FAA models in 1/72 scale
The Westland Wyvern was intended as a carrier based attack plane with torpedo armament but also with secondary fleet protection "fighter" duties. Development started after the second world war and high performance needs indicated that a high power engine with counter rotating prop would be required; the Wyvern was in the middle of the upcoming "jet age" but only later the new "turbo prop" was used for this type. It gave teething problem to control the power of this configuration which is obviously very important for a carrier aircraft. The final S. Mk 4 version (of which 96 were build) appeared around 1956, but still there were many problems such as short range and a not very high reliability. Many Wyverns were lost due to accidents and a few saw combat during the Suez War of 1956. Wyverns operated from HMS Eagle and also later HMS Ark Royal but were withdrawn from service in 1958.
Let's see what the kit gives you...
The decal sheet is for 3 planes: for 813 sq HMS Ark Royal, sq 813 HMS Eagle, 830 sq HMS Eagle Suez campaign with yellow-black stripes. The decals are not perfect however.
The two counter rotating props are
fine, but I think the parts to fit the rotation mechanism is a bit to complex.
As I would fix the prop later on, I simply left out the parts A22, B25
, A23. The prop hub needed some filling of the small gaps around the blades.
Paint the prop black with yellow tips and leave aside for later assembly.
There are also nice and tiny white decals to fit on the props, but these
are not mentioned on the instructions!
Inside the fuselage, a small roof from card was added at the rear tail wheel well.
The prop fairing A2+A3 did not have
a positive fit, so needed some careful aligning.
The wing and stabilizer fitted perfectly and hardly any filling is needed in the further assembly of this kit.
The wing folding is a remarkable item on this aircraft and the Trumpeter kit provides it all. On service Wyverns however, the wingtip folding was "dis-abled"; so the wing tips were glued straight onto the wing ends.
The transparent edges are nice extra's on this model, but need a little trim work to get a good fit. The outher wing halves were assembled without trouble. The trailing edge fowler flaps are nice touches also to this model and were set dropped down.
The undercarriage was painted metal/aluminium, the tires "tire black" but these were not yet fitted.
The overall model was given a light grey coat. Next, the under surfaces (including the wheel bays and inner doors) were sprayed Sky, not silver as instructed.
The upper fuselage and wing were
given a coat of the standard FAA colours Extra dark sea grey (WEM paint ACRN02
or Humbrol 123). The vertical tail is mostly Sky (WEM ACRN01 or Humbrol
#90) however, as are the vertical fins on the horizontal tail plane.
The stencils and markings are provided
with the kit, although not perfect with some mis-spellings... The roundel
decals were a bit off center and need replacement. The lower wing big serials
are a bit to big in length. I simple cut the number at the wing fold and
"fitted them in".
The small antennas were added now,
some from the kit and others from thin sprue. These were tipped up in the
appropriate colour with a fine brush.
The end result is a nice plane in
the FAA collection and although not build in large numbers, a remarkable
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