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1/72 Vickers VC10 C.1(K)
« on: February 21, 2021, 02:28:19 pm »
In an unusual daring moment, I decided to give this one a try.



First impressions:
It is a big aircraft and a huge model in this scale. I have built two of the V-bombers, but they feel about half as big as the VC10. And they already claim too much shelf space..  :rolleyes:

It is an absolute dog of a kit, Mach2 style, with very coarse ďdetailĒ and inexact casting. I havenít started even test fitting anything yet, but somehow, Iím not really worried. It might be nigh on impossible to build a perfect replica of the actual plane from this kit, but being the hamfisted cobbler I am, itís actually providing me with the perfect excuse not to deliver something top notch but rather fiddle along, having a good time. And thatís a rather nice feeling, actually.

So Iím looking forward to getting on with it, but first some rudimentary interior painting. Not much will be seen through the thick and uneven transparencies, but whatever may be hinted should at least look reasonable.

I will most certainly not bother to attempt any major corrections to the kit, neither to the nose profile nor to anything else. It will most certainly bear enough resemblance to a VC10 to make me tick anyway. And - from reviews, it seems as if the wing layout doesnít match neither the window arrangement nor the fuselage length for any real RAF bird, so I might have to write a backstory after all, actually making a whif out of an OOB build. Intriguing. I will have to read up better on the matter.

I suspect thisíll be another multi year project, and Iíve never been much for deadlines anyway (hence my absence from GB:s) but letís see how things turn out. I think Iím about to have a good time!
« Last Edit: February 24, 2021, 07:39:00 am by Pellson »
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 10:54:19 pm »
Looks like they've taken to it with a Ditch Witch! :o

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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 11:20:42 pm »
A Matchbox Hawk 200 should look pretty authentic next to this VC.10 model.  ;)

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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 12:06:55 am »
A Matchbox Hawk 200 should look pretty authentic next to this VC.10 model.  ;)

Itís a good thing I have the Hawk mentioned to go with the VC10, then..  ;D
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2021, 01:43:05 am »
Found that I had problems with the engines and T-tail,  that's why I kitbashed parts with the Heller Boeing E-3A/C.

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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2021, 02:08:43 am »
Found that I had problems with the engines and T-tail,  that's why I kitbashed parts with the Heller Boeing E-3A/C.

Interesting! I have to admit I have missed your effort. Do you have a project thread I can look into?
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2021, 04:26:19 am »
The RAF VC10s come in all possible variations though. Even the 'standard' ones had Super wings, fins and engines.

And then they bought up batches of ex-BA and Gulf Air Tens, that were in themselves 'different', so Mach2 may have made a mistake and moulded something authentic.  ;D
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2021, 04:40:49 am »
Well it sure looks like the Matchbox ditch digger did a little side hustle over at Mach 2!!
Good luck with this one. As you say, do it just for fun!
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2021, 05:13:17 am »
[...] , but somehow, Iím not really worried. It might be nigh on impossible to build a perfect replica of the actual plane from this kit, but being the hamfisted cobbler I am, itís actually providing me with the perfect excuse not to deliver something top notch but rather fiddle along, having a good time. And thatís a rather nice feeling, actually.

 ;D that is very close to how I fell about Mach2 kits, and therefore jump on them when I find them (in cheap 2nd hand  ;) )


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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2021, 07:02:14 am »
Your a braver man than me Gunga Din  :thumbsup:


It is an absolute dog of a kit, Mach2 style,

I've never really understood that simile (apologies to Mr Royal if it isn't one) even though I know what you mean, after all dogs are man's best friend  ;)
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2021, 09:01:53 am »
Found that I had problems with the engines and T-tail,  that's why I kitbashed parts with the Heller Boeing E-3A/C.

Interesting! I have to admit I have missed your effort. Do you have a project thread I can look into?
I don't think I have any photos of that build but there's photos on my Facebook page just search under Steven James McColm  albums/upload photos,  yes that's me in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force uniform and on my blog page under McColm.
I just found out that I have a Flickr account in the name of: sjmccolm681
There's loads of photos of started builds and I will transfer some on the Public album as well.
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Re: Vickers VC10 (Mach2)
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2021, 04:15:55 pm »
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Vickers VC10 C.1(K)
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2021, 07:34:15 am »
The RAF VC10s come in all possible variations though. Even the 'standard' ones had Super wings, fins and engines.

And then they bought up batches of ex-BA and Gulf Air Tens, that were in themselves 'different', so Mach2 may have made a mistake and moulded something authentic.  ;D

Reading up on the matter, it seems that principally, Mach2 has molded a C.1(K) but labelled it K.2. The only thing in the kit being K.2 is the fuselage HDU port which in the kit is an externally placed fairing, being easily omittable.
Then thereís the issue of whether the fuselage cabin windows number and grouping is correct - but I think I can live with it either way. As I will live with the dodgy nose profile.  ;)
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Re: 1/72 Vickers VC10 C.1(K)
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2021, 11:24:09 am »
You can always fill in the fuselage windows and use decals instead which gives you plenty of time to worry about them later but a lot of time doing PSR to start with.

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Re: 1/72 Vickers VC10 C.1(K)
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2021, 04:11:34 am »
Having scrutinised some photography, it's pretty clear that the kit is a C.1(K) but with two added windows to the port. Also, the RAF serial decal (XV107) is a C.1(K), so the main question is - why did MACH 2 ever label it a K.2?
Sod it, it's now going to be build OOB, just closing the aforementioned windows. Easy peasy. Or something.  ;)
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