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REVIEW
1:72 Airfix DH Vampire T.11
Mecenas (Michal Sindera) said
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 08:12 PM GMT
Magnus Friedsell takes a look at the content of Airfix 1:72 scale model kit of DeHavilland Vampire T.11.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
pbaudru (Pierre Baudru) said
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 04:23 AM GMT
Hi,

Thanks for the nice review of this Vampire T11 !

BTW, I started this kit two weeks ago and until now the build has no major problems.

Main parts fits well, just some gaps had to be eliminated using mr surfacer 500.
Talking about gaps, the main problem is that I had to eliminate some big gaps on the rear horizontal surfaces.
The join line with the tails are not so good and I had to insert some 'sprue' to fill them.

About the cockpit, I think details are very nice but I think airfix forgot to include some parts for the right position 'pilot'(student or instructor place ?).
I had to add some home made parts on the right side of the central column to solve this problem.

About the air intake parts, I think the two vertical 'frames' are not in 72 scale so I have replaced them for new ones made of 0.13mm evergreen stripes.

Now please i have a question, can I do a Chilean one with this T11 model ?

Cheers Pierre.
Jessie_C (Jessica Cooper) said
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 05:14 AM GMT
Chile operated T.11s, so yes you can
magnusf (Magnus Fridsell) said
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 07:44 PM GMT
Pierre! I'll start this kit hopefully tomorrow so thanks for pointing out those areas of special interest.

I have very little on the subject of South-American aviation but I found one booklet cover and one profile showing Chilean Vampires by googling and they have the same canopy as in the kit so Jessica is right: it will be possible to do one out-of-the box!

This is a place where you maybe can get a bit more help!



Magnus
spaarndammer said
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 03:38 AM GMT
A very informative review and two builds going on on this nice looking plane. That is nice altogether. I like the yellow color on the metal finish.

If I am correct, there is also a attack variant of this plane. Does a company makes this variant or is only the T version available?



Jelger
Jessie_C (Jessica Cooper) said
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 04:47 AM GMT
The attack version was the Venom. I don't think that Airfix ever did a Venom, but the two seat night-fighter has been done by Dragon and multiple versions have been done by Czech Master. Here's a page full of Czech Master Vampire variants (plus a ringer thrown in).
pbaudru (Pierre Baudru) said
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:19 PM GMT
Thanks Jessica and Magnus for your feedback about the Chilean Vampire T11.

I have just received the AZTEC decal sheet with some south american Vampires and a Chilean Vampire MkII. Is the Mk II the same variant of the T11 please ?

Cheers Pierre.
magnusf (Magnus Fridsell) said
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:24 PM GMT

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Thanks Jessica and Magnus for your feedback about the Chilean Vampire T11.

I have just received the AZTEC decal sheet with some south american Vampires and a Chilean Vampire MkII. Is the Mk II the same variant of the T11 please ?

Cheers Pierre.



To make it very simple: if it looks the same it is the same. Check canopy and possibly lack of ejection seats!



Magnus
pbaudru (Pierre Baudru) said
Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 01:33 AM GMT
Thanks Magnus, I will check these points !

BTW, I've just applied the first primer coat (surfacer 1000). I will apply the second primer coat very soon and paint the model.

Cheers Pierre.
magnusf (Magnus Fridsell) said
Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 09:06 AM GMT
A build blog is now up and running here!



Magnus
pbaudru (Pierre Baudru) said
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:49 PM GMT
Thanks Magnus ! I'll take a look....