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Chuck A. Villanueva said 4 days, 18 hours ago: #
With most of the build pretty much completed. I will show what I have left to do. Coming to realize I didn’t have that much more to do. So starting with the engines. The LH/RH engine block is assembled. Next the ft timing chain cover and prop shaft are next. Next is the rear engine mount. Then the valve covers. And finally the exhaust stacks. I did not paint the engine as they will be covered and will not be shown. The exhaust as well as they are covered with the shrouds that are mounted on the nacelles. Now to build the engine firewall and engine mount supports. And install this on each side of the engine. The fit here is good and alignment is precise. Even Tamiya back then had thought this out very well during assembly. Next is to prepare the radiator, install the engine into the nacelle and follow with the the radiator, check alignment and install the components. Next attach the engine covers and this part of the wing assembly is almost complete. The fit here is not the greatest. Some filler will be needed here to clean op the seams. That does it for this portion of the build. Next up is the twin tails to the fuselage. More to follow.
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David leigh-smith said 4 days, 17 hours ago: #
1999? Surely wins some kind of prize for longest build, or can anyone beat that?
Really look forward to seeing the reveal, Chuck. She is a beast, but also a beauty.
Tom Bebout said 4 days, 14 hours ago: #
Great progress Chuck, have been watching this build with great interest as I have one in the stash.
Paul Barber said 4 days, 13 hours ago: #
Chuck, it all looks great and it is clearly going to be a highlight of the GB, but I am currently drawn to the tyres – they look fantastic! So realistic.
Louis Gardner said 4 days, 11 hours ago: #
You have definitely made some great progress Chuck. I have been following along with this one, like Tom I have one of these in the stash.
The landing gear looks great too. I can only imagine how nice your Lancaster will look once painted.
I’ll bet it’s a monster sized plane !!!
Chuck A. Villanueva said 4 days, 10 hours ago: #
One of the factors Dave was the size, once completed it is big and wanted a safe place for it to be displayed. Also moved several times, so taking that into account. I am glad I didn’t finish it as I am sure it would have suffered some damage. But it’s time to finish it, so I am motivated to do that. Besides I have to make room to start the Betty project soon as well and that does take space on the work bench.
Thanks Tom, this is the 2nd one, I built one as a teenager. Having built several Monogram big bombers also, though this was very expensive for me back then. The build on this kit is similar to building a Monogram kit, that being raised panel lines, and a lot of seam clean up. But fun.
Thanks Paul, these are the original True Details resin wheel set that I bought way back when I got the kit. At the time it was the only AM parts I could find for this. Now you can a few AM parts for this kit. The only other item that was available was Eduards RAF bomber seat belts which I have installed on this kit.
Chuck A. Villanueva said 4 days, 9 hours ago: #
Thanks Louis, it is very large, haven’t built anything this large since for years. Maybe the last one not quite this large is the P-3 Orion in 72nd scale and a B-26K (converted from a Monogram A-26). Will get some more work done on it this weekend, if it’s not raining.
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