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Great model kit
on 27 August 2016
This is a very impressive 1:72 model of the mighty Avro Vulcan.
More specifically it is a rally good reproduction of XH558, which you may have seen doing flying displays at air shows right up to when the aircraft retired from flying for the second time in 2015.
In the box you get the injection moulded aircraft parts, a set of acrylic paints (including two brushes), a set of instructions and a set of transfer decals. The instructions, as with all Airfix kits, are well designed and very detailed. All you have to do is follow them in the order shown and you can’t go wrong.
I found the most difficult part of this kit was assembling the big components such as the wings and fuselage. The fuselage, for example, is about 300mm (one foot) long and it contains a number of different connecting points around openings, such as the bob bay, and construction joints, such as the wing mounts. The tolerances in the injection moulding process are limited and the two fuselage parts are always slightly warped relative to each other. It is quite difficult to connect the two fuselage components together and then hold them in place until the adhesive hardens, without opening up joints in one place or another. If you have a slight gap and you force the components together to seal the gap, you open up a gap somewhere else. This is simply a consequence of the size of the components and the manufacturing tolerances of the injection moulding process used in manufacture.
In my opinion the paints set is poor. The pots of acrylic paint are too small for the size of the model and the acrylic paint itself, in my opinion, is not as good as good as more traditional modellers enamel paint. If you do want to use the paints supplied be aware that (a) you need to use a good quality acrylic primer (not supplied) first and (b) you may run out of the two main camouflage colours because the small amount supplied with the kit is simply inadequate foe the surface area to be painted. I ended up not using the acrylic paints supplied at all and instead I bought larger cans of standard enamel paint at about £1.50 per can. These worked great.
The decals are easy to apply and there is a detailed diagram showing where they go on the model.
Overall I think this is a great model kit of a famous aeroplane and I certainly recommend it. When I bought the kit it was on sale at under £30 on Amazon and I think that is a reasonable price. It is a ig imposing model and you get a lot of plane for your money.