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  1. Yes Woody it can be done . . . For the very same reason, I didn't want to damage the U/C. I dug out my build sheet which upon I make some casual notes and this is what I noted. You can just see the thinning of the edges at the top edge of the above photo, particularly the RH example. On Section 10 of the instructions I assembled the U/C in the two halves as shown; I didnt fully assembly them together. I put part 'A17' with the rear u/c assembly in afterward and skimmed the edge of A17 almost to a sharp edge to ease into position. On part A33 i removed the stubs, again. to ease the positioning between parts A31 & A30. I hope this helps and good luck with the build, I'm looking forward to seeing the 48th Lincoln !!! Ian
  2. Slywolf Did you every get around to building a crew transport vehicle from scratch ?? The Bedford QL-T came late 44/45 as an 'aircrew transport' . . . . You mentioned Yorkshire, well, there is a photo showing the K6, in the bomb-flat configuration, as transport at the airfield of Holme-on-Spalding Moor if I remember correctly Ian
  3. Gordon have you forgotten to post a photo ?? I an sure others, as well as me of course, would like to see the finished article Ian
  4. Sean Any progress on the build and what of the Ford WOT 6 ?? Ian
  5. Looks to be some kinda ceremony what with the bottle hanging on the line and the Lady. What is the Heath Robinson with the string and the two ballast hanging down from the cockpit window ???
  6. I have just posted some photos in the WIP section, rather than here, showing the 3 main elements of conversion which I hope some of you may find of interest . . . Woody I vac formed my own for the early Manchesters but for the WHIF with Merlin engines, I used the kit turret as I thought that the later FN turret might have been installed on this 'new' aircraft Thanks to one and all for your generous comments all appreciated. Ian
  7. I have posted a few photos in the RFI section concerning the conversion of an Airfix 08002 Lancaster to the Manchester aircraft I just wanted to show how the main elements of the conversion were achieved, mainly the Wings, tailplanes and the engines for anybody that would consider the conversion ?? The main wings . . . To get the nacelles to fit under the wings The tailplane at 28ft span .. . The engines: profile pieces Thanks for looking in Ian
  8. Hi Mark If you trawl down this page you will see the method I employ to take the photos . . . . Hope this helps Ian
  9. Horatio Gruntfuttock wrote Posted yesterday at 12:45 AM · Report post Two lovely clean builds there and I do like the scenes you have set them in. Now, given your background, we need a Manchester as well! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is an Airfix lancaster kit converted to a Manchester some time ago. The wings were reduced from the original kit wings as were the tail-planes and rudders. The Vulture engines were entirely scratch built (still require suitable cowling for the tops of). It was a case of while you are building one, why not two ?? . . . .three ?? QL-Q Queenie of 83 squadron Mk. 1 A-Able & M-Mother of 207 Squadron Mk. 1 & Mk. 1a True to the facts, because there was real concern about the Vulture engines there was a Spec. issued for a replacement engine powerplant and the Napier was suggested. As part of a 'WHIF' build I produced a twin engined Manchester with Merlins !! . . .
  10. Great finish on them both
  11. Thanks for the prompt Phil I will give it a go, with bomb trolleys and others bits . . .
  12. I built these two aircraft very recently on another forum when they held a 'Lancaster GB 2017.' 75th anniversary of their operational debut. The two aircraft tie in with my on-going RAF Grimsby diorama and are representative aircraft of October/November 1943. I was very fortunate to have met with both pilots and had discussions with them and shared the photos of their aircraft. Thank you Johnny and Jim. First up is ED583 with the motif 'Wings for Victory' taken from the campaign badge of the same name . . . Flown by Lawrence 'Johnny ' Stow The actual aircraft came down during an airtest over a village quiet close to the airfield in October 1943 The 2nd aircraft depicts that aircraft flown by Jim Berry, LM319, and despite being delivered in May 1943 it carried a shallow nose blister. Jim discussed the colour of 'Queenie', the girlie motif, and so is a fairly accurate replication of her. The square patch is a flak damage repair. The actual aircraft transferred in December '43 to a newly formed squadron, 550 at North Killingholme, and eventually was lost in May 1944. Many thanks for looking in Ian
  13. Matt The 2 books . . . sadly out of print and extremely hard to get from the 2nd hand market some of the other artworks by David Howley and another photo taking in a similar vein (another Airfix 08002 thanks for the interest rgds Ian
  14. Hi Tim I hope this link helps I have based my collection of vehicles around the period October/November 1943. You must be aware that although the Air Ministry instructed changes to the colour schemes, usually vehicles were only re-painted on occasions of its service or in-activity A preserved Austin K3 lorry They were not all painted overnight, in fact I have a photo taken around April 44 which shows the crash tender still in brown base colour and green wrap around ??? Good luck with your choice of scheme Ian
  15. Hi Melvyn, I would be interested in the Airfix mags and will gladly send the postage cost. PM inbound. Ian