H.S. Buccaneer S2B, 12 Sqn., RAF, Lossiemouth, Scotland, 1985, Group Build.

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  1. Airframes

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    Name: Terry.
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    Kit: Airfix H.S. Buccaneer S2B.
    Scale: 1/48th.
    Accessories: None. Some scratch-built bits and bobs.

    Here's my second entry for the 'Cold War' GB. I got this kit in 1994, and started on the cockpit about six years ago, and it's been sitting gathering dust ever since! There's a bit of a story behind the reason for getting this kit, which I'll briefly relate later. But first, a bit of information on the kit, and the aircraft itself.
    This was one of the 'new generation' of Airfix 1/48th scale kits, following on from their success with the introduction of the 1/48th scale range in the late 1970's to early 80's, with kits which then, were state of the art, and very well accepted. At the time the Buccaneer was released, Airfix also announced a pair of E.E. (BAC) Lightning kits, and a Canberra. The former appeared to great reviews, whilst the latter eventually made an appearance, as a series of four kits (!) after many changes in the fortunes of Airfix, just over a year ago. The Buccaneer in particular employed some new techniques in injection moulding tools and production, including, I believe, spark erosion. The general response to the kit was one of satisfaction, although there were, and are, a few issues which can't be ignored, the main one being the method of assembling the fuselage. Unlike 'traditional' kits, where the fuselage halves are split vertically, this kit is split horizontally, with the whole fuselage being moulded in two halves, with the exception of the tail speed brake. This can, and does, lead to some problems of assembly. There are a few other small problems, and the overall design and parts moulding is somewhat mixed, with sharply defined areas, and some rather soft, vague components. However, this is a big and impressive model, so it's probably fortunate that it can be built with the wings folded, and, with care and attention, it can be made into a superb replica of the big and chunky 'Banana Bomber'.
    Hopefully, I'll be able to illustrate those areas which need careful attention during the course of the build, and I'll start in the next post, with the cockpit.
    Now a little of the aircraft itself, and the reason for obtaining the kit.
    The Buccaneer was designed in the 1950's for a Royal Navy requirement, first entering service as the S1 in 1962 and was followed by themuch improved, and more powerful, Rolls Royce 'Spey'-powered S2 in 1965. As a consequence, it was big, heavy, and very capable. Everything about the aircraft is big, with some major structural components being machined from the solid!
    The RAF also had a requirement for a low-level strike, and maritime strike aircraft and, in the late 1960's, around 62 Royal Navy aircraft were transferred to the RAF as the S2A, being followed by a further 51 new aircraft, built to RAF specification, as the S2B.
    The Buccaneer equipped two sqaudrons in RAF Germany, in the low-level strike role, and three squadrons in the UK in the maritime srtike role, plus an OTU for crew training and conversion.
    During the 1991 Gulf War, 'Bucs' operated from Muharraq, Bahrain, using laser target designation for Tornado GR1's, as well as carrying out their own bombing sorties, using LGB's.
    Although I'd often seen Buccaneers at air shows, and flying at very low-level over the north-east coast of England, the first time I saw one up close was in the summer of 1985, when I visted a friend who was on 12 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth, in the North of Scotland. The sheer size of the beast, and what seemed like a long, steep climb up to the cockpit was, to say the least, very impressive!
    At that time, the 'Buc', and 12 Squadron, were operating in the maritime strike role, where potential targets would have been vessels of the Soviet Northern Fleet, either making incursions into the North Sea off the British coastline, or much further afield, off northern Norway and beyond.
    Ten years later, I was to come into contact with a 'Buc' again, when a wealthy friend, with whom I was involved in a business venture, actually bought an operational Buccaneer, the markings for which are included in the Airfix kit, and hence the reason for obtaining it!
    Briefly, the plan was to display the 'Buc' on the air show 'circuit' in the UK and Europe, and some provisional bookings had already been aranged for the following year. Meanwhile, my friend, who had a PPL and some hours on jets, including MiG's(!), would get 'converted to type', and I would do the 'back seater's' job, as the Buc needs a two-man crew. This would be done on the ex-RAF simulator, and some slots were actually completed on this. But, there was a snag moving the aircraft, as it couldn't be flown from it's location, due to a runway closure since it arrived there. A problem, with a bridge over a railway, caused major problems if the aircraft was to be dismantled and moved by road. So, the plans never happened, the 'Buc' remained where it was and, as far as I know, is still part of that particular (large) museum!
    Sorry for the long introduction, but hopefully it's given a bit of background info on this remarkable aircraft. I'll post some pics very soon, showing the cockpit as it was when the build was 'shelved'.
     

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  2. bemay

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    great stuff terry
     
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    I was fortunate to work with them more then once
     
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    Nice Terry!
     
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    Great connection there Terry and this one should look impressive when done this time around - looking forward to this. 8)

    Cheers

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    Very cool, and love the Buccaneer
     
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    Ooooooo!!!!! :cool:
     
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    Nice one Terry! Sounds like you'll have your hands full with all those projects going at once!
     
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    Cool stuff Terry. :thumbright:
     
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    Thanks for the enthusiastic response guys! I've been waiting for an excuse, or a kick up the aristotle really, to get this one done. I sort of lost interest, or motivation, part-way through doing the cockpit, probably due to the less-than perfect decal and moulded detail arrangement.
    This time, I should get stuck- in properly, and make a reasonable job out of it. It'll have folded wings - to save space, as per RAF practice!
     
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    Here's how the cockpit looked when the build was shelved years back. The seats had some small extra details added, and the harness made from paper, foil and thin plastic card, with the lower firing handles from stretched sprue.
    PICS 1 to 3 show the basic set-up, with the rather thick decals on the panels and consoles. The whole area will have a bit of a tidy up (and a dusting!) and some re-painting, and the lower seat firing handles, and parts of the harnesses, will be replaced with better scratch-built parts. The radar screen in the rear cockpit will recieve some attention also.
    PIC 4. This shows the over scale control column grip, what looks like a black fence post sticking up between the instrument panel and seat!
    It actually measures out at about the right dimensions for 1/24th scale, not 1/48th scale! I think someone must have been having a bad day when this part was designed for the kit!
    The control column on the Bucc protrudes from the base of the instrument panel, rather like the gear lever on the old Renault 5, and I'll remove this and make a new one, to scale!
    That's all that's been done so far, apart from a little bit of painting preparation, about six years ago. I'm hoping that once the fuselage halves are joined, I'll regain some enthusiasm for this kit, and make some progress. Test-fitting shows it's going to be a tricky and involved job!
    Thanks again, and I'll post some more soon.
     

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    Looking forward to your progress on this one Terry. I see what you mean about the control column it's humungus
     
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    Thanks Mag and Jan.
     
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    Looking good Terry old boy!
     
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    Great second choice Terry and what a good tail behind you reasoning, and it's as you imply, a brut of a machine. Looking forward to your progress reports.

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    Nice work Terry! Nice choice of aircraft too.
     
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    Thanks Andy, Vic and Evan. Got to find the inspirtion to get started,,,,got to find the inspiriation to get started.... got to....
     
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