The Lynx was initially produced by Westland for the British Navy as an anti-ship/submarine platform, however the British Army showed greater interest in the troop carrying-capabilities of the craft.

The Lynx proved to be as advertised, setting speed records for a helicopter of this type and proving extremely agile, robust and versatile to the extreme.

The British Army utilizes the Lynx AH.7 in combat scout roles alongside their American-made WAH-64 Apaches (similar to the role that the Kiowa Warrior serves alongside the AH-64 in the United States Army).

Armament for the aircraft is mission-specific - a typical anti-loadout for the system is 8 x TOW anti-tank missiles. Pintle-mounted machine guns are available for suppression effect in the transport or assault role. Cannons can also be mounted on the fuselage sides for added firepower. Naval variants have featured anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry when needed.

About the model

I had been making b.e.r.p tip blades which make both full-size and model helicopters more manouverable and easier to fly. I wanted to build a model that would show them off and came across the Lynx which has them on the full-size version.

I went to Middle Wallop in the UK where two were being serviced and was given permission to take photos of them. The result is the model that you see here which was built in 1999 and powered by a 23cc Zenoa petrol engine.

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