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1/72 Airfix Dehaviland Vampire by Alexandros Marinos
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Alexandros Marinos Is joining our first page with a nicely built model. Mainly OOB but with some home made improvements this new tool Airfix kit, becomes a stunnig replica of this famous fighter. (Comments by Thomas Sandros)

1/72 Airfix Dehaviland Vampire

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HISTORY

The de Havilland Vampire is a British jet fighter developed and manufactured by de Havilland. Having been developed during the Second World War to harness the newly developed jet engine, the Vampire entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1945. It was the second jet fighter, after the Gloster Meteor, operated by the RAF, and its first to be powered by a single jet engine.

The RAF used the Vampire as a front-line fighter until 1953, when it was given secondary roles such as pilot training, although 103 Flying Refresher School had them deployed in that role from 1951. It was retired by the RAF in 1966, replaced by the Hawker Hunter and Gloster Javelin. It achieved several aviation firsts and records, including being the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The Vampire had many export sales and was operated by various air forces. It participated in conflicts including the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the Malayan emergency and the Rhodesian Bush War.

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De Havilland initiated a private venture night fighter, the DH.113 intended for export, fitting a two-seat cockpit closely based on that of the Mosquito night fighter, and a lengthened nose accommodating AI Mk X radar. An order to supply the Egyptian Air Force was received, but this was blocked by the British government as part of a general ban on supplying arms to Egypt. Instead the RAF took over the order and put them into service as an interim measure between the retirement of the de Havilland Mosquito night fighter and the full introduction of the Meteor night fighter. Removal of the radar from the night fighter and fitting of dual controls gave a jet trainer, the DH.115 Vampire which entered British service as the Vampire T.11. This was built in large numbers, both for the RAF and for export.  The Vampire was developed into the DH.115 dual-seat trainer and the more advanced DH.112 Venom ground-attack and night fighter.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)

KIT

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 It’s Airfix’s new tool kit at 1/72 scale, just wonderful for relaxing! The kit is comprised of 55 parts spread across three sprues of grey plastic and one of clear plastic. The panel lines are generally very restrained and are complemented by engraved fastener details around the removable panels on the wings and tail booms. Few sink marks  which are visible on the ailerons but should be simple to fill though

CONSTRUCTION

OOB construction with ‘’homemade’’ improvement at the cockpit and hydraulic lines at the main gear landing system. The whole construction went rather smoothly with a small fitting problem underside, at the left wing as shown in the pictures which was solved by adding evergreen styrene stripe. Also some wet putty was used on top of the wings at the joint with the fuselage.

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 I decided to represent the WZ-507 as flown by the Vampire Preservation Group, North Weald, Essex-UK, on 2012. I used Alclad white aluminium and also made some panels with Alclad dark aluminium. For the yellow stripes, pale gold from Akan colours was used and for the antiglare surface, tire black from Gunze. No varnish was used at all! Just sealed the decals with Future with a small brush. Cartograph’s decals behaved very well with Mr Softer. For the wash process Mig’s PLW Blue black was perfect! Also some Tamiya’s pastel was used for underside weathering.

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CONCLUSSION

I hope you like it!!!

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Text and Photos by Alexandros Marinos

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