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tonyot

Airfix 1/72nd Wellington Mk.Ic torpedo bomber, 458 Sqn. RAAF, N.Africa 1942-43

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Hiya Folks,

                I`ve been wanting to build a Wimpey torpedo bomber,...... also known as a `Fishington' for some time now and when I found photos of `Little Joe' of 458 Sqn RAAF I just knew it had to be that one, with a gun fitted in the nose! I used the nose turret blank from Alley Cat models, intended for the Trumpeter kit and also DK Decals,....here is the WIP if anybody is interested;

 

 

This was my first experience of Hataka brush painting paints and they were among the best of the currently available acrylics in this medium.

 

Although Wellington`s used in the torpedo bomber role had the rear bomb doors removed and a torpedo sight fitted in front of the cockpit, reference photos also show that when used for mine laying or bombing sorties the bomb doors were left in place and the sight removed and as this was the configuration seen in the reference photos I went for that.

 

Here is the real aircraft;

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And a general view of a Wellington torpedo bomber (in this case a radar equipped MkVIII) in its natural environment at 50 feet above the sea,....... which was usually at night and without radar assisted altimeters!

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Here is the model;

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Cheers,

            Tony

 

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Great model, fascinating backstory photos,  a treat as usual :) 

cheers

T

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Good looking model of an interesting subject Tony. I like that, a lot :) 

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Lovely stuff, as usual, and I'm glad you've found a replacement paint.

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I always enjoy seeing your builds Tony and this one is no exception, really lovely work.

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Another brilliant build, Tony. 👏👏👏

 

Also a great story, I never get tired of seeing all these weird and wonderful variants on Britmodeller.

 

Alan

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Great work on an unusual variant. That black is certainly black!

 

pete

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Very interesting Wellington - something different!

Regards

J-W
 

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Thanks for your very kind comments folks,...... just glad you like it.

 

All the best

                  Tony

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Brilliant work again, Tony! I like the way you did the grooves on the front turret 'fairing' to represent what was apparently just fabric stretched over frames.

 

Regards,

 

Jason

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Very nice model Tony. 38 squadron also used these. My friend very nearly got posted to it. He said he was glad he ended up in 37 squadron because 38 squadron's job was very dangerous.

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Smashing build Tony another great addition to the collection,you'd have to be brave toget one of these down to wavetop hight for a run

and braver still  to see it coming!

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Very nicely done, great to see a different sorta Whimpey 😎😎

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Yet another terrific build, Tony, and good to see a representation of this somewhat overlooked part of the Wimpy story.  I'm dead chuffed that Alley Cat have produced the turret blank.  I've been wanting to build a post-War T.10 for ages.

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I want one!

 

Top job

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Another splendid build, Tony!  It looks like the Alley Cat conversion, although meant for the Trumpeter kit, fit quite nicely on the Airfix.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Another nice one Tony,Wellingtons seem to be you favourite at present.

 

Cheers

 

Ian

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Another what I call a 'satisfying' subject from you. I always like the way you take a familiar aeroplane like Wellington and make it quite different from the norm. I had no idea there were Torpedo versions of the Wimpy well actually more likely forgotten as I'm a bit of a fan of the Wimpy. So must have known at one stage. 

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Brilliant Tony, I never heard of torpedo Wellingtons, fantastic stuff

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Cheers again Fella`s,......... thanks for the kind comments.

Cheers

          Tony

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13 hours ago, russ c said:

Brilliant Tony, I never heard of torpedo Wellingtons, fantastic stuff

Yes, there definitely were torpedo Wellingtons. They worked the Mediterranean. It was a very dangerous job as my earlier post said.

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A great build of a rare mark of Wellington 👌

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Beautiful work, Tony. Fishington - I love that name!

 

Cheers,

Bill

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Think you might be getting the hang of this modelling lark Tony :D

 

Great model and something a bit different.

 

Dick

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