CyberHobby 1/72 DeHavilland Vampire FB.5
May 28, 2013 in Aviation
This is the CyberHobby 1/72 DeHavilland Vampire FB.5, warts and all.
As previously mentioned in my in-box review, the cockpit is sparse and entirely fictitious.
For the most part, construction was straightforward. I filled and sanded out all of the fuselage panel lines, as they don’t appear to be present in photos of the actual aircraft (because it was largely wooden.).
The single-piece booms were nice, and the butt-joint was so-so. The main landing gear is oversimplified, as is the nose gear. As well, the nose gear doesn’t seem to sight “right”.
The windscreen was damaged while being carefully removed from the sprue. Apparently, not careful enough. The heavy sprue-gate made it difficult to remove. The windscreen and canopy both fit very poorly.
The decals performed OK, but the whites are translucent. Checkerboard can be seen through the boom roundels.
2g of noseweight is recommended, but I didn’t have any…the nose wheel is superglued to the base.
It was finished with Testors Model Master acrylics and metalizers.
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