De Havilland Sea Venom
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Sea Venom model in 1/32 scale
Modelling report

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Step 40
The remaining section of the forward ridge was glued on the fuselage. Filler was applied between the ridge and the fuselage as the fit is not perfect. 

Next, careful sanding was done for both models. With plastic strip, sprue and card details were added. 

Masking took considerable time in the cockpit area. I put on Tamiya masking tape in the insides and outsides of the windshields. This is really required to protect your clear windshields.

The small intake scope #13 was not yet fitted.

Steps 28-33
The wing tip tanks were assembled, needing minor sanding and filling. The tanks are not yet fitted as they will be fitted after painting the model.

The too thick wing fences were sanded thinner on a flat surface and put on the wings. For the Aquilon, the outboard wing sections were kept separate as these would be set in a folded up position. 

This all completed the main assemblies.


The overall model was given a light grey base coat using the airbrush to check for any flaws. These were corrected with filler and sanding everything smooth and "invisible".

The cockpit areas were airbrushed mainly in black.
     

  The model was now ready for a final colour paint coat applied with the Badger 150 airbrush. Some masking was also necessary in due course. 


For the Australian Sea Venom, the enamel colours are Dark Sea Grey (using Humbrol 128) and Sky (using Humbrol 90). (Note: in the Revell instructions light blue is indicated as lower colour but this I think is not correct). At the Sea Venom model, first the Sky was applied. After 24 hours drying time, the lower leading edges of wing and stabilizer needed a lot of masking. Next followed the Dark Sea Grey.

The wing tanks also need some time to paint. For the Sea Venom of 724 NAS I used Revell 50 for the blue and bright yellow for the tips and ends.

The gear bays got a coat of aluminium / metal. 

Sea Venom final results...

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Sea Venom nose area, the central rear canopy spar still to be painted (here still clear).

Step 34
The folding wing option was not used on the RAN Sea Venom.

Steps 35-37
The pilot figures were discarded. 

Step 38
The ejection seats in the kit are a bit basic. These were detailed with strip and card. It seems that the seats are (based on) Martin Baker mk.4A. On Internet a picture was found, but I am not sure if this is correct. 

 

The seat activation handle was made from red stretched sprue.
  
I closed the open rear of the seat with tape, cut to the contours and simply added details to kit part from strip, tape and belts & buckles pieces of etched metal to add realism. The seat cushions seem to be leather colour.
 

The seats do fit into the tiny space in the cockpit tub. 

Steps 41-47
The undercarriages were assembled as shown. Some minor details were added from thin metal wire and the legs painted aluminium. The nose wheel looks strange but is OK as on the aircraft anti-shimmy tyres were used. I had trouble aligning both nose wheel halves.

The wheels can be "rotated" as per kit; I left out the parts #34 and fixed the wheels to the legs. Painting the wheel hub requires a steady hand. Make sure to align the wheels 90 degrees to the ground.

Steps 48-49
These cover the armament with rockets. There are some sink marks on some of the rockets. Fill these. The rockets were painted aluminium with black heads and set on to the Sea Venom.

Steps 50-52
The various antennas may differ between aircraft. For the RAN Sea Venom, the belly antennas and stubs can be seen here. I replaced some antennas with thin metal wire. 

Other finishing
As nice extra, a hatch was opened up for the RAN Sea Venom immediately aft of the nose. Based on some vague photos, some detail was added from strip and parts from the spares box; it is all black anyway.

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