Lockheed S-3B Viking 1/350, PE 3577
Brand: White Ensign Models
Scale: 1/350
Review by: Zoltan Pocza
Sample by: White Ensign Models



With the appearance of the Trumpeter USS Nimitz CVN-68 on the market we expected that they will be release separate aircraft sets as well, just like in the case of the Tamiya USS Enterprise CVN-65. Trumpeter's offering looks better than the old Tamiya planes, but if you want more, WEM offers a good solution for you. We already reviewed their USS Nimitz 1/4 Airwing Set here on CarrierBuilders, but this time, we'll see what is included in the separate sets, designed for the separate aircraft packages.

First Impressions

The packaging was convincing as usual, this time the pe set was included in a zip bag with the instruction sheet, and these were placed in the usual WEM envelope with a cardboard to strengthen the pack for the long trip to your workbench.


This set contains the identical parts that the WEM USS Nimitz 1/4 Air Wing set contains for the Viking, but in this case it's enough for 6 Vikings if the carpet monster doesn't eat any of the parts (as you can find 6 in the Trumpeter aircraft sets). It's really easy to calculate the number of PE sets you have to order, it's the same number as the plane packs.

The kit contains the following parts to enhance your Vikings:

Cockpit Tub + Instrument panels
Control Sticks
Center Console
Ejection Seats
Main U/C Door Inner
Main U/C Door Outer
Main U/C Door Rear
Nose Wheels
Nose U/C Doors
Weapon Pylons
Nose U/C Leg
Wing Fold Support Plates


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The only thing I missed are the ejection seat release handles on the top of the seats. Yes I know, it's 1/350, but it was included nicely on other seats in similar WEM PE sets by Peter Hall (F-4 for example)


This set is very nice as usual, Peter Hall push our insanity to the limits with these sets. Recommended!



WEM 1/350 S-3B Viking PE Set PE 3577  1.91 + VAT
Trumpeter 1/350 S-3B Viking (6) 1/350 Viking  4.25 + VAT

Please note that prices may vary, these prices were the actual prices when this review made!

Sample kit courtesy by Caroline and John Snyder, White Ensign Models. Thank you!

Photos and text 2005 by Zoltan Pocza

May 4, 2005