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

29th March 2014

It’s been ages since I touched the Vulcan, 5 months in fact! Since the last time I’ve left her sadly neglected while I got on with other kits but today I dusted her off and gave her some TLC 🙂

This project pretty much revolves around filling, sanding and scribing. First up was another go at the intakes (which are ‘orrible). Here they’ve had numerous coats of filler and various rounds of sanding and they are slowly improving…



But there’s only so much you can do before you need to give it a coat of paint in order to see what your real progress is like. I gave the intakes a coat of neat Tamiya flat white…

The photo below makes things look much better than they actually are – in reality there is still much to do with the seams. But at least with a coat of paint I can easily see what is finished and just focus on the bits that require more filling…



Most of the effort for this update went into the ongoing scribing job. 5 months ago I’d got one half of the underside re-scribed, today I continued with the scribing on the other side.

The re-scribe isn’t too bad apart from the sheer amount of it, where most of the surfaces are flat you can scribe using a straight edge. The worst curves underneath are where the engines are, here Dymo tape is a must as it’s the only way you’re going to get a straight edge over such as tight radius…

In the interests of tight-waddery I cut the Dymo tape into thinner strips (thanks for the tip Phil) 😉



And after about 6 hours the lower surface of the starboard wing has also been re-scribed and I’m pretty much calling the underside complete as far a re-scribing goes.

Here’s a shot of the underside in all its re-scribed glory having had a quick wash of dark dirt wash to bring out the panel lines…



The good news is that the upper surfaces have far fewer panel lines, so by comparison will be much easier to re-scribe than the underside!

Next jobs – continue with the intakes and start fettling up the upper side 🙂


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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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