Comments on: De Havilland Sea Vampire T.22 CMR kit 153 Aviation Enthusiast Web Site Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:30:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sergio Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:15:25 +0000 I also have one to build. I found exactly the same problems. I milled some areas in order to meet the forms. it comes a little bit better, but didn’t solve the problem. I will heat the top fuselage with warm water trying to meet with the bottom fuselage part.

By: louiserb Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:49:55 +0000 I have a bunch of the the Vampire/Venom kits now. One thing I would say is the T.22 is the most difficult to build. With the horizontal split fuselage, which is further complicated by it having a stepped, curved split line and very thin cross section, caused me no end of difficulty.

I found that the top casting is 1.75mm short compared to the bottom piece…. so the fuselage does not meet at the jet exhaust outlet; that’s a very difficult curve to fabricate. In fact the top casting just doesn’t want to fit with the lower casting at all; length or breadth. When I do get both castings to attach, the join will be so fragile, that CA will be a too brittle glue to use. The resulting bond would not put up with the required filling and sanding.

It’s a shame as my T.22 went back into the box to wait “another day” when I’ve nothing better to do! Maybe this is a one off problem with my kit? I did read a review stating the kit goes together with relative ease.

The single seat kits…. lovely as are the Spitfires they produce.