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  1. 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? The info says this is a MK.X. Cannot tell which type of left exhausts.... Also, after searching "Wellington", I found an old topic of exhaust positions: wellington-exhausts-inboard outboard It makes me more confused for same engines on Beaufighter with same exhausts and same position on left and right engine nacelles.
  2. 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 its allowed.
  3. 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
  4. 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 it doesn't go too awry! With that I toddled to the local shop and picked up airfix's offering to begin this weekend. Below is a rough mockup of my intended scheme: Looking forward to this
  5. 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 large aluminium ring cased in balsa wood was fitted to a Wellington bomber. Power to generate a magnetic field was generated from a Ford V8 petrol engine generator fitted in the airframe. While the system did work it was not as simple as it seemed and while the aircraft had to fly low and slow they also had to fly fast enough to leave the area of the explosion, doing this over water and at night was not easy. It is thought 15 aircraft were produced. The DWI designation was actually nothing to do with the mine-sweeping role but a cover as to the purpose of the large loop. The new set has been made by Ali of Aerocraft models and first seen at Telford this year. The main ring is in quarters and is assembled with over lapping joints. the yoke at the front is one piece brass casting and brass rod is supplied to be cut to length to make the underwing and rear fuselage supports. A small plastic strip is supplied to make the sliding rails for the original hatch on the top fuselage, the hatch being supplied in resin. As the aircraft was unarmed turret blanks for the nose and tail are provided. The nose one having pre-drilled holes for the front support. Vokes filters are also included as most if not all of these aircraft operated in the middle east at some point. All of the parts are well cast and the inclusion of the smaller details and the filters is a nice touch. Conclusion It is great to see Ali back in the game and this is certainly an interesting project in 1/72 with the new Airfix wellington out there. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. 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
  7. 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 sheets of PE for a complete bomb bay for your wellington. This area is complex structure on the aircraft and the PE accurately recreates this. As well as the internal structure there are new doors and their mouthing points included. Review sample courtesy of
  8. 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 off my bike and broke the top of my leg. Unable to direct my wife to the railway kits and bits in the shed down the garden I remembered how good a friend had said the new Airfix Spitfire was. Well it wasn't just the one Spitfire that was liberated from the LHS and my wallet has felt feint ever since. Coming up to date I purchased from an auction site a Wellington of similar vintage to the original one and with the upcoming release of a new version I thought it about time I got cracking with it. The intention is not to build a super realistic Wellington but hopefully have a reasonably competent bash at assembling the kit well. Opening the box showed that the plastic bag was still intact which was very pleasing to find. So with a bit of a James May moment I slashed my way into it. And it's still got its stand :-) That's where the initial joy ended. There are sink marks and flash all over the place. A degree of fettling will be required to get bits to fit, but that's part of the fun. The two biggest problems are probably going to be that the upper part of the port flap is slightly short shot and the port fuselage just in front of the bomb aimer's window is also. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the ribbing yet. It's a quite pronounced but vague in where it's going. Hopefully the sink mark remedial work won't obliterate it and I'll be to gently calm it down. I've seen some builds where it appears the ribbing has been removed and it doesn't look right. Airfix have provided some crew, though I'm not sure that Tie fighter pilots were acting as gunners during WWII The crew have all been cleaned up and had spears shoved up their ... ready for painting Much of the work over the last couple of days has been cleaning up the fuselage, turrets and glazing and then carrying out dry fits. The cockpit fitted relatively well and only needed lifting a bit on one side (it'll need plenty of filler though!). The bomb aimer's window and the front turret were both a bit wide so strips of plasticard have been added on one fuselage edge. I've also assembled the cockpit such as it is. Starting with this horror Thanks Airfix! And there's only one of them. Wimpey's seem to have been dual control. Cleaned up and looking a bit more like the real thing. With the jam jar glass of the cockpit not a lot will be visible anyway. And assembled The pilots and cockpit glass will hopefully hide much of the seat horror, though I must dust the filings off before taking future photos. Thanks for looking, comments are welcome - are the photos too large?
  9. 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 in front of the frame is the Navigators position and between him and the pilot is the Radio Operator. The floor is not original, the fuselage had been cut off at the bomb bay and the rest used as a chicken house. The new structures are bright aluminium, the original dull or painted. Likewise the hand rail was not there. All of this should be helpful for anyone super detailing the Airfix kit. I urge anyone making the Airfix kit to go to Brooklands!
  10. 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 get cockpit details, seat belts, instrument panels, and the other panels. There are parts for the turrets and many internal features. Frames are provided for the bomb aimers clear panel. New brake lines are provided for the main gear, along with internal panels for the bays. Balance horns are provided for the rudder and a new door for the tail wheel. Zoom! Set (SS639) This set contains a reduced subset of the update set, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above, with the seat belts. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Flaps Set (72672) This set contains as the name would suggest a complete set of landing flaps for the aircraft. Some kit surgery will be needed to fit these. Wheels (72672) This Brassin set gives both main wheels and the tail wheel. A sheet of masks for the mains is also included (not shown) Masks (CX518) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review samples courtesy of
  11. I am after a good 1/72 model kit any suggestions please
  12. 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 the decal sheet depicts a 1944 aircraft from 192 Squadron, the squadron was formed (and operated Wimpeys) at Gransden Lodge in early 1943. Now, I don't know much about the Wellington, and I'm not sure what modifications were made to the 100 Group aircraft; my references for 100 Group ops are rather silent on the matter, at least with respect to visible external alterations. Therefore, the intent right now is to build straight OOB. The Trumpeter kit has good detail, I understand, so I see no real need to get any etch or resin parts. The de rigueur sprue shots (many are duplicated, so I've only shown one where that's the case).
  13. "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 killed. The potato diggers dropped flat upon the ground, hoping to be unnoticed. After the bombers had gone, the women returned to their work. They had to have food. But the Nazi fliers were not satisfied with their work. In a few minutes they came back and swooped down to within two hundred feet of the ground, this time raking the field with machine-gun fire. Two of the seven women were killed. The other five escaped somehow. While I was photographing the bodies, a little ten-year old girl [Kazimiera Mika, actually aged 12] came running up and stood transfixed by one of the dead. The woman was her older sister. The child had never before seen death and couldn't understand why her sister would not speak to her..." -- Julien Bryan, "Warsaw: 1939 Siege; 1959 Warsaw Revisited" "If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should—so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again." -- Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre "I keep thinking of Winston Churchill down at Westerham, full of patriotism and ideas for saving the Empire. A man who knows you must act to win. You cannot remain supine and allow yourself to be hit indefinitely." -- Sir Edmund Ironside, Diary entry for 27 July 1939 It's always a struggle to pick out a kit these days, because I know I'll have pathetically little time to work on it and it will take ages and ages, and do I really want to build it for that long? But sooner or later you either have to get off the pot or do what you sat on it to do, so here we are. I decided to build the Trumpeter Wellington Ic I have in my stash, one of three of their Wellington kits I own, and given my current build rate, it will likely be finished around the time the presumably infinitely superior Airfix one comes out (though most Airfix kits these days seem to come complete with one clanger in the box, cf. the Harrier GR3 tail or Hurricane canopy and wing panels). I'll be building Wellington Ic R1593 OJ-N "for Nuts"/FIREFLY of 149 (East India) Squadron, whose motto was Fortis Nocte; Strong By Night. The squadron served as both a night bombing unit in the Great War (flying the delightfully ungainly-looking F.E.2, a personal favourite) and in World War II, where it flew a whole panoply of types: Heyfords, Wellingtons, Stirlings, and Lancasters. After the war, it flew Lincolns, Washingtons, and Canberras, before finally disbanding in 1956. R1593 was damaged beyond repair during a raid on Bremen on 14/15 July 1941, when she was coned by searchlights at 8,000 feet and hit hard by flak. Skillful evasive maneuvers by her pilot, Sergeant (later Warrant Officer) Donald Anthony "Tony" Gee (23/1/1920-7/10/1942) brought the aircraft down to 2,000 feet and enabled her and her (miraculously unhurt) crew to struggle back to Mildenhall, where she crash-landed. Sadly, Warrant Officer Gee was killed in a flying accident on 7 October 1942 while instructing on a training flight in Wellington Ic R1801 from 28 OTU when a piece of fabric tore off the wing while the aircraft was airborne. He was 22, had flown 37 missions over enemy territory, and left behind his wife Irene. The kit decals are a rather voluptuous, if not alarmingly sensual, red, and the codes are a rather anemic, unhealthy looking exceptionally pale grey (roughly the colour of the late Christopher Lee's flesh in Dracula...possibly drained of their vital essence by the roundels) which is why we're building N-Nuts off a Techmod sheet, rather than the kit option of a 301 ("Ziemi Pomorskiej") Squadron aircraft of the Free Polish forces. Also, I generally like nose art. N-Nuts in life. My workbench is as clean as it's gonna get. Let's get going.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Hi all, Had bit of a quiet time on the modelling front this year, was getting a bit tired of trying to detail 1/48 kits so decided to go old skool for a bit of fun and build a classic old 1/72 Airfix kit. I bagged a Wellington on ebay and this has been the most enjoyable kit i've built in ages, which I guess is the point of the hobby! Put a tiny bit of detail in the cockpit and did a bit of weathering, only downside was the decals, very fragile and one of the codes broke up - (the letter K if anybody has a spare!). Anyway, here she is, got the bug for Bomber Command now... And finally, the wonderful box art!
  20. Vickers Wellesley, one of those forgotten types from the unfashionable side of modelling. Here's the very first boxing that I will be using for the build: Typical Matchbox kit, basic but accurate to the eye. I'll add a few details but won't be going rivet crazy - actually theres very few rivets in the design as it is a smaller brother to it's more famous stablemate the Wellington and shares it's fabric covered geodesic structure. As befits the simple kit it's appears a simple build: Schemes are two similar green/brown birds differentiated by their engines. Option 1 is a standard short cowl Mk1, but option 2 is more interesting as it is a form generally associated with just 3 aircraft of the Long Range Development Unit that flew from England-Egypt-Australia with the longest leg being 7300miles (in 1938!). But to confuse matters the kit decals arent for one of these 3...but more on that later
  21. From a time when etched brass , resin , and detail sets in general were unheard of , comes the old 3 colour Matchbox Wellington. I loved the Matchbox kits when i was a kid. I must have built and "crashed" most of them! Roy Huxley's artwork was always very inspiring to a young model maker. I probably built about 3 Wellingtons , but i always did the coastal command one. This time i will be building the Mk.X. I am really looking forward to this , no extra details , nofancy pre shading etc , I may not even use the airbrush. Well here we go. Heres that fantastic artwork And the back , complete with little window to see the contents The 3 colour parts! And a stand , yes a stand! Why do we not get some of these things in todays kits?
  22. Hello All, I thought I would pitch in with an MPM Wellington because - it's classic Bomber Command and - I have one in the stash, bought from Hannants London second hand pile several years ago. Here are the parts: It's a curiously unloved kit, with issues (to my knowledge) of: * Undercarriage bay too narrow for undercarriage * Turrets are messed up/mislabelled * Canopies too wide * Lots of others, including "it isn't the Trumpeter kit", which by all accounts is excellent, albeit with its own flaws Here's some sticking together (including separate cylinders!) that hasn't engaged the brain: "Hey I'm a model fighter guy and I've just stuck 30 parts together - is it time for the paint shop?" You can see that the undercarriage strut is too wide for the wheel well. You can also see industrial sanding to the wheel wells to clear the top wing half, and more sanding to thin the trailing edge - it is in itself quite thin but the joining surface rises up a few mm before the edge, preventing the edges from meeting. Pressing on regardless, I took the liberty of assembling the rear turret (checked the number call outs many times). It's too small for the rear but it fits really well at the front: Here's where I got to today: Note that I have drilled out the landing light ports. You can also see that the wheel would never fit in the well when retracted - good job I'm modelling with gear down! Next up will be an interior - I want to represent all the crew positions visible through the windows, but I don't want to go overboard. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  23. Pics from Rich Ellis at The RAF Museum Cosford.
  24. Hi, New book on Wellingtons, Mitchels and Mosquitos is coming soon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bomber-Aircraft-305-Squadron-White/dp/8361421807/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398769124&sr=8-1&keywords=bomber+aircraft+of+305+squadron Regards Robert
  25. I never got around to buying Bloody Shambles III but suspect there is not much in it about Wellington ops in India and Burma. Does anyone know of any 99, 215 or 221 Squadron Wellington lost to either Japanese aircraft or Japanese AA fire? If there was such, could I ask for the details, please?
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