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1/48 Tamiya Lancaster Bomber Completed Finally

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
1/48 Tamiya Lancaster Bomber Completed Finally
Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:21 PM

Just thought I would share some WIP pics of my latest build.  On this one I decided to spend more time on the figures.  I used 3 tones on the faces. Model Master flesh as a base, tan for highlights and earth brown for shadows.  Also tried multiple tones on the clothing and a faint overspray of neutral gray to fade them. I primed them with Stynylrez Black primer.  20/20 hindsite I should have airbrushed the main clothing base over the whole figure and then hand painted.  Intierior of  fuselage is Stynylrez black covered with RAF interior green and washed with Tamiya black.....my poor attempt to emulate Lawdogs exceptional pit work..  I also airbrushed the interior controls with German dark gray. For some reason the MM black did not play well with my airbrush.  After 5 years of using Azteks I'm amazed at what can be done with the Iwata.  Wished I hadn't waited so long. As for the second to the back little dude.  I'm not sure if he has just been shot or if he is throwing his hands up in disgust because I wouldn't let him use those two poles for pole dancing.  He's supposed to be in the nose section but I'm not sure how he's gonna fit.  As for my last little dude, I'm kinda tempted to take off one of his fingers. I must admit after the exceptional Uhu this one is kind a Tamiya light. Anywho enjoy and as always suggestions for improvement are appreciated!

 IMG_E1752 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1750 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1749 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1748 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1747 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, March 11, 2018 9:07 PM

It's coming along nicely, Robert.  Definitely not in the same league as current Tamiya offerings but I am very glad it's available.  The newest releases have some improved parts, especially around the engines.  Here's a link to a build log for one I built:

http://www.yolo.net/%7Ejeaton/mymodels/lanc/1lanc/1lanc.html

John

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Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, March 11, 2018 9:41 PM

jeaton01

It's coming along nicely, Robert.  Definitely not in the same league as current Tamiya offerings but I am very glad it's available.  The newest releases have some improved parts, especially around the engines.  Here's a link to a build log for one I built:

http://www.yolo.net/%7Ejeaton/mymodels/lanc/1lanc/1lanc.html

 

Thanks John I actually looked up your work on this one before I started and noticed how the PE added a lot to the model and the better engines helped as well. Not looking forward to that area. I did manage to get my pole dancer glued in the front. I think that will look kinda neat behind the front glass. I just finished gluing those nasty little nose fins on. I’m sure I’ll break them off several times before the end

 

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Posted by damouav on Monday, March 12, 2018 3:46 AM

Don't sell yourself short with your interior work, your build is comming very, very well.

Will follow along with your build.

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, March 12, 2018 3:51 AM

that's gonna be a big Bird!  I recently finished the Revell of Germany offering in 1/72, and it got a wingspan!  It was the Dambusters version, and I have it in flight, dropping the bouncing bomb on a dam...check it out in the diorama section....

 

I'll be following along on this build!  Looking good so far!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Monday, March 12, 2018 6:21 AM

Looks to me like the crew has got a bit of karaoke going on there!  It looks great!

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, March 12, 2018 7:26 AM

Thanks guys it’s appreciated.  Karoke...well that explains why the second guy has his hand over his ear on the side toward the back two singers. Also why the pilot is giving a choking gesture and a thumbs up to the second guy for plugging his ear. Makes sense

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:43 PM

Well things are moving on ableit rather slowly.  Had a massive primer failure with Stynylrez and had to re-prime.  Also had a failure of montex masks, but fortuneately I had a backup of EZ masks.  Those didn't seem to fit as well but they did not lift up like the montex masks did.  I suspect that the canopies had too much finger marks on them.  Good fortune that I didn't use my homeshades primer on them because with the amount of bleeding that I had I would have had to order new canopies.  As it was I just had to strip off all the paint and re-mask.  The poor engine fit is well documented and as you can see my putty work needs much improvement.  I did have problems with the landing gear assembly. I could not get it to fit through the lower wing as the instructions say.  I ended up gluing it to the bottom of the wing first and then putting the top wing on.  Needless to say the wings didn't like that arrangement and I had a bugger of a time getting them together.  20/20 hindsight, I think I would not put the engine nacelles on first but put them on after the landing gear is glued on and the wings are together. Had some interesting problems with the tail turret but I want to wait until the end to share those.  I finally bought some alligator clips.  Who knew they could be so handy.  Also discovered that my subtle weathering of the black surfaces using RLM 66 got wiped out by testors gloss coat.  So re-weathered with neutral gray.  Does anyone know if these bombers had much for chipping? I didn't see much on the examples on the net. Well here are some progress or lack there of shots

 IMG_E1763 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1762 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_1755 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1771 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1774 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_1781 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_1780 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1786 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_1784 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1789 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:46 PM

Oh and I forgot to mention that I used up the last of one bottle of testors dark earth.  I had to do some touch up work and the new bottle was darker than the original so I freehanded the brown......after I had spent so much time puting all those "worms" on to

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, March 29, 2018 5:14 AM

Your work is fantastic sir, I eagerly await the finish.  I built that kit last year and really enjoyed building it.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:28 AM

Toshi

Your work is fantastic sir, I eagerly await the finish.  I built that kit last year and really enjoyed building it.

Your friend, Toshi

 

Thanks Toshi! Your support is most appreciated. Hope all is well and you’re on the mend

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:29 AM

Looks awesome to me. That canopy masking looks like a bear. 

And I know what you mean trying to repair a paint job and finding that the second coat is sightly different from the first... Bang Head

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:36 AM

Gamera

Looks awesome to me. That canopy masking looks like a bear. 

And I know what you mean trying to repair a paint job and finding that the second coat is sightly different from the first... Bang Head

 

Thank you my friend. I didnt appreciate canopy masking times 2

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, April 01, 2018 4:13 AM
Looks fantastic Robert.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by kielers on Sunday, April 01, 2018 6:27 AM

Hi Greatmaker,

Your build looks awesome, I too am looking forward to seeing the finished project.  I have this kit in my stash and would like to start on it soon. 

Thanks for posting.

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, April 01, 2018 5:18 PM

lawdog114
Looks fantastic Robert.
 

Thanks Joe. Went on a road trip this weekend so things are on hold. It gave me some time to think about what more I can tinker with

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, April 01, 2018 5:24 PM

kielers

Hi Greatmaker,

Your build looks awesome, I too am looking forward to seeing the finished project.  I have this kit in my stash and would like to start on it soon. 

Thanks for posting.

 

Thanks for following. This kit is not up to modern Tamiya standards but I think it will be kinda neat when it is finished 

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, April 01, 2018 8:51 PM

Looking good, Robert.

John

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, April 02, 2018 12:35 PM

jeaton01

Looking good, Robert.

 

Thanks John I do have some errors on some things. I guess I should have studied the plane a bit more before I painted. I don’t think Tamiya’s scheme is %100 accurate.  I wanted to cut out the little vents underneath the engines but the slots are so small I don’t have a small enough pin drill. Decided that discretion is the better part of valor on that one

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, April 07, 2018 11:00 AM

Well like all of us, I envisioned what this finished model was going to look like and unfortunately, I apparently had way too high expectations. To me, either the model or I was cursed.  Multiple problems with fit issues...note do NOT glue the figures in before attaching the cockpit to the fuselage.  I had to amputate the poor pilot's arm and reposition to get the canopy to seat. Multiple breakages, and parts that just fell off multiple times...like the tail fins.  My biggest issue is the finish.  I had problems with a fresh can of dullcoat and I got splotches.  I used clear acrylic to smooth those out but the next morning it looked like I had sprayed the model with dust.  I blamed the acrylic for this until I started cleaning up my workspace this morning.  Our furnace occasionally blows out alot of dust and I usually keep the vent closed in that room. That night I opened it slightly because it was pretty cold in there.....lesson learned. I never was able to completely recover from that.  Had terrible problems with decals.  Most silvered, bubbled up after dullcoat or just chipped off. 20/20 I would recommend to paint the stripes and using stencils if possible. I didn't chip too much, as the pictures that I found of the princess really didn't show too much.  I don't know why Tamiya didn't provide the "P" decal. It's on in all the flying pictures.  I apologize to the poor tail gunner I had to amputate both feet to get the turret to fit properly. I did add some parts on the back turret..I think they are to funnel spent shell casings and I personalized the big bomb. My first picture typifies my experience with this model.  I was taking off the main cockpit canopy masks..my last step..when I noticed the wing felt funny.  It had come unglued and so nearly did I.

 IMG_E1820 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 

 YASX7363 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_1530 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_1524 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

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 IMG_E1536 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Saturday, April 07, 2018 1:43 PM

Your perserverance paid off,you knocked this together beautifully.

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, April 07, 2018 2:48 PM

Despite the hardships, it looks great!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, April 07, 2018 3:05 PM

Hi ;

 I lke what you've done so far . Now question . Have you ever heard of a Lanc flying for BOAC and known as " Stardust " ?

 Saw a T.V. program the other day ." Stardust " was a passenger version that disappeared 50 years ago or so in the Himalayas .

 Last Radio message  "SENDEC " .Old military code word , repeated three times . They found her in a mountain pass . She had flown right into the mountain .They figure the flight crew goofed and didn't know they were too low . Slammed into the mountain .

 A Rolls -Royce Merlin engine is what they found first . The glint of sun off the metal shroud from some shiny  part of the engine is what got their attention . 

 They figured she hit and got buried in the Avalanche that followed . How many modelers know that the " Lanc " was used for passenger service first ?

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, April 07, 2018 3:08 PM

 Hi ;

 Viewed all the pics , Job well done . Did the Minbari fly them too ?

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Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:37 PM

Doing a model this big would intimidate the hell out of me.  Despite the kits best efforts to frustrate you, you did a great job!  I really like being able to see the figures in the bird.  All that effort and perseverance paid off big!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:37 PM

templar1099

Your perserverance paid off,you knocked this together beautifully.

 

Thank you. It was touch and go for awhile. Sometimes Hulk really wanted to “smash” 

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:40 PM

Justinryan215

Despite the hardships, it looks great!

 

Thank you for your kind words. As I’m fond of saying my builds look ok at a distance......a great distance.  I took pics with my iPad Pro on this one. I think the iPhone takes better pics.  You would have been able to see more of the screwups

 

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:43 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hi ;

 I lke what you've done so far . Now question . Have you ever heard of a Lanc flying for BOAC and known as " Stardust " ?

 Saw a T.V. program the other day ." Stardust " was a passenger version that disappeared 50 years ago or so in the Himalayas .

 Last Radio message  "SENDEC " .Old military code word , repeated three times . They found her in a mountain pass . She had flown right into the mountain .They figure the flight crew goofed and didn't know they were too low . Slammed into the mountain .

 A Rolls -Royce Merlin engine is what they found first . The glint of sun off the metal shroud from some shiny  part of the engine is what got their attention . 

 They figured she hit and got buried in the Avalanche that followed . How many modelers know that the " Lanc " was used for passenger service first ?

 

 

i have never heard that. Thank you for sharing. I know that many of the German bombers started out as “passenger” planes to skirt the treaty

 

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:47 PM

Tanker - Builder

 Hi ;

 Viewed all the pics , Job well done . Did the Minbari fly them too ?

 

Heavens no Only the great Centauri republic could build and fly such an obviously advanced craft

 

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, April 07, 2018 4:57 PM

ManCityFan

Doing a model this big would intimidate the hell out of me.  Despite the kits best efforts to frustrate you, you did a great job!  I really like being able to see the figures in the bird.  All that effort and perseverance paid off big!

 

Thank you. I know many don’t like adding the figures to aircraft but I kinda like how the little dudes look especially the guy up front.  He was a right bugger to get him glued into place.  I don't have a paint booth big enough to accommodate the whole plane so I had to do it in sections. Which might explain why somethings came unglued. Big planes are not my favorite either but I’m kinda doing a home museum kinda thing. I have a 1/48 B-29 left and I have no idea where I’m gonna put that.  Big bomber row is filled up

 IMG_E1827 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 

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