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Sea Lynx Inbox Review
1/32 Revell Westland Sea Lynx Mk.88a Inbox Review
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by: Warren Inman [ WARRENI ]

introduction
When I saw that the Sea Lynx was being released in 1/32, and the colourful special scheme that was being supplied I just had to get it.

I built the two 1/72 Airfix versions of the Lynxs soon after they came out in the 1970's and for their time they were very good kits. But this kit is on a whole different level to the ancient Airfix releases in 1/72.

OK, on to the inbox review for your perusal.

The kit comes in the usual colourful Revell end opening box, which, again as per usual for Revell, is not very strong and only good wrapping in bubble wrap prevented mine from being crushed worse than it was.

What's in the box.
- four sealed polybags, which is lucky as a number of
parts decided to eject from the sprues in transit,
- a 19 page instruction booklet,
- a large decal sheet with decals for two German Sea
Lynxs,
- and the usual Revell warnings and disclaimer booklet.

There are thirteen sprues in white plastic and three in clear for a total of approximately 309 parts.

The instructions are the usual Revell fare with nice clear black and white illustrations for the 97 steps. Some of the steps are a bit busy so care will need to be taken you don't miss a decal or colour call-out or a part..

Paint listing is of Revell's own colours. No surprise there. I have used Revell's enamel paints and they cover well. A mask is supplied in the painting guide to help you mask the helicopter if you decide to do the special scheme. It doesn't look too scary, but there are lots and lots of extra decals. Comprehensive stencil markings are provided. Decals are beautifully printed and appear to be in register.

On to the plastic.
The seat belts are moulded on the seat faces so you will either want to remove them and put your own on the seats or carefully paint them.

There is a full interior with the following features
- Full avionics and sensor racks,
- An extra crew seat can be installed for a gunner,
- Instrument panel and consoles use raised detail and
decals. Should look very nice with a little
dry-brushing to pop out the detail

There are no engines in the kit but there are fan faces and the back of the engine's exhaust stages are included, so no unsightly see-through engine bays.

You need to drill quite a few holes in the load area floor and bottom skin depending on which version you are constructing.

The main cabin doors are moulded separately as are the cockpit doors which can be posed open if you desire, and with all that nice cockpit detailing making it easy to display is another great idea.

Main rotor head appears to be well detailed and the Tail Rotor is moulded one piece.

And the things that go BANG!!
A nicely detailed door gun is included with a well detailed mount.

Full weapon racking, two Sea Skua missiles and two torpedoes are included. Missiles and torpedoes have stencils and full painting instructions.

There are many many reference pictures available on the www and you could easily maker a show stopper from this kit.

There are some fantastic reference photos of the special colour scheme aircraft here all of which are copyright to the author.

I got mine from Relish Models in the UK for under 15 pounds which is amazing value for what you get.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
SUMMARY
Highs: Detail, detail, detail! Great colour scheme.
Lows: Saw a little flash on the main body mouldings. Not much but still these are new moulds. May have just been mine.
Verdict: This looks like it is going to be a great model for the display cabinet with the doors open showing all the interior detailing Revell has provided. I still don't know how Revell do it for the price. Keep it up please!
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:32
  Suggested Retail: GBP19.99
  PUBLISHED: Dec 04, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.20%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 83.40%

About Warren Inman (warreni)
FROM: SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA

Greetings! I have been modeling for about 45 years on and off and have just started learning about weathering my AFVs etc. Started when I was about 3 or 4 and got to a peak of production in the late seventies with a Airfix or Matchbox kit every day or so at times. Most of those have gone but when I ...

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Comments

Hi Warren Nice job on your first review! And only 20 for a largescale helo kit with this sort of detail!?... I think I might just have to get one... All the best Rowan
DEC 05, 2012 - 08:47 AM
..looks to be a bargain at that RRP - thanks for the link to the pics of the real thing !
DEC 20, 2012 - 04:47 PM
Brilliant Warren for 20 thats the bargin of the year
DEC 23, 2012 - 12:40 AM
Hi Warren. Thanks for the review, I've seen pics of the kit over on Britmodeller (plus walkround pics) and for 20 Quid there certainly is a box full of parts. Not the same level of detail as the Airfix 48th scale kit but non the less, very good. The HAS Mk3 RN cab should be ready for release in the New Year, now that's got my interest. Colin
DEC 26, 2012 - 05:06 PM
I bought the 1/32 Mk.88A helo as well, but haven't put it together. One thing that bothers me is that they molded it in white plastic - why not a gray color like other offerings from Revell. Leave the white plastic to the car kits... Also, where are the depth charges for this kit? There's decals for them but no depth charges....
JUL 11, 2013 - 05:43 AM
   

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