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1/48 Tamiya Avro Lancaster

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This is one of my ongoing projects, I thought i would share it with you...

 

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I bought it in 1978-79 and finished it then 80-90 % - At the time I lost interest in scale modelling and the years went by...

 

When I picket up modelling again some three years ago, one of my first goals was to complete this build. But how? I didnt just want to finish the last pieces, it's a nice model but it has a 'Toy-ish' feel about it and that's not what i want.

 

The insane version done by Alex Kontiveis is very inspirering, but I do not want to spend two-three years on the build.

 

So I decided to do 'her' somewhere in between. The build started a year ago, and I will be posting the steps along the way.

 

I began the build, taking 'her' apart and stripping 'her' from paint.

What a mess!!

 

Slowly I have started the rebuild, beginning with the interior... Scratch build, only after marker is Eduard Seatbelts...

 

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That looks superb, very much a well used Lancaster. I'm glad to see that you've re-modelled the navigator's seat to be more accurate. It's difficult to see clearly from your shots but do you have the w/ops seat a double one across the whole width of the fuselage?

Max

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Thank's!

 

I'm not exactly sure about the Radio Station seat but I have found a photo that shows the seat...

 

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Here the Radio operators station is visible. I also have moved the window to it's right position.

 

This is the detail I worked from...

 

 

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I've not yet decided what plane to illustrate.

 

Maybe the one which crashed after being shot down by a German nightfighter on the night of 20/21 april 1943, returning from a raid in Stettin Poland...

 

The aircraft belonged to RAAF (RAF) 460 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded UV-H. Serial No. W4330.
The crash site is very close to were I live, and I pass by the Memorial stone often.
 
I have yet to find out, if it is possible, which German nightfighter brought it down...
 
If you have any input in regards to this, it sure would be appreciated...
 
I leave you with a couple of pictures from the crash site today...
 
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I'm not sure this is too much help Kent, but this is the inside of Lancaster DV372, PO-F of 467 squadron, affectionately know as Old Fred the Fox.  Her entire nose section is preserved at the Imperial War Museum and as far as is known she hasn't been touched of modified in any way, so her finish, colours etc (including the infamous yellow handrail down into the bomb-aimer's compartment) is 100% genuine

 

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What I was seeing, as shown by your detail pic is the step over the main spar!  I've done it, and it's not easy but add flying gear, possibly a parachute and an oxygen bottle and it becomes very difficult.

 

W4330 of 460 squadron RAAF was shot down by Hptm Alfred Heldt of 12./NJG3 based at Grove.  It was Heldt's first Abschuss, he went on to score another three but was reported missing over the North Sea in the following December.

 

I also have a Tamiya Lanc partially completed, really must dig it out but I'll be watching yours especially if it's as good as your Beaufighter! :)

Max

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Would that be the one downed on 24.12.1943 - Junkers Ju 88 C-6 - Werk Nr. 0750 463?

No Kent, he was lost on the night of 16/17 December 43, possibly shot down by his own flak.

Max

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