**** FINISHED: 1/72 De Havilland Sea Venom FAW 53 – Carrier Aircraft GB

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  1. parsifal

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    #1 parsifal, May 5, 2013
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    1/72 De Havilland Sea Venom FAW 53 – Carrier Aircraft GB
    Username: Parsifal
    First name: Michael
    Category: Beginner
    Scale: 1/72
    Manufacturer: Eastern Express

    The De Havilland DH 112 Sea Venom was a post-1945 development of the Vampire twin-boom jet fighter/trainer. It featured side by side seating for two-crew in a wooden cockpit of similar construction to the well-known wartime De Havilland Mosquito aircraft. The rest of the Sea Venom was built of metal and incorporated specialised naval equipment for operation from aircraft carriers. It was designed as an all-weather interceptor fighter, powered by a De Havilland Ghost jet engine. The Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm received 39 FAW.53 Sea Venoms when the carrier HMAS Melbourne arrived in Australia from the UK in April 1956. The Sea Venom remained in RAN service until 1966 when most surviving aircraft were sold for scrap
    Eastern Express is basically frog rebadged. The kit is very basic, and not quite the model I wanted to build for this GB. Red Roo or Hobbycraft each do very sophisticated renditions of this a/c in 1/72 scale . however quite simply their cost (over $40) precluded me getting a copy of either. I was able to obtain RAN decals from a review done of the red Roo model.
    I don’t know a lot about this fighter, but it has always interested me in a general sort of way. I think it is the unusal shape of the aircraft, plus it served as the first jet fighter of the RAN in the post war age.

    In the completion of this model I added an aftermarket Pavia cockpit, and made some of the decals myself, well at least i downloaded images of emblems and things and put them onto decal sheet. Unfortunately ther was some silvering as you can see, but all in all im pretty happy with how it turned out. It has a stand in the kit, which i may yet put the model on. then again, in the 70's and 80's many of the survivors that were retired ended up that way. a sad end to a really fine aircraft in my opinion
    There is a lot of on line photographic material, so I am not expecting too much trouble with this build. The Eastern Express version does not have a great reputation, however from the distance of the open box it doesn’t look too bad….we will see however
     

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    Nice job. Looks like your camera lens needs a cleaning though.
     
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    yes i just noticed that...bummer
     
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    Nifty little number there.
     
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    I think so, but my wife, bruatally honest as always, says that the images make it look rough.

    I like it. Its an intersting aircraft, reasonably happy with the build quality, agree that the images I did are up the putty. It happens sometimes.

    Now, its onto Build 18!!!!
     
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    Nice one Michael.
     
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    That's a little jewel!
    Clean the lens. Take the pictures outside in a shady spot and do one pic with flash and one without.
     
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    Nice one Michael!
     
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    am I allowed to redo and repost my photos....i think id need mod assistance to delete the ones already posted. they really are bad arent they
     
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    Glad to see you get her done Michael! :thumbright:
     
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