1/48 E.E. Canberra B.2
January 26, 2017 in Aviation
This is the recently reissued Airfix kit finished as a 1970s era Rhodesian example. It’s a simple, straightforward kit to build. As it is a bit light in details, I installed an Eduard PE instrument panel and cockpit set, along with a True Details resin MB Mk.2 ejection seat in the pilot’s position. I used the kit seats for the navigators and bomb aimers stations because they’re not very visible. I also used a SAC metal landing gear set to support the almost 4 ounces of steel and lead weights I crammed into every available space forward of the c/g. Airfix advised 100 grams (3.5 oz). I painted it with a base coat of overall RAF dark earth straight from a Tamiya spray bomb, followed with the disruptive pattern of Mr. Color RAF dark green applied with my airbrush. Markings came from a Model Alliance sheet and some stencils from the kit sheet. I wasn’t up to scratch building Rhodesian cluster bombs and their carriers , so I used the kit supplied bombs. I was so concerned about this one being a tail sitter that I even glued split shot into the two forward bombs! Canberras in Southern Africa are fascinating subjects. This one can now take its place next to my SAAF 1/72 Canberra B(I)Mk.12.
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