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  1. So my plan to build an SA-10 has been postponed due to the late delivery of the kit, so as an alternative I offer......... In the late 1960s, at the end of his parents' overseas tour, a very young Roland P was flown from Africa to the UK on board an East African Airways Super VC10. I still remember peering out of the large cockpit side windows and looking down on the Pyramids and also seeing my first Concorde when we landed in Rome. So my new plan is to build one of my Roden EAA Super VC10s for the GB. However, many years later, a somewhat older Roland ended up flying VC10s with 101 Sqn at RAF Brize Norton, which included all of the ex-EAA Super VC10s which were now known as VC10 K3s in RAF service. If time permits (highly unlikely given my propensity for starting and then missing the finish line in GBs) I plan to do the same aircraft in 101 Sqn colours. Now all I need to do is work out what photo hosting website to use and how to embed pictures; it all used to be so easy before Photobucket went all mercenary on us!!
  2. 1:144 RAF VC10 question

    Afternoon folks - am I right in thinking that if I want to build the RAF VC10 C.1K XV105 - 101 SQN 90TH ANNIVERSARY - my only option is the Airfix kit? The Roden kits are the Super VC10 if I have got it right? thanks chris
  3. Hi, I finished this model some weeks before Telford but was unable to attend, I'm afraid the photos are not the best as I only have a pocket camera that does not allow me to do macro very well and does not seem to focus very well on close up, and as it is a very large model I had to end up using the double bed and bed sheet to get any descent photos, anyway enough of my waffle here are the pictures.
  4. British United's VC10 schemes

    I've had the Airfix VC10 (BA edition) in the stash for longer than I care to remember and had always intended to build it as a BOAC aircraft with their beautiful blue, white and gold scheme. However, now that Roden have produced a Super VC10 in those markings I'd quite like to build the Airfix one in British United markings. 26 Decals do two sets, one with the familiar beige/blue cheat line, the other in what it describes as the 'Delivery Scheme'. Being a product of the 60s myself, I prefer the earlier scheme as, although simple, it has all the hallmarks of that decade. On the other hand I want to build an aircraft that was actually in service so can anyone tell me whether BUA's VC10s were operated in this earlier scheme of were they quickly re-painted in the later scheme?
  5. VC10 C Mk 1 10 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton, 1968 Roden Super VC10 kit converted to the RAF version by removing fuselage sections ahead and behind the wing. A lot of Milliput was needed to blend in the rear section. Cuts were made to retain the wing to fuselage fairing. A tailcone extension was also needed for the APU mounting. Decals were by TwoSix. I expected this to be a much easier build than it was. Fit of parts was not that good and needed a lot of work. Surface detail was good, but a tad on the heavy side But hey – it’s a new VC10. No more mega-scribing of the 60s Airfix kit! PS – If anyone finds my photos distorted where I’ve cropped them, which seems to have happened to me previously – I’m sorry but I’ve no idea what to do about it!
  6. I've not done a group build before. Joining late, hope that's ok? I'm going to do two VC10s from Roden kits - a BA Super VC10 and a BCal standard VC10 (type 1103). Making a start on the super-to-standard conversion first. Box photo - both kits, including the two six decals I'll be using for the BA Super. Two six decals for the BCal standard are on their way, although Australia Post has been so slow lately I wouldn't be all that surprised if the group build has finished before they turn up! Roden VC10s ready to go by Julian Griffiths, on Flickr
  7. Morning all! This is my quick OOB (almost) build of the Roden VC-10 K3 1:144 kit. Nothing much more to say so lets get on with it : Kit: Roden VC-10 K3 1:144 (From my LMS- Mike's Models) Paints: Vallejo Model Air custom-mixed grey (based on reference photos) Vallejo Model Air black, Model Color silver Washes: Vallejo Model Wash-dark grey Additional Details: Refuelling basket (inside the central refueling pod) made from rolled up tissue paper Spare RAF roundels had to be used on the side of the fuselage due to an error made by myself Flaps were produced, cutting out the kit's flaps on the underside of the wing and using plasticard to make up the rest of the structure Spoilers/speedbrakes were produced from paper Pros: Great recessed panel lines on the wings and rear control surfaces Nicely detailed engine pods (especially the thrust reverser gratings) Lots (and lots!) of decals, especially on the refuelling pods, which were not all used in this build Window masks (which i stupidly put on every single window and ended up running out of masks half way down the other side!) Relatively cheap- depending on your LMS/supplier Numerous tiny aerials and probes supplied Cons: Very shallow panel lines on the main fuselage body Ejector pins on fuselage join, when these were removed I found that there was a poor fuselage join Very unusual scheme, I can find only one image of this scheme on the internet-apparently the crews "were not a fan" Decal placement sheet was sometimes difficult to interpret Base kit does not have an option for spoilers or flaps Quite a few decals were out of register, but this shouldn't really matter Thanks for having a look Kind regards, Sam
  8. Hi everyone Its been quite a while since I've posted anything due to work / life commitments. Speaking of work I was chatting to one of the other drivers about airplanes and he mentioned that he used to work for BOAC and as such had a real love for the VC 10. One thing led to another and I offered to build him a VC10 if I could find a suitable kit, enter the Roden Super VC10 with its BOAC decals. The kit its self has been trouble free but the surface detail, especially on the wings looked to me to be way over scale so I elected to fill all the surface detail and re scribe only the slats, flaps, ailerons, elevators and rudder. Its taken what has seemed to be an age to get the surface's to a standard that I'm happy with with lots and lots of filling, sanding, priming, filling sanding and priming! Now I'm at a stage where it only needs a little more re scribing detail to be added and I can finally get some paint on her... Ha! I just noticed in the close up of the cockpit that I need to carry out a little bit more work under the cockpit windows. Cheers all Iain
  9. Vickers Super VC10 Tanker K3 Roden 1:144 The beginnings for the design of the Vickers VC10 can be traced back to the period when the “V-bombers” were being developed in the mid-1950s. Vickers were keen to transition themselves from a propeller based airliner producer to jet powered airliners, mainly to service the Empire and for the long haul Britain to America route, thereby reducing flight times. At the time, the only V bomber flying was the prototype Vickers Valiant but Vickers could foresee a civil version being derived from a larger design; designated the V1000, and this eventually became the Vickers VC7 specification. Unfortunately, orders to progress the VC7 were curtailed due to the RAF’s refusal to allow specification details of the V1000 to be published, thereby restricting Vickers’ sales teams from promoting the VC7 to potential civil buyers; such as Trans-Canada Airlines and Pan American Airways. Another setback occurred when the aircraft manufacturing companies of the 1950’s were all merged under the new nationalised brand of British Aerospace and much of their individual uniqueness became absorbed within the larger corporation. Later, in 1955, the government at the time cancelled the V1000 for the RAF which consequently impacted the VC7 and made it virtually dead; however, not long after, BOAC approached Vickers about producing a jet-engined airliner to a similar design. This ultimately led to the production of the Vickers Type 1100 series, more popularly known as the Vickers standard VC10s, and being further developed into the Type 1150 series; the Vickers Super VC10. The Vickers VC10 was a welcome addition to both military and civil operators, with the RAF operating them for troop transporting, freighting and CASEVAC duties, whilst civil operators utilised them for long-haul around the Empire and to the USA.. Commitments for the RAF to the far flung reaches of the Empire meant that long-haul flights necessitated regular staging stops for refuelling but, as Britain’s control of those bases began to recede, requirements were needed to develop in-flight refuelling for both strategic and tactical requirements. Over the following years, in-flight refuelling was provided by converted V-bombers such as the Vickers Valiant; Handley Page Victor and even the Avro Vulcan. By the late 1970’s these aircraft were getting to the end of their airframe fatigue life; with only the Victor K2 still operational, therefore a new air tanker was required to which designs were being put forward. This culminated in 1978 with the Ministry of Defence authorising British Aerospace to purchase and convert former civilian VC10’s to the tanker role. Nine aircraft were eventually purchased by the RAF; five former Gulf Air standard VC10’s, which were converted to the K2 spec., and four former East African Airways super VC10s that became the K3 spec. These aircraft were flown to Filton near Bristol, where the conversions were to be undertaken; with the design work and parts manufacturing being done at the Bristol division of British Aerospace’s Weybridge plant. The conversion programme was to be extensive, mainly as many of the original components were in need of either replacing or a major upgrade, especially in avionics and engineering. Each aircraft was stripped down to the bare frames and then virtually rebuilt; with the engines being replaced with Rolls-Royce Conway R.Co 43 units and had an Artouste APU fitted in the tail cone. The fuel for refuelling other aircraft was carried in five double skinned fuselage tanks fitted within the VC10s cabin area, plus the K2 had additional capacity in fin fuel tanks which provided a combined total of 181,000lbs of available fuel. Each aircraft had three refuelling points; two if which were provided from underwing strong points with a third position under the rear of the fuselage. These carried a Mk.32 refuelling pod that was attached to a Mk.17B hose drum unit in the rear freight bay of the aircraft. The Kit The kit is packed in a good sized and sturdy card box with top opening, which is useful for placing in the stash until all the research is completed and we are ready to start the build. On the front of the box is a very nice colour image of ZA149 (H) of No.101 Squadron RAF refuelling two fully armed Tornado aircraft. Within the box there are five sprues plus two fuselage halves in light grey plastic, plus another sprue containing clear parts for the windscreen and cabin windows. There is some flash but that looks to be fairly thin and should a simple task to clean up. As can be seen below, the window openings are not fully open across all of them therefore work will also be needed here before the clear window pieces will fit correctly. The fuselage pieces have quite a lot of clumpy sprue points along the join lines; I counted twenty on one fuselage half and thirteen on the other which makes for a lot of sanding before any further work can be done here. Panel lines on the surfaces are finely engraved, with additional raised sections set above and below the main cabin and cargo doors. These spigots of plastic appear to protrude from the join line and slightly overlap onto the fuselage exterior, which means extra care will be required when sanding these areas smooth, without impacting those fine panel lines. The wing sections showed most of the flash on this kit but it is really fine and should break away or cut easily without any real issues. Panel lines are very fine here, as with the fuselage, however it is very nicely detailed. The attachment points to the sprues are equally as clunky as with the fuselage so care needs to be taken when removing these components. The next sprue holds the tail fin and engine nacelles and connecting strut. The outlet gratings, shown as rectangles on the outer nacelle and fin, are just rectangular indentations. These are in need of some after-market p.e. to be produced in order to enhance this rather bland area. Sprue D has the tail planes pieces, nose-wheel, main-wheel flaps and the centre-line refuelling control unit. There are other components on this sprue which are not required for this version and therefore can be added to the spares box. There are two identical sprue F sets and these contain the engine intakes and exhaust components, along with the main wheel assemblies and the underwing hard-points with the hose deployment unit. The over-wing strakes for the main wings are also part of these sprues, as are various antenna blades. The final sprue is the one containing the clear parts. There are four windows strips, two for each fuselage half; plus the main windscreen and roof area. The cockpit is bereft of any detail whatsoever, not even a floor piece; however, the opening where the windscreen and roof piece fits is large enough to allow for any enterprising modeller to construct seats etc. before this component is fitted into place. A set of masks for the windscreen and cabin windows is supplied in this kit. There is a very tiny mask for each individual window which will be good news for those who wish to paint the model after the clear parts have been inserted. Decals Decals are provided for a single K3 tanker, namely ZA149 of 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force, and comes with all the demarcation lines, unit badges and cheat lines necessary to complete the VC10 tanker. A colour sheet is provided which gives details of two different schemes for ZA149; the first with the hemp coloured livery and another in the standard RAF grey scheme Conclusion This kit has a few areas of concern over the thick sprue connectors to the components but they are not insurmountable with a little care in preparation. I have not had a chance to compare the components to a scale plan but the parts do look good and the panel line details look to be correct and well defined. I envisage that this will be a popular kit and I shall be buying at one or two more so that I can have them in different liveries. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  10. The Roden Vickers Super VC10 K3 Type 1164 Tanker Jet Model Kit has now arrived, furthermore the Vickers Super VC10 Type 1151 BOAC kit is now back in stock too! For full details, please see our newsletter.
  11. Roden have a nice bit of kit coming soon; the 1/144 RAF Vickers Super VC10 Type K3 1164 Tanker! For full details, please see our newsletter.
  12. Roden have released two gorgeous kits of the Vickers Super VC10 in 1/144 scale. This iconic aircraft is available in two different versions, with either the distinctive BOAC livery or East African livery.
  13. Gentlemen & Fellow Modellers, I am pleased to announce that the Roden Bristol Britannia in Monarch Airlines livery has now been released. for illustrations of this super model please go to http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=305 I can also confirm that the VC10 will be released before Christmas. The first version will have decals for a East African & BOAC aircraft with a Tanker version to follow. Roden do listen to the modeller and I can assure you all that some very exciting releases are in the pipe line, please keep your suggestions coming and I will pass them on. Please also visit the Frog site at www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk for other news including a new shop. The Frog Forum always needs new members so please consider joining. I hope by now some you you will have built the Roden Britannia and I as well as Roden would be pleased to have your comments. Thank You and happy Modelling, Martin
  14. VC10 – Middle East Airlines 9G-ABP, Chartered from Ghana Airways, 1968 Airfix VC10 with modified and rescribed wings. The wings have the extended inboard leading edge of the Super VC10, with the drooped tip and vortex generators added. Commission build for a VC10 enthusiast. Decals specially printed by Nick Webb (classic-airlines.com).
  15. I thought I might start this build, Airways VC10 vacform, I was considering doing the military version, but keeping things Brooklands orientated I shall make this particular VC10 in BUA colours registration number G-ASIX, I might open one of the passenger doors and add some detail, I also have the Anigrand kit but will just take the wheels and make some resin copies, anyway it will not be a quick build but hopefully not as long as the Vanguard took me, I did visit Brooklands last month but could not get any photos of her as they were doing some major work on the wings and most of her was fenced off, but there is plenty to get me started, in the mean time if any one has photos that they have of G-ASIX in BUA colours or Caledonian would be much appreciated, http://www.airliners.net/photo/British-United-Airways/Vickers-VC10-Srs1103/0726123/L/&sid=d0da64434e0ee3037e3eb68c0ebb3f72
  16. Trip to Brize courtesy of RAF Brize Norton and the Swindon branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society- hope you enjoy Maybe someone can explain why there two drogues on the Tristar centreline (photo six) - presume they could not be used at the same time?
  17. Roden 1/144th VC-10

    Taken from http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm This is a must for me!
  18. Here are the first four aircraft built as a project to represent aircraft associated (by me) with Filton airfield from the 1960s until the airfield's untimely closure in 2012. There will be more to follow, with an F111 and Concorde in the pipeline. All aircraft will be built in 1/144 scale, which is a little limiting but does mean the collection will not take over the entire house. More pics and details of the individual builds to follow. Some aircraft associated with Filton airfield in the 60s and 70s by jonbru0903, on Flickr From left to right in the picture above we have: G-AXLR, the VC10 test bed for the RB211 engine, initially designed for the Lockheed Tristar; D-BABC, the third prototype VFW-614 based a Filton for a few weeks as part of the development programme for the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA M45H engine; XA903, probably the third best known Vulcan, used for testing the Blue Steel missile among other things prior to arriving at Filton to be modified to carry the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 engine for Concorde. Later it also tested the Turbo-Union RB199 for the MRCA/Tornado; Finally, on the right, G-AMPO a DC-3 used in the communications and transport role, primarily in relation to the Concorde flight test programme based at Fairford. Some aircraft associated with Filton airfield in the 60s and 70s by jonbru0903, on Flickr
  19. Hi as title suggests i really could do with two pairs of vc-10 rear landing gear legs for the airfix kit any help greatly appreciated cheers Rob