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  1. Hi all, I thought I'd start sharing with you my current build on the bench - the 1/72 Airfix Vickers Wellington Mk.1A/C - before I get much further on. I started on this kit to really get back into the swing of things as with everything going on in the world, my modelling productivity took a bit of a nose dive and I really enjoy using the forum to see what everyone is up to and to share what I'm doing too. So to kick us off - here's the standard box art pic: So far I've built up the cockpit and the two fuselage halves and everything is about ready to be put t
  2. I am working out engineering solutions for a Wellington produced using the fuselage of a Lisunov Li-2 (licence built DC2) for a Czech film in 1969. My main build is to represent the film prop in 1/72 using a Contrail Warwick fuselage and Italeri DC2 wings. HOWEVER, Fitting the wings, a key stage in the construction will be difficult using the vac form fuselage which will necessarily be widened by 5mm. Having a bit of time to spare in lockdown I will also be building my other solution. A Monogram 1/90 scale DC2 fitted on to a Revell (nee MPM) Wellington in 1/72 !
  3. I have decided to post this build here as it was an actual 'aircraft' made and therefore not a "What if" In 1969 the Czechoslovakians made a film whose name translates to "The Sky Raiders" or "Riders in the Sky". They needed a Wellington bomber which could at least taxi. However, none were available so they had the bright idea of converting a Lisunov Li-2 (licence built DC3) to look like a Wellington ! In the early 90's I came across a February 1973 Air Enthusiast which had an article entitled "Lisunov's Wellington" all about this curious conversion. I always wanted to
  4. Vickers Wellington GR Mk.VIII (A08020) 1:72 Airfix The Vickers Wellington was a twin-engined medium bomber that entered service with the RAF in 1938. It served throughout the Second World War before finally being retired in 1953. Although the Wellington hasn't quite enjoyed the profile of some the RAF's heavy bombers such as the Lancaster or Halifax, it was produced in far greater numbers than either and made a vital contribution to the Allied war effort. It is popularly believed that the Wellington was designed by Barnes Wallis, inventor of the famous b
  5. No.2 for 2020 This aircraft depicts the one in which Sgt James Ward RNZAF was flying on when he climbed out onto the right wing to douse a fire. For this action he was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross. This is another great kit from Airfix. They have really been doing some subjects I'm into lately. It has great detail for the scale and builds up without any real problems. All up, I knocked this over in about 3 week (I'd estimate less than 20 hrs). Full details are over at my blog but here are some images
  6. Hi All, Here is a kit I completed about 8 months ago - Airfix' 1:72 Wellington MkIA, completed as N2980 of 20OTU, RAF Lossiemouth December 1940. Completed OOB just with the addition of Eduard masks and addition of Tamiya tape seatbelts. This was my first successful foray with an airbrush - painted with AK Interactives Dark Earth, Tamiya Dark Green (both acrylics) and Tamiya NATO Black (rattle can). I chose this variant for 2 reasons - I felt that the wavy camo demarcation added interest, and the glazed side windows would offer the best view of the diligently completed interior (hmm
  7. I'm finishing an Airfix Wellington Mk.1 and I'm at the point of fitting the bomb load. I've saved and watched the video of servicing a Wellington bomber and very interesting and informative it was too. Back along, I remember our learned members posting diagrams of various loading options on Wellingtons and information on the colour stripes on the bombs themselves. I've tried the search on this site using various descriptions and combinations. Either I get '0 results found' or pages and pages going way back into the space-time-continuum that use one of the search words or combinations there
  8. My friend is building an Italeri (MPM rebox) Wellington MK.Ic. Confused with different exhaust types of left and right. On left engine is this: However there was a "Porcupine" or Hedgehog exhaust. When referring to resin conversion parts, two types both provided. The long exhaust already had flame damper effect, so what's for Porcupine one? Apparently it's hard to produce.... Further more, when I search photos, I find on MK.IV with R-1830 engine, the left outer exhaust is still a long tube, but the others...different. Perhaps some special reasons?
  9. I bought this at a car boot for £5, not realising it's the Frog kit that never saw the light of day and re-appeared in various Russian boxes and Maquette. The basics are pretty good although there is no geodesic pattern on the wings, possibly a good thing as it rarely shows in photos! I know I may have just started something by saying that but it is completely over done in the Matchbox version and dare I say even on the new Airfix one? I have a few bits to improve things, wheels, exhausts etc and a set of Falcon canopies, the kit ones are not exactly transparent. More as soon as
  10. I have just finished this, the new Wellington from Airfix and what a joy to build. . It build OOB, i have only covered the side windows to march the ref. pictures that was found on the net. white is done by airbrush, green and grey with brush, all colors Humbrol. Clear and satin laquer from alclad by airbrush. Decals from the spare box. Polish Wellington Mk IC DV597 "T" during take-off in Dale, 2nd half of 1942. This a/c attacked U-boat on two occasions: piloted by F/O Figura on August9, 1942, and Sgt Golebiowski on October 9, 1942 Cheers Jes
  11. Not sure if this should be in with the Whifs really – I have been reading a lot of Biggles books recently, and got quite interested in the modelling possibilities that they provide. In one recent read, (Biggles Breaks the Silence) he heads to the Antarctic in a Wellington under the guise of a government research vehicle to retrieve some lost gold from a shipwreck. Not much is said about the aircraft other than it being modified for the cold weather, including the addition of skis – which leaves me with some latitude regarding livery. This is my first proper build in a long time, so hopefully i
  12. Vickers Wellington DWI (Directional Wireless Installation) - Conversion 1:72 Aerocraft Models - For Airfix Kit The Wellington DWI Directional Wireless Installation was an unusual looking aircraft to say the least. This was developed to deal with the increasing problem of magnetic mines dropped in UK waters early in WWII. After an intact mine was recovered and examined various ways to deal with them were looked at. The idea of detonating the mines from ships was quickly dispensed with due to damage to the ships. It was then thought an aerial means was possible. A la
  13. Hi! Here's my latest model. It's Trumpeters Wellington in 72nd scale. The model depicts a machine used by 37. Sqn during the Norwegian campaign in April 1940. A lot of aftermarket was used. Eduard photoetch and several Quickboost resin items. The model is finished in Gunze and Tamiya paints. Hope you enjoy. Any comments apppreciated Best regards Rune Norway
  14. Wellington Mk.Ia/c Engines & Bomb Bay set 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new Wellington from Airfix is most welcome, and Eduard continue to bring update sets out for it. Engines (672200) This set contains two complete engines for the Wellington. There are two radial engines, their mountings, exhaust collector rings, and engine cowls. A mixture of resin & PE parts which should combine to bring two excellent looking engines for your wellington. Bomb Bay Set (672200) This set contains two shee
  15. Well I've been lurking on here for nearly three years only occasionally sticking my head above the parapet, so it's high time I contributed a bit more. For my first WIP I'm going back forty years or so to the first kit I built with Dad's help, or was I hindering him building it? Said kit was the venerable Airfix Wellington. I've no idea what happened to that model, nor another Wellington I made on my own a couple of years later. For most of the intervening years I've pottered around in the model railway world not really achieving that much. Three years ago though I fell o
  16. I visited the new exhibition spaces at Brooklands which as well as the semi-restored Loch Ness Wellington has a forward fuselage that is open to invited visitors. I was able to go inside and see what it was like. A couple of photos, the first of the cockpit looking to where the turret would be, the second from behind the main spar, looking forward. The silver main spar replica only goes half way across to make access easier. To my left the canvas stretcher is folded up and above my head on the left are the oxygen bottles. Just
  17. Wellington Mk.1A/C Update sets, Wheels & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool Wellington is welcome for those who build WWII British Aircraft, Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Update Set (73639) This set has one pre-painted fret, and one brass one. You ge
  18. I am after a good 1/72 model kit any suggestions please
  19. As my little De Havilland project draws to an end, I'm starting a new project. This is one that's been percolating through my brain for a while: a set of 100 Group aircraft. The release of the DK decals set last year helped, and about this time last year I also picked up a Trumpeter Wellington X, but until the other day I hadn't realised that the two could go together. I have two other projects in mind, both based on the bases local to my house in WW2: Bassingbourn for the USAAF and Gransden Lodge for the RAF. As it happens, this Wellington has a nod towards Gransden Lodge as well, as although
  20. "How easy it would have been for National Socialist Germany to misuse its superiority in the air just as Great Britain has always done at sea. But in Poland, Adolf Hitler gave the world proof of his military leadership. The Luftwaffe followed his orders and attacked only military targets." -- SS-Standartenführer Toni Winkelnkemper, Der Großangriff auf Köln. Ein Beispiel (Berlin: Franz Eher, 1942) (trans. Randall Bytwerk) "Suddenly two German planes appeared from nowhere and dropped two bombs only two hundred yards away on a small home. Two women in the house were kil
  21. Vickers 290 Wellington 1A N2980 (1939), N2980 is the only surviving Brooklands-built Wellington. During a training flight on the 31st December 1940 she developed engine trouble and ditched into Loch Ness. She was rescued from Loch Ness in 1985 and is now displayed appropriately at The Brooklands museum. She is one of only two Wellingtons to survive, and the only one to serve as bomber, including The infamous Heligoland Bight raid on the 18th December 1939. Pics thanks to Frank Bell.
  22. Good day, gentlemen! It's my last model in this year. I used 3 sets of etched details from Eduard and added some handmade items.
  23. Italeri have something special for us this month, a fantastically detailed 1/72 Scale Vickers Wellington Mk.IC with subtle geodesic patterns on the body of the kit to represent the underlying airframe used in the famous real life aircraft! For full details, please see our newsletter.
  24. bristol boy


    Can anyone tell me how accurate the Warpaint Wellington drawings are? I'm a glutton for punishment and recently acquired a Maquette Wimpy 1c for £5, the fuselage looks quite accurate but the wings are longer than the Warpaint drawing, as for the nacels, well....start again. Oh and the transparent bits are not transparent at all but I already have Falcon set to replace them. Should be fun when I get around to it, Thanks, Neil
  25. Hi all I am currently building Trumpeters Mk 1c Wellington an I have a question regarding the cockpit. The kit has two control columns and rudder pedals but only one seat. Also all the pictures and you tube videos I have seen only show only one. Anyone know why Trumpeter have put two in the cockpit? Mick
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