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Airfix 1:72nd Scale kit.

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Gary's 1/72 Vickers Valiant...

Gary's 1/72 Vickers Valiant...

...the Airfix kit built by Gary Radford United Kingdom - Post WW2/Cold War

Gary Radford18/10/2011 15:27:14
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Next up were the two very large slipper tanks that were sometimes carried under the wings. The assembly of these is different from any other tanks I have built in as much as the actual tank halves fit around the pylon. You can see what I mean by taking a look at Robins review of this kit HERE.
 
You may be able to make out that the top tank has got a little filler on it if you look along the top.
 

 
I now turned my attention to the undercarriage legs. As I didn't want to fit them yet I placed then in the holes in the wheel wells and glued the parts together. These will be fitted after the painting stage.
 

Gary Radford18/10/2011 15:29:23
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Hi Andy.
 
Stick around for a little longer, your wish may come true. Thank you for your comment Andy.
 
Gaz.
Gary Radford18/10/2011 15:38:20
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Ok Gents.
 
With those small items out of the way it was time to fit the wing assembly. Before I glued the wings up I painted the inside of the intakes white to help when it comes down to painting this big bird. I think I may need a gallon of white paint. Anyway gents here she is with the wings fitted....
 

 
At this stage I must say that Airfix have made a 1st class effort here with the joint. I used a tiny amount of filler but this was mainly down to me splitting some of the plastic when I removed it from the sprue.
 
As Tim and I were talking about earlier the type of plastic Airfix us is soft and tends to tear rather than cut and has a habit of splitting.
 
Gary Radford18/10/2011 15:48:32
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The Valiant can now stand on her own feet, the undercarriage is ment to be painted natural metal. I chose to paint the items in various shades of Alclad just to add a little contrast between the parts.
 

 
On the picture below you can see the U/C doors these were sprayed with Alclad Aluminium paint while the U/C bays were sprayed in Alclad Dark Aluminium. The round objects to the right are the jet exhaust pipes. These were first given a coat of Halford's Grey Primer and then a coat of Alclad Burnt Iron followed by a very light coat of Alclad Pale Burnt Metal.
 

 
 
Craig Hiscock18/10/2011 16:13:58
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Well Gaz didn't see this one going on. A great looking build so far i must say and i also have to agree with Tim and yourself about the plastic and sprue attachments but hey its a small price to pay for some great new releases
 
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Tim White 118/10/2011 18:38:30
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Gary
 
She's looking fantastic. (For her, not you).
 
Looking forward to some paint.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
SteveM18/10/2011 19:18:20
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Hi Gaz,
this is comming along really well , I just wish i had room for one
Keep it comming
Cheers
Steve
Johnny Gers18/10/2011 21:58:32
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It looking good Gaz. Hope to get some Alclad For my build. I have some of there Primer. It looks good stuff looking at your plane.
 
 
 
 
Thanks Johnny
Gary Radford18/10/2011 22:07:02
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Hi Johnny,

Alclad is a first class product mate. Did you know it can only be used through an air brush?

Gaz.
Gary Radford18/10/2011 22:10:22
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Hi Steve,

The Valiant is one big bird mate and will take up a lot of room. The good thing is you could always display it as being in a museum and put smaller aircraft under the wings etc.

Go on give one a go, you know you want too.

Gaz.

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