Heller 1/72 Vampire F.3
Many years ago I got a few plastic-only Mexico-pressings of the nice Heller Vampire FB.5 from my friend Jens. He had bought about a truck-load or so of these for the Marivox Vampire F.1. When he had taken all he needed he still had a little less than a truckload left (a little less than a truckload is still almost a truckload...) so the rest of these were handed out to friends and foes alike!
Combined with a rather impulsive buy of a Norwegian Vingtor decal sheet for RNoAF Vampires, the ball was rolling...
A small conversion job was needed on the wing tips, the kit has the later, squared-off ones. while the F.3 has the earlier rounded ones. Some scrap plasticard and a bit of putty did the trick nicely!
A bit further down the line... All panel lines were sanded down and were rescribed, easy on the wings, trickier on the rather chubby little fuselage!
I wasn't so sure that this was a clever thing to do but it turned out well!
And now it looks like a Vampire!
Quite a putty monster this one! The quality of these pressings is significantly lower than that of the Heller originals.
Things went rather quickly between the last two photos, it was primed and painted silver in one evening using Tamiya rattle cans. It might sound a bit brutal but I find it the easiest way to apply a silver laquer finish! Decals have been applied - Cartograf, the stuff that dreams are printed on!
The rather monotone finish was broken up using oil paint washes and pastels along the panel lines.
A quite eye-catching addition to the collection even if the final result could have been better with some more TLC and a better kit! Now I feel I have done my bit towards us getting a state-of-the-art single-seat Vampire. Or do I actually have to build the other two that I have in the stash?
It got a silver at 08 Open at the first weekend of April, thank you Plastic Gods!