I’ve had this kit in the ‘Stash’ for over 5 years, by Atomic City / MRC if assembled with the escape tower its about 30 inches tall!

The kit comes complete with a vinyl astronaut figure that paints up very well indeed. The most difficult part of the build was attaching the retro pack to the heat shield with the metal straps – very fiddly but looks good once done. I added some wiring to the rear of the console that can be seen with the hatch open. ┬áDecals are supplied for all of the Mercury missions, I chose Friendship 7.

Another Eduard kit in 1/48th scale, I wanted to do this to compliment the F4 Phantom, I did both aircraft as flown from The USS Coral Sea.

Again a great offering from Eduard featuring a highly detailed kit with resin, photo etched and masks.

The hardest part of the build was the tail decal, the tail needed to be painted blue and then the multi part decal applied over the very irregular surface – loads of Micro-Sol used!

I completed this some time ago its the Eduard ‘Good Morning Da Nang’ F4 Phantom II, it has all the bells and whistles, Photo Etched, Resin & paint masks to compliment some great details in the plastic. One of my favorite aircraft I’m tempted to get another in the USAF version, this was a detailed but fun kit to build and a joy to paint and decal:-

Rob has so kindly sent me an Airfix Lancaster for my birthday!!! I promised that I would do it as my ‘Birthday build’ and start by posting an ‘unboxing’:-

Airfix 1/72 Avro Lancaster B1(F.E)/B.III kit number A08013.

The kit comes in a very sturdy box with some very striking artwork on it of the Tiger Force (F.E) version of the aircraft, not the view of the Lanc that most of us are used to.

Box

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Once the box is opened your’re greeted with one bag containing all the sprues although the clear sprue is thankfully in another bag – the downside of packaging this way is that delicate parts can get broken in transit as in my case part 16 on sprue C ­čÖü not a show stopper.

Inside the box

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The Instruction booklet is well laid out with clear indication of where holes or cuts need to be made and a clear differentiation between the two versions offered, although there is no sprue call out. The colour call out is on the side of the box and lists only Humbrol numbers (who else?)

Booklet

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Two version markings are supplied a ‘more traditional’ 1943 scheme and a very striking 1945 black and white ‘Tiger Force’ scheme. The decals look good and feel quite thin with very little carrier film outside of the colours.

Decals

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Sprue H Clear

I’m afraid can only be called adequate with a number of parts showing ejector pin marks although I’m not sure if or how much they will show, all parts show signs of distortion with part H16 being very poor

Clear Sprue H

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Sprue A

The parts are very cleanly molded with no flash and ejector pin marks light and well out of the way, the outer surfaces have a fine texture to them that will take paint well. Each main wheel comes in two halves (yuk) but is already weighted (yes),

Sprue A

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Sprue B

As Sprue A

Sprue B

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Sprue C

Contains the bomb bay doors, engine hatches, landing gear and many finely molded parts all clean and flash free. There is also a pilot figure – I don’t think that Airfix have changed or improved their 1/72 pilot figures in the last 50 years!

Sprue C

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Sprue D

More finely molded parts with some great details! With the gun barrels looking particularly good for 1/72 scale!

Sprue D

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Sprue F

Mainly the engine nacelles and props, two types of propellers one for each version. The details on the nacelles is stunning, panel lines and rivets brilliant!

Sprue F

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Overall this is a stunning kit with some great details and proves that Airfix are really upping their game, the choice of markings for me is a winner and I’ll be building the ‘Tiger Force’ aircraft. The real challenge will be to maintain all that lovely detail!

It’s been over 50 years since I built a Lancaster and I’m very much looking forward to building this one – Thanks Rob!!