Avro Lancaster B.I/III
Airfix's 1/72 scale Lancaster is
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This is the venerable Airfix 1/72 Lancaster B MK I/III. Space
permitting, a complete review/build article is provisionally
penciled in for the October issue of SAMI.
Many, many thanks to Derek Pennington and Ziggy for e-mailing me
pictures and drawings of the nacelles; it must be a year ago. Hope I
did them justice with the information they sent me.
Being my fifth or so model since taking up this noble art (after a
couple of decades absence) Iím afraid the result is not up to
Randyís superlative effort with the 1/48th Tamiya Lancaster or his
photographic abilities. Iím still grappling with the intricacies of
my Nikon 880. Please forgive the dust. I have just moved house, and
bog paper is surprisingly dusty Ė but the Lancaster survived the
Itís an Airfix kit, over 20 years old, nuff said. Basically
accurate (surprisingly so in places), with good to bad fitting
parts, it is a kit of its genre.
I started building this kit and came over all peculiar like, and
indulged in a fit of detailing. All the lines of rivets were
scribed, a bit too vigorously as the results are reminiscent of the
Matchbox trench man. The cockpit interior and featureless turret
armaments came in for attention. External fixtures and fittings were
not overlooked, with simplified kit items such as control actuators,
horn balances, dipole landing system, carburettor intake ice guard,
etc being replaced. Being a cheap skate Yorkshireman, I did this
with plastic card and stretched sprue, and old fashioned modelling
skills. Though I think these skills need to be worked on.
I had a lot of grief with the transparencies, particularly the
mid-upper turret, though most of the problems were self-imposed.
Wings, undercarriage, tailplanes, fuselage and turrets can be built
as sub-assemblies, painted and bolted together with no touch up.
Please forgive the flat tyres. I was a bit enthusiastic with the
iron. Just think of it as being very heavily laden. One day Iíll
The Dark Green and Earth are Gunze acrylics, while the black is
Tamiya acrylic. There is a long story attached to this, but part of
it was due to my inexperience with my Badger spray gun. Pastels were
used for the weathering. I had fun and games trying to scruff up the
black, especially trying to get white pastels to stick. I never felt
Iíd even got close to the uneven worn, scruffy appearance that the
black paint of early Lancasters weathered down to.
The kit supplied decals were a disaster, completely off register,
completely off colour, and completely murky. Replacement decals are
from Skymodels. Whilst excellent in clarity and register, and a
dream to apply, the red is too red.
The Airfix kit is the only show in town for a 1/72 scale
Lancaster. Even with some fit problems and simplified detail it does
build into a spectacular rendition of this old grand lady. There
were times, however, when I despaired of the model, and could only
return to it after a short break, plus the consumption of large
quantities of weapons grade beer.
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Created 27 July 2002
04 June 2007
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