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Simon last won the day on July 3 2016

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  1. So, another quick update. I've got the walkways and trestle markings airbrushed on: Once they'd been done, it was time to start on the weathering on the wings. I've used a combination of pastel and paints - not looking too bad, but maybe some more work needed: BTW these are Xtradecal roundels on the wings - the kit's roundels both tore when I was trying to persuade them to bed down on the panel lines on the wings. More soon... Simon
  2. I did think that after I'd done it - However, I'd have added a coat of gloss once both colours are on anyway, to help the decals application, so no problem. I might try on a scrap bit next time, and see if it works. Simon
  3. So, another quick update. The fuselage and wings are now all done, after I'd added some Quickboost intakes for the engines, which are miles better than the kit's items: Now they were on, time for some painting. All the main assemblies were primed using Halfords grey primer, and pre-shaded: And then given their Dark Earth coat - Xtracrylix in this case: Once that was dried, out with the Blu-Tack and masking up for the Dark Green: As I've found out a couple of times before, when removing the Blu-Tack, it had left a mark - here on the port tail-planes: First time it happened my first reaction was panic, and I tried to wash it off. While doing that I noticed that wetting it made the marks disappear, so I thoguht I'd try a coat of gloss varnish. Bob's yer Ma's brother: So, once that was sorted I masked the various bits again, so I could get the black undersides done. They had been pre-shaded as per the upper surfaces, then I airbrushed some thinly diluted Xtracrylix Night Black, to give some tones to the undersides: Next up will be masking the walkways and trestle markings and airbrushing them - I much prefer to do that than use the decals. More soon, Simon
  4. 1/72 R.A.F. supply canisters?

    Thank you for all the replies everyone. The Heritage ones are the ones I was thinking of. I dropped an e-mail to KitsForCash, and they're no longer available, which is a shame. Quite fancy having a go at scratchbuilding some at a later date, so thanks for the dimensions Aeronut. Simon
  5. 1/72 R.A.F. supply canisters?

    Hi everyone Does anyone make 1/72 supply canisters for Special Ops Halifaxes or Stirlings? I saw from a post from 2011 that Heritage used to do them, but I can't find anything on the KitsForCash website (found that linked via the Heritage Scalemates page). Thanks, Simon
  6. So, a little progress to report. The upper sections of the engine cowlings have been attached, and the fit is a little 'relaxed' (I seem have a running theme with the Airfix Lancasters here). It's easily sorted with smidge of filler and a coat of primer, though: I've also done the wing lights for the trailing edge. This Lancaster had the set of three faired in lights: and test-fitted: Need some fettling, but should be okay. Meanwhile, back to the bomb bay doors...and I had a cunning plan. I measure the width of the bomb bay, drew two parallel lines on a piece of white card at this distance, and taped the fusleage doors together: I then ran some liquid glue along the inside of them, and put some braces across the inside to keep them the right distance apart: They had to be held togther by hand for about ten minutes or so until the glued took hold, but I think it's worked okay. Here they are test-fitted to the fuselage: Firstly, the front section, which fits fine: and the rear section, still with a step: and after some judicious sanding, they fit a lot better: They are much easier to handle now they're a complete unit. More soon... Cheers Simon
  7. Hello again Back with an update. Not much work been done for the last few weeks, with work and D.I.Y. projects getting in the way, but some progress to report at last. I've got the main undercarriage all done, as the main undercarriage legs need to be dropped into the wings before they can all be finished. After checking references for other Lancasters around the sane serial number, it seems the main undercarriage legs were not just black. Here's the various elements all painted up: It's not easy to tell from the photo, but I used Tamiya's Titanium Steel for the legs - it's got a slightly gold tinge to it, and Revell semi-matt black, which has a slight sheen. The mainwheel legs were then dropped in the wings and glued in place: I'm sure soemone at Airfix thought this was a good idea, but it's a right clart on - it makes the undercarriage legs vulnerable to damage while the wings are painted and makes it complicated to mask them off while doing so. It also involves the fitting of panels over the tops of the engines, including the outer engine nacelles. I guess it means more commonality with their Lancaster II, but as I found out when I made that, fit of the parts is slightly iffy - here's one of the outer engines: Sigh... Speaking of ill-fitting parts, I'm doing the bomb bay doors closed. Seemed a good idea at the time, however the bay doors were badly twisted, as can be seen when I test-fitted them at an earlier stage: Now I'm ready to fit them , they don't seem to fit well at all. The front section is fine: but the rear has a pronounced step - in the words of Nat King Cole, That Ain't Right: I did wonder if I'd got them back to front (), but not the case. Not sure what to do about that - some fettling required somehow. I did however come up with a cunning plan for giving the centre of the bomb bay doors a little more support while trying to fit them: I taped them together, then added a section of ballpoint pen, cut to size and taped in place - it helps them keep their shape while I try to bully gently persuade them into place. Otherwise they have a mind of their own. Would be much easier if they'd just supplied a single part for the option of closed bomb bay doors. More soon.... Cheers Simon
  8. A quick update - apologies for the delay, but D.I.Y. projects have got in the way. I just think of them as 1/1 scale modelling, so not to much of a change. I've been busy finishing off the fuselage interior, before buttoning it all up. Here's the computer for the Mk. XIV bombsight, with a scratchbuilt frame for the Eduard etch part: And here it is in situ, with the strike camera and bomb aimer's parachute stowage: I've also added the mount for the bombsight itself, and the fuselage was then all glued up, filled and sanded (thank you Airfix...). Next up I replaced the kit's (pretty rubbish) upper escape hatches on the fuselage - this is something I'd already done on the Airfix Lancaster II. Firstly, I'd sanded off the kit's representations of the hatches before the fuselage had been glued together: I drilled out the centre circular sections - which should be glazed, not solid, and then made some replacements from clear plastic sheet so they can have the glazed sections, using some Eduard masks from another kit (1/72 He-111, I think), and glued them in place: Needs a little tidying up, but should be okay under a coat of primer. Meanwhile, the wings have been all glued up. Like the Lanc II build, I'd separated the parts of the wing spars that make the front and rear of the mainwheel bays so the wings can be done as a complete unit before adding them to the fuselage, rather than the way Airfix recommends in the instructions. Here's the ones from the Lancaster II build, to show what I mean: It means the fuselage and wings can be completed separately, making life a little easier. With the undercarriage bays already done and painted, the wings have had the engine nacelles added. Fit was a little 'relaxed' shall we say, but nothing that can't be fixed with smidge of filler: More soon... Cheers Simon
  9. MACH 2 in Telford

    modelldoc, Laurent Herjean of F-RSIN posted the following message on the Airlinermodelling Yahoo Group on Wednesday: Mach 2 asked me to announce their 1/72 Bristol Britannia, available at the Telford show. Regards Simon
  10. Lancaster horizontal tail elevators

    This has developed into an interesting discussion. Does any preserved Lancaster still have fabric-covered tail elevators? Simon
  11. Lancaster horizontal tail elevators

    Thanks for the link Jari - that's a very useful document indeed. I particularly liked the diagrams showing how to lift a crashed aircraft on pages 123 to 126 - that would make a great diorama. Regards Simon
  12. I have a copy of 'Ton Up Lancs' by Norman Franks, and the entry for EE136 states: "Given the Squadron codes of WS, its individual letter became 'R'. There was a good deal of pro-Russian feeling in the mid-war years, no doubt encouraged by our war leaders, Russia being our only European ally fighting from its own motherland. This was evidenced too in Bomber Command which had several bombers named with Russian themes." Simon
  13. Hello again everyone Having wrestled the Airfix Lancaster II into submission, I'm starting on their Lancaster III. Forewarned being forearmed, it should be a little less of a struggle this time round. Added to which I've already got a lot of the detailling stuff done and ready to drop in. I'll be doing it as EE136 WS-R 'Spirit of Russia' of 9 Squadron, one of the 'Ton Up' Lancs. On the night of September 5th 1943, it was on an Op to Mannheim, its 22nd mission. It encountered an enemy night fighter near the target, and the combat report reads as follows: 5/6 September 1943, Mannheim. 23.32, 20,000 ft. Lancaster ‘R’ Captain P/O/McCubbin E/A sighted by R.G. (Sgt. Elliott) following Lancaster. Pilot informed and Lancaster commenced to corkscrew. E/A closed on Lancaster from port quarter and R.G. opened up with a long burst at a range of 400 yards. E/A continued on a course to attack and broke away to port quarter after firing a long burst. M.U. (Sgt. Houbert) fired a few round only before being hit and took no further part in the combat. More attacks ensued making five in all, firing long bursts in each attack and the Lancaster’s R.G. also firing long bursts. During the final attack the E/A burst into flames as shots from the rear turret hit him. He dived beneath the starboard wing, obviously on fire. This was confirmed by the flight engineer and bomb aimer. This E/A is claimed as destroyed. No searchlights or flares were seen to be connected with this attack. The Lancaster suffered considerable damage, with bullet holes being too numerous to count. M.U. Gunner – 20 rounds Rear Gunner – 3,000 rounds The rear gunner was F/Sgt. James Lindsay Elliott, of Amble, Northumberland, who was awarded the D.F.M., his award being gazetted on May 19th 1944. To make life a little easier, I've got the Xtradecal sheet which includes markings for EE136, a set of Eduard paint masks and their Lancaster III interior etch set, plus some Quickboost intakes and gun barrels. I'd managed to get a lot of the cockpit done at the same time as the Lancaster II, so here are a couple of photos: I've also replicated the detailing for the turrets that I'd done for the Lancaster II, having made two of everything the first time round: Front turret: Upper turret: and the rear turret: All much the same as the Lancaster II so far. More soon.... Cheers Simon
  14. Lancaster horizontal tail elevators

    Thanks for the reply. An odd omission by Airfix, but as you say, and easy fix. I've done the Airfix Lancaster II without changing the tailplane elevators but as I'm now starting on their Lancaster III I'll make sure I amend them. Simon