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  1. The main issue with the Airfix Canberra 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 stub part 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 to an actual Canberra, by removing the stubs you eradicate these issues. Why Airfix did this is a mystery as no other Canberra kit, including their old classic B(I).6 kit features this. To the eye the actual tailplanes appear to simply butt up to the fuselage tail assembly. Technically, it's more involved than that though. The tailplane assembly is hinged at it's forward spar and has an electrically actuated drive at the rear to allow it to travel up and down to adjust trim of the aircraft in pitch. The rear fuselage has a cutout to allow for this movement which is why you can see a gap under the tailplane when it is in neutral - to trim up position. The small section of fuselage above the tailplane is mounted to it, and moves with it, but has a slot in the top to avoid the fin rudder assembly. There is a tailplane leading edge root fairing fixed to the fuselage. Hopefully these pictures illustrate what I mean, you can see how the fuselage section above the tailplane moves with it, from just ahead of the national markings on the fin - to the break point with a white painted aft face. The fuselage tailcone assembly adjacent to the elevators is fixed. Canberra T.4 WJ874 by James Thomas, on Flickr Canberra T.4 WJ874 by James Thomas, on Flickr As said, the Airfix tailplane/fuselage junction stub is molded into the fuselage, this can be completely removed as it is solid plastic, and the remaining area shaped to conform with the correct fuselage contours. At this stage, an easier fix would be to butt join the tailplane halves into the existing slots. The tailplanes themselves will then need plasticard adding at the join area to compensate for the loss of span with the removed fuselage plastic. The difficult, but ultimately more satisfying route is to make the whole tailplane assembly as English Electric did. Make it in one piece by using a box structure (the included kit tailplane tabs will help here) between the two halves, and the front spar (the tailplane hinge point, remember) and the elevator hinge line. Cut out the corresponding section in the fuselage. This will allow for both a more life like appearance and to be able to mount the tailplane at a desired incidence. Back of envelope drawing 030 (2) by James Thomas, on Flickr
  2. 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. If you make one of these don’t under-estimate the amount of nose weight needed. I packed the forward engine nacelles as well as every bit of space around the forward fuselage and still couldn’t prevent it tail sitting. In the end I added more lead weights on the bomb aimer’s floor which just balanced it – its all black in there anyway so you can’t see much of it. It’s worth mentioning the canopy on this one. The whole upper forward fuselage including the canopy is moulded clear and it works very well. An unexpected benefit of this is the minimal distortion around the canopy edges which means you can clearly see the cockpit detail, so it’s worth putting in the effort here. I made my own dayglo strip decals by spraying white, orange, red and dayglo orange in that order onto clear decal sheet, then cutting out the strips using a new knife blade. They were never going to bend around the leading edges so I sprayed those rather than use the decals. The decals were fairly thick, but then so was the original. I was pleased with the way it turned out though. Canberra wing walkways challenged me a bit. I think I’m right for this era by using black dashes to indicate walkway areas, in fact it looked to me that the small panels engraved in the kit upper surface in front of the flaps were not panels at all, but were in fact these walkway dashes, though I can’t be sure about that. Black lines didn’t seem right – I think they came in with the Light Aircraft Grey scheme, and certainly the later yellow/red stripes are not right for this era.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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 -Loon replacement wingtip tanks And great thanks to @canberra kid and @Lord Riot for the help and protecting me from making big mistakes!!! Thanks for looking!
  6. 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, here are the finished photos: You can see ny mistake by comparing this photo with the right side of my model:
  7. 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!
  8. 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 sitter. Since the only seat visible will be the pilot one, and since the entire cockpit is in matt black, I'll leave the other two seats out, using the remaining space for a 30g weight. The other 90g will be places above the nose gear well.
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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..
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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..
  19. 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..
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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..
  23. 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..
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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