Glencoe 1/59 de Havilland Venom FB.4, Fuerza Aérea Venezolana
This is the Glencoe 1/59 de Havilland Venom FB.4, finished as Fuerza Aérea Venezolana bird. It was build as part of the great “de Havilland Aircraft Company 100 years” Group Build here.
The de Havilland DH 112 Venom is a British post-war single-engined jet aircraft developed and manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. Much of its design was derived from the de Havilland Vampire, the firm’s first jet-powered combat aircraft.
The Venom entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF), where it was used as a single-seat fighter-bomber and two-seat night fighter. A dedicated model for aerial reconnaissance was also operated by the Swiss Air Force.
The Venom functioned as an interim stage between the first generation of British jet fighters – straight-wing aircraft powered by centrifugal flow engines such as the Gloster Meteor and the Vampire – and later swept wing, axial flow-engined combat aircraft, such as the Hawker Hunter and de Havilland Sea Vixen.
Accordingly, the type had a relatively short service life in the RAF, being withdrawn from frontline operations by the service in 1962 as a result of the introduction of more capable designs. However, it was used in combat during the Suez Crisis, the Malayan Emergency, and the Aden Emergency.
The Venom proved to be popular on the export market, being sold in substantial numbers to Iraq, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela.
The Swiss Air Force was the last active military operator of the Venom, retiring their last examples during 1983. Large numbers of ex-military Venoms have since been acquired by private entities and several have continued to fly, performing aerial displays at various air shows, while many examples have been preserved in static display conditions in museums and as gate guardians.
A specialized derivative, the Sea Venom, was produced as a navalised version of the aircraft suitable for carrier operations.
Venezuela acquired 22 Venoms in 1955, remaining in service until the early 1970s.
The Glencoe kit, dating back in the ’80s, is a totally “basic”kit. In fact, it cannot get more basic, but I have a strange affection on putting together old and deficient kits.
Our friend Tom Hering @TomHering provided valuable info about the history of the kit. Though Glencoe label it as “1/48”, it is the 1/59 old Lincoln kit, so I edited the article to account for this correction. The finished model looked so petite, to be honest, for 1/48, and I hadn’t put it beside my 1/48 Hobbycraft Vampire, so the difference in scales would be apparent. I thus changed the 1/48 to 1/59 everywhere. Thanks Tom!
To point out the main (whatever that means…) issues:
– There’s absolutely no cockpit (just a hole), so I scratchbuilt a complete one, including the Martin Baker
– No wheel wells (just a shallow plug), scratchbuilt also
– No engine exhaust (a blank hole only), I used a suitable diameter straw of my sons’ supplies.
– The characteristic intakes are a solid joke, I carved them open
– The canopy has its rear part missing and molded as a fuselage part (!), nothing I could do here, other than fair/smooth things
– The fuselage has a thoughtless big step increase in diameter, from the mid backwards. I sanded it smooth, which was painful.
– The wheels are a joke, especially the front one (so characteristic of the Vampirenom family). I drilled the main ones circumferentially to add some interest, and flattened them a tad.
– Many other secondary issues I dealt with one way or another.
Painted with Humbrol 11, decalled with the kit provided excellent Lloyd Jones’ Scalemaster decals (a much missed and beloved guy), lightly weathered here and there
As usual, I will not tire you more with build details; however, should you be interested, you can read the build thread here:
Some in-progress shots are attached below.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all friends here that followed my build. Their presence and comments boosted my motivation, making the build a wonderful experience.
Special thanks to our Admin and friend Erik @airbum, not only for the conception and running of this GB, but also for his restless interest and following-along.
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.