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  1. Thanks Largescale32 Time to open a dedicated thread, isn't it ? Infinity Models (new plastic injected kit brand from HpH) is to release 1/32nd de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.3/.5 kits. Sources: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235064691-infinity-models/ https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235064691-infinity-models/&do=findComment&comment=3602067 So , now we are waiting the pics! V.P.
  2. Finished this a few weeks ago, but only just got round to taking some decent pictures - not helped by the appalling 'summer' weather we've had of late in the UK. I won the kit at a raffle so splashed some cash on Xtradecal X72-172 and a set of Pavla resin Martin Baker seats. My first foray into the world of resin. Presumably when Pavla say "designed for the Airfix kit" what they really meant was "will go in the Airfix kit if you remove enough of the original cockpit". I had to really butcher the interior of the cockpit to get the seats to fix, but hopefully that's hard to see from the outs
  3. Every second post I see on social media at the moment seems to be modelling related, lockdown must be doing wonders for the modelling trade! I'm lucky enough to be able to work at home, so don't have endless days to fill. However, still feeling the other to get something else on the go after finishing my Phantom a few weeks back. I won an Airfix Vampire at a raffle held at once of the Sywell Aviation Museum's talks over the winter. Since it was free, thought I'd splash a bit of cash on it. Got myself the Xtradecal Vampire part 1 sheet and a set of Pavla resin bang seats. First for
  4. The de Havilland Vampire has always been my favourite early jet. First flown in September 1943 (5 months before the Soviet La-7, half a year before the Japanese Ki-102 and 15 months before the He 162) she should be called a wartime design. And if she wasn’t British she would be a true WW2 fighter – unfortunately the RAF had huge numbers of already proven „430+ mph” fighters to list just the Mustang, Tempest and Griffon-Spitfires, while development of another British jet – the Meteor – was six months ahead of the „crab”. Thus the plywood-clad twin-boom marvel became the Cold War era fighter. F
  5. LEMkits is studying the idea of a 1/32nd de Havilland Vampire FB.Mk.5 resin kit. To be followed Source: https://www.facebook.com/andriy.lemkitscom/posts/2231758820417172 V.P.
  6. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, my next project is Classic Airframes' DH Vampire Trainers kit. I've got the Flightpath detail set for it, too. After lots of work with a razor saw and sanding sticks, it's ready to assemble. I've made a start on the cockpit. Still need to paint the Face Blind Ejection Handles with yellow stripes before fitting it to the fuselage. I also decided to open up the holes in the intakes where they pass through the fuselage, which means you can see through to the inside of the fuselage (slightly). To that end, I scr
  7. Hello colleagues. Its me again. This time with the Vampire. A little history about the pilot: DH.100 Vampire Mk.I, TG/287, HF-L, Squadron Leader Frank J Howell DFC and Bar, No.54 Sqn RAF, based at Odiham, April 1948. In 1940, whilst with 609 (F) sqn, F/Lt Howell shot down several enemy’s aircraft, achieved the squadron’s 100th victory (a Ju 88 shared with P/O SJ Hill) and was awarded the DFC. In 1941 he formed and commanded 118 Sqn and also claimed its first victory, a He 111 on 8 July and was awarded a Bar to his DFC in November. In the winter of 1941-42, he commanded 243 Sqn at Kallan
  8. A bat that bites? Gotta be a Vampire right? Having divested myself of my studies for the summer, got the garden under control (tomatoes, chillies, courgettes, green beens and lots of herbs on the way), and been on my holibobs, so what do I do with all of that spare time? Join a GB of course! I'm joining this GB with the Azur boxing of the Special Hobby Vampire, I'll be building FB.5 WA331 coded A-T as flown by the OC of 112 Sqn RAF, from 2TAF based at Fassberg in Germany during 1951. I'll be using Modeldecal sheet 14 to provide the markings as it's the only one that
  9. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/08/10/172-pripravovana-novinka-od-firmy-mpm-production/?lang=CS V.P.
  10. DH Vampire FB.9 1:144 Mark I Models The De Havilland DH.100 Vampire was built to fulfil a wartime requirement for a small, lightweight jet fighter for the Royal Air Force. Although the prototype aircraft flew almost two years before the end of the War, the production aircraft arrived too late to see service in the conflict. Despite this, well over 3,000 examples were produced and the aircraft enjoyed a relatively long service life by the standards of the day. Powered by a single De Havilland Goblin turbojet, the diminutive Vampire was capable of 548 mph
  11. The only combat use of RAF Vampire FB.5 and Meteor F.8 took place in 1951-55 during the Operation Firedog. Albeit the photos are known of the High Speed Silver No.60 Sq. Vampire FB.5s (WA237-WA276 range), the pictures of FB.9s (No.45 and No.60 Sq., WG, WL and WR serials) show them in camouflage - presumably DG/DSG over PRU. My question is whether are there any photos (or other documents) confirming existence of CAMOUFLAGED FB.5s over Malaya in 1950-56 period? Was this variant used only by No.60 Squadron? It is said that in April 1952 the ex-No.60 Sq. FB.5s were flown to Kai Tak to equip N
  12. Hello and long time no see is what the people say in this case I think. It sort of went like this. A 30 year modelling break, then 13 builds posted here, then a further 3 year break due to lifeTM stuff. But no fear, because some kind of luck was with me, as I recently suffered a mini-stroke which included, free of charge, temporary speech loss and paralysis. Even MORE luck was that I wasn't allowed to drive for a while so that killed off my self-employed photo work and it hasn't recovered yet. And then they found out I had a hole in my heart since birth which was the c
  13. After the F.MK.3/.5 ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944522-172-de-havilland-dh100-vampire-fmk35-by-special-hobby-released-new-fmk3-boxing/?hl=vampire) Special Hobby is to release a 1/72nd de Havilland DH.100 Vampire F.Mk.1 kit - ref.SH72339 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2016/Bilder_AT/Special_Hobby_09.htm V.P.
  14. We've just got the latest 1/72 Special Hobby kits in stock, discounted prices! https://mjwmodels.co.uk/special-hobby-172--kits-544-c.asp RAF Vampire Mk I Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 'Mersu' Messerschmitt Me209V4 thanks Mike
  15. Vampire Mk.I Underwing Slipper Tanks (for Special Hobby Kit) 1:72 CMK It's a while now since Special Hobby did us fan of Cold War RAF types a favour and produced a new range of De Havilland Vampires in our favourite scale. The Mk.I was the most recent version of the kit to hit the shelves. Now Special Hobby have followed up with a set of resin slipper tanks, realeased through their CMK imprint. The quality of casting is excellent and the parts are as well detailed as they could be given the subject. All you will need to do is remove them from their casti
  16. DH.100 Vampire Mk.3 1:72 Special Hobby The distinctive de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was designed to fulfil a wartime requirement for a small, lightweight jet fighter for the Royal Air Force. Although the prototype aircraft first flew in September 1943, the production aircraft arrived too late to see service in the Second World War. In spite of this, well over 3,000 were eventually produced and the aircraft enjoyed a relatively long service life by the standards of the day. Powered by a single De Havilland Goblin turbojet, the Vampire was capable of a maximum speed of 54
  17. The Vampire served with the RAF's 2TAF in Germany from 1948 until 1955. WA361 was based at Celle in Lower Saxony, Germany with number 16 squadron, which flew Vampires from December '48 until replacing them with Venoms in 1954. I used a few different decals for this one; firstly big thanks to @Wez for the Vampire Modeldecals set! I used the Heller kit roundels apart from those on the boom which had the red dot in a weird place, so these came from a Bulldog kit - they look virtually the same size. For the underwing serials I
  18. On we go with the RAF Cold War jets; hot on the heals of the Sabre comes this tiny Vampire FB.5 from Heller. On opening the box I was pleasantly surprised by its neatness and simplicity - though I bet this is actually a harder kit to build well than it looks! Could be interesting getting the booms straight and finding enough space in that tiny nose for enough weight! Here is the obligatory opening shot. I'm undecided on the decals. I'd like to build the kit option OOB, but the decals look quite old, and I understand that the shark's mouth should actually be black inside
  19. This was built from the Amodel DH100 Vampire Mk 1 kit modified by fitting the large tail fins, removal of the guns and different decals. There was much anguish about the colour scheme. It has been nearly done to death in a couple of BM threads but the upshot is that nobody actually seems to know what the colour scheme was. Most people agree that the topside was Medium Sea Gray but opinions for the underside colour range from yellow, silver to duck egg. I decided to go for silver. Decals were a problem as there was again a lack of hard information. I settled for 50" Type B on the uppe
  20. Vampire Mk.1 at Midland Aviation Museum Coventry. This is the only Mk.1 in the UK. Pics Mine;
  21. For this build I will be offering the 1/72 Revell boxing of this lovely looking Vampire F MK3 kit. I will be building her as a Mexican offering from the Aztec decals sheet. I also have a small fret of etch for the kit although god knows why at this scale! Sprue and box shot: Decal sheet and etch:
  22. DH Vampire FB.5/FB.51/FB.52A/MK.6 - Mark1 Models 1:144 scale Mark I Models 1:144 scale Concept designs for the first Vampire was started as early as 1941 but these proposals were not accepted by the Air Ministry until 1942. Detailed designs were then undertaken for the aircraft which was now named the D.H. 100 Spider Crab and given an Air Ministry Specification E.6/41 for three prototypes. The first test flights were not undertaken until 1943 and a production order for 120 Vampire Mk.1 aircraft was issued in May of 1944. The first Mk.1’s entered operational service
  23. Hello and welcome to my Honey I shrunk the De Havilland Vampire T.11, 1/72 The Gentleman's scale,RFI. I fell in love with this little fella while watching Phil’s build a few moths Months back , I simply had to build one, it had everything I wanted, a nice easy looking build with Silver and fluorescent paint. This would be my first time with both. The kit went together really well and The only additions were some Eduard belts and some scratch handles for the ejector seats, oh and a few little aerials here and there. It was a blast to build and I can highly recom
  24. I'm going to record here my progress on a long-term triple build. It's quite likely that I'll deviate away from time to time to build something else (and I have a Sherman to build for the Great Patriotic War GB), so this may take a while to finish. I have always found De Havilland aircraft to be rather attractive designs, and their distinctive twin-boom jet designs also grabbed my attention when I was a kid. One of the first kits I bought as an adult was the Airfix 1/48 Sea Vixen. I realised when I got home just how big the finished article would be, and it entered the stash as "one for t
  25. Good Evening Yes it's another one but I did promise a Vampire when I signed up for this and I want to see what Humbrol Fluro Orange is like.Hopefully this won't disappoint Martin H
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