The subject of this group build is the diorama, broadly defined. It is open to any scale, genre, medium, or subject matter: sci-fi, military, non-military, aircraft, ships, tanks, animals, historic scenes... whatever takes your fancy!
I thought I'd chuck my hat into the ring here and go in with what seems to be popular choice. The mid Atlantic refuelling of Black Buck Vulcan XH607.
if anybody else wants to do this you are more than welcome!! I won't get precious.
So my Dio will involve:
This (ooooh new tool ....fell the badge ken)
And this (old tool...order more putty)
roughly put together in a sketch by a 4 year old...
The idea is to suspend the two aircraft on magic poles (clear poly rod) in a clean configuration with the Victor trailing the drogue and 607 just about to connect, all above a pink turbulent sunset sky... (a photo/picture or possibly some 3d clouds??)
something close to this...
So that's the idea. when the victor arrives on the door step i'll start.
I saw the 1-72 KC-10 refueling combination at Columbus, OH (US Nats) last year when I was there. It certainly attracted a lot of attention from show-goers. I've seen a few Victor / Vulcan refueling combos in 1-144 in my travels too but not one done in 1-72 so I'm looking forward to following the progress on this one.
Apart from the refueling equipment on the Victor K.2 I'm not sure what other modifications were made to the B.2 airframe to get it to K.2 configeration. I have that information somewhere in my references as I planned to make the Matchbox K.2 at some point previously but the release of the Airfix B.2 has had me wondering on what I would have to do to modify the B.2 to a K.2.
Johnsnz is right the wingspan was 3.2ft smaller (18 inches on either side) to lessen the stress to the wing box which was already showing signs of trouble (lots of low altitude flying)
The other big-ish mod is the Bluesteel bay, that has to go and the heat exchanger box .... i'm kind of hoping the B2 has the conventional bay as an option but it looks like both variants have the Bluesteel missle. so probably have to rebuild the bay and doors.
other than that the K2 was not to much differnet, the B1 for instance needs major work as the intakes and wings were quite different.
Th Victor doesn't bother me so much.... i've heard horror stories about the Vulcan...
Does anybody remember Mike from MCH ?? about 4 years ago i brought the Airfix Vulcan up to the counter, and he just looked at me and said...."No" then calmly took the box and walked back over to the shelf and put it back!!
He explained after building the XB-70 the Vulcan would push me over the edge... apparently the wings are just awful and much boiling of the kettle is needed to make them straight.... we will see!
Craig Sargent wrote: Or if you are feeling REALLY adventurous, the tanker on the clear rod, and the Vulcan suspended via the drogue and refueling probe (I've seen it done with a B-52 and KC-10 in 1/72!!)
i have both the B:52 and KC-10 in 1:72 and they are HEAVY!! man that would need to be a steel rod or something for it not to sag over time... it would also need to be thin enough to fit down the boom of the vulcan,... not sure it can be done??? I could see how you'd do the KC-10 to the B-52 you could run it the length of the fuse to on both models balance it.
I wonder whether it might be less of a pain to use the Matchbox Victor for this and save the Airfix. The Matchbox isn't too much of a pain to build, and the level of detail will match the Vulcan given that they are of basically the same vintage.