To help save myself some money I've made some tags of my own out of masking tape to identify the sprues, but finding the right numbered part is a chore still!
Anyway, the kit has been progressing, and the outer wings were the next on the list. For anyone who is interested it looks like another boxing of this kit will definitely be out as a Tanker (K.2), as it has separate wing tips to cater for the shorter tips on the tanker, and there are flashed over holes exactly where the HDU's would go (see photo).
The wings were quickly together, and the internal spars kept everything in line and no sanding or filler at the wing joins was needed.
All the pre-build internal sections were then cemented into starboard side of the fuselage and all fitted well. The airbrake is to be build open, so the complex mechanism was constructed, again without problem. The bomb bay was also added, even though not visible on this version, as it adds a lot of internal strength to the fuselage.
The bomb bay has nice moulded detail, all ready for when the conventional bomber version is released. The two channels where the main wing spars fit in can also be seen just behind the cockpit.
Close up of the airbrake mechanism within the closed up fuselage. This is made up of eight parts, including two bulkheads. In the AMW magazine build they had trouble joining the rear fuselage and had to reduce the bulkhead edges, but this did not happened to me and I had no issues, so the production kits must have been fixed. In fact I had no problems joining the fuselage at all, and was left with only some hairline cracks to fill, and some light sanding of joint lines, though lots of clamps and tape was used while the cement dried. The rudder was also trapped with the joining of the fuselage, and if you are careful this can be left movable, though mine was left solid.
View of the completed bomb bay, I painted the rear section aluminium, just in case any can be seen behind the Blue Steal when it's in place. The wings have been glued in place here.
Finally beginning to look like a Victor. The fit of the 'V' tail top was very tight, but no gaps were left when it was finally on, but the wings weren't a brilliant fit and were a little proud of the rest of the fuselage around the saddle over the top of the spine, this was also the case with the insert for the length of the spine, but I think a few minutes or so with some wet and dry paper should sort it out, and as all the joins are on panel lines no filling should be needed.
Next up will be finishing off the tail, adding the wingtips and inner wing under surfaces.
Thanks for reading and any comments welcome,