1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2
This is my just completed Airfix Sea Vixen. I started it about a year ago, but put it aside because I didn’t like the weak pylon attachments that Airfix provides. I really didn’t want to screw this one up. Some CA and accelerator helped me over that hump, and I finished it today.
This kit really is something special. I never thought we’d see 1/48 Vixen of this quality. I’ve loved this plane ever since my dad gave me a Frog Sea Vixen way back in the early ’70s.
Aside from the pylon issue, the Airfix Vixen just about falls together, and everything lines up spot on. That’s an achievement for a twin boom model.
I used seats from Quickboost and the radar operator’s “coal hole” canopy is from Alley Cat. While researching this plane I learned that these canopies were painted black on the inside by operational units because the radar light was very weak and difficult to see during the day. I scratch built FOD covers for the main intakes because I didn’t want to deal with seams inside. I replaced the kit’s pitot tubes with modified sewing needles.
I finished it with Tamiya lacquer Pure White, straight from the spray bomb (over white primer) underneath. The Extra Dark Sea Grey on top is airbrushed Xtracolor. The decals all snuggled down well with just a touch of MicroSol on the big “red X” decals on the plane’s back. I sealed it all together with a shot of Humbrol satin clear.
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