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  1. That makes sense to me... I wish this beautiful piece of work was in my home. Harold
  2. Good evening, Carl. Is the 3mm MDF the finished panel material (substrate) or the pattern for the panel? If it is the finished panel, will you need something behind it as backing material to give it strength? Harold
  3. I’m looking forward to seeing all your flight instruments in a panel. Harold
  4. Thank you, Carl. I take those instructions to mean the jettison handle was used to release the entire load of bombs so the aircraft could make a safe landing. Harold
  5. Good morning, Carl. Excellent results on the moulding, graphics, and paint work above. Also thank you for the size information on your square gauges, I was thinking they were a bit larger. The HP 555 Inkjet printer does a great job with your graphics. I have an ancient HP 2540 printer (2013) that I would like to replace with something like you have, but that 'dog' of a printer will not die. Is the purpose of the Bomb Jettison handle to get rid of unused bombs before returning to base, or does it have something to do with bombs hanging up in the bomb bay? Harold
  6. Carl, Isn's comment below reminded me of something I wanted to mention earlier regarding the Morse Key light switch that you did a few weeks ago. The cipher (flashing Morse Code) used by the Allies when they flew over the invasion fleet off the Normandy coast was dit-dit-dit-dah or dot-dot-dot-dash, code for the letter V in the English alphabet. The code "V" stood for Victory (Allied Victory). It was tapped out to the rhythm from the opening of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven, who as you know was a very great German composer. I think there was a bit of irony in choosing that code, which was probably understood by most airmen at the time, but it’s meaning may have been forgotten over the last 79-years. Harold
  7. Good evening, Carl. As usual your craftsmanship is so good, I am struggling to find clues to distinguish your cast part from the real thing. I am impressed that you can get such fine lines on your inkjet printer, the graphics look perfect. Harold
  8. I received the casting kit and started work on a silicone mould for my belly turret. https://store.makelure.com/Shared/PDF/QuickSet_TDS.pdf
  9. Happy New Year everyone. I have been reading about resins and silicone mould making. The kit I purchased for casting the FN-64 turret is just a beginners' set and I was thinking of casting the bulged bomb doors with it too if the product works well for me. What I learned today is the resin in my kit is Alumilite Alumires RC-3 which is a polyurethane suitable for modeling parts with fine detail The silicone mould making product in the kit I'm not sure about. It is tin-base silicone with a shore hardness of 40 to 50 on the A scale. That is roughly comparable to the flexibility of chewing gum at 20 and a pencil eraser at 55. The literature said it is for use as a one-piece mould or two-piece mould. If that is correct I believe the turret would be a one-piece mould like @alzictorini demonstrated and the bulged bomb doors will be a two-piece mould. Harold
  10. I agree with Zac I could not tell the difference until I saw a screw head on the side of the unit in the middle. I watched the video and the movie The Longest Day this afternoon. I must have seen the movie at some time in the past, because as soon as I saw the aircraft in the night sky, I remembered the scene you mentioned as the Allies flew over the fleet of ships off the Normandy coast. At the time I would not have understood what the lights flashing meant. Harold
  11. Al @alzictorini I tried to find out online how this device works and the only thing I could find is something called an RAF Bathtub Morse Key. The device below looks like a Morse key and switch combination that can be used to send Morse code with lights and since it has a Steady setting that would presumably be used in the event of a downed aircraft or maybe in fog. Could you explain its function? Harold
  12. I am amazed at the features you are able to mould in silicon, features that are at right-angles to each other, the result is just perfect. Harold
  13. I learned on the 1:48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IIa and 1:48 Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina (my last two projects) there are different configurations, paint schemes, decals, and way to display the model that need to be considered. So, I call this phase of the build forward planning and consider it and the historical research as important as assembly or painting. My research and planning for this model has developed three configuration options: Plan A is to build KB700 the way it looked when it arrived in Northolt, Middlesex, on 15 September 1943. This would include the FN-64 belly turret and modified bomb bay doors. Plan B is to build KB700 the way it looked when it was assigned code LQ-Q as part of 405 Pathfinders Squadron shortly after arriving in the UK. This modification involved removal of the FN-64 turret and adding the code letters LQ-Q to the sides of the fuselage. There was other modification too, but they will be addressed later. Plan C is to build KB700 the way it looked while it was in 419 Squadron in 1944 - 1945. The principal modification was removal of the bulged bomb bay doors. Again, there were other changes, but those will be addressed later. Plan A When KB700 left Canada for the UK it had the FN-64 belly turret and bulged bomb bay doors with a fairing between the end of the bomb bay and back of the turret like photograph #1 below. The bomb doors start below the cockpit and gradually slope downward to create more space in the bomb bay. There are no 1:48 bulged bomb bay doors for HK Models on the market that I could find, but there is resin 1:48 bulged bomb doors for Tamiya, see photograph #2 below, which I ordered from Graham Endeacott at Relish Models in Hemingbrough, Selby, England today. These resin Tamiya doors are the right scale, but most likely will not be a perfect fit. That is not a problem because I intend to modify them to fit both the HK Model Lancaster kit and the FN-64 turret I scratch-built out of resin bits. Then if all goes well, I will create a silicon mould and cast new resin parts that will fit the bomb bay and fuselage correctly. If my effort produces well-fitting, clean resin parts I will make them available through someone like Mike Belcher or Graham Endeacott, so other modelers will have the option of building a 1:48 Lancaster with these features. Photograph #1 Photograph #2 Photograph #3 Photograph #4 Plan B When KB700 was in 405 Pathfinders Squadron it's FN-64 turret had been removed and LQ-Q code was painted on the fuselage. During this time 405 Squadron, based at Gransden Lodge, was close to Bourn where 97 Squadron was based. These two squadrons suffered the greatest losses in the Path Finder Force on Black Thursday, 16 - 17 December 1943. In Plan B the FN-64 turret would not be used, but the modified bomb bay doors would be as seen in photographs #5 and #6 below. Photograph #5 Photograph #6 Plan C Plan C is based on information from a book that @alzictorini has, please see excerpt below. The text indicates the bulged bomb doors with smooth forward contours, at some point after arriving in the UK all were replaced with standard doors. In photographs #8 and #9 I believe we are looking at standard door while KB700 was in 419 Squadron. Although we cannot see the back end of the doors, the front does not have the smooth forward contour mentioned in the text below. Plan C would therefore be to use the kit doors that came with the model and not include the FN-64 turret. Photograph #7 Photograph #8 Photograph #9
  14. Chris, it appears the B.I (F.E.) with deeper bomb bay illustration is what was used on KB700 and there was a fairing like you said between the end of the bomb bay and back of the turret. Harold
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