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Vickers Valiant B Mk.2 Pathfinder
“The Black Bomber”
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A developed version of the Valiant B.1, the Valiant B.2, was intended as a Pathfinder to mark targets for the main bomber force and to reach its targets at low level and high speed. The B.2 had a strengthened airframe. The wing was strengthened by removing the large landing gear bays in the wing structure - instead each main landing gear retracted backwards into large fairings to the rear of the wings. The B.2 also had a lengthened fuselage with the extra length giving space for more avionics. The prototype B.2, serial number WJ954 first flew on 4 September 1953. Finished in a gloss black night operations paint scheme, it became known as the "Black Bomber". Its performance at low level was superior to that of the B.1
The 1:72 conversion set is designed to be used with the Airfix Valiant B Mk.1 kit
A simplified 1:144 conversion set is also being produced for use with the Micro-Mir Valiant B Mk.1 kit
IMPORTANT - REVISED CUTTING DIAGRAM.
Thanks to feedback from a fellow modeller we have been able to clarify and simplify the fuselage cutting diagram. Please use this diagram when building the conversion.
THIS DESCRIPTION APPLIES TO THE 1:72 CONVERSION.
The 1:72 conversion consists of a resin fuselage plug (between the cockpit and the wing leading edge) and two resin landing gear fairings on the trailing edge of each wing.The kit nose wheel and doors are used, but cast metal main landing gear units and doors, complete the conversion set. The 1:144 version has a simplified landing gear.
The photographs below show a completed Valiant B2 conversion, built by John Cotterill. John sent us the photographs which we use with his permission - many thanks John..
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