by Helmut Scherer
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Here are some photos of my
latest project, a North American XB-70 Valkyrie in 1/48 scale.
Only two prototypes were
built. The aircraft 20001 still survives in the USAF museum at Wright
Patterson Air Force Base in the USA. The second plane was lost in a fatal
midair collision with Jo Walkers F-104 in June 1965. My model represents
the No1 plane.
A friend of mine made the
fuselage and wings using a glassfibre method.
I assisted him with all the
reference material, such as plan, books and all the other stuff.
The crew ladder is
completely scratchbuilt, assisted by only a few photographs.
It was a lot of work to
build the model, because it is over 4 feet long and you have to handle it
- you need always need to turn it!
All the markings are masked
and airbrushed. Only the tiny stencils are decals.
After the first coat of
primer, I sprayed the entire model in gloss white (two components enamel).
After 4 weeks of drying I polished all surfaces to a high gloss finish.
After applying the markings
with airbrush I sprayed the model again with a clear cote (two components
enamel) but only with a 90% gloss. Now I removed and sanded down all the
tiny dots of dust etc. and polished it again.
It looks great!
After building a KC-97 and
my XC-99 this is my third big bird. I love it! My Globemaster II is still
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2003 by Helmut Scherer
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17 March, 2004
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