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Since my last post I have given the Victor 2 light coats of Vallejo white. I have been spraying the build in sections, because of its size (top of wings, botton of wings, fuselage and tail). I am happy with the way the colour is settling on the build, got a few more coats to go yet though. 

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The white looks like you are near to it being just right Michelle.

 

My Victor K2 kit has now stopped costing me money, just don't tell Mrs Martian that it is because there is nothing left to buy for it! When the last few bits and pieces arrived for it, I tried a different tack with Mrs Martian. Instead of just claiming that you bewitched me into the project, I decided to add a bit more gravity into the situation by asking if the Witchcraft Act was still in force? Didn't help though, she just told me not to be so stupid! Bugger! 

 

Martian 👽

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Having sealed the paintwork in with Quick shine, I began work on the decals....... and there are thousands of them! I decided to start with the larger ones, roundals etc. These went on surprisingly well with a little Micro Sol to bed them in. 

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The main issue so far came with the black arrow shape on the tail plane. It has to sit on top of a raised centre piece, and because of this is a nightmare to settle. I left it overnight, and found several raised pieces in the morning. Cracking open the Micro Sol again I carefully brushed some more on, applied gentle pressure with a cotton bud, and eventually it settled well. There are a couple of small nicks in the piece, however, black paint to the rescue and all is well. 

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Now to move on to the multitude of tiny decals! 

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I decided to do the smaller decals a section at a time, and this worked well. They bedded in nicely and working methodically I soon got through them. 

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Next I plan to seal them in with some Quick shine, before weathering a little. 

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Great job Shellie - your poor eyes! :) 

 

I've just been doing a few stencils too using perdu's method - put the stencils on a tray a put a drop of water on top to get them off the backing; saves chasing them around the water!

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1 hour ago, CedB said:

Great job Shellie - your poor eyes! :) 

 

I've just been doing a few stencils too using perdu's method - put the stencils on a tray a put a drop of water on top to get them off the backing; saves chasing them around the water!

HTH

@CedBYou megastar!  Thank you so much for posting that; I’ve been wondering how to deal with all of the minute stencils for my Victors, Phantoms, Buccaneers et al.  That is going to save so much bad language!

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Since my last post I have sealed the decals in with Quick Shine varnish, because the aircraft is so large I did this in stages, wings, tail and fuselage. Once dry I began construction of the wheels, having already airbrushed them. I then attached the wheels to the undercarriage, and carefully fixed them to the aircraft. 

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These went together really well, the locating pins are a perfect fit for the holes in the wheel wells. Then I began work on the airbrakes. Again these slot together with ease, the very thin pair of rods either side need pushing into place, but apart from that its a pleasure to build. 

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I have added some dirt washes to the wheel wells and air brakes, but have decided not to add anymore weathering to the aircraft. I like the cleanness of the big old beast. Just a few finishing touches to add and we are there. 

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I have been busy adding all the little finishing touches over the last few days, and finally the build itself is finished. Now I come to varnish, do I leave the build in its current gloss varnish state or blast it with some Vallejo satin? Answers on a postcard please! 

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Yesterday I gave the build a final coat of Vallejo satin varnish, which I always find you need to thin down really well (its extremely sticky and thick). The varnish settled well and gave the build a nice finishing touch. With that the build is complete. This has been one of my favourite all time kits, it fits together really well, has lovely detailing and caused no real issues. The painting was a little daunting, but armed with my trusty Badger airbrush all went well. She is now parked next to my very first build (Airfix's 1:72 Vulcan), looking menacing. 

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Thanks for joining me on the build, I will post some more photos in the ready for inspection forum. 

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Brilliant! Much better than my XL152 (which was my first V Bomber model)

I really need to get on with my K2.... Really burnt out on that rn, masking tape kept peeking off due to the hot weather and some of the seams need redoing and then repainting...

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