Handley Page Victor B.2 1:72
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Arguably the most capable of Britain’s Cold War V-Bombers, the Handley Page Victor is certainly one of the most distinctive jet bombers to ever see service. With its high mounted T-tail and impressive crescent wing, the Victor saw service as a conventional bomber, nuclear bomber and finally as an airborne tanker aircraft, before its eventual retirement in 1993.
Handley Page Victors of Britain’s nuclear deterrent force were finished in an all over white anti-flash paint scheme, which was intended to afford some protection to the aircraft and crew in the event of a nuclear detonation – thankfully, the effectiveness of this system was never called upon. The final RAF Victors wore a hemp and light aircraft grey scheme, following their involvement in the Gulf War, in an in-flight re-fuelling capacity.
Perhaps the most famous use of the Victor tanker aircraft was the significant role they played in the ‘Black Buck’ missions of the Falklands conflict. The plan to deny Argentine forces the ability to use Port Stanley airfield called on a single Vulcan bomber to attack the airfield and render the runway unusable. With the nearest airfield available to the British being on Ascension Island some 3,800 miles away, the Vulcan would have to be refuelled many times during the flight, which would become the longest bombing mission in history.
The refuelling plan to support the Port Stanley Vulcan attack would require eleven Victor tankers to take off at the same time, to provide fuel for both the Vulcan and the other Victors. Once the attack had been completed, five more Victors would be needed to bring the Vulcan home.
Please note base pictured is not included
WARNING Not suitable for children under 36 months It contains small parts which can present a choking hazard, some components have functional sharp points and edges. Handle with care. Only use this product with the recommended transformer.colour and contents may vary from those illustrated. Please refer to the safety notes in the main set instruction leaflet, Please retain these details and the address for future reference.
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One of the most striking, and powerful, machines of the Cold War the Handley Page Victor is a model that will dominate any shelf it is placed upon.
This first release comes complete with a Blue Steel missile and is the perfect complement for the Airfix Vulcan and Valiant kits.
This new kit is superbly accurate and highly detailed, it is a must for any Cold War aircraft fan!
Technical Specification & Detail
|Number of Parts||228|
|Dimensions (mm)||L486 x W508|
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Huge build task
Just completed mine after 4 months work. There is a huge amount of detail here for the cockpit, air brake and bomb bay (with the parts to do a Free Fall equipped version (though not a pre-refit version as the fin fillet is the later 'humpback' version from late 1963 and a blank is not included for the scoop intakes under the main inlets. Fit is very good, though the Jet Pipe fairings are a little tight. One minor criticism is a return to windows fitted from the inside rather than the externally fitted types in recent kits (Dakota, He-111). This is a big beast with lots of potential. Highly recommended.
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the most rewarding model built i thought the landcaster would be hard to eclipse blt the victer did it
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Paintwork & Finish
Humbrol Enamel paints for the kit's primary decal scheme.