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Adam Poultney

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  1. I got a lot more photos at NELSAM, with huge thanks to Kevin and Bill who were there today for allowing me access to areas not usually accessible. If anyone wants some of these to be shared I can start another thread in the relevant area
  2. XL319 - North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NELSAM) This Vulcan has suffered in retirement. Many parts are now missing, and the tail was substantially damaged in 2010 when the aircraft tipped over in heavy snow (far from the first Vulcan to do so as well). She has suffered further damage to her canopy, which I suspect could be a result of past vandalism given that the museum has a history of suffering from it; its Vickers Valetta was destroyed in 1997 by arsonists. To add to this Vulcan's woes, the weather has meant that many parts are severely corroded, such as the pitot tubes, one of which hangs off by a thread. In recent years, nelsam have been restoring the aircraft, addressing much of the surface corrosion and applying a new coat of paint. In 2019 one engine was brought back to life and ran a few times, although there are no plans to repeat this. The repaint has seen the late 1960s to early 1970s camouflage scheme applied, although this isn't a strictly accurate choice for the configuration of the aircraft, and a mistake was made where later roundels were reapplied on the wings (a Type D roundel like what is on the fuselage should have been applied to the left wing only). Regardless, it looks really good so far. The red of the old roundel has almost completely faded. Damaged pitot tube The other pitot tube is painted yellow. Probably primer of some sort, don't paint your models with yellow pitots. The tail shows a remarkable transformation from the state it used to be in. Unfortunately the RWR (squared fairing) is inaccurate for this scheme. I imagine fabricating a more accurate fin cap without would be too expensive and the museum (rightly) has higher priorities to spend money on at the moment. Work has been started on the tailcone since I last saw XL319. I don't know if the damage is even really repairable with the resources at the museum's disposal, but I'm sure they will make it look good in due course. The same tail in October 2018 Black painted area of the radome. Note that this is not the full radome panel and the rear part is not black. Type D roundel Damage to the canopy. I suspect this may be beyond repair. Tyres are looking a bit flat Damaged light Restored areas and unrestored areas
  3. XM597 - National Museum of Flight Sadly this set of photos will serve as reference for what a Vulcan left outside for decades in harsh weather will look like. The condition of this Vulcan is poor and deteriorating. Paint delamination is not going to kill an aircraft, but in areas like the control surfaces it looks like more than just paint delaminating. I fear that without a change in her circumstances she will not survive in the long term. Given the quality of the majority of the museum's exhibits, I'm sure if they got this inside it could be one of the best looking Vulcans around. This was the very Vulcan that landed in Brazil during Black Buck 6, and is one of only two to have used weapons in anger along with the more famous XM607. Jammer (not fitted to most Vulcans) I'll put up my photos of XL319 soon, another Vulcan which suffered harsh Northern weather and was in a bad way. XL319 however has had a lot of attention in the past few years.
  4. The logo will be removed in a few months I'm told
  5. It's looking fantastic! Can't wait for it to be finished
  6. Of course I'd be more than happy to provide whatever advice you want, but to be honest the only advice you need is just buy more Vulcans
  7. Oh yeah I forgot about those, those are quite good for that purpose, if the decals didn't fall apart
  8. XM575, East Midlands Aeropark This Vulcan was one of the 14 airframes to have standard wrap around camouflage applied. Its first repaint was unfortunately not very accurate due to using incorrect paint colours, a similar mistake was made on XL426, however it has recently been restored to more correct colours (as has XL426) and the quality of the paintwork in the restored areas is fantastic. There is still some work to do but it is getting there. The correct colours are Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey. IMPORTANT: if you are building XH558, this set of reference images is not suitable. XH558 wears a unique one off variation of wrap around. Stencilling is generally yellow or red I have plenty more photos of Vulcan stencil markings, if you don't find what you need just ask on here and I'll see if I have a photo. Doppler radar panel post 1974. Pre 1974 this was a flat, trapezoidal panel with a black (not tan) finish Some of the markings are cracking, these will need to be replaced sooner or later Olympus 301 jetpipes, painted black on wrap around scheme Airelon actuator minus aerodynamic fairing Note that the aerials on this aircraft may not be applicable to earlier schemes
  9. I'm just uploading another almost 40 photos from XM575 which I decided to see yesterday
  10. Looking forward to seeing these future builds! What kit(s) do you have?
  11. Well that may explain why they're so hard to find now. It's a shame there aren't so many kits like that produced now, something that a skilled builder can shape into a nice model, but something simple and small that it is good for children to get their first taste of modelling with. The thing that impressed me the most about this model was that every single part fitted, or at least to a standard good enough for a kid. Sure, I spent time perfecting seams and gaps but if you really wanted to this could just be thrown together in an hour. You don't get that even with something like a small modern Airfix kit, too many parts that are tiny and delicate, things that need to be assembled with some care.
  12. I didn't realise where these were made. Yes they did make a Victor shaped object but it's not as good as the Valiant. Unfortunately these kits seem quite rare now, I've only seen two completed builds on forums, and this is of them. Glad I could bring back some happy memories with my build
  13. Thankfully in this case it's close to 1/144. I think though that the reason they never did a Vulcan B1 was that it would have had to be in a tiny scale to fit their long , narrow boxes. Ty The early silver is one of my favourite schemes on all the V Bombers
  14. This looks fantastic! Now you need to build VX770 and you'll have the three (all ill-fated) first prototypes. Maybe add VX158 for the fourth not quite V Bomber
  15. As per the title, you have an extra two weeks to work on your builds
  16. Hey everyone, some good news! I noticed that a few builds would struggle to make it to the finishing line by the end of the alloted time, so I have had the deadline extended by two weeks to 10 July.
  17. This has been correctly identified as a Vulcan B1. The image doesn’t clearly show if it has a Phase 1 or Phase 2 wing, but I believe the examples with Phase 1 wings all had double air brakes on the underside, which this one does not so those can be ruled out. I’m unsure if the Vulcans built with phase 1 wings refitted to phase 2 had the air brakes changed or not. Unfortunately B1s are difficult to identify without a serial visible as there were far less minor features that differed between airframes that are visually prominent enough to see easily than the B2, which has features like skybolt hard points, jammers, ecm plates, differing engine types, etc to help identify them.
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