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AMT XB70 Valkyrie 1/72

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This must be the first aircraft kit I've attempted for at least 20 years preferring to do vehicles. Anyway, I've always been fascinated by the XB70 so when I saw this AMT kit at an attractive price on Ebay I got tempted not realising just how huge this thing is. The kit itself was in very good condition, no damaged or warped parts. Only the decals had suffered ageing and yellowed a little. Construction was a challenge with such large parts, many not fitting too well leaving gaps and ridges.

 

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And I thought the Airfix 1/72 Vulcan was big.

 

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Well done!  

 

I started one of these about 20 years ago when the kit first came out....it's still not finished. But seeing your result, I may be a little more motivated to dig it out of the box it's in an see what I can do with it now.

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One thing they don't mention in the instructions is that if you have the wing tips drooped it sits on the tips, not the undercarriage :wonder:

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Absolutely stunning!

Size is another thing!!

:thumbsup:

 

You should do more aircraft!!

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She is one big beast and like you I have always been fascinated by this plane, it looks like nothing else. Nice job and what was probably not the easiest kit to come back into the hobby to.

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This is amazing, you manage to get so unified white color on so big model.......that is not easy, for sure for me not.

I have Vulcan and that is one of biggest models in my collection....this beast is....wow :)

i am curious.....why wheels are silver, i allready sow that somewhere....but did not check why that color?

Anyway, great build

Best regards Djordje

 

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28 minutes ago, djos said:

This is amazing, you manage to get so unified white color on so big model.......that is not easy, for sure for me not.

I have Vulcan and that is one of biggest models in my collection....this beast is....wow :)

i am curious.....why wheels are silver, i allready sow that somewhere....but did not check why that color?

Anyway, great build

Best regards Djordje

 

 

Apparently the tyres were aluminium coated to resist high temperatures.

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Nice work there, especially with achieving a flawless white finish.  The XB-70 still looks futuristic so it is great to see one in model form

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I didn't even know that plane existed!

 

Fascinating subject....ridiculously HUUUGE! :)

 

Well done

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Nice Valkyrie :penguin: ... Ive seen the one at the usaf museum in Dayton ohio a few times. My friend has a photo of me in front of the nose gear and im the same height. Im 6’ 7”.

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21 minutes ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Nice Valkyrie :penguin: ... Ive seen the one at the usaf museum in Dayton ohio a few times. My friend has a photo of me in front of the nose gear and im the same height. Im 6’ 7”.

There is only the one surviving airframe. The second, and more capable example, was destroyed after a mid-air with an F-104 early in the test program. 

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Now that is one impressive looking model.  Such a massive size compared to the Vulcan.

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Nice!!! :thumbsup:

But... How did you make the wing tips movable? The box only provides parts for full up or full down.

René

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I made both sets of hinges and left them unglued to the tips and wings so that I can easily swap between up and down. They are quite a tight fit.

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A brilliant rendition of this extraordinary beast.  I hope you will consider building the Airfix/Revell Concorde in the same scale.  They'd make an interesting comparison.

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59 minutes ago, Meatbox8 said:

A brilliant rendition of this extraordinary beast.  I hope you will consider building the Airfix/Revell Concorde in the same scale.  They'd make an interesting comparison.

The missus would have a fit if I did the Concorde too. She's already been whinging about where I'm going to put that 'big white thing', her name for the XB70 :huh:

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On 11/14/2017 at 6:33 AM, VMA131Marine said:

Well done!  

 

I started one of these about 20 years ago when the kit first came out....it's still not finished. But seeing your result, I may be a little more motivated to dig it out of the box it's in an see what I can do with it now.

Its largely a matter of having the right tools on hand to do the job. A model of that size has a set of unique construction challenges all their own. I have the kit myself. Cut it off the sprues, test fitted it, and occasionally ponder the engineering behind its construction.

 

-d-

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On 11/14/2017 at 12:51 PM, activexp said:

 

Apparently the tyres were aluminium coated to resist high temperatures.

Not just aluminium coated, but impregnated with aluminium. The tyres on the SR-71/YF-12 are of similar construction.

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Fantastic result. And thanks for the comparison with the Vulcan it really shows how big the Valkyrie is. 

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16 hours ago, pdsvidioman said:

Very nice, I have the Italeri on some where, if its not a copy of the AMT

 

Paul

The Italeri XB-70 is not a copy of the AMT kit - it IS the AMT kit.

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thats a fantastic looking build, its a big plane parked next to the vulcan. would love to build one but me and airbrushing white just dosn't work!!! 

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