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Just got an email from Hannants that the Blackbird Models resin Manchester  conversion for the Airfix BMk I/III Lancaster is now available....betcha  @tonyot has already gotten his! Stock number is BMA72014. Thought some of you might like to know.

Mike

 

 

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At just shy of £43 it's a little heavy price wise, so perhaps they will sell it under the Hasegawa brand to justify?

 

On a serious note if you must have a Manchester then I'm sure it will be just what you are looking for, but better hurry as Hannants only seem to have 1 in stock.

 

Regards

Colin.

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Seems that Blackbird now carries it in their own catalogue.

I would be tempted if not already having Planet model (CMK) kit in my stash.

Hope they will reissue their Do-24K conversion 

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10 hours ago, TISO said:

Seems that Blackbird now carries it in their own catalogue.

I would be tempted if not already having Planet model (CMK) kit in my stash.

Hope they will reissue their Do-24K conversion 

 

Hello

 

I built the Planet kit ten years ago and I can say this is really not a piece of cake. I had to reduce the length of one side to match the other and the transparencies are too large for the fuselage. Now I could do it.

 

Patrick

 

 

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I'm holding fire as I had a dream last night that Airfix will be releasing a Manchester next year.

 

Small print: I had been eating blue cheese which has been known to slightly reduce the accuracy of my predictions.

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If Airfix ever do release a Manchester I would definitely be a customer, along with many others I suspect, so I'll wait and see.

 

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Colin.

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29 minutes ago, fishplanebeer said:

If Airfix ever do release a Manchester I would definitely be a customer, along with many others

Myself included, but I doubt they will do one; personally, I would rather see a Hampden,  Halifax, or Canberra B2, and that's coming from a modeler on the wrong side of the pond! :giggle:

Mike

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Airfix did make a Hampden back in the '60s; I have one in the garage with others; it deserves to offered in a new mold. The same with a Halifax, Manchester, and a Canberra(any mark).

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1 hour ago, JPuente54 said:

Airfix did make a Hampden back in the '60s

...and it's not a bad kit, considering its age- some vacform transparencies, better engines and props, some scratchbuilt cockpit bits, sand those rivets down and you've  got a pretty decent Flying Frying Pan! In some ways, I like it better than my AZ Hampdens.

Mike

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2 hours ago, JPuente54 said:

Airfix did make a Hampden back in the '60s; I have one in the garage with others; it deserves to offered in a new mold. The same with a Halifax, Manchester, and a Canberra(any mark).

Considering they did new mould for Vulcan we can still hope. I would be a customer for new Hampden, Manchester and early bubble canopied Canberra. And while ae are at wishlists an early sharkfinned B-17C/D would also be nice.

 

I know about Planet Models Manchester problems and i'm trying to gather the courage to start it. I was pondering that and i even started to consider an option of sacrificing one Lanc to the Gods of scale modelling

BTW RE Canberra, i will need to get a few belts for my belt sander for HPM Canberra

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Hi 

     There is the cheaper option of the HBM conversion, resin is a little 'different' 

 

 

 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/62456-revell-hbm-172-avro-manchester-1a/

 

 

 

Cheers 

   Jerry 

 

 

 

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IIRC sometime in the '90s I recall reading a magazine article which detailed a Manchester conversion (not sure from which Lanc) which involved cutting slices/sections from the Lanc wing to fabricate a Manchester wing (unless I've dreamt it?). It had cross-sections/details of the Vultures and details of the third fin for those to be scratch built. Probably one of the mainstream UK magazines from the time?

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I have the Contrail vacform, as a backup for the Blackbird resin conversion I ordered the other day from the Big H; there was also a resin conversion set from  Paragon,  but it's long time OOP; see the link below to a build article using the Paragon conversion. I also have a set of DB Productions resin Manchester cowlings,  stock number DB2009, as well as a set of DB resin spinners and metal props, stock number  DB2010,  but they are also OOP.  I do remember  the build article mentioned above, and IIRC it also had 1/72 drawings that showed how to modify the Lancaster wing, but the magazine and date escapes me at the moment. (A late production Manchester would be the easiest, as IIRC  they had the Lancaster stabilizers and fins, and the smaller central fin was deleted.) There were a couple of outstanding conversion builds here on BM, and you could look for them, Surely @tonyot did one, as he has built every doggoned RAF aircraft whose name began with an 'H' :giggle: Hope the links will be useful. It would be great if Airfix did a new-tool Manchester, but I don't think there's much chance- but, we can always hope!.

Mike

 

http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/manchestergg_1.htm

 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/paragon-designs-72050-avro-manchester-mk-1-1a-conversion--970139

 

https://youtu.be/BF1gtBDBmeI

 

https://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/gb/bombers/reyman.htm

 

Good reference, including scale 3-view drawings

http://www.adf-serials.com.au/manchester.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just checked my reference library and Warpaint 103, Avro Manchester has 1/72 scale drawings, but I can't vouch for how accurate they might be.

Mike

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