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However they would disappear from the order of battle by September since the shortage of Merlin engines had never materialised and akrfix was no reason to continue with a separate logistics chain for such a specialised type.

The aairfix line between the White and Black on the sides lancster the engine cowlings has a very distinctive swooping curve, so I made a stencil from 20thou plastic card to enable the masking on the eight panels to be trimmed to the same size and shape.

The White finish almost demands some sort of exhaust staining to the paintwork so a few light passes of Tamiya X Smoke gave a hint of some service use to the aircraft.

Airfix 1/72 Lancaster B.I (F.E.), by Frank Reynolds

Back to the Aorfix Index Page. The fuselage windows were filled with Micro Kristal Klear, which I find to be a brilliant option, since there is no worry about masking off the tiny windows during construction.

So when building other than straight from the box, good references are essential, especially photographs of the version being modelled. I find that this is best dealt with at an early opportunity firstly by gluing the clear window strips in place, allowing them to set hard and then masking pancaster the fuselage each side of the strips with 6mm Tamiya tape before filling over the windows with Squadron Green Putty.


The nose turret is more of a lxncaster in that it has a horseshoe shaped fairing surmounted by a small acorn shaped fairing above the turret pivot. Airfix have a good reputation for well researched colour schemes so should TW have such an intake or not? The type gained instrucfions reputation for being reliable and some crews preferred the air cooled engines that were less vulnerable to flak damage. II, by Bruce Robertson.

There is some scope to build up sub-assemblies for those who like to take that route. The engine cowlings consist of two halves with a separate circular collector ring that features a cross-shaped inset strut to support the propeller shaft.

Not a shake and bake build, but like most current Airfix kits it rewards careful work and in the hands of those with more lzncaster and application than I have a show-stopper can result. The interior of the cowlings are painted black. The parts were free from flash and none seemed to be warped. The crew seats are reasonably well detailed, but for some reason the radio operator has no seat. Although it costs over instructilns quarter of the price of the basic kit, there are over perfectly die cut masks in Kabuki tape that can be applied with confidence that they will fit each panel of the glazing and saving what could be hours of work in having to cut each mask by hand.

Once this assembly has dried, a cover plate fills the gap between the wing leading edge and the nacelle. There is little in the way of stencilling but the prominent wing walk lines are crisp and clearly defined. The main wheel tyres have flats moulded on in convincing style. The white colour scheme of the post war era is unusual and provides a dramatic contrast to the more dowdy night bombers in my collection.

First introduced into RAF service inthe basic form of the Avro Lancaster heavy bomber changed little during its production run instructiohs the Mark 1 continued in production to the end. So there is plenty of scope for conversions or alternative finishes.


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II is the strange cousin of the family. The decals went on without fuss and reacted well to Micro Sol and Set. They would be added at the final finishing stage.

The mid upper and tail turrets can be added at a very late stage after main painting is complete although the seating of instrucfions rear turret requires some trimming to get it to fit inside the fuselage fairing. Above and below the nacelles are the very distinctive carburettor and oil cooler air intakes and their complex shapes are rendered fairly convincingly. The whole airframe was then propped upside down on the work bench while the underside was fitted out.

It is a kit that rewards patience and planning. It works, and works well but a clear head and plenty of dry runs will pay dividends. Shrouded or unshrouded engine exhausts.

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For the record Airfix provide the following parts options in this kit which define different versions of the Iarfix. The turret frames are clearly defined and their interior frameworks have enough detail to be convincing to my eye. The second is a more mundane option since the aircraft lacks the bulged bomb bay and ventral turret. The deal sheet is not vast and this stage of the build was completed over two evenings, before the decals were sealed with two misted airbrush coats of Xtracrylix Flat varnish.