Revell (Matchbox) 1/32 Scale Vampire T Mk 55 SAAF, Part 1
Here we go again, I think I have finally gone totally insane, I am truly a s****r for punishment. Let me wipe the tears from my eyes and continue with this tale of horror.
Let me begin by saying that the only reason for me building this kit is that I had the privilege of flying in this aircraft, and Flying the aircraft, that is based at the SAAF Museum at Zwartkop in South Africa, It was an experience that I will never forget, so I have always wanted to build a model of it to keep as a memento.
The Kit, well what can I say, except that it is awful, I don’t know how we survived these early kits, and still remain true to this hobby to day.
The kit I am busy converting is the Sea Venom, and there are quite a few changes and modifications that need to be done to get it to the T Mk 55.
Here is a list of work done so far.
Rudders need to be changed. Scratch built the whole cockpit including the ejection seats, cut out flaps and air breaks, scratch built wheel wells and landing gear, remove bulges on top of wings, navigation lights, Undercarriage doors and hydraulic jacks, linkage to gear doors, wheel hubs were scratch built, etc etc. I could carry on for ages. With the model still in progress there are still a lot of things that need to be done and I will list the changes for any one that is interested.
I am going to stop working on it this week as we have out National Model Competition this coming week end and I need to decide what kits I am going to enter, I have enclosed a few pictures of my cabinet and cupboard to give you an idea of the choices I need to make. Hard work (Ha Ha).
Well I hope you all enjoy the terrible pics of the build so far,
16 additional images. Click to enlarge.