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So yet another idea, I'll probably persist till I get one over the line or get told to stop . The idea is to build two models of subjects that were opponents, so it could as broad as Spitfire and an Me109, or a Sherman and a Tiger, a Mercedes and a Red Bull or a specific fight eg Roy Brown's Sopwith Camel and Richthofens Dr1. Any takers? Could be a bit of fun for 2023. 1. Me of course. 2. @Corsairfoxfouruncle 3. @vppelt68 4. @Rabbit Leader 5. @Grey Beema 6. @Wez 7. @franky boy 8. @MagpieFNQ 9. @Max Headroom 10. @ArnoldAmbrose 11. @Ralph 12. @Bobby No Mac 13. @Adam Poultney 14. @JOCKNEY
If you know anything about me, you would know I like Vulcans. A lot. In fact, in total I have 26 Vulcan models now including finished builds, stashed kits, WIPs and diecasts. When the new tool Vulcan was announced,(sorry, leaked the day before the announcement) you can imagine my excitement. I wasn't surprised as I knew beforehand that Airfix had been actively looking to scan various Vulcans in 2018, so I was expecting a new Vulcan B2 (one of the many reasons why I only built one old tool Vulcan). During the early days of Covid, I started building a lot of Vulcans in all sorts of scales, and as I built more and more I researched more and more. And wow was that quite a rabbit hole to explore. First, get the engines right, get the ECM plates right, but now I'm looking at the blisters, which style of aerial each airframe had, and what tiny little changes were made when. I really enjoy this, but I prefer to keep it only to Vulcans; if I want to build without worrying about rivets I'll build a ww2 plane of some sort. This build will be one I try to make as accurately as my modelling abilities allow. Yes, I'm rivet counting this one. Anyway, with two kits on the way from separate suppliers, I have some fun builds ahead. The first of these arrived this morning. Wow, that box art is incredible! Really shows off the Vulcan B2's large wing. Only issue I have with it is that the grey looks more like Dark Sea Grey than Medium Sea Grey. Here's a spreadsheet I made with a lot of Vulcan B2 configuration info I've compiled into an easy to understand format from various books, photographs and other sources. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ljleemPGEVyH360F-DqwZqu5iB3LrcqL/view?usp=sharing I'll start this off with the box contents, I probably won't have time to write it all now I as I have to go to work at 5:30... plus the hangover won't help writing this quickly at all. So, first thing's first, the schemes. XM594 as a Blue Steel carrying aircraft in fairly early camo is the A scheme, and a classic white freefall bomber, XM602, is the B scheme I haven't yet decided what scheme I will paint mine in, I'm quite liking the idea of going with aftermarket decals or printing some and doing XH557 in white as the Olympus 301 development aircraft with set of 201 jetpipes on one side and 301 jetpipes on the other. The decals are well printed as you can expect from Airfix, there is however one issue I've already identified. I'm pretty sure the trapezoid tan decal should be black. Could be wrong, I haven't checked yet but I'm 98% certain on this. The sqn markings for 12 Sqn look really good, my first choice would have been 9 Sqn with the large green bat instead of the fox but oh well, it's a nice scheme regardless. Comparing to the Victor K2 decals, you can see they've fixed the undersized roundels both Airfix Victor kits suffer from. These actually look like 84" roundels in 1/72 scale. For reference for any mentions later in the thread and for anyone else building this kit: Amendment to this one: UHF aerials not VHF, the VHF one is part 21. At least according to The Vulcan B.Mk2 from a Different Angle by Craig Bulman. Right, got to call this first post there. Need to go to work.