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1/48 Tamiya Avro Lancaster B Mk I/III


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So this is one of my on-going projects, I would like to share with you...

It's been on the bench, on and off for quite some time now, well originally I bought it around 1978-79.

 

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About a year ago, around the time I heard about the upcoming HK Model 1/32 Lancaster, I decided to take it apart and start over again, using it as a test build, to improve my detailing skills... Getting to know the Lancaster.

 

First my scratched cockpit interior.... I'm not to comfortable with the 1/48 scale, it really is difficult to detail this.  Only After Market Assessories are Eduard Seatbelts...

 

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These are photos from around a year ago, I will upload some more of the build later, when I get the time...

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Well if you need some pics before then I'm less than a mile from a Lanc and a secondary cockpit section. I did not know of this kit! I'd love to build one marked as the one in Ottawa. 

 

I was super lucky to see the Canadian Flying Lanc returning from the UK meet up with the only other air worthy Lanc. I heard something while driving and though "MERLINS!". The Lanc and some spitfire escorts. I read that the Hamilton Lancaster may never fly again. And if it doesn't I got to see it!

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Must be a ton of work to get that "Stressed Skin" effect, but it pays off clearly. It enhances the appearance of the Lanc after painting a lot. Did you use a micro drill with an abrasive head? It would be nice to learn more about how you achieved the effect.

Cheers Rob

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1 hour ago, DocRob said:

Must be a ton of work to get that "Stressed Skin" effect, but it pays off clearly. It enhances the appearance of the Lanc after painting a lot. Did you use a micro drill with an abrasive head? It would be nice to learn more about how you achieved the effect.

Cheers Rob

Hi Rob. I've used a type of heavy Aluminium foil for embossing, available in art/hobby supply stores. The advantage of this thick foil, is that it is possible to 'stretch' it somewhat during the fitting process. It does also not wrinkle. The foil pieces are cut to fit the some of joint lines. They are sanded on the backside and the rivetting is done from the inside out with a 'Rosie the rivetter' tool to make it look authentic. The foil is glued in place with contact glue. I know it sounds like a daunting task, but it isn't really that hard to work with. I'm not sure if it would work if used for a all metal finish, that remains to be tried... ;-)

 

Regards: Kent

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Hi Kent,

thank you for describing your very effective but seemingly painful :) approach. It sounds a little similar to the way many historic ship modellers apply the underwater copper sheets to their vessels. I think I'm not up to that task, but I'd like to try the effect using a Dremel micro drill with abrasive head after "masking" the surronding areas with Dyno-Tape and rivet afterwards.

Cheers Rob

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8 hours ago, Wingco57 said:

Wow Kent, that finish is marvelous! A beaten up Lanc with dings dangs and dongs all over the place. I love it.

The metal skinning really stands out compared to the archaic seventies Tamiya surface.

Well done.

Cheers

Cees

Thanks Cees, this project started out as little more than a test, to see if it is possible to bring some life into the huge surfaces of the Tamiya Lancaster.

Although not perfect, I'm quite happy with the result, it does open up some new possibilities with old kits and scratchbuilds...

 

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Kent..

 

I have looked at most of your work/builds on forums and you never ceased to amaze ME with your IMPRESSIVE  Detailing and precision with models you create...:book:

This LANCASTER is EXQUISITE and your workmanship, your methodical and flawless approach to a build is  SUPERB. 

GORGEOUS all  round.:unworthy::notworthy:

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48 minutes ago, MARU 5137 said:

Kent..

 

I have looked at most of your work/builds on forums and you never ceased to amaze ME with your IMPRESSIVE  Detailing and precision with models you create...:book:

This LANCASTER is EXQUISITE and your workmanship, your methodical and flawless approach to a build is  SUPERB. 

GORGEOUS all  round.:unworthy::notworthy:

 

40 minutes ago, JeroenPeters said:

Really cool. Only just seeing this.

That stressed skin really makes the difference...

Thanks Gent's Maru/Jeroen, appreciate it. 

The kit has been in my stash for 40+ years. When I heard it was going to be available in 1/32 scale, I used it to get to know the 'Lanc' and as a test to see what is possible in regards to detailing this iconic 'bird'.

Right now I'm working on parts for a diorama for this one... ;-)

Cheers: Kent

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