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Airfix 1/72 scale
Avro Lancaster B.Mk.III

by Brett Green


Description

Here is my 1/72 scale Airfix Avro Lancaster B.Mk.III, the last model that I completed in 2007.

The model was built with the wheels up and bomb bay closed.

 

 

The only additions and modifications to the kit were:

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lead foil harnesses and plastic disc added to pilot's seat

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scribed panel lines on the upper wings and horizontal tailplanes

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installed Aeroclub's white metal paddle-blade propellers

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added small triangles of styrene to represent glycol windscreen washers in front of canopy

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used Krystal Kleer for small windows.

Although I was generally pleased with the finish of the model, I did manage to reverse the upper surface colours - the Dark Green is where Dark Earth should be and vise-versa. The Airfix instructions only included Humbrol paint numbers, not the names of the camouflage colours, and the diagram showed Dark Earth as the darker of the colours on the upper surfaces. Even so, I really should have cross-referenced the Humbrol numbers with the camouflage colours before spraying!

The markings are for JO U, "Uncle Joe", of 463 Sqn RAAF based at Waddington in the UK during 1944. Decals are from Tally Ho! sheet 72 042. Despite the challenges of being applied over thousands of raised rivets and black paintwork, the decals performed very well after application of Micro Sol, Gunze Mr Mark Softer and Solvaset.

The model was painted using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush and finished in a coat of Polly Scale Flat acrylic.

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Photographs and Text Copyright 2007 by Brett Green and Testor Corporation