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  1. My entry for this group build, the Martin B-57B Canberra operated by the 8th Bomb Squadron out of Bien Hoa AB and then Da Nang AB in 1964/65. It didn't take the Canberra long to become well-known on the tactical scene and they picked up the call sign 'Yellow Bird' based upon the squadron colours (the sister13th BS were 'Red Bird'). I am building the 1/72nd Italeri B-57B Canberra OOB and it will be finished in aluminium. I will be using the decals from the kit. I will also 'ghost' build a second B-57B which will be in the later SEA camouflage scheme coded as 'PQ'. I am looking for a straight f
  2. After some deliberation and almost starting a Jaguar, I've decided to plunge into this rather complicated Alley Cat Canberra conversion. I'll be making a hemp one I think, as sometime in the future I'm planning to do the TT18 in green/grey camo with the black & yellow underside. The T17 was flown by England rugby legend Rory Underwood, our record Test try scorer (49 tries in 85 games between 1984-96) who was also an RAF pilot during his playing career before rugby turned professional! First question, (possibly for @canberra kid
  3. Hi everybody, this week I started my Canberra. It is the S&M B.6 kit, but it will be slightly converted into a B.15 or B.16 (not decided yet) that served with the Akrotiri Strike Wing on Cyprus during the 1960s. That's a sturdy box You know it's a short-run kit when the sprues come in a Tesco freezer bag The parts look good, but I already realised when starting with the cockpit that everything needs a lot of test fitting. The instructions are fairly vague and there are no colours indicated for the interior (it's mostly black, I guess).
  4. Having had a wee lull I finally managed to finish this 1/72 Micro-Mir Canberra T17. I ended up finishing as a 360 Sqn aircraft from RAF Wyton in 1985, mainly because the decals with the kit were incorrect. Built OOB using the Modeldecal 85 set and addition of the HF aerial using fishing line. Was looking forward to building this when it came out but probably used not far off as much filler as there is plastic and it fought me all the way. Got the weighting in the nose wrong but the trick with the wire in the wheels worked a treat. Apologies for the poor photographs but
  5. In Phil Keeble's excellent Book "Patrolling the Cold War Skies: Reheat Sunset" he describes a flight in a thunderstorm to Malta. He describes the aircraft with the code 175, but without the two letters in front of it. Does anyone know which Canberra that was exactly? And what it looked like at the time? Or even better: Does anyone have any photos of the plane from that time? Best of all, someone even has photos of the plane after the flight, it must have looked terrible. Where could I find pictures? Ask anyone except Mr. Keeble himself... If
  6. Hi, can anyone help me with the colour of the u/c bay or wheel well and covers on the Canberra. The 1/72 S&M kit gives no hints (if I haven't overlooked anything). I am referring specifically to a mid-1960s B.15 with Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey/Silver paint scheme. Thanks in advance.
  7. MikroMir AMP is to release 1/72nd E.E. Canberra kits. Among them T.11/ B.2 /Tp.52 Swedish air force etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1768192206591841 V.P.
  8. Hi guys! Well, Cosford was a few days ago and I managed to come across a wonderful Airfix 1:48 Canberra PR.9: (amongst other things >_> ) I was inspired by Navy Bird's excellent 1:72 Canberra PR.9 "End of an era": ...and thought I should probably have a go myself. So, the plan of attack is as follows: -OOB apart from a fair bit of scratchbuilding -Scratchbuild the cockpit -Scratchbuild the Navigator's "cupboard" -Scratchbuild the flare/bomb-bay -Open up a few panels, if possible?
  9. This is a collection of all the small scale models myself and David (the husband) have built so far. These were all pretty hard to photograph being so small so i hope you don't mind my less than perfect photography skills (plus I should have dusted a couple first!) Lets begin with the Eduard spitfire, made by David. It was painted using alcad and tamiya acrylics. This model goes together like a dream and wing of this aircraft is phenomenally thin! Next up is the Stuka. This is the older eduard boxing with the snake (I presume the one coming out soon is the same kit just with differen
  10. Hi everybody, I am currently working on the S&M Canberra B.6 coverting it into a B.15 or B.16. You can find the WiP-thread here: Could anyone help me with plans that show the position and dimensions of the under-wing hard-points? For a B.15/16 I will need at least the "standard" in-board hard-points for 1000 lb. bombs or rocket packs, but later some aircraft also had additional out-board pylons for the AS.30 missile. By now, I have quiet a number of publications on the Canberra in my library, but for some reason none of the drawing show these hard-points. Although, it is po
  11. I have the old Airfix Canberra B.2 and their newer B(I)6 in the stash in 1/48, I would like to build one from Wyton circa 1987. Ideally the TT18 with black and yellow stripes would look good in such a large scale, but I can't find the target pods in aftermarket, nor, perhaps surprisingly any 100 sqn tailfin markings. Are there any available, or is it relatively easy to scratch build the Rushton pods? Which of the Airfix Canberra kits would be best to convert to a TT18? If the pods/conversion prove difficult perhaps I could just do a 100 Sqn B2 instead, I be
  12. Hi all, does anybody know what kind of ejection seats were installed in the Canberra B.15 and B.16 during the 1960s? I've already looked at the site of the IPMS Camberra SIG, but could'nt find anything. The Martin-Baker Mk.2 seems to be a likely candidate. Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi! I am trying to reproduce the empty underwing pylon for Lightning (Yes, F.53 , Saudi AF). Any pictures from below on this pylon or more widely used UK or French platforms (I believe, it was something standard for bombs/rockets) will be very helpful. Thanks in advance. Cema
  14. The main issue with the newer Airfix 1:72 and 1:48th Canberra kits tailplane really needs to be understood for it to be corrected properly. The real Canberra tailplane has a 10 degree dihedral which it maintains across each half span from the fuselage joint. Airfix have made the fixed stub part molded on the fuselage level (ie no dihedral), this in effect raises the upper tailplane surface join position too high on the fuselage, even though the main mounting slots and the tailplane are pretty much in the right position. The stub also looks completely wrong when compared
  15. Canberra B.2 98 Squadron, RAF Watton, 1968 This is the S&M Canberra kit finished in classic 1960s silver-and-dayglo. Here is the original inspiration: This is or less OOB, though I did emphasise the control surface engraving so that it looked more definite than the surrounding panel lines. Having seen some photos of models finished from this kit I thought they had a little too much of a tail-up stance, so I shortened the main gear legs by about 1mm or so and gave the wheels some flats, and that seemed to give it a roughly level stance.
  16. Hi! I'm starting to build the classic Classic Airframes kit of Electronic Warfare Canberra. IMHO most brutally looking Canberra version. I will use: -Kit (more than 10 years in my stash) -Loon replacement wingtip tanks (resin) -Eduard interior etch set intended for Airfix B.20 kit -ResKit wheels (resin)-looks waaay better than in-box resin - compare the pictures below... The start is trivial - assembling the 1kg of resin interior parts and building the fuselage halves. Thanks for looking
  17. Hi comrades! Full build is here Model is fun to build, but it needs some modifications and more details to better represent the prototype. Modifications I made: -Third crew member station was added (and it's visible!!!) -Painted antennas inside the canopy -Antennas scratchbuilt -Navigation lights scratchbuilt -Landing light - Elf -Details on wheel doors-scrach -Wheels - replaced with ResKit -Brass In cockpit - Eduard -National insignia - painted (decals are wrong) -Stencils - partly painted, most from Model Alliance decals
  18. I had bought this kit in a discount from Dukel Hobbies, they were selling it with aftermarket decals and the paints for 2500ARS, cheaper than buying the kit and decals from Hannants. Finished the Canberra yesterday. The kit has some issues, such as the huge gaps when attaching the wings, the wheels that don't have a positive fit on the main landing gear, the cockpit floor that is warped, etc... The only thing I don't like about how I finished it is the demarcation line on the nose, I painted it with different lengths on the right and left sides, and it sorely shows. Anyways, her
  19. I began building Airfix's 1:48 Canberra today, and I found the cockpit doesn't drop fit into place, I have to make some pressure in order for it to fit. The lack of locating tabs for it doesn't help either. The fuselage halves are perfectly straight too, since they meet perfectly. I think this is caused because the cockpit bulkheads are too large, can someone else back me up on this one? Has anyone else had this issue? Any solutions apart from pressing and holding in place? Thanks!
  20. After finishing my Spitfire with the Watts two bladed propeller, I decided to begin my biggest project to date, Airfix's Canberra in 1:48. My goal is to have one MIIIE, a SuE, an A-4, a Canberra and a Harrier for the South Atlantic War (see guys? My interests also go beyond German Luftwaffe). Spitfire, boxart and decals. I made several test fits of the cockpit to the fuselage. The floor of it is warped, making it a bit difficult to place. The model also needs 100g minimum of weight to keep it from being a tail sit
  21. I thought it would be nice to spend some time with my wife on Saturday and Sunday evenings (I work nights and we don't get to spend much time together). She likes a bit of idiot box and I hate it. I decided to build a kit while watching some tv with her. Anyhow it is a good plan, mmmmm. She is now in bed with the babies - 2 Bull Arab dogs, Billy and Mandy, who think bedtime is 9.30 and they tell her it is time to go to bed. I have never built a 1/48 scale kit and know very little about the canberra bomber. I will probably do the Aussie plane or maybe not, both schemes look g
  22. Following the recent arrival of my two Revell Phantoms I was tempted to make one, but for some reason this ebay bargain (hence no box and cut decal sheet) was calling out to be made first! I love Canberras, as well as being superb aircraft they empitomise a glorious era for British aviation and bring back memories of their surprisingly loud flights over Norfolk on summer days. I remember seeing a T.4 near the spotters lay by at Marham in the early 90s, whilst parked up on a grass verge nearby was an old style travellers' wooden caravan; it was like going back in time to the 50s.
  23. Managed to move this one over the finish line yesterday. My third in what will be a long line of S&M Models 1/72 RAAF Canberra's. The kit is a good one and I thoroughly enjoyed researching and putting this one together. Details of the build for those interested can be found here: This particular aircraft was inspired by an all around good guy, Australian Aviation Historian and fellow modeler Roger Lambert. Roger and his platoon were the benefactors of this Magpie's work when on patrol in SVN. Rather than attempt to tell th
  24. Thanks Paul. Worth open a dedicated thread isn't it? Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975536-italeri-2015/?p=1886727 V.P.
  25. Here's my Amodel 1:144 Canberra T.17 which I built in 2010. It represents WF916/EL of 360 Squadron, RAF, based at RAF Cottesmore and RAF Wyton (from August 1975 onwards), UK, 1970s. Not an easy kit but the only one of this variant in this scale. I built it OOB adding several missing aerials. The kit was painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Thanks for looking Miguel
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