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Old 09-25-2014, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got this in from the FlyingMule (they just got a restock shipment)

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Now I know there has been much debate over this model in regards to the colors, the joint line, and the weight so hopefully my pictures can give you a better idea of what the product is really like under even lighting. Now I’m not an expert on the Vulcan, I just think it looks great in my display since it’s a very unique (and BIG) model. It stretches 16.75” in length and 18.5” in Width. Now in regards to the diecast/plastic usage, from what I can tell, the fuselage area is the diecast portion, the wings and tails are plastic. Now that doesn’t mean there’s no weight to it, in fact, it might rank in as one of the heaviest models in your collection. The model with it’s landing gear down (no display stand), weighs in just over 2.3 lbs. Now to give you an idea of another diecast comparison: Century Wings Sr-71 (also a large model and was once debated over diecast/plastic usage) – that model with it’s landing gear down (no display stand) weighs in at 1.14 lbs. It’s just that in our minds we are expecting a greater weight because we see a larger surface area but in reality it does have some weight to it.

Moving onto the joint lines, it is “there” but not really noticeable in person – pictures do highlight the features of the lines and when I look at my own photo in relation to the physical model in front of me, it does look better in person. Finally in regards to the colors – that ultimately is up to you what you think it’s correct. When XH558 returned to the sky back in 2007 – it was painted with a lighter color scheme – some pictures back in the 70s of this bird has a darker tone grey to match this model. Then again, it could be the old photo or an sky overcast that gave it that color – nevertheless, I wanted to get this historic bird. I could have waited for a “operation black buck” to show up but personally I prefer the camouflage under the belly rather than dark grey. And I fear the all-white version might show too much joint lines whereas this one “masks” it. Like I said, hopefully this review gave you a better idea of this model has to offer, I’m glad to have one in my collection. Here are the pictures:

Just to give you an idea of the size of the box itself, those tiles you see are 1 foot x 1 foot. So the box size itself is already 2 feet long




A size comparison with an RAF BAE Hawk also made by Corgi in same 1:72 scale

A close up at those joint lines:


Again: I can't imagine the black buck scheme with this entire bottom portion grey, so that's why I decided not to wait. I like the bottom half in this camo scheme

Here are all the accessories that comes with it.In case you were wondering: no this release does not have a payload since it’s mainly a showbird. But I do see in the box where they have the display stand – they have a space cut out for a potential weapon payload for a future release – possibly a blue steel missile. The landing gear struts are made of metal.

And a closeup of the open bay itself





Hope this review was useful, thanks for looking.
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that is seriously one of the most beautiful models I've ever seen. I will start saving.
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Excellent review as always SKF.

Yep, it seems only the join line is only noticeable much at certain angles.

Good work with the weight comparisons mate.

Still cant get past the colours though. But as I have noted on another thread....an easy code 3 will fix.
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Beautiful photos, especially like the one from head on. Makes me interested in getting one even though I hadn't ever intended to!
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It's a nice looking Vulcan model! Me thinks I'll get it.
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I'm pleased they got the Union Flag the right way up.

Awesome photos!

Here's a shot my dad took just before it retired in 1992/1993. It was at an airshow (pretty sure at Bruntingthorpe). Still have scattered memories of seeing it.

It's not a great scan but you can see the colour difference.


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Great photos as ever. Much appreciated. As to the colour scheme, I have seen pictures where the colours look like the model, it has much to do with the light. I'll still order one. Hattons of Liverpool are selling them for £153.
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Another great review SKF, very much appreciate the time you've spent putting this together.

I was a little concerned seeing the early photos released but it certainly looks from these that Corgi have done an excellent job. Definitely looking forward to an anti-flash white release now.

As a matter of curiosity, how stable is the model sat on it's stand? The base looks quite small relative to the model, which as you say certainly isn't a light bird.

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Nice presentation! It's a great looking model.
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Never really appreciated how big this was till I saw your pic of it next to that hawk. Nice review as always. Not that much interested in the aircraft but it's good to see that something this big can be produced in diecast. Can we expect something like a B1 or B2 in the future....Hm
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Great review, SKF. I pulled the trigger for this one, and I'm very pleased with it despite the color snafu. I think Corgi is waiting to see how this goes before committing to any other large-scale projects like a Victor or Valiant.
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Very nice. Is this like the one in the James Bond movie "Thunderball"
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Very nice. Is this like the one in the James Bond movie "Thunderball"
The Vulcans shown in "Thunderball" were from stock footage. The aircraft used was actually a 3/4 size mockup. The model Corgi made represents the last Vulcan to leave service and the only one still flying for airshows.
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Attachment 96576

The colors of the Vulcan camo really depend on the light hitting the jet.

Attachment 96577

Both photos were taken at an airshow in The Netherlands in 2009. The first sunny one gives the green a more leafy green color, whereas the overcast one definitely has a lot more olive drab to it.

I don't think the camo on the model is a deal breaker to me, neither is the plastic used. Overall it looks like a very decent interpretation of the Vulcan.

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Humerous analogy Richard, my white car looks black at night

The incorrect colours are a total & utter balls up, Corgi should be damned ashamed of themselves for getting such an important release so wrong - particularly when the pre-pro model was spot on.

Mine is due any day - until I see it I wont know if I'll keep it or put it straight on EBay
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You must have a strange car then. Mine still looks silver at night... Haha... ;-)

Forgot a line: I must say you are right on the pre-pro that one looked exactly right. Mystery to me why they changed the type of green.
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The Vulcans shown in "Thunderball" were from stock footage. The aircraft used was actually a 3/4 size mockup. The model Corgi made represents the last Vulcan to leave service and the only one still flying for airshows.
No they weren't. The two Vulcans were B.1As XA913 (ground) and XH506 (flying scenes) filmed especially for the movie. Full size nose /cockpit was built and submerged of the Bahamas, the frame is still there to this day. (look EoN got the colour right in 1965)



Models were used for the water landing scene and one of these restored is used to promote XH558.

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No they weren't. The two Vulcans were B.1As XA913 (ground) and XH506 (flying scenes) filmed especially for the movie. Full size nose /cockpit was built and submerged of the Bahamas, the frame is still there to this day. (look EoN got the colour right in 1965)



Models were used for the water landing scene and one of these restored is used to promote XH558.
Huh. Well, I guess my source was wrong. It said that the RAF did not participate in the filming of the movie other than to have an adviser on the set and allow some measurements and non-classified details of the aircraft to be photographed. I wish I still had the article, but it's been several years since I read this. There was also a full-fuselage 3/4 scale model that was submerged, not just the cockpit...it's shown in the movie. The model landing was a smaller model, the splashing dubbed in with crude special effects of the time.
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That looks fantastic to this un-trained eye. I was a little let down its not more metal, but then again if those wings were all metal, the thing would weigh too much to be on a stand safe anyway, and sometimes on plastic it seems to me the detail is higher anyway.

I got's to get me on, time to start selling off doubles :-)

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Thanks for the review! I got mine today and I must say Its not perfect but I'm happy with it.The colours go perfectly with Corgi Jaguar T2 and Hunter T7 and others. In my opinion really a must have
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Nice one mate, as long as you are happy with your model that's all that counts

Be interesting to see what scheme they do next - white should be safe
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First off all i am sorry for my bad english. I have this Die Cast Modell now and i like it and hate it. In my eyes a realy big chance to make an exceptionel Die Cast , but so much plastic........and why the bomb bay is empty???? No bombs, no blue steel , maybe some additional buisiness next......i will keep the Vulcan cause its a great airplane, but i am dissapointed about corgi`s job, i still have Lancaster and Halifax, thats solid die cast, but Vulcan i am Sorry, maybe a Victor get more Metall next
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First off all i am sorry for my bad english. I have this Die Cast Modell now and i like it and hate it. In my eyes a realy big chance to make an exceptionel Die Cast , but so much plastic........and why the bomb bay is empty???? No bombs, no blue steel , maybe some additional buisiness next......i will keep the Vulcan cause its a great airplane, but i am dissapointed about corgi`s job, i still have Lancaster and Halifax, thats solid die cast, but Vulcan i am Sorry, maybe a Victor get more Metall next
If you have a Corgi Halifax then it's not solid diecast - plenty of plastic in those too which caused a bit of a stir back in the day!

That said the Halifax is a wonderful model

I'm not overly bothered with the metal content in the Vulcan, more the colours
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If you have a Corgi Halifax then it's not solid diecast - plenty of plastic in those too which caused a bit of a stir back in the day!

That said the Halifax is a wonderful model

I'm not overly bothered with the metal content in the Vulcan, more the colours
Yep, the three Halifaxs I have are splendid. The plastic content has not hurt their resale price either.

Same here, the plastic content I am not bothered about at all with the Vulcan....the colours on the other hand................
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First off all i am sorry for my bad english. I have this Die Cast Modell now and i like it and hate it. In my eyes a realy big chance to make an exceptionel Die Cast , but so much plastic........and why the bomb bay is empty???? No bombs, no blue steel , maybe some additional buisiness next......i will keep the Vulcan cause its a great airplane, but i am dissapointed about corgi`s job, i still have Lancaster and Halifax, thats solid die cast, but Vulcan i am Sorry, maybe a Victor get more Metall next
the bomb bay is empty because it's an airshow plane. & no blue steel anyway as it was a later-serving plane when in service.
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As for the paint sheme I now believe the same painter is now working for HM on F-15s I think his optician has him booked in for a colour blindness test next week.
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Thanks for the review! I got mine today and I must say Its not perfect but I'm happy with it.The colours go perfectly with Corgi Jaguar T2 and Hunter T7 and others. In my opinion really a must have
If the camo matches nicely with the Jag and Hunter etc, does that mean either all the other cold war RAF jets are painted in wrong colours as well, or has Corgi actually got the paint right on the Vulcan after all?

These are obviously standard paint schemes and they all should have been painted in the same grey and green.
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If the camo matches nicely with the Jag and Hunter etc, does that mean either all the other cold war RAF jets are painted in wrong colours as well, or has Corgi actually got the paint right on the Vulcan after all?

These are obviously standard paint schemes and they all should have been painted in the same grey and green.
No the Vulcan should be Medium Sea Grey and Dark Green as were the Victor and Valiant.
Hunters, Jags ,Lightnings ,Phantoms,Harriers etc are Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green camo.
A few Vulcans in the early 80s had the Dark Sea Grey ,Dark Green scheme but 558 is not one of them.

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Gorgeous model. Reminds me of my first model kit, the Airfix 1/72 Vulcan. It was way beyond my modelling capability as a first model, had massively poor fit, but I really loved it. Feeling like I should get one of these just to relive those childhood moments! Thank for posting.
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I'm going to see this bird fly at Yeovilton in July...can't wait, and I might be tempted with a model of her when I have the spare funds...this is a truly massive model! Might be more sensible getting one of the 1:114 versions myself as I don't think I'd have the space to display this glorious beast!
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Item: AA27201, 4000 pieces

Now I know there has been much debate over this model in regards to the colors, the joint line, and the weight so hopefully my pictures can give you a better idea of what the product is really like under even lighting. Now I’m not an expert on the Vulcan, I just think it looks great in my display since it’s a very unique (and BIG) model. It stretches 16.75” in length and 18.5” in Width. Now in regards to the diecast/plastic usage, from what I can tell, the fuselage area is the diecast portion, the wings and tails are plastic. Now that doesn’t mean there’s no weight to it, in fact, it might rank in as one of the heaviest models in your collection. The model with it’s landing gear down (no display stand), weighs in just over 2.3 lbs. Now to give you an idea of another diecast comparison: Century Wings Sr-71 (also a large model and was once debated over diecast/plastic usage) – that model with it’s landing gear down (no display stand) weighs in at 1.14 lbs. It’s just that in our minds we are expecting a greater weight because we see a larger surface area but in reality it does have some weight to it.

Moving onto the joint lines, it is “there” but not really noticeable in person – pictures do highlight the features of the lines and when I look at my own photo in relation to the physical model in front of me, it does look better in person. Finally in regards to the colors – that ultimately is up to you what you think it’s correct. When XH558 returned to the sky back in 2007 – it was painted with a lighter color scheme – some pictures back in the 70s of this bird has a darker tone grey to match this model. Then again, it could be the old photo or an sky overcast that gave it that color – nevertheless, I wanted to get this historic bird. I could have waited for a “operation black buck” to show up but personally I prefer the camouflage under the belly rather than dark grey. And I fear the all-white version might show too much joint lines whereas this one “masks” it. Like I said, hopefully this review gave you a better idea of this model has to offer, I’m glad to have one in my collection. Here are the pictures:

Just to give you an idea of the size of the box itself, those tiles you see are 1 foot x 1 foot. So the box size itself is already 2 feet long




A size comparison with an RAF BAE Hawk also made by Corgi in same 1:72 scale

A close up at those joint lines:


Again: I can't imagine the black buck scheme with this entire bottom portion grey, so that's why I decided not to wait. I like the bottom half in this camo scheme

Here are all the accessories that comes with it.In case you were wondering: no this release does not have a payload since it’s mainly a showbird. But I do see in the box where they have the display stand – they have a space cut out for a potential weapon payload for a future release – possibly a blue steel missile. The landing gear struts are made of metal.

And a closeup of the open bay itself





Hope this review was useful, thanks for looking.
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