Magna Models 1/72 Vickers F5/34 Venom
|NOTES:||Short run resin and white metal kit|
An interesting British fighter prototype of the 1930's, the Vickers type 279 Venom was built to specification F5/34. With an all metal stressed skin construction, eight machine gun armament and a retractable undercarriage, it was of modern design. It first flew on 17th June 1936, piloted by Joseph “Mutt” Summers. It was powered by the then experimental Bristol Aquila.
It was relegated as an 'also ran' by the first flight, also by Captain Summers, of the Spitfire prototype some three months earlier. No series production was made. The prototype was scrapped in 1939 following a crash.
Another of Magna's British prototype models, coming in their usual top opening box, there are nine resin parts, nine white metal parts, vacformed canopy and side windows and a piece of wire. As usual with Magna, there are spare transparencies supplied. As is also usual there are no decals.
Joined up the fuselage, got a good match along the top and a small step under the tail. Filled the joint with superglue and sanded clean. Added the wings, cowling and tail surfaces, not a great fit, and had another fill and sand session.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
I wanted to represent an operational aircraft, from 1939, when non-standard marking and camouflage was common.
I made up a scheme using flat earth and dark green topsides, in a non standard pattern, with sky under-surfaces. Scrounged roundels and a code letter from the spares stash. Then an overall spray of Testors Dullcote.
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