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There are no stores provided for the bomb bay but Airfix provide suitable weapons as a separate accessory set. The basic airframe was left for a couple of days to harden, while the main engine nacelles were built as separate assemblies — a perfectly straightforward exercise and instructoons everything had dried they simply slip in place under the wings.

Airfix has engineered the main gear to fix onto the front face of the front wing aigfix, so the gear legs have to be fitted from above in a slot between the wing leading edge and the rear part of the engine nacelle.

This might be mistaken for a mould gate but it should not be removed since it serves zirfix a instrudtions between the engine and the cowling. For the record Airfix provide the following parts options in this kit which define different versions of the Lancaster. Optional H2S radar scanner under the belly. If you would like your product reviewed fairly and fairly quickly, please contact the editor nistructions see other details in the Note to Contributors.

So there is plenty of scope for conversions or alternative finishes. Production of this variant was entrusted solely to the Armstrong Whitworth factory in Coventry. Airfix offer dropped wing flaps but I chose to fit them retracted and although the bomb doors can be fixed open I elected to build them shut so as to emphasise the shape of the bulged bomb doors and the prominent ventral turret.

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I then proceeded with the fuselage assembly as normal. Airfix does not however provide some of the elements of very late build aircraft such as the taller astrodome to the rear of the flight deck, extended rudders or treaded tyres. Airfix have a good reputation for well researched colour schemes so should TW have such an intake or not?

The engines were painted gunmetal with a dark wash to dirty them up a little. On each row, one cylinder has a small stub on its tip. It works, and works well but a clear head and plenty of dry runs will pay dividends. This is a kit that requires time and patience in the build, working progressively from one stage to another. Next I painted the main airframe in camouflage colours and most of the doors and small parts that were still on the parts frames. Airfix provides the wing walk markings and a range of airframe stencils.


As it is, when I came to the end a question remained. II, by Bruce Robertson. It was conceived for the Royal Air Force as a kind of insurance lancastrr against the possibility of enemy action disrupting supplies, so an alternative source of power instruvtions might be available.

The Avro Lancaster Mk. So when building other than straight from the box, good references are essential, especially photographs of the version being modelled.

The tape can be removed before the filler dries leaving a raised ridge of filler that, once set hard, can be gently sanded down to a smooth finish.

Now the awkward part, for the main gear legs must be added next and will stick out instrutcions dangle around for the whole of the rest of the build. I chose to divert to the construction of the four gun turrets at this point. The kit is well engineered, the decals are comprehensive and of good quality.

I find that this is best dealt with at an early opportunity firstly by gluing the clear window strips in place, allowing them to set hard ijstructions then masking off the fuselage each side of the strips with 6mm Tamiya tape before filling over the windows with Squadron Green Putty. II reviewed in October I have found a single photo that shows at least one F.

This is meant to be added after the turret is fitted and it is a real problem to try to get the turret to sit in place if this fairing has been first glued to the nose, without hacking away much instructiins the turret base.

Any which way it is a bit of a fiddle.

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The crew seats are reasonably well detailed, but for some reason the radio operator has no seat. I offered in this kit has all of the late-build features, while the MK. The parts were free from flash and none seemed to be warped.

These need to be filled, although this is not made clear in the Airfix instructions.


This again should not be removed since it serves to align the engine centrally within the cowling — necessary since the engine lancasfer points are subtle and delicate. The small external aerials were added and two small windows in the fuselage spine were drilled out to be filled with Micro Kristal Kleer. Standard or paddle blade propellers.

However, a query remains. Then on with the propellers, a few aerials, the mass balances to the control surfaces and the whole package springs into life. It was to be March before the Mk. Next the tailplane halves were added but I left the fins until much later since they would be painted and added separately.

The whole airframe was then propped upside down on the work bench while the underside was fitted out. The completed airframe was primed with Tamiya Ultra Fine White primer applied from a rattle can and a second coat of the same over the top and side surfaces as a finishing colour. The kit is engineered in such a way that the gun turrets can be added late in the build and this helps considerably when painting. Airfix has carefully designed its Lancaster tooling to cover many of the detail differences between Mks and the early and late production versions of the same Mk.

II has only previously been available via aftermarket conversion sets. They are finely moulded with the engines in three parts, consisting of a front and rear row of cylinders and a nose gearbox. It comes packaged in the now familiar red-coloured stout Airfix box with dramatic CGI artwork on the lid.

Back to the Review Index Page. They are shown as solid on the kit parts, so I drilled them out, to be finished later with Kristal Kleer. With care, steady progress can be made to arrive at a basic airframe, with wings, engines and tail attached, ready for painting.

These specialised Lancasters were intended to be part of Tiger Force, an integrated strike and transport force that would range over the Far East in and beyond. The mid upper and tail turrets can be added at a very late stage after main painting is complete although the seating of the rear turret requires some trimming to get it to fit inside the fuselage fairing.