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  1. Didier did not mention a cost......nor did the other thread.
  2. Apparently a revised part has been produced. Just had an email exchange with Didier, and a revised canopy is on its way to me. Contact details over on airlinercafe.com. I await with interest and will report accordingly after recovering the model from the stash. Howard
  3. I think the drawing is more off shape than the kit. Before making my original assessment, I enlarged a side view of the nose of XV107 to match the fuselage depth of the kit and held the kit against the screen. The lower profile is good but the upper line becomes too low at the base of the screen which only emphasises the ugly step. The giveaway on the drawing is that the tip of the nose is below floor level, not in line as per the image.
  4. I have been looking at the plastic relative to images and some of the original drawings. Still need to pull out the actual GA of the windscreen, but working on it. The maintenance manuals and Illustrated Parts Catalogue do not provide enough help. The fuselage, fin and wing profiles are not bad, subject to my comments above. Viewed in isolation the angle between the front windshield and the profile of the canopy is good, but bears little relationship to the side windows, hence my comment about rotation the canopy backwards, and the width of that central panel throws the shape out further. The upper line of the nose is also a bit flat below the front screen. But as I discussed with colleagues at IPMS Farnborough, we are modellers...... The C. Mk. 1 (K) boxing is the closest to an IM VC10 to date, and I will try and get hold of some decent drawings for the cockpit glazing around which the rest will fall into place - possibly with the application of some Milliput. Howard.
  5. The original BOAC Standard VC10s were series 1101, without the inboard leading edge extensions. Five were modified into K.2 tankers (designated type 1112) with seating removed and fuel tanks installed in the cabin. The Mach 2 kit has the later wing with extended leading edges, which is incorrect for this version. The original RAF C.Mk.1 were series 1106, with leading edge extensions, machined cargo floor, Conway Rco.43 engines and fin fuel tank. Thirteen of these were redesignated as Series 1180 after conversion to C.1(K) by the addition of refuelling pods. www.vc10.net is an excellent resource which gives the history and evolution of all VC10s. Howard
  6. To be clear the Brabazon was done over a decade ago, and required attention to sand out the grain marks from the wooden master - a job I still need to complete!
  7. A couple of them on the Airfix stand at Telford....... Getting ready to flatten the inboard underside of the wing.
  8. Picked up one of these resin monsters at Telford. First impressions very good, although a couple of bubbles to deal with. Much better quality than their Brabazon, where you could see the grain in the wood from the master. Instructions and decals to follow. Beaching gear included. I always remember seeing the mothballed airframes at Cowes and on the Solent before they were scrapped. Howard
  9. I purchased the low-viz VC10 XV107 from Didier at Telford, and have been comparing against references, including images of XV107. While there is more work to be done to check everything, I am very pleased with the overall outline of wing, fuselage, fin and tail, and the washout of the wings. I am encouraged that such subtle features as the non standard spacing of the rear window on the port side has been faithfully captured. Observations to date: The wing-body fairing seems to come a little too far forward and will need to be cut back - no more than 0.5cm The fin fillet leading edge is not sharp enough The nib between the engine exhaust seems a little shallow The characteristic twist in the engine pylons needs care to introduce - flat as moulded but within scope of bending the plastic The windscreen looks odd because the central panel is twice as wide as it should be - easy to cut but may have other implications on the nose shape. I also think the cockpit transparency needs to be tilted back a bit, but this requires assembly to test. Usual challenge of cabin window alignment Fin vortex generators need to be added On the whole - looks pretty good.
  10. Two rotor blade types included - I assume the constant section one is the metal blade, but the chord seems a bit wide against the images that I have for the RN examples. Any thoughts anyone?
  11. Was up close to one of these at Marham. I have to note that the surface is not completely smooth - certainly the panels round the nose are raised by more than the thickness of a decal in 1/72 - though massively less than the Italeri mouding which would be a trip hazard in real life. Howard
  12. Not just you - see my post of yesterday. The VC10 holds a place in my heart as my grandfather took me to see the production line in 1963 when I was nine - prompted me to spend nearly half a century in the industry. Having agreed that the planform fits the Series 1106 version, next thing to look at is the wing thickness/dihedral, the engine pylons and the shape of the nose and tailplane bullet - and whether the windows are in a straight line, based on experience with the Comet. I hope Didier has not followed the Airfix 1/144 nose shape which is horrible. Didier - do you want to take my money in GBP or EUR? Howard Mason Heritage Manager, BAE Systems
  13. The pictures look like a VC10. The build pictures highlight one common issue with VC10 kits in terms of the inboard leading edge extensions. The early BOAC standard VC10s (series 1101) were delivered without these mods, and ZA141 (which is the only grey/green camouflaged aircraft) was a converted 1101 (G-ARVG). The built image shows leading edge extensions which applied to series 1102/1103 (like the preserved aircraft at Brooklands) and the military 1106 as well as the Supers. The grey camouflaged example seems to be XV107, which is a series 1106 delivered with extensions. Notwithstanding that I will be at Telford to get a grey one on 9 November. www.vc10.net is a great resource. Howard Heritage Manager BAE Systems
  14. Interesting Luft 4x subject. Any bets on whether it gets issued before the York and K-7?
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