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World War II: Great Britain
Aircraft of Great Britain in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
1/72 Airfix Lancaster B.II
magnusf
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:06 AM UTC
I have built models for more than 35 years by know but I have NEVER attempted a four-engined one, not until now at least!

So why this quite odd bird? A friend of mine commented when I told him that I had bought a radial Lanc that it was too odd for him. The opposite is true for me: odd enough to appeal to me ! I've always liked the Lancaster with radials. And then the perfect excuse for building it turned up in the shape of the Bombers campaign.


I've invested in a moderate amount of after market stuff (there is enough etched metal out there to drive anyone to bankruptcy or into the asylum or possibly both!), I picked the stuff that seems to me to be the most useful: wheels, gun barrels, interior stuff and canopy masks.


I got myself the Xtradecal sheet for the Mk II. The choice stands between one of the marking options from the kit (a + for the nose art) and one from the sheet (a + for the yellow bars on the fins). Difficult and important choices...

So, now it's officially on!



Magnus
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 01:34 AM UTC
Looks like an interesting alternative to the 'standard' Lanc, looking forward to seeing what you do with this
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 03:32 PM UTC
All seated and buckled up for the ride Magnus!
Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC
Magnus
I'm signing up for the full run. As usual, I'm looking forward to watching you work your magic on this build.
Joel
magnusf
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 01:01 PM UTC
Friends! Thanks for keeping me company !

I'm working on the interior right now, takes a lot of time for very little result... I'll keep to what can be seen through the canopies and the turrets but it is still a bit of work to do, I might be able to present some photos later this week!



Magnus
AussieReg
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 04:40 AM UTC
Looking forward to this one Magnus.

Do you have enough sticks?

Cheers, D
Littorio
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 09:38 AM UTC
Magnus, signed up and following along on this build. Like others have said I'm interested to see what you do with this.

Now to sit back and watch
Bjreg3
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:39 PM UTC
Count me in! Iím looking forward to seeing what you do with this.
magnusf
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 12:35 AM UTC
Damian! I've recently replenished my stock of sticks, stay tuned!

Friends! Thanks for your encouragement, it will probably come in handy during the process...


Sticks in action! I'm not used to this amount of bits and pieces... Interior has been improved using a moderate amount of photo-etch, probably leaving the majority of the parts off since it will likely not be seen at all! Another MAJOR IRRITAION: there were no seat belts included in the "interior set" so one of these were sourced on the open market (ebay...) and arrived here a few days ago...


Fuselage halves with most of the kit interior parts installed into them, enhanced once again with the most prominent pe-parts.

And now for something rather unpleasant (that I really knew beforehand after my Lightnings...)

The surfaces really are a bit rough. It is up to the individual modeller, many would probably be perfectly happy (and still get a good result!) building the well-fitting model as it is, but I have decided to raise the bar at least a bit. So I have sanded and polished the outer surfaces, primed them using Games Workshop's "Chaos Black" and then polished them again (I did that on the NMF Lightning with good results, in this case I am even doing it in the right order - before the model has been assembled !). Another thing I hoped for was that the primer should fill in the rather prominent panel lines a bit but I doubt it helped much and I don't feel like filling them (with what I don't know anyway!), sanding them down and rescribing all of them. Enough is enough, at least this time !

And now for something even more unpleasant...

...rivets... I've been thinking about this for the last few weeks, if I start it I know I must pull it through. When I found some drawings on-line showing the rivet lines I decided to give it a go. Rivet tools are a 0,4 mm "Rosie" and a Magnus "Signature edition" 0,2 mm, made by Zoltan in Hungary. The Stradivarius of rivet tools ! I'll probably start tonight. Ouch...

I of course I knew before starting this that it isn't a single engined fighter (can be seen on the box art if looking sharply) but I still didn't really get how much bigger the volume of work is. Well, I've got the rest of the year to finish it...



Magnus
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 04:13 AM UTC
Magnus, good luck with the riveting you brave man!
AussieReg
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 04:20 AM UTC
Never a dull moment in your build logs Magnus, and as always good honest critique of the kits to inform us all of potential issues.

Looking good so far, and I am also very interested in seeing how the riveting turns out.

Cheers, D
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 05:38 AM UTC
Magnus,
sure looks like the riveting is going to be a major investment in time, but with your skills, I'm more then sure the end results will be well worth your effort.

Joel
RussellE
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 04:12 PM UTC
Magnus! Wow! Rivets, what can I say?

You are a brave man!

Good luck!