SHandley Page Victor B2 Build

 Take note of steps 28 and 29 which I think are wrong. Don't remove that fairing for the flaps. Instead trim the inside of the wing for the other flap fairing.

I've spent the last few days on the wing construction. This started off with the intakes, which also include spars to strengthen the mid section. The intake halves were first painted white, including the separate side part, and all the drop in splitter plates. As I am building the camouflaged version I needed to paint a lip of the camouflage inside the intake. Unfortunately the instructions do not specify where the demarcation should be, but there is a faint panel line inside the intake which I believe is the correct demarcation, so I masked up on this.

During the construction of the intakes I also added the chunky box section spars that make sure the outer wings are set at the correct angle and build up the main wheel wells and painted them aluminium.

Before long I had the intakes together and all the splitter plates inserted. When the halves are first put together the join seams look quite prominent, but once the drop in splitters are in these hide most of the joins, so no filling and sanding was needed.

The exhausts were simple by comparison. One complaint is the lettering and numbering on the sprues, this is very faint and makes finding small parts hard to locate. Maybe it's just my eyes getting bad!

Paws4thot

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One complaint is the lettering and numbering on the sprues

I saw a review of a product that was basically sticky labels with A, B, C... and 1, 2, 3... printed on them for sprue labelling. Or just buy a pack of one of the smaller standard size Avery labels and DIY.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

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,

Jason

Rael

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Its looking great, the detail on this kit is impecable.

Rael

I've now completed work on the tail end and air brakes, fitted the wing tips and inner underwing sections and jet pipes. Most parts went together as advertised, but I did have a few issues which I shall come to.

the completed tail. There was a choice of two tail ends, with or without the warty ECM bulges around the Red Steer tail warning radar dome. I chose the one with the bulges, even though the instructions said I needed the plain one for my chosen colour scheme. I just thought the warty one looked more interesting, and using artistic licence assumed that a little earlier in its career it would still carry them. the air brake doors went on without problem and were strong when assembled. The inner mechanism has moulded in lightning holes, but I drilled these out with my pin vice for more realism, as in the AMW article.

The wing tips were next. These comprise an upper and lower section with the aileron moulded with the lower section. Strangely the top section, including the whole of the extreme tip, is in clear plastic, I suppose this is to allow you to mask of the navigation light. All fitted well here, but looks a bit weird before painting.

The next stage deals with the inner lower wing sections. These require careful handling as they are a very tight fit, the join along the inner/ outer wing sections was good and requires no cleaning up, while the wing root and air intake sections do not fit so well and will require some filling and neatening.

The latest area completed is the jet pipes and surrounding fairings. As can be seen in the photo, the fit was not great and some filling and sanding will be needed here. The spine insert can be seen here as well, this still needs to be sorted out.

That's it for now. I think I'll construct the missile next.

 

As a break from the main airframe last night I decided to construct the Blue Steel Missile.

This is the Blue Steel specific sprue from the kit, including the missile itself, the bomb bay insert and other intakes and aerials. Comparing the weapon to one from the Vulcan that I have in my spares box it is a major improvement over the older tooling. The Airfix Modelling World article said that two intakes were missing, one from either side of the fuselage. On checking my references I found this to be correct, so will have a look through my spares box for something appropriate at a later date. The article also points out that the rocket exhaust should have a cover, but as this area is sunk within the fuselage I think it's okay to leave as it is.

The rocket went together quickly with minimum seam lines to clean up. I've left the bottom folding fin off until painting just for ease. I also test fitted the bomb bay fairing, and as it points out in the AMW review, it is about 2mm short, when I fit it I will have to pack one end with card and fill and sand. Frown

If anyone is contemplating a diorama with the Blue Steel being loaded, remember that because of the minimum clearance beneath the Victor the top fin was removed and re-attached after loading.

Next stage deals with the instrument panel, fuel management board and coaming, which is fitted into the cockpit transparency opening. I'm not looking forward to that, why not insert it before joining the fuselage halves? With regards to the fuel management panel (the rectangular panel with decal that goes between the ejection seats and attaches to the underside of the instrument panel), I'm not sure this was carried on bomber Victors, as some of the stories in the 'Victor Boys' book refer to it being fitted after the aircraft was converted into a tanker.

I've made up the instrument consul and have included the fuel management panel, it probably won't be visible anyway. As you can see I got one of the decals a bit wonky, but it's hardly noticeable on the actual assembly.

This wasn't the easiest thing to attach, I used some PVA so I didn't mess it up. It would have been far easier to fit it before joining the fuselage halves.

 

The belly insert was then dealt with. As I pointed out in the previous post it is to short for the opening, and I had to pack it with plastic card at one end. The results can be seen here after filling and sanding

In this view the tail wheel bumper is also visible. This piece had a smaller protrusion on either side, these represent the spotlights that illuminated the hose unit on tanker aircraft. As these were not fitted to bombers they were removed carefully with my craft knife.

 

The rest of my time has been spent filling and neatening seams and attaching various air-scoops. It's getting close to the time when painting will be necessary.

Hi,

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted on this build, but as I've been hand painting by brush it's taken a bit longer than usual. the undercarriage has gone on, followed closely by the camouflage, starting with the white underside. Brush painting white is a real chore, it took seven coats to get anything like a consistent coverage. Then it was a whole evening of masking up, followed by the medium sea grey and dark green, which only took two coats each. Off with the masking, and then another evening of touch ups where the paint had crept under the masking, and this is where I am now. 

Next up some detail painting, a couple of coats of future, and then the decals. The end is finally in sight!

Ratch

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