Airframes new 1/48 scale
Vampire Export Versions
de Havilland Vampire FB.6
Airframes' 1/48 scale Export Vampire kits may be ordered online from
For a detailed examination of the kit
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman's in-box review here on HyperScale.
are several types of Vampires and there are that many or more of the
exported Vampires. I was asked to build one of the Swiss versions with
the pointed up-turned nose.
it really gives the airplane a more streamlined look and I love the
Fluorescent orange/red and silver color scheme.
contains a new resin nose to build the Swiss versions. This will
require some simple surgery on the modelerís part. I suggest that you
obtain some good plans to consult before making you cuts.
the Warpaint Series No. 27 on the Vampire and while it is an excellent
source, it does not have plans for this particular version of the
Vampire. I had an early release of the kit without the instructions and
therefore had to guess at the location of the cut. I made my cut a
little too far aft and had to fill more than necessary. I cut along the
panel line in front of the windscreen and it really should be a little
forward of this line.
area that may require extra work is the resin replacement nose. I had
to carve out some of the resin in the new nose piece in order to make
the wheel well/cannon port resin piece fit. It was not hard but I would
suggest test fitting this area to make sure of a good fit.
Classic Airframes has provided new and improved intake pieces. They
will require a little filler to blend into the wing.
Overall, Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Foreign Vampire offering is a
nice and well detailed kit. It looks good out of the box but with all
of the aftermarket, it still leaves room for all the super detailers to
have some fun. Go buy one and do something different.
Classic Airframes for the sample
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