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1/32 Lancaster build and improvements

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20 hours ago, NigelR32 said:

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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Hey Nige 

  I just watched your video on YouTube showing the mods that you did to the undercarriage bays and landing gear. You showed a book that had lots of pictures, can you please post a picture of that book and were to get it please.

Ron G 

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few more shots of the fuel tank 

here is a small one in original condition

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  overhauled big one, please note the large access panels

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4 hours ago, CrankyCrafstman said:

Hey Nige 

  I just watched your video on YouTube showing the mods that you did to the undercarriage bays and landing gear. You showed a book that had lots of pictures, can you please post a picture of that book and were to get it please.

Ron G 

If you watch the video at 7:35 you'll see the book, the title and the isbn number Ron..

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This is an awesome thread guys. Nige, your Lanc is going to be brilliant, and Martin, what can I say? Nige, my good friend Martin has been documenting my builds with pictures previously unseen in the West for more years than I care to admit.

The man’s a veritable fountain of the obscure. Every single last build I’ve needed documentation on, Martin, UNASKED, has gone to his crazy search engine and library, and given me priceless pictures. I’m in continuous and lifelong debt and awe.

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Just one more thing, here is the famous picture from Avro factory in Woodford. You can see the red oxide fuel cells on the left, however those are intended for bomb bay use. Yet, I haven't seen red painted tanks in the wings.

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like this one in a bomb-bay of a Lincoln

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7 hours ago, Martinnfb said:

Just one more thing, here is the famous picture from Avro factory in Woodford. You can see the red oxide fuel cells on the left, however those are intended for bomb bay use. Yet, I haven't seen red painted tanks in the wings.

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like this one in a bomb-bay of a Lincoln

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Ah.. ok.. that explains why the fuel tanks are red in my Tamiya Mossie. I was going to ask, but didnt want to hear the answer you might give me if I got it wrong??

Thanks again Martin. Your pictures are very much appreciated.

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Very nice (and really worth it) work on improving the gear legs and framework sides for the nacelles. :thumbsup2:

Hubert

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Agree with Hubert on the gearblegs. It’s a combination of the subtle that makes a truly world class build. 

Model on, Sir Nige.

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Nige

Completely  agree both Hubert and Ernie - the extra work on the gear and in the gear bay makes a huge difference and looks great. Following the the Lanc build on your channel and your work is superb.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter

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superb job Nige

 

it really flicks my switch when I see thorough research and fuss free tips on how to improve a kit - no kit is perfect and I think HK have done an astonishing job in getting this out to market - for that they should be thanked & congratulated and I know Neil would love to see how people go the extra mile to take his canvas and make it their own...

 

nice job

 

Peter

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3 hours ago, airscale said:

superb job Nige

 

it really flicks my switch when I see thorough research and fuss free tips on how to improve a kit - no kit is perfect and I think HK have done an astonishing job in getting this out to market - for that they should be thanked & congratulated and I know Neil would love to see how people go the extra mile to take his canvas and make it their own...

 

nice job

 

Peter

Peter,

I couldn't agree with you more. People complain about every little short coming a kit has without realizing much work and money it takes to get it to market. We should be grateful for everything we get and if we want more detail that's up to us to make. That's what this hobby is about.

Robert

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you can really see how deep the matt paint was on those planes in that picture above (not sure if deep is the right word but I know what I meant !).

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23 minutes ago, FME erk said:

From which aircraft is that photo taken please ?

No doubt a post-war survivors ??

 

23 minutes ago, FME erk said:

From which aircraft is that photo taken please ?

No doubt a post-war survivors ??

Sorry, I don’t know where I downloaded it from. I have thousands of references pics. I’ll see if I can find out. 

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