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1/144 Scale BBMF Lancaster and Dakota

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The BBMF decals don't have wing walkway lines as some 1/144 scale sets do, so I had to cut my own. They're too think for scale, but a little less than 1mm is as small as I could cut.

 

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They don't look too bad once on the wings. The ailerons are of course too big, but it's being built to a budget, so there's a limit to the changes I was prepared to do to the kit. The roundels are also possibly a fraction too big looking at photos of the real aircraft.

 

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The fins need to be attached now before the inner fin flashes are added. I can then look at some weathing from the exhausts. The wings still aren't attached properly yet.

 

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The fins were attached at the end of November and fin flashes added too. It was then given a dust over in clear to seal them in.

 

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The wheels and landing gear legs were also painted.

 

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The BBMF Lanc often has heavy exhaust staining across the wings. These were masked with blu-tac and sprayed. They came out heavier than I wanted, and the lighting in this picture makes them look heavier than real life. Part of the problem is using an Iwata Kustom TH airbrush bought for spraying 1/6 to 1/3 scale radio controlled aircraft, which has a 0.6mm nozzle. A bit big for 1/144 scale. I had a plan to fix it though.

 

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Prop tips were also painted.

 

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The canopy hadn't moulded well, and was missing part of the lower edge. This was built up with some tube glue and will be mostly covered by the painted lower frame edge anyway.

 

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The main canopy was masked for the frames. I always mask in straight lines and paint in stages, rather than masking lots of tiny squares and triangles and paint all the frames in one go. The straight line method allows much easier masking. The turrets were all painted freehand, squinting through a x15 watch makers magnifier. 

 

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To tone down the exhaust staining, I used a cotton bud, and stippled green and brown over the exhaust marks, similar to dry brushing. The canopy was placed on just for the pictures, but the frame painting wasn't complete at the time. The wings are also not attached yet, just pushed into place for the pictures.

 

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The wheels were clipped into the legs and the Lanc set up for a few photos.

 

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Wow, you're doing an outstanding job on what looks to be 2 kits that give no quarter! :thumbsup: 

 

Also looks like both suffer from horribly outsized landing gear. Interesting how you're doing the canopy. I'll try that out on an Amodel Lanc I have yet to build; a 1/144 X-1 also has that canopy frame style. I also like your diorama boxes. Do you have some more that you can show?

 

I've built the Minicraft C-47, and the wings are a bear. I've scraped the inside trailing edges with a knife blade to get the wings to behave. Take a look at the Roden C-47s in the future, the plastic is so much nicer, but you do need to get other decals as Roden's are very sad.

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The Dak was also given a coat of primer to check the fuselage and wing seams. The tailplanes have been left off for now, as I know I'd end up knocking them off while trying to sand other parts of the fuselage!

 

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3 minutes ago, dnl42 said:

....... I also like your diorama boxes. Do you have some more that you can show?

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@dnl42 Yes, here's a few others from this year.

 

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Those are excellent! I love the stories in them.

 

Looks like you're using a combination of image editing and collage work to make the bases. I've recently discovered how to make nice bases using Gimp for image editing and the local photo printer, like the F-4F in my current sig. It would be nice to try something like what you've done for a future C-47 build I have waiting with some nice decals I have for the Berlin Airlift.

 

The DH.88 is one of my faves; is that 1/72 or 1/144?

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The Comet is the old 1/72 Airfix kit. Poor fit and lots of sanding and filling, but a very nice shape once complete. I also use GIMP for photo editing. The background graphics were all done with GIMP and printed on 12x8" photo paper by an online firm. On the Camel, I found a set of embroidered RFC wings on Ebay and glued them in with "No More Nails" silicone adhesive.

 

Having them framed and behind glass protects them and keeps the dust off.

 

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Life got in the way recently, but the Dak finally got its tail on a couple of days ago.

 

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After a bit of filling and sanding of the tailplane joints, the nacelle lower halves were fitted.

 

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In the kit, there were two sets of cowlings, and three sets of front nacelle sections of different lengths. After a check of a photo of the BBMF Dak, I picked the combination that looked the closest match and attached the engines to the nacelle front sections.

 

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Hi pal, what a great build   .. rarely to see, that someone is still building these ancient kits. Btw. I have been searching for this Crown Lancaster kit in the past, for a future model kits museum. My question now is - in case you don`t need those any more - I`d buy from you the original box, the instructions and even If you don`t need the leftovers of all the decals. If Ok, just tell me the price incl. shipping (as a letter) to Germany. Thanks !

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Here's what I have left. Even the decals! :-) You can have it all for the shipping cost. I'll check later today and send you a private message.

 

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Yesterday, the bottom of the Dak was painted sky, and left overnight to cure.

 

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Today, the sky was masked and the dark earth was painted.

 

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