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Westland Wyvern Cockpit
1/48 scale, for Trumpeter



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Catalogue Number and Description Pavla C 48011 - Westland Wyvern S.4 Cockpit
Price: GBP10.30 available online from Hannants and specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Eight parts in pale yellow resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Great detail and casting; clever design with simple parts breakdown; massive improvement over Trumpeter kit parts; cast-on harness for pilot's seat; excellent donor kit.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green

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Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Wyvern is probably their best kit in this scale, and an excellent kit overall.

The only area that lets the kit down is the cockpit. The seat is significantly underscale and underdetailed, the tub and cockpit underdone and the instrument coaming looks sparse.

Pavla has addressed all these issues with their new 1/48 scale Wyvern cockpit designed for the Trumpeter kit. The Martin Baker seat is very nice indeed, and a genuinely massive improvement over the kit part in terms of detail and size. The tub itself bristles with cast-on detail, and the top of the instrument coaming looks much busier and more realistic than its kit counterpart.

Casting qualityis excellent, with no pin holes or other imperfections apparent on any of my samples. There is some wafer-thin flash present here and there, which can be tidied up with a swipe of a sharp hobby knife.

Most of the resin parts are mainly cast to each block via fine strips, so removal will not be a great chore. The cockpit tub is cast onto a more substantial, but shallow, block. This should fit with just the sides of the block trimmed off, but do test fit carefully before committing to glue.

Pavla's new 1/48 scale Wyvern cockpit will perfectly address the Achilles Heel of Trumpeter's otherwise excellent kit.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Pavla for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 15 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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