ThomasProbert Posted September 10, 2014 Share Posted September 10, 2014 Having built a Lancaster and Halifax in 1/32nd, I thought I'd have a go at completing the 'Big Three' of RAF WWII heavies and add a 1/32nd Short Stirling to my collection. I ordered this monster from Tigger Models, and a few weeks later a rather large parcel appeared on my doorstep. As is common with these large scale vacforms you are provided with the basics... the fuselage outline, wings, tail and some engine nacelles. Transparencies are provided, but that's about it. As Tigger says on his website - they're a blank canvass for the modeller to work their magic'. As usual, I plan to scratch-build the interior, bomb bays, undercarriage and scribe all surface detail on to the model. This Stirling is rather large in 1/32nd scale - here's the fuselage halves with a tape measure set at 3 feet: Two large sheets provide the wing and stabiliser upper surfaces, some oil coolers and tail wheel halves: Another two sheets give some engine nacelles, fin halves, wing land stabiliser lower surfaces: A set of transparencies is provided: Fellow builders often ask me the size of these models - here's a 1/72nd Lancaster with one of the wings: I've got a set of plans ready to be enlarged to 1/32nd scale, a Warpaint issue on the Stirling, and a box full of spare Revell Beaufighter props and engines to help with some of the detailing: The plan at this stage is to build this as a MkIV glider tug with full invasion stripes, but I'm yet to settle on a particular aircraft. Although I've done a fair bit or research, detailed plans of the landing gear, undercarriage bays, bomb bays and in particular the area where the front turret was are hard to come by. If anyone can point me in the right direction to find information on these areas I'd be very grateful. I have the new Italeri 1/72nd scale kit to guide me on the interior details, but again if anyone can point me in the direction of some decent photo's, particularly of a MkIV interior, it'd be very useful. I plan to have the rear door open and want to detail at least part of the rear fuselage if possible. As with the Lanc and Halifax, I reckon on this project taking about a year to complete, so you may have to bear with me on this one! Let the fun begin! Tom 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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