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  1. I have decided to dive in with a Cold War jet that should not be forgotten during this GB! My normal rule of only 2 kits on the bench is out of the window (I've 2 x F16s on the go), so it may be a push. The Buccaneer was one of the aircraft that the UK depended on for various roles over the Cold War years, from Nuclear bomber, anti-shipping strike, Close Air Support and Interdictor strike from Germany amongst other jobs! The Northern Flank was an area that both NATO and the Warsaw Pact both heavily militarised and I myself operated in the area over a few cold winters!! I have therefore decided top model the aircraft painted in Arctic colours supporting the NATO northern flank. I have a very old original new tool boxing that was issued in 1989 according to Scalemates. It looks fine, some parts off the sprue. Raised panel lines and basic detail, but it will do until this much talked about new Bucc appears (Tan Model are planning some nice models, including a 72 and 48 Bucc). I have a pair of slipper tanks (stole the kits tanks for the FROG kit as the fit was better) to add.рендеры/ I have some decals left over from my Frog build during the Made in Great Britain GB, so decided that after some question marks as to where the Stone/Dark Earth S2B from Ex Red Flag, I would model the Arctic cam. This is a white temp ARTF over the normal DG, with DSG, over a LAC lower areas. Gotta love the Banana!!
  2. Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B 237 OCU, RAF Honington, 1972 Matchbox kit with all panel lines filled and rescribed. Bomb bay fuel tank removed. Scratch built cockpit interior. Reshaped radome. Freightdog resin tailplane. Pylons from CMR resin Buccaneer kit. Aeroclub metal undercarriage, refuelling probe, arrestor hook and tail bumper. Unlike most other Buccaneers, there are no vortex generators on the wings. Back in the late 60s / early 70s I was on an aeronautical engineering apprenticeship with Hawker Siddeley Aviation. It was the time when ‘new build’ Buccaneers in the XW serial range were being built for the RAF, along with some ex-RN aircraft being modified to S.2A standard. I still have some of the notes and sketches I made in the final assembly shed, and one of the recurring notes is that XW aircraft were not fitted with wing vortex generators. It has been difficult to confirm this with photographic evidence, but recently I came across a list of Buccaneer mods and in particular, these two mods apply : 1553 ‘Deletion of Fixed Vortex Generators to S2, S2A, S2B, S2D (Sept 1972)’ 1396 ‘Re-introduction of Fixed Vortex Generators to S2, S2A, S2B, S2D (Mar. 1976)’ Nearly all photos of XW Buccaneers show VGs so I think there must of been only a year or two before they were fitted. The dates on the modification numbers are when they were formally issued, and I’m sure VGs were removed before Sept 72, and re fitted before Mar 76. These new build aircraft also had ‘provision for’ ILS, though the equipment was not fitted. Hence there are blanking plates on the fin where the ILS localiser antennas were to be fitted later, and on the underside for the ILS glideslope antenna. It was quite a challenging task to get the old Matchbox kit sorted but it’s good to have a gloss finished Bucc with Type D roundels in the collection at last. Could be a while before I do another one though.
  3. At last - two 20+ year builds completed! I started both of these in the mid-nineties. My employers decided to send me to Central Asia for three years in 1997 so I took both of them with me, plus a supply of modelling materials, thinking the long dark winter evenings would be great for modelling. Some hope! They came back with me in 2000 unchanged and sat until last year in the same state. The Phantom is from the Hasegawa Collector's series with a photo-etch fret, white metal parts and soft tyres. I got as far as assembling the airframe ( I wish I had taken a bit more trouble with the fit of the intakes) but it then sat in its box as an unloved lump of grey plastic until last year. It had decals for the 50th Anniversary Transatlantic Air Race, but I have used Xtradecal 74 Squadron markings. It was one of those models which I felt I ought to build but never had much passion for, but as it moved towards completion, it slowly transformed into something I now really like. The Airfix Buccaneer has got something of a reputation but it wasn't too bad. I had done very little to it - just assembled the upper and lower wing halves, the slipper tanks and the ejector seats. Some of the sink marks were enormous and needed a lot of filling, especially on some of the cockpit components. The fuselage mouldings are very floppy, but cementing the bomb door into the lower half stiffens it up a lot and lets you get a reasonable fit. Working round the joints a section at a time and leaving them to set really hard gives a good result. The worst parts are the lower part of the intakes, the top surface of the wings and the airbrakes. I think I could have saved a lot of filling by gently bending the tabs that form the lower part of the intakes (part of the lower fuselage moulding) downwards so they matched the intakes better; by assembling the top wing halves to the completed fuselage to get the best possible fit on the top and then adding the lower halves; but I don't think you can do much with the airbrakes unless you want to have them open! They hardly fit at all if closed. Using the kit decals was a mistake. They are fuzzy and some of them silvered badly even on a Kleer base. The roundels had a very slight out-register white margin which I carefully trimmed off. Model Alliance do a replacement set for a very similar scheme. Both are 'from the box' but I may replace the Bucc pitot with a Master one as I've it broken twice already and it's very fragile. They are brush painted with Humbrol and Xtracolor enamels. ]
  4. So in between the group builds I'm busy with - in particular the F-16 build - I had started making the Revell 1/72 Buccaneer - box art below: Now to say this was a difficult kit that fought me at just about every turn would be an understatement but I enjoyed it all the same. The model is very basic with very little cockpit or fuselage detail and would benefit from the inclusion of some ordnance but once complete I think is a pretty good rendering of a bucc. This particular model is of an Operation Granby bucc and again I think this scheme helps to show off the lines of the aircraft in a pleasing light. The model is built completely out of box with no scratch building as I just wanted to keep this one very simple. At this point in time I have given the aircraft next to no weathering and was debating whether or not to go any further. A quick round up of your thoughts on this would be appreciated. So here she is - by no means a show standard piece - and as always your comments are most welcome:
  5. I decided to salvage this Buccaneer S1 that I originally built 30+ years ago - it was based on the Matchbox Buccaneer S2 and used bits of the Airfix NA39 kit to convert it to an S1 - over the years the finish acquired a grimy grey coat and then had an unfortunate handling accident and was stuck away for future repair. The motivation to start the repair came after viewing the excellent Buccaneer S1 & S2 models in 1/48 & 1/72 on BM, in particular the S1 by CT Modeller and the comprehensive build by Navy Bird of the Scale Resin S1 - fortunately I had not lost any of the parts - you can see where I started cleaning the grimy coat on LH side of model. I decided to retain the scratch built parts, those being the folded nose, cockpit/ejection seats, wing folds, air brakes and various airframe mods - The grime was removed and after fixing the broken bits and reassembling it I repainted the model with Tamiya acrylic white - I always struggle with white finishes but eventually managed to get a white finish I was happy with - I then sprayed the model with Humbrol Clear prior to decaling - this was a bit of a disaster as the whole models finish crazed for some unknown reason and I spent another week rubbing it back and then recoating it using Microscale clear gloss thankfully without any issues. The decal sheet used is from Model Alliance Ark Royal Air Wing selection. I also added a master pitot tube and a Flightpath etched boarding ladder set which I found a nightmare to put together & it almost did not make it on to the model - the jury struts are made from brass wire and fine brass tubing. I have a Scale Resin S1 to do at some stage and will refer to Navy Birds post when I eventually get around to making it - for now I am sizing up the Trumpeter Wyvern in 1/48. In my display case with my Highplanes Sea Vixen After looking at TC2324's excellent 12 Squadron low level Buccaneer post I decided to give this one a gentle scrub and a couple of coats of gloss clear on the sea - the model is the Tamiya 1/100 scale Buccaneer S2 which is a really nice little kit and as far as I can tell no longer available? thanks for looking CJP
  6. It was in the announced projects (, now it's official, Tanmodel ( has started the design from a new tool 1/72nd Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 kit - ref.1101. Source: V.P.
  7. Right gang, time I made a decision and got cracking, there's plenty options in the stash but I've picked this one; Did I say one? Well yes, I know this is a double boxing but only one will get built here, the kit is going to need some work due the fit being what would be called a 'sair fecht' or a 'tchuave' in this part of the world. I've got no less than five of these in the stash but picked these two because they came to me from the stash of a former local model club member who passed away a few years back. John had made a start to both kits and so far as I can see almost all parts are still present apart from the pilot figures. No loss there as they are, like many other parts, not well moulded so I've grabbed a pair of the far better ones from the Airfix Lightning kits. John had added a few extras including the Eduard interior and exterior etched brass sets which I'll make use of along with a replacement decal sheet I had long forgotten about... ...with this option being current favourite Here's the cockpit tub. Basic and without detail but a starting point.
  8. Pics mine, Aircraft at Elvington. Aircraft at Duxford Aircraft at Hendon
  9. Any news on the Tanmodel Buccaneer? Wasn't it due out before the New Year? Dave
  10. Hi mates, my next project will be the new 1:72 multi-media kit from Scale Resin of the Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1. This is primarily a resin kit, but includes photoetch details, canopy masks, and a vacuformed canopy. At this point, I don't believe there is any need for any aftermarket accessories, everything needed is in the box. I previously built the 1:72 Buccaneer S.Mk.2 from CMR, which can be seen here, and even though Scale Resin is a brand of CMR Moulding & Casting, this kit is completely new. Incredible as it seems, the level of detail has been improved! I'm really looking forward to this build. My understanding is that CMR worked very closely with Andy White to ensure accuracy and authenticity. Andy, of course, runs an excellent Buccaneer web site and is a subject matter expert. Andy, if you're on BM, I hope you'll ride along on this build and make sure I don't cock it up! I haven't selected a markings scheme yet, but from a quick look at the instruction booklet, I need to do that soon as there are many detail differences between the available schemes. These require different parts at different stages of the build, so planning is essential. One scheme is intriguing - SN934, 801 Squadron, HMS Ark Royal, February - March 1963 Shakedown Cruise (Carrier Deck Trials). This scheme is overall Titanium White, not something you see too often on an FAA Buccaneer. But I really love Extra Dark Sea Grey... Here's the box art: Here are the resin parts: And the rest (photoetch, masks, canopy, booklet, and decal sheets): A couple of things that I've noted before we start - first, the speed brakes at the rear of the fuselage. These two petals have been designed so you can display them open and see all of the detail inside. However, just as on my S.Mk.2 build, the extremely thin (some might say "wafer" thin ) flat strakes have suffered damage in shipment, and I'll have to repair these or replace with card stock. CMR might want to look into another form of packaging to protect these extremely thin portions. Second, there is only one vacuformed canopy. Most CMR kits include two, in case you make a fatal error cutting it out. I like having this extra bit of security, and I can say that I've used it many times! I almost always screw up the first one and have to go to the second. I'm sure that it saves some money, but please go back to providing two canopies. I don't trust myself! OK, so let's get to work. Step Number 1 is to decide which markings scheme I want and also to decide if the wings should be folded or extended, canopy open or closed, refueling probe retracted or fixed, speed brake open or closed, and also whether the nose cone should be open or closed. Step Number 2 is very nice - CMR have indicated which surfaces will need to be sanded down in order to get a proper closing of the two fuselage halves. Nice! Now, where did I put my respirator? Time to get the parts off of their pour blocks... Cheers, Bill
  11. Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B XV350, at Aeropark East Midlands. Pics thanks to Dave.
  12. Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN964, aircraft at Newark Air Museum, pics thanks to Mike.
  13. Scale Resin ( is to re-release Czech Master Resin 1/72nd NA.39 & Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 resin kits - ref. A7201 & A7202 Source and preview: V.P.
  14. Excellent, well researched, deep enough but not too intense to be enjoyable. A very good book about aeroplanes. And who doesn't like a good book about aeroplanes?
  15. Afternoon one and all. Just been perusing the latest copy of SAMI. They have some news some may be interested in. A new release scheduled from Tan Models from Turkey being a 1/48 BUCCANEER!!!!!!!! May I be the first to give cautios YAY! Never heard of Tan Models but looking on their site their previous efforts look mighty fine. Will be keeping an eye on this as it develops
  16. This is a kit I have always wanted to build. I am the lucky owner of the Airfix twin kit so I wanted to be able to show this amazing airtcraft as best I could. I have decided to depict an aircraft from 208Sqn whilst it was on the Red Flag exercises in the 1970's The Buccaneers had never been seen by the Americans and during the exercise the RAF re-defined to the hosts what low level flying was. Ity was a superlative display of low level fast flying. Not one Buccaneer was intercepted! The kit has its issues, but forms a superb basis for super detailing, so here it goes! I wanted to show an Engine and the bomb bay, all my efforts are from refrence photos and are built by the eye, not plans, so it wont be 100% accurate. The photo etch is from Flightpath.
  17. Continuing with my theme of building aircraft I worked on during my time in the RAF. This is the Buccaneer from 1984-86 starting at the time the OCU moved from Honington to Lossiemouth. XX899 came from the RAFG fleet to the OCU. After going through the avionics update it was used by 12 Sqn and was one of the Granby aircraft, marked as P "Laser Lips Laura". I've built it in the war role fit for Pavespike designation. We went on many detachments to Laarbruch for maxivals or tacevals, practising the role. I had to source an AIM 9B Sidewinder and Lau 3B launcher for the self defence armament. Again I threw lots of aftermarket bits at it to hopefully improve the end result. I went through the usual well documented trials with this kit, but with sheer perseverance it was finished Along with the photographed AM stuff, the aircraft specific decals were made by Paul at Parkes682decals. Thanks for looking. Rob.
  18. Fancy building some FAA stuff in the future, I really like the aircraft that the RN had in the days of proper carriers. I know a lot about the Phantom FG.1's and Buccaneer S.1 & S.2. The Sea Vixen is going to be a FAW.2 just because the kit is there and I am waiting for a 1/48 Gannet of any descripton... My real curiosity is what kind of Wessex was used for cat take off duty? What is the best 1/48 kit, Italeri? Thanks.
  19. In the 1950s the Royal Navy was looking for a fast low-level bomber, capable of delivering a free-fall nuclear weapon, for its Fleet Air Arm squadrons. Blackburn’s had traditionally been a supplier of naval/maritime aircraft since World War One (e.g. the Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo maritime patrol aircraft) and they jumped at the chance to build a fast, carrier-borne jet. The N.A 39 design which emerged from the design process was rather disappointing in some ways. The angle at which the aircraft was launched from the steam catapults on the British fleet carriers was critical at certain gross weights, and the 7,100 lb st de Havilland DGJ.1 Gyron Junior engines were both underpowered and ‘thirsty’. For these reasons, the Buccaneer S.1 got mixed reviews. Whilst all this was going on, the RAF had shown absolutely no interest in the Buccaneer. They were going to have the superb BAC TSR.2 (an aircraft so advanced that it would still be in service today as an ELINT or photographic platform). Unfortunately, the politics that killed the TSR.2 also killed the RAF’s American replacement for it, the General Dynamics F-111K. Suddenly, the RAF needed a fast bomber – fast – and there was the Buccaneer! The Royal Navy was retiring their fleet carriers, and the RAF ‘inherited’ their McDonell Phantom FG.1 (F4K) aircraft, as well as the ‘Buccs’. A new version of the Buccaneer, the S.2B, was developed specifically for the RAF, with the superb Rolls-Royce Spey 101 turbofan engine of 11,100 lb st (Speys were also in the Phantom FG.1) and this gave a massive boost to the Blackburn design. The RAF inherited an aircraft with very useful characteristics; a heavy-duty undercarriage (designed for carrier landings), folding wings (easy on hangar space), split speed brake in the tail, arrestor gear (useful for battlefield short-field ops.), and buddy-buddy refuelling capability. More importantly, the ‘Bucc’ could go places – in a hurry – like 540 knots at 100 feet a.g.l. or LESS! Its ride – on the deck – was nothing short of superb. I have seen film of a pair of Buccaneers ‘attacking’ a US-manned ‘threat site’, at 500 knots plus, in a Thatch weave, at below 100 feet. The site operators were unable to maintain lock on the incoming pair and just gave up! The first time the RAF sent Buccaneers to Exercise Red Flag in Nevada, the F-15 pilots and AWACS crews were gleeful at what they assumed were easy kills ahead. At the end of two weeks there were red faces at Red Flag – not one single ‘Bucc’ kill, and lots of targets eliminated. The Buccaneer’s last hurrah came with the 1991 Gulf War. A detachment was hastily refinished in ARTF (Alkali Removable Temporary Finish) Desert Pink and flown out to Bahrain. Providing laser targeting facilities (via their ‘Pave Spike’ pods) for the RAF’s Tornado GR.1 strike aircraft, they also joined in bombing raids, carrying their share of 1,000 lb TI Paveway II laser guided bombs. Sadly, the end came due to metal fatigue. Two aircraft (and their crews) were lost due to structural failures in flight, and many were found to have cracked main spars, at the end of a long and hard life. There were those who say that the Buccaneer should have been re-spared (not just repaired), ‘zero-timed’ and updated, but it was not to be. It was replaced by the Panavia Tornado GR.1 – which could not carry as much, or as far, or as fast at low level, and was just not as manoeuverable as a ‘Bucc’. The former Thunder City (South Africa) Buccaneers, which used to be available for display flying were forced to be sold when the company was wound up, following a fatal English Electric Lightning crash. You've just gotta love the 'Banana'!! For this GB I have an old Frog S2 kit (I know not the best but has the S2 flat belly), hoping to get some extras by way of a C Scale White metal set with slipper tanks etc (martels not in service I think?). I will use the Model alliance MA-72177 sheet to build an HS Buccaneer S.2 XN980/233 of 801 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, operating from HMS Victorious in 1966. Sprue shots: Now I do have a 1/72 older RAF Airfix boxing, tempted to do an S2B as well....I also have an Airfix 1/48 boxing. again an S2B, to be done as per the Gulf War...tempted! Some great tips on modelling any Buccaneer and plenty of info:
  20. Scale Resin (ex Resin Art) - - has just released a 1/72nd Blackburn NA.39 [pre-production] resin kit - ref.A7202 Sources: V.P.
  21. Scale Resin (ex Resin Art) - - has just released a 1/72nd Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 resin kit - ref.A7201 Sources: V.P.
  22. So the New Year; time for a new resolution - to finish something! With my 50:50 performance in last year's GBs, I thought I would start with a real challenge for the Made in GB GB - the old Airfix 1/48th HS Buccaneer. At this stage I'm undecided whether to finish the kit as a Fleet Air Arm jet or a South African Air Force jet. But to start off with the usual box and kit photos.
  23. XW530 now at The Buccaneer Service Station, Elgin, Grampian, Scotland. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  24. Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B XV864, Aircraft at the Defence Fire Training School Manston, pics thanks to Alex.
  25. Hi, I am in the final stages of constructing an Airfix Buccaneer, however I decided in retrospect to buy the 1/48 Eduard 48132 interior kit, mainly for the canopy rails and seals. However, the instruction sheets provided only cover the cockpit and not any of the other ancillary details. I have a pretty good idea where some things go and I could guess where some parts go. Can anyone shed any light on this? Am I the only one to ask this? Regards Andy