Classic Airframes 1/48 Westland Wyvern S.4
One thing for sure, Westland’s Wyvern won’t win any beauty contests. It’s a real ungainly beast. Nor does it have the graceful curves of the mythological, two legged dragon for which it was named. But it does have a forked tail of sorts.
Westland’s Wyvern S.4 had the distinction of being the last propeller driven naval attack aircraft produced in the world. It featured contra rotating props and was powered by a Rolls Royce turbo engine. It saw service with the British Fleet Air Arm from 1955 to 1958 and flew sorties in the Suez Canal campaign before being withdrawn from inventory.
I purchased this Classic Airframes Wyvern kit back in 1998 or so when it was first released. It sat on my shelf of doom for over 20 years because after fighting my way thru four previous Classic Airframes builds, I lost all interest in tackling any more CA kits. That is until T.C. started the “Build “Em or Bin ‘Em” GB. And for some reason I chose this. Surprise. This CA kit was a delight to build after all and not all that difficult. Plus I grew fond of the Wyvern’s looks as this progressed.
I chose to build 813 Squadron aircraft WL879 circa late 1957 on the HMS Eagle which is shown in the photo below equipped with a sharkmouth decorated 150 gallon centerline tank. However I had no extra tank although the current and much better Trumpy kit does come with one.
This was strictly an OOB build. I did use some leftover Trumpeter decals for the lettering as the CA supplied MicroScale sheet has incorrect sized letters (Thank you Tom Cleaver!) and I swiped a pitot tube from an Airfix kit. Other than that and some various homemade improvements, this is straight out of the box.
If you’re interested how I went about putting this ugly but loveable duckling together, check out my build blog:
A big shout out to George H who came through with Wyvern references that made my build hopefully a lot more accurate.
Thanks for looking.
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