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  1. Well.... I keep on saying I'm genuinely insane and today that seems very true. Since lockdown began I have gained five Vulcan kits, moulded two tiny ones of my own, re painted an airfix vulcan, converted one of those five new vulcans to a B1a with a scratch built bomb bay and now my third Airfix Victor mysteriously appeared..... And that's just the V Bombers (or in this case, V Tanker?) I love this box art! I hope at some point we get a third version of the kit with more schemes and a new boxart because both so far are some of my favourites from modern Airfix. Perhaps some new fuselage parts, intake parts and some payload for the bomb bay and we could have the early B.Mk.2 freefall bomber (and perhaps even the prototype B.Mk.2 XH668 which had the B1 tail, but crashed after only around 100 hours flight time) XL512 (left, B.Mk.2R) and XM718 (right, B.Mk.2) decals look nice but the wing roundels for the camouflage K2 and SR2 appear to be too small like in the B.Mk.2R box Lots of plastic in the box, this should keep me occupied for a while. Looking through the instructions, the same error is present here as in the other kit, the raised flaps instructions at the top of the page are wrong. Do not cut the part off, instead sand down the fairing on the underside.
  2. I finished this model a few weeks ago but haven't gotten around to posting it here yet. You may have already seen it as I have posted it elsewhere on the internet and Airfix reposted it to their social media pages. It's my third 1:72 Airfix Victor, this one is done as XL231 of 55 Sqn. These really are some huge models, the Victor being the largest V Bomber by a small margin. The B2 variant's 1/72 scale wingspan is 55cm, and the K2 was reduced by 3ft (~1.3cm in 1/72). I just need a camouflaged 1/72 Victor or two to go with these now (a K2 in camo with low viz roundels sounds good and I'd also like an SR2 in camo- all SR2s were). It's not my favourite or best Victor build, that would have to be my late-early B.Mk.2 XM718 (the last Victor produced in its early configuration as a freefall bomber, which needed a little resin to do), but I'm more than happy with the model. I did keep a WIP thread going for most of the build but just forgot to update it at all once I started on the decals
  3. I thought it was when I cut up a Vulcan to convert it to a Vulcan B.1a was when I had officially lost it, but wow.... I have built a second 1/72 Victor (much better than my first I think!) and am planning to buy a K.2 next to put on that lovely hemp scheme, after that I'll probably get around to a camouflage aircraft (perhaps by then there'll be a conversion set for the Airfix kit to make a BK.1a!). Not only have I built another of these, I also used Air Graphics' conversion set to convert this to a Victor B.Mk.2 at the very beginning of its service life, this is XM718 which I think was the final Victor built and left the factory with the later drooped leading edges on the outer wing rather than leading flaps. Anyway, my ramblings aside, here is my second Airfix Victor B.Mk.2: I particularly like his image from the front, probably the angle the Victor looks best from. Another great angle to view this aircraft from. The flaps and airbrakes are deployed, which isn't right for a parked aircraft but perhaps they were testing them or showing off the aircraft? Imagination needed there a bit. The awesome airbrake assembly of the Victor. It's one of my favourite parts of the aircraft, I'd love an airbrake door from one on my wall but they're quite big and I imagine quite rare to find. If XH673 is scrapped (I feel very strongly about how that aircraft should be saved!) I might go after one from that.... I imagine they'll sell off all sorts of bits, I can only dream... I'd still rather the full thing to to a good home though! And the underside, I don't think the weathering is that bad on here at all. I will admit, there's one spot I need to work on at the rear of the bomb bay where I'm still repairing the paint after a crack opened up between the fuselage halves. Bomb bay is open, the part at the front is held on my friction only so I can put on the closed bomb bay part if I so wish (and if I could find it!) which is also held on by friction alone, clever engineering from Airfix to be able to do that. And now with my other Victor I've said so much about Now having finished the model I think adding the extra intake vanes was an improvement aesthetically Here's where I used the resin APU intake (less than perfectly blended in) showing the difference between the original B.Mk.2 APU intake (XM718) and the B.Mk.2R (and later) APU intake (XL512) And my three Victors together Some pictures of my other Victors on their own: Mikromir 1/144 Victor B.1, XA940 Through a filter which I think is closer to how the model actually looks And my first Victor, also Airfix's Victor B.Mk.2R (built out the box that time), XL512. I need to replace the IFR probe on this which I snapped a few months ago (part of the motivation for doing the conversion on my second one of the kit was to end up with a spare, aside from the fact that I really really like early Victor B.Mk.2s)
  4. Happy Christmas to everyone here in Britmodeller! I imagine many of us have some shiny (or not so shiny) new kits to build, so here's mine. An airfix Victor (which I knew I would be getting because I had to order it), and a pleasant surprise of the new Airfix Buccaneer, which to say I'm pleased with is an understatement; I love Buccaneers! My dad picked that out for me, not knowing it was a band new tooling (thank goodness for that, the old kit looks like a real challenge), perhaps because of my obsessive pouring over every last rivet of the Hendon Buccaneer, particularly it's wing folding mechanism. Although I might not have such an in depth knowledge of them as I do the Vulcan or Victor, it's one of the best looking naval aircraft ever built. But in this thread I will be building my Victor. Using the knowledge from my previous build, and the experience I have gained since, I want to produce a very good model of my second favourite aircraft (after the Vulcan of course). I am as of yet undecided as to which scheme, or indeed which subvariant, I want to build. I'm a fan of early V Bombers, so the clean configuration with no K├╝chemann Carrots, IFR probe or underwing tanks really appeals to me, but I'll have to get resin parts for that. I might do a pure bomber, likely in camouflage as my other airfix Victor, XL512, is in anti-flash. Perhaps I'll do the other Victor included, XL189, as a blue steel aircraft, but to be honest I'm not a fan of only one wing having a roundel, I can get past that though. Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here's the kit: So that's all the sprues included, eleven in total, ten in dark grey plastic and one clear. Having fulfilled my Christmas obligations of bored games and family, I finally got some time for some much needed modelling. I've put together most of the cockpit that will be painted black, or a very dark grey more likely. I see a lot of these having the floor painted light grey, but I now disagree with this having looked through images it seems to be a darker grey. Look through this link, there are a number of photos of Victor cockpits, both from MK1 and MK2 Victors. I believe blue steel aircraft had black or dark grey painted interiors mostly, rather than the lighter colours the K.2s certainly had. https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/handley-page-victor.html Sink marks ughhhh.... As nice as this kit is, you will need to pay attention to sink marks that like to show up everywhere. I'm not bothered by any mould lines on the interior, it'll hardly be seen anyway, although I might leave the door open on this Victor. I still need to add the rest of the pilots' seats, but I'll do that after painting. Side note: I upgraded my phone from a Moto G5 to a Moto G8 Plus today and wow the difference in image quality is insane! https://www.pinterest.co.uk/adamjackpoultney/airfix-victor-172/ Here's the Pinterest board all the images from my previous build are on for comparison if anyone is interested. Four two part rear seats are included, these are to be painted in a green colour which nicely stands out in the rather dark cockpit. Interestingly, in the Victor B.1 the seats were fixed in place, whereas the B.2's are able to swivel around. No painting for tonight, and I'll be making my first entry into the Christmas Blitzenbuild tomorrow, probably my Hobbyboss Do 335, but I might build my Tamiya V1 (both to me from 'santa' aka me for the GB ­čśŤ). I'll hopefully have some progress made on this by the new year, but I'm pretty busy with family, working and hopefully meeting up with friends. In the meantime, here's a picture of XH672 at Cosford behind a Lightning I took in 2018
  5. Now this is something I have just not gotten around to posting up in RFI, I built this a few months ago and the other day I broke the IFR probe, repairing it prompted me to post this finally. So, here is my Airfix Handley Page Victor B.2R (Blue Steel carrier). Weathered moderately, the V Force may have once been the pride of the RAF but I very much doubt they were paintshop shiny new every day. This model was difficult to photograph well due to the size, I hope I have done it well enough. I will replace that nose probe when I build my next Victor (beginning of 2020 hopefully!) as a very early example of the B2, before IFR probes were added. Information people have on Victors of this era would be much appreciated. Victor B2 as a Victor B1 takes off in the background. Someone with better Photoshop skills than me should attempt to Photoshop this into an airfield.... XL512 from one of the angles from which the Victor looks best in my opinion. From this angle, the aircraft has such a very powerful look. Truely one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built. Hopefully the next build will be of better quality, I have learnt a lot since I built this one.
  6. An extensive review of the new Airfix HP Victior B.2(BS) has been published on the IPMS Nederland website. Check out our English language report at: http://www.ipms.nl/artikelen/recensies/vliegtuigen-militair/2474-airfix-hp-victor-engels.html We have also made a comparison with that good old Matchbox kit. Merry Christmas from IPMS Nederland! Meindert de Vreeze
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