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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Getting X-02S Strike Wyvern Model in Osean Color

Today Kotobukiya made a brand new plastic model kit available for pre-order that will please fans of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.

The model kit portrays the same X-02S Strike Wyvern released last year, but this time around it’s in Osean color as opposed to Erusean.

You can find it on Ami Ami for 3,960 yen, which translates into approximately $37.

It’s prepainted and assembly can be done without glue thanks to pieces that will snap into place, so it’s a fairly easy kit. Yet, you should keep in mind that it comes with water-based decals, so that could be slightly more challenging for newbies compared to simple stickers.

Various “moving” parts like the variable wings, engine nozzles, and landing gear are simulated simply by replacement parts.

Incidentally, if you prefer the original version in Erusean colors, which has been sold-out for a while, that is also being reprinted and has its own pre-orders available.

The scale is a fairly small 1/144, while the release window for both models is August 2020.

You can check out a few pictures below.

Speaking of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, we just learned that it’s getting more DLC aircraft, even if we still don’t know any details.


Westland Wyvern

The Westland Wyvern was a British single-seat carrier-based multi-role strike aircraft built by Westland Aircraft that served in the 1950s, seeing active service in the 1956 Suez Crisis. Production Wyverns were powered by a turboprop engine driving large and distinctive contra-rotating propellers, and could carry aerial torpedoes.

Design and development[edit]

A Wyvern prototype with the Rolls-Royce Eagle piston engine

The Wyvern began as a Westland project for a naval strike fighter, with the engine located behind the pilot, driving a propeller in the nose via a long shaft that passed under the cockpit floor, similar to the Bell P-39.[1] This enabled the pilot to be located in a position that conferred the best possible visibility over the nose for carrier operations.[1] Official interest resulted in Air Ministry Specification N.11/44 for a long-range naval fighter using the 24-cylinder H-blockRolls-Royce Eagle 22 piston engine (unrelated to the First World War-era engine of the same name) being issued to cover Westland's design.[1] The specification also called for an airframe design that would be able to take a turboprop engine when a suitable unit was available. There was a parallel specification for the Royal Air Force, F.13/44, for which Hawker submitted the competing P.1027, a development of the Tempest. The RAF variant was cancelled, when in 1945 it was decided that all future fighter aircraft would be jet-powered.[1]

The original design soon matured into the more conventional Westland W.34, with the 3,500 hp (2,610 kW) Eagle engine in the nose driving large contra-rotating propellers and the pilot sitting high in a humped fuselage to improve visibility. The design was otherwise orthodox, with a low wing, tailwheel undercarriage and double-folding wings fitted with both Youngman flaps on the inner wing section and conventional flaps on the outer section. The W.34 was to be armed with four Hispano 20 mm cannon in the wings and have the ability to carry a torpedo under the fuselage or a selection of bombs and rockets under the wings.

The prototype W.34; the Wyvern TF.1, first flew at Boscombe Down on 16 December 1946 with Westland's test pilotHarald Penrose at the controls. This aircraft was lost on 15 October 1947 when the propeller bearings failed in flight. Westland's assistant test pilot Sqn. Ldr. Peter Garner was killed attempting to make an emergency landing. From prototype number three onwards, the aircraft were navalised and carried their intended armament.[1]

At around this time, the Eagle engine was cancelled and it was found that there were insufficient pre-production engines available to complete all the prototype and pre-production aircraft. Specification N.12/45 was therefore issued for the Wyvern TF.2, to be powered by a turboprop engine: either the Rolls-Royce Clyde or the Armstrong Siddeley Python. A single Clyde-powered prototype was ordered along with two with Pythons. A Clyde-powered TF.2 first flew on 18 January 1949. Both the piston-powered and turboprop versions shared many common components including wing and tail units, and essentially the same basic cockpit structure.[2] The flight was cut short to only three minutes when shortly after takeoff, the cockpit filled with smoke from a fuel leak onto the exhaust ducting.[1] Clyde development was subsequently cancelled by Rolls-Royce after only 50 hours of flight time for the TF.2, and the aircraft was delivered to Napier & Son to be fitted with the Nomadturbo-compound engine. The latter engine never materialised, however and this aircraft was used for crash barrier trials.[1]

The first Python-powered TF.2 flew on 22 March 1949 and this aircraft introduced the ejection seat to the Wyvern. Twenty TF.2s were completed to the Python design although after three years of testing what was then a revolutionary aircraft design, a myriad of detailed aerodynamic changes resulted. The Python engine responded poorly to minor throttle adjustments, so control was exercised by running the engine at a constant speed and varying the pitch of the propellers. The aircraft was declared ready for service in 1952,[1] but never reached an operational squadron.[1]

The definitive Wyvern model was the TF.4, later S.4. Initially, 50 S.4s were ordered and were joined by the last 7 TF.2s, which were altered while still under construction. S.4s reached limited shore-based front line service in May 1953 with 813 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Ford, replacing the somewhat similar (and equally troubled) Blackburn Firebrand. Several second-line squadrons also received Wyverns around this time.

Total production was 127 airframes with 124 aircraft completed, as the last three Eagle piston-engined airframes, VR138, -139, and -140, were never completed.[3][4]

Operational history[edit]

The first carrier trials were carried out by the first pre-production Wyvern TF.2 aboard HMS Illustrious on 21 June 1950.[5] Despite this, when the Wyvern S.4 entered service with 813 Naval Air Squadron in May 1953, it had not obtained clearance for carrier operations, this being obtained only in April 1954.[6] The Wyvern was in service with the Fleet Air Arm from 1954 to 1958. Wyverns equipped 813 Squadron, 827 Squadron, 830 Squadron and 831 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm.

In September 1954, 813 embarked with their Wyverns on HMS Albion for carrier-based service in the Mediterranean. The Wyvern soon showed a worrying habit for flameout on catapult launch; the high G forces resulting in fuel starvation. A number of aircraft were lost off Albion's bows and Lt. B. D. Macfarlane made history on 13 October 1954[7] when he successfully ejected from under water after his aircraft had ditched on launch and been cut in two by the carrier. 813 did not return to Albion until March 1955 when the problems had been resolved.[1]

830 Sqn. took the Wyvern into combat from HMS Eagle, flying 79 sorties[8] during Operation Musketeer; the armed response to the Suez Crisis. Two Wyverns were lost to damage from Egyptian light anti-aircraft fire; both pilots of the aircraft successfully ejected over the sea, and were picked up by Eagle's search and rescue helicopter. The squadron returned to the UK on Eagle after this conflict and disbanded in January 1957. Consequently, 813 was the last Wyvern squadron, disbanding on 22 April 1958.[1]

All Wyverns were withdrawn from service by 1958: while in service and testing there were 68 accidents, 39 were lost and there were 13 fatalities; including two RAF pilots and one United States Navy pilot.


The sole Wyvern T.3, circa 1950
Six prototypes ordered in August 1944, with the first aircraft flown 12 December 1946. Powered by the Rolls-Royce Eagle Mk 22 H-block, piston engine.
Pre-production aircraft ordered in June 1946, with only seven built of 20 contracted due to the cancellation of the Eagle powerplant.
The original production version, powered by the Armstrong Siddeley Python turboprop in replacement of the discontinued Eagle piston powerplant seen on the W.34 prototypes. Three prototypes were ordered in February 1946 with a production contract for 20 aircraft issued in September 1947. Only nine production aircraft were built, and the remaining eleven were completed as S.4s.
Two-seat conversion trainer. One prototype serialed VZ739 was ordered in September 1948 and first flown in February 1950.
The definitive version. 50 were ordered in October 1948, 13 in December 1950, 13 in January 1951 and a final 11 in February 1951. A total of 98 built (including 11 that had started as TF.2s). The model was later redesignated as the S.4.


The last remaining Wyvern, a TF.1, exhibited outdoors at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeoviltonin 1971

An unflown pre-production aircraft, the last to be fitted with the original Eagle piston engine, (serial numberVR137) is on display at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, England.


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Specifications (Wyvern S.4)[edit]

Wyvern S4 Silh.jpg

Data fromWestland Aircraft since 1915[10]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (2 in T.3)
  • Length: 42 ft 3 in (12.88 m)
  • Wingspan: 44 ft 0 in (13.41 m) (folded 20 ft (6 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m) (folded 20 ft (6 m)
  • Wing area: 355 sq ft (33.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 15,600 lb (7,076 kg)
  • Gross weight: 21,200 lb (9,616 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 24,550 lb (11,136 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Armstrong Siddeley Pythonturboprop engine, 3,560 hp (2,650 kW) +1,100 lbf (4.893 kN) residual thrust
  • Propellers: 4-bladed Rotol contra-rotating, 13 ft (4.0 m) diameter


  • Maximum speed: 383 mph (616 km/h, 333 kn) at sea level, 380 mph (612 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
  • Range: 910 mi (1,460 km, 790 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 28,000 ft (8,500 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,350 ft/min (11.9 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 59.7 lb/sq ft (291 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.194 eshp/lb


  • Guns: 4 × 20mm British Hispano Mk.V cannon, 2 in each wing
  • Rockets: 16 × RP-3 underwing rockets
  • Missiles: 1 × Mk.15 or Mk.17 torpedo
  • Bombs: Up to 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) of bombs or mines

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era




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  • A History of the Westland Wyvern. Camberley, UK: Blackbushe Aviation Research Group, 1973.
  • Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. "Westland's Winged Dragon". Air Enthusiast Quarterly, No. 1, n.d., pp. 20–35. ISSN 0143-5450
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  • Mondey, David. Westland (Planemakers 2). London: Jane's Publishing Company, 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0134-4.
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  • Smith, John T. "Wrath of a Mythical Monster: Westland Wyvern Operations in the Suez Campaign" Air Enthusiast No. 74, March/April 1998. ISSN 0143-5450
  • Sturtivant, Ray, Mick Burrow and Lee Howard. Fleet Air Arm Fixed-Wing Aircraft Since 1946. Tonbridge, Kent: UK: Air-Britain (Historians), 2004. ISBN 0-85130-283-1.
  • Swanborough, Gordon. "Wyvern: Westland's Bedevilled Dragon". Air International, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 1997, pp. 28–35. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • "Westland W.34 Wyvern." Control Column, Official Organ of the British Aircraft Preservation Council, Volume 11, No. 8, November/December 1977.
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Background (From Acepedia)

The X-02S Strike Wyvern is an evolution of the Erusean-made X-02 Wyvern. Just as its predecessor, the X-02S is a carrier aircraft with stealth capabilities. It also features an experimental Electromagnetic Launcher at a cost to the aircraft's mobility. Its signature variable wings maintain the aircraft's speed and attack power.

The X-02S Strike Wyvern was introduced in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. It was initially teased in a trailer released on January 9, 2019, approximately a week before the game's release.

At a glance, the Strike Wyvern appears almost identical to the base X-02 Wyvern. What the X-02S lacks in obvious outward differences, it makes up for with numerous internal modifications.

Development on the X-02S began with an overhaul of the air frame and changing manufacturing to metal 3D printers. The new airframe uses redesigned engines with heat-resistant magnesium alloys to enhance thrust and fuel efficiency, compensated by expanded air intakes. The exhaust nozzles were changed to a saw-tooth design to lower the plane's infrared signature and make it quieter. The shapes of the weapon bays were altered and conformal fuel tanks were added to the top of the aircraft.

The X-02S's control programs were updated to allow full use of all of the aircraft's moving parts: the new folding canards, the signature variable forward-swept wings, the V-shaped tail, and the 3D thrust vectoring. The ventral fins were deemed unnecessary and removed. The combination of all of these parts leads to incredible maneuverability.

Other minor improvements include an IRST sensor on top of the nose, an EOTS sensor below the nose, and simplified landing gear. The aforementioned control programs include both fly-by-wire and power-by-wire systems to ensure redundancy.

The X-02S features a single machine gun to the left of the cockpit and two standard missile launchers (AIM-9X Sidewinders, R-73 Archers, etc.) underneath the air intakes. Another weapon bay located between the two intakes supports three types of special weapons: upgraded "Dark Fire" long-range air-to-air missiles, next-generation "Star Fire" anti-ship missiles (nicknamed "Flipper" due to their shape), and an experimental "Arclight" Electromagnetic Launcher. A weapons officer can be present in the new two-seat cockpit to operate these new weapons.

The original X-02 was a pioneer of new stealth technology and long-range air-to-air missiles, but its advantages were trimmed as other countries employed their own stealth squadrons and radar jamming techniques. The original's variable forward-swept wings were useful in close-range dogfights but susceptible to structural fatigue, creating cracks and folds and eventually mechanical failure.

Due to Erusea's reduced military industrial complex post-Continental War, the Erusean Air and Space Administration could not practically improve the X-02. Instead, Erusea tasked Gründer Industries to solve these issues. Development started on April 19, 2010. Gründer overhauled various components and the manufacturing process, resulting in a lighter X-02S that could carry more equipment.

In secret and unbeknownst to other Erusean forces, the Erusean Air and Space Administration continued to research the X-02S's potential by having Sol Squadron test the Arclight EML. The ultimate goal was to create a nearly-invincible, highly agile stealth aircraft that could achieve supercruise speeds and hold a large railgun.

On October 24, 2019, during the Lighthouse War, Strider Squadron initiated Operation Beehive to capture Shilage Castle to resupply their own base. After Trigger shot down half of the Sol Squadron, Mihaly entered the battlefield with an X-02S equipped with an Arclight EML and engaged Trigger in a dogfight. The rest of Strider Squadron came to Trigger's support and Trigger eventually shot down the X-02S. Mihaly survived the aircraft's destruction.

Model Type - X-02S Wyvern

Class - Air Superiority/Strike Fighter

Crew - 1 + 1

SDC By Location

Fuselage - 740

Nose/Cockpit - 370

Wings (2) - 445ea

Engines (2) - 560ea

Tailplanes (2) - 250ea

AR - 12

Armour - Stops up to and including the equivalent of 15mm rounds (2d4x10sd). Armour Piercing, and Explosive rounds are still effective.


Flying - Mach 2.7 maximum. Supercruise at Mach 1.65

Range - 800 miles/1280km Combat radius


Height - 4.36m/14.3ft

Length - 21.84m/71.65ft

Width - 18.3m/60.04ft, 11.54m/37.85ft wings folded in.

Weight - 15.2 metric tons empty. Standard load is 24 metric tons

Cargo - Minimal survival gear for the pilot nad weapons officer

Engines - 2x GIG/ERG-2000

Cost - 10's of millions


Weapon Type - 30mm autocannon

Primary Purpose - anti-aircraft

Range - 2500m

Damage - 3d6x10+40sd per API round. Use appropriate burst rules

Rate Of Fire - bursts equal to pilots attacks

Payload - 600 rounds (use Armour Piercing rules)

Bonuses - +1 strike

Weapon Type - Nacelle weapon bay (2, 1 per engine nacelle)

Primary Purpose - Anti-aircraft/ground

Range - HEAAM 25km, HVAAM 50km

Damage - 2d6x100 HEAAM, 4d4x100 HVAAM

Rate Of Fire - volleys of 1 to 2 equal to pilots attacks

Payload - 4 HEAAM or HVAAM each

Bonuses - +1 strike

Weapon Type - Centreline Internal Weapon bay (1)

Primary Purpose - Anti-aircraft/ground

Range - 110km LRAAM, 135km LRASM, 10km EML

Damage - 4d6x100 LRAAM, 5d6x100 LRASM, 1d4x100 EML (armour piercing)

Rate Of Fire - 1 at time

Payload - 3 LRAAM or LRASM, or 1 EML

Bonuses - +1 strike with LRAAM or LRASM, +3 strike with EML

Systems of Note

Combat Computer - Calculates, stores and transmits data onto a HUD (heads up display) of the pilot's (or other crew members) helmet. Typically tied into the units targeting computer. Can hold hundreds of entries about various enemies and robots/power armour/aircraft/vehicles.

Ejection System - Ejects crew or crew module out from the robot in emergency circumstances. System typically ejects the occupants about 1000 feet (300m) to parachute safely away.

Complete Environmental Pilot and Crew Compartment - A completely computer controlled life support system that includes: internal cooling and temperature control, air purification and circulation systems (gas filtration, humidifier/dehumidifier) that engages when needed and can recirculate breathable air for upto 2 days if necessary, computer controlled independent oxygen supply and purge system that has upto 12 hours of breathable air that automatically engages in low oxygen or contaminated air environments, insulated high temperature resistant shielding for upto 400 degrees centigrade (normal fires do no damage though nuclear, plasma and magical fires do full damage), radiation shielded upto several hundred rads, and polarized and light sensitive/adjusting tinted viewport.

Standard instrumentation - Speedometer, altimiter, distance traveled, inertial mapping system (zeroed on your deployment location/home base), power system temperature, ammunition counters, damage assessment indicators.

Motion detector/Collision Warning System

Smoke and Chaff/Flare Dispensers - 12 charges of smoke each create 60ft area of smoke behind the craft. Chaff and flare (12 charges each) give the craft a 75% chance of confusing radar guided (chaff) and heat seeking (flares) causing them to lose lock and miss their target.

Fly by Light Control systems - If the craft takes more than 50% damage the systems may fail (60% chance). Lost of the control system gives a penalty to the pilot of -50% to all piloting rolls to maintain control of the aircraft. While functioning the systems give a bonus (+20%) to all piloting rolls. Back fly-by-wire and power-by-wire systems negate the penalties given by system failure.

Radar - Can identify upto 72 and track upto 48 targets simultaneously to a range of 200 miles (320km)

Radar Warning receiver - Informs the pilot/crew of possible radar lock. Range - 200 miles. (320km)

Targeting Computer - Assists in the tracking and identification of enemy targets to a range of 200 miles (320km). Can target up to 12 targets at once.

Laser Targeting System - Assists in selecting and locking on to enemy targets. +2 to strike using ranged weapons. Smart Missiles are excluded from this.

Radio Communications - long-range direction communication systems out to a range of 600 miles (960km) that can be boosted if proper signal towers or relay systems are in place. Also a directional short-range radio with a range of 20 miles (32km) for emergency back-up. Both radios have full encryption capabilities.

Self destruct System - Systems that destroys the unit and all of its internal components. Blast is relatively contained however to a radius of 30 feet doing 2d6x10md to anything within the radius. Also a 89% chance the nuclear power supply is leaking radiation.

Voice Actuated locking System - Units hatch is locked by a voice actuated system that is programmed to a specific voice (upto 6 can be programmed at once) that must recite a 6 digit access code. There is a manual over-ride keypad in case of systems failure.

Limited Electronic Countermeasures Capability - With a Electronic Countermeasures skill roll (or Sensor operations at -20%) the pilot/crew can impose a penalty of -1 to strike and a -10% to all sensor skill rolls of any opponents within radar range depending on terrain.

Passive Stealth - The designs lends itself to a degree of passive stealth. This translates into a -20% penalty to enemy sensor skill rolls for detection purposes.

References Used

Acepedia Wiki

Kotobukiya X-02S Strike Wyvern Model Kit Review


Wyvern strike


CFA-44 Nosferatu vs X-02S Mihaly


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