Has anyone used either kit and used a combo of....
#1 available etched and resin sets. eg flightpath and airwaves
#2 the blue steel parts [off an Airfix Avro Vulcan]
#3 various decal sheets
#1 a blue steel equiped Victor.
#2 a HP Victor SR2
#3 Victor B2, XM715 (i think) that was still flying in dark green, dark gray and
light aircraft grey, with 543 sqn in the 1970 to 1974 timespan.
Same here - built mine when it first came out - what? - 15+ years ago ??
I can't recall any major problems with it - except for maybe the
seams/shape on the engineintakes.
I do remember that I re-shaped the two pop-up intakes near the fin as they
are the wrong shape - or is my memory playing tricks again?
The completed model is sitting in a box somewhere in my shed - it hasn't
been brought out for years!
Ken Duffey - Flanker Freak & Russian Aviation Enthusiast
Flankers Website - http://www.flankers.co.uk /
Ken I did the instruction sheet for that kit in 1980 IIRC that's 23 years
ago, I have built 6 or 7 of them two of which we presented to the squadrons
at Marham and are now in the sqdn memorabilia, I remember that well as I and
Maurice had an accident on the way home in my new car.
Ted (happy modeller) Taylor
On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 23:45:17 +0000, Greg Heilers wrote:
I found this nice link. The kit really looks COOL when done in the
On a similar note: Has anyone built the old Contrail Valiant kit?
It's another one I keep eyeballing on a regular basis....lol.
there was a guy at the IPMS show at Telford that was asking the very same
question. fact is if you had one of this kit that you mentioned, he was ok for
paying a whole heap of readies for it.
all i'd like to see is a 1/72 scale full-run injection molded of the valiant.
then i'd have the perfect excuse for another set of the _excellent_ belcher bits
RAF nuclear weapons set and an op' grapple diorama. :)
I've got the Etched brass set from Flightpath, but I don't think I'll use
much of it (not much of an etched brass fan). Used the resin intakes that
came in the set though. Quite an involved and fiddly build to cut away the
fuselage (much tweaking and dry fitting) and to prepare the splitter plates
for the intakes. Looks pretty good when done though. I'm not sure what
Flightpath include in the set nowadays, but if they include the cast
fairings for the top of the fin and the fairing for the Artouste APU under
the starboard wing, that can be useful.
I've also tried using the Blue Steel parts; for this you want "Post War
Jets", published by Argus Books, ISBN 0-85242-940-1, for the plans
originally published in Scale Models magazine. You have to remove and fill
the integral ventral refuelling position in the kit, but apart from that it
seems to fit OK. I've seen reports that there is a separate fairing at the
back of the missile, but I can't find any decent references to it. What's
going to be more difficult is to scratch build the heat exchanger unit to
mount on the fuselage to the port side of the missile nose. Other mods:
extend each wing tip equivalent to one and a half feet (also relevant for
the SR.2), add the Red Steer Rear Warning Radar to the tailcone (I'm going
to borrow the tail radome from the Airfix Vulcan, but the blisters around it
are going to be more problematic) and fill in the slots for the underwing
tanks and refuelling pod pylons.
I'm not sure if any of the recent decal sheets do markings for a Blue Steel
aircraft; if not and you want the 100 Sqn or 139 Sqn markings, search out a
Volume 5, Number 7 (April 1983) copy of Scale Aircraft Modelling, that
included a free decal sheet for aircraft of these squadrons.
the flightpath detail set covers the victor K1 and K2, but some of the
are very useful for a B1/B1A/B2/B2R and SR2
i was able thanks to a nice guy at IPMS [UK] mercia, able to get a
copy of the
SAM decal sheet that you mention, jon and it is just what i'm looking
in the >kit, but apart from that it seems to fit OK. I've seen reports
that there is a >separate fairing at the back of the missile, but I
can't find any decent >references to it.
afair, the blue steel's used by the Victor B2/B2R were slightly
those used under the Vulcan. alot has to do with the limited ground
the _excellent_ book by andrew brooks on the Victor and pub'd by ian
the 1980's has some details on what the differences were, but i do not
book to hand.
lets us all know on r.m.s how you do the red steer and ecm blisters on
some blue steel victors _did_ carry the underwing tanks. check some of
thanks though for the stuff you wrote jon, it has pointed me in the
right direction. just waiting for the delivery of a 1/72 Airfix Blue
i have even been promised one of them!
Be aware that Flightpath do two sets: They do a Mk.1 conversion and a K2
set. I believe that they both come with the etched brass fret; the K2
conversion has the resin intakes for the Conway engines; mine had metal
parts for the fin fairings, and the set may now also include the APU bulge.
The K1 set has new inboard wings with the smaller intakes and exhausts for
the Sapphire engines, and new metal wingtips. As far as I recall, they are
the same chord as the kit wingtips would be if cut at the same panel line,
but mine don't have a representative aerofoil. Also, it's up to you to
remove the fairings from the wing trailing edge and fill the gap.
Lucky. Of course in theory it should be possible to print a scan of this
sheet onto clear decal film; as the aircraft in question are white, the
markings should come out OK.
My copy doesn't mention any differences in the Blue Steel, just that it took
a lot of effort to modify the aircraft to fit it and then the sort of
respect a megaton class device strapped to a tank of rocket fuel with 14
inches of ground clearance commmands to operate it.
The tail cone radar fairing was to be donated by an Airfix Vulcan converted
to a B.1 using the Newark IPMS / DB Models / Flightpath conversion. The
blisters are more of a challenge, due to their small size. I figured that a
small length of sprue, glued to the end of another sprue to be sanded to
shape, then cut off and glued to the kit would be the best way. But I'm not
sure. Then I need to add the heat exchanger unit and the APU bulge. Anyway,
don't hold your breath, the kit has been in the loft for about five years
waiting for the other wingtip to be extended, so it's not going anywhere in
Indeed, but I haven't found any pictures of aircraft in the white high
altitude scheme with the tanks. I suspect that when they went low altitude
(and added the camoflage) the tanks were added to improve range. I'm tempted
by one (or a B.1A) as an example of aircraft where the under surface colour
wrapped up over the leading edge, but that would be a bit too retentive.
The Ian Allen book is a good place to start for reference material; Scale
Models International magazine did a conversion article in their January 1988
issue, including plans if you can get hold of a copy.
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