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I have been wanting to start this for some time but having read and watched only one build through to completion, it seems that its quite an undertaking to complete.

Because of the issues I thought that I would build the support vehicles first as I probably wouldn't want to build such vehicles if the Lancaster was going to become a bind.

However, having virtually completed the AEC 6 x 6 refuelling bowser it time to start the beast.

Scratch AEC Camouflage  (2).JPG

Other vehicles and equipment built for the diorama  . . .

32nd  Nissen hut 008.jpg

DB Tractor + bombs 1.JPG

I suppose I have had the advantage of hindsight of other builds so I am able to start with the knowledge of what is required.

I have attached a list of corrections required of the HK model, a number are personal choice and I dare say to some modeller(s) the kit is acceptable in representing the finest allied heavy bomber.

HK Lancaster fault/correction list (in no particular order) Jan. 2021

 Cockpit floor removal as to high :thumbsup2:

Pilots seat height and seat base in-correct :thumbsup2:

Pilots armour needs replacing/re-shaping

Pilots Control column to short

Flt. Eng. Panel, remove, shape and thin down kick panel :thumbsup2:

New flight Eng. seat required

Cockpit rail cut back for IP to fit :thumbsup2:

Replacement IP with AM Instrument panel :thumbsup2:

Bomb-aimer bulkhead 7 sink marks :thumbsup2:

Rear bomb bay bulkhead has 3 viewing windows, Should be 2 :thumbsup2:

ASI position Starboard side fuselage to be eliminated :thumbsup2:

Dinghy stowage in port wing, upper wing removal :thumbsup2:

Landing lights in starboard wing beneath removal :thumbsup2:

Wing tip lights Rearmost

Wing tip fitment (5 thou- top)

Flap detail missing ‘OOO’ top & bottom sections

Flaps additional struts needed

Propeller blades need turning

Cabin heater openings in front wing section of inner wing sections

Exhaust covers (shrouds) to large & need re-sizing :thumbsup2:

Engine cowlings need panel lines removing :thumbsup2:

Engine rad bottom cowlings wants opening - personal choice :thumbsup2:

Engine radiator is post-war, needs a wartime type :thumbsup2:

Reshape inner rad vent, square top :thumbsup2:

Undercarriage to high, needs shortening

Undercarriage main legs have 'holes' -need filling :thumbsup2:

Ailerons and brackets, ribbed and bracket re-shaping

Ejector stubs in one-piece main wing

Ejector marks in undercarriage doors :thumbsup2:

Ejector marks in bomb doors :thumbsup2:

Ejector marks in bomb-bay rack :thumbsup2:

To many bomb positions front section of bomb-bay :thumbsup2:

Remove U/C ‘Non-retraction bars’

Rear entry doorstep wrong :thumbsup2:

Front turret fairing top section broken (at point of delivery) :thumbsup2:

Front turret Sink marks x 5 :thumbsup2:

Front/Mid-upper/Rear turret casings (drill outs)

Mid-upper turret fairing requires ‘blending’

Rear turret doors absent

Rear turret front Perspex removal – my choice of aircraft

Rear turret centre (gunners feet), personal  choice

Cockpit framing required?

Canopy Escape Hatch framing (additional frame removal ?)

Main wheel hubs need drilling (Resin type obtained)

Tail wheel needs strengthening, personal choice

Tail-plane – 2 tops – 2 bottoms split  :thumbsup2:

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:thumbsup2: :thumbsup2: :thumbsup2: . . . . indicates item resolved B)

 

60”    fuselage roundel . ‘ 47.5mm’

102”  wing roundel . . . .‘80.75 mm’

 

My choice of aircraft is the last one lost flying out of RAF Station Grimsby in Lincolnshire . . . more details of this aircraft as I progress

Looking forward to getting some plastic together

rgds

Ian

 

 

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There have been numerous photos and reviews of the sprues so unless somebody wants to see specific parts i shall just dive in and start the build, not necessarily in the order of the instructions  . . .

For me personally, this will be the ultimate Lancaster kit and as such I shall endeavour to produce the best I can.

It will be time consuming and no doubt there will be little progress at times but please bear with me . . .

I am looking forward to putting the plastic together B)

Ian

 

HK Lancaster x2 002.jpg

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I'm looking forward to another Lanc build on here. 

Can't wait to see you make the mods and changes. Theres a thread on BritModeler where they're working on a 1/1 cockpit. The poster had out up lots of photos and measurements so that may be helpful with you corrections. 

Carl

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Where to start  . . . the box comes compact with sprues

HK-Lanc-contents.jpg

 

The comprehensive instruction book containing 44 pages, I will photo each page as I build to point out amendments etc

HK-Instruction-booklet-44-pages.jpg

 

Some of the after-market bits, my choice again to improve the overall appearance.

Sadly the aircrafts instrument panel is just a molded representation of the dials, there is no decal to place upon it

HK-Lanc-Extras.jpg

 

Just to give you an idea of the size of the fuselage, this is it on my shelf measuring a full 25 inches and excluding the bomb-aimers nose blister

HK-Fuselage-25-inches.jpg

 

Research over many years has resulted in the superb book

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and the aircraft profile . . .

HK-Nan-2.jpg

 

The aircraft was one of two lost from 100 Squadron based at RAF Station Grimsby in Lincolnshire during a sortie to Nuremburg 16/17th March 1945 making it the last aircraft lost flying from the airfield.

The crew comprised:

Pilot: F/O George Dauphinee RCAF

F/Eng: F/Sgt.Mervyn Jefery RAF

Nav: F/O Bruce Douglas RCAF - POW

B/A: F/O William Vale RCAF

W/Op: P/O Roy Bailey RAF - POW

Mid-gun: William Harvey RCAF

Rear gun: Lyle Bedell RCAF

 

I knew both Bruce and Roy, I have their stories of the night the aircraft fell to the guns of a night-fighter.

The aircraft ND644

ND644-Nan.jpg

 

Its going to be a journey  . . . 

Ian

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That is very cool, first hand info, is an outstanding thing to have access to..... the history of the modeled subject always makes it much more interesting, I have found , that sometimes, I start a model, then do a little research, and get lost in the searching, then the model takes a back seat as they say..... easy to get lost in research, so much fun...............  I will sit beside Harv and watch this come together.....  Harv... next round of popcorn is on me....:popcorn:

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This will make a really nice Lancaster. Too bad there are so many things to correct, etc. For the price it shouldn't be that way. At any rate, I look forward to following your build! :) (At least the wireless ops windows are in the right place!)

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You are so right John and you echo the thoughts of many, for the price of the thing there shouldn't be so many errors within the kit  . . .

Its my goal to put them right as I see fit . . .

Ian

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So, I have had look at the external parts of the kit and TWO obvious errors.

There is a second dinghy stowage hatch in the PORT wing and also on the starboard wing, underneath so not so obvious, there is a Second set of landing lights.

To eliminate these I have masked and applied some  'Mr. Surfacer'. These will be left for a couple days to cure  . . .

 

HK-Dinghy-2.jpg

 

One other item to be eliminated is the trailing aerial outlet on the starboard side just near to the bomb-bay. I have known about this for some time and none of my previous Lancaster builds carry this  . . . 

HK-Queenie-1.jpg

 

Looked also into the bomb bay racks, they are covered with ejector pins marks. I intend to have the bomb doors open so its inevitable that they will need to be removed, SOME have been highlighted . . .:help:

Bomb-rack.jpg

 

I'm back to work tomorrow so more progress reports as I get these things done . . .

Ian

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Another item on the 'To Do ' list . . . the removal of 22 ejector pin marks within the bomb bay doors . . .:angry:

They are a good 12 inches long . . . plenty of space in there 

Probably get away with using a sanding stick  :thumbsup2:

Ian

HK Bomb bay doors  (2).JPG

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Ian, any chance the pin marks in the bay doors will be covered by an inner door or bits from the PE set?

Thankfully I'll only have to deal with it on one of my Lancs as the second will be a Dam Buster 

Carl

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7 hours ago, FME erk said:

So, I have had look at the external parts of the kit and TWO obvious errors.

There is a second dinghy stowage hatch in the PORT wing and also on the starboard wing, underneath so not so obvious, there is a Second set of landing lights.

To eliminate these I have masked and applied some  'Mr. Surfacer'. These will be left for a couple days to cure  . . .

 

HK-Dinghy-2.jpg

 

One other item to be eliminated is the trailing aerial outlet on the starboard side just near to the bomb-bay. I have known about this for some time and none of my previous Lancaster builds carry this  . . . 

HK-Queenie-1.jpg

 

Looked also into the bomb bay racks, they are covered with ejector pins marks. I intend to have the bomb doors open so its inevitable that they will need to be removed, SOME have been highlighted . . .:help:

Bomb-rack.jpg

 

I'm back to work tomorrow so more progress reports as I get these things done . . .

Ian

I‘ve seen some fotos even of early build Lancasters with that feature. An example is Metropolitan-Vickers build MKIII DV197 VN-T, first 54 aircraft delivered starting from May 43. 

Do you know, when the position of the trailing aerial was changed in Production? Or does it belong to a certain batch or the manufacturer?

Cheers 

Kai

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Kai

I do believe it was only on those aircraft with the serial no. starting with the letter 'R' and 'W'.

You are right when you say its on the DV range but to which aircraft it changed will probably be never known . . . 

Ian

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