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1:72 Airfix DH Vampire T.11
Mecenas
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 03:12 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:23 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:14 PM UTC
Chile operated T.11s, so yes you can
magnusf
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 02:44 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 10:38 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:47 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 06:19 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 06:24 AM UTC

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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
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 08:33 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 04:06 PM UTC
A build blog is now up and running here!



Magnus
pbaudru
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 06:49 AM UTC
Thanks Magnus ! I'll take a look....