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1/32 Lancaster build and improvements

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On 2/14/2019 at 8:47 AM, Gunpowder17 said:

Here you go. From the Aussie modeller web page

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Thanks very much. So, my hunch was right.. no Y section in the lights then.

It's a shame that HK gave us this kit with simple circular panel lines to depict these lights.. even the Airfix and Revell 1/72 kits have clear parts sat over bowls!! They didnt even give us the correct shape on the surround!!

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Sorry guys nothing much to show at all really. I've been busy doing other stuff, plus I cut my thumb pretty badly so cant do anything the slightest bit fiddly, and haven't been able to for a week now.

 

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On 3/7/2019 at 2:36 PM, NigelR32 said:

Sorry guys nothing much to show at all really. I've been busy doing other stuff, plus I cut my thumb pretty badly so cant do anything the slightest bit fiddly, and haven't been able to for a week now.

 

Feeling for your thumb, Nige. I sliced a big slice off my index finger the other day. It bled like a head wound.

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NIge

Still following your numerous Lanc builds on your channel and nice work on the Revell engine nacelles

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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On 3/10/2019 at 11:22 PM, Peterpools said:

NIge

Still following your numerous Lanc builds on your channel and nice work on the Revell engine nacelles

Keep 'em comin

Peter

Thanks Peter. Shhhh.. that's 1/72 scale. You musn't mention that one on here...

 

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I've been banging away at the HK Lanc yesterday and today and have done the wing tips now.. wow, a LOT of work. Video is up on my channel showing how I got what I think is a great fit.

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I've also opened up the landing lights, which, considering both the Airfix and Revell kits have these as bowls with clear parts in 1/72 scale, at 1/32 scale they really should be better!!

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Interestingly, due to the mould shift that has made the upper surface of my Port wing wafer thin, the underside is thick enough to allow these to be cut!! I'm now testing with different clear solutuions to get a realistic light. I don't want to use the AM clear lights because I want to show a bulb in there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today I've been playing with the U/C bays and legs. I'll put a video up later on my channel if the newer modellers want to see it in moving pics rather than just the end result..

First job was to open up the framework in the ribs, visible up in there.

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This is pretty time consuming, but it makes a huge difference and is more accurate than the kit OOB.

Next up were the main gear legs. First remove the brace which would not be fitted on an aircraft ready to go out on a mission, which mine is.. it's Night time May 16th 1943 and shes off to drop a cylinder off at a Dam or something??

Then i thought I'd improve the look of the moulded "lump" where the linkage folds and carries the locking mechanism to hold the gear up in the nacelle.

Upper leg in the picture is as per kit but with brace removed. Lower is with the block drilled and trimmed to suit.

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It's a massive improvement for a scale look and I feel doesnt weaken the leg at all.

Does this kit need Brass U/C legs?? What do you think? I think not.

 

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Sorry Nige

I Cant see what you have altered on those legs ???

Perhaps if you had photographed them in the same orientation ??

David

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In each photo they are in the same orientation with regard to the bit that is modified. In the middle of each pic there is a folding linkage.. in each pic the top part is stock and the bottom is modified.

The stock part is a lump of plastic, the modified part has fine rods which are carved out of the lump.

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18 hours ago, FME erk said:

Sorry they are NOT the same orientation and I still cant see what you have done  !

 

They ARE in the same orientation with regard to the modified area.

Calm down man.. theres no need to shout.

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17 hours ago, robertmro said:

Are you sure that opening up the framework is correct?

There are references online that show it closed.

I haven't seen a single reference that shows them closed? As mentioned by Martin, the fuel tanks will be seen through them, which i can easily replicate.. if I can be bothered??

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12 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

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the framework itself is free, but closed up by the fuel tank in place right behind.

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Thanks for posting these great pics Martin. I have a question..

I have always assumed fuel tanks in the WW2 period were red, yet I've seen many pics of Lanc tanks in green? Were the Lanc tanks not self sealing, as I believe it was the self sealing aspect that caused them to be red?

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They were green, the red is only a overspray that took place during some repair in post WW2 service.  The tank itself is made of inner and outer shell.

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