Vickers Valiant models in 1/72 scale
MACH 2and CONTRAIL vacuform
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The green camouflage was added next. Please note that on the leading edges of flying surfaces the camouflage pattern continues.... this required quite some masking with tape.
After 24 hours drying time, the overall finished was polished with a cloth and some Tamiya Rubbing compound. The surfaces got a glosh sheen.
The wheels were put onto their undercarriage
legs; this required enlarging the wheelhub holes on each of them.
(I did not add the refuelling boom installation on the forward fuselage; some planes got that installation later on).
The two wing tip pitots were added made from metal needles. Also, some tiny antennes were added. The moving surfaces gaps/edges were accentuated with a darker black wash. The small opened up windows on both side aft of the cockpit were filled with Micro Kristal Klear.
Before applying each decal onto the
surface, some FUTURE
was applied first in the area of the decal. The decal was than applied
and the trapped air bubbles rubbed out with a soft cloth.
Britain's first operational nuclear weapon, Blue Danube, was based on the "Hurricane trials device" and was in service from 1953 to 1961. With a yield specified by the Chiefs of Staff of 10KT, Blue Danube could be accomodated in the bomb bay of the Valiant, with its tail fins retracted. The fissile material was not inserted into the warhead until just prior to the mission, using an in-flight loading system.
The model seen here shows the scratch
made transport dolly:
|Hope you like
the Valiant model, I certainly do! It was struggle but... another V-bomber
in the RAF collection. If you a Valiant, get the far better Airfix 1/72
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January 29, 2007