Vickers Valiant models in 1/72 scale
MACH 2and CONTRAIL vacuform
Wings and tailplanes
Next, I turned to the wings and tailplanes. The trailing edges will benefit from thinning them down a bit.
On the surfaces, some tiny flow guiding vanes are moulded on in the kit parts. I refined these with a small file and made them thinner. Also, I rescribed the control surfaces hinge lines with the Olfa P-cutter. The edges should be more prominent. I also cut-in sides of the control surfaces at the the trailing edges with a razor saw at the elevators, trimtabs, ailerons and flaps.
The main gear bays are OK, but I needed to scrape of some plastic at their forward edges as otherwise the wing leading edges of the upper and lower halves would not meet.
After sub-assembly, the intakes were
fitted inside the wings and I filled up the various edges , gaps and ridges
with car filler. After sanding the results are quite OK to take final overall
Next step was to do the basic assembly.
The wings would not really fit on the fuselage junction areas and wing roots have inaccurate angles and thicknesses.
The assembly of the wings to the fuselage is a very difficult exercise that may ruin your whole effort if not done properly. So take your time.
I sanded the wing root surfaces as
flat as possible to get a symmetrical dry fit. After that I used two component
glue, aligned the wingtips to be symmetrical and set the wings-fuselage
assembly aside 24 hours to dry. I taped the wings to a sort of made assembly
jig to make sure they would not change dihedral while the glue is drying.
You will also find that the fuselage is difficult to "set complete vertically"
while assembling the whole lot.
At no surprise, it turned out that
the wing-fuselage junction needed still a lot of filler. I added also lots
of plastic strip and sprue to get an even stronger joint and to avoid using
to much filler.
The vertical and horizontal stabilizer were made as a separate set. Aligning these parts was not that easy and you need to check if everything is symmetrical. The joint between vertical and horizontal stabilizers needed gap filling with sprue and putty.
Next step was to fit the vertical
and horizontal tail assembly on the rear upper fuselage. I drilled some
holes and used metal pins to get a stronger joint. Again putty,putty.....
and sanding was needed. Then, thinner guiding vanes from thin strip were
added on the lower horizontal stabilizer. (I could not find pictures that
they were also fitted on the upper surfaces).
Next, the wing flow guiding vanes
were fitted on the outboard wings. I made new ones from thin card and the
gaps were filled with white glue and smoothened out.
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