It's a Vulcan Jim but, not as we know it!!

Started by albeback, June 01, 2011, 05:30:42 AM

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Well, I finally started!! The Avro Vulcan B3. The premise behind this machine was that , following the Falklands War in 1982, the RAF decided that (like the B-52) the long range strike capability of the Vulcan was simply too valuable an asset to lose. It's replacement, the Tornado GR1 just couldn't compete in terms of range/payload. Subsequently, the decision was taken for nos 9, 617 & 44 Squadrons to retain their Vulcans which, would be subject to a major ( and radical) upgrade to keep them current into the 21st Century. I wanted to achieve a radically different appearance while retaining the aesthetic qualities of Avro's finest ( Lancaster fans feel free to disagree with this description ;D!!)
I decided that a tandem cockpit was needed. By one of life's little ironies, the donor kit for the tandem cockpit was a Tornado GR1!
In the first photo, you can see I have faired into the forward fuselage in order to retain the shape. In the following shots, I have first test fitted & then glued the fuselage halves together. Something didn't look right!! :banghead:
It was the nose I decided. Raising the cockpit seemed to make the nose look too short & out of proportion!! Off it came!!  The new nose was the spare one "donated" by the TU-22  which I  used for another"WHIF" & which has already appeared on the forum. Now, the observant among you will have noticed that a certain appendage is missing! ;D.

Yes, that's right - the tail! In Al's Whifworld, single fins & rudders are SOOOOOOOO yesterday!! ;D. Now, my recollection of Vulcan's history was that one of the original design concepts was for a tailless delta with vertical fins/rudders on the wingtips? Perhaps someone can correct/confirm.

That's what I wanted but, not VERTICAL!! No - that looks DULL!! So, I modified the wings thus ( last 3 photos). I haven't glued the wings on yet - I just dry fitted them to give an impression of what the finished article will look like. I think canard foreplanes will be nice as well.

Anyway, that's the story so far! Hope you like it. As always, I am open to your comments, constructive criticism, questions & suggestions.
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Quote from: Mossie on June 01, 2011, 05:45:57 AM
Barmy!  Liking it so far! :thumbsup:
Ditto Morocco Mole :thumbsup:


 :blink: Great idea and big proyect. :thumbsup:I like it :thumbsup: :bow: :bow:


Quote from: Mossie on June 01, 2011, 05:45:57 AM
Barmy!  Liking it so far! :thumbsup:

Agreed!       It's a Vulcan, Jim, but as we should have known it!  It looks a very stealthy beast too.  Well Done
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Methinks you'll get a lot of hate-mail from the purists.   ;)

Also makes me seriously reconsider the new Dragon 1/200th kit, and what could be done with/to it.  :wacko:


AFAIK you're correct about the tip fins on an early Vulcan proposal. I think that one also had the 4 circular intakes for the engines as well.

Your version looks LOADS better though.  :thumbsup: :cheers:
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The original design concept for what became the Vulcan was the AVRO 698 with wingtip fins but side by side seating for the crew.
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Was the Tornado donor in the same scale as the Vulcan? The seats look out of scale to me...


I think it looks bloody great!  :wub: :bow:

As for the purists: bomb 'em!  :wacko:

Quote from: PR19_Kit on June 01, 2011, 08:05:34 AM
AFAIK you're correct about the tip fins on an early Vulcan proposal. I think that one also had the 4 circular intakes for the engines as well.

Your version looks LOADS better though.  :thumbsup: :cheers:

Actually it had two circular intakes feeding vertically stacked engines near the centreline. The bomb(s) were in outboard bays....
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Super Cool & Well Done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Cue the 'Thunderbirds March' and watch the 'Experts' drop their Shorts ;D Hope to see more Great Work like this :cheers: :cheers: Dan