Wildcat helicopter from 847 Naval Air Squadron on exercise 070721 CREDIT MOD
A Wildcat helicopter from 847 Naval Air Squadron on exercise this year (Picture: MOD).
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'Airfix, Can We Have A Wildcat?' 847 Naval Air Squadron Tweets Kit Model Giant

The Royal Navy squadron has taken to Twitter to ask Airfix for a model of a Wildcat helicopter.

Wildcat helicopter from 847 Naval Air Squadron on exercise 070721 CREDIT MOD
A Wildcat helicopter from 847 Naval Air Squadron on exercise this year (Picture: MOD).

A Royal Navy squadron is hoping the power of social media will persuade model giant Airfix to create a scale kit of the Wildcat.

847 Naval Air Squadron, the only Commando Helicopter Force squadron of the Royal Navy to use the Wildcat AH1 combat helicopter, tweeted the question: "Who'd be keen for a Wildcat Helicopter model kit?" with a row of hands-up emojis.

Then, directly to Airfix, the tweet continued: "@Airfix if this gets like three retweets and ten likes would you square us away?"

After 847 NAS had tweeted again to Airfix: "37 likes and eight retweets has to be enough!" the model kit firm responded with a thumbs-up and winking emoji: "Thanks for this, we'll certainly consider it, but can't make any promises. 👍😉"

The Wildcat AH1 is also used by the British Army Air Corps.

The original tweet to Airfix from 847 NAS came after Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales posted a picture on Twitter of an Airfix F-35 Lightning II 'mini drone' model on its flight deck – next to the real thing.

The tweet said: "Conducting flight deck moves with the latest f35 "mini drones" courtesy of Airfix!"

A real F-35 fighter jet landed on the deck of HMS Prince of Wales for the first time in June.

Airfix is the oldest UK manufacturer of scale plastic model kits and has been producing kits for the mass market since 1952.