First Post : Building a DH Vampire
April 27, 2014 in Aviation
I’m new to this blogging thing, but my wife blogs extensively about her quilting/patchwork and really enjoys the process and feedback she gets, so here goes.
I’ve restarted modeling after a 25 year (i guess) break and I am amazed at the developments that have been made in production, tools, acrylic paints, “add-ons” etc that are now available. It all started with an Airfix 1:72 Spitfire for a bit of fun and I’m now hooked!
So this kit is a 1:48 DH Vampire FP.Mk9 by Trumpeter (I’ve settled on 1:48 mainly as i find it easiest to work with). It is a fascinating aircraft, this Mk used mainly in the Korean war so will have mixed sliver and green/grey camouflage paint scheme. I took a trip to the local museum to get some inspiration as they have two Vampires and a Venom that you get get right up close to. The interesting thing in construction is it was a mix of wood and stretched metal (I found myself tapping the aircraft to see where the wooden cockpit section ends).
I was also interested in see the ‘silver metal’ finish up close – when I sprayed the lower half (using Tamiya X11) I found the finish quite ‘grainy’ but after searching the web saw i was not alone but a quick go over with a 1500 grade sanding sponge toned it down somewhat. I do have an Eduard EE Lighting in my stash which will be all over metal so I want to get things tested before I start on this.
This was my first attempt with PE items (Cockpit detail kit from Eduard) very enjoyable to make a detailed cockpit but it does involve patience and more patience – but i think the results are good for a first attempt. The PE set said it was self adhesive, but didn’t seem very sticky so ha to resort to using CA glue (anyone else found this?)
I’m now up to painting the camo scheme, and I actually enjoy the process of masking. I’ve learned that the time now goes into preparation (masking, cutting) and cleaning (the airbrush) more than anything but it is time well spent for the result you get vs. the simple brush.
So I’m guessing this will take another two weeks to build (work life permitting) but I intend to post pictures of the finished model (whatever the outcome).