De Havilland Sea Venom
RAN & French Aquilon
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Sea Venom model in 1/32 scale
Building report

... continueing building the 1/32 Sea Venom and Aquilon models.... (from page 2...)

Step 50
The parts #52 were added and for the Aquilon 203, part #51 was slightly modified; it received a base fairing to close the gap. Also, an extra antenna was fitted. 

For both models, the main wheel bays need some extra detail from card and closing the edges of them was done with white glue. Also, the insides of the separated flaps were detailed on the Aquilon model as seen above. 

Details were now added in the bay areas and cockpit of the Aquilon.

With some plastic card and parts from the spares box, some details were made. More details were added in the cockpit. Note that the Aquilon 203 only has 1 crew member only being the pilot.

Immediately aft of the seats, some boxes were added on the fuselage with wiring. I did not have detail pictures but used the Air International drawing as a guide.

also on the RAN Sea Venom... (seats not yet fitted).

Step 39
In the kits, not only the canopy and glass section, but also the cockpit ridge are provided as transparant parts strangely enough. The ridge/ lower section part #98 does not fit very well. It was decided to fit it now. 

But first: the inner windshield surfaces of part #98 were masked off with Tamiya tape, as well as the outher surfaces to protect the glass. This would be required as the cockpit still needs painting as well.  The tape can be removed later on.

For later Aquilon variants, some modification was necessary to the canopy. These Aquilons had rear sliding canopies, not upward tilting as on normal (Sea) Venoms. 

The Aquilon 203 sliding canopy is also longer and has a covered rear fairing. 

The aft section of the lower ridge #98 was sawed off; this was glued to the forward canopy part #99. Next, the whole set was sanded flat as it would be used as a master to re-shape a new scratch made Aquilon canopy.

For making the canopy, I used my vacuum box. It is air sealed box with a grid on top and an opening for a vacuum cleaner hose on the side. You fix the master with double sided tape on the open grid, also making the opening on top with Scotch tape smaller and use this to vacuum shape a heated part. 

A sheet of acetate plastic was heated in this case for the canopy to 170 degrees celsius for 10 minutes. The vacuum cleaner was turned on and the box set with the master ready to put on the heated acetate sheet; speed is needed here. The air pulls the sheet over the master mould and here you get your canopy! I needed a couple of tries to get a clear canopy.

    Aquilon canopy          and Sea Venom canopy for comparison at the right.

The canopy was trimmed to correct size and finished as a normal canopy, painting the edges, adding internal details from plastic strip etc.

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

  Aquilon cockpit area

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 wingsections were kept separate as these would be set in a folded up position. 

This all completed the main assemblies.

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

The cockpit areas were sprayed black.

    Aquilon model views, with light grey primer


and the RAN Sea Venom model, lower view

The models were 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 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 is not correct). For the Sea Venom, 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...


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

For the French Aquilon it was very difficult to establish the overall colour. Some sources suggested French midnight blue... what ever that colour is? Information was obtained from IPMS France,  La VdM No.11 publication. Also, sources indicated that the standard colour for French navy aircraft in that period was "bleu marine brillant" (gloss sea blue). The US equivalent was FS25042. But considerable variations in colours were seen, some planes coming from the US, others from Britain and the French planes. The Aquilon was no exception as can be seen on the rare colour pictures, its colour was quite different.

  Merci Mr. A. Dulieu / IPMS France for the information!

I looked at several Aquilon colour pictures and choose to use Revell SM350 blue. 
Applying the blue coat particularly onto the Aquilon took a couple of coats. 

The gear bays got a coat of aluminium / metal. 

The Aquilon tanks needed a tricky white line, this was accomplished with Tamiya masking tape and spraying the tanks. 


Here a detail can be seen on the Aquilon flap area and main gear bay area. These were detailed with strip and card.

View on the Aquilon nose area, details in the cockpit and avionics bay still to be added. 

The Aquilon planes were not much weathered as they were well maintained for carrier operations.

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