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Wolseley Viper

Roden 1/32 Wolseley Viper Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2009 Manufacturer Roden
Subject Wolseley Viper Scale 1/32
Kit Number 0626 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Great details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $11.30

First Look

Wolseley Viper
Wolseley Viper
Wolseley Viper

The Wolseley Viper engine was license-built Hispano Suiza HS-8 V-8 engine built by the Wolseley Motor Company of Great Britain. Unline the HS-8 however, the Wolseley engineers modified the engine to have a higher compression ratio than the original HS-8 and create 2,000 horsepower at lower RPMs. The Viper, originally called Adder during the war, powered RAF aircraft such as the SE.5 and British built SPAD VII.

Roden has been producing a nice range of 1/32 scale World War I aircraft and it only seems fitting that the detailed engines from these aircraft would be made available for separate display. This release is the Viper engine which has the engine sprue from their SE.5 kit and provides a new sprue with an engine stand and a black styrene base to mount the stand. One of the propellers out of the SE.5 is included to mount on the engine shaft. A fret of photo-etched parts provide the ignition harness and the name plate to round out this kits

This is a nice kit that will make a decent weekend project and provide an attractive display piece for your model shelf.

My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra for this review sample!