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The Peter Buckingham Column Part 4





I felt that I was slowly getting used to my Badger 200 single action airbrush, although I admit to quite a few disasters along the way. I knew it was going to be difficult but I was determined to overcome these problems. It was me - not the equipment.


One online shop that provides me with superb service (items often arriving the next day, or at worst, the day after) is Relish Models and Graham’s website is excellent. It is like having a local model shop again!


I digress. My next project was something a bit more demanding. A model which had rave reviews this year is the Revell 1/72 Lancaster Mk I/III, a superb kit and those display samples by Ted Taylor at Hannants shop in Colindale, are mouth watering. Experienced modellers probably do things differently, but until I become more adept, I have been keeping to the order of things as detailed in the instructions. The Lancaster was no exception and went together superbly. In particular, the fit of the nacelles to the wings was excellent and I had no problems fitting the undercarriage which some reviewers experienced. I know it sounds daft (sad?), but the ‘magic’ moment was fitting the streamlined fairing around the rear fuselage upper gun turret. I am unaware of it’s technical name but it has more compound curves than Marilyn Monroe (that dates me) and fitted beautifully. Well done Revell. This was built straight from the box with no added goodies (I have enough problems with plastic without getting into the realms of resin at this stage!). I know the wheels/tyres have come in for criticism, as has the wing dihedral, but I think the latter is spot on for this bomber at rest.




Masking the canopies and turrets took forever and much patience. I chose Xtracrylix in the specific camouflage colours but I did experience problems with silvering on some of the decals. I believe this was my fault - not enough gloss Klear/Future. I will know next time - it’s all part of the learning curve.



I am beginning to feel each model is improving, but not good enough yet.


More next week.


Peter Buckingham.

Part 5