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  1. Bit of progress to report, I am finally happy with the paint job......I had a nozzle on my airbrush split which caused me a few problems followed by numerous bleeds under my masking tape into panel lines, but by reversing the masking and over spraying with the fine detail nozzle and needle in my airbrush I sorted almost all of it, just one bleed left to deal with on the front turret fairing. 

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    I still have to fit all the antennas, aerials, pitot head and rudder mass balances, but that can wait until the decals are on.  

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    And you can still just discern the preshade under the MSG........

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    So what colour to paint my Airborne lifeboat? White, yellow or blue? Answers on a postcard!

     

    Win column I think!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  2. 21 minutes ago, PeterB said:

    Looking good Granto,

     

    Did you ever sort out the rear turret question? AFAIK the normal FN 20 was modified into the later FN 120/121 but the main changes seem to have been internal. Some had layers of armour plate between the guns, and in some cases this and at times the perspex panel were removed to give the gunner a better view. FN and BP were asked to design a new turret with twin 50cal, and the resulting FN 82 was accepted for service in ;late 1944 but whether or not they were fitted is unclear. The one 50 cal version that was fitted was the Rose R1 of which 227 were made - all according to my book on wartime turrets. The R1 had the guns wider spaced I believe and a large cut out between them. Exactly what would be fitted to the one you are modelling I have not a clue if you have not already decided I doubt it matters one way or the other.

     

    Cheers

     

    Pete

    It`ll be an FN120/121, I've only seen one image of an ASRIII from 236 OCU with an FN82, all the rest of my research where the image is distinct, either points to the standard four gun turret (usually without the guns fitted) or the images don't show the turret at all. I intend to build my other Revell Lanc as a BVII, I already have the FN82 vac-form in the stash along with a Martin mid-upper.

     

    Granto 

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  3. Hello Doggy,

     

    I use a Sparmax gun, for priming mainly, it has a  .4 or larger needle, and an H&S Ultra? that comes with two needles, a .4 and a .2 I think, for painting proper, I do not use the H&S for primer at all. I have had mixed results with all types of paint and similar issues to yourself with both airbrushes until quite recently, and this is where the story really starts, I dismantle my airbrushes to clean them every time I use them, I mean every shoot, I use a nozzle pick, airbrush brushes clean water the lot, I use an ultrasonic cleaner at the end of a session........result? I still had problems, I stir the paint with a battery paint stirrer and thin it, normally 2:1, I use the same brand of thinner as the brand of paint........result? I still had problems. Finally I thought I would try and filter the paint as I was taught to decades ago, I found these on a well known internet retailers site https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YFCNFDY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. They are big, about the size of a coffee filter, obviously intended for professional use, but at a penny a go I took a punt. I tell you what, they worked for me, I pour all my paint and primer through filters now, I`ve not had an issue with clogging or flecks or loss of pressure since. Now I`m not suggesting this is the panacea to all your issues, or that ten quid is necessarily a cheap fix for everyone, but no one else has suggested it, and it has worked as a remedy for my airbrushing issues!

     

    Best of luck

    Granto    

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  4. So here I am in my fifth week of lockdown, I think I`m coping with it quite well, in fact this is the longest period of inactivity in my life....since I left the Army! Ideal training for doing nothing!

    I decided I didn't like the poxy H2S scanner in the kit, so I built a better one after having a look on the internet. Here is my Mk2c scanner, it`s probably over scale, but it fits in the dome and will only be seen from the rear.

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    Then it was time for paint! This is the first pass of MSG.

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    This is the second pass

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    The starboard wing is in reality a lot closer to the even finish of the port wing, but I am happy with the tonal variation overall. I will shoot a third very light coat, and then leave it for 24 hours before masking.

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    Winning!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  5. 9 hours ago, Rabbit Leader said:

    I’ll be interested to see how that preshading looks after the top coat white goes on

    So will I Dave!, TBH, I have never painted an aeroplane white, but some of the Lancasters in Martin Derry`s book Avro Lancaster Lincoln and York in post-war service look particularly "Lived in", and those images have been my inspiration with this build, so I thought I would try as many painting techniques as my skills would support! So that would be the pre-shading covered! It`s all a learning curve anyhow, I think the Revell Lanc is a good kit, there is some nice detail there, and with a few corrective mods builds into a very nice representation for £20! 

     

    Granto  

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  6. A small amount of progress to report, I had hoped to do a bit more, but last Tuesday the "Leg Iron" tripped over the kerb in the deserted car park of the leisure centre and broke her wrist while we were walking the dog, so we have had a "redistribution of household duties" following her emergency operation! Apparently the doctor at the hospital said she can drink as much Gin as she needs to numb the pain, at least thats what she said when I brought her home! 

    Anyway, I found time to attach the bomb aimers dome and insert the undercarriage, which is probably more robust than it looks, but was in my opinion a bit of a faf! It`s all been primed and is now awaiting the paint job. 

    I`m still debating whether to spray the grey first, in terms of masking it would be less work to mask the grey off and then spray the white than vice versa.

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    The sub assemblies of the turrets and the props and wheels are just about done.

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    As are the spinners, the exhausts and the U/C doors have had some primer as well.

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    So still winning, until I have to put my wimple on and become Flo Nightingoon! 

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  7. A bit more progress to report

    I attached the canopy over the weekend, it got a good shot of black primer, then the whole shebang was sprayed with white Stynylrez which revealed a few flaws, I sorted them out and resprayed those areas. I had to do a little mod on the rudders where the mass balances will go, this involved inserting a small block of plastic strip into a hole in the rudder and gluing it solid, I also decided to fill the gap between the tail-plane and the fuselage. While that was going off I did some pre-shading with dark ocean grey, all very random to help break up what will be a vast area of white! 

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    The grey blob is right over my new windows, I might have to tone that down a bit1

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    spacer.png  And finally it`s time to mask the props up!

     

    So that was an Easter weekend`s work, Not a lot to show for it! But still winning!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  8. As my old drill sergeant used to say, "We are in a tunnel, but there is a glimmer of light in the distance", what relevance that has to this build God only knows, but a bit more progress has occurred. And for you lovely people I`m going to share it today!

    spacer.png All the lovely little transparencies are awaiting fitting, there are a couple of bits still to mask, the aft end of the canopy and three areas of liquid mask.

     

    I took the plunge and fitted the wings, tail-plane and fins, there was a slight fettle required with the starboard main-plane but it`s all firm now. The tail-plane and fins need priming once I have fitted the mass balances to the rudders, there are a smaller set of four mass balances intended for the rudder trim tabs, but as far as I can tell they were not required or fitted to the Lincoln type rudder, PA474 hasn't got them in any Images from the Haynes manual, nor can I see them in any of the other images of the Lincoln rudder Lancasters in my reference books or my searching the web! 

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    I do like a Lincoln rudder! There are two rear turret fairings in the kit, I don`t know which should be used, anyone out there able to point me in the right direction?

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    Underneath hasn't come out too bad........

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    This little bunch of bits needs refining, I`m going to try and convert the early pitot head into the third "toasting fork" antenna that goes centrally beneath the bomb aimers window.

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    And finally, as an Easter treat, I couldn't resist trying the Lifeboat for size! 

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    spacer.pngThere will be an amount of fettling to get this snug underneath, but it looks the part!

     

    Still winning!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

     

     

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  9. Yeah, what they all said!

     

    I have an Airfix Lanc and a Revell Lanc left in the stash, they both come with the parts to build a MkI or a MkIII, but there are subtle differences between early and late, early, narrow propeller blades, shallow bomb aimers dome, low astrodome above the navigator, late, Paddle blade props, deep bomb aimers dome , tall astrodome, the last Lancaster delivered to the RAF was a MKI, Turrets are another difference, as Mike has pointed out above!

     

    I found the The Haynes manual a good source of information and the wikipedia page also details a lot of the differences between various marks!

     

    Granto 

     

  10. So here is today's remedial work update!

    I had shot some primer onto the fuselage which revealed the join seam required a bit of rework, so last night I put some filler on the join and emptied the fridge of cider! Not happy! This morning I rubbed it back...... 

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    The second issue was even more frustrating, My preferred primer is Stynylrez, I have to take reasonable precautions with it because of previous problems spraying, so it gets a thorough stir from my electric whizzer, and then I pour it through a filter, then it goes on beautifully, anyhow, I was running low on primer and foolishly decided to try some Vallejo primer, it sprayed very well and I was happy with it, but I came across a review where a user said that if you had to mask with tape on this primer it would come off, since this version will require some masking I thought I would give it a go with a bit of Tamiya tape, and lo and behold the Vallejo primer lifted, so this morning I had to clean it off the upper wing surface with a cotton bud dipped in Mr Hobby thinners, which thankfully removes all makes of acrylic paint plus polyurethane primer! The engine nacelles were left because there wont be any masking there.   

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    spacer.png Once the fuselage was reworked I shot it with a light coat of white Stynylrez, much better! Starting to smile again!

     

    I am going to try and paint the small portion of fuselage that is covered by the canopy tomorrow, then fit the canopy and astrodome.

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    Here is a very detailed and clear image of the starboard wing undera new coat of white Stynylrez!

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    Much much better!

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    I am masking the canopy with an Eduard mask, first time with one of these, I think if you can justify the expense it`s worth it with a big expanse of canopy like this!

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    This is where the manufacturers opinion differes from mine! Stage 56, parts 49 and 50 are the wrong way round, if you put them in as per this suggests the teardrop is too low on the canopy, you need to swap them over, then it looks fine!

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    I have been doing the transparencies bit by bit over the last couple of days. Still got the bomb aimers dome to go, and the back end of the canopy.

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    Here`s a better shot of my detailed front turret interior, not that any of this will be visible once I slap the front of the turret on!

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    So black eyes verses feathers in my cap? I think the win collumn just edges it!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  11. I decided I didn`t like the front turret enhancement, so I ripped it off and started again!

    This time I used a bit of styrene rod, two holes drilled into the base of the turret and the rod ends threaded through, I glued one end, and once set I adjusted the height of the hoop and glued the other end.

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    I cut two sections of tube and fettled them to fit in the slots for the guns, these would be part of the trunion/mounting for the guns if fitted,  I glued them to the turret base using the transparency to hold them in the right place. I cut two braces from rod and glued them to support the hoop, then I removed the transparency, and cut away the interior portion of the trunion leaving a "C" shape with the curve to the front.   

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    There is a prominent curved brace that goes from the hoop to the trunion/mount which I cut from some thin scrap card and glued it in place once I had added a couple of thin slices of rod that were drilled with lightening holes. Then I fitted the back of the turret and shot it with black stynylrez I think it looks a bit closer to the real thing now!

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    The Prop spinners got a coat of red and the exhaust stubs were readied for primer.

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    The fuselage transparencies were masked and fitted where necessary 

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    The air conditioning scoop went on, this is part of the Freightdog set.

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    And finally for the day, the tail wheel leg was fitted with a few degrees of lock to port on. Oh and the Strike camera/ Flare chute was mounted as well.

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    So amongst all of the doom and gloom out there, I`m still winning...........

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  12. Afternoon everyone, I`m having a bit of a drought finding images of the various radio and navigation antenna fitted to ASR and MR Lancasters, from what I can find, I think there are three "toasting fork" type antenna, one each side of the nose and one underneath the bomb aimers position, a short whip type either side of the nose just above the front end of the bomb doors, two whips on top of the fuselage, one to the rear of the cockpit and one somewhere near the mid upper blanking plate, a whip behind the HS2 dome and two short whips side by side a couple of feet further aft. From what I can tell the "Towel rail" antenna isn't fitted on post war Lanc`s.......Can anyone point me in the right direction?

     

    Granto

  13. Sunday, end of week two of social distancing.......almost, and more progress to report!

    Tape removed......I have a reasonable bond of fuselage half's, there is a bit of filling to do, but I couldn't resist a dry fit..............Happy with that! Even if it is a bit of a squeeze!

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    I cleaned up the seam and gave it some filler

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    The front turret got a couple more bits, I`m going to attempt the curved pierced braces that go from the hoop to the trunions, and that`ll be that for the internals there!

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    Obviously this won`t be going in the win column! The transparency on the left was the original that came with the kit, I managed to balls it up! So I had to raid the stash for a spare! I dipped it in Vallejo clear gloss, but there was a bubble in the gloss, otherwise it was perfect, but in cleaning it off i rendered it "Buggered"!  I had another Revell Lanc in the stash, and that gave up it`s rear turret clear parts, I have a set of vac-form canopies somewhere for a Lanc, with a two gun .50 cal rear turret, I was intending to build the other Revell Lanc as a Mk VII so that is a win but not in the context of this build! 

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    So I`m off for an afternoon of gently rubbing my fuselage! Winning again!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  14. Well today is just flying by!

    Here is a view of the rear turret with the transparencies dry fitted, the internal framework is visible as intended!

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    I mixed a drop of acrylic red paint with some PVA so I can see where I have applied it, I can then use it to mask the location points of the undercarriage. I can take a quick fot on my phone to use as a reference, so that once sprayed with paint I can just pop the pva off with a cocktail stick and get on with glue without spending ages cleaning up!

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    Same deal for the props!

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    Fuselage all closed up! The Revell kit comes with a turret blank included! You can see how dark it is in the cockpit, it`s like the black-hole of Calcutta where the wireless operator is!

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    The Bomb doors come as a single piece that you can split if you want the Bomb bay open, if not it is a nice structural piece for the bottom of the fuselage!

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    The last two pieces to go on the wings before paint, very fragile again, so they`ll get cleaned up once they are dry!

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    All going in the win column!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  15. Some more build progress to report! I haven't been "sitting doing nothing" as the "Leg Iron" so wittily put it, I have been methodically pottering! I have done a bit of titivation to the interior, but I think thats about it.spacer.png 

     

    It`s very dark when the interior is all closed up, I did a test fit of the canopy and very little will be seen besides the pilots seat and the immediate surrounding area.

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    So the interior will add more atmosphere than accuracy, but it has come out ok, it`s had a Flory wash and a bit of aluminium dry brushing.

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    So with a bit of luck I`ll go for button up this arvo!

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    The back of the radiators and the lower internals of the engines have been sprayed black and assembled, and the resin intakes fitted, they have had a swipe with some Mr Surfacer dissolved putty and been cleaned back. I don`t know yet weather or not to assemble the undercarriage before paint, Its all a bit vague in the "manufacturers opinion" literature or assembly instructions if you`d rather , it`s a nicely detailed but overly complicated assembly in my opinion, and the contact points are so small it is going to prove susceptible to damage I`m sure.  

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    The resin rudders have been fixed, they have had a swipe of putty as well and are awaiting clean up.

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    I had a look at the turrets next, all a bit basic, and this Coastal Command version has no guns fitted which leaves the turrets looking a bit empty, so I decided to put some guts in the turrets, just to fill them out a bit, the rear turret on the left here, got some empty trunions and a bit of framing, the front turret is following a day behind!

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    Here is the rear turret from the side, the internal diagonal frame is quite prominent in photos of the turret, and with the turret framing being white this should be nicely visible! We`ll see!

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    Still winning!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  16. Here we go again then, more self isolation rambling! I was going to try and get some interior green shot yesterday, but I have recently been experiencing some issues with airbrushing acrylics, mainly paint clogging, spattering and the like. I think the majority of the issues are related to the age of my paint, rather than my airbrushes and equipment. I normally take weeks if not months on a build, so the paint spends a lot of time on the shelf, which is not good for paint. So harking back to my paint spraying training some forty years ago, I decided to splash out on some paint filters, they look like coffee filters, but with a 10 micron mesh in the bottom, a tenner for 100 from Amazon, this morning I decided to try them out, I gave my chosen colour, Tamiya XF 71 cockpit green, a jolly good stir with my battery powered paint stirrer, mixed in the appropriate amount of X20A thinners and then filtered it into my airbrush. Worked a treat!

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    The cockpit green went down on the black primer nicely. You cant see it here but I got some nice subtle preshade variation on this! 

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    The fuselage looks a different colour, but it`s not been photographed in direct sunlight unlike the cockpit. There`s a nice bit of preshade here too!

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    The resin rudders fitted the kit fins very well in the end, despite being intended for the Airfix kit. They are the wrong way round in this shot! But you get the picture!

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    The fit of the fins onto the tail-plane is excellent as well. I took the paddle bladed props off the sprue, and gave them a good clean up.

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    What I did manage yesterday, was the assembly of the engine nacelles. The join was ok, but there was a bit of cleanup required, and a smear of filler. This morning I rubbed that down and fitted the nacelles onto the wings.

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    The fots are a bit blurred, but the fit is excellent again. I am quite impressed with this kit, for a third less than the Airfix kit and one third the price of the Hasegawa Lanc (if you can find one!) its a bargain!

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    I made sure my nacelles hung vertical on the wing with it`s altered dihedral. Once all this is dry, I can prime the undercarriage bays and radiator openings.

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    So, still winning.........on the model making front anyway, the letter from my employer detailing my "Furloughed" status was a little unsettling, but what the hell, I`ve got a shed full of stash!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  17. I really don`t know how I used to manage going to work as well as doing all the stuff I am doing now! I`ve heard all the bitching and moaning going on regarding social distancing, this is mana from heaven for me, the "Leg Iron" is off my back, I`ve nothing to do but model to my hearts delight! My sympathy for those that are suffering, but by eck, I`m enjoying myself so far! Obviously if I end up on a ventilator I might not be so chipper, but lets look on the bright side for now! I shot some primer this afternoon, in between cooking the dinner and walking the hound.

    I had to use black Stynylrez, I prefer grey but I have run out! So with a bit of luck I can get some interior green on top of this tomorrow!

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    I masked off the bomb bay because I want a good bond to the flight deck, I`m not going to put anything in here anyway, there`s a lifeboat going underneath!

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    I am always concerned when I shoot Stynylrez, it looks gopping when I spray it, and the temptation is always to quickly clean it off and respray it, but it always seems sort itself out.

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    there was even time before I put my dumplings in, to crack on with the nacelles, internals fitted....... 

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    I had a good look at the fins and rudders, they are quite delicate

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    The aftermarket rudders are even more delicate, and they`re designed for the Airfix Lanc, it might be more trouble trying to mate them than adapting the kit parts.......I`ll sleep on that one I think.

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    Last job of the day was to blank off the exhaust ports on the inner nacelles, I am not going to use the kits two merlins, so I need something to support the exhausts when I come to fit them! I also assembled the bulkheads that go into the nacelles, the thin tube frames were very fragile, so I glued them in place without cleaning them up, when they are dry tomorrow I can give them a once over with less chance of breaking them.

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    So, still winning!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  18. I think the polishing phase has worked out ok!

    I`ll mask these up inside and shoot some primer I think!

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    the Wireless Op got a new box of electronic wizardry and a stanchion to hold the edge of his now overloaded desk up 

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    And the poor old Navigator got his promised angle poise lamp!

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    Other than seat belts I think we`re good to go!

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    Mask and prime? Why not!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

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  19. I had hoped for some more significant progress after another day of dodging covid19 in the shed, however, you Judge for yourselves

     

     

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    I wasnt too happy with the cockpit, the Gee box was in the wrong place from what I could tell, so I moved it to the rear corner of the pilots deck and added another box, the pilot got a trim wheel and some document holders, a compass on the instrument panel, the navigator got a large navigators square and will end up with a lamp as well, the wireless operator got a morse key, I`ll fish out some seat belts from the spares box to finish it off. 

     

     

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    I didn't like the Navigators seat, so I chopped the moulded plinth off and put a pole, floor to ceiling next to the bulkhead, then a quick bit of bracing and the seat went in a slightly more accurate location.

     

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    So just the Navigators lamp and some seat belts and I can shoot some primer in here!

     

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    The flight Engineer got a drop-down seat, and a hand rail on the wall for the Bomb Aimer!

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    The fuselage windows were fitted and then filled, and a window was cut in the hatch on the starboard side.

     

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    The hole was glazed with scrap clear plastic which I will sand back and polish.

     

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    Two windows this side, so I cut a larger hole to cover the pair, masking will take care of that!

     

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    Shims glued in the lower wing surface cuts, then cut back and sanded.

     

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    And finally tape applied and a smear of filler applied to smooth everything down! So all told, progress of a sort, and Hannants are open for mail order again, so I`ll get a set of canopy masks on the way!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G

     

    Granto

     

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  20. One of my pet hates dogsbody/Chris! Along with piling the back decks of tanks with boxes and covering it with a tarpaulin, leading to a boiled engine and an interview without coffee with the C.O and REME at best, or a fouled traverse and an enemy call-sign popping caps into your rear end and a roll-call with the Almighty!

     

    Granto

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  21. Well, here is my first participation in a group build! Having been "Furloughed" by my employer, the "Leg Iron" decided there  was alternative employment available "around the house", thankfully, the council has closed the tip and all non essential shops have also put the shutters up, which left little to do but show her the email from work which stated "You are not to carry out any work"! Awesome!

     

    So here she is, my entry in the Group Build! The venerable Revell Lancaster! I`ll only be using the stencils from this decal sheet. spacer.png

     

    Lots of nice grey plastic, I have an Airfix Lancaster in the stash but I am saving that for conversion to a Lincoln (Once Blackbird models have the conversion back in stock!). I am quite impressed with the quality of detail in this kit, which I picked up for £15!

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    This box of bits has been sitting in the stash for about a year, the Freightdog ASR III/GR 3 conversion, new wheels, Lincoln rudders, a whole heap of intakes, two vacform domes and a hoofing great airborne lifeboat!

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    And finally some decals, there are two Maritime schemes in this set.

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    So without further delay, lets get this show on the road! Cockpit assembly took very little time, although there are a few ejector pin marks that needed filling, I think that even with the huge expanse of canopy very little is going to be visible once the fuselage is buttoned up.

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    I chopped the lower wing at the bend line just outboard of the inner nacelles to correct the dihedral 

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    The outer wing was then glued in place, but not down the cut line, the cut extends into the leading edge back as far as the nacelle join, when everything is cured, I shall slip a shim into the gap in the lower skin and this will push the wing tip up and increase the dihedral!

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    The cockpit is assembled, It is a little basic, but I will add a few bits and bobs, trim wheels and the like, and somewhere for the flight engineer to park his backside! I will not however be putting any charts or maps on the navigators table. You might get away with that sort of behaviour in the French air force, but in the RAF, such things as Maps ,Charts and Logs are controlled documents, collected by the Navigator from the Navigation section prior to  sortie they would be returned to the Navigation section once back on Terra Firma and following debrief, before the Navigator headed to the Officers Mess for a skin-full of pop to calm the nerves which have just taken a jolly good eight hour hiding from the boyish antics of  "Biggles" in the drivers seat 

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    So a productive first day, all "Win Column" so far!

     

    Ta for lookin` no G!

    Granto

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  22. Good Morning everyone,

    Is there room for a late addition to this group build? You see I`ve been furloughed! Currently sitting on my duff for at least three weeks avoiding the plague, with a shed full of stash.......three of which are Lancasters, I think I ought to be able to manage one before May!

     

    Granto

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