TSR-2 photos

I have my Airfix TSR-2. Because I ordered it so long ago it went to my old address, despite the fact that I’ve bought, and received, other stuff from the suppliers in the meantime. I’m not likely to build it for a while, but here are a few pictures of the sprues. No in depth review, I have only taken them out for the pictures and put them back again. Click on the image for the full picture.

The box art. One presentation of the model suggests itself- the TSR and Lightning on the tarmac whilst their pilots chat in front of them and technicians run through pre-flight checks.

The sprues were sealed in a plastic bag and the transparencies were in their own bag
inside this.

The fuselage halves are on a large sprue.

The pilots, some cockpit detail and a selection of non-undercarriage struts. I won’t be putting the crew inside the plane, I’d rather have a couple of figures on the tarmac in front of the plane.

Mostly bomb bay and engine details on this sprue. There are two loads, an instrument package from the test flights (bottom right, I think) and atomic bomb (I’ll let you find that for yourself). You know I’m not going to be putting the instrument package in it.

The wings have an interesting design that a few people have commented on. It should cut down on the amount of filler where it meets the fuselage.

Mostly undercarriage and underside details on this sprue.

I need to build a couple of other large aircraft kits before I’ll feel confident in tackling this one- I have a Vulcan and a Revell built “Amerika Bomber” flying wing that I can practice on. And those aren’t going to be started until I have somewhere I can safely airbrush.

Another reason to put off building the kit is that there are few detailing sets available yet. I expect some will appear in a month or two. There are the “could have been” decal sets, though. I like the look of “Bad Attitude/ Hello Saddam” from Gulf War 1.

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