XB-70 AV-1 “VALKYRIE” – 1/72 – October 12, 1964 – Test flight No. 3 – 9:07a.m. Emergency landind- USAF Edwards Base (California)

On October 12, 1964, during its third test flight, its first supersonic, the paint of the North Américan XB-70 was torn off in entire patches on nearly 15% of the surface.
Whose fault is it ? Nobody really knows, but each time a VIP was announced for a visit (ground tests, taxiing, first flight tests, etc.), it was systematically repainted in the immaculate white livery. The layers were superimposed, which modified its aerodynamics and caused unwanted turbulences which had the consequence of tearing off the paint or melting it following the heating of certain parts of the structure.
Add to that some engine problems and it was decided to anticipate the landing.

It is therefore in this particular configuration that I decided to present it.
The assembly itself was not easy either, because in terms of adjustments, it is not the kit of the century (Italeri still used the AMT/ERTL mold, which had aged very badly).
Rather than use a lot of putty to fill the spaces, I preferred to perfect the adjustments, redo them, to limit the use of putty, because it is better to have a good bond than a lot of puttying.
it was improved with PE packs from Armory Models and Brengun and lots of scratching.
In addition to its improvement elements, I created:
  • Braking parachutes,
  • Parachutes storage,
  • Rebuilding the ECS exhaust area behind the nose gear bay,
  • The pressurized cockpit and the pilots,
  • Landing gears détails
  • Individualization of the elevons and putting them in the rolling position
  • the articulation elements of the variable geometry parts
  • Addition of 4 pitot probes
  • the peeling paint, particular to this famous 3th Fly, consistent with photos takien at the time, produced using more than 1600 elements of masking tape, cut out and glued one by one on a layer of “gun metal” paint. All you have to do is paint it white and remove the masking elements to reveal the paint defects.
the display measures 150 x 60 cm, and represents the runway 4R of the USAF Edward’s base (California), embellished with some of the rare photos which immortalize this flight. in total, this represents more than 500 hours of work
Apparently, it is a unique model in the world in this configuration.



Fabrice Simon

Work Time

About 400 hours


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