|East European Scale Model History||
In real life this helicopter was introduced in 1950 by the U.S. Air Force. It was built by Sikorsky with model number S-55 / H-19 Chickasaw. It was also license-built by Westland Aircraft as Westland Whirlwind in the United Kingdom.
The scale model presented here was manufatured in the late 60's by ZP RUCH of Poland. On the box art you can read "śmigłowiec" which means simply helicopter, no mention of make or model. Scale is 1:72. All the parts are molded in silver plastic with no windows while the only moving parts are the rotor blades.
The provided decals were for LOT Polish Airlines but Wikipedia does not mention Poland as country of operators for the Sikorsky S-55.
Published December 2017