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HK Models Lancaster Nose Kit Build

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HK Models Lancaster Nose Kit Build
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 7:35 AM

HK's boss has given permission to post my build.

The trick will be not to get fingerprints on the clear stuff and I will also be using Glue & Glaze to put the clear bits together to avoid smears, fogging etc. A new bottle is on the way to me.

With these kits you have many decisions to make, most of is do I paint areas of the clear side or not. Well I am because I don't want the extra work of adding lots of wiring. I have been told I can jazz it up to my hearts content so I am robbing some Eduard stuff from the  MK I. This will also be replaced.

To start with I decided to build the stand to see what I have got to play with regarding perspecive etc.

It was a very easy build and went through the paint shop.

I need to know just what can and can't be seen or what I need to hide. A dry fit is in order.

Ok. This is my very basic painting plan. THe bomb aimers area will be done on the fly!

How am I going to manage this.... You will find out later in the build.

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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 7:50 AM

Looks like an interesting job, Snapdragon - are you going to present it like a museum display, or are you under instructions?  I'd never have room for the full aeroplane, but could be tempted by something like this - very unusual.


Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:12 AM


       So this plane has a clear side in the cockpit area? Or is it a special model?

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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:42 AM

The kit has the two standard sides and a starboard clear side.


My orders from HK are build it, enjoy it, make it look good and do what you want to it!

I will try and make this an in depth build report for you all.

So you all know, My painting references are NOT from the kit, but from original MAP painting orders for bombers (night).

Painting refererences in the kit are accurate, but the pilot and bomb aimers sections should be Night Black. aft of the pilots area where the cover starts for the navigator etc is interior green. You will see!

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:13 AM

I really like this concept. I simply don't have room to accommodate a 1/32 scale fighter much less a four engine bomber. A similar model of a B-17 or B-24 would be fun and interesting. Here's hoping HK brings us more kits like the Lancaster.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:39 PM

There used to be a couple of kits of modern fighter cockpits.  I had intended to buy one one day but they disappeared before one day came.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Saturday, July 25, 2020 4:51 PM

I think Italeri are re-releasing those. Check their website.


Here is an update.


In reality, this is just like the build I did for the Dambuster Lancaster. I am doing some extra painting on stuff that will be noticed, but that's about it. The new glue bottle for clear plastics is now here and so I can get down to business but I want to start simply.


I have to think and keep in mind that one side will be clear, but I still need to paint on that so I need to draw masking templates. So that means using the kit part to make the templates, a sheet of A5 Tamiya Masking Kabuki paper and a pencil.


The outline is drawn several times so I have fallback stuff, and also for the MkI build which I will be using a clear side.



I just need the outline. the actual cutting will be done with a steel ruler and a new blade so I have a sharp outline to paint to.


Now while I have this piece time to make it ready for putting in when the time comes.


All the detail of the engineers panel needs to come off as it will be replaced.



A sharp blade and fingers out of the way and we are there. No first aid needed tonight! It doesn't need to be perfect as this area will be covered up, just the detail removed.



Next, a night (NATO BLACK) black paint job (both sides).



Time to delve into the Eduard Cockpit kit and put the detail back. First the base panel with the dials on.



Then the top part to add the detail.



Paint touch ups needed to get rid of the finger oils etc. That will be the last thing before installation.


Next, Working on the base painting.




Black is done and now masking for the interior green.


more parts assembled ready for painting.



Here we go. Interior green done. I will have to redo the black as there has been some overspray!




detail painting needed on some parts, but the base colour is done!



remove the masking and you can see the overspray difference!!!!!!




This will be corrected over the next couple of days and some detail added. That's all for now.


Comments and questions welcome.

  • Member since
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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, July 25, 2020 4:59 PM

Don Stauffer

There used to be a couple of kits of modern fighter cockpits.  I had intended to buy one one day but they disappeared before one day came.




Esci had a F-104 and an F-16 They are 1/12 scale and are going for huge prices on Ebay

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    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, July 26, 2020 5:08 AM

off track here but....


I am sure the other will follow


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