Tamiya 1:48 Lancaster

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So after a while I have managed a little more of the cockpit and pilots seat.
For the first time I have reached a point where I am going to miss bits out, namely some of the levers for the throttles as these are so small I am struggling to handle them even with tweezers and my magnifying glasses on. I have got one on but lost two and will make a final decision tomorrow.

Anyway completed pilots seat and control column. Decided to spray with Tamiya undercoat which was a poor choice for something of such done detail, though I have just about got away with it.

The map compartments I made with my new PE bender from the shop which has performed fantastically and makes a huge difference for such small straight edges.
 

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Just had a read through on this James. Some good work on an iconic bird here. Looking forward to the rest of this.
 

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Wasn't meaning to post today but gave cockpit and main base another undercoat with new Iwata airbrush, unbelievable the difference between this and my old 20 quid airbrush!! Just love it, although my spray booth isn't much cop.

Will photograph underside of bomb bay tomorrow when dry.

Also included a pic of my latest "workshop" purchase, a 2 litre chill beer pump to keep motivation high on those hot days.
 

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So thought I'd tackle some more PE sections today and working on wat I think is Nav/RO station. Lot of PE parts here to replace plastic bits, with the only original kit part remaining being the table itself below the new brass table top.
I have decided with the PE that though my ability seems to be improving some parts are just so small I am going to leave them off as they are inside and will not be visible.
Also the PE bender I bought from the shop was well worth the money and has made a massive difference.
Have also been experimenting with different viscosity glues with some reasonable results.
Planning to try and complete the interior this weekend as I was to get some painting done. Reading a good build blog I found the chap who did it recommended not using the PE for the turrets as he said he felt that you could see enough of it once built for it to be worth while.

Photos of the bits from this morning attached.
 

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watching with interest. I have the exact same model to do. It’s my favourite WW2 aircraft and was what kicked of my return to model making after a 30 break. However, I decided to gain more experience on some other models first before completing my ultimate model. ive only bought a few of the Eduard parts so far so watching you put yours together might encourage me to add further detail to mine when I eventually start . Congrats on what you have done so far, looking great.
 

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Hi James
Fine progress on this iconic plane. It will certainly build into a big model. Interesting masking technique - something to try. I think with PE the secret is to study carefully as quite often the PE is not an improvement over the kit part. Also some PE parts are so tiny they are just not worth the effort. I rarely use much more than 50% of whats on the fret. To apply CA glue I use a needle like Steve suggested or a piece of fine wire. To clean the applicator just run it through a flame. Someone told me that when CA burns it gives off cyanide gas but it must be in miniscule amounts because I've been doing this for years and I'm still here :tongue-out3:
Keep up the great work.
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Thanks for all the positive comments all.

I have adapted to working with PE and feel I'm becoming a little more competent. I find the 31G needle very effective for application though this doesn't work with medium or thick compound glues.

Spent today completing the interior fuselage which I have used almost all parts for with the exception of some knobs and dials as these were so small I didn't feel they added much. However I do feel the interior added massively to this kit as the interior was very basic.
I have resprayed all with Matt black primer and am now pondering exactly where to draw the line between black and cockpit green. Also I am pondering whether to apply this across the floor and bulkheads and just the bulkheads.
I fitted the detailing control panels and then masked them as I found there is a slim line of brass visible down the edge of the panels once fitted so hopefully this has taken that out. Anyway photos attached along with seat which I've sprayed top of flat yellow and just masked before spraying olive drab.
 

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For a last post for sometime before I get a have to build.
Just dry fitted fuselage, dry brushed and washed forward section and seat area. Have decided I will be black till aft of the nav station to make it easier. Pilots seat still needs cushions fitting and painting and seatbelts along with other seats.
Have found the PE is excellent but have some touching up to do as even two primes followed by paint it chips easily. A lesson learned but I should have varnished before attempting a dry fit. Impatience cost me. Anyway will touch up by hand and area around bottom of control column where glue line is visible.
 

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Looking good. Something I would love to build when I have the space
 

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So after a fair few months at work I have returned and finally got the fuselage together. Bit disappointed about all the detailing and how little you can see apart from what's right by the pilots seat. Certainly make me think a lot harder about exactly what bits to use and what ones not to next time anyway. Next will be to spray bomb bay black and then whole fuselage white for shading.
I also added clear coat to all dials to give them a glass like appearance which I was pleased with the out come of.
 

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Looks like a great build. Will be following with interest. :thumb2:

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Looking good and not small either!
 

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So after a fair few months at work I have returned and finally got the fuselage together. Bit disappointed about all the detailing and how little you can see apart from what's right by the pilots seat. Certainly make me think a lot harder about exactly what bits to use and what ones not to next time anyway. Next will be to spray bomb bay black and then whole fuselage white for shading.
I also added clear coat to all dials to give them a glass like appearance which I was pleased with the out come of.
As you say it’s a shame you won’t see most of the hard work. Almost need a cutaway build.
Looking good anyway. At least you have pictures before glueing it together.
 

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Thanks for all the positovity everyone
Yeah it is a shame but as yet I'm still not sure what to do with it when it's finished due to its size. Looking forward to getting the wings and tail on and see it looking more completed.
 

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So a decent afternoons progress in the shed with heater on full as it has belted it down all afternoon.

Fuselage together, few small bits like turrets and props together and sprayed, under carriage in, bomb bay doors on and tail section in place.

Found some of the instructions are confusing as there are 4 variants, to cut it short A, B, C and D. Bits for each seem mixed between sprues which isn't what I expected and confused me a little and had to have a few reads.

Anyway photos attached. Some not so good glue application but I'd rather it sticks and stays such and cover the sins with filler and paint.
 

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Finally near fixing wings and fitting to fuselage.
Did the undercarriage today, sprayed in flat aluminium and then some black put in onto the main struts. Still needs a bit of oily wash to dull it down and bring out detail a bit.
Also done the base colours of the wheels. I just decided on green hubs as it breaks up all the metal of the undercarriage a bit.
Props are done as are the gun turrets and rear wheel.
Decided that I am going to fit turrets etc after all body is painted.

Also a sun question, has anyone built this and painted with Tamiya paint? I see they do dark flat earth in a spray can but not a pot, wondering whether to mix or get a spray can and decant or even use a different paint all together. Any thoughts or experience?
 

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Nice work James. I agree, some very thin oil will highlight the detail of the undercarriage very nicely.
 
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