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Guy Gibson's ED932 just prior to take off on Operation Chastise May 15-16th 1943


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So here we have the final pics of my mammoth HK models 1:32 Lancaster Mk. B.I Special build.
The finished aircraft looks spectacular from a sheer size perspective, as you can see from the picture with the 1' rule for scale. 
The inaccuracies for a kit costing over £300 are well documented and the fixes I've employed are far too numerous to list fully here. But a few have been:

 

Complete rebuild of pilot's plinth and replacement of seat
Removal of erroneous dinghy hatch on port wing
Lengthening of Navigators table to match specs
Addition of accurate instrumentation for a BI not the Mk. X 
Fit a B.I Flight Engineer's seat as opposed to a Mk. X
Fit swivel navigator's seat as opposed to fixed one supplied
Install "washing line" canvas sunscreens in canopy
Remove erroneous wooden slatting from upkeep mine
Built and fit hydraulic submarine motor to spin up mine.
Move trailing radio aerial from starboard to port side.

I've tried to take a few pics of the iconic shots from 1943 prior to the mission and I've included these as a bit of fun. 

It's now on its way to a new owner, which is just as well as, with a 1m wingspan, the wife would kill me if I said I was keeping it.

Thanks to:
Peter at Airscale for his always immaculate cockpit upgrades
Top Notch for the insignia masks

Thanks for looking as ever.

 

For those interested, the link to the build is HERE

 

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Outstanding result, congratulations. There are so many details to catch the eye, it's save to say, your extra detailing payed off. Among many other highlights, I like, how you worked with the black paint not letting it be a light absorbing blob.

Cheers Rob

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1 hour ago, DocRob said:

Outstanding result, congratulations. There are so many details to catch the eye, it's save to say, your extra detailing payed off. Among many other highlights, I like, how you worked with the black paint not letting it be a light absorbing blob.

Cheers Rob

Thanks Rob. Really appreciate your comments. The black is a nightmare I agree

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WOW, brilliant work and your Lancaster looks amazing.

I've tinkered with mine and have only built one Merlin and started the second one - planning on only having two cowlings open and two closed. Just such a daunting project but every time I pull the kit down and look at the work that needs to be devoted to the project; I get cold feet.   But the biggest obstacle for is where and how to display the Lancaster when completed - I'm working on solving the problem - somehow, someway. 

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51 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

WOW, brilliant work and your Lancaster looks amazing.

I've tinkered with mine and have only built one Merlin and started the second one - planning on only having two cowlings open and two closed. Just such a daunting project but every time I pull the kit down and look at the work that needs to be devoted to the project; I get cold feet.   But the biggest obstacle for is where and how to display the Lancaster when completed - I'm working on solving the problem - somehow, someway. 

Thanks. Yeah it's huge. I stored it wings off till the buyer had an extension built! Looks good when finished though. I might try the Border Lancaster eventually

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