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Hello All

This is the Italeri repop of the AMT 1/72nd scale XB-70, probably the most beautiful aircraft that ever flew.

Years ago, I saw a picture of one of these landing at Edwards with the nosewheel still in the air, and lots of bits deployed. I always wanted to build it and I finally managed it.

The kit is well known, and not an easy build. Any part that fits is purely coincidental, with araldite being the adhesive of choice.

I used the SAC undercarriage for added strength and some resin wheels, apart from that everything is from the box.

I did enjoy the build even with all the difficulties.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

Ted

 

 

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Coo! Nice work indeed.  

 

I don't know  very much about the XB-70 but why the white winshield glazing...??

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Fantastic 

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4 hours ago, Paul J said:

Coo! Nice work indeed.  

 

I don't know  very much about the XB-70 but why the white winshield glazing...??

Maybe the masking is still on?

 

AW

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12 hours ago, Rhino said:

probably the most beautiful aircraft that ever flew.

I once heard it described as; a swan pulling a banana boat. I have built that kit and it is not an easy job, nice work.

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Great job in finishing it. It is a massive task that kit. Cool rendition of an iconic plane.

 

Have on one the back bench at the moment (not quite shelf of doom but almost). Trying to improve the elevons to replace the chunky unseparated ones in the kit. Will get there one day

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9 hours ago, Paul J said:

Coo! Nice work indeed.  

 

I don't know  very much about the XB-70 but why the white winshield glazing...??

Sorry about that, Iforgot to remove the masking and didn't notice until I'd put up the pictures.

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Always nice to see this beast

Great finishing and presentation

Best regards Djordje

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Cracking model, very well presented. Not easy making all over white look so flawless either, very well done!

 

Have to completely disagree on the 'most beautiful aircraft' though, to me it's quite the opposite! All down to personal taste of course. I'd say the Hunter, Victor and Vulcan!

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Wonderful build and a perfectly executed landing!

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Hi All

First, many thanks for looking and the kind comments, they are appreciated.

As I didn't quite complete the model in the original shots, I thought I would add the following pictures, this time without the masking tape on the windows. Hopefully this will cure any cofusion.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Ted

 

 

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All I can say is tyres (paint in need of) !

Edited by Yorkshire man
correction

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2 minutes ago, Yorkshire man said:

All I can say is tyres (paint in need of) !

Yes, I'm afraid that jumped out at me too. Beautiful plane and build (tyres notwithstanding!)

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29 minutes ago, Yorkshire man said:

All I can say is tyres (paint in need of) !

The tyres were painted silver on the real thing for heat resistance at Mach 3. Some pics show the tread as black after a few flights, but that is not what I was after.

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Beautiful! I wish they had taken this and developed it into an airliner once it was cancelled....

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3 hours ago, Rhino said:

The tyres were painted silver on the real thing for heat resistance at Mach 3. Some pics show the tread as black after a few flights, but that is not what I was after.

I stand corrected. Looks odd though! Hard to imagine a coat of silver paint made much difference?

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Were the tires actually painted silver, or perhaps instead (as with the SR-71) the rubber was impregnated with aluminum powder?

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Superb and impressive model mate - very well presented.

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10 hours ago, Rhino said:

The tyres were painted silver on the real thing for heat resistance at Mach 3. Some pics show the tread as black after a few flights, but that is not what I was after.

I too stand corrupted!

 

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