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sniperUK

The Last Canberra, PR.9 XH131 ,Airfix 1/48th

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The last Canberra to fly in RAF service was Belfast built PR.9 XH131 ,the flight happened on the morning of 31st July 2006 when the last three PR.9s in service were flown from Marham to Kemble with 131 landing at 11:58 . In 2011 XH131 was ,with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund bought by the Ulster Aviation Society and with a willing team of volunteers dismantled and transported to the UAS collection at Maze/Long Kesh outside Belfast.

This is the Airfix 1/48th kit finished using Tamiya and Hataka paints and Decals from Model Alliance and Xtradecal as the ones provided in the kit are rubbish.

 

48657932213_cdbfd357b9_b.jpg69808619_10216807010106749_7093743676005810176_n by Tony Osborne, on Flickr

 

48658408272_fe9a86fe51_b.jpg69989767_10216806889983746_7077662914722660352_n by Tony Osborne, on Flickr

 

48658408417_fd8dfdda71_b.jpg69844205_10216806890263753_2112278166146908160_n by Tony Osborne, on Flickr

 

48658259751_c90442813e_b.jpg69498098_10216806890623762_549269619295125504_n by Tony Osborne, on Flickr

 

Edited by sniperUK

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4 minutes ago, chillaton said:

Very nice, you're right about the decals, I asked Airfix to send me a replacement set and they were worse that the originals!

They are just not accurate, the colours are way off and some, like the warning triangles, are massively oversized, closer to 32 than 48.

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I had just started to work for Anglian water that year and was based at the waterworks in Marham village so I got to see XH131 give its final display at Marham families day a few days before it flew to Kemble, let's say it was a very "spririted" display!

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A beautiful build, very nicely done

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I never like this aircraft in real life, because it looks a bit clumsy, but you done justice to it on the model. That’s spot on! Nice subtle weathering and all in all perfect. May be I will change my mind about this type!🧐

all the best

Andy 

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That's one hell of a result.  The subtle weathering and excellent paint job make that one of the best PR.9 models I've seen.

Thanks for posting.

Chris.

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Very nice!  Not a plane I know anything about but you've done justice to it's sleek lines.  Hard to believe they were flying up until 2006.  Nice weathering and an interesting colour.  The cockpit and pilot look good too, did you dip the canopy in Future/Klear or something?

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Always liked the Canberra, especially the PR.9 in this scheme, and this is a suitably impressive build. Superb finish. 

When I grow up I hope my skills reach this standard!

 

Wistful Quack (retd)

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