RADIAL ENGINES AND WHEELS 72


1/72 Bristol Pegasus / Walter Pegasus / Alpha Romeo 126


Review by David Harvey


Review Type
First Look
Scale:
1/72
Price:
$6.60 AUD from Red Roo
Contents and Media:
1 x resin engine
Advantages:
Very nice casting
Disadvantages:
None at this stage
Recommendation:
Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

The Bristol Pegasus is a 9 Cylinder Poppet-valve radial air-cooled engine. It was a development of the Jupiter and Mercury engines of the 1920's. The original version of the engine produced 590 bhp, but the last version in 1937 produced 1,010 bhp. The Pegasus was used in many military aircraft, including the following:

  • ANBO IV
  • Blackburn Baffin
  • Blackburn Ripon
  • Blackburn Shark
  • Boulton Paul Mailplane
  • Boulton Paul Overstrand
  • Boulton Paul Sidestrand
  • Bristol Bombay
  • Bristol Type 118, 120, 138
  • Douglas DC-2
  • Fairey TSR I
  • Fairey Seal
  • Fairey Swordfish
  • Fokker C.X
  • Gloster Goring
  • Handley Page H.P.43, 47, 51
  • Handley Page Hampden
  • Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow
  • Hawker Audax
  • Hawker Hart
  • Hawker Osprey
  • Junkers Ju 52
  • Junkers Ju 86K-4
  • Koolhoven FK.52
  • LWS-6 ¯ubr
  • PZL.23 Karaœ
  • PZL.37 £oœ
  • Saro London
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.95
  • Short Mayo Composite
  • Short Sandringham
  • Short Sunderland
  • Short Empire
  • Short Syrinx
  • Supermarine Stranraer
  • Supermarine Walrus
  • Vickers Type 253
  • Vickers Valentia
  • Vickers Vanox
  • Vickers Vellox
  • Vickers Vespa
  • Vickers Viastra X
  • Vickers Victoria
  • Vickers Vildebeest
  • Vickers Vincent
  • Vickers Virginia
  • Vickers Wellington
  • Vickers Wellesley
  • Westland Wallace
  • Westland Wapiti
  • Westland PV.7
  • Westland-Houston PV-3
  • Walter Pegas:
  • Letov Š-328
  • Savoia-Marchetti S.73 cs?
  • Avia Fokker F-IXD cs
  • Alfa Romeo 126,128
  • Cant Z.506A, B
  • Caproni Bergamaschi AP.1
  • DAR-10A (prototype)
  • Fiat G.12
  • Junkers Ju 52
  • Macchi M.C.94
  • Macchi M.C.100
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.73
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.74
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.75
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.79
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.81
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.82
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.83
  • Savoia-Marchetti SM.95

An Alfa Romeo 128 RC 18 820 cv, 1939 at the Alpha Romeo museum

Image courtesy of Wikipedia and www.picture-newsletter.com

The kit

The engine comes in a resealable ziploc bag and contains only the engine and a very small sheet with a drawing of the engine with colours and the requirement to add wire to it for the pushrods.

The engine is a very nice rendition of the original and for a number of models it would just need the wire attached to the front to make it correct. Unfortunately some aircraft, like the Swordfish, require the piping that runs behind the engine to be added to make it look correct, whilst it doesn't come with the piping it does have locations for where the bits go. The casting has very fine raised details of the bolts and fins on the cylinders that would come up beatifully with careful painting.

The instructions as I mentioned are very basic and I think they fall down slightly in the painting requirements as it seems that not all of the engines were the same colours. I would suggest that you find a photo of the engine you want to build and use that rather than just relying on the instruction sheet.

A point to note, the squares on the images below are 1 cm by 1 cm.

Recommendation

This is a very nice casting of an engine that has many uses, as such I highly recommend it.

This engine is courtesy of and available from Red Roo Models.

 


 

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