This is an injection-plastic jet aircraft model kit.
From Special Hobby comes this nicely molded 1/72 scale model of the DH.100 Vampire Mk. I "The First Jet Guardians of Neutrality".
Adapted from Special Hobby:
Development of a jet fighter, later to be named the Vampire, began in 1941 and was closely related to the development of the H-1 jet engine by the British aviation manufacturer De Havilland company. The engine would later to be known as the Goblin and its development turned out to be very successful. The Vampire was therefore ordered under Air Ministry specification E.6/41 calling for an experimental machine able to be converted to a fighter plane. The design of the plane was fully adjusted to the new engine, which resulted in a smaller plane with very low undercarriage and the tail being carried by two slim tail booms. Unlike the later marks of the aircraft, the plane's wing featured rounded tips. The first prototype unofficially named the Spider Crab, flew for the first time on September 20, 1943, with G. de Havilland Jr. at the controls. The trials were a success and an order for the first 120 planes was placed in May 1944. The production planes were also licensed and built by English Electric because de Havilland was much too busy producing the Mosquito. The original name Spider Crab, however, was rejected by the RAF and changed to the Vampire Mk.I.
This kit has four marking options and of these two neutral countries. Two of the featured airframes bear colors of the Swiss Flugwaffe, a white crosses on a red background. Machine J-1002 flew in Medium Sea Grey over PRU Blue whilst machine J-1003 was silver dope overall. In Sweden, the Vampire was known as the J-28A and got green camouflage above and grey below. The two Swedish machines were used by different units, the first options carry Red E-tail code of No.1 squadron / Wing F13, the other has Yellow L of No.3 Sqn/Wing F3.
The model comes on three sprues of grey injection styrene and one frame of a clear canopy and wingtip parts.
- [Mold Color]: Gray
- [Includes]: Clear parts, decal sheet