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Avro Lancaster (1/72 Revell)

September 4, 2014 · in Aviation · · 25 · 12.5K

My first ever in scale, simply because the 1/48 scale one wouldn't fit into my display case. I bought it at a local hobby competition for peanuts really and I thought of it as an easy, relaxing build. The kit itself is really nice, with great interior and crisp exterior... but it has it's flaws as well... most notable the non existent wing dihedral, engine cooler intakes (a joke mildly put), some missing panels... and some wrong ones. I've decided to correct that flaws and decided to drop flaps... and make them from a pile of stirene. And put some extra work into wheelbays. And turrets as well. And regrave the panels and rivet them... So much for a speedy enjoyable build...

Extras? Some, but not as much as I am used to. Eduard masks, Brassin wheels, quickboost barrels and intakes... and some excellent Kits World decals.

With all the corrections the build was slow, but I've enjoyed it nevertheless. Once completed, a base coat of mr. surfacer 1500 was sprayed and the model was ready for camo paint.

Camouflage scheme and roundels were painted with Mr. Color paints, can't tell you exact numbers as they were custom mixed, sorry. Some nice washes from Mig productions were used to make the beast dirty, everything was sealed with mr. color satin coat, then the exhaust streaks were sprayed at the end. And that is it... after 6 months. And yes, it fits into my display cabinet... but just barely.

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25 responses

  1. You have definitely nailed the finish on the Lanc. AWESOME!

  2. Brilliant. I love all the extra fine detail you've added particularly in the turrets.

  3. Superb finish on this one.

  4. Nice Lanc with lots of extra detailing, it is good to make pictures of it, before
    closing the fuselage. Your rivets as well the realistic exhaust stains stood
    out, well done.

  5. Beautiful looking Lancaster, Greg. I remember getting the original Airfix 1/72 kit for Christmas when I was a kid, but I know it looked nothing like this!

  6. Well done on the overall finish. That one shot of the in-progress turret & guns looks like a little Viagra is called for.

  7. Beautiful job. I'm always impressed by modelers that can stay totally focused on a project until every detail is correct/perfect.

  8. OH MY. Awesome. Admire your skillful use of styrene bits to dress her up.

  9. Everyone has already said what I was thinkin', Grega...very nice work!

  10. WOW! really great work, especially knowing it is at 1/72 scale. you have a wonderful attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship - great work!

  11. Great job!

    Best regards, Vlad.

  12. Beautiful finish, really outstanding. Thanks for posting all the in progress pictures

  13. Superb, great realisation.

    Eric from France

  14. Vem kdo bo ZMAGAL!
    is an excellent

  15. Great build there Grega.
    Know what you mean about having the space for the 1/48 version although I always will want to buy it my head says where to put it..
    Well done sir.

  16. Grega,
    Excellent build. I like everything you have done here.what an exceptional looking Lancaster.

  17. Stunning work! Even with black color... And congratulation to getting September's Award. You truly deserve it.

  18. I am ashamed to say this but I didn't see this one before I did the judging with Martin: this is simply great!

    It does have a little bit (or actually a lot 🙂 ) of everything: scratch-building/kit corrections, a whole lot of detailing, a very good paintwork and weathering to emphasize the looks of the model. This is the way I would like my models to look. Every time!

    Looking forward to see more from you Grega!

    Best regards


  19. I just have to say that I have a new modeler to look up to! Simply fantastic build. Since I only build 1/72, I like to see others put such detail in to 1/72 builds.

  20. Wonderful build!

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