1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan B Mk 2 – Build Log

30th November 2013

I’ve been chipping away at this one each evening so far, just adding a few more panel lines in between doing other jobs – but as others have said before I find re-scribing strangely soothing. Must be the delirium setting in 😉

For the rescribing I didn’t want to buy a scribing tool, not that I have any aversion to owning the right tools for the job but more that I didn’t want to get back into the hobby and instantly go out and but a Snap-on chest full of state of the art modelling tools. I prefer to get tooled up slowly and if I’m honest am always happy to save a few quid. So I bought a pack of 5 Stanley Hooked blades from Buy & Queue for bout £2.50 hoping they’d work something like a scribing tool. They didn’t. However after a bit of scraping about on a wet-stone I managed to come up with a half decent blade that achieves a nice curly swarf of plastic when dragged along a panel line.

Here’s a photo of an original blade next to the ‘modded’ one (complete with luxury tape-o-matic handle)…


And here’s a close-up of the blade profile, it’s a bit out of focus because I took it using my phone but hopefully you can see the angles… The face of the blade is ground flat, and the edges are ground to about 90 degrees (45 degrees each side).


And here’s a few shots of the panel lines so far:

PS… Also in the name of sheer tight-waddery I also don’t as yet posses a scribing template, but found that the blades from an old set of feeler gauges are ideal scribing guides for conforming to curved surfaces. You can also secure one down with masking tape to act as an end stop.


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6 comments on “1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan B Mk 2 – Build Log
  1. James says:

    I’m about to start his model and I’m going to scribe the panel lines – how did you remove the raised panel lines?

    Great article and pics btw

    • Richard says:

      Cheers James… I sanded the panel lines down using a Flory Skinny Stick – FMS008 X12 Fine Skinny Sticks on this page http://www.florymodels.co.uk/skinny-sticks/ but you could use any fine sanding stick. The trick is to work one line at a time, sand them down until they are barely visible (but not erased altogether) then re-scribe them in using the remnants of the original line as a guide.

  2. Mark cannon says:

    Wow mate fantastic just read Vulcan 607 by Roland white and I’m terribly jealous! Would love to take the build on as I love the plane since seeing its final display at southport but all that scribing and sanding puts me right off as I’m currently struggling with eduards su 27b and another tough build would put me into therapy!

    • Richard says:

      Cheers Mark 🙂 Vulcan 607 is a great read! The Airfix kit does need some stamina to complete it, but the end result is worth it. Just so long as you can avoid the ensuing mental trauma. Good luck with the Su27 build!

  3. David Wahnish says:

    I may only be an ignorant Yank, but I have always loved the Vulcan since I saw Thunderball as a boy, and I know a big beautiful bird when I see one ;).

    Jolly good show Richard!

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