on my model railway layout. In an oddly realistic touch, it's rotors went.