Trumpeter's 1/48 Wyvern. Having finished my Academy F16 (and never again will I build one), I looked to my small but perfectly formed stash for something nice to build. Now, a couple of weeks back I picked up the Trump Wyvern in 1/72 and 1/48, so, being a bit of an FAA nut I reached for the1/48 item.
Presumably, someone at Tamiya is watching every move Trumpeter make, because this kit is almost a statement of intent to move in on their territory. Yes, it has it's fair share of innacurracies, and some goofs (more later) but it really does just fall together. Something like 20 hours of my moderate skills were all it took to get this beastie ready for its first coat of GS sky acrylic. Given enough peace and quiet, this could be kinda finished by tomorrow tea-time.
Good points of this kit are, in no particular order;
Excellent fit (I used putty twice, once on a a pair of ejector pin marks and once on a minor sink mark. Liquid cement took care of every other joint)
Generous weapons load - every weapon and store carried by service Wyverns is here. And a torpedo, which they never carried. But it is a hell of a nice torpedo.
Surface detail - top notch stuff.
The cockpit - which everbody slates as being too spartan, but which in fact with very basic modelling skills and a deft brush looks the puppy's privates. The seat is, however, a pile of... you know.
Nice photoetch - especially the instrument panel. Unfortunately, the seatbelts only highlight the seat's major defiency.
General Wyvern-ness - They've really caught the essence of this aeroplane. Beautiful in a hideously deformed way. All wrong angles and clumsy curves. Perfect.
Bad points, again in no particular order:
The ejector seat is under scale by a farmer's mile. What were they thinking? And the really nicely done PE belts only make it look worse by being to the correct scale. Buy a Pavla MB2B seat for £1.50-ish.
The Turboprop exhausts - throw these away. Mine were replaced with 11/32 brass tube cut off at the appropriate angle, I believe there are resin ones available too.
It's the wrong version for its decals - No, really. See Model Airplane International March 2007 for the lowdown.
The 60lb rocket tails have no exhausts. As supplied, they are 60lb darts. MAI noticed this too.
No gun-laying radar antenna for bomb armed versions. Again, MAI picked this up. Basically all you need to do is remove the outboard port cannon and replace it with whatever you think equates to an 18" x 8" beercan in this scale. I think.
Well, if you got this far... sorry for the long rambling post; thing is, this is a really nice kit of a fascinating aeroplane. My only regret is that I only bought one of each scale. Obviously, I need to go back and clear the shelves. Oh, and the earlier reference to Tamiya, given all these bad points? It falls together. Go build one.
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