FAA models in 1/72 scale kit review ? building report
DeHavilland Sea Venom , carrier based fighter-bomber ,
This kit is from Toko (similar, seems to be ex-Frog and re-boxed with new decals sheet)
The Venom was developed by De Havilland Aircraft from their earlier Vampire, which had been the second type of jet fighter to enter service with the RAF. In need for a fighter of higher performance de Havilland's responded with the Venom. The Sea Venom was the naval version of the RAF's Venom fighter-bomber.
The Sea Venom
was developed for naval service as the FAW.20 and 21, being based on the
two seat NF.2. It had folding wings and a strengthened fuselage with
arrester gear. The Sea Venom was in service from 1954 to 1960 and was the
Navy's first all-weather jet fighter.
More info here:
There is no real interior in this
kit so with some card and rod an interior was made. I also cut off the
tip tank fins as they are much too thick.
Also, I will replace the very thick
gear doors with some card plastic.
The kit got a light grey coat to check any flaws and after correction, the coats of Sky and Dark sea Grey were applied.
The lower details of the kit, with new gear doors from card. Aft of the cockpit seats, an avionics compartment was made with boxes as seen in many pictures. The seats came as per kit , but with extra details made from some card and stretched sprue. Further cockpit finishing will be done after painting with straps etc. Instrument panels were made using home made decals.
The Air International Vol. 39 no 2 of August 1990 acted as a reference.
On the tip tanks, a small fin was added from card. A pitot was added on the left vertical tail leading edge. (Note: only the prototypes to my knowledge had the balans masses on the stabilizer, so these were not added).
The canopy was also to be installed later on (from Aeroclub)
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