I see that the de Havilland GB is where the action is these days. Lots of great proposals coming up. I have been working away on my Shiden Kai over in the EoJ GB but things are very quiet there. Anyway, I am happy to look over one of my three proposed DH builds – the DH Venom FB.4 in 1/48.
Hard to believe that I acquired this kit 13 years ago. It is really quite a little gem. I think maybe I was moving towards 1/32nd aircraft when I picked it up and didn’t get around to looking it over. It is really tiny but very well molded. As you can see, the parts count is very low.
The only significant challenge on first examination will be the resin bits. I hate cutting resin off of blocks -especially when it is very delicate. Anyway this looks pretty straightforward with minimal sawing to do.
I will go with the provided kit detail in the cockpit and concentrate on painting carefully.
The ejection seat looks very nice. Clearly I will need to dig into my cockpit jet instrument dial sheets for the control panel (no dials on the decal sheet). The fit looks excellent on major components. The booms appear nice and straight and the wings fit very snugly to the fuselage as taped together.
I will go for the the 249th squadron option for Operation Musketeer. I really like the stripes used in this operation – very eye catching and nicely harmonious with RAF camo. Oddly enough, the box art is the only painting guide the kit contains.
Although there are decals for two other options, there are no profiles for them.
That’s it. I hope this will be an easy project; I really need one. Speaking of which, I have to get back to riveting my Shiden Kai. If you’d like to check it out, I have been learning a few useful things about that particular labor-intensive activity. Happy modeling.