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1/32 - Avro Lancaster B.Mk.I/III by Border Model (ex-Wingnut Wings) - released


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Further to my post above, I've just cross referenced the Kits World decals that Hannants list today against serial blocks - note that I don't know off hand when individual airframes were built within the date range of the serial block.

I've also broken them down into RAF, RAAF, RCAF and preserved airframes plus the one set they do for Guy Gibsons B.I 'Special' for completenesses sake. Were others done that are now NLA, or maybe just not stocked by Hannants?

 

 

1/32 Lancaster - Kits World decals

 

RAF

KW132052 BQ-B, EE139, ‘Phantom of the Ruhr’, 100 Sqdn (Early, 11/42-7/43)

KW132053 OF-N, EE176 ‘Mickey the Moocher’, 97 Sqdn (Early, 11/42-7/43)

KW132054 WS-J, W4954, ‘Still going Strong’, 9 Sqdn (Early, 9/42-6/43)

KW132073 KC-A, DV385, ‘Thumper’, 617 Sqdn (Early, 5/43-12/43)

 

KW132055 WS-Y, LM220, ‘Getting Younger Every Day’, 9 Sqdn. (B.III, Mid-Late 11/43-8/44))

KW132131 WS-L, LL845, ‘Lonesome Lola’, 9 Sqdn (Mid-Late 11/43-9/44)

KW132137B WS-F, LL785, ’Fanlight Fanny’, 9 Sqdn (Mid-Late 11/43-9/44)

KW132132 WS-E, LM453, ‘I’m Easy’, 9 Sqdn (B.III, Mid-Late, 10/42 - 10/44)

 

Dambuster

KW132056 B.Mk I (Special) AJ-G, ED932, 617 Sqdn

 

Preserved

KW132143 AR-L , 460 Sqdn RAAF,  ‘Leader’ (Port side) / VN-T,  50 Sqdn (Stbd side) PA474,

KW132138 B. Mk VII, LE-C/H / DX-C/F, NX611 ‘Just Jane’

 

RAAF

KW132051 AR-G, W4783, RAAF (Early 9/42-6/43)

 

RCAF

KW132133 B. Mk X, VR-R, KB772 ‘Ropey’, 419 Sqdn RCAF (Canadian built)

KW132136 QB-V, RF128, ‘Victorious Virgin’, 424 Sqdn RCAF (Mid/Late, 12/44-5/45)

KW132135 ZL-F, NX554, ‘Fannin Fanny’, 427 Sqdn RCAF, (Mid/Late, 2/45-5/45)

KW132139 SE-N, KB872, ‘No Not Know’, 431 Sqdn RCAF (Canadian built)

KW132072 SE-X, KB847 ‘Devil’ , 431 Sqdn RCAF (Canadian built)

KW132140 WL-N, KB840, ‘Nan’, 434 Sqdn RCAF (Canadian built)

KW132137 AR-P, ME326, ‘Pistol Packin Mama’, 460 Sqdn RCAF (Mid-Late, 10/44-4/45) KW132142 B.Mk X, VR-X, VR-R, KB732/KB753, ’X-terminator (Canadian built)

 

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36 minutes ago, avro683 said:

ED 932 and all the other Dam Buster Lancasters were B lll Specials, fitted with Packard Merlin engines.

Thank you for that. The Hannants entry for the decals says B.I/III so thanks for clarifying the point, I didn’t know.

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12 minutes ago, Simon Cornes said:

Thank you for that. The Hannants entry for the decals says B.I/III so thanks for clarifying the point, I didn’t know.

You’re welcome, Simon. The original aircraft for the dams raid were taken straight from the production line in April 1943. The B.l Special aircraft for carrying the Tallboy aircraft carried KC codes, concurrently with the B lll’s. YZ was used for Grand Slam aircraft.

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25 minutes ago, Homebee said:

- ref. BF008 - Avro Lancaster B.Mk.I/.III nose

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=507422911389811&set=a.490766639722105

 

309847228-507422908056478-19129118669833

 

V.P.

No surprise really considering Wingnuts was always going to do one. Wonder what the damage for that will be?  P40's for escorts? surely not? And that 109 is a bit close!

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3 hours ago, Phil Gollin said:

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It may be a little early to ask, but is the kit "split" along the real life construction joint such that the nose can be displayed mounted on a trailer for transportation ?

 

Thanks.

 

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If I remember correctly, the Wingnut Wings release would have come with its own stand, which the box top illustrated shows.  Seriously tempted to save up for one of these, I was disappointed when Border Models were originally reported to say they were not releasing the nose section.

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3 hours ago, Phil Gollin said:

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It may be a little early to ask, but is the kit "split" along the real life construction joint such that the nose can be displayed mounted on a trailer for transportation ?

 

Thanks.

 

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Yes.

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10 hours ago, 593jones said:

 

If I remember correctly, the Wingnut Wings release would have come with its own stand, which the box top illustrated shows.  Seriously tempted to save up for one of these, I was disappointed when Border Models were originally reported to say they were not releasing the nose section.

The stand is shown on the box art for the Border nose kit.

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I saw this at Telford a few years ago but went for the HKM version when Border originally said they wouldn’t be releasing it, although I’ve still to build it. The WNW one was/is much the better with its tin canning and (I think) more accurate interior, although I’m not sure how much you can actually see inside? I too thought a new release was unlikely given Border’s take on the full kit’s limited availability, and it will be interesting to see how it compares to HKM’s price-wise.

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1 minute ago, johnny akes said:

I saw this at Telford a few years ago but went for the HKM version when Border originally said they wouldn’t be releasing it, although I’ve still to build it. The WNW one was/is much the better with its tin canning and (I think) more accurate interior, although I’m not sure how much you can actually see inside? I too thought a new release was unlikely given Border’s take on the full kit’s limited availability, and it will be interesting to see how it compares to HKM’s price-wise.

I'd guess about 50% more expensive, based on the price differential for the full kits?

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On 29/09/2022 at 08:28, keithjs said:

No surprise really considering Wingnuts was always going to do one. Wonder what the damage for that will be?  P40's for escorts? surely not? And that 109 is a bit close!

And while only looking on small screen of an iPhone do my eyes deceive me or do the Lancaster aircrew appear to be more dressed as USAAF 8th Air Force than Bomber Command?

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8 minutes ago, JohnT said:

And while only looking on small screen of an iPhone do my eyes deceive me or do the Lancaster aircrew appear to be more dressed as USAAF 8th Air Force than Bomber Command?

 

Looks like it and they seem to be a different scale to the aircraft! Not sure why they've got that 109 nose in the way as well.

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2 hours ago, johnny akes said:

I saw this at Telford a few years ago but went for the HKM version when Border originally said they wouldn’t be releasing it, although I’ve still to build it. The WNW one was/is much the better with its tin canning and (I think) more accurate interior, although I’m not sure how much you can actually see inside? I too thought a new release was unlikely given Border’s take on the full kit’s limited availability, and it will be interesting to see how it compares to HKM’s price-wise.

Leaving the crew door open helps viewing the rear fuselage interior. It’s surprising how much you can see under that great big glass canopy. Full interior doesn’t actually describe the kit correctly as the centre fuselage area is a void!

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2 hours ago, JohnT said:

Jadlam are taking pre-orders for the second batch.  I presume that means that the first batch sold out but what happened to the limited edition 500 pressings I wonder?

 

 

Maybe it’s Jadlam’s second batch? But there’s obviously life left in the moulds if they’re doing a nose job!

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I might just get one of these after buying a HK Lanc nose and selling it, presumably this kits interior will be much more accurate, wondering too if one side will be transparent? Not sure if I would do it that way though.

I don't do FB, but if the link contains more info and Pics (someone mentioned it comes with a stand?) could they post here separately if possible please,

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I suspect that the original 500 was a conservative estimate as they didn't know just how robust the moulds were.  It seems that they are lasting well, so they can release another 500, or so. 

I suspect the Dam Busters version may follow, plus the Grand Slam. 

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6 minutes ago, 224 Peter said:

I suspect that the original 500 was a conservative estimate as they didn't know just how robust the moulds were.  It seems that they are lasting well, so they can release another 500, or so. 

I suspect the Dam Busters version may follow, plus the Grand Slam. 

Was the Grand Slam part of WNW's programme? I was aware of the Dambuster of course but then Iconicair do a Tallboy and bulged bomb doors so thats an option which I expect would fit a standard B.I/III. You might well be right though. I think I'll stick with my 'bog standard' machine!!

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