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stever219

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  1. It’s good to see this kit out against n, but it’s a shame that Airfix haven’t amended the instructions to correct a significant blooper, exhortation to remove part of the flap track fairings from the upper surfaces if building the model with flaps up. Please DID NOT do this; what you need to do is remove the linkage from the upper leading edges of the flaps themselves so that they’ll sit up against the undersides of the track fairings. The kit enables a Blue Steel-capable Victor to be built, but some provision has been made to enable an early free-fall weapon aeroplane to be modelled in the form of the early plain bomb doors (which can be modified by some careful scribing to represent the “weapon gone” configuration for a Blue Steel jet). You also need to omit the Kuchemann carrots and the oil coolers under the engine bays. The outer inlet guide vanes are also omitted and their locating slots filled. The underwing tanks can also be omitted. Two less easy mods are the cutting back of the wing leading edges to represent the early “leading edge flaps” fit and installing the smaller fin root intake (available from Air-Graphics). These mods are clearly shown in the Arthur Bentley Victor drawings which are highly recommended. Some modellers have experienced problems getting the wing carry through structure to sit flush with the line of the fuselage upper surface; one of my kits was better than the other here. Some careful adjustment of the mating surfaces can be required; some time and patience can be required here. The weapons bay insert is also a less-than-stellar fit and a shim at the rear end is de rigeur. Other mods that can be included are drilling out the landing lights outboard of the rear corners of the main wheel bays (how did Airfix miss these?), opening out the rear of the boundary layer bleed ducts on the upper inboard wing panels and opening up the circular intake inboard of the port intake boundary layer splitter plate, and deleting the floodlight fairings either side of the tail bumper (only fitted on the tankers). Some of this might be considered nit-picking, and maybe it is, but I have always loved the Victor for its looks, it’s capabilities (more bombs than the Vulcan and Valiant and a longer service life) and I was lucky enough to sit in the captain’s seat of XL231 as a spotty 16-year-old space cadet (my first up close and personalV-Bomber). Built straight from the box this is an impressive and eye-catching replica, just make sure your display shelf or cabinet is big enough.
  2. Avro 730, Vickers V.1000/VC.7, Hawker P.1121/P.1129, HS..134, Avro Ashton, de Havliland Comet V, Vickers Super VC 10 as originally proposed.
  3. Bear in mind that Lightnings normally operated in a less-than-pristine state, generally only being bulled up for airshows and AOC’s inspections so perhaps a mirror-smooth surface is not entirely necessary for a workaday jet.
  4. There’s something “not quite right” about the look of the collector rings too I think. Are the openings too large?
  5. Thinking further on that use of reheat and reversers together would increase the linelihood of hot gas re-ingestion and consequent increase in TGT (Turbine Gas Temperature) resulting in reduced TBO (Time Between Overhauls) and overall engine life, not something that would appeal to SEngOs or Ministry bean-counters. Bearing in mind also the "carefree handling" design philosophies of Tornado is/was there a mechanical and/or electronic baulk preventing selection of reheat if the reversers are deployed or deployment of the reversers if reheat is lit?
  6. They started out gloss but would weather towards matt; a semi-gloss or satin finish would not be inappropriate.
  7. In a way that makes it even more tragic. I thought that major airports at least had some form of traffic light system that is intended to minimise the risk of ncursions onto active runways. Obviously the investigation teams will be looking at this aspect of the accident and I have no intention of commenting or speculating further on it. RIP the firefighters who died, and sincere condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. Also thoughts and prayers for the survivors, rescue teams and investigators.
  8. The F. 6 wasn't available on the Airfix website recently but the F 4/5/J34 kit is and contains all of the F. 6 bits still.
  9. Nearly. The main wheels are too small in diameter and the legs too long in order to give the right overall height. Aerocraft Models do nice new legs in brass and Barracuda Studios do resin wheels to address this fault. Aerocraft also do more accurate underwing pylons than either Academy or Airfix. if you’re still contemplating doing a GA. 11 the Airfix F. 4/F. 5/J34 kit has a Harley Light-configured nose. Something that you might also wish to consider is that the wing leading edge dog-tooth is incorrectly located: if you have access to the Airfix kit this will give a much better indication of where you need to modify the Academy wings.
  10. I was just about to refer you to the Walkaround section when I saw your latest post (I‘ve been out all day). I hope those images will enable you to modify your tabs (they’re better than anything of mine that I can access just now).
  11. I’ve just caught up with this thread and I think it’s inspired me not to sell on my Airfix Club edition of this kit. I hope I’m not going to cause any grief here for @Navy Bird but two things have occurred to me. Firstly WKxxx-serialled Meteors should have had the later ailerons with two tabs (balance and servo?) and (nearly) all fighter Meteors had two apertures in the nose; a central cold-air inlet for the cockpit and above and behind it, just aft of the first skin joint, is the gun camera window.
  12. Meteor F. Mk. 8s could have either small-bore intakes or the later large-bore “deep breathers”. The former were standard on the production line until late in the WK- serialled or early WL-serialled batches. For a jet in service in 1953 the small-bore intakes are far more likely to have been fitted, along with the hard-back canopy and single-tab ailerons.
  13. I take it you're referring to the coaming/glare shield? I use my finest razor saw and cut in one direction only, I.e. just on the back stroke. So far it's worked.....
  14. @planecrazee your cockpit looks rather smart. Like you I tend to install the gunsight early, usually just before fuselage assembly so that I can install the windscreen ASAP afterwards to provide a degree or so of protection. One detail that you could incorporate if you wish is to paint the top of the ejection seat head box to represent the fabric flaps that cover the top of the drogue container (and/or make ‘em up from 4 (very) small triangles of thin plasticard) and add the drogue withdrawal line from the centre of the flaps to the top of the drogue gun on the top of the left-hand seat frame member. Thanks for the idea of installing the front bulkhead later on than Airfix would have us do it: I’ve had some problems getting the nose section installed neatly on some of my earlier Meteors, although the most recent has been the best so far, so I’ll pinch that for the next one if I may.
  15. I used to swear by Humbrol Metalcote 27001 Matt Aluminium but more recently I've been reduced to swearing at it, possibly because my remaining supply has been contaminated with FOD. I'm presently trying out Sovereign Hobbies' Aluminium on a 1/48th scale Meteor 8 in 611 Squadron colours and, so far, it seems to be doing the job.
  16. There are no differences between F. Mk. 8 and Mk. 8 apart from the role prefix "F" having been introduced to the designation at some point that I can't remember just now. Please note that Her Majesty's aircraft were painted High Speed Silver as an anti-corrosion measure and not left in bare metal. The intake lips would have had to have been painted anyway as they were mahogany(?) covered with fabric and faired in with putty.
  17. Mine is being prepared for despatch!!!!!
  18. @Sierra Tango ZD951 was indeed a K. Mk. 1 and was destroyed, along with most of the RAF’s TriStars and several other aircraft, including the last VC-10 capable of moving under her own power, when Bruntingthorpe was turned into an oversized car park.
  19. @billyharry2000 the forward tank section/gun pack was interchangeable so it would be entirely possible to see the same jet wearing the same markings but with or without the gun pack at different times, dependent on operational requirements.
  20. Beautifully done, but you need to sort the port wheel out and take another picture.
  21. That's quite an impressive cut'n'shut! Don't be too enthusiastic about sanding out the wing root joints: the fillets are fastened to the fuselage and wing over the skin panels so there will always be a slight step at the edges.
  22. The NF. 11 and 13 shared nose geometry; the NF. 12 and 14 shared a different nose geometry.
  23. Only the one intended for the Mk. 14; if building a Mk. 14 from this kit use the nose intended for the Mk.12. Both Mks used the same radar and associated equipment so there was no need to extend the nose when 12 became 14.
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