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PostPosted: Sat 16 Feb 2013 16:50 pm 
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ATF Build Review Airfix 1/72 De Havilland Vampire T.11 A02058

Airfix 1/72 De Havilland Vampire T.11 A02058 ATF In-Box review here


Following on from the In-Box review, here's the build of the new 1/72 Vampire T.11 kit. First impressions of the kit are very positive, almost no flash and very few seams to clean up. The plastic is very soft which means it is easy to work with and getting even the smallest parts off the sprue is simple - just a couple of strokes with a sharp scalpel and they are off. The corollory being in my experience that the plastic will stay soft after being joined with liquid cement for quite a while, which can make working on glued parts tricky and can mean phantom seams appearing if assembly and painting is rushed.

Starting with the cockpit, the parts all fit together well, the control columns although small came off the sprues in one piece.
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The side wall detail is well molded and the addition of a seperate trim wheel is a nice touch.
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I'd like to keep an eye on this. Looks like it'll be a great build experience. I'm keen to see how it goes for noseweight. Surely with the bigger nose it'll be easier to balance than the old FB5.

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Feb 2013 18:06 pm 
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There's only a very few sub-assemblies which can be put together before attaching to the fuselage, the main ones being the twin tail booms.

I found on one set that there were ejector pin marks on the mating surfaces.

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If left in place they spoiled the join of the two parts.

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A quick bit of work with a scalpel was enough to remove them.

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Resulting in a perfect fit.

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The flap areas on each wing have a bit of shrinkage. The sink marks consist of a trough with a slightly deeper indentation at one end, this is the same for both sides.

The area to be treated was masked off with Tamiya tape.

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Humbrol filler was then apply evenly over the top of the sink marks.

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The Tamiya tape was removed while the Humbrol filler was still wet, which left a neat area for sanding.

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Both sides sanded down with 400 grade wet & dry glued onto a wooden spatula to give a flat sanding surface

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Final sanding down, just a bit of fine polishing to do after everything is joined up.

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Whole process took a few minutes - the longest part was waiting for the filler to cure.

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Underwing fuel tanks and the intake trunking.

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Fondled the kit at last nights model club meeting ....wow .... absolute gem of a kit .
Intake trunking ...... :notworthy: :notworthy:
Flying hours already sent off for this one .

Enjoy the build Rich. :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Feb 2013 17:33 pm 
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Side wall detail of the cockpit.

Trim wheel glued in place and Vallejo grey primer applied. This time the plastic loves the primer, unlike the last time with the new Mustang kit which repelled it for some reason.
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Sprayed with Vallejo Extra Dark Sea Grey, rather than black as it will be very dark in there anyway.
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The detail picked out in black and some spots of white and red added for a bit of colour.
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Black wash applied to blend everything and matt varnish to seal.
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good work on the side walls of the cockpit Rich :thumb: looks a nice kit.
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Moving on to the seats and crew.

Seats are OK, especially if you are going to have them crewed, otherwise you might want to add a few details or get an aftermarket set as they will be the most visible feature in the cockpit. The floor features a transverse hump, which is the wheel well arch - which should just be in the centre. That could mean some extra work depending on which aftermarket seat set you use.

Primer on.
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Vallejo Extra Dark Sea Grey
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Control columns and seat covers painted and the radio gear picked out in black.
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Vallejo black wash applied to darken and dirty everything up. control panel painted and the excellent decal applied.
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Control panel with the two HUD's fitted. These have a nice positive attachment system as they fit over the panel.
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Crew figures and the cockpit ready for assembly. The crew have to go in at this stage, there is very little room in the cockpit and it would be impossible to fit them after the control panel is glued in place.
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All glued together and ready for fitting. The whole thing fits like a glove into the fuselage.
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I'll be adding some pe ejection handles to the seats once the build is complete.
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Impressive stuff Rich!


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Great review Rich. I think one of these will have to be added to the stash.


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Very nice :thumb: I like the PE handles too :clapping:

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Good review. The kit seems to be very detailed regarding interior and well defined panel lines.

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Cockpit in the fuselage with 7g of split shot plus Milliput grey/silver to hold it in place;
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Fuselage test fitted together. The aerials on the underside are going to be removed and fitted at the end, otherwise they are bound to get knocked off and lost to the carpet monster.
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looks excellent, a most impressive build :pirate:

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All looks to go together very nicely. Some delicate looking fittings on the belly there. Be careful.

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Glued the fuselage halves together, the top of the nose required a plastic shim,which must be down to the Milliput curing slightly out of position as it was a perfect fit dry fitted.
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Lower sections joined OK and I removed the aerials as planned.
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Next I added the intake trunking, which just slotted into place. This step was out of sequence, the instructions say to add the intake inlets first then the trunking. However I decided to leave them off until the upper wing was fitted as I think I'll be able to get a better panel line join that way.
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Upper wing glued in position, fit of this was very good and went into place with a positive click.
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Where the join is it looks consistent with the rest of the panel lines.
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Nose gear bay glued in place, again a couple of small plastic shims were needed, which again is probably due to the previously mentioned Milliput interference.
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The underwing has placement slots for the booms, dry fitting these work very well, the booms slot in and stay in place so should just need some liquid cement run around them to fix them in position.
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Great build review Rich. I have one of these in my study, came with the 1/48th Spitfire XIX. What a cracking kit it is.


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Looks like a great kit Rich. I'm looking forward to building mine.

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I had never considered intentionally cutting "fiddly bits" off anything to stop them disappearing under the model builders cloak of invisibility.. and then re-attaching them with a bit of evergreen or anything else to make them look "right" again :think: :Pilot: might be an option for the two planes I have agreed to build (next year-in2014) for a 1:72 carrier deck....


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Looks like a lovely kit,I'll wait for the 1/48th version so it can sit with the Sea Vixen!! Lol

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That's funny because I'm still waiting for the 1/72 Sea Vixen :pray:

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We shall both rejoice with the coming of our wanted kits! :-)

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