Sneak peek: BH Models Westland Wyvern

May 16, 2012 6 Comments by

When it comes to warbirds, there are your usual suspects to choose from: Mustangs, Corsairs, Spitfires, etc. All of these are iconic and absolutely gorgeous, but it’s nice to see something new for a change. BH Models is no stranger to releasing new and unusual aircraft, and now you can add the Westland Wyvern to both the warbird and unusual list with its recent release of this unique 1950s British naval strike aircraft. Had Dave Wigley not won the two most recent Top Gun Scale Invitationals with his version of the Wyvern, I bet many people would’ve never known about the existence of this contra-rotating turboprop aircraft.

This enormous 1/6-scale Wyvern (which is a mythical dragon-like creature) is constructed of balsa and light ply, covered in heat-shrink material imprinted with all of the details and insignias. A complete hardware package is supplied in the kit, including fuel tank, plastic spinner with alloy backplate and even engine standoffs. The all metal, shock-absorbing, air up/down retractable main landing gear is also included. There are numerous vacu-formed and painted plastic scale accessories such as drop tanks, missiles and engine exhaust ports. The cowl is made of lightweight fiberglass complete with panel lines and painted to match the covering material.

General Flight Performance
Stability: This warbird looks belie its innocuous handling. With all that dihedral and the CG and control throws set at manufacturer’s specs, this plane is a real treat to fly.

Tracking: The huge tail and horizontal tail winglets keep the nose pointed where it should be. I only noticed a tiny bit of tail wag at certain speeds, likely due to the drop tanks or missiles, but it was barely noticeable. At most speeds (especially high speed) it was rock solid.

Aerobatics: All of your typical warbird aerobatics can be performed with the Wyvern, and it looks great doing so. There is plenty of power on tap to do huge, scale-like loops and vertical climbouts after that low-level pass.

Glide and stall performance: The large split flaps do a great job at slowing this plane down with very little elevator compensation needed. Rollout was shorter than expected thanks to the slow landing speed. The wings have washout built in which keeps the stalls predictable and easy to recover.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Name of plane: Westland Wyvern

Manufacturer: BH Models

Distributor: Global Hobby (available at hobbypeople.net)

Price: $699.99

 

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6 Responses to “Sneak peek: BH Models Westland Wyvern”

  1. Dave says:

    Can’t wait to find a way to add this plane to my hangar. IS absolutely beautiful warbird.

  2. Jim says:

    Checking to make sure the dog house is well stocked for my upcoming short stay after seeing this one…

  3. Bob says:

    Agree with Dave, what a gorgeous color scheme. BH has a couple other unique models over at hobby people as well.

  4. Whit Philbrick says:

    I love my BH Models F4u, if this flies anywhere near as good as their F4u it’s a keeper for sure.

  5. Greg says:

    I bought this plane a couple of months ago. I also bought the BH Sea Fury at the same time. I have been working on the Sea Fury and have it almost done. The Wyvern looks very nice. The bulkheads behind the canopy are broken. It looks like the guy that covered mine had his arm inside the fuselage and broke a few things. The landing gear frame is sand casted. The casting on the landing is very poor, it has a hole all the way through the casting with deep pits. I am not going to use the supplied gear. I am afraid they will will brake on the first landing. I am not bashing the Sea Fury or the Wyvern they both look great. I will just use a set of Robart gear and solve my problem..

  6. Greg says:

    I bought the DLE55 for my Wyvern and I will need to buy a prop extension so my motor will not stick all the way out of the cowl. Sierra Giant Scale Retracts has the prop extension I will need. I would have hack up the cowl if I did not use a prop extension. The electric motor should not have this problem.

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