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World War II: Great Britain
Aircraft of Great Britain in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
Building Tamiya's 1/48 Lancaster
Redhand
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Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 08:38 PM UTC

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Paul,
The level of detail can vary greatly, and time needed and spent can become a major issue. Just checkout Brian's B-17F build. He's detailing on a master level, and he's into year 3 and still not done with the interior.
Joel



Indeed. Though my day job is more than partly to blame.
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 12:43 AM UTC
OK, I need to amend that list I just gave ....

Distracted in passing by reference pictures of the engine covers (and knowing that Belcher's Bits supply great replacements to correct the rather inaccurate kit parts), I decided to make my own. I see how this can eat up time !







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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 02:33 AM UTC
Paul,
Your scratch building skills continues to amaze me. I'll be following along quite closely.
Joel
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 02:45 AM UTC
Joel, really you're too kind.
I have to admit that this build is a lot of throwing caution to the wind and attempting things I would never have had the guts to do if I hadn't been inspired by other's work since I joined up here, including your own.
I nearly didn't go for the engine cover modification... Admittedly, I'm still nervous about building up the sides of those walls i've built to correct the shape and getting a nice curve.
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 02:54 AM UTC
Paul,
Not being well versed in the Rolls and It's coverings, I'd never had known. But you will feel better about your modifications....no matter how many times you have to reshape them.

It's only by daring to make such changes that make us better modellers.

Keep on inspiring!

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 03:47 AM UTC

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Not being well versed in the Rolls and It's coverings, I'd never had known. But you will feel better about your modifications....no matter how many times you have to reshape them.



Thanks Gary, I'd have quite happily left them well alone only it's one of the biggest complaints about the kit next to the navigator's window being in the wrong place. (something else i feel needs to be tackled!). I'd have felt i wasn't doing the model justice if i didn't go that extra mile.
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 01:20 PM UTC
Your overall work and you scratch building skills continue to impress Paul. Absolutely first class work.
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 02:22 PM UTC
Great Paul!
From the Lockheed campaign and your Blackbird up to now your modelling and presenting skills are steadily enhanced. Fantastic, move on
Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 04:57 PM UTC
Thank you both.
That Blackbird seems so long ago! It was only completed around eight months ago???

Today I got the other three engine covers altered. Just need to do the filler work to build up the sides a bit. It seems to take a long time looking at reference , thinking about how you will approach a problem and then getting the first engine done. The other three probably took an hour to do once i'd got over the initial hurdle.

Anyone care to venture what this part i've modified is called? I've been hesitating to call it an exhaust. It's more like a passive heat vent to allow air to pass through the radiator and straight out again.... ????
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 06:11 PM UTC
Hi Mate, Following this build with interest as I won one of E-bay a few months ago. I didn't realise that this kit had so many glaring inaccuracies !
You have also hexed me as I`m an inveterate tinkerer so I`ll have a little tinker when I get round to starting it using your posts as a guide.
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 08:55 PM UTC
Hi Danny, glad to have you on board!

I wouldn't say the issues with the kit are glaring as such but once you learn of them it's hard not to feel the need to fix them. The navigator's window for example : You would never realise it's too far forward unless it's pointed out to you and then you look for confirmation in reference photos.

Feel free to share any interesting stuff you might find on Lancasters. I've been doing a bit of background digging on this particular aircraft and will share some history when I don't have a lot of progress to show.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:35 PM UTC
Work continues.... (Work? who am I kidding? This is great fun!)



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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:54 PM UTC
Hi, Paul.

Great scratch building skills. Thanks for saring your techs.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 05:25 PM UTC
Thanks for looking Gabriel

Things have been quieter recently in blog terms but work has continued in the background - the flaps for the second wing are now 75% complete and the second landing gear is nearly ready for the anodised paint scheme. This kind of repetition isn't worth blogging but other updates certainly are! :









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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:27 PM UTC
Wow, just wow. Fascinating build. I am really impressed!!
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, April 01, 2016 - 01:55 AM UTC
What he said!
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Posted: Friday, April 01, 2016 - 02:27 PM UTC
Cheers guys! It's going to get really interesting from here on I suspect.
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Posted: Friday, April 01, 2016 - 08:15 PM UTC
Paul,
I'll 3rd that.

Your scratch building skills are just 1st rate. You make the work involved look easy enough for any novice modeler to do it, yet we know that's not the case. It's the key that you're just that good.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 07:47 PM UTC
Once again, thank you all and apologies for this somewhat rambling and text heavy update. Some unexpected luck, a lot of planning ahead, a touch of dodgy photoshop and a little progress!









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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 09:03 AM UTC
You continue to impress mightily. Love the part about discovering the top turret blank-off piece. What luck!!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 01:49 PM UTC
Thanks Brian, indeed what a find! I was looking at the piece next to it on the sprue and suddenly realisation of what it might be struck. It will certainly save a bit of time and effort.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 05:25 PM UTC
Hi Paul

Amazing skills!! Will be following along to learn as much as I can.

Looking forward to the next installment.

Regards,
Kobus
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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 06:38 PM UTC
Thanks Kobus, it's good to have you along. The next installment will be very soon as I'm "in the zone" and full of enthusiasm!
I'm trying to describe almost everything I'm doing as I'm learning as I go too. We all have different approaches and techniques so it's great to be able to share ideas.
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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 01:06 PM UTC
Yesterday I got stuck into the actual structure of the fuselage:









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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 02:08 PM UTC
Very impressive, Paul!