Review: Westland Wyvern S.4 #01619
Brand: Trumpeter
Scale: 1/72
Review by: Sebastijan Videc
Sample by: My own wallet :)

 

Introduction

Wyvern is without doubt one of the most interesting prop driven planes ever produced. Eliptical wings, fins of the horizontal stabilizers, double contra-rotating propelers characteristics you can't overlook... Designed in 1946, but due to many difficulties entered production in '50s it served for only 5 years until 1958. Only 127 aircraft were produced but we have to thank Trumpeter for releasing it in injection-moulded technology instead of searching for expencive and hard to build vacform or resin kits...

First Imperssions

The kit is packed in a sturdy top-opening box as it's common for all the Trumpeter's kits. The kit consists of 5 sprues of light grey plastic packed in 3 bags, one sprue of clear plastic and separately packed decals and instrument dials vinyl film. There are 177 parts + 9 clear parts.

You get 3 decal options: 813Sqn, HMS Eagle in 1958, 831Sqn, HMS Ark Royal in 1957 and probably the most famous scheme 830Sqn, HMS Eagle during the Operation Muskateer (Suez crisis) in 1956 with yellow/black ID bands on fuselage and wings. Decals appear to be nicely printed but there's a small number of stencils included and they could be printed a bit crisper.
The instructions are printed rather large and step by step, while the painting instruction is printed on the A4 glossy sheet in colour. Unfortunately There's only one plane printed in 4-views while you'll have to check other references for the other schemes...

Overview

Kits panel lines are very nicely engraved and I haven't noticed any flash or sink marks on noticable places. The cockpit is engineered very nicely with raised details and the front panel is made out of clear part. It should be sanded a bit to thin it down and holes for instruments drilled out, and don't forget to add some belts to the seat.
Externally the kit looks great, wheels are made of separate tyres and hubs so the painting should be easier there's even Dunlop mark on the side of the tyres. Engine exhausts should be drilled and depending on which version you're gonna build, the fins would be better painted on the sprue and attached later. Armament consists of 2 external fuel tanks, one torpedo, 2x8 unguided rockets and 3 freefall 1000lb bombs. All the armament is molded very nicely and you should decide which stores you'll use before the main assembly because you'll have to drill some holes in the wings and lower fuselage.

 

Parts, Sprues

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Sprue A
Fuselage, other small parts,...
Sprue B
Wing assembly,...
Sprue C
Wingtips, torpedo,...
Sprue D
Armament, tyres, hubs,...
Sprue E
Clear parts

Instruction Sheet


 

Decals

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Conclusions

Trumpeter produced a really great kit of this rather exotic naval attack plane. With its odd lines it'll stand out in many mainly-grey collections, especially if wearing the Suez ID markings. Warmly recommeded to all skills of modellers and everybody interested in naval aviation or odd-looking English aviation designs.

Photos and text 2006 by Sebastijan Videc

September 12, 2006

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