Where to start with the options on the Sea Vixen. Probably with the colour scheme. As well as its service as a Naval fighter the Sea Vixen also enjoyed a multiplicity of other roles including refuelling, target towing and various testing roles, all of which have led to a positive frenzy of colourful schemes, as you can see.
However most of these are too bright and “Lairy” for My liking in this larger scale, and the prospect of trying to mask and paint those hazard stripes on some of the schemes, frankly, gives Me the collywobbles. However, one colour scheme I would love to do is this.
I first saw the red bull sponsored Sea Vixen at Goodwood I think, and it was an impressive sight. However no one makes decals for this aircraft and I certainly could not reproduce those logo’s with any degree of accuracy. Curiously that self-same aircraft, in it’s latest livery, replicating a Royal Navy aircraft is one of the four options provided for in the kit decals. All in the same white/Dark Grey colour scheme. However, as with the Vampire T11 this preserved aircraft has a paucity of stencilling, which, fiddly and time-consuming as it is to apply really livens up a model for Me. So, that leaves Me with three variants based on actual aircraft of the time. One is easily dismissed, the version on the box top is initially attractive with it’s “Sharks mouth” But the flower power petals on the tailplane are hideous. That only leaves two, and the real difference between them is ordnance, one being kitted out with missiles, the other with rocket launchers. Looking at the parts in the kit I don’t like the look of the rocket launchers and a little research online highlights that they are just, plain, wrong. (Apparently the rocket heads should not protrude). I have nicer rocket launchers left over from the Hawker Hunter build, but, again, research tells Me that these are the wrong type too. So, That’s the paint and decal scheme reduced to one choice!
Next some fairly obvious choices, wheels down, to stand the model on, canopies open, to display the wealth of internal detail. air brakes and flaps extended (Or half extended with the airbrake, fully open it lifts the wheels off the ground apparently), just to show them off. The arrester hook I have yet to decide on, probably retracted, to avoid damage. The wheel doors present a conundrum, they are of the “Cycling” variety, in that they open, the wheels extend, then they close again to protect the bays and prevent fouling. This will obscure some of the wheel bay detail, and as they could be opened on the ground for maintenance I could almost justify them being open, but it doesn’t feel quite right, so, closed it will be. Finally, the wings, to fold or not to fold?. Folded would add interest, show off the lovely mouldings provided of the folding mechanicals, and take up less display space. But, and it’s a big but, it would spoil the lines of the model, and I want to see the flow of the fuselage into the wings, so it’s unfolded for Me.
It will be interesting to see if these choices make it through to the end of the build.