Amercom ACHY48 Polish Air Force PZL W-3 Sokol Multimission Helicopter 1996 (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The PZL W-3 Sokł (Polish for "Falcon") is a Polish medium-size, twin-engine, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by PZL-Świdnik (now AgustaWestland Świdnik).
The W-3 Sokł ('Falcon') is the first helicopter to be fully designed and serial-built in Poland.
Work on the project was started at WSK PZL Świdnik in 1973 by the team of Stanisław Kamiński. The Sokł made its first flight on November 16, 1979, and has since been certificated in Poland, Russia, the US and Germany. Design of W-3 was definitely inspired by the Soviet Mil Mi-2, license-produced by PZL-Świdnik in Poland, since 1962 during all the period when Poland was a participant of Eastern-European Communist block. The new helicopter was bigger, and it was designed to meet the demands of a military and civilian aviation of the Soviet Union, which was planned to be its major user. Following a development program, low rate production of the Sokł commenced during 1985. Certification to US FAR Pt 29 standards was granted in May 1993, while German certification was granted in December of that year.
The Sokł is of conventional design and construction, with two PZL-10W turboshafts, which are based on the PZL-10S - licensed Russian designed TVD-10B turboprops that power the Polish-built An-28. Composites are used in the three-bladed tail and four-bladed main rotors.
The Sokł is offered in a number of variants and is capable of performing a typical range of helicopter missions, including passenger transport, VIP, cargo, EMS, medevac, firefighting and search and rescue. The 100th Sokł was completed in June 1996.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Polish Air Force PZL SW-4 Puszczyk Utility Helicopter. Now in stock!
Release Date: April 2014