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HK Models 1/32 Avro Lancaster Dambuster build

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  • Member since
    November, 2004
HK Models 1/32 Avro Lancaster Dambuster build
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:25 PM

This is a little taster to show everyone what I have been up to today now that the Shinden is finished. I want to show you all my process' with this build if I can so please join in and ask questions, comment etc.

First of all I formulate a plan (yes... I have already photographed the kit as it comes in the box, but please be patient!). This plan evolves in several ways but I need to work out just how the kit has been designed and produced and also how it is built up in the instruction book. This gives me an idea of just how I can display the finished thing or maybe do something a little different.

I also need to see the size of the thing when done.. or pretty close and so out comes masking tape, parts and a knife etc. It helps to know just what size I am dealing with. Tanks are pretty easy to guess size wize, but aircraft.... The Lancaster is a big aircraft in 1/72 but in 1/32.... It's *********** massive! I can quote dimensions etc, but really a picture helps.

I normally work on A3 card stock (don't know what that is in the US. Maybe some kind soul will translate for me!) as you can see, the two sheets of A3 card (one is upright to provide a backdrop for photographing the sprues) Don't come close, but it does give you a size reference, as do other objects on my bench.

It is quite tidy at the moment but it won't stay like that for long!

Now, Plans don't survive first contact. every military officer will tell you that which brings the acronym FUBAR to mind... but we can't allow that! so every plan I have has backups and a bit of leeway and wriggle room.

For instance, the cockpit. Just how much can be seen through the canopy? Quite a lot so we have a need for detail. That comes in the form of Eduards' Cockpit set. It is the B1 set for the first release, but the only real difference between the Mk 1 and the Mk III is the change to a more powerful Packard Merlin. Same size etc, just more output and no Rolls Royce logo on them! The cockpit layout remained the same so I don't need to worry. The kit etched seatbelt set doesn't cut it and HGW haven't got theirs out yet so I have to use Eduards' painted steel set and after looking through that I do need to add some paint on the reverse side of one part. I think I should also add the curtains that blocked light from the Navigator and radio operatior's positions as well as the one that covers the top of the inside of the cockpit. This means using some thin wire amd I don't have a clue what to use for the curtains yet! they will be in the stowed position anyway!

I have no intention of using the decals after seeing the size of them. Trying to get them to lay and look like paint is not going to bne easy and the best way is to get masks from Maketar and DN models and paint them. It is going to be much easier.

Vallejo model air is the paint I will be using for the majority of the build. To get the upper surface correct I will be using masks again from Top Notch models. THe lower surfaces etc of the Lancaster was a colour referred to as RAF Night. It is not a true black as most people think and after conferring with the company that did the recent overhaul and repaint of the BBMF Lancaster I am going with NATO Black. THis is not a true black but like RAF Night it has a very slight blue cast to it. Hardly noticable really and Vallejo's NATO Black is accurate and also totally matt, like RAF Night. To get the totally matt effect, soot was mixed with the paint and then it was put on with brushes, not a spray gun.

With a kit of this size, you cannot really get away with using scale correct colours. it will look odd. You need the proper chipset accurate stuff and that's why Vallejo is my first choice for everything!

Getting the Roundel colours right too can be a pain. I'm still testing but I think I am close!

If anyone has information or wants to know something. Jump in and post. All are welcome!



  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, June 09, 2019 6:24 AM

Ok. This is why you need to have a plan and constantly check the instructions, your work and do due diligence with researching your subject!

I have started the build with the Upkeep mine and associated equipment. Of course all this needs priming and painting!

What turns out to be the release mechanism for the arms in the instructions is in the wrong place. I thought I would get ahead with this and glued it in place where it told you to, but on dry fitting the rear fairing section there was an issue so I looked more closely removed the mechanism and used the actual release arms as a guide and did a complete dry fit of the area. This is why I get through lots of masking tape!

Holes are marked on the inside and you need a 1.6mm drill.

Actual place where the release mechanism goes

Rear fairing dry fitted. There are more parts to go at the side of the bomb bay.

step 27 Instructions remarked for you

strangely enough, step 28....

I have alerted HK's boss!

Fortunatly the rear fairing covers my original OOPS!

Here Endeth the Lesson! Time to start with the rear elevators/tailplane etc! Lets see what I can mess up now!

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, June 09, 2019 8:31 AM

Most impressive must of set you back  pretty penny 


  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Monday, June 10, 2019 7:54 AM

I can't comment on the cost as I do research for HK models and the owner is a very good friend of mine. I would rather get a production kit as payment than money!

I think that you will be suprised at just what is in this kit, so keep following and don't be frightened to ask questions etc.

It is a huge kit, as is HK's B-17 Fortress kits with as much internal detail as can be done by injection process' and both the wings and tailplanes are designed to be removeable on the Lancaster. This is so that modellers have transportation and storage options.

I am looking to get Wingnut's version when it becomes available, depending on price, just to see what the differences are!

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:21 PM

Here's another update.

This build is not really complex, just big and I want to try and keep it that way. There are some areas that make you think but I want to make the areas seen detailed which is where Eduard comes in.

This is what I have been up to.

At this point I went on the hunt and am using a copy of official MAP (Ministry of Aircraft Production) Painting orders for the Lancaster.

I have gone with NATO black from the Vasllejo Model Air paint range. NATO black is not a true black, but is practically a copy of RAF Night and dries to a totally flat none reflective finish, which is what RAF Night was.

I masked up the space in the front section of the kit which was painted interior Green - BS381c 283.

Paint the area

remove the masking and you have the correct MAP paint scheme for wartime Lancasters inside and the cockpit.

There is some more masking to be done to paint the equipment panels that are already moulded on the correct black colour which should be different to the base colour and of course the Green. I can also prepare the side wall fixtures and fittings too that go on these two parts.



  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 14, 2019 11:32 AM

Looks like an awesome kit and you're doing a great job on her!!! Yes

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


  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:08 AM

Thanks Gamera. She's big and that means lots of paint!

I think I am going to leave off the blackout curtains on this one as it is attaching them that is causing a headache. you can see in this video of the cockpit from about 0.51. I could do to get into this aircraft and have a good look at this close up and personal before trying to replicate it!

Another update.

Upkeep mine done and ready to go on. Interior paint job progressing!

dry fits to make sure everything lines up so far!

Dry test visual check to see what is visible from an exterior point of view. There is soem estra painting to be dome as touch ups and more parts to add!

Once more, comments and questions welcome.. they also keep me forused which is a good thing!


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