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

30th March 2014

Just another quick update while I’m in the groove…

I did a bit more work on the intakes, trying to get rid of the massive seams… Most of the seams can be got at with standard Flory sanding sticks and sponges for the curved areas, but the centre pillar is a real pig to get at.

So I took a Flory blue skinny sponge, cut about 15mm off the end and peeled one half of it from the plastic middle bit. The remainder was glued onto a stout piece of sprue with CA glue, and voila, a couple of trusty tickling sticks guaranteed to make it into the trickiest of crevices!



These made really light work of sanding back the Perfect Plastic Putty and after another heavy coat of neat Tamiya flat white they’re starting to look pretty good…


The photo above is pretty faithful to how it looks with the naked eye, the worst of the seams have gone, and there are only a few to deal with back in the depths of the intakes. A bit of PPP and a sand and they should blend in too…

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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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