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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 great. Some pics of what is in the box: Box art Thanks for stopping by and having a look. Any words of wisdom will be appreciated. Stephen
  4. 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. Back in the present day, of course the Canberra has sadly gone, another victim of the government's short-sighted and unambitious ceding to the bean counters with no defence or aviation knowledge. However, once again I digress, back to the kit! I'm undecided on the scheme to go for, although I favour the camouflage it seems this may have been gloss. I only have satin sprays, can anyone confirm gloss only or is there evidence of satin green/grey? Secondly, the instructions say no serial under the wings, but I've seen photos of green/grey Canberras with this, and some without. @canberra kid if you have time (and inclination), please do you have any info on options for a PR9, circa 1984-90ish?
  5. 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 the story it is well worth a read here: 5 RAR Articles: Blondes, Bombs and Bunkers - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/blondes-bombs-bunkers.htm Magpie 31 - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/magpie-31-page-1.htm Magpie 31 Part 2 - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/magpie-31-part-2.htm I’ve also included a photo of Roger mid tour in 1969; L to R: CPL Jackson. Lt Roger Lambert and Platoon Sergeant, Peter Knight. Image was taken during a water resupply hence the empty water bottle carriers. Details of the mission: Pilot that day on the right The finished product In good company Now to starting thinking about the next one. Cheers, AGW..
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. This might be of interest to some modellers: For the Military Aviation Museum Tangmere I have created interactive panoramas of two of their English Electric aircraft: The Lightning F.53 (ZF578) and the Canberra B.2 (WE113). Both work best with the Adobe Flash Player installed, and in full screen mode. Although they work on touchscreen devices too, all the information explaining the bits and bobs in the cockpit shows up when the mouse cursor is moved over an item, and, without a mouse cursor, all the detail information is not available on touch devices, unfortunately. The Lightning can be switched between "day"- and "night" mode, with the instrument lighting switched on. The Canberra virtual tour has three detailed panoramas - cockpit, bomb aimer station, and the navigator station. Please let me know if you find any problems.
  9. I don't see any Canberras being built yet and there is all silver PR.9 from 1964 that I would like to give a try. Pictures of the kit and box to follow.
  10. Good evening everyone please find below the latest offering. Here we have the 1/48 canberra from classic airframes.All i can say is it was 'challenging' biggest issues being bad fitting canopy,wings and fuselage.Another major problem was that i boughtthe kit from ebay only to find when constructing the wings i find the wing tip tanks are missing so i decided rather than going without i would try and make some,its amazing what you can do with paint brush handles,see photo's. The other known problem with thiskit is the whole thing is majorly tail heavy.I filled the nose with fishing weights with a bit more behind the cockpit and it stil tips up. The build is brush painted as usual with revell and humbrol enamels.
  11. Hi, here's my representation of a Canberra PR9. I say representation as I am sure there are some errors regarding the aerials etc for the airframe at the time the markings represent! Airfix kit with Pavla ej seat Model Alliance decals Painted with Xtracrylix (hemp) and gunze for the light a/c grey Thanks for looking Canberra PR9 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Canberra PR9 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Canberra PR9 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Canberra PR9 by bryn robinson, on Flickr Canberra PR9 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  12. Have made some solid progress on number three. Need something camo between those two silver ladies. Fuselage together with seats and remaining cockpit items drying ahead of being added and the fuselage being closed up. I weighed the nose weight this time as I had been asked previously and forgotten to do it. There is 30 grams of lead sinkers behind the rear bulkhead which will do the trick on this one. These were flattened with a hammer and super glued in place on top of and around the forward undercarriage bay. The High Planes Models 'EE Canberra Starter and Fan Set A' are being used on this one as it carried the uprated Avon engines. They need a slight trim ahead of fitting and really look the goods. I am also using the High Planes Models 'GAF Canberra Mk20 Wingtip Bombs' set. Looking forward to breaking those out and giving them a whirl. As I was trawling through Hannants recently I noticed paint masks are now available for both the B2 and T4. Also on the way are detail brass etch sets that include undercarriage door detail and flaps. Might give these a go on number four. Cheers, AGW..
  13. Having followed the gestation of this much awaited kit, I received my order last week. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and detail staring back at me. I have been eagerly awaiting an accurate replacement for the old Airfix kit for quite some time so as to fill a large gap in my 1/72 RAAF collection. The five grey and one clear sprues are crisply moulded with finely engraved panel lines consistent with any of the major manufacturers. IMG_0199 The clear part that represents the canopy and navigator windows is moulded as single part that forms a section of upper section of the aircraft - Smart! It allows for easier attachment and clean up and less chance of messing up the canopy which is such a prominent feature on the Canberra. IMG_0188 IMG_0187 The instructions are clear and the decals look very nice and are in register. While I won't use the RAF version supplied in the kit the stencils will come in handy for my RAAF examples. Construction Part 1 Having surveyed the instructions several times it was time to remove the fuselage, cockpit, nose section and canopy. A little tidy up of each and some tape to check the fit and all looked very good, very good indeed. IMG_0189 IMG_0190 Things lined up rather well especially the cockpit bulkhead to fuselage and clear plastic parts. I added the nose which for my example that will be a T4/Mk21 that does not need the clear section. To make the B2 there is a different nose section that allows for the fitment of the clear nose. Note the clear nose does not come with the T4 boxing. The shape looks accurate to my references and way ahead of any equivalent Canberra kit that I am familiar with. There is some nicely moulded cockpit detail on the inside of the fuselage halves, along with the parts that make up the cockpit and navigators compartment. These should come up nicely once painted and detailed. Sadly not much will be seen through the canopy. IMG_0185 IMG_0174 With that done I set these parts aside while I tried the wings and horizontal stabilizers. All good there by the looks of it. The wing to fuselage join is a little different to most kits. Rather than a tongue and groove approach it butt joins to a lip on the fuselage. A test fit of that and it looked good too. So it was time to break out the glue and get started. I departed slightly from the instructions opting to get the wings well underway before detailing the cockpit and closing up the fuselage. The main undercarriage bays go together with 6 parts that fit neatly. Too easy. They are nicely detailed and lend themselves to much more if you wanted to go further. These were then added to a recess on the inside of the underside half of each wing before gluing the top and bottom wing surfaces together. A nice and accurate fit with a minimal amount of clean up required. IMG_0172 IMG_0175 I tested the wings again to the fuselage for fit and it looks like it will be a nice and close and with a bit of luck either no or just a limited amount of filler. Next was the intakes. Each intake is comprised of two sides, a ring and intake bullet moulded together with compressor blades. These go together easily with a minimum of clean up required. These were then put into position. This required a little fettling to eliminate the need for filler. About 5 minutes each and I was done. Much easier than my recent MPM Meteor Mk8! IMG_0182 IMG_0183 The exhausts which come in two major parts/assemblies require a little trimming of the cavity they fit in at the rear of the wing. A little fettling here goes a long way for snug fit. A little filler was required to get the right result. IMG_0181 The kit doesn't come with wing tip lights so I've elected to cut these out and will add some clear sprue and I'll fashion my own. IMG_0184 So far I am liking this kit - a lot. More to come... AGW..
  14. Dear all, IIRC, the panel lines of the Airfix 1/48 Canberra kit are not correct in some areas. Are there drawings available to correct this issue by rescribing? Many thanks, Thomas
  15. Managed to push this one over the finish line yesterday. My second S&M Models Canberra for the year. References for 6Sqn Canberra's in this scheme and era are difficult to find. Of the handful I found they were kept in pretty good order and were very clean. The S&M kit is a delight and I enjoyed adding a second one of these to my cabinet. The kit is finished in Tamiya's AS-12 silver and Tamiya's Fine Surface Primer White both decanted into my airbrush. The decals are a combination of kit, High Planes Models Canberra kit, Aussie Decals (The Original) and the spares box. The next one has already hit the bench. Really enjoying this kit and the results. Cheers, Wilks. PS: Canberra No.3 on the bench making good use of the High Planes Models Accessories - Avon 109 intake bullets that were recently released.
  16. Making progress on this next one. Finished filling and sanding, a touch of undercoat to confirm that was indeed the case and then masking and undercoat for the canopy and clear parts. There is a ton of nose weight in her and I am pleased to see that like the last one she won't be a tail sitter. All masked up and some black applied to simulate the inside of the canopy and other transparencies. So far so good. Time to add some color next weekend. Cheers, AGW..
  17. Managed to get this one over the line and put a RAAF Canberra in my cabinet. Something I have wanted to do for quite some time... I thoroughly enjoyed the S&M Models kit which went together very well. Based on my humble experience and knowledge they've done a very good job of re-creating these versions of the venerable Canberra. No major issues were encountered and there is plenty of scope for detailing this kit in either its T4 or B.2 boxings. Build notes and photos are in "Work In Progress - Aircraft" for those who are interested. Now on to the next one... A B.2/Mk-20 for the RAAF. Cheers, AGW..
  18. I have started to work on the next project which is the Airfix 1/48 Canberra using some Eduard cockpit PE, Model Alliance Decals, Cammett Air Brakes and a Bomb Bay from Hamilton hobbies, all of which have been in the stash for a few years now. Right now I have completed the cockpit PE and am working on the seats and tossing up whether to add more detail to the cockpit. I am a bit unsure about this as very little can be seen once it is all closed up.
  19. I am getting near the painting stage for my Airfix 1:48 Canberra B.2, which I am going to finish as 99+35 as used by the Luftwaffe. Unfortunately I can't make up my mind which paint is the closest to the Orange that these aircraft were finished in - photos from the interweb vary from red-orange to orange-yellow! Humbrol 18 seems to be too dull, whereas Humbrol 209 looks to be too bright! Any advice, suggestions, recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Martin
  20. This kit took way to long to complete, and for me that is a real mojo killer and causes a bad case of get-it-done-itis which in this case caused the decals to suffer, more on that later. The problem was not that it was a Mach 2 kit, again more on that later, but its large size, a natural metal finish and a relatively large number of paint colors. A weeks vacation in the middle didn't help either. Since I retired I have averaged 2-3 weeks per project and this one took a little over 4 weeks. This is my 7th Mach 2 and as far as the plastic is concerned I would rank it as one of their better ones, far superior to my last build, their E-1B. The main issues were the soft plastic is not conducive to building a large heavy plane and lead to a couple split joints, but the main issue is that no feature on the right side lined up with the corresponding feature on the left side. This was especially bad and annoying when it came to the wing roots. I pretty much fixed that, but I will not show you a picture from directly above over graph paper. I used the Pavla interior, but knowing that the "transparency" would be only translucent at best I didn't spend a lot of time on it. I had a hard time getting enough weight in the nose and it just sits on the node wheel. The decals where a major issue. My previous experience with Mach 2 decals was that they were far better then the plastic and in some cases really excellent. Not this time. while thin they were very stiff, or rigid. They refused to snuggle down and were impervious to all decal solvents know to man. I mostly go them to look OK, but I had to give them a top coat which I don't usually like to do with a NMF. But enough whining and on to the pictures. Next up is the Testors/Italeari F-21A Lion, aka ISI Kfir.
  21. The old Airfix kit from the 70s, got tougher as it went on, but I finally wrestled it into a Canberra as best as my somewhat limited ability allowed. It looks ok from a distance. Impressive that the decals were perfectly useable after so long too. Satin dark sea grey spray and Tamiya XF-81 green upper, Revell 'light grey' satin spray below. I tried to sand the nose into a more realistic shape after reading a couple of threads on here too. Not sure how accurate it is now but it looks more or less right, I think (!) I do love this era of RAF aircraft, especially ones with massive serials under the wings and bright squadron markings. Critique, praise (unlikely!), ridicule or any other reactions all welcome, it's how we improve. Not too harsh though, I'll never make the IPMS. And yes, it's a tailsitter; I put a bit of blu-tack under the nosewheel!
  22. Finally acquired another of my favourites!
  23. hsr

    RB-57F Wheel Wells

    Does anyone know that the interior color of the RB-57F wheel wells and/or landing gear was? I am working on the Mach 2 kit and it is silent on the subject, as it is about most details. It is either natural metal, white, interior green or zinc chromate. The pictures I could find are of such quality that I can't tell, although I am leaning towards white. Anyone know for sure? Thanks Howard
  24. I've just successfully bid on eBay for this delightful kit from yesteryear - the one with the large wasp unit marking (214 sqn); has anyone attempted one of these fairly recently? Is it reasonable built OOB or will I need all sorts of extras to make it look good? Anything to look out for, tips, etc?
  25. English Electric Canberra PR.3 WF922 at Midland Air Museum, pics mine.
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