This old Airfix kit has been embellished with white metal intake filters and the Whirlybirds detailing and decal set to create 230 Sqn's Puma HC1 as shown at RIAT Fairford in 1997. I was on this detachment and after helping to stick all those tigerstripes on and then applying a coat of PX to make it shiny I retired to the beer tent for the weekend.
We were fortunate to take a cab to Fairford that year as the Sqn was heavily tasked with supporting the RUC and Army; the IRA announced their second ceasefire during the detachment. No special paint scheme could be applied to the aircraft and all the decals were made from black self adhesive fablon type material pre-cut before departure and applied at Fairford. It all had to be removed again before the return flight to RAF Aldergrove where it was discovered that the adhesive from the decals had remained on the paint and attracted lots of exhaust particles!
There is some silvering to the decals and this is due to lousy paint and varnish...made in China. The Whirleybirds kit is excellent and includes plenty of lumps and bumps to recreate a Puma in the NI P1 or P2 role as a Nitesun light and mounting frame is in the kit, a small deficiency is the lack of the intake filters and Jimpy and pintle for the RH cabin door. Composite rotor blades with the correct droop are also in the aftermarket kit.
It's about time Airfix re-tooled this kit and upgraded it to the current HC2 model perhaps.