Avro Vulcan Refueling Probe Boom

Published: February 4th, 2017     
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Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model
Price: $5.00
Product / Stock #: AM-72-098

Many people don’t know that I am half English. I use that as an excuse to love some of the more interesting British aircraft. One such plane is the famous Avro Vulcan. Just something about that big bat shaped wing appeals to me. I have never had the good fortune to see one fly in person but I have seen video and have been able to view a few in the flesh.

This, of course, means that I have the old Airfix 1/72nd scale kit in the stash. To say that this kit needs some loving attention to build right is probably an understatement based on some of the builds I have seen online but one day I will tackle her and mark her up in as one of the bombers used in the Falklands.

One thing you may not know is that the Vulcan fleet had had their refueling probes removed prior to 1982 and the maintenance crews had a hard time tracking down probes to get aircraft ready for action even resorting to taking probes off museum planes.

With this in mind we come to Master Models latest item in their continually growing line which will help us replace that refueling probe in the Airfix kit.

This one couldn’t be simpler, one nicely turned metal refueling probe is all that is included and the detail is fantastic. To use the item the simple instructions advise you on where to cut the old part and the size of drill bit needed to accommodate the new part. And that, as they used to say on Benny Hill or was it Monty Python, is that.

Thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

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