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TOPIC: Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur

Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #31

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That's a LOT of PE! Good luck on keeping your sanity :evil:
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Boy those bombs look good though.
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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #33

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Thanks, well it will have taken 3 evenings but i should have them all built this evening and hopefully primed as well, then it's on to the main interior.

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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.'

Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #34

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Oh that's just hard work. Looks like a bomb though.
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Thanks all. I've decided to pose the aircraft in a semi-realistic way, I can have the bomb bay doors open, with the crew inside and some of the engines running. I know that during operations in the middle east it was common to leave the doors open during the day and only wind them up when it was ready to go at night. Mainly because of the heat but also because of the fuel vapours etc.
I assume that they did similar things on very hot days/nights in England (yes it does get very hot in England it's not all rain and snow :P ) so it's fairly plausible. I would like to have an engine cover off to show the nice things that I'm hoping I can do to those but that might be a bit too far, even then I'm almost tempted to just say Nuts to the rivet counters and do it anyway to display the best parts.
Depending on how well the interior goes I may even do it cutaway but that's a story for another day.
Anyway I virtually finished the work on the bombs last night, I'm probably going to scratch them up a bit and add a filter but they're almost done..

On with the primer and then on with the paint :D











Onwards and upwards quite literally as it's on to the interior above :)

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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #36

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Bombs are looking good, very loaded!

Sounds like big plans! I'd love to see all of that done, so will be looking forward to it!
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The bombs were definitely worth the fuss
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Bombs look good. Nice touch with the graffiti

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Sorry to bore you all, this is the last of the bomb shots, I've finished weathering them and I've started on the bomb-bay doors.
It's a common misconception that bombs were nice and clean, and that they came out of the factory and got loaded up for delivery. They often spent months underground in massive munitions dumps, being moved around from pile to pile and they were quite beaten up and dusty by the time Adolf got his presents.
I've tried to create the textured surface, the dirt and dust build up and the scratches and dents they often received. That's the last of them I promise :D











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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #40

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Looking really good Gary, I think the extra time spent on the bombs will add a lot of visual interest.
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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #41

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That's not boring, that is very cool
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I've reriveted the bomb bay doors and painted them up.

First picture is the new rivet lines



Inside I've applied a grey wash which I then wipe off once it's dried as it's over a gloss coat it comes off nicely.





Added some graphite to give a worn look and I used a silver pencil for worn paint on the rivet heads, I'll add yellow outside for a faded look.





Thanks for looking.

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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 5 months ago #43

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Your weathering is looking really good Gary.
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Echo what Viperbuilder said :woohoo:
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Thanks folks, its nice to get some encouragement.

Tonight's work was on the Pilot's area, it's quite amazing how much this area has changed compared to modern jets lol







Thankfully it's still fun and I'm not bored or mad yet :D
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Very Tidy P.E Work there Gary! Impressed!

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Excellent work here, this is looking great.

Especially like the bombs at the moment, and they really do look like they've been sitting around for a while. Very nice work

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I don't like the control levers that come with the Eduard set, they are just too fiddly plus half of them pinged off in to the distance, so I made my own from wire and superglue.









Then it's on to the seats









Tonight I finished the IP and applied the base colours, more photos to come.

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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 4 months ago #49

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Really good looking details. Scratch stuff is often better, a mixture like you have is often best

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Thanks Tony
Onwards, time for the instrument panel and the pilots seat.


















The rest of the forward compartment so far, there still a lot of detail to add here so stay turned.











The big picture so to speak, just to give you some scale I've included Pilot Officer Percy Prune



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Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster, Phantom of the Rhur 2 years 4 months ago #51

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Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.

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Looking good G1! :woohoo:

Percy is a good fit, is he specifically for the Lanc?

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Nice work skipper .

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Thanks.
Yeah the crew came with one of my Lanc Kits (I have 3) and I have a spare crew set which I'll probably put in one of my Wellingtons.
While it wasn't normal for the crews to be in position for take off I'll have the in their positions to show them off. I might have to look around for some additional crew in different positions or bastardise the ones I have spare.

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I do wonder about those crew figures living up to the amazing standard you are setting with the actual plane? I only say it because I am in awe of the work you are doing on this.

Mind you a good paint job can make almost any figure look great!

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Tamiya's plane figures are fine for 1:48 so they should paint up alright. I really like the way the dash turned out Gary. All looking very convincing so far. Were the mesh cylinders part of the PE set or the kit?

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Bishop wrote: Were the mesh cylinders part of the PE set or the kit?


Yeah and bloody fiddly they were to.

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WOW .... simply amazing detail work mate

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Thank you, it means a lot to me to hear people say nice things :)

OK here's tonight's work, the radio set on the Navigator's station. First up all the parts made up and glued in place awaiting painting.









A quick coat of black primer/filler (also happens to be the top coat as well :whistle: ) then it's on with the dials and the weathering.













I'm calling that bit done, I base painted the interior of the fuse and started adding some more detail in there to, photos to come.
Hope you like it so far, thanks for looking.

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