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  1. Hi Chaps. After my LMF incident with the Vulcan (roll on Telford & hope my dreams come true I say) I bring you this little beauty. Airfix's very lovely looking Victor. The Victor is one of those quintessentially British aeroplanes, stung by Harris' and the Ministry's criticism of the Halifax in WW.2 and the plethora of new advances in engines and aerodynamics on the scene in the early 1950's the Victor was Handley Page's answer to the specification requirments. Keen to out do "those bar stewards at Woodford" or A.V.Roe & Co. as everyone else knew them HP went and snaffled some top German boffins, folk who had worked with the Horten Brothers no less, and got the back room boys at Radlett out of their brown jackets and into some lab coats and created the marvel of aerodynamics that is the Victor. The criticism that most stung over the Halifax was that there was no point developing it because of the small bomb bay, well the Victor righted that! The bomb bay of a Victor not only could carry any ordnance in use or planned at the time but it also backed up a a handy cathedral or bus storage depot... It's HUGE! The B.1 was pretty, briefly supersonic and flawed. The B.2 was an altogether more useful bit of kit, but still a little hamstrung as the RR Conways could not achieve full power due to inlet shape issues. King of the hill until the usual V-Bomber woes of Zinc based Duraluminum cracking issues, the Gary Powers incident and some ungainly big missile that Woodford designed especially so it wouldn't fit neatly under a Victor saw it relegated to Tanking from the late 1960's onwards. The mighty Victor has the last laugh, Last V Bomber to retire, 40+ years sterling service to the RAF. Please enjoy my rather swift and OOB build. Only mods is mine is NOT going to be a Blue Steel example, but rather a freefall bomber version, keeping it all HP. Enjoy. I have the Warpaint guide to the Victor as well, and some other bits of info about the house.
  2. Hi, I am not at home right now otherwise I'd dig through my stash, also I have been searching on-line for an answer to no-avail. Do any of you know if the Airfix Victor B Mk.2 can be built with conventional bomb doors closed or with open bomb bay doors and a freefall weapon (nuclear or conventional) inside? I only ask because I think the Blue Steel looks a bit odd on the Victor, and I plan to use the Blue Steel from my Victor kit to improve my Airfix Vulcan when the time comes. Thanks.
  3. Something I did a while back, doing the whole serie of the british V-force, Valiant, Victors and the Vulcans.. This is Valiant XD818, from the british nuclear bomb testing programme in the southers pacific, in the 1950's. (for the specially interested: https://books.google.no/books?id=6m43DAAAQBAJ&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=green+granite+small&source=bl&ots=Fx4Z2kkKWu&sig=OGjcdHoOfK_oJq1zQmBYxSfp0eE&hl=no&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9zeWfi43TAhXqHJoKHYrfCHQQ6AEISTAJ#v=onepage&q=green granite small&f=false) ........ and here's a very personal interpretation of the wiev from one of the Victors on the Black Buck mission against Port Stanley in 1982
  4. My white 1/144 whale is ready to go public. GWH kit with my pe fret and refueling probe and pitots from Master. This is XL164 B.2, Blue Steel aircraft. Modelled without Blue Steel. With no evidence to the contrary I assumed that when no missile was carried, the bomb bay doors had been replaced. This is an important factor/excuse, as I tried to be reasonably accurate, but still be able to finish the model within a decade. The base is supposed to represent Cottesmore taxiway after storm, drying quickly in scorching tropical sun of England. Why the aircraft itself is dry? - you may ask. Well it has just landed after good weather flight. Post-flight ministerial inspection is about to begin. The Conways were known for their power output and reliability rather than cleanliness: It took some effort to photograph the subtle effect created by polishing panel centers and leaving panel lines matt. As mentioned - it is very subtle, and easier to spot when moving around the model. Shaprer lighting helps to bring out sheen variations (a little)
  5. Hi all, Just putting the finishing touches to this monster, in fact its a nut & bolt restoration job, I originally built it 5 or so years ago and it resided in my boys bedroom until a near fatal accident reduced it to a pile of bits. Its sat in a box in the garage since gathering dust, but its such an iconic aircraft I just had to re-do it. It was originally brush painted so its been sanded down, partially re-scribed, stuck back together and given a nice lick of paint in 57 Squadron colours. The decals are from the newer Revell re-box and theyre terrible, most have disintegrated, I had to spray the hi-viz marking on the wing tips. Its far from perfect, couldn't do away with the seam on the fuselage and the fit is poor in places, and I need to finish the intake covers properly. Anyway, i'm chuffed to with it, 57 was one of my dads old squadrons when he was on the V-force before the Victors were converted to tanker duty, he'd have liked this I think! cheers Simon
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