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Classic Airframes Westland Wyvern 1/48

March 28, 2013 · in Aviation · · 7 · 1.7K

This is my (anyone know what a Wyvern is?) and one of my favourites,it certainly is an ungainly looking bird but I love that huge contra-rotating prop set up.This is the only Classic airframes kit I have built and considering the price some of them command on E-bay I was surprised at the poor fit of the wings,both needing a fillet between wing and fuselage and some of the mouldings were short shots needing filler,still I think it turned out o.k. and I love it,what I need is a C A 's to go next to it.

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  1. Beautiful job Neil! Another one of my favorite planes and in my stash collection. I also have a Gannet in my stash too. I'll have to remember the sticky part about the wings. It's a shame none are flying anymore.

  2. Thanks for looking and your comments John, why not build them both at the same time and just think of it as one big kit, they would look fantastic sat together.Beware though the tail fin and the rear wings have no locating pegs and will need to be drilled and pinned to make them secure.
    There is a static example at the FAA museum in Yoevilton in the U.K. and I believe it is under restoration.

  3. Simple answers to simple questions, answered by writing "What is a Wyvern?" into Google:

    A wyvern (pronounced Wy-vern) is a legendary winged creature with a dragon's head, reptilian body, two legs (sometimes none), and a barbed tail. Depending on the cultural specifications, wyverns can breathe fire, or possess a venomous bite, or possess neither or both of these. The wyvern is found in heraldry. There exists a purely sea-dwelling variant, termed the sea-wyvern which has a fish tail in place of a barbed dragon's tail.

    I remember back in the 1990s, taking an ID Models vacuform of this to a model show and having a Very Important Expert declare that it was fictional.

    Nide model from one of CA's better kits.

  4. Hey Tom spot on with the Wyvern definition ,if you look closely you'll see a Wyvern insignia near the prop.

    I work with a guy who's an expert on everything,and at the same time a real pain in the a*s.

    I would like your oppinion on wether the inner landing gear covers should be up or down when the aircraft is parked, when researching this bird I found photos of parked aircraft in both positions and oddly one picture showing an aircraft with one up and one down which led me to believe that maybe they would be manualy lowered for maintenance ,does any one have any info on this.


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