De Havilland Sea Venom
RAN & French Aquilon
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Sea Venom model in 1/32 scale CONVERSION and made  by Meindert de Vreeze
Modelling report

... continueing building the 1/32 Sea Venom and Aquilon models.... (from page 5...)

Finishing the French Aquilon

Wing fold
The wing folding hinges were made from card, thin metal wire and sprue. Inside the wings, a bended paperclip was used for strength.

The wing hinge details were painted metal.

There are as far as I know no commercial decal sets in 1/32 for an Aquilon, so I had to search for the various stencils and markings from other sources.  I found that Berna decals from Avignon/ France had quite some different decals for French (including Aeronavale) aircraft.  I had to search for correct size Aeronavale roundels with thier typical black coloured anchors and white numbers.

Berna set 48-07 was mostly used with some items from Berna set 72-02. From the decal spare box came also some red stencils and red lines.
I found that the lighter blue roundel "centers" were required; also darker blue centers have been seen on (older) aircraft.

Aquilons can be seen with quite some variations on the number of roundels (4 or 6) and the location of the white registrations. Also, sometimes squadron markings are seen.

Before decalling, the model got an overall coat of Johnsoon Future gloss coat. Adding the Berna decals went OK. 

Completing the model was now done, starting with the nose area.

The nose cone for the Aquilon 203 hinges upwards.

Here the overall result of the nose area.
I added some locks details from thin card to the radarnose and the edges of the avionics bay. 

A radar disk was found in the scrap box. It should be fine transparant mesh, but I could not find any suitable material. 
The nose radome got some metal pins inside, so it can be fixed. 

A missile was also found in the scrap spares box. I think it was Matra rocket from a 1/50 Jaguar model. It almost looked like the missile I saw on this picture of an Aquilon 203. I did not sand its noise a bit pointier to avoid damage to the thin nose, but only an expert can tell. 

A pylon was made from thick card and sanded in shape at the rear and front leading edges. 

Also, the wing holding bars were made and painted red. Small holes were drilled in the fuselage boom and wingtip to hold the bar. Each bar got two tiny pieces of metal at their ends to fit the holes.

Here also some red squares are seen at the upper intake lips, made from red decal.

The separated airframe panels were also detailed and sprayed, but are not put onto the model itself:

OK, there the Aquilon is. 


Views on the scratch made canopy. The thin white lines were cut from decal sheet and fixed in place also with Johnson Future.


A view of the rear trailing edge area, note the particular airbrake on the right....
with flap hinge and actuator


main gear with tiny details added from wire

That's it... a French Aeronavale Aquilon 203 in the collection in 1/32 scale. Why don't you try make one yourselve? 

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March 24, 2008