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Welsh Models 1/144 Vickers Varsity T1 (2015)

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Many of us will know that Welsh Models have, for some time now, been excellent providers of 1/144 vacform models, usually of the more esoteric british subjects.
What some of you may not know, is that they've recently begun to produce excellent resins.
For a vacform numpty such as myself, great rejoicing was had.

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NOTE that by making the nose cone a separate item, the modeller is encouraged to drill a large hole for inserting nose weight.
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I spent a small amount of time cleaning up the pieces from their small amounts of excess resin 'pouring stubs'.
I was then ready to go...

So, learning from my Andover build, I drilled out the fuselage, in readiness for much lead.
I took note of the instructions, regarding the depth of hole and trusted it would be enough...NOT!

I also used tape to help me ascertain the location for the astrodome.

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I glued on the flying surfaces and found that a just little filler was needed;

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...and then took a look at what I had to overcome...Hey Ho Silver!

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You won't be surprised to learn that the hole wasn't deep enough...
I won't bore you with the details, but, cutting a saga to a Haiku;

Drilling hole deeper
Big Boy's drill mined resin dust
Lead cave filled my mind.

If you look at the instruction sheet, you'll see the suggestion of the hole to be drilled out.
In actuality, I had to hollow out the fuselage from the wing leading-edge forwards, all the while taking care not to break the surface.
Needless to say, I took my time.
Got there in the end...

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Before I started, the model weighed 50g.
I needed an extra 20g of lead and Liquid Gravity.
NOTE that Liquid Gravity is not as dense as lead, so I used the proper stuff in fine strips, with the Liquid Gravity filling the remaining empty spaces.

Looking at the porky girl, it's easy to understand why she was affectionately known as the Flying Pig.
Apparently, she was prone to tail-sittery, especially if the occupants chose to use the bog at the back at the same time.
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You might've noticed the recessed windows. The instruction sheet states that the recesses are to facilitate painting. However, the sheet also recommends that, if I was to use the decal sheet and the windows provided on it, I should fill in the recesses.
Out with the filler...

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Some sanding and wiping later...

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I then set about adding coats of white.
(You'll notice that I've removed the tailplanes. This is to facilitate the addition of the decal windows and red cheat line later).

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I'm now adding the red over the white...

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Much masking did then occur...

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The Modelling Gods were relatively 'generous';

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Then, after studying too many on-line images, I noticed that the exhausts have metal protection plates;

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More masking ahead...
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Although each decal had to be cut out carefully from the sheet, which has a continuous carrier-film over it, they were of the right shape and, because I'd followed the instructions and provided a white base coat, the colours were good.
All in all, I'm happy enough with the result.

Welsh Models 1/144 Vickers Varsity T1, Central Flying School, RAF, 1953

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Re: Welsh Models 1/144 Vickers Varsity T1 (2015)

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Very nicely done.

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