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Vickers Valiant BK.Mk.1



1:72 Vickers Valiant BK.Mk.1 (Airfix A11001)


1 | 19. July 2017, 20:16
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Roland Sachsenhofer
The Vickers Valiant project will run alongside the B-47. It´s a nice comparison for me, as both planes share nearly the same dimension, purpose and the decade of their deployment.
The Valiants cockpit section is refined with Eduards interior set- nothing except the seat harnesses will be seen on the finished model. Therefore painting and detailing was done restrained.
It´s odd, but I have to say, Hasegawas old kit show better fit of parts than the recent Airfix kit dos.
19. July 2017, 20:27
Bart Goesaert
looks good so far, will anything be seen from the operator consoles when finished?
20. July 2017, 10:36
Roland Sachsenhofer
Ekki and Bart, thank you for your interest!
Literally nothing will be seen after attaching the final clear part you can see in picture number 5.....
To be honest, I have retrieved the etched part representing the operators panels for the spare-box after making the pictures :)

If the entrance hatch would be posed open, you could see directly in the operators compartment, therefore Airfix effort to show that area makes sense.
20. July 2017, 16:19
Burkhard D
Watchin' 8)

That's a very nasty comparison that makes the Valiant look like a stone-age relict. How about the Badger? Compares well in size.
20. July 2017, 18:29
Alexander G.
Wow, how many model are you building simultaneously? I must say the quality AND quantity of your models is quite remarkable..
20. July 2017, 18:41
Thomas Bischoff
interesting project - and looking very good!
20. July 2017, 18:51
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you guys!
Burkhard, that is quite a good ideas :) but the next heavies to follow will be a Vulcan- already on the way to the workbench- and Airfix´new Victor....
Alexander, actually I am tending to have three or four kits on the bench- not just started, but with the intention to get them done in a foreseeable time. Blackburns Roc is the third project currently- I have to finish it! :)
21. July 2017, 07:23
Bernd Korte
I'm in - you are spoiling me!
21. July 2017, 07:49
Stephan Ryll
Next big thing on your bench, I'll take a seat :)
21. July 2017, 10:20
Roland Sachsenhofer
Feel welcome!
Bernd, that feels good for me ;)
22. July 2017, 20:28
Roland Sachsenhofer
Wing and fuselage have now been joined -and most of the major parts have been attached.
Everything is sanded, and-in certain cases- filled except the joining of the fin and elevators. That´s a very problematic spot because the elevator is too much to thick for the gap in the fin.
25. July 2017, 18:15
25. July 2017, 18:52
Glenn .
Move over i need a seat! I think i have 2? or is it 3 of these big birds stashed away.
26. July 2017, 02:53
Łukasz Gliński
I'll join too
26. July 2017, 11:49
Glenn .
Hi Roland, How many of these are you doing? I see you've got a tanker version planned too is that right? I have 3 planned. One White one out of box as a blue steel carrier. One as a Aussie based silver? Atomic bomb test aircraft (with RAAF markings!) And the third as a B.2 Gloss Black Pathfinder conversion.
26. July 2017, 18:08
Roland Sachsenhofer
Hello mates, feel welcome!
Glenn, I am a great friend of building two or three versions of one model during the same building session, but this time I am doing just one- XD857 from the kits decal sheet.
I have considered to get for a silver one and -I would say: of course- an experimental gloss black pathfinder. No tanker conversion.... what made you think that? :)
I congratulate to your valiant effort to get three of these giants in the showcase. I WILL take a seat for that!
26. July 2017, 20:11
I found this about the RAAF Vickers Valiant in regards to the markings.
B.1 03/11/1954 First flight, delivered to RAF 08/02/1955
Previously visited Australia in 1955 as part of Operation Too Right
17/10/1961 Received by RAAF at Base Squadron Edinburgh Field,
17/10/1961 To A.V Roe and Co and operated by Base Squadron Edinburgh Field,
27/05/1963 Returned to the UK ex Edinburgh Field.
Highlight for Album: Valiant WP206
WP206 wore RAAF kangaroo roundels for a while, we don't know if they were officially approved!
26. July 2017, 21:05
Glenn .
I've got the Model Alliance? (I think?) decal sheet for the Valiant with RAAF rats on the fuselage and the Victor with "SAC" stars n stripes decals! I must add it to scalemates! It's not clear on the color scheme if it's silver or white? It looks a bit too dark for white anti-flash scheme but it does not tell you if it's silver or not? Confusing me as to what the correct color is. I can only find the odd b&w photo so hard to tell.

Here's a shot of the 1/144 MicroMir kit i found
27. July 2017, 03:04
Glenn .
Here's a link to a build article and it has a page from Model Aircraft Monthly June 2003 attached showing WP209 in RAAF markings! It's silver! That clears that up! The markings under the wing (the diamond and triangle) are RED not Black.
27. July 2017, 04:43
Roland Sachsenhofer
Hi Glenn and Wilky, I have bought the "airdecal Camouflaged and Silver Valiants" sheet with the original plan to build one of the early silver birds. Here are the Valiants ypu can get out of that sheet- some pretty colorful Valiants!
27. July 2017, 16:48
27. July 2017, 16:55
Roland Sachsenhofer
Some new pictures of the Valiant having been giving a rather crude preshading- I am eager to see how many bottles of white it will take to get that shading down to a sensible grade :)
The Valiants frame like landing gear construction has got cable harnesses made from thin copper wire.
27. July 2017, 17:32
Stephan Ryll
Very nice progress Roland (
27. July 2017, 17:58
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you Stephan!
28. July 2017, 09:19
Roland Sachsenhofer
I have sprayed over the original preshading with gray color to lessen the contrast of the black under the following white.
You can see the first steps of getting the Valiant glossy white. Again I am happy with the Gunze Acrylics, because the preshading is properly covered without problems- although it´s shining through; Of course, some more spraying sessions will follow, to get the intended white surface.
29. July 2017, 20:03
Roland Sachsenhofer
All is white now...... but I have to wait for a new batch of Gunzes glossy White- I have run out of it before the surfaces got the opaqueness I desire. In the meantime I will go for the minor parts- and for the Blackburn Roc, resting all too long on the bench :)
31. July 2017, 13:59
Dave Norman
This looks really nice Roland. I'll be following this. Good inspiration for mine.
31. July 2017, 14:41
Christian Ristits
Wunderschöne Maschine, bin total gespannt!
31. July 2017, 15:10
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you both- that´s very motivating!
I am now reworking the white surfaces here and there. And...... the jet-intakes have to be detailed a little bit further. No big deal, but important for a more correct look of the model.
1. August 2017, 09:41
Roland Sachsenhofer
Some Valiant-news.... I am content with the condition of the white surfaces at last- I have done quite some sessions of spraying an, all too often necessary, re-sanding. But I think that´s normal for a white surface.
Additionally I have added the tiny horizontal struts between the two air intake stacks, which is missing on Airfix kit.
Gloss coat has been prepared, so now on to some "decaling"!
22. August 2017, 16:51
Bernhard Pethe
Beautifully detailed and clean work, as one likes to look.
22. August 2017, 17:32
Roland Sachsenhofer
That´s very kind, thank you!
23. August 2017, 08:00
Christian Bruer
Very nice progress
23. August 2017, 09:01
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you a lot, Christian!
24. August 2017, 10:59
Maciej Bellos
It looks great so far Roland.
24. August 2017, 12:10
Bryn Crandell
Looking good so far. Didn't realize how similar in size they were to the B-47.
24. August 2017, 15:22
Stephan Ryll
it coming along nicely Roland
26. August 2017, 08:10
26. August 2017, 09:24
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you all guys! Yesterday I did complete the applying of the decals- Not an affair to do on one day considering the opulent decal sheet! :)
Tomorrow I will show you new pictures of the Valiant, which is awaiting some very restraint "wear and tear"
26. August 2017, 12:43
Roland Sachsenhofer
The new pics show the finished surface of the Valiant- finished relating the applying the decals of course :) The Airfix decal sheet, printed by Cartograph which is a very welcomed circumstance, is both in quality and quantity high end!
26. August 2017, 20:36
Christian Ristits
The low-vis markings are looking very good!
27. August 2017, 07:29
Roland Sachsenhofer
Oh yes, don´t they?
The wheel struts have got their quantum of retouching with pastels; maybe I will get the Valiant in her legs tomorrow :)
27. August 2017, 08:40
Roland Sachsenhofer
I got the Vickers Valiant finished :) That was quite a uncomplicated and strait build. Fit proved to be very convincing and with little enhancements here and there it can be built into a fine representation of this iconic "First of the V-bombers"!
Thank you all for your very appreciated comments and encouragements! It gave me an extra boost to masters this 72-scale giant! :)
29. August 2017, 18:38
David Thor
Beautiful! There really is something to these big bombers in white with roundels in pastel. As always, love how clean your build and paintjob is.
29. August 2017, 18:49
Stefan Fraundorfer
Great result Roland. I like your Valiant very much.
29. August 2017, 19:08
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you both for your comments! Indeed, I also like them in this finish!
29. August 2017, 19:10
Very nice. Congratulations, Roland!
29. August 2017, 20:04
Martin Oostrom
Brilliant job
29. August 2017, 20:51
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you guys, your comments make me quite proud!
30. August 2017, 08:38
Alexander G.
Wow, those roundels are heavily faded! Nice one, Roland! Wie am Fließband!!
30. August 2017, 08:45
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you very much Alexander!
The roundels are not faded but brightened up to minimize the effect off the atomic blasts heat.
30. August 2017, 09:04
Łukasz Gliński
Nice finish Roland, funny thing is roundels are faded, but not the stencils and dogs ;)
30. August 2017, 10:11
Bart Goesaert
very nice model... checked first for the direction of the pitot's on top, because on most aircraft these point the other direction, otherwise it would have been a useless remark (still is ;) by the way)
30. August 2017, 11:35
Stephan Ryll
That' a hell of a good job Roland :) a real eyecatcher
30. August 2017, 15:01
Christian Ristits
Fantastic build Roland, A++++!
30. August 2017, 18:15
Fabulous result! Well done.
30. August 2017, 18:40
Maciej Bellos
Great model Roland!
30. August 2017, 20:03
Erik Leijdens
Yes, great work Roland
30. August 2017, 20:25
Roland Sachsenhofer
Your comments are very kind, motivating and bracing!
Lukasz, indeed, that´s pretty inconsequent- but in case of nuclear apocalypse, who would have really cared about a bombers fate?
Thank you for all your interest!
31. August 2017, 08:28
Roland Sachsenhofer
Many thanks Lode, that´s very friendly!
1. September 2017, 08:09
Christian Bruer
Excellent work and finish
1. September 2017, 18:28
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you Christian. I really appreciate your comment!
1. September 2017, 18:39
Todd McLaughlin
What gauge wire did you use to detail the main landing gear?
9. November 2017, 14:19
Soeren .
Love it! Another fantastic result my friend :)
9. November 2017, 15:04
Miro Herold
As gone from the factory now. PERFECT BUILT Rolland!
9. November 2017, 15:37
Roland Sachsenhofer
Wow, thank you mates for these comments! Xldmstr, simple copper wire, twisted and enlaced for some areas, was used. There are plenty of pictures available to illustrate the twisted nature of this wiring.
10. November 2017, 09:46
Tim Heimer
Another fine piece you've added to your collection Roland!
10. November 2017, 12:23
Gianluca Godani
Very clean work
10. November 2017, 16:13
Alistair Graham
Great model
10. November 2017, 17:42
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you all for these kind remarks!
11. November 2017, 18:05
Tomislav Martan
Fantastic model.
11. January 2018, 09:02
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you Tomislav!
11. January 2018, 11:14

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