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Mark4700

Airfix XH558 Avro Vulcan

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Finished at last, after a ten month build, and my first RFI.

 

I really wanted to do this kit justice as the Vulcan is my favourite aircraft. My first encounter was in the early 70's when as a 9yr old we moved to Pontefract, Yorkshire and I remember the daily flights of Finningley's Vulcans over the town. Then there was the Vulcan scramble I witnessed at the 1977 Finningley air display to mark the queens Silver Jubilee. Anyone who has seen a Vulcan scramble will remember the sound waves travelling through your body and the ground shaking beneath your feet. The Vulcan was and still is, awesome in the truest meaning. 

 

I last saw XH558 flying at the Yorkshire air show at Church Fenton last year. I admit now that I had a tear in my eye as I watched it fly away for the last time until it was out of sight. So as you can appreciate I really wanted to do this kit justice, abs make it as accurate as I could as my own personal tribute. Hopefully I've achieved that. 

 

I started by rescribing the whole aircraft before I even began to glue anything together. I thought that it would be easier, then it would be a job of cleaning it up to make sure they meet when the parts were joined. I did think that I'd scribed them too deep, but looking at it now I'm happy with the results. 

 

Then there are the corrections to be made to the kit to accurately depict XH558 as she is now. First job was to remove the TFR radome off the tip of the nose.  And at the other end, the cooling air intake (the elongated box) that fits on the right hand side of the tail is not fitted to XH558. I've also hollowed out many of the various air intakes and made the ducts inside the splitter plates inboard of the air intakes. I replaced the engine jet pipes with resin replacements. The kit comes standard depicted with Olympus 301 series engines and XH558 is fitted with Olympus 201's, the 201 jet pipes being narrower and longer.

 

The other thing I wanted from the outset was to display her wheels up in a way that shows off the iconic Vulcan wing shape. I also wanted the underside to be clutter and hence stand free, so I had the idea of brass tubes up the exhausts and thanks to a friend who made the wooden base I have managed to achieve it.

 

If anyone is interested, the work in progress thread is here - Vulcan WIP

 

Here are the pictures I've taken so far. I managed to get some outside today as well. Hope you like.

 

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And finally here's a couple of pictures of her in her new home in pride of place.

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Thank you very much for looking, hope you liked it.

 

Mark

 

Edited by Mark4700

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Very nice Mark,

 

That must be a hefty lump of wood to support the weight of the Vulcan!   

It makes a great addition to your collection.

 

gazza l

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This is really a very impressive and frightening Vulcan!!!

You really did it (her?) justice.

A really great work !!!

 :goodjob:   :goodjob:  :goodjob:   :clap2:

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That is really nice, the Vulcan just cries out to be built 'In flight' to show off that lovely shape.

 

Cheers

 

John

 

(PS I'm grateful to you for rescribing, improving, and all the work you have done on this old kit, coz' now you have finished Airfix are bound to announce a new tool state of the art kit any day now :lol:)

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Awesome Mark,superb work bringing the Airfix kit bang up to date look's very impressive indeed:clap2:

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12 hours ago, Viking said:

That is really nice, the Vulcan just cries out to be built 'In flight' to show off that lovely shape.

 

Cheers

 

John

 

(PS I'm grateful to you for rescribing, improving, and all the work you have done on this old kit, coz' now you have finished Airfix are bound to announce a new tool state of the art kit any day now :lol:)

 

Thanks John, that's exactly what I thought, as soon as I got the kit I thought it had to be done in flight. 

 

I really hope Airfix do re tool the Vulcan, id love to build one from the 70's and another in anti flash, but this kit needs so much work. 

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Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. It was a huge task to bring it up to date, but well worth it, I learnt a lot from this kit. 

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27 minutes ago, CurrantBunbury said:

:thumbsup: I particulary like that shot from underneath. It shows off the smoothness and the shape beautifully. 

 

Thank you. I must admit it does look good in its position on top of the cabinet. I think it displays it at its best. 

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That's a real cracker Mark, well done! The rescribe looks terrific (I remember all too well what a job it was!), and all the other mods really pay off. Top job.

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3 hours ago, Niles said:

Top marks on the rescribing job.

 

I think I just about got away with the rescribing. If I did it again I'd do them a bit lighter so they weren't as deep or wide. Lesson learnt for next time. 

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1 minute ago, Vulcanicity said:

That's a real cracker Mark, well done! The rescribe looks terrific (I remember all too well what a job it was!), and all the other mods really pay off. Top job.

 

Thank you. Coming from someone with the name Vulcanicity I'll take that. 

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Great in-flight presentation of a top re-working of this old kit - can't believe that it doesn't tip over. Is the stand really a block of iron cunningly painted to look like wood?!

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Hello,Mark - My full compliments to you on a magnificent build of a magnificent subject.

I share your love of the 'Vulcan' and remember the legendary sight and sound of their 'scrambles' along with the Silver Jubilee Airshow at Finningley.Halcyon Days!

I also witnessed '558' at Great Yorkshire Airshow.That final pass and climb out is engraved in my memory for evermore.A moving experience in every sense.

You have created a superb scale replica of her.I love the quality and detail of the painting and finishing work and she's a worthy tribute to the type and also your modelling skills.I love her.

😉👍 All the best,Paul.

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1 hour ago, doozer1974 said:

Great in-flight presentation of a top re-working of this old kit - can't believe that it doesn't tip over. Is the stand really a block of iron cunningly painted to look like wood?!

 

Thanks for your comments. It does look a bit gravity defying, but it's actually no where near the point of tipping over. And yes, it is just a wooden base. 

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1 hour ago, mcdonnell said:

Hello,Mark - My full compliments to you on a magnificent build of a magnificent subject.

I share your love of the 'Vulcan' and remember the legendary sight and sound of their 'scrambles' along with the Silver Jubilee Airshow at Finningley.Halcyon Days!

I also witnessed '558' at Great Yorkshire Airshow.That final pass and climb out is engraved in my memory for evermore.A moving experience in every sense.

You have created a superb scale replica of her.I love the quality and detail of the painting and finishing work and she's a worthy tribute to the type and also your modelling skills.I love her.

😉👍 All the best,Paul.

 

Thank you so much Paul. It means a lot coming from someone in who the Vulcan stirs emotions. 

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You're more than welcome,Mark. Your passion for the aircraft is amply displayed for all to admire with that fabulous 'scale replica'.

Seasons Greetings to you. :santa: 👍 All the best,Paul.

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What a wonderful build!! You must be rather proud of this one.

 

Outstanding - Love the display stand (and the display)  :worthy::worthy:

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