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  1. Making progress on this next one. Finished filling and sanding, a touch of undercoat to confirm that was indeed the case and then masking and undercoat for the canopy and clear parts. There is a ton of nose weight in her and I am pleased to see that like the last one she won't be a tail sitter. All masked up and some black applied to simulate the inside of the canopy and other transparencies. So far so good. Time to add some color next weekend. Cheers, AGW..
  2. MikroMir is to release 1/72nd E.E. Canberra kits. Among them T.11/ B.2 /Tp.52 Swedish air force etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1768192206591841 V.P.
  3. I have started to work on the next project which is the Airfix 1/48 Canberra using some Eduard cockpit PE, Model Alliance Decals, Cammett Air Brakes and a Bomb Bay from Hamilton hobbies, all of which have been in the stash for a few years now. Right now I have completed the cockpit PE and am working on the seats and tossing up whether to add more detail to the cockpit. I am a bit unsure about this as very little can be seen once it is all closed up.
  4. Managed to get this one over the line and put a RAAF Canberra in my cabinet. Something I have wanted to do for quite some time... I thoroughly enjoyed the S&M Models kit which went together very well. Based on my humble experience and knowledge they've done a very good job of re-creating these versions of the venerable Canberra. No major issues were encountered and there is plenty of scope for detailing this kit in either its T4 or B.2 boxings. Build notes and photos are in "Work In Progress - Aircraft" for those who are interested. Now on to the next one... A B.2/Mk-20 for the RAAF. Cheers, AGW..
  5. Having followed the gestation of this much awaited kit, I received my order last week. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and detail staring back at me. I have been eagerly awaiting an accurate replacement for the old Airfix kit for quite some time so as to fill a large gap in my 1/72 RAAF collection. The five grey and one clear sprues are crisply moulded with finely engraved panel lines consistent with any of the major manufacturers. IMG_0199 The clear part that represents the canopy and navigator windows is moulded as single part that forms a section of upper section of the aircraft - Smart! It allows for easier attachment and clean up and less chance of messing up the canopy which is such a prominent feature on the Canberra. IMG_0188 IMG_0187 The instructions are clear and the decals look very nice and are in register. While I won't use the RAF version supplied in the kit the stencils will come in handy for my RAAF examples. Construction Part 1 Having surveyed the instructions several times it was time to remove the fuselage, cockpit, nose section and canopy. A little tidy up of each and some tape to check the fit and all looked very good, very good indeed. IMG_0189 IMG_0190 Things lined up rather well especially the cockpit bulkhead to fuselage and clear plastic parts. I added the nose which for my example that will be a T4/Mk21 that does not need the clear section. To make the B2 there is a different nose section that allows for the fitment of the clear nose. Note the clear nose does not come with the T4 boxing. The shape looks accurate to my references and way ahead of any equivalent Canberra kit that I am familiar with. There is some nicely moulded cockpit detail on the inside of the fuselage halves, along with the parts that make up the cockpit and navigators compartment. These should come up nicely once painted and detailed. Sadly not much will be seen through the canopy. IMG_0185 IMG_0174 With that done I set these parts aside while I tried the wings and horizontal stabilizers. All good there by the looks of it. The wing to fuselage join is a little different to most kits. Rather than a tongue and groove approach it butt joins to a lip on the fuselage. A test fit of that and it looked good too. So it was time to break out the glue and get started. I departed slightly from the instructions opting to get the wings well underway before detailing the cockpit and closing up the fuselage. The main undercarriage bays go together with 6 parts that fit neatly. Too easy. They are nicely detailed and lend themselves to much more if you wanted to go further. These were then added to a recess on the inside of the underside half of each wing before gluing the top and bottom wing surfaces together. A nice and accurate fit with a minimal amount of clean up required. IMG_0172 IMG_0175 I tested the wings again to the fuselage for fit and it looks like it will be a nice and close and with a bit of luck either no or just a limited amount of filler. Next was the intakes. Each intake is comprised of two sides, a ring and intake bullet moulded together with compressor blades. These go together easily with a minimum of clean up required. These were then put into position. This required a little fettling to eliminate the need for filler. About 5 minutes each and I was done. Much easier than my recent MPM Meteor Mk8! IMG_0182 IMG_0183 The exhausts which come in two major parts/assemblies require a little trimming of the cavity they fit in at the rear of the wing. A little fettling here goes a long way for snug fit. A little filler was required to get the right result. IMG_0181 The kit doesn't come with wing tip lights so I've elected to cut these out and will add some clear sprue and I'll fashion my own. IMG_0184 So far I am liking this kit - a lot. More to come... AGW..
  6. This kit took way to long to complete, and for me that is a real mojo killer and causes a bad case of get-it-done-itis which in this case caused the decals to suffer, more on that later. The problem was not that it was a Mach 2 kit, again more on that later, but its large size, a natural metal finish and a relatively large number of paint colors. A weeks vacation in the middle didn't help either. Since I retired I have averaged 2-3 weeks per project and this one took a little over 4 weeks. This is my 7th Mach 2 and as far as the plastic is concerned I would rank it as one of their better ones, far superior to my last build, their E-1B. The main issues were the soft plastic is not conducive to building a large heavy plane and lead to a couple split joints, but the main issue is that no feature on the right side lined up with the corresponding feature on the left side. This was especially bad and annoying when it came to the wing roots. I pretty much fixed that, but I will not show you a picture from directly above over graph paper. I used the Pavla interior, but knowing that the "transparency" would be only translucent at best I didn't spend a lot of time on it. I had a hard time getting enough weight in the nose and it just sits on the node wheel. The decals where a major issue. My previous experience with Mach 2 decals was that they were far better then the plastic and in some cases really excellent. Not this time. while thin they were very stiff, or rigid. They refused to snuggle down and were impervious to all decal solvents know to man. I mostly go them to look OK, but I had to give them a top coat which I don't usually like to do with a NMF. But enough whining and on to the pictures. Next up is the Testors/Italeari F-21A Lion, aka ISI Kfir.
  7. The old Airfix kit from the 70s, got tougher as it went on, but I finally wrestled it into a Canberra as best as my somewhat limited ability allowed. It looks ok from a distance. Impressive that the decals were perfectly useable after so long too. Satin dark sea grey spray and Tamiya XF-81 green upper, Revell 'light grey' satin spray below. I tried to sand the nose into a more realistic shape after reading a couple of threads on here too. Not sure how accurate it is now but it looks more or less right, I think (!) I do love this era of RAF aircraft, especially ones with massive serials under the wings and bright squadron markings. Critique, praise (unlikely!), ridicule or any other reactions all welcome, it's how we improve. Not too harsh though, I'll never make the IPMS. And yes, it's a tailsitter; I put a bit of blu-tack under the nosewheel!
  8. Finally acquired another of my favourites!
  9. RB-57F Wheel Wells

    Does anyone know that the interior color of the RB-57F wheel wells and/or landing gear was? I am working on the Mach 2 kit and it is silent on the subject, as it is about most details. It is either natural metal, white, interior green or zinc chromate. The pictures I could find are of such quality that I can't tell, although I am leaning towards white. Anyone know for sure? Thanks Howard
  10. Airfix Canberra B(I)6 1/72

    I've just successfully bid on eBay for this delightful kit from yesteryear - the one with the large wasp unit marking (214 sqn); has anyone attempted one of these fairly recently? Is it reasonable built OOB or will I need all sorts of extras to make it look good? Anything to look out for, tips, etc?
  11. English Electric Canberra PR.3 WF922 at Midland Air Museum, pics mine.
  12. Thought you guys might appreciate the photos I took of a Canberra whilst walking; the pictures were taken on my phone so are not great quality but was shocked to see this just sat here. There is also another plane which I believe is a hawker hunter!
  13. Hi! I need some advice from those of you that are familiar with the Alley Cat Canberra conversion sets. I like the mean look of the T.17 Canberra and recently found a Classic Airframes kit at my local store. I had my doubts about it, but when offered it for free if i bought the new Airfix (10101A) i jumped the deal. Now I wonder what is the best way to ending up with a T.17. Somehow use the CA nose on the Aitfix kit or scrap the CA kit and get the Alley Cat conversion? If anyone of you has ever used the Ally Cat set on the modern Airfix kit I would appreciate any word on the experience. From my understanding the Ally Cat set is designed before the new Airfix came around, and probably to fit another kit?
  14. Hi guys! Well, Cosford was a few days ago and I managed to come across a wonderful Airfix 1:48 Canberra PR.9: (amongst other things >_> ) I was inspired by Navy Bird's excellent 1:72 Canberra PR.9 "End of an era": ...and thought I should probably have a go myself. So, the plan of attack is as follows: -OOB apart from a fair bit of scratchbuilding -Scratchbuild the cockpit -Scratchbuild the Navigator's "cupboard" -Scratchbuild the flare/bomb-bay -Open up a few panels, if possible? -Gear down, flaps down, flare/bomb-bay open -Scratchbuild the cameras -*Anything else that needs editing/making (The chosen scheme) What I could do with are some good reference drawings/photos of the flare/bomb-bay. Also, could I ask what panels on the Canberra could be removed for maintenance, I would be particularly keen on modelling panels that gave access to the cameras or perhaps a reference showing the engine cowling removed (who knows, I could have a go at scratchbuilding an engine!). Thanks for dropping by! Kind regards, Sam -Oh and an update for those following my application for medicine= rejected. Nevermind, Biomed it is!
  15. Canberra WH793

    Ok. This is my first work in progress post and , after a lot of thinking about it and putting it aside for another day, my first Canberra build. I have a cupboard full of Airfix Canberras acquired cheap when Modelzone passed away. They seem to be nice kits, basically accurate but to my eyes let down by deep trench lines and simplified detail. No worries, that what’s modelling is all about. The beauty of these Airfix kits is that they have nice thick basic shells that can take a lot of butchery. Top of my list for a long time has been WH793. This was a PR7 that was converted into the aerodynamic prototype of the PR9 - essentially a PR7 with PR9 wings. Following early trials it was converted into a high altitude research aircraft with a long tapered pitot boom and a great silver and dayglo finish. It is featured in Adrian Balch’s book ‘Testing Colours’ and it was those images that finally spurred me to make a start. It is a subject that has already been covered on this site by Canberra Kid, here is my take on it. I have been researching this as much as I can and have identified a lot of unique features which hopefully will make for an interesting build. I will also attempt to add detail where I think it will make a difference. I do not aim for perfect accuracy, I am more interested in adding ‘realism’, the types of details that add interest that maybe the injection process can’t quite capture. So on top of the conversion features I intend to remodel the wheel wells, flaps, vortex generators and the moving tail. I did say I had been planning this for a while. So fine words, let’s see how I get on……. First steps. Here is the PR9 fuselage with the B2 nose added. The vertical mark shows the join line. Bits of B2 fuselage have been used to close the upper fuselage. The join was reasonable but needed a good rub down. Halfords Heavy build primer is great at filling up the bits that weren’t too smooth. I have also filled all the panel lines. You will also see that I have amended the wheel bay where it meets the fuselage, again using a spare piece of the B2. On the real thing the inside face of the bay is the side of the fuselage. More on this later. I have also opened up the flare bay. I might regret this later. I am using the Alley Cat replacement canopy. This is a nice add on and does a lot to sort out the mangled Airfix effort. It is a little jam jar like but responds well to a gentle rubdown and a dip in Future. I have also filled the rough panel lines around the nav’s roof windows with Mr Surfacer. Came up nice… These are very clear and give a good view into the interior, so a bit more effort needed here. WH973 was a one off and the interior was obviously an adaptation. There does not seem to be any photographs available so after a lot of head scratching I asked for help on the Canberra Sig website. The redoubtable John Sheehan, aka Canberra Kid, quickly came to the rescue. What you see here is the result. As said previously I don’t pretend that this is 100% accurate but I am trying to recreate what it might have looked like (and if no one has any pictures no one can say it is wrong!). Key points: Big black box at the rear of the Cabin with cables emerging beneath. A weather radar to the right of the pilot, this was cannibalized from a Flightpath Buccaneer etched sheet that was never completed several years ago General cockpit details adapted from the Eduard set. A Pavla pilot’s seat with added wire pull handles. The interior of the Alley cat canopy needs painting on the inside before fixing , very dark grey over a black undercoat. Silver decal strip to represent the canopy supports ( if that is what they are) . After painting the inside of the canopy I discovered that the light into the interior was drastically reduced and much of the detail inside disappeared. Lesson for next time. I did brighten up the interior to add a bit of interest. Cables under the ‘black box’ were painted silver and green. Bits of detail such as red and yellow spots livened up what could be seen and the radar screen was painted with an orange glaze. No idea if it was really like that but it did add a bit of focus to what was an important bit of kit on this aircraft. Not fictitious I prefer ‘alternative facts’. The Pavla seat was worth every penny, the wire handles worth the effort. The Nav seat was the Airfix offering with wire handles, these are all that can be seen once it is all closed up.
  16. The main issue with the Airfix Canberra tailplane really needs to be understood for it to be corrected properly. The real Canberra tailplane has a 10 degree dihedral which it maintains across each half span from the fuselage joint. Airfix have made the stub part on the fuselage level (ie no dihedral), this in effect raises the upper tailplane surface join position too high on the fuselage, even though the main mounting slots and the tailplane are pretty much in the right position. The stub also looks completely wrong when compared to an actual Canberra, by removing the stubs you eradicate these issues. Why Airfix did this is a mystery as no other Canberra kit, including their old classic B(I).6 kit features this. To the eye the actual tailplanes appear to simply butt up to the fuselage tail assembly. Technically, it's more involved than that though. The tailplane assembly is hinged at it's forward spar and has an electrically actuated drive at the rear to allow it to travel up and down to adjust trim of the aircraft in pitch. The rear fuselage has a cutout to allow for this movement which is why you can see a gap under the tailplane when it is in neutral - to trim up position. The small section of fuselage above the tailplane is mounted to it, and moves with it, but has a slot in the top to avoid the fin rudder assembly. There is a tailplane leading edge root fairing fixed to the fuselage. Hopefully these pictures illustrate what I mean, you can see how the fuselage section above the tailplane moves with it, from just ahead of the national markings on the fin - to the break point with a white painted aft face. The fuselage tailcone assembly adjacent to the elevators is fixed. Canberra T.4 WJ874 by James Thomas, on Flickr Canberra T.4 WJ874 by James Thomas, on Flickr As said, the Airfix tailplane/fuselage junction stub is molded into the fuselage, this can be completely removed as it is solid plastic, and the remaining area shaped to conform with the correct fuselage contours. At this stage, an easier fix would be to butt join the tailplane halves into the existing slots. The tailplanes themselves will then need plasticard adding at the join area to compensate for the loss of span with the removed fuselage plastic. The difficult, but ultimately more satisfying route is to make the whole tailplane assembly as English Electric did. Make it in one piece by using a box structure (the included kit tailplane tabs will help here) between the two halves, and the front spar (the tailplane hinge point, remember) and the elevator hinge line. Cut out the corresponding section in the fuselage. This will allow for both a more life like appearance and to be able to mount the tailplane at a desired incidence. Back of envelope drawing 030 (2) by James Thomas, on Flickr
  17. OK, I've been building this for a few weeks now, and taking a few snaps as I go, and I'm making some progress. So I'll try my hand at making a thread here. I didn't want to start too soon, and then crash n burn. Not even sure I can paste pictures on here, but there's only one way to find out...
  18. This is my first WIP and it is going to be pic-heavy. The subject isn't a modern hightech model kit. In fact, it is almost as old as some of the real Canberras. I am going to build it for the most part OOB, except for a few details. A short in-box review can be found here: The assembly of the wings and the fuselage had been a pretty straightforward affair. The slit for the display stand was closed with a piece of styrene. And the intake cones were cut off and saved for later. The rest of the parts were simply glued together - without any nasty surprises. The tailplanes, however, were angled in a Beechcraft Bonanza-style. So while I thought that I can get away with some careful bending of the tabs in hot water, I was rewarded with a vicious *Crack!*. Twice. Well done, Trencher! I finally managed to get the tailplanes in the right angle by drilling and pinning them with silver wire. After that, I've sanded off the fool marks and gave it a first shot of primer to see, where some further filling and sanding was required. Unfortunately, the rattle can was a little bit too cold and the result was unsatisfactory. But that's nothing what some careful wet sanding can't remedy. Apparently, the amount of filler needed didn't seem to be much. The bomb bay door has to be engraved. So on to the cockpit. I opened the upper half by drilling, cutting and sanding. A first dry-fit with the canopy showed that the canopy was very brittle. So it has to be handled with care. The missing window needs to be engraved, too. Despite the odd look, the visibility of the canopy is quite good. Well I couldn't resist... I think, this will turn out into a nice little beauty. When completed.
  19. Kader 1/96 Canberra

    I've bought this little jet on e(vil)bay. A cold warrior from Hong Kong. Scalewise, it should make a nice companion for a contemporary 1/96 Vulcan or Victor and a competitor for my 1/97 Martin XB-51. The model kit seems to be a typical product of its era: raised fool markings (for a prototype version?) and only a few details. A rather unusual fuselage layout. Perhaps a scratch-built cockpit would improve the look dramatically, since the transparency of the canopy isn't that bad - after some polishing. Those rings are for the engines. Yep, the gear's up. Display time! And again: a rather unusual part layout. The instruction sheet. The canopy looks a bit odd ...like a tarpaulin perhaps? "Super Quality ARMOUR-SKIN Decal"? Well, not after 50+ years... Apparently, it seems to be a B. 2, but I may be wrong there. A good reference would be helpful to check the dimensions. I've got a feeling about this one... Now, can someone point me to a good book with detailed line drawings, especially for early Canberras?
  20. Newly finished, here is my Airfix Canberra PR9. Not my usual subject as I don't normally build jets, or RAF for that matter, but I wanted something straightforward that I could try pre-shading on for the first time. With hindsight I think I under did it but looking at pictures of the real thing they do seem to be a bit clean so I'll go with that excuse. To be honest i'm glad it's finished as it's a big brute with too many stencils and, annoyingly, despite 3 tonnes of weight in the nose it's still a tail sitter! Anyway, I hope you like it. Cheers,
  21. Excellent, well researched, deep enough but not too intense to be enjoyable. A very good book about aeroplanes. And who doesn't like a good book about aeroplanes?
  22. Now I originally made a 1/72 version of this but did so many things wrong that I wanted to try again and picked up this kit for the same price as the 1/72 version would you believe! The first thing I wanted to get right was the nose weight, but I still managed not to put enough in, so it sits precariously on a rod at the rear of the aircraft. Some of the decals aren't in the right place, and almost all of them have white edges, but I'm pretty proud of my build. Let me know what you think. Cheers Joe,
  23. Hello again fellow Britmodellers, I'm back with my second WIP. This time it's an Airfix Canberra. I have been working on the cockpit so far, and IMHO it is looking alright. Hope this one goes well, and should have my F-16 double RFI in a minute or so. Rob
  24. PR Canberra advice sought

    Hello all, I'm just finishing a Meteor and inspired partly by John's (canberrakid) luscious B1, have decided I want to acquire a PR variant of the Canberra as a future build. Question is, what kit options currently available do people think are worthwhile? I'm thinking both in terms of kits themselves, and any AM options that are currently in circulation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated Tony
  25. Only the second build to cross the finish line this year, the Canberra is now done. Not one of my best builds, probably trying to rush to get it off the bench having stared at it for so long, but the paintwork is surprisingly complicated, not only with stripes, but with cut outs in the stripes for the codes, damn inconsiderate of the RAF to do this! At some point, I'd like to do a silver one as the Canberra has such graceful lines that are lost somewhat on this scheme. Built using the Airfix PR.9 (Edit: B(1).8!!!), CMK gear bay and flap sets, Aeroclub wheels and B.2 conversion and scratch built bomb bay with thanks to John (Canberra Kid) and his excellent website (http://ipmscanberrasig.webs.com/) for some great references. The decals were a mix of Airfix and Model decal for WH640. Despite my best efforts, there is still evidence of silvering on them.The intake FOD covers were Flightpath ones, although slightly too big they were filed down until they fitted in to the intakes as they should. You can see the build HERE The B.2 conversion comes with a resin canopy, but I used the Aeroclub vac form one instead. Despite sticking a ruddy great bolt up front, it is still a tail sitter, so had to use the supplied tail stand in the Airfix kit which I've photoshopped out of most of the photo's. Thanks for looking Cheers Neil