You should note that the kit only covers the 201 series engined aircraft i.e.
the XH/XJ and some of the XL aircraft- however that said the first few B.2's
were converted on the line from B.1 airframes and had smaller intakes.
in article nXmEc.18566580$ firstname.lastname@example.org, e at
email@example.com wrote on 30/6/04 0:29:
Having built several of the kits staight from the box things to watch are:
1 the intakes .very hard to rmove seams and harder to remove intake to wing
2 the bomb baydoors/missile bay, make sure you glue some supporting strips
around the opening.
3 wheel wells , there will be a large gap between well and body.
4 wings to body, line the top of the wing up , fill the bottom
5 interior ues the kit bits paint all black and fit it just fills ahole and
prevents seeing through you can't see bugger all once canopy is on
6 wheels, add the main struts and half the wheels first let it set then add
the trailing set of wheels
I have just started one of these - mine will be a Falklands version
I have only just assembled these - so what do I do at the join?
Why? - have you got pictures I could see - I have some thin strip I use on
my railway modelling.
I thought this!
in article cbu1lv$mj$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Martin (Please note spammers
email address used) at email@example.com wrote on 30/6/04 10:38:
Milliput and smooth as much as poss when wet or intake blanking covers!!
To make it easier to get all the edges to fit flush(ish) with the underside.
I used lengths of spue glued right across the gap and shimmed them to get an
Plastic strip cut and glued flat to the roof of the wheel well over the gaps
between the wells and the body.
To get all the wheels on the ground!!
The easiest solution is to run a careful bead of superglue down the
intake seam before putting on the engine faces. The intake joint will
be a matter of careful filling and sanding after assembly. Packing the
intakes to prevent the mess from running backwards is helpful.
The kit gives you some very tiny support triangles for the bomb bay
piece. They are totally inadequate for such a large, poorly fitting
area. Glue strips along all 4 sides and test fit until you're sick of
it : )
You might want to glue some shims along the inboard portion of the
wheel well roofs, but not much will be seen unless you turn the model
over and look closely.
Getting the beast to sit properly on all those little wheels is a
bugger. take it in stages and adjust constantly.
Oh, you will. It's an impressive beast when done : )
617 operated both versions of the Vulcan- the kit gives you the option to build
a Blue Steel version. Detail to add includes the aerials on the counterpoise
panels between the jet pipe tunnels- add the door jacks- two per main
door-front and back-and add the nose wheel door jacks for completeness-they
were atteched to the centre of each door. To make it real add a poor airframe
guy changing a door hook channel on one of the main doors with the rain
dripping down his neck in the early hours of the morning- god I hated the
bloody things with a passion at that time of day !!
thanks kev...i'm not good with figures yet, but i am
archiving this for future notice.
did you get to ride in one? for some reason i keep imagining
they had the ability to swoop and glide a bit.
i would love to do a down the line diorama of all the ac 617
operated, but i don't know them all. any references you
I remember seeing one, in the summer of 1978 I think. Yes,
lots of low-level swooping and fly-bys. I still see the image of this
white wedge, with the bomb-bay open, as it made a low-level pass,
showing the underside...painted white, with every little panel,
panel line, bump, antenna, etc., full visible, in minute detail.
Remember, this was the summer of "Star Wars". Can you say
"Imperial Star Destroyer"?...lol
Saw a Vulcan at Transpo 72, and it did look like a big bat swooping
over the crowd. Still have pictures of me standing under it, geeze
was it big !
"Only a Gentleman can insult me, and a true Gentleman never will..."
AAaahhh, the memories! Airshow, Frederick, Maryland, about 1968. An RAF
demo team touring the US with a Vulcan. She's turning circles within the
airfield boundary. Effing incredible.
Thing I also remember was the tour team was headed by Air Marshal
Dennis Crowly-Milling. He was a bit amused to find most people were
asking questions about his time with 242 Squadron under Douglas Bader
rather than the Vulcan. Of course, this wasn't long after Brickhill's
book on Bader had come out.