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This is a Group build to remember the sacrifices of Bomber Command and other air forces of the world during WWII
Bomber Command was founded in 1936, 4 years later on the night of May 11/12 1940, Bomber Command made it's first night time Raid. The build will run from 11th May 2016 until April 21st 2017 which date coincides with the last raid on Berlin.
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80th Anniversary of Bomber Command - Group Build 3 years 4 months ago #1

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I was working towards announcing this on the 11th April (1 month before the start of the build) but the other topic has kind of forced my hand.
Bomber Command was founded in 1936 and as such I wanted to create a Group build to remember the sacrifice of Bomber Command and other air forces of the world.
On May 11-12 1940, Bomber Command made it's first night time Raid. The build would run from 11th May until April 21st which coincides with the last raid on Berlin.
It would include any multi engined Medium or Heavy Bomber manufactured from 1936 - 1945
It must have dedicated Bomb Racks or Bomb Bays
Any country
I'm still working on some specifics, like prizes but for now I'm putting up a voucher for either.
$70 US via Amazon for International entries
$100 NZ via Mighty Ape for NZ entries
2 x $50AS Vouchers via BNA Modelworld for Australian entries.
Usual rules will apply, must be a regular or known member of this site, must have a minimum number of posts or be known in the community as a good egg :D
Feel free to comment, sorry if this treads on the toes of the other Group Build but I've been planning this one for a while.
More details to follow.

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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
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I'm in... Doesn't say how long the build will be for?

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11th May until April 21st


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I thoroughly approve of this GB idea Gary :cheer: . I suspect I might join in if I've got time with perhaps with some German mediums. Quick question. Would a Mosquito B Mk IV say with a 4000b Cookie qualify for this GB?

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Yes of course it would, it has more than one engine, has the B for Bomber designation and has a dedicated release mechanism for bombs i.e. a bomb bay/rack :D

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WOOHOO!! :woohoo:

Gary wrote: Yes of course it would, it has more than one engine, has the B for Bomber designation and has a dedicated release mechanism for bombs i.e. a bomb bay/rack :D

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The end date wasn't there before right? as I re-read it, I was sure it wasn't there...

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Yeah mate, sorry it was there, which is why I quoted it, you can see I edited my main post 5 minutes before you asked your question. ;)

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Lol, I might have had it up after you just posted it, I was sneaking "foruming" while working haha. No stress, all good!

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Any scale is fine, especially for such a worthy build.

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cool, I think I will give it a crack between the never ending story of K-force...
for me it will be a 1/72 B-17 or B-24 or B-29... most likely the B-24.

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Think I'd be keen, but most likely wouldn't start until next year. Only have 3 subjects which fit the bill, but sure I could do one of them

Hasegawa 1/72 Ju188
Hasegawa 1/72 B-24J
Academy 1/72 B-17G

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I'm keen on this one too :lol:

I'll go with a Vickers Wellington. Scale and Mk. undecided as yet.

Will do a bit of research on kits reviews and costs

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To save you lot money and to enable my own wicked schemes I'd be happy to allow partially started kits, say just cockpits started for example :whistle:

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Andrew wrote: I'm keen on this one too :lol:
I'll go with a Vickers Wellington. Scale and Mk. undecided as yet.
Will do a bit of research on kits reviews and costs


I can highly recommend the 1/48 Trumpeter Wimpys, but don't go nuts with the Eduard PE, it'll drive you nuts. My one is languishing because of a Big Ed set lol the basic kit is more than good enough in hindsight.
Don't got near the old 1/72 Italeri Wimpy the side infills are crap.
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I'm probably going to do the Phantom of the Ruhr 1/48 Lancaster BIII and dig out the 1/32 B-17 which has had the cockpit done but there's still a huge amount left (assuming there's no public outcry about me continuing this).

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Gary wrote: dig out the 1/32 B-17 which has had the cockpit done but there's still a huge amount left (assuming there's no public outcry about me continuing this).


I don't mind :woohoo: Be keen to watch you work on it. What squadron/markings/paint finish are you doing? Or is that still hush hush? :whistle:

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I don't remember to be honest mate, I'm not even sure I got decals for it yet (other than what came in the box), I can't remember what extra's I bought for it in the end lol :blush:

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:lol: You know you want to go and look now :woohoo: :lol:

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OH my! yep! Has to be a Kiwi Halifax or a Stirling!




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As far as I know the only 1/48 Halifax is the Fonderie Miniatures one but that will hurt you wallet. Airfix, Revell and Matchbox are the main contenders in 1/72 I don't have the Airfix one yet but I do have the other 2 and they are nice kits. Or you could scratch build one like this fooking awesome build www.helmo.gr/index.php?option=com_deeppo...24&id=1256&Itemid=35
For the Stirling I'm not aware of any 1/48 non Vac form kits (except the rare Sangereng kit www.sangereng.fsnet.co.uk/ ), the current 1/72 Airfix offering is ancient and show it in all respects. The Italeri kit is lush and looks real nice, I don't have it yet. I believe there is a new Airfix Stirling either just coming out or only recently released.
I'm definitely up for this and will be digging out a 1/48 Lanc with all the goodness that I've been saving for such a build.

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Nah it's a re-released old tooling I was confusing with the Italeri one.

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It is a new tool. A friend has one, great looking model, if you are interested in ugly pre war bombers!

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Great idea. Might have to have a dig through for something that meets the criteria and see if I can fit something in this later in the year.

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I can confirm the Airfix Whitley is a new tool I have it and can do a box shot if you like it's very nice. I also have a very expensive Czech kit (Oleg) which is shit.

I have the Airfix Stirling it's ok! It's very big!! Even in 1:72

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I just picked up a cool kit for this. (Well, I think it's cool.) B)

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I'm ready to go. :woohoo:


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