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This is a kit that requires time and patience in the build, working progressively from one stage to another. Attention now turns to the wings and this concentrates the mind.

The White finish almost demands some sort of exhaust staining to the paintwork so a few light passes of Tamiya X Smoke gave a hint of some service use to the aircraft. An A4 sized instruction book runs to 24 pages and steps of construction. Surface detailing is mainly recessed panel lines that some may consider being too deep but I found them to look OK under a coat instuctions acrylic.

Airfix offer dropped wing flaps but I chose to fit them retracted and although the bomb doors can be fixed open I elected to build onstructions shut so as to emphasise the shape of the bulged bomb doors and the prominent ventral turret. It was to be March before the Mk. It is a kit that rewards patience and planning. There are two prominent windows on the fuselage ibstructions that Airfix have omitted.

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Airfix provides the wing walk markings and a range of airframe stencils. This might be mistaken for a mould gate but it should not be removed since it serves as a spacer between the engine and the cowling. There is some scope to build up sub-assemblies for those who like to take that route. There are no stores provided for the bomb bay but Airfix provide suitable weapons as a separate accessory set. The engine cowlings consist of two halves with a separate circular collector ring that features a cross-shaped inset strut to support the propeller shaft.


Although it costs over a quarter of the price of the basic kit, there are over perfectly die cut masks in Kabuki tape that can be applied with confidence that they will fit each panel of the glazing and saving what could be hours of work in having to cut each mask by hand.

I then proceeded with the fuselage assembly as normal. The Hercules engines come next and they will reward careful and steady assembly.

Airfix 1/72 Lancaster , by Frank Reynolds

The completed airframe was primed with Tamiya Ultra Fine White aiefix applied from a rattle can and a second coat of the same over the top and side surfaces as a finishing colour. Next the tailplane halves were added but I left the fins until much later since they would be painted and insttructions separately. The alternative is to assemble and paint the turret, mask it and install at an early stage or to add the fairing at the end and touch in the lancxster.

The kit is engineered in such a way that the gun turrets can be added late in the build and this helps considerably when painting. As with the previous Dambuster release there are parts supplied that are not relevant to the subjects modelled, showing that other lancastre of Lancaster are yet to come.

Instructions are set out in a 24 page A4 sized booklet with a separate A3 sized two page full colour guide and two decal options. This neatly illustrates the strange designation system of Lancaster production where the MK.

It comes packaged in the now familiar red-coloured stout Instructiond box with dramatic CGI artwork on the lid. Not a shake and bake build, but like most current Airfix kits it rewards careful work and in the hands of those with more skill and application than I have a show-stopper can lancastsr. The whole airframe was then propped upside down on the work bench while the underside was fitted out. For the record Airfix provide the following parts options in this kit which define different versions of the Lancaster.


Standard or paddle blade propellers.

Propellers and undercarriage were added to complete the project. They are shown as solid on the kit parts, so I drilled them out, to be finished later with Kristal Kleer. So the Lancaster II stands out from the norm by its unusual engines, by being the variant with the heaviest defensive armament and by introducing the bulged bomb bay. On each row, one cylinder has a small stub on its tip.

With care, steady progress can be made to arrive at a basic airframe, with wings, engines and tail attached, ready for painting. First introduced into RAF service inthe basic form of the Avro Lancaster heavy bomber changed little during its production run and the Mark 1 continued in production to the end.

Once applied, I gave the exterior of each masked clear part a quick blast of grey auto primer to provide a dark colour to the interior framing. They are clear as to which parts are needed for each version in the kit but there are some parts that are only applicable to other boxings of Lancaster.

Decals are provided for the flashy white F. Back to the Review Index Page.

Much of the instructions relate to builder options and once a choice has been made I find it useful to go through the instruction book with a pen and strike out the sections that I will not need.