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It's been ages since I've posted any work here, but having a big bit of time off due to having a little girl 2+ years ago... I'm finally getting back into it, and having time off due to COVID19 is also helping.. HK Models 1/32nd B-17G coverted by myself into a fire bomber. Here is where it's at now... I did start this years ago, but did little to it, cockpit etc... but recently brought it back up to speed by blanking off the turrets and modifications needed to make it into the aircraft I want to finish it as. First coat of primer last night over the modified areas is bringing up some minor defects in the milliput, but that'll be easily sorted. Big old girl... had to photo her on my rug for the time being... but when done i'll take it somewhere (work maybe) and find a bigger space..
Well, it's been a rollercoaster for the last 15 months or so. I never said I was quick... Presented for your delectation is HKM's Great Big Lancaster. Build log is here. I decided to do an approximation of R5868 as she is now in Hendon, so that means the groovy two-tone squadron codes, paddle blade propellers (handily, they come as an option with the kit) and some extra radar kit over and above what the version of R5868 the box builds is equipped with. Again, the parts are in the box; I augmented them by removing the moulded antennae and replaced them with wire. Things to note - it is engineered to extremely tight tolerances, such that paint makes a difference. Once the wings go on, certainly the one associated with the transparent fuselage side ain't coming off again, so if you have any ideas about removing them for storage, be warned! I thought I would indulge myself in spiffing it up a bit, supplying copious amounts of entirely fictitious wiring looms and pipes within the fuselage and engine bays. You get 4 engines OOB; they are a bit skinny but hey-ho, I wasn't in the mood to acquire 4 Tamiya Spits or ZM Mustangs just for the engines! Painting the internal framing was an act of insanity, but if you want to do it I recommend *not* masking and then painting the frames - just freehand the frames and polish off the edges with a wooden toothpick or similar, the transparent plastic is surprisingly robust. The front section was done with masking, the rear was free handed and then cleaned up. I experimented with one of the spare opaque fuselage halves with cutting out the panels to leave the framing... I wouldn't do that, if I were you! Paints were Tamiya for the camouflage, a mixture of Tamiya and LifeColor acrylics for the black areas. The codes and insignia were custom masks made for me, I have a few spares if peeps are interested in buying some. The Goering quote proved to be just too spindly, so it, along with the walkway stencil writing, are just about the only decals I used. Camouflage masks were from Top Notch. Right, on with the show... A couple of overviews, left and right sides: Some close ups of various bits: And finally, these two: I think I'll take the summer off, until the Special Hobby Whirlwind finally appears. Although the ICM Gladiator looks like fun... It'll certainly be smaller! Laters, taters! Mike
B-17G Upgrades (for HK Models) 1:48 Eduard We haven’t had a new B-17 Flying Fortress in 1:48 for a long time now, which HK Models have just rectified with their new tool, taking advantage of the data they collected for their monster 1:32 kit from a few years back. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. 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. Cockpit (491057) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; centre console and throttle quadrant; side wall details; overhead console and ceiling skin, and seat embellishments supplied. Nose Interior (491061) Another two-fret set, with one pre-painted and nickel-plated. These parts include the woodgrain nav table, lots of instrument faces, structural details within the compartment, and a lot of sidewall details dotted around. It also includes upgrades to the nose guns with fresh ammo boxes, ammo feed and breech details, with navigation tools to deposit on the aforementioned desk. Radio Compartment (491058) Another two-fret set, with one pre-painted and nickel-plated. These parts include another lighter woodgrain table; a complete replacement for the many black boxes on the wall at the front and rear of the compartment; brackets, and a lot of sidewall details dotted around. It also includes upgrades to the upward facing gun with fresh ammo boxes, ammo feed and breech details, plus more tools to deposit on the aforementioned lighter desk. Waist Section (491062) Another two-fret set, with one pre-painted and nickel-plated, which also includes the rear gunner’s position in case you hadn't noticed. These parts include instrument faces for the small range of black boxes dotted around in the waist and rear gunner section; structural details within the compartment; O2 panel and headsets for the three gunners. It also includes upgrades to the waist and rear guns with fresh ammo boxes; ammo feed and breech details; ring and bead sights on the barrels, and dump bags under the windows of the side gunners. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1058) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of four-point flight crew belts, you also get a set of four-point harnesses for another crew member, and three sets of lap belts for the others. Masks (EX678) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a full set of glazing masks for the rest of the airframe and hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Conclusion A great range of sets for your lovely new HK Models B-17. Pick and choose what you fancy, and watch out for the other sets that are available for the exterior, bomb bay and so forth. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Lancaster B.Mk.I Part 1 (For Hong Kong Models) 1:32 Eduard BIG ED In the race to bring us a 1:32 Lancaster, HK Models brought us the first one that many a modeller have bought, and some of us even have a place to put it once it's built! Detail is good, but it can always be better with a little Photo-Etch (PE) and so forth. In case you're unaware, Eduard's Big ED sets are a great way to purchase all the sets you want for your model whilst availing yourself of a bulk purchase discount that can be quite tempting. The set arrives in a large cardboard envelope with the Big ED branding and a sticker in the top left that details what's inside. Within the envelope the sets are all still individually packaged to protect the frets from shuffling past each other and getting damaged until you're ready to use them. Inside that sturdy envelope you get the following sets: 32436 Radiators 32938 Cockpit 32939 Seatbelts (STEEL) JX225 Masks Cockpit (32938) Arriving on a single large nickel plated and pre-painted fret, you get a complete set of new layered instrument panels and flight engineer consoles, plus radio boxes, throttle quadrant, seat adjustment parts, and a few other small black box faces to round-out the set. Seatbelts STEEL (32939) These belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the pilot's four-point harness there are an additional seven sets of lap-belts for the rest of the crew, including the swing-like seats for the gunners. Radiators (32436) This bare brass set contains radiator upgrades for both sides of all four rad cores, the front of which will be seen from the big intake, plus the little auxiliary intakes on the sides of the nacelles with stand-off brackets that have pre-etched fold marks. Masks (JX225) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. On a canopy like the Lanc's, this will be a big time-saver. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, as well as a whole host of smaller masks for the wingtip lights, landing lights, gun turrets (another big time saver) and other smaller glazed parts. Conclusion With a kit as large as this, I think we all feel a little pressure to do the best job we can, so these sets will be just the ticket to improve your model in a simple manner with a discount on buying them separately. Review sample courtesy of