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Staring this Airfix Lancaster kit, with XtraDecal kit X72-098 for:

No Enemy Plane Will Fly Over Reich Territory - as preserved at Hendon.

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Pretty much a standard build apart from the decals. Also I'm thinking of ways to get paddle props.

Kit cost me £10 at RIAT Fairford in 2006.

Anyway here are the bits.

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Decals were a freebie at the model club - thanks.

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Aha - a Battle of the Lancs! I'll be doing the Revell version.

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Aha - a Battle of the Lancs! I'll be doing the Revell version.

Ah, I'm doing one of those as well - but not as Revell intended.

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Now for one of my GB traditions - others models similar to that I'm building:

First a model from the BBMF set - bought from Argos in about 1988:

Airfix_Lancaster_1.jpg

Since given to a colleague, who's father flew in the tail turret during the war.

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Giving him great pleasure until he passed away in 2009. The model taking pride of place at the funeral.

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Next a Dambuster - the only Lanc that's ever been hijacked!

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The kit for this one was being sold cheap in a local newsagent. I umed and ahed, and didn't buy it.

That night I decided that Yes I wanted it.

That same night a neighboring shop was burned down - and the newsagents was closed with smoke damage.

All surviving stock was moved to other stores in the same chain.

Fortunately my mum knew someone who worked in her nearest equivalent.

Arrangements ware made for this kit to go to her shop - so that mum could buy it on my behalf. She even got a staff discount (on top of the original cheap price)!

It was all going tooo well when I visited her a few weeks later, expecting to collect this kit. When I asked, I was told that my sister had taken it - and reimbursed mum.

Guess what my sister gave me for Christmas - which was a few weeks later!!!!

Finally a Grand Slam Lancaster.

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OK, Mr. Surgeon - you seem to have past form doing Lancasters. This'll be my first - I hope I can do it some justice and make one as great as those you have build previously.

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That is a nice line up mate and some great stories behind them.

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Looking forward to seeing this build!

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So much for the standard build - I've nicked the detailed driver's seat and most of the interior from my Revell kit :pirate:
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My reckoning being that this is an H2S equiped aircraft - like the Revell kit.
I've also used the Revell cockpit decals on this one, as this will have the requisite FOUR engines that match the dials.

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And here I've assembled and framed the turrets.
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and completed the fuselage around them.
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I'm less impressed with this kit now, than when I build my last Lancaster - that Grand Slam model.

Roll on the new tool kits - I'll waiting for a radial engined Mk II.

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Looking good sir.

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Well the camera batteries are in my son's bike lights :bangin: - so no photos :photo: for the time being. Let me tell you a story: Airframe is now assembled, apart from engine fronts. Liquid paper sorting all the seams. I've just found a way of fitting Revell paddle props to the Airfix engines. :thumbsup:

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Batteries returned - camera back in action :photo:
|And this is how the model looks
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This was the scene yesterday AM - unable to update on Britmodeller though :weep:
One trial Revell paddle prop fitted, and seams being treated.
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And now all the props are fitted, and seams are completed.
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Nice...

Keep it up.

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Nice solid, clean coverage there mate.

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Not a desert Lanc - but masked with copydex ready for airbrushing.
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So this morning out with the airbrush again - green this time.
This is still wet paint and masked.
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And an hour or so later, I had removed the masking.
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In today's bitter cold - this is my airbrushing shed

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Far tooo cold for anything sensible, so cold I think my Humbrol froze in the airbrush! :cold: .

And here is the Lancaster - all masked up, ready for black paint.

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And after painting

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And now she gets her identity - well sidecodes.
LancDecals002_zps097909e0.jpg

and the other side
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Strange how my camera can make outdoors darker than indoors :photo:

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