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Simon last won the day on July 3 2016

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  1. John Triangle K was the 379th B.G., with a black triangle outlined in yellow. The video is available here to see online. Looks like the B-17 in question has made use of a few 'spare parts' salvaged from other B-17s, to say the least! I think the anti-dazzle panel is just faded O.D. Simon
  2. I did wonder whether it was right, or maybe a typo, but the O.R.B. for 514 Sqn lists the same bomb-load for all their Lancasters for that particular mission - 11 x 1,000lb M.C. plus 4 x 500lb G.P. Indeed they used the same load on the previous 'Op' two day prior to that. I got a copy of the DVD Night Bombers which shows a Lancaster being bombed up, and in the row with four bombs the middle pair are mounted on a double bomb rack, mounted on a cross beam. You can just make it out on the second photo Jari posted above this post. Thanks Jari. I think you may be correct. I did find this photo which shows the four smaller bombs (looks like 2 x 250lb and 2 x 500lb) in the second row, although it is loaded with a 'cookie' too. Simon
  3. They were allowed to dry for a couple of days, but the paint is a few years old, so that may be a cause. It's annoying, and as I said I've had this problem before, but it's not the end of the world and hopefully easy to sort out. I'll order some new pots of paint - the Night Black was pretty much empty anyway. Simon
  4. So, another update for today, and a problem to solve. I'd masked the glazing with Eduard masks, airbrushed them with Xtracrylix, and left them for a day or two to dry. Upon removing the masks, here's what I got: Cockpit: Nose turret: Bomb aimer's blister: What on earth is going on here? The masks have pulled off the paint with them - I've never had this happen before, as the bishop said to the actress. The paint just flakes off - I've managed to remove all of it with just my thumbnail and a wooden cocktail stick to avoid scratching the parts. Is it the paint? Are the transparent parts covered in release agent that affected the adhesion of the paint? Can't be the masks - I've used Eduard masks loads of times before, and never had an issue. I've managed to remove all the paint, washed the parts in soapy water, and ordered some new masks. So, what to do? I've never had to prime transparent parts before, and I don't think that will work anyway. Simon
  5. Thank you. I pre-shaded black over the grey primer base, then applied very thinly-diluted coats of Xtracrylix Night Black. It breaks up the large areas of blackness well. Thanks Chris - I'd come across that page already, and it has been very useful. Simon
  6. So, another quick update. The lower sides are all done now - here are the wings: I've also added the main undercarriage assemblies, as well as the completed engines: I've also done all the external painting for the fuselage, and so have been able to start some work on the bomb bay. Here ar the two sections of pipework added to the interior walls: Note the cradles for the larger 'Cookie' bombs - I added them before checking my references... According to the 514 Sqn. O.R.B., my Lancaster LL716 was carrying the following bomb load on the Op it was lost - 11 x 1,000lb M.C., and 4 x 500lb G.P., so a load of 15 bombs. Unfortunately Airfix supplies 12 bomb racks, and no bombs (booooo!). From reference photos of preserved Lancs, I'm not sure the racks they supply are right. Here's a shot of the CWHM Lancaster, from Wikipedia: And here are the Airfix racks, top, the ones from the Revell Halifax, and my 'modified' Airfix ones: So, I needed 15 of them, so I've nicked some from my Airfix Lancaster I/III F.E. All I needed to do was to figure out how they'd fit the 15 bombs in the bomb bay, so I reckon it could be like this, with the four 500 pounders up front like this: (There's a photo here on the Lancaster Archive website which shows four smaller bombs crammed in, with two sitting lower on what looks like the racks mounted on a cross-beam). And the 11 1,000 pounders would probably sit in four rows of three, two, three and three respectively: Curiously, Eduard supply different style bomb racks for the Tamiya 1/48 Lanc than they do for the 1/72 Airfix one. Anyway, more soon.. Simon
  7. Thanks for the kind words everyone. Looking forward to getting the undersides done now! Simon
  8. I've been working hard at doing that for years now - think I may have gone too far... Anyway, another quick update. I've managed to get the upper surface camouflage done. Here are the horizontal tails (note the internal spars - I had to cut them back to make them fit as the tolerances were so tight): and the upper wings, complete with walkways and the dinghy stowage masked and painted, rather than use the kit's decals: and finally the fuselage: All ready now for the Night undersides, and starting to look like a Lancaster at last! More soon Simon
  9. Oops - well spotted that man. They're the props from my Mk.I (FE) B.III kit. Sorry! It's my age, you know...wibble. Simon
  10. Apologies for the lack of updates for a while, but things have rather got in the way a bit. Anyway, the fuselage is now all closed up. Quite a lot of filling and sanding needed, surprisingly, but at least I can get on with some painting. First of all, I needed to address the issue of the upper escape hatches, which Airfix had moulded with any glazing. My idea was to sand off the raised hatches, drill out the windows, and then use some clear plastic card. I found some old Eduard masks for the round glazed sections: I glued them in place with Formula 560 canopy glue, and taped them down until the glue had set: Some pre-shading, and a few thinned coats of Xtracrylix RAF Dark Earth, and they look okay: I've pre-shaded all the major components - wings, fins and rudder, horizontal tails and engines - and applied the upper camo Dark Earth. Here are the wings, ready for the Dark Green to be applied: It's been good to get some colour on - a sign of progress after fiddling around with the fuselage interior for so long. Meanwhile, the Airfix Quality Control Gremlin has struck once more. Here are the props: There seems to be some slight mould mis-matching going on. Easily fixed, but once more something I wasn't expecting... More soon Simon
  11. A quick update for today. One last job before the fuselage gets joined up was to add the mounting for the bomb sight: The sight itself can be added later, to avoid it being knocked off while the fuselage gets painted. I've also made a start on some details for the bomb bay. The kit's bomb bay detail is really nice, but I thought I'd add some pipework for the side walls. Here are the port and starboard sides, ready to pop into place: and test fitted: I've aslo taken the opportunity before the fuselage halves are joined to make a start on my other Airfix Lancaster, which will be B. Mk. III EE136 WS-R 'Spirit of Russia' of 9 Squadron: EE136 was one of the 'ton up' Lancasters, completing 109 Ops. On September 5th 1943 it survived a severe attack from an FW-190 on a mission to Mannheim, the fighter being shot down by the combined efforts of the mid-upper gunner, and the tail gunner, F/Sgt James Lindsay Elliott, of Throckley, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was awarded the D.F.M. More soon... Simon
  12. What about one of these: Simon
  13. 514 Squadron had the ventral .50 cal. fitted as an ad hoc field modification (as opposed to the 'proper' FN64 ventral turret) to some of their Lancaster Mk.IIs, but apparently the C/O wasn't keen on the installation due to the added weight and the view that it was deemed to be pretty ineffective... Thanks once again for everyone's kind words. Simon
  14. Thank you for all the kind words, they're much appreciated everyone. A little more progress to report today. I've been busy 'busying up' the rear fuselage a bit more. Here's the port side, with the .50 cal temporarily fitted, and then the ammo box for that added. The ammo box seems to be fitted to a frame, perhaps so that it could be swung out of the way when not in use: That side's pretty much done. I've also been adding stuff to the starboard side. Here are the starboard ammunition rail, master compass hanging from the roof, the opened door, and a few other bits and pieces: I think that's perhaps enough for the rear fuselage, so maybe it's time to get the fuselage buttoned up. More soon Simon
  15. Hello again everyone. Another quick update for today... Now that the rear door is open, there's quite a lot of stuff that needs to go inside the rear fuselage to make it look 'busy'. Firstly I added some pipework to the port side, as well as the rear bulkhead over the tailplane spars: and then the flare chute, Elsan, and ammunition track, with its motor: I also thought I'd have a go at making some photoflash flares: These have been added, along with a parachute, light, oil tanks for the upper turret and couple more odds and ends: Meanwhile, on the starboard side... I've also added a few bits so far for the starboard side - so yes, a carrier pigeon cage, plus first aid box and a step: More again soon... Simon