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Hi mates, For my latest project I wanted to do justice to the amazing English Electric Canberra, one of the most versatile and long-lived military aircraft ever built. I chose XH134, a Canberra PR.9 chosen to wear the retirement scheme that truly marked the "End of an Era." Ashley Keates, who designed the stunning scheme, even stopped by the WIP thread for a visit. I decided to use the much-maligned "new tool" Airfix PR.9 kit and correct the major deficiencies along the way. I thought at first that I might do a bit of a kitbash with the Xtrakit model, but eventually I decided to save that kit for another day. Here is my usual executive summary: Project: English Electric Canberra PR.9 "End of an Era" Kit: Airfix (kit number A05039) Scale: 1:72 (you know me by now!) Decals: Model Alliance 729032 representing XH134, 39 PRU, RAF Marham 2006; Model Alliance 72146 PR.9 Canberras Part II, and Model Alliance 729018 Canberra Stencil Set (thanks John!), even a few stickers from the kit! Photoetch: Eduard SS352 primarily for the cockpit consoles and controls, ejection seat details, mirror Resin: Pavla cockpit C72087; Pavla wheel bays and gear doors U72-113; CMK 7181 PR.9 Landing Flaps 72118; CMK Q72121 PR.9 Wheels; SBS 72005 Canberra Correct Rudder Scratchbuilt: not much, just the navigator's desk and the pilot's reading pleasure Paint: Gunze H339 Engine Grey, H336 Hemp, H332 Light Aircraft Grey, H311 FS36622, H417 RLM76, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H335 Medium Sea Grey, H309 FS34079, H28 Metal Black, H95 Smoke Grey, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H17 Cocoa Brown, H37 Wood Brown; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 111 Magnesium, 314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Post shading, some panel line work with pencil. Improvements/Corrections Fixed the fillet radius at the bottom of the vertical fin leading edge Filled and re-scribed most of the fuselage panel lines All that aftermarket stuff Shortened the landing gear struts to achieve a more proper "set" of the aircraft Removed the incorrect tailplane roots and extended the inner edge of the tailplanes to meet the fuselage correctly Added all of the crash strips to the lower fuselage Added the bomb bay rain channels Added a copy of Zoo magazine to the cockpit, as seen at Fairford 2006 Opened up both intake exhaust vents and added mesh guards 26 g of ballast to prevent tail setting Filled incorrect strengthening plate engraved lines; added separate strengthening plates from 0.005" styrene sheet Added forward fuel tank hold-down straps and brackets Added the SEM/CAN/232 RWR wingtip modifications Made new wing leading edge landing lights from clear plastic, sanded and polished to shape Added vent to forward edge of windscreen on port side Added small satellite antennae on fuselage spine Added wingtip formation lights Added aerial wire Added air conditioning exhaust vents on the underside of the inner wing Fixed a bunch of other stuff I can't remember! Build thread: Link Pictures! To give you a better idea of what's inside the cockpit/navigator's area, here is an in-process picture (note that the periscope eye guard hasn't been opened up yet): And a better shot of the navigator's fold-up desk: How long would you stay in there? Hard to see, but the pilot has left his reading material on the seat: All told, a fun build and a great time was had by everyone. Special thanks to @canberra kid and @71chally for their expertise and guidance as I navigated the Canberra landscape. I know I learned a lot! Cheers, Bill
For my next project I've chosen the English Electric Canberra PR.9, specifically XH134 in her retirement scheme (not the operational scheme shown on the Airfix box). It's a lovely scheme designed by Ashley Keates of RAF Marham. I found a bunch of stuff in my stash that I can use for this project, and I suspect this will end up being another bit of a kitbash. Let's have a look at the inventory - first, I have the Airfix kit, one of the early new tooling efforts from Hornby. Unfortunately, it's not one of their best. In addition to the overdone panel lines, the blend of the tail into the fuselage is misshapen, and the rudder is off as well. Nevertheless, it may be the basis for this build. On the aftermarket side, I have a beautiful cockpit and open nose from Pavla, highly detailed wheel wells from Pavla, a very nice tyre set from CMK, some Eduard colour photoetch, flaps from CMK, and a proper rudder from SBS. I also have some photoetch and resin flaps from Heritage (not shown) so I'll have to figure out which set I like. The Pavla cockpit looks quite nice, but I think the detail painting might be a bit of a chore! And the Pavla wheel wells and doors are considerably more detailed than what comes with the Airfix kit. Here is XH134 in her retirement scheme, isn't she a beauty? Model Alliance provide these markings, although I was a bit flummoxed after paying full price for an aftermarket decal sheet and finding only these two small bits in the package. Stencils and other markings will need to come from the kit. Now, here is where my little dilemma comes in. I've also got this kit in the stash: Comparing the two kits, I would say that the Xtrakit model (which appears to have been moulded by Sword) has much nicer surface detail, but has no vortex generators on the wings (really - they're supplied as decals) and a suspect cockpit opening (at least it's very different than Airfix). However, the tail and rudder seem to be reasonably good. I'm going to take some time and see if the aftermarket stuff will fit the Xtrakit model. If it does, then I have to decide if I like decals instead of actual three dimensional vortex generators. I suspect I won't, but I really prefer the other surface detail on the Xtrakit offering compared to the Airfix kit. Ugh - a man who has one watch knows what time it is. A man who has two is never quite sure. To be honest, I know next to nothing about the Canberra. I'm hoping that @canberra kid will stop by and make sure I stay on the righteous path. He may be able to tell me some things about these two kits that will guide my decisions. Cheers, Bill
Hello and after a too long break away, this is my first very late entry to 2015. A none too accurate portrayal of Canberra XH134 in it's retirement scheme as I saw it back in 2006 at RIAT. A sad day thinking I'd never see a Canberra fly again (oh sooo wrong), and also a day when I was taking my first steps in photography with my brand new digital slr. So this is the Airfix Canberra we all know and 'love', sadly missing out on today's new jewel like Airfix toolings that have certainly spoiled me since my return to modelling. In the end I didn't go a bundle on fixing her up. I reshaped the root of the tail and replaced the rudder with a more suitable resin part. Resin wheels looked much nicer than the kit ones so they were added as well. A little bit of brass from the usual people was added to brighten up the cockpit. I spent some time filling in the deeper trenches on the fuselage, but I didn't bother with the wings as I didn't find the engraving there quite so offensive. Mild weathering was done with True Earth filters... which may have ended up being too subtle on the hemp upper surfaces, and a little artist oil on the undersides where it's a little dirtier. Oh, and after totally losing the ability to stretch sprue, I gave up and ordered some of that Uschi van der Rosten elastic rigging which made things considerably easier. The stencilling is a bit of a mish mash and not quite right, and I don't think I have all the correct aerials for this time, but I've been SO busy with other life stuff that I've had to shrug my shoulders and go 'close enough'. So here she is, the original followed by my 'interpretation'. Thank you once again for your attention. Jonathan RIAT2006_004 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr RIAT2006_017 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_01 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_02 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_04 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_05 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_06 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_07 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr Canberra_08 by Jonathan Macauley, on Flickr