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  1. While this model has many outstanding features, my favourite is the gloss finish, which convincingly captures the vibe of Vulcans seen on reference photos - all this in unforgiving environment of 144th scale.
  2. Chronology failed me with this one - this is my first attempt at 1/144th scale, from some 5 years ago. The model represents first produced (second flying) X-15 in its earliest stage of life. This offers the opportunity to present XLR-11 intermediate engines along with boom nose. This airplane logged rather low flying hours, having its propulsion replaced to XLR-99 in 1961. No chance for spectacular wear and tear then... To make the model more attractive visually I did some cheating. Or speculation. Or both. I used well known X-15-2 photos for reference of surface wear and panel color variation. As for blue/green wingtip containers - the X-15-1 flew with them in 1964, and I found no reference against flying them earlier in life of this airframe. So there you have me... Dragon chose to best Matchbox in panel lines department. I must admit they succeeded, especially if you compare this kit to, say, latest Eduard, or Platz releases. They also badly misinterpreted the back of the airplane. Those were two main gripes I tried to tackle while building this model. I dealt with panel lines by spraying several coats of primer and sanding it down to bare plastic. Looking at finished model I cannot say this was a successfull attempt. The back of the model is where almost all of the things happen. This had to be improved, because Dragon got everything wrong: the XLR-11 location, depth of nozzles, shape of fuselage, landing skids... To deal with this I used some putty, 1.2mm diameter brass tubes, injection needles and thin wire. I also used several items from Brengun PE set (front gear cover, aero-brakes actuators and blade antennas). Nose boom was made of needle, wire and PE vanes. Paint job consist mostly of multiple layers of Lifecolor Tensocrom smoke, burnt brown, kerosene, rust over black and rubber-black base. Frost at the bottom of the fuselage is simple white Tamiya acrylic. Decals provided by Dragon were quite good - thin and with minimal film around markings. Thank you
  3. Rarely do I post a finished build, but perhaps the amount of builds started would leverage that.... No. This Draken has been ready since about June, but other commitments (some of them can be applied as decals to 1/144 F4D, F-14s, F-15Es and F-16s - if one would follow the Shelf Oddity trace) stood in the way of doing proper photos. The kit is F-Toys, sripped of the factory applied paint with the help of Wamod Acrylic Cleaner. Underneath the original paint you will see crisp panel lines, some fine details and loads of potential. The weakest part of the kit (or of all F-Toys kits in general) is the canopy. Recently Brengun began to release vac-formed replacements, so this is less of an issue. Gear doors in this kit had been replaced with prototype PE parts, some antennas added from the same fret, pitot and fin spike from Master. I scratch-built the main undercarriage legs, which ...kinda shows - I took the liberty of presenting only the photos that do not display this unwanted feature. Tail bumper-wheel were also scratchbuilt. The Danish art of mantainence was the desired end effect: RLM02 from Valejo used as base and Hataka Blue Line B025 Interior Green for extensive touch-ups. Selected touch-ups received glossy highlight. In 1/144 two additional layers of paint, applied with the brush produce some noticable bumps.... Some panel lines were accented, some smoke stains added (a little too much?)... The finished model goes like this: Well, this is it.
  4. Thank you! I am still wondering if my decision to leave bomb bay door in place of Blue Steel missile recess has any basis in fact - does anyone know? (Victor will be making public apperances at Wrocław Model Show, Poland (1-2. April, we hope to have larger group of 1/144 models on display there) and three weeks later at Moson Show, Hungary)
  5. The blisters are made of 1mm plastic rod cut diagonally and sanded to get approximate shape. After this generous use of black paint did the smoothing. Actually there was no varnish at all. I used Gunze Mr. Base White in multiple layers and then soft felt for polishing.
  6. My white whale is ready to go public. GWH kit with my pe fret and refueling probe and pitots from Master. This is XL164 B.2, Blue Steel aircraft. Modelled without Blue Steel. With no evidence to the contrary I assumed that when no missile was carried, the bomb bay doors had been replaced. This is an important factor/excuse, as I tried to be reasonably accurate, but still be able to finish the model within a decade. The base is supposed to represent Cottesmore taxiway after storm, drying quickly in scorching tropical sun of England. Why the aircraft itself is dry? - you may ask. Well it has just landed after good weather flight. Post-flight ministerial inspection is about to begin. It took some effort to photograph this white whale, especially as I tried to show the subtle effect created by polishing panel centers and leaving panel lines matt. shaprer lighting helps to bring out sheen variations of the panels The bottom decoration courtesy of four Conways ...and two 'making-of' pictures
  7. It has been in the works long enough. Resin, vacu canopy and decals from Miniwing. Cannon fairings courtesy of Master. Brass by Shelf Oddity, which means it is the test article for the brass parts - an awkward way to promote our product and equally awkward way to excuse imperfections. First two photos with my trusty companion, who did the part chopping: and lent a helping brush: Now, the Attacker himself: "We there yet?" For anyone still awake - few WIP photos, focusing on metal bits, because resin parts came together without any fuss: The one showing dorsal bleed doors and boundary layer vents: The one showing boundary layer ramp inside intake (that no one will ever notice): The one showing ventral boundary layer vents along gear struts locks in u/c bays. And the one showing tremendous effort on my part - making a cut through the middle of the tail wheel to make it a twin tail wheel.
  8. On a rare occasion I do finish a model. This time it came out like that: (some last adjustments:) and here we go: Ok, enough. Off to the scrapyard Full story can be found here http://www.kampfgruppe144.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3271. Short story: Panel lines (Matchbox-style) were removed, some brass bits from upcoming Shelf Oddity set added. And then there was miserable process of filling and sanding and filling and sanding and filling and sanding and filling and sanding and... which seemed to have no end. But finally I got to dust off my airbrush. Metal parts are AK Xtreme Metal (easy and foolproof). Kit decals turned out to be excellent (save for NACA tail band), panel lines were reinstated using pencil and shaky hand and this is it.
  9. Thank you all, Marek your research is as thorough as it gets! But it looks as there are still more questions than answers Continuing work on Victor - she became white. I cannot tell if it is Snow white, Arctic white, Anti-flash white, Pure white or Sparkling white. Combined with Victor shape it is definetly Imposing white. I replaced mesh aero-screens with solid ones. I also removed rail-type antenna. Less spectacular, but closer to fact. More photos as soon as I start to break this paint job with colors other than white. Decals for XL164, printed by Meliusmanu are on their way. BTW - There might be some surgery still, as I have news that Master-Model is planning to release a refuelling probe and pitots for Victor.
  10. I stumbled upon a photo of XL161 flying without bomb bay doors (via airliners.net): http://www.airliners.net/photo/UK---Air/Handley-Page-HP-80/1227642/&sid=a7c339b25485c4de63f8fadd5206ec41 (Blue Steel B.2 with large fairing ahead of tail). Maybe there is someone out there having/having seen a photo of Blue Steel Victor B.2 in configuration with regular bomb bay doors? PE set provides additions in areas that are actually visible, not something like cockpit interior or undercarriage bays. Installing aerials is a breeze thanks to locating pins; most other parts are simple add-ons. The hardest part is entrance hatch, which requires careful shaping.
  11. Hi everyone, My name is Leszek, I am writing to you from Poland. This is my debut on britmodeller forum. You can check examples of my earlier work here: http://tinyurl.com/ouhapgb or here: http://www.findmodelkit.com/user/15/nodes?quicktabs_1=3#quicktabs-1 Some time ago I unpacked the GWH box with Victor inside. One last time I will re-direct you to in-box I did earlier: http://www.findmodelkit.com/content/handley-page-victor-b2 . This upgrade set will be used: So far I am at this stage: Good overall fit (intakes being the only exception), nice details (u/c doors, speed brake are fine straight out of box) and well thought out parts division... I plan to build XL158, XL164 or XL512 B.2 Victor in anti-flash white. This is the Blue Steel aircraft. Two questions are bothering me. 1. While Blue Steel was carried, fairings were installed in place of bomb bay doors to fill the gaps. I suspect the missile was not carried at all occasions - my guess is bomb bay doors were replaced and the aircraft assumed the look of plain non-BS Victor. Is my guess correct? 2. Antennas at the top of fuselage. Which ones should be present on an early 60's airframe? The rear blade antenna is visible on most photos, but then there is a photo of XL161 in camo and white belly carrying all those aerials. Are there any rules when and which antennas are used?
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