FANGED FIGHTER

FANGED FIGHTER

It may not be a creature of the night (at least in its initial boxing), but with Airfix’s newly tooled 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3 about to hit the shops, here’s a sneak peak at what is likely to be a popular subject.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3

The first release (A06107) will feature three sets of markings for overall natural metal airframes, which are: VT812/N, 601 (County of London) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force; 17012/012/SL 442 (City of Vancouver) Royal Canadian Air Force and B-AE, 336 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force. Airfix is offering more detail and choice with each release, and this kit includes alternative instrument panel and side consoles depending on whether a builder wants to use decals, plus seats with/without harness – the latter allows a pilot figure to be added, but is also ideal for those wanting to use aftermarket sets. Wing sections are moulded integrally with the horizontally split fuselage halves, which should ensure there are no issues with the mainplane angle, and similarly the tail booms have chunky locating plugs that should prevent any alignment problems.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3

Above: The single-piece combined body/ wing halves will make it easy to achieve the correct alignment, while the hefty locating plugs on the booms should eliminate the risk of a wonky tail.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3

Above: Airfix’s kit is bursting with detail, from the well-moulded three-spoke mainwheels to the multi-part undercarriage bays.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3

Above: Here’s a neat inclusion, with the two styles of instrument panel straddling the nose cone; on the left is the version for those who want to paint the dials, while on the right it’s a simpler component for a decal to be placed on top.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3

Above: This same choice extends to the side consoles (right) and pilot’s seat, with a strap-free version also included for those wanting to put a figure in the cockpit – ideal for modellers who prefer to use aftermarket products.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Vampire F.3

Above: As with many of Airfix’s recent toolings, the internal fuselage bulkheads are moulded integrally with the wing spars, which should make for a robust structure once assembled.

Further details on the kit and its schemes can be found at: www.airfix.com. An exclusive build of the de Havilland Vampire F.3 will be in next month’s AMW.