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  1. Building this as part of the Bomber Command sig in prep for the 70th anniversary events that are happening in May. AJ-Z was flown by SL Henry Maudslay and was part of the first wave sent to attack the Eder Dam. He attacked between 01.30 and 2am, having two failed attempts before dropping his upkeep. The bomb bounced over the damn exploding on the otherside which is believed to have damaged the aircraft. Sadly, on the return leg, their Lanc was shot down over Emmerich at 02.35 with the loss of all on board. This is my tribute to that crew. The plan.. Largely out of the box, there will be a few aftermarket replacements, namely the wheels and gun barrels which are not great in the Revell kit. I'm also using the mask set which I've come to like very much !! I'm also going to see if I can get the Falcon front turret (designed for the Airfix kit) to fit to improve the look of the nose area too unless anyone else has already tried and failed ???? Well documented is the issue with the dihedral on the wings being too low, so following a tip I've seen somewhere, the wings were assembled and the main gear bay spars inserted for strength. A slit in the lower wing was then made with the razor saw and a plastic shim added which 'forces' the wing into the correct dihedral... The unmodified wing (apologies for the poor pics, I've not got my stuff set up properly) The corrections to the starboard wing using 0.5mm plastic shim... Cheers, Neil
  2. Kit manufacture: Revell Scale: 1/72 Type:Lancaster B.III Special "Dambusters" Extras used: Eduard Photoetch interior and Masking set, brass guns, resin wheels, Xtradecals. Paints and colours used: Tamiya Rubber Black, Nato Black and Sea Blue (interior, underside, wheels) Gloss Black (props, undercarriage), Mr Color Dark Earth and Dark Green (RAF WWII). Gloss coat Alclad Aqua Gloss, matt cost Vallejo polyurethane Matt Varnish. Weathering wash Flory's Dark Dirt (top) and a mix of Light Wash and Black for underside. Hi all! So, I've got the Lanc finished, and roughly in time for the Dambusters anniversary! I would love to say that was mu intention, but in truth it was just coincidence. Still, it's nice to be able to commemorate the event with this build. The build thread got hit with Photobucket, and as such got semi-abandoned. The kit is Revell! It's good value for money (especially as I got it second hand) and the external detail is beautiful. However, the fit in places isn't great. It's not a bad kit by any stretch but does require quite a bit of work in places. The engines to wing join was the worst, but some of the glasswork was the most annoying. The kit decals are poor, out of register and not very receptive of decal solutions. I used Xtradecals decal sheet which were absolutely stunning. I didn't seal one side of the code numbers very well so they tore a bit with weathering, but decided to leave it a bit weathered! I used a few AM bits. Eduard interior set (waste of time, you can see nothing!), Resin wheels (forgot the make, a bit of work needed but worth it) and brass guns which are exquisite, ruined only by the chump fitting them! Also worth nothing I stuck all the small bits like activators on early doors to get a better hold. That was a silly idea, they've all gone! So here we go: That's about that! Thank you for checking in Val
  3. After sitting on the partially complete shelf of doom, I finally got up the gumption to finish this rather marvellous kit. A curious mixture of superlative engineering coupled with strange design considerations and lousy construction sequence. All previous incarnations of an Airfix Lancaster allowed you, I believe, to construct it with large sub-assemblies; only bolting the bits together after painting e.g. A Lancaster in bits With their newest Lanc, Airfix has long wing spars on which you hang the wings, and then everything is added to the airframe, including all those easy to break off teeny, weeny delitcate bits. As you can see from the photo above, I cut through the wing spars to leave stubs on the fuselage. All bits were added to the fuselage (and undercarriage to the wings) right at the end when painting was completed. Saved a lot of grief. I notice that Airfix appear to have learnt their lesson. Their Shackleton is a far more sensible beast to construct. I'm afraid photos have come out a bit on the dark side. I had problems with my lens and the light conditions. Photography took place over two days, as I tried various things. This kit fought me all the way to the end - basically self inflicted wounds. It rattles for one. I had inserted some of the side fuselage windows. Only when I came to removing the liquid mask (which had reacted with Halford primer and was fairly solid) I pushed the glazing into the fuselage. Sigh. Deep breath. OK. Reach for the Kristal Clear, which had set over the years. Add water, stir, shake, wait; repeat a few hours later until I had a liquid goo. Fill in all the glazing hole. I noticed that there seemed to be an awful lot of small bubbles in the liquid. Never mind I thought. When the Kristal clear sets, the bubble will disappear. Five days later, and the glazing was milky white. After a lot of swearing, I carefully removed all the milky white Kristal clear, and reapplied it. Two days later it set with no bubbles. Oh, the reason why I have two photos of the Lanc from above is that the lighting conditions changed. Thought I'd include both as one, I think, has better detail but the other shows better colours. I thought I had finished this beastie after the Kristal clear incident. On tidying up my modelling area, I came across a nose blister. Uh oh, I thought. Yep, you guessed it. I forgot that two years previously I had removed the blister from its sprue and cleaned it up already for painting. Roll forward two years, and I had studiously painted and glued on the wrong nose blister. After yet more swear words, I eased off the nose blister I had fitted, and then glued on the proper one - now suitably cleaned and painted. Weathering was done with some rather nice Tamiya weathering sets I discovered I had. I'm not skilled enough to do all this pre and post shading with an airbrush, and didn't dare do the exhaust stains with an airbrush. Yes, the eagle eyed may notice that I have painted the mine red oxide. I decided to do so as I read somewhere that German records regarding a recovered mine said it was painted red oxide. I now have the Airfix Shackleton AEW2 on the go. First eye balling of the instructions indicate it should be easy to construct, with a whole load of sub assemblies to be bolted together at the end.
  4. Hi everyone,I have a personal mini sig of my own, I want to build a 1/72 model (apart from the Vulcan which will be 1/144) of every aircraft flown by 617sqn RAF. This build is going to be the start of that personal quest!!So for the build it will be straight oob part from the decals for which I will be using Xtradecals Dambusters set. It will be depicted as Wing Commander L. Cheshire's North American Mustang III, based a RAF Woodhall Spa in the Summer of 1944.Here are the box, sprue, instructions and kit decals:Hobby Boss 1/72 P-51C Mustang by Neal, on FlickrOverview of what is inside. by Neal, on FlickrInstructions cover. by Neal, on FlickrA 2 step build, really? by Neal, on FlickrUntitled by Neal, on FlickrDecal sheet. by Neal, on FlickrSprue inside the box. by Neal, on FlickrFuselage in one part. by Neal, on FlickrNice detail for an easy assembly kit! by Neal, on FlickrOne piece wing, upper view. by Neal, on FlickrOne piece wing, underside. Nice detail in the wheel wells! by Neal, on FlickrSprue A1. by Neal, on FlickrSprue A2. by Neal, on FlickrLower fuselage cover. by Neal, on FlickrMetal shaft for the prop. by Neal, on FlickrSprue D. by Neal, on FlickrSprue C. by Neal, on FlickrAnd now the aftermarket bits:A really big sheet of decals for only two serial numbers:Xtradecal X72093 No 617 San Dambusters Decals. by Neal, on FlickrDecals instructions. by Neal, on FlickrI took these photos a while ago but hadn't got round to posting them. I have also made a start on the build and will get an update here soonish. I need to do some research about Wg. Cdr Chesire's Mustang as I do not know if it carried external tanks or not, also the radio antenna looks different to the kits.That is all for now.
  5. Hi all, With the Vulcan and X-Wing off the benches, and the Gnats driving me up the wall, it's time to start something else. So, the Lancaster is the next stop. The Revell 1/72 Dambuster to be more accurate. We have plenty of goodies for this build: A couple of sets of Master brass gun barrels, Eduard masking set for obvious reasons, Aires wheels, and Eduard seatbelts and cockpit photoetch set. I figured that a lot of detail will be seen through the green house on top of this kit, so I've gone to town. Nothing has happened to this build yet, other than washing the sprues as I seem to remember Phil Flory having a problem with release agent on his video build many years ago. After market Hannants Xtradecals are to be used with this build also: To be honest, I bought these decals for a 1/72 Tornado GR.4 project (I've not started yet), and these decals are part of the set. Seemed to make sense to use them. Hopefully we'll have a good time with this little lot! Cheers, Val
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  7. Back in 2014 I entered the Bomber Command Group Build inspired by a recent trip to the Derwent Reservoir to see the two Lancasters fly over the Dam. I made a start but didn't get very far as the bomb aimers blister was scarred by poor moulding and I put it to one side while I contacted Airfix to get a replacement. They got back to me saying they had no spares at the time and they would send me a replacement as soon as they had them in stock. The model ended up on the back burner and last year I decided to chase it up as I had never heard back from Airfix and realised that it had been 2 years since my original request and after chasing it up and getting a replacement the build was finally back on. My motivation has been fuelled further with a couple of book purchases I've recently made and a visit to East Kirkby braving the pouring rain last friday on my bike to make the trip to take part in one of the winter maintenance tours East Kirkby are offering at the moment as it is a unique opportunity to see a Lancaster stripped down to bare metal and see areas of detail you don't see every day such as fuel tank bays and engine nacelles without fairings. Even the H2S Dish! While I was there I also discovered that the Control Column and Throttle Quadrant from Gibson's Lancaster were recovered before was scrapped and are on display in the museum as part of an exhibit. Deciding which colour to paint the interior was another stumbling block. I wasn't sure which areas of the interior to paint black and which parts would have been interior green. I used a but of artistic license and painted some of the interior green that may have been black so that the detail can be seen on the model when looking through the canopy. I painted the interior with Humbrol Matt Black (33) and Interior Green (78) I lightened the Interior Green with some sky in areas to make the detail stand out a bit more in the dark interior and did the same with black by lightening it with 67 and 87. I painted the seats in Humbrol 30 and went over them with some oil paint. The Flight engineers seat was modified so it could be displayed folded up and the Radio Operators and Navigators seats were CMK ones. I used the kit pilots seat. I used the pre-coloured seat belts that came with this set. I also used an Eduard zoom set for the interior as the pre coloured wireless sets and instrument panels really set it off nicely. Also the full interior set was a lot more expensive and I was unsure how much would be seen. After the outside of the fuselage was painted in black primer so I could make sure the areas around the windows were black I glued the windows in with some two part epoxy and filled the gaps with pva to make sure they were secure. Before closing up the fuselage there were a couple of mods I did. Firstly after test fitting I decided to glue a couple of plasticard strips onto the underside of the mid upper turret fairing so it sat flush when it was fitted and the fuselage halves were closed up. I also decided to replace the escape hatches. so they had a clear window. I thought about painting the window gloss black and masking it off but thought as it would have a join line which maybe difficult to eradicate as it was recessed I decided to cut out the hatches and replace them completely. The way I did this was to first cut a hole in a piece of 10 thou plasticard the size of the window. I then trimmed it down so the hatched matched the kit one and the window was in the centre. Once I had the replacement hatches I cut them out of the lit fuselage making sure the openings were slightly smaller than the hatches. The next step is to paint the hatch, add an acetate window and fix it in position. I did some research into the colour of the signal lights on the underside of the aircraft and after I came to the conclusion they were Red, Green, Amber fore to aft I used a technique I've been meaning to try for a while now for the lenses. I used some of the metallic foil confetti you can get for putting in cards of the relevant colours and cut some discs out the size of the lamps with my trusty punch and die set and fixed these in place to the underside of the lamps with Klear then backed with a piece of black plasticard. They look really effective and I'll have to take a pic of the underside with the lights showing to demonstrate as I seem to have forgotten to do this. Once the fuselage had been closed up I could attach the top wings and all the bulkheads in the undercarriage bays as well as reuniting the wing spar with the bits that broke off early in construction. I then painted the inside of the wings using the same technique of the interior green to give the detail a chance of being seen. Note the fit of the bomb bay fairing is not great. The interior was a tight fit and an think it's prevented the fuselage from fully closing up in places which has affected the fit of the bomb bay and fairings. Lower wing with landing light lenses in place using the same technique as the signal lamps. Here we see the Lancaster with the lower wings and engine nacelles in place and the tail dry fitted. The fit of the tail planes is so tight that it can be fitted without glue! The fit of the lower wings was tricky and I think this was again down to the fit of the fuselage halves closing up. I had to do a fair bit of trimming and clean up to get the lower wings to fit as I have had to do with a lot of parts on this model I thought would just fall into place. The panels above the inboard engines are taped into place because the main undercarriage legs are attached to the wing spar and slot in from above through here. Next step for me is to clean up all the seams and the undercarriage parts. I can then paint the undercarriage before fitting and hopefully they won't get damaged during further handling of the model. the fit of the panels is not great so I can't leave them off till the end. I'm enjoying making this kit so far and can see myself making a couple more of these in the future. Thanks for looking, Mark
  8. Finally finished Popsie, a 1955 MkVII Lancaster in 617 markings. Popsie was flown by Sgt Eric Quinney and I was inspired to build this, with "Edam" mine after chatting with him at Duxford. There have been many build threads of the new tool Airfix, so didn't do one (perhaps for the next build) The biggest headache I had was the mine and the side baffles. The mine itself was made from a block of balsa, carved down to hopefully be the right size/shape. The nav/observer is from an HS-126 early war observer aircraft. The base made from a chopping block, with layers of blues and blacks with clear silicone for the water effect. Hopefully it has worked, I'm happy with my first attempt at displaying like this (and I've just noticed the real wheel has gone awol!)
  9. My next build has been waiting in my stash for me to hone my skills and I hope I'm now able to do it justice: Paul A H did a kit review in April 2013 which has some nice sprue shots and detail so I won’t repeat it here. MetroRacing also did a WiP thread which I shall be reviewing, frequently. As you may know, Airfix reserved 'The' Dambuster, G George, for the starter kit so I was initially a little disappointed when I looked at the schemes. Then I was lucky enough to attend a talk in April by George 'Johnny' Johnson, the last living British Dambuster. I posted about the talk here, but suffice it to say I'm now more than happy to build Johnny's aircraft, 'T Tommy'. The Dambuster's website tells me: The American Joe McCarthy who should have been the first aircraft away had a last minute problem when he discovered a coolant leak in the starboard (right) outer engine of AJ-Q "Queenie" during the warm up. There was no way "Queenie" would be able to fly, but luckily one spare aircraft had been flown in that afternoon and bombed up in anticipation of a problem somewhere. McCarthy and his crew switched to the spare AJ-T "Tommy" which had not been fitted with the spotlights or VHF radio because there had been no time. McCarthy reasoned that he did not need the spotlights because his target, the Sorpe, did not require the height precision that the other gravity dams did. I've bought some bits to help and, hopefully, improve the build: Even though I build wheels up and put my finished models on the ceiling, I enjoy doing the internals and this is my first time using Eduard zoom. We'll see how I get on. Canopy masks are a must for this one IMHO as there's lots of clear plastic. I also bought the QuickBoost gun kit but I've not decided whether to use it yet - the Airfix parts are quite detailed as shown in this comparison: It makes me shudder looking at the Airfix sprue mounting and I've not cut resin before so the likelihood is I'll break something and end up using a mix of both. The one thing I really can't bear to do is leave out the crew, or at least Johnny in his 'office'. The kit only comes with the pilot and that means finding figures for the other crew members. Beard (Simon) is kindly exchanging some spare Airfix crew which should arrive in the post soon. Despite a lot of time (and I mean a lot of time) searching the 'net I've been unable to find anything easy to find / use so I've also ordered the Airfix A01747 RAF Personnel set. The only pictures I could find of this are here. I'm hoping I can perform some plastic surgery (see what I did there?). We will have to see how I get on (gulp). One bonus is that, as the Dambuster missions were (very) low level, I don't think I need to worry about oxygen masks. I'll find some more reference shots (hopefully) for the crew clothing like this one: Well I've seen the film, read (Johnny's) book, heard the story, so time to build the model. Hold on to your hats boys!
  10. I was lucky enough to attend a talk in April by George 'Johnny' Johnson, the last living British Dambuster. I posted about the talk here and I'm now more than happy to present my attempt at Johnny's aircraft, 'T Tommy'. The Dambuster's website tells me: The American Joe McCarthy who should have been the first aircraft away had a last minute problem when he discovered a coolant leak in the starboard (right) outer engine of AJ-Q "Queenie" during the warm up. There was no way "Queenie" would be able to fly, but luckily one spare aircraft had been flown in that afternoon and bombed up in anticipation of a problem somewhere. McCarthy and his crew switched to the spare AJ-T "Tommy" which had not been fitted with the spotlights or VHF radio because there had been no time. McCarthy reasoned that he did not need the spotlights because his target, the Sorpe, did not require the height precision that the other gravity dams did. Airfix's new(ish) tool A09007 built OOB except the addition of the crew (with thanks to Beard who provided most of them) and Eduard internal PE, painted with Humbrol 33 rattle can and Vallejo Model Air for the camo and matt varnish. Bit big for my background - sorry! More photos, lots of them, in the usual long WiP thread. Thanks for looking
  11. Found in stash old Hasegawa. Still unsure, whether it's worth of improvement by etched parts, but some wires, some needles will be incorporated during build.
  12. My 1/72 Airfix Dambuster. Like the engineering on this kit although I had alot of fit issues- think it was me being fat fingered and not the kit. Annoying that despite the gloss coat some decals did silver....again me rushing this and not the kit. This build for girlfriend who is a massive Lancaster/ WW2 aviation fan.
  13. So after a break of a few months I decided to break the funk and complete something out of the extensive stash I have going. So here's the (at the time I started) new Airfix 1:72 Lancaster 'Operation Chastise' I know I've made a few schoolboy errors on it (the walkway transfers being the wrong way around) and the rather sub standard finish on it. Few thoughts on the Kit, compared to the old Lanc (which is also on the bench) it's a complete breath of fresh air and it's nice to have some detail on the kit other than the bog standard seat on a block of plastic and the windows on the side to be actual windows and not just marked out. The interior is up there with the Revell 1:72 bombers in terms of what you put in (their Halifax is also on the bench) and the fit is perfect bar a slight gap in the nose. Sorry about the poor lighting, that's what happens when you finish it at 10pm. I'll post some better ones up tomorrow. cheers
  14. Well I am calling this one done. First completion in quite a few months and first for the year. It was started last year for a club Dambuster build. AJ-N, also known as ED912 had two RAAF Crew: Pilot Officer Leslie Gordon Knight, the pilot Flight Sergeant Robert George Thomas Kellow the Wireless operator. The club display was based around Australians in the raid and the aircraft they flew. ED912 attacked the Eder dam between 01:30 and 02:00 (17/05/43) and was the third aircraft to attack the dam. It performed one dummy run then went in for his final attack, the Upkeep hit the dam perfectly and breached it . The codeword "DINGHY" for a breach in the Eder was relayed to Harris, Wallis and Cochrane at Grantham.
  15. Hi, I'm starting work on a couple of Lancasters, one of them is the Airfix BIII "Dambusters" kit - unfortunately it's not the new release (can't run to one of these just yet) but the venerable 1979 version. This one is in the white box, kit number 08004, although I think that the same plastic has kept on going, even making it in to the new 'red' Airfix, until just recently. I was looking at the mine in the kit and I was thinking that it didn't really look right; did it really have those ribs running along it? all of the pictures I've seen would suggest it doesn't.. Also I have a number of other Lancaster kits including one I picked up from a market (just in a bag) with a Contrail AVRO Manchester conversion. This one was a black Lancaster but the bag appears to have a number of other parts in it including another Upkeep bomb. Just wondering if any one can identify what kit it's from and if it or the ribbed Airfix one is correct: Also I have a spare set of wheels included - left is the Airfix wheel, right is from somewhere else - any ideas? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Karl
  16. Hi all, This isn't really a build thread of this kit, more of a place where I'll be posting things to look out for if you build this kit. Such as fit problems, ejector pin marks, stuff like that. I should also note that I will be building this model wheels up because of a lack of space, so I wont be commenting on those areas. Having started this kit today I haven't fitted anything really. Only the ends of the bomb bay roof. And being a brush painter it may take me a while. So the only thing in this post is ejector marks on the floor (The other side of the bomb bay) and on the right hand side of the fuselage. This picture shows the floor and there are five ejector marks, I feel these could easily be seen through the canopy if left untreated. These aren't the only ejector marks on the floor but I feel the only ones that would likely be seen. Also after opening the holes for the motor that is mounted in the bomb bay I refilled the holes on the floor side. This picture shows the righthand fuselage with three ejector marks, the one that concerns me is the one in the middle of the side panel, although in fairness the panel is flat enough for me not to amend it as a decal will cover it over. The other ejector marks I believe wont be seen, these are also present on the other fuselage half but again I feel they wont be seen. TTFN Ashley.
  17. Lancaster ED937 - Tribute to Henry Maudsley & Crew Bomber Command SIG At 21.39 on the 16th May 1943, nine aircraft took off as a first wave on the infamous raid to attack dams in the Rhur valley with the view to significantly damaging the industrial output as a result of the flooding that would follow. Piloted by Sqn Leader Henry Maudsley, Lancaster ED937 coded AJ-Z was part of the formation set to attack the Mohne and Eder dams. The route was to take them at a height of about 100ft over the Netherlands and close by to Eindhoven to avoid the heavy defenses of the Rhur. Following a successful breach of the Mohne, Maudsley along with Shannon and Knight escorted by bombless Gibson and Young to draw flak approached the Eder which was covered in fog. After 6 aborted runs by Shannon, Maudsley attacked with his bomb striking the top of the dam damaging the aircraft in the blast. Knight subsequently breached the Eder in AJ-N. With a damaged aircraft Maudsley set course back for Scampton but at about 2.35am was shot down over Emmerich with the tragic loss of all the crew. The guys of the bomber Command SIG will be displaying all 18 aircraft in 1/72 that took part in the raid in front of PA474 at Scampton on 17th May as part of the 70th anniversary event of which this is one. Built from the Revell kit, the build was a journey in itself as discussion and dialogue from the very helpful chaps on Britmodeller revealed issues that I ended up correcting best I could. I won't go into detail, but the build thread is HERE. Hope you like it.... Thanks for looking, Neil
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