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  1. Having had some recent disasters with modelling on other kits, I’ve decided to build a 1:144 scale GWH Vulcan as a mojo booster. I’m going to do this as close to out of the box as I’ll probably ever go on a vulcan kit, with only a few mods and unnecessary complications..... except that I’m going to use Trumpeter Vulcan jetpipes on the Great Wall Hobby kit because I want Olympus 301s and the GWH ones are currently attached to my most recent Vulcan, XH561, which is based on a Trumpeter kit. I ordered a decal set for this from Hannants, despite my large collection of Vulcan decals I never seem to have the right roundels in the right scales. The set I’ve ordered is Printscale’s 1:144 Anti Flash Vulcan sheet with markings for a B1, a B1a and three B2s. I only need this for he roundels and I could do with some more serials in pale blue, I don’t plan to go with any of the schemes provided in the decal set. Link here Some rather nice box art, although this is the box from the previous GWH Vulcan I butchered to make a B1a This is the one from this kit, same plastic just an extra frame of plastic and more decals. K2 parts stashed for future plans First thing for an anti flash Vulcan is to get rid of the RWR fairing on the tail. Very simple to do that. Some filler around the joint between the halves of the tail may be required.
  2. Well here I am again with a shiny new Vulcan kit on the desk. Well, actually, two of them... And a third yet to be delivered (smaller 1/200 kit that one). These will be my sixth, seventh and eighth Vulcan models (just imagine the 1/200 kit is there as well). First of all, the box art is beautiful! While it won't make suitable reference material, it's lovely. 9/10 for that (lost 1 because they put a TFR blister on 558) What's in the box: So, I suppose since this is a fairly new kit, sprue shots are in order. I'll try to point out all inaccuracies and flaws in the kit, but bear in mind I'm being pretty harsh here. It looks like a good kit and on first impressions, better than the GWH kit in the same scale. Although my pictures don't show it, they appear to have the same incorrect radome panel lines as the old tool Airfix kit, when this is painted black as it was on many earlier examples (especially white ones) the incorrect line will have a significant impact on how the Vulcan looks in my opinion. I will be correcting this if I do such a scheme. The conventional bomb bay here is pretty much wrong, to me it appears to bulge out far too much and is missing the seam that should be down the middle where it opens.... If someone ever makes an aftermarket etch or resin open bomb bay, I'd love one! Oddly the Blue Steel Missile is missing its lower fin. Quite an annoying omission in the kit as the conventional bomb bay looks wrong to me And here's the decals, markings for two aircraft are provided. They'll do for the casual modeller with a passing interest in the Avro Vulcan but I'll be using aftermarket ones or perhaps the GWH K2 ones if I decide to turn one of these into a K2. Painting guides are provided, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. Check references. XL361 is the first scheme, to make an accurate representation of this airframe, you'll need to remove the TFR blister on the nose and only add the right side ECM plate. Scheme B is XH558 in the VTTST scheme, again take this with a pinch of salt. Remove the TFR blister and only add the right side ECM plate for that scheme, but also the ECM heat exchanger (box thing in the side of the tailcone) needs to be removed.
  3. Recently I finished this model, it's an extensive conversion of en early Vulcan B1 based on the 1/200 Dragon/Cyberhobby kit. There is currently no kit available of the Vulcan B1 or B1a, either the early straight wing or more standard Phase 2 kinked wing, so the only option is a conversion. This is my third Mk1 vulcan, the other two being B1as based on the GWH kit. Anyway, this model represents XA891, my favourite Vulcan out of all of them. '891 was the third production Vulcan, on of the five (7 including prototypes) with the straight wing. Later the aircraft was refitted with the standard Phase 2 wing seen on most Vulcan B1s, and became a testbed for the Olympus 200 engines in development for the upcoming Vulcan B2. Unfortunately this one crashed in 1959, but all the crew survived - the first time that happened on a Vulcan. The real thing: Back to back with a Vulcan B2, XM595, in the same scale. Didn't mod the intakes, they look too narrow for a B2 anyway and without putting them next to my B2s they look fine My three Mk1 Vulcans, all conversions. Left to right: XA891 early B11 1/200, XH500 B1a 1/144, XA906 B1a 1/144. I'm just missing a standard B1 and a prototype now... And a few photos of the major modifications in the build: Original wing with 40° sweep marked out on the kit New tailcone from milliput Extended rudder using a donor part from another kit and some plastic card
  4. Lost British Projects 1/32nd Avro Vulcan is in progress. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=848194312333747&id=566804443806070 V.P.
  5. Just finished the first of two Trumpeter Vulcans today. I'll write a brief summary review of the kit after the images as it's fairly new. I used aftermarket decals from Fündekal and some spares from a GWH Vulcan to improve on the kit, such as the wheels and pipes under the engines. Some small mods were made such as reprofiling the nose to remove the TFR blister and the tail cap to remove the RWR fairing. Ignore the incorrect engine type, these will be replaced with ones closer to Olympus 201s when I get another GWH kit. Next to my first B1a conversion One can never have too many triangles My model flying over RAF Waddington (thanks to @robvulcan for editing this) Here's the WIP thread, still ongoing as I have a second one of this kit I'll be starting on Friday and plans for even for Tin Triangles Brief summary review: Accuracy 4/5 Fit 4/5 (intakes 3/5) Detail 4/5 Quality of moulding 4.5/5 The good bits: .Well shaped intakes .Correct tailcone angle .Fairly easy build .Wing shape is spot on .Option for blue steel missile or conventional configuration .Well detailed IFR probe (not used on my build) .Correct landing gear length an't forget that beautiful box art! Main issues: .Incorrect nose profile .Poorly designed jetpipes, only has jetpipes for Olympus 301s, but decals for 201 engined Vulcans .Bomb bay doors lack detail and are incorrectly shaped. These need a rescribe at the very least. .Missing fin for the Blue Steel Missile (I didn't use this option) . Parts of the engine moulded too the ECM plates- these should be seperate as they should still be visible when the ECM plate is not installed under the left wing as was the case on most Vulcan B2s .Weak landing gear . Incorrect radome shape (corrected on my model) .Incorrect paint guides .Decals should be replaced with aftermarket Conclusion: Overall a good kit that can be built to a respectable level of accuracy with a little effort, although aftermarket decals are a must. Unfortunately, they only moulded one set of jetpipes which limits you to just under half the Vulcan B2s built, and if you can't find a replacement for the pipes under the engines which are moulded to the ECM plates you're limited to a very small number of airframes. Of course you could overlook the jetpipes as I have here. Compared to the Great Wall Hobby (Pit Road) Vulcan in the same scale, it's probably slightly better and slightly more accurate but both have their advantages and disadvantages. I would absolutely recommend this kit to anyone who's built a few kits and has some filler for the intakes- you will need it.
  6. I don't really know which section to put this under, so I'm just going to put it in WIP Aircraft. They are decals for aircraft so this kinda makes sense? So...... Recently I've been building a 1/144 Trumpeter Vulcan and a 1/200 Cyberhobby/Dragon Vulcan and have come across a bit of a problem with decals for these. I wanted to do an anti flash white Vulcan with the trumpeter one, it doesn't come with decals for that scheme so off I went to browse around to find a nice aftermarket set and well.... No sets of pale roundels or fin flashes in that scale. There are decal sets with a lot more in that I don't need which have them, but I just want those bits as I have the rest. So I asked on here if I missed anything and it seems I didn't.... Someone suggested printing my own. Although this won't be much use for my Trumpeter one because I want to get that off the desk soon to make room for other projects, I decided hey why not give it a shot.I have a suitable inkjet printer, no one does a set in 1/144 of just the roundels, fin flashes and serials, so why not..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force_roundels <-- this is useful I can't print white but have got a thing somewhere that can cut all sorts of shapes in various sizes, so if I can get it cutting circles and rectangles of the right size I can make masks to paint a white background with when I do full shade roundels (obviously this won't be needed with pale shade which goes on white anyway). First thing is to know the sizes of the roundels. Vulcans had 84" roundels on the wings and 54" roundels on the fuselage. The ratio of the diameter of each band of colour was 3:2:1, so that made the wing ones 84", 56" and 28" bands, the fuselage ones are therefore 54", 36" and 18". Bit of simple maths to convert, plugged it into a spreadsheet and I had the correct sizes which I can hopefully print accurately. Not long later I had some roundels made and printed on normal paper as a proof of concept that my printer can print the colour right and I can get the size accurate. They look perfect size and the colour looks right to me. Can't exactly measure with digital calipers but they look right. These ones in 1/144 scale should be 1.482cm(3dp) which converts to 84" This is pretty much what the design process looks like.... Shapes, recolour, resize. Things with curves in other than basic circles are harder but I should be able to manage. Fin flashes are 36" wide and 24" tall, with colour bands in a 1:1:1 ratio. Each band is 12" across, this was simply rescaled and I had the fin flashes done. So far I've got roundels in both sizes, fin flashes and the X, H, L, 0 and 1 done in the correct font. Resizing these is easy, I printed them in 1/72 scale as well so I could compare to decals in my folder full of V force spares (yes I have a folder for all my V Force stuff). If I get to printing I will certainly be doing a set in 1/72, 1/144 and 1/200 for each scale plastic Vulcan kits are available in, and also doing them in full shade colours, which very early examples of seemed to be more bright and vivid than later ones (particularly on white and silver painted Vulcan B1s). It's an excuse to build lots of Vulcans! So here it is so far: Here you can see my size roundels are pretty much in agreement with the Xtradecal ones for a Victor (also 84" and 56"), and Airfix's ones seem to be too small (I measured them when I built my second 1/72 Airfix Victor and I think they are about 5 scale inches short iirc) Fin flashes look about the right size compared to the Fündekal set. The wing roundels are the same size, but my fuselage roundels are bigger. I think the Fündekal ones are 48", 6 scale inches small so that makes my ones approximately correct. Now the question is where do I get good decal paper from, and how do I print half decent decals?
  7. Finished at last, after a ten month build, and my first RFI. I really wanted to do this kit justice as the Vulcan is my favourite aircraft. My first encounter was in the early 70's when as a 9yr old we moved to Pontefract, Yorkshire and I remember the daily flights of Finningley's Vulcans over the town. Then there was the Vulcan scramble I witnessed at the 1977 Finningley air display to mark the queens Silver Jubilee. Anyone who has seen a Vulcan scramble will remember the sound waves travelling through your body and the ground shaking beneath your feet. The Vulcan was and still is, awesome in the truest meaning. I last saw XH558 flying at the Yorkshire air show at Church Fenton last year. I admit now that I had a tear in my eye as I watched it fly away for the last time until it was out of sight. So as you can appreciate I really wanted to do this kit justice, abs make it as accurate as I could as my own personal tribute. Hopefully I've achieved that. I started by rescribing the whole aircraft before I even began to glue anything together. I thought that it would be easier, then it would be a job of cleaning it up to make sure they meet when the parts were joined. I did think that I'd scribed them too deep, but looking at it now I'm happy with the results. Then there are the corrections to be made to the kit to accurately depict XH558 as she is now. First job was to remove the TFR radome off the tip of the nose. And at the other end, the cooling air intake (the elongated box) that fits on the right hand side of the tail is not fitted to XH558. I've also hollowed out many of the various air intakes and made the ducts inside the splitter plates inboard of the air intakes. I replaced the engine jet pipes with resin replacements. The kit comes standard depicted with Olympus 301 series engines and XH558 is fitted with Olympus 201's, the 201 jet pipes being narrower and longer. The other thing I wanted from the outset was to display her wheels up in a way that shows off the iconic Vulcan wing shape. I also wanted the underside to be clutter and hence stand free, so I had the idea of brass tubes up the exhausts and thanks to a friend who made the wooden base I have managed to achieve it. If anyone is interested, the work in progress thread is here - Vulcan WIP Here are the pictures I've taken so far. I managed to get some outside today as well. Hope you like. And finally here's a couple of pictures of her in her new home in pride of place. Thank you very much for looking, hope you liked it. Mark
  8. Avro Vulcan B.Mk2 (03931) 1:144 Trumpeter via Pocketbond It is hard to think of a more iconic aircraft to represent the RAF Strike Force at the height of the Cold War than the Avro Vulcan. It is also sometimes hard to believe it design work was lead by Roy Chadwick who deigned the Lancaster. Even though both fulfilling the same role the two are widely different. The Vulcan was the third of the V Bombers operated by the RAF, her sisters being the Valiant and Victor. The Vulcan was the more technically advanced aircraft and was considered a greater risk. The first prototype flew in 1952 with production B.1 aircraft from 1955. The design was improved to the B.2 standard with better more powerful engines making the aircraft suitable to carry the Blue Steel stand off missile. The Vlucans would loose their nuclear role in the 1970;s and switch to conventional support of NATO. It was in this later role and right at the end of their service life that Vulcans would fly their most famous sorties. In a major feat of aerial logistics they along with their Sisters the Victors would Stage from Ascension Island to Bomb, and provide Radar Suppression on the Falkland Islands, a round trip of nearly 8000 miles. The Kit This is a new tool kit from Trumpeter which has been done in collaboration with Bachmann/Pocketbond who are the official imported for Trumpeter into the UK. As well as offered as a Model Kit it is also offered in N Gauge and OO gauge train/aircraft sets celebrating XH558 the last airworthy Vulcan. The kit has fine engraved panel lines and the underside has an insert to build either the conventional version the Blue Steel Carrying version. Construction starts with a rudimentary cockpit, as lets be honest you wont see much through the small windows. Next up the intakes are made up, with representative fan fronts at the ends. Next up the tail is constructed. The intakes are then added to the lower wing/fuselage section, and the cockpit to the upper section. The two can then be joined together and the tail added. At the rear the exhaust can be added, and then underneath the landing gear is made up and installed. For the underside centre the appropriate insert for a missile armed or convectional Vulcan. Lastley the gear doors, canopy and refuelling probe are added. Markings There are 2 schemes provided in the kit; XH558 In the wrap around Scheme XL361 with Camouflaged top surfaces The decal sheet is printed anonymously, and looks like it will pose no problems. Conclusion Its good to see a new tool Vulcan in a scale where most would be able to display it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  9. So... I made a very small Vulcan B1 Flying away in its natural habitat, the skies of my modelling desk It's a cast of a small vulcan pin badge made with some reusable moulding stuff I have. I was just playing around with it trying to figure out how best to use it and this is my test subject, I'm going to mould another tonight hopefully I'll get a better cast. I used too much material on this one and well, it ended up a little chunky. The wingspan is about 2.6 cm so I think that's about 1/1100 scale. Crazy small. ^^ and that's after cleaning up most of the excess material Here's the remains of my previous attempts at this, different moulds (the one I painted up came out of my third mould).
  10. So, time for another V Bomber RFI. Anyone surprised at this point? This time not one, but two Vulcans, and a little smaller than I'm used to. These are Cyberhobby 1/200 kits, quite nice and thoroughly enjoyable despite a few odd flaws. Definitely recommended. I chose to do XM607 from Black Buck 1 and XM595 in soft edged camouflage over white, at a slightly earlier point than the decals in the kit represent which just meant omitting a few things. Quick list of pros and cons for the kit of anyone's interested: Pros: .Easy, quick build with little to no trouble .Mostly good quality moulding and acceptable fit .Intakes designed to easily accommodate camouflage schemes .With minor corrections looks like a pretty accurate vulcan considering its scale .Not much bigger than a 1/72 Spitfire so fits nicely on a shelf .Includes optional pilots and open hatch .It's a Vulcan Cons: .Misleading and inaccurate paint and decal guide, best to know your vulcans .Odd extra pitot tube which needs removing .Too many wheels on the nose gear (easy fix) .Inaccurate intakes .No conventional bomb bay in the blue steel box .Inaccurate blue steel missile in the blue steel box (fixed in the Falklands one) .Incorrect Radome lines similar to the old Airfix kit So anyway, here are the models: XM607 and XM595. A few filtered images at the end. XM595 ^^my favourite image of this one And there's the real thing, not a perfect scale replica but close enough right? (I did get the tail camouflage pretty wrong though) XM607, with Black Buck equipment. Hopefully close enough to how it was on black buck 1. Need to do 558 some day in this scale as 558 is synonymous with 607 to me, they're the only two complete Vulcans I've had the chance to see together. And now as promised the filtered versions ^^ favourite version of this image Upcoming V Bombers ideas include the new tool 1/144 Trumpeter kit in a similar scheme to my XM595, I have a real soft spot for that scheme. I'm tempted with more of these small Vulcans as I'd like to build one as an early silver B1 with a pure delta wing. XA889 most likely. I also want to build another Mikromir Victor B1, candidates for airframes include XH648 (the Duxford Victor), XA918 in white as a tanker, XA917 in silver (although this requires modding the canopy and the outer wing leading edge, and a Victor B1a in white. Later this year I'll do a 1/72 Airfix Victor K2 as XM715. I've got an ongoing Airfix Valiant WIP but that's postponed until I figure out the primer issues I'm having with that.
  11. Hello Modeling friends. A project I've been working on over the last 6 weeks. It's in a final stage, where only little details are missing, but of a lot work still has to be done. That might sound familiar. Finish line is near. Build can also be seen on Armorama - Once more unto the breach - Campaign. The Sd.Kfz.251/7 and trailer are loaded with goods, are on the move. Second time I build the Sd.Kfz.251/7 Ausführung C. It's a fun kit and the theme allows a lot of personal input. Not the first time I build a Bronco Models Kit, but I've become a big fan of them lately. The Vulcan Motorcycle kits are my most favorite builds of the year. Almost finished is the K800 Zündap, in the works his little brother the K500. With some TLC it is a potential GEM (I don't know about Lion Roar or GWH yet). Some pictures taken today The Zündapp K800 is not on this series of photos. Decals drying and needs some touch ups. I marked the areas of damage / rust to be added on the Sd.Kfz.251/7. A little experiment I think that will work (show that later). The builds will come with a base / diorama / setting. Plans worked out, but no hurry with that. Maybe a next episode, otherwise it will be posted in Read for Inspection. Hope you like it so far. Happy modeling and have a nice day. Robert Jan
  12. Approximately a year ago, I started the Airfix vulcan, a notoriously bad kit, now I have decided to continue making it and fix some mistakes. Here's some of my progress. Sanding down old and rough paint One wing fully painted. someone special is in this picture
  13. Last year I went to Solway Aviation Museum in the Lake District. It has many great aircraft such as a Canberra, Vulcan B.2 XJ823, Lightning and many more. Hope you'll enjoy them friends. @Adam Poultneyhere's your tag. Jet provost Reg. No. XS209 EE Lightning Reg. No. ZF583 Phantom FGR.2 Reg. No. XV406 in what seemed to be a new paint job Percival Sea Prince Reg. No. WP314 Gloster Meteor NF.14 Reg. No. WS382 Hawker Hunter F.51 Reg. No. E425 (under restoration right now) De Havilland Vampire T.11 Reg. No. WZ515 And now, for what you've all been waiting for! Avro Vulcan B.2 Reg. No. XJ823 She's a beaut' ain't she. Now, the cabin. Here is the cockpit in all it's glory! Unfortunately I couldn't sit in the pilot/copilot seats as sadly there has been a history of idiots stealing and vandalising. However the navigator/bombardier area was very nice as well, surprisingly comfy Now, moving onto the Canberra T.4, Reg. No. WE188 I was allowed to get in her cockpit as well, quite interesting and a lot more spacious than I expected, although would be quite uncomfortable with 3 seats in there. Last picture, but an interesting one. The worlds last original Sikorsky-built S.55 Whirlwind, unfortunately, she's in quite a bad state right now. Hope you found this interesting.
  14. I've spent the last year reacquiring lost modelling skills, and I think I'm ready for a BIG project... ...with a little help. And to be honest, I feel some trepidation. Me, an unwashed Yank building a Vulcan?!? I may as well be putting a TSR-2 in USAF livery. Anyway - If anyone has a photo of a Vulcan farther along rotation, I'd appreciate it - especially closeups of the gear. I'd like to model the photo below, but with the landing gear a bit more "up". I think I'll use acrylic rod (X4 with LEDs) to hold the aircraft over a base of blurred runway. This is going to be a slow build, because it's important to get this build right. image pulled from some site. I'll be happy to pull it down if necessary. Major parts marked, scored and removed from main sheet parts arranged, along with a few articles I've saved over the years. Let's do this!!! Items in the bottom right will be molded in resin, since weight-bearing is no longer an issue. Comments and advice are definitely welcomed.
  15. So I've finally gotten around to buying a Vulcan, the Airfix 1/72 XH558 boxing. Any advice on the notoriously difficult kit? Are there any in depth reviews that tell how to build a good model out of it? I've heard that the engines are inaccurate for XH558, which I don't plan on building it as anyway, which Vulcans are they accurate for? Finally, what aftermarket upgrades are useful (I know there are seamless intakes available), and where can I get them from? I'm not too bothered about the cockpit as it will be hardly visible The less chopping up and resin surgery I have to do the better.... I have never used resin upgrades for a scale model before
  16. Here are the first four aircraft built as a project to represent aircraft associated (by me) with Filton airfield from the 1960s until the airfield's untimely closure in 2012. There will be more to follow, with an F111 and Concorde in the pipeline. All aircraft will be built in 1/144 scale, which is a little limiting but does mean the collection will not take over the entire house. More pics and details of the individual builds to follow. Some aircraft associated with Filton airfield in the 60s and 70s by jonbru0903, on Flickr From left to right in the picture above we have: G-AXLR, the VC10 test bed for the RB211 engine, initially designed for the Lockheed Tristar; D-BABC, the third prototype VFW-614 based a Filton for a few weeks as part of the development programme for the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA M45H engine; XA903, probably the third best known Vulcan, used for testing the Blue Steel missile among other things prior to arriving at Filton to be modified to carry the Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 engine for Concorde. Later it also tested the Turbo-Union RB199 for the MRCA/Tornado; Finally, on the right, G-AMPO a DC-3 used in the communications and transport role, primarily in relation to the Concorde flight test programme based at Fairford. Some aircraft associated with Filton airfield in the 60s and 70s by jonbru0903, on Flickr
  17. Hello, This is my rendition of the early Vulcan B2 XH556 depicted as in No.230 OCU Finningley, ca 1962. The pic of the original is shown below. The Pit-Road/GWH kit and excellent Fundekals decal set inspired me to tackle the Vulcan subject. To portray the early B2 airframe the kit had to be backdated a bit - the nose cone and a tail-tip antennaes as well as in-flight refuelling probe had to be removed. Hopefully the coming GWH Blue Steel release will make things easier. The by-product of this build is the ShelfOddity PE set. MrColor GX Cool White and GX100 Super Clear III lacquers, which allowed for easy surface polishing, made the painting a relatively straightforward task. Finally – a big thank you to Leszek lejgo_inc for taking the photos. The mind-boggling task of preparing the final pics was my share. Beginning of 1960s, RAF Finningley. Waiting for the sunrise. The overall view. The bottom side – airframe from 230 OCU depicted here just started getting dirty. A couple of details. Thanks for viewing and best regards, Marek
  18. Today I was at the North East Aircraft Museum, where Avro Vulcan XL319 is, interesting for reference pictures as you can get very close to it, some of panels are loose, and of course the tail is in a bad state after it tipped up in snow in 2010- you can see some of the internal structure. One of the staff there said that Airfix called them a few weeks ago because they wanted to come and get scans of the Vulcan... surprised they want to go for XL319 rather than an airframe in better condition, such as XH558 or XM655, unless they are scanning multiple. New kit being worked on confirmed? (Airfix if you're reading this, I'd like to pre order 5 )
  19. To save having to buy yet another Vulcan, I was wondering how far gone a model has to be before it can be resurrected, and what techniques are involved? I have an old model Vulcan still in my old bedroom at my Dad's house, which I made about 25 years ago! As such, it is terrible, and fit only for plastic recycling. Or is it? ... I'm sure I read somewhere if you put a model in the freezer it breaks the glue so you can take it apart again? Also, how do you remove ancient Humbrol enamel paint, is it even possible? Not sure I fancy soaking it in a bath of turps! Just sandpaper then respray? I was thinking of using it as the base for my B.1 conversion. Otherwise respraying as a wraparound camo Vulcan circa 1980. Any tips on how to restore kits this old?
  20. Hey guys, So I'm giving the submarine spree a rest and in the words of John Cleese, now for something completely different. I've always liked the Vulcan, and I live relatively close to a dispersal airfield of the Vulcan up at the former RAE Bedford. It's an iconic aircraft and so in the traditional fashion I've decided to plunge into the hole of the classic Airfix Vulcan, turning 35 years old this year! With it I've got hold of Wolfpack Models landing gear and update set, as well as Flightpath's photoetch set. I'm deciding against working too much on the cockpit because I've seen a few Vulcans made up and to be fair apart from the access hatch and maybe a glint of a few things inside you don't see much detail. I'll still be drilling through the two portholes though but the interiors black so nothing'll really be seen. Work so far has been minimal, and I've been looking at a few schemes. The idea I'm going with is one of the Anti-flash white ones from 617Sqn. Something about the three lightning strikes on the tail fin just makes the Vulcan look right, and the paled out scheme just encompasses all of the 1950s-60s Nuclear Fission fun! I chose XL360 because she's in preservation at the Midland Air Museum and tbf its a nice round number. I've begun by doing the simple-ish bits of the build and I've clamped the air intakes together with enough force to implode a small planet. The fit is relatively poor along the seams as the two ends meet at slight angles creating a slight V-Shape, but that shouldn't be too hard to fill (those wolfpack intakes are looking pretty good right now..) and I've primed a trunk already just to see where I'm at with it. I worked at it by squeezing humbrol filler into an (expendable) pallet and using an (also knackered) flat brush to thin it down to the consistency of plaster. I then painted it along the gaps and sanded it back again. for this I used a thick paint brush handle wrapped in sandpaper. I'm getting there slowly with it but I still need to bridge the gap between the two halves of the intake on the divide, where, right at the front there's still a slight indent. Meanwhile I've been working with the front undercarriage bay. It's simply just 4 pieces, but the detail is sublime. Painting it Humbrol 34 (White) I then picked out various pieces with black paint and coated it in smoke. It looks a little dark in the images but that's just the poor light. Finishing the bay off, I left the majority of it white because most of the wire trunking was painted over and so were much of the lesser replaced through maintainence areas. One striking thing I did note from the reference photos however (XL360 specific thank you very much, the highlights of building a preserved Vulcan!) was a bundle of wires travelling from the rear wall of the bay from what looks to be a format of junction box. I replicated this through using a small gauge black wire . The holes were funnily enough there but there wasn't any instructions to include the wires. Finally, I've been working on the cockpit, as said I'm not really putting too many hours into this as 1. It's all black and 2. No windows or access hatches are big enough to get a full view of the inside. Thus I'm just simply going to spruce up the entrance hatch. The cockpit thus far has been the simplest bit! Enough of me waffling! Thanks for looking Sam
  21. XL443 was delivered to 83 squadron at Scampton on 8th Oct 1962, fully equipped to carry Britain's nuclear deterrent, the Blue Steel and painted in anti-flash white. The aircraft remained with the unit until being flown to Woodford on 7th September 1965 to receive a retrofit with upgraded radars and sensors, etc and repainted in green/grey camouflage for low level operations. The aircraft continued to serve with the RAF until April 1983. More photos tomorrow ...
  22. Now I have a couple more Vulcans to make, it's time to do one in the iconic, sinister, glorious and beautiful white. Only one Vulcan survives today in this anti-flash white, XM603 at Woodford. Because of the jetpipes in the Airfix kit, I'll need to make this as one of the later XM-serialled Vulcans with 301 engines. (I'm saving my Freightdog jetpipes for another one in glossy grey/green with red, white & blue roundels at some point). The ECM box on the fin will need to go, and the TFR thimble. I think beyond that the kit should be ok, just sprayed with satin white all over.
  23. Here’s my interpretation of the old Airfix Vulcan. A bit of a dog of a kit but with a bit of effort I think it builds quite well. I rescribed it as best I could and did a bit of creative licence to fill the empty wheel wells; I got the kit cheap because it didn’t have decals so I replaced them with the Xtradecal camouflaged Vulcan sheet. I like this particular scheme and the sheet has enough stencils for another full build plus lots of squadron markings allowing you to get up to half a dozen aircraft out of one sheet - that’s value. There’s still a bit of snagging to take care of - I want to redo the nav windows as they look a bit naff at the moment and there’s a couple of aerials I’ve snapped off already, but apart from that it’s pretty much done. The main problem is finding somewhere to display it. I’ve photographed it on QRA on top of my coal bunker - it nearly ended up in pieces thanks to a rogue gust of wind and the massive wing area. The panel lines are a bit on the deep side but I’ve tried to minimalise that with light touch weathering, on top at least.
  24. Anyone fancy a go at this? Vulcan XL319, in 2010 with snow overload. Or the recovery 10 days later.....
  25. Hi guys West Middlesex Model Club was contacted recently asking if someone could build an Airfix Vulcan for a guy who used to be a flight engineer on these before the Black Buck missions. He had been bought the kit many years ago and he has never got round to it. For some crazy reason I put my hand up and volunteered. I must be a glutton for punishment and it has been maybe 20 years since I last had a go at one of these. I will probably end up rescribing the beast as the horrible raised details will not survive the clean up required. I know this kit has many issues quality and accuracy wise which I am not fussed about. Really looking forward to a quick build and getting to the paint stage which I am looking forward to. Hopefully I can do a good job on this. Looking to mount on a wooden base at the end. I will need to do some research for a hard stand concrete base replica thing to mount to the wooden base. It could be interesting finding one big enough. Childhoodmemories. IMAG1442 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Here is where things are so far. IMAG1443 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Not much left in the box. IMAG1444 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Filling and sanding in easily accessible areas. IMAG1445 by Mark Inman, on Flickr
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