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  1. Despite my initial optimism, work commitments have taken their toll and I’m off on the road for the rest of this week, sometimes I wish our hobby was more portable! At least 2 of my 4 are starting to look as though they are getting close and I’ve started a bit of work on no. 3, but I’m also supposed to have started the Africa GB. I feel over commitment coming on!! Anyway, progress on the Wellington and Harrow. Engines on, undersides sprayed and now starting on the upper surfaces with a little pre-shading, ready for the camouflage. Just trying to decide whether to mask up
  2. Thanks Johnny. I think I’m a bit behind the drag curve with these at the moment, but at least I’ve sorted the airbrush issues - almost But that aside, at least I got some colour on this evening. Thanks for the link to your 0/400 build, some useful tips in there.
  3. Plan this evening was to try and start getting some colour down on the Welly and the Harrow. Started ok, but then the airbrush started playing up Unfortunately, as I haven’t used the brush in a couple of weeks, decided that a full clean was probably in order! That took a while, then the carpet monster decided to swallow the return spring. By then it was late and after a 5 AM start, I decided it was time for bed. Still at least I got to check a few of the seams on the Welly Hopefully better luck tonight!!
  4. Bomb bay installed but intrigued by Airfix’s choice of colour. The instructions suggest ‘56’ aluminium, but of course that includes all of the external parts of the very complex set of bomb bay doors, which is obviously incorrect. Equally, having everything aluminium would reflect light quite nicely in the hands of a searchlight. Fortunately, a bit of Googling has produced this from this website: https://pacificeagles.net/vickers-wellington/ which shows the well worn black innards of a Wellington bomb bay.
  5. Well what a couple of weeks. Sadly I’ve been disconnected from all the models I’m supposed to be building. Got to love CV19!! Anyway, finally connected back with everything, so thought I had better crack on. In the process of adding the engines, I realised that more of the lovely detail put on this kit by Airfix, will also be hidden forever. These bulkheads, will disappear under the engine mounts.
  6. Thanks Marklo, top tip on some square bulkheads in the fuselage. That makes sense as the parts are quite long and bendy as they are.
  7. Not sure what happened, but this post should have been the one before the one above, anyway.. I was a little concerned over the design of the engine nacelles on the Wellington, as it looked overly complex to my mind and ran the risk of multiple seams, potentially requiring lots of my bête noire, filler and sanding!! Airfix has chosen to design the wheel well bay and 2/3rds of the upper nacelle as a separate modelling stage, with the final third of the upper nacelle as an integral part of the upper wing, and then the lower section of the nacelle as an integral part of the l
  8. Well the wings are on. Not sure how strong the bond is on the Harrow, but they are in place and the fit looks pretty good. Putting the Harrow and the Welly together show similar wingspans, and how long the Harrow was in comparison.
  9. Like the cockpit so far, particularly the colour of the seats and that reddy-brown of the cockpit floor, they bring back memories. Mainly of years of spilt tea/coffee and chicken curry
  10. OK so a bit of a problem! Decided it’s time to make some progress with the Harrow and get the wings on. Decided to sand the inner edges of the wings down a bit to try and get a slightly thinner tailing edge. All good, wings come together nicely, little bits of filler required. Check the references, offer up the wing to the spar and....... nothing fits! Look back at references to check I’ve put the spar in correctly, I think so but the wings don’t fit and sit proud of the fuselage by a significant margin. I checked @adey m’s bu
  11. In a bored moment, I thought I really ought to have a look at the 0/400. Lots of parts to this kit, with 167 parts! I can’t remember when I last built a biplane, but it must have been several decades ago; I wonder whether I’ve bitten off too much. Anyway, quick picture of some of this 167 parts. Most are quite cleanly moulded, but there is a bit of flash here and there that will need cleaning up. There are quite a few ejector marks, but not sure how much of that will be visible, so I’m not going to worry too much. Quite a few parts have come off th
  12. Not much progress, unfortunately, courtesy of Lockdown 3. I have applied a little bit of filler to the fuselage seams, sanded them back and went to apply a bit of Halfords primer to make sure I’d sanded everything smooth. Disaster! Well not really that bad, but the rattle can was obviously quite old. Not sure whether it was the paint thickening, or a lack of pressure, or something else, but I managed to throw lumps of paint all over the Harrow. So, out with the wet’n’dry and try not to remove all of the lovely moulded fuselage detail
  13. Sadly that now means 2 fuselages needing a bit of filling and sanding! And both of them with some lovely fuselage skin detail that will need protection. Quite surprised by the size of the Harrow next to the Wellington
  14. Well, that’s the fuselage all buttoned-up. Seems a shame in a way. All that lovely detailing in the cabin can’t be seen any more. Not sure why I spent so much time on it really Bomb bay is nicely done, with a few more bits to go in. Some seat harnesses might have been a good addition though
  15. Fuselage sections almost complete, just the instrument panel to go in and she’ll be ready to close up such a shame most of the interior detail will disappear when the 2 halves come together.
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