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Avro Shackleton AEW Mk. 2 Details

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The interior is now complete.

The rear and main floor is Revell, raised cockpit floor and forward weapon bay bulkhead plasticard, forward compartment floor and all interior parts are Airfix.

All the seats are Airfix, rear half bulkhead Revell, other two bulkheads Airfix, cockpit all Airfix apart from the Revell main instrument panel, upper pilots panel and blinds Airfix.

Painting is a bit rough around the edges, but I knew I wouldn't be able to see it clearly when the fuselage was all closed up, having since closed it up you actually hardly get to see any of it!

One thing you do see, through the upper escape hatch glass, is the rest area bench seat, so I used two of the radar area seats, joined them together and fitted aft of the bulkhead.

When I build the next one I shall only detail the front gunners position, cockpit, flight engineers and signallers positions.

26167424266_643e9c2ee0_h.jpgRevell Shackleton AEW.2 kit by James Thomas, on Flickr

26193300295_8296d05993_h.jpg463 (1600x1068) by James Thomas, on Flickr

26167384796_8c130b62f7_h.jpgRevell Shackleton AEW.2 kit by James Thomas, on Flickr

All bits cross kit really well, I had to do some chopping on the front spar center section for the tactical desk and consoles to fit nicely, everything else dropped right in. The way the Revell fuselage breaks down helps a lot for trial fitting all the bits.

The main Revell parts fit staggeringly well, in fact I had to open the main entry door aperture out a bit as the door fits so precisely that after painting you wouldn't make out the door.

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Some excellent if expensive work there. What are you planning on doing with the left over Airfix wing bits? :Tasty: I've a whiff planned that could do with a complete Shack wing, engines and u/c. :evil_laugh:

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Not that expensive as I'm using all parts to build both kits, just that I want my AEW to be the superior build.

I have plans for the Airfix kit where a decent interior won't matter too much.

Just out of interest, I bet buying aftermarket parts to detail the Revell interior to above requirement probably wouldn't be far off buying an Airfix kit

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Hi.

I have just purchased the Revell AEW2 and have noticed that there appears to be a moulding imperfection on one half of the main wheel (both sprues). Has anyone else noticed this?

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I don't seem to have that on the wheels in my kit, I do have mild sinking in the upper wing halves at the flap hinge line, and some in the stb'd fuselage half near the upper alignment pins.

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This is dragging on longer than I'd hoped...

26655167646_fb25f9d6c4_b.jpg006 (1200x800)e by James Thomas, on Flickr

The red circle shows the the loop aerial adjusted for the correct shape and size, I kept the length the same but it is a lot narrower and rounded than the kit version. It is the kit part filed to shape. The yellow circles show areas to be filled, as they are MR.3 related.

26077812843_2570fba14a_b.jpg007 (1200x798)e by James Thomas, on Flickr

The red circles are various cabin air outlets that need to be added as they are missing from the kit. The stb'd lower aft, and port upper outlets in particular are quite large and noticeable. the yellow circles are as above, plus for blanking and filling the MR.3 only rear stb'd window.

The earlier post about the size of the Orange Harvest head prompted me to look at photos of them. I hadn't realised until now that there were at least two different types, you see both types fitted to MR.3s, but I can only see the larger/taller one fitted to AEWs, so as Rich suggested the Airfix one is the best version and I will use that on my build. the Revell and Frog ones are suitable for most MRs.

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I decided to use the Airfix external cabin heaters as these reflected the two different lengths (longer one on port side) and look better than the Revell ones, and I sourced a Union Jack decal from the Revell/Frog MR.3 kit.

27244667844_37350870aa_c.jpgRevell 1/72 Shackleton AEW.2 by James Thomas, on Flickr

Thats it for my build - the first one anyway!

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Nice build! I basically prefer the grey over white liveries but your over all grey one looks nice - that Union Jack really makes a difference :-)

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Looks very good and good info on the ideal changes to the kit

:thumbsup:

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Anyone else seen Adam Tooby's box art for the Airfix release on Facebook ?

Cracking picture.

EDIT - Adam is saying its not for Airfix. Ooops...

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This is an excellent thread, well worth pinning.  However somewhere along the line richw_82's photos seem to have disappeared.  Any chance of having them restored please?

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On 09/04/2016 at 11:27 AM, 71chally said:

I don't seem to have that on the wheels in my kit, I do have mild sinking in the upper wing halves at the flap hinge line, and some in the stb'd fuselage half near the upper alignment pins.

I got that on my Airfix MR.2. The upside of that I suppose is the shrinkage should be easier to fill as there are no "rivets".

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Nice job.

Now Airfix are releasing a AEW  this year.

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Airfix Model World magazine have done an interesting article this month - May 2017 in which Jen Wright has built an Airfix version of an AEW Mk. 2. But yet again they've jumped the gun and it appears that the author was given pre-production parts ( the new sprue containing AEW parts) and not the kit decals. The build is of one of the Pathos abandoned aircraft aircraft WL747 and has been built using practically all the aftermarket sets available for flaps, wheels, masks etc.

 

Personally I don't like the build, it looks horrible as the washed out bleached mess the aircraft now is, but that's just my personal opinion. I would have preferred an honest OOB build and and unbiased report of the production kit so that it could be compared side by side with the Revell version. Maybe another publication will do that once the kit is released!

 

Cheers all

 

Ian

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Personally...

I like it... a break from the norm...

The author is a damed good modeller 

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This was on display at Cosford and I thought it was stunning. Do agree with your comments as not being the best representation of a new kit, but as a display, it was an inspiration IMO.

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