SHOWCASE

Finished! DeHavilland Vampire FB.5 on a late 50’s Dominican Air Force Scheme FAD2739. Kit is Airfix F.3 Vampire in 1/48 scale. A little bit of history: In the 1950’s The Dominican Air Force had around 40 Vampires between Mk.1’s and FB.5’s bought from the Swedish air force. The last operational FB.5 flew up to the early 70’s. Mission models MMP-028 and Tamiya XF-19 paints were used on the main fuselage over a black based prepped surface. Vallejo aluminum was used on the inner parts. The only aftermarket addition was an Eduard photoetch seatbelt to help enhance the cockpit section. Flory’s Water based black/brown mix wash was the pin wash applied. Custom designed and made decals from @moixmodels were used in this project. Not much weathering was needed since these birds had good care in the initial operational phase. In the pictures the tonal variation in the green is very evident due to bright white LED lightning but not as much to the naked eye in normal lightning conditions. Conversion was really easy since the FB.5 parts (longer landing gear strut and cut wing tip caps) are included in the sprues but obviously not mentioned in the instructions. The only scratchbuilt part was filing and polishing the clear plastic wing nav lights to size, no biggie. Pros: A quick, relatively easy to build kit of a very early Jet. Best DH Vampire in the market in 1/48 scale. A very good part fit In most areas. Cons: A splayed nose on on the upper fuselage part makes proper fit a struggle. I wasn’t able to find enough physical space to put sufficient weight in the nose to avoid a tail sitter unless you use malleable weight like tungsten putty so you can really fill every cranny from the instrument panel to the nose. Overall It was a pleasure to build this little first generation Jet fighter. If you commit, it can be easily built into an interesting showpiece over one weekend.

DeHavilland Vampire FB.5

Author

Rene Tamburini

Project Duration

About 6 weeks 

Model

Kit is Airfix F.3 Vampire 

Scale

1:48

Type

Static Airplane Modeling

Details

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