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I'd had it in my head for a while that I'd like to do a Shackleton as a bit of a departure from the cold war jets that I've done lately and have in the stash. Have shied away from it because its big - biggest thing I'll have done since being a teenager, plus I have absolutely no idea where its going to go when I'm finished. Its easy enough to hide away Spitfires, Phantoms and Tornados around the house without much notice being paid, but this is a whole other ball game! My old man grew up around Ballykelly watching these beasts and has a soft spot for them, so he might adopt it for me in due course Last November I found myself face to face with one in the local model shop when I popped in for some paint or something equally trivial. Suffice to say, I came out with a bigger bag than I was anticipating! And it felt good! I left like the teenage kid coming out the model shop in Dundee clutching his latest acquisition Having done a couple of spits over Christmas just to keep my eye in, I've decided this is next. Its been sitting on the bench waiting to be started for a few weeks now, but I keep finding other things to do. Maybe the size of the thing is intimidating me? I found a build thread from @Vulcanicity the other week who has just started the same kit. He opened the whole can of worms of the various phase updates for Shackletons - I had been aware of these but had not realised the extent of the external differences. Thankfully, he's doing the same era as me so has done some of the hard work which I am going to shamelessly borrow I may not go as far, though, I'm not really up for moving windows around - bit beyond my skill set that one. I sat down last night, saw the whites of the Shacks eyes and made a start. Yep - I put together the pilot's seats Got to start somewhere, right? So here we are: I've got the 204 sqn serials and markings from Xtradecal X72-235 courtesy of @AliGauld and then the Revell MR.3 sheet from @xvtonker. The latter will give me the yellow overwing walkway stencils that were used on UK based Shacks. Thank you very much gentlemen - it is very much appreciated! And that's about it for now, less time writing WIP and more time modelling, I think!! Cheers, Al.
Morning All, I'm currently mulling over a plan to build a 1:72 Shackleton MR.2 from the Ballykelly wing. Hoping to do it as a present for my dad who has a soft spot for them (plus that way I don't have to worry about storage space!). It looks like the Airfix MR.2 kit is a good starting point (when I can get hold of one!). I don't think it has decals for a Ballykelly machine, but I think I'm right in saying that squadron markings were limited to the squadron number in red numerals on the rear fuselage. So if I can get hold of some suitably sized red numbers I should be OK? From the brief research I've done so far, I'm looking at 203, 240 or 269 squadrons (with the latter two renumbered to 204 and 210). I'm keen on the dark grey and white top sides scheme (reckon I'd struggle with the mainly white one) - can anyone shed any light on the timeframe that this scheme came in? I've found the Shackleton Association website for perusal which looks good for a huge amount of historical stuff... Any other nuggets or useful bits of information anyone has to share? Cheers, Al.