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de Havilland Vampire FB.6

by Kevin Martin

 

 

Description

Here are some shots of my recently completed Classic Airframes 1/48 scale Vampire Export Version kit, finished in probably one of the most unique schemes I've seen.

This build required me to replace the kit nose with the newer enlarged resin nose. The kit includes in addition to the resin nose, a new resin cockpit and ejection seat to represent the changes the Swiss made to the plane over time. Replacing the nose was easy surgery that has the builder cutting along the angled kit panel line ahead of the windscreen. A little feathering in to flush the surfaces together with a flex file was all that was required to get a good fit. There is also included a new resin lower nose gear/gun shoots section included.

The rest of the build goes the same as earlier examples of the kit. I wont bore you with those details. However I will tell you that I replaced the intake vanes with Evergreen flat stock cut to fit into each intake. I further replaced the pitot tube with a better molded one from my spares box.

 

 

The model was painted using Floquil Old Silver,Flat Black, with Model Master International Orange FS12197 used for the striking stripes. Is the International Orange correct for this? I don't know. But it fit the bill when compared to actual photographs taken by "someone in the know" who asked me not to share. ;-)

But believe me, the Dayglo Red fades to dull orange in time.

One final word about this kit. The ejection seat with its molded in belts is one of the best I've seen from Classic Airframes

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