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Andrew Simpson, 20.05.2021 01:07

Dear Sir, did you ever obtain plans for the Westland Wasp? I am trying to paint a picture of one for my cousin who flew them off HMS Endurance, the ice patrol ship.

Richard Wallinger, e-mail, 26.12.2013 14:22

I bought a Westland scout and it stood outside my helicopter shop in Hinckley Leicestershire for a number of years until the council decided it was not appropriate. I donated it to the Bruntingthorp air museum . where it has undergone a total rebuild by the forces personel who flew them .

Nick, 30.05.2013 16:22

I was wondering if anyone knew what material the scouts landing skid was made from, i have found out that the cross beams attached to the body are made of steel, and i assume the blocks that connect the cross beams to the skids are cast aluminium.

Alec Powell, e-mail, 10.07.2012 02:51

I,like Stuart Norwood, spent a lot of my army career on Scouts,(joined up 1964) Great aircraft and, until you've done a "zero power torque turn" in one you haven't lived!. Worked on a starter motor mod team in Germany in 1973 so must have worked on nearly all the Scouts the army had!
Happy days and a great cab!

Stuart Norwood, e-mail, 07.02.2012 22:39

I joined the British Army in 1963 on the first Arborfield course for Air Tech (REME). Served with the Scout A.H.! for most of my service life. In the early days that wretched Blackburn Nimbus would hardly pass the tie down test and would only fly ten hours before removal. The Army worked hard to develope a flawed aircraft and one of my last detachments with the Scout was to Brunei where we flew this single engined aircraft with confidence over the un-broken jungle canopy. The 'civvies' with their twin engined rotorcraft thought us insane, but the now reliable Rolls-Royce Nimbus would manage 1,000 hours. The Scout was almost 'soldier proof' in it's latter form. I flew hundreds of hours in them, handling checks, High altitude air tests, it never hurt me but then you never turned your back on it either!

Kevin Morrow, e-mail, 03.07.2011 18:24

Saw one Wrecked for fire dummies at Predannack airfield while taking photographs at the Wrecked Canberra.

Glen Porter, e-mail, 05.01.2011 00:38

I had very little knowledge of these helicopter until commissioned to make a weather vane of both the Scout and Wasp helicopters. I should have the basic but unfinsihed weather vanes done in the next week or so. Rotor arc will be about 30 Inches and the rest of the helicopter to scale. The Wasp will be carrying a full complement of ordnance.

Alan Peall, e-mail, 01.10.2010 11:51

Hi, i am toying with the idea of making a scale version of this helicopter(500/.30 size)and was hoping someone might point in the right area to get some detailed plans to see if it is feasible, many thanks, Alan

Don, e-mail, 11.09.2010 00:56

Hope your doing well Dennis,and did you pay for the 300? This "Wasp"is indeed a fine helicopter.

D Coombes, e-mail, 20.03.2008 17:43

there is a privately owned immaculate example that flies from Bembridge airport (isle of wight UK) practically every day.

D R Kenyon, e-mail, 16.08.2007 18:58

Just to say, that having been commissioned to write an article on "One hundred years of rotary wing," and the more 'Charismatic' machines, I find myself logged into this superb 'Westland' site.

I was privileged to be offered the opportunity to fly the Scout & Wasp versions recently and want to remark on their superb handling even by today's standards.... in fact I was so impressed by the G-NOTY machine, that I persuaded the owner to allow me a few basic 'wing-over' manoeuvres.

Having experienced the solid handling and control flexibility of the type, I feel sure the Scout would be suitable for a full-blooded display sequence.

All a bit odd don't you think ... that a 1950s design can handle and compete with models produced almost fifty years later. But I guess the owners of the various 'civvy' versions already know that.

Dennis Kenyon. August 2007.

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