My first completed build of 2014 and a Christmas present from my 8 year old son – a 1/72 de Havilland Vampire FB.5 by Revell.
- Kit manufacture: Revell
- Scale: 1/72
- Kit No. 03993
- Type: de Havilland Vampire FB.5
- Extras used: Needle for pitot tube, lead shot ballast.
- Paints and colours used: Tamiya XF-81 Dark Green 2 (RAF) and XF-53 Neutral Grey for camo. XF-80 Royal Light Grey for underside, XF-85 Rubber Black dry brushed with XF-63 German Grey for tyres. Mr Metal Color MC213 Stainless Steel buffable metalizer for gear legs/jet pipe.
- Weathering: Flory Models Dark Dirt wash, home brew ink wash for gear legs/wheels, home brew chalk pastel pigments, small amount of home brew oil paint wash to tame down panel lines that were too dark.
The kit was very much old-skool with tons of flash & raised panel lines. But once the parts were fettled up and re-scribed it all fitted very nicely and not too much filler was required. The worst part was the canopy as the flash made it hard to tell where the glass ended and the flash began. But overall really pleased how she went together. The tail booms went in true and square and everything was in alignment so the end result I am pleased with.
I did have a nightmare with the ballast where I didn’t put enough lead in the nose :'( luckily I managed to find enough space in the air intakes and the nose wheel well to cunningly tuck in some more lead which just about brought the nose down.
I really enjoyed building this one, the Vampire is a lovely little jet…