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John Healy
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1/72 SAAF Canberra

October 3, 2014 · in Aviation · · 22 · 2.7K

Morne Meyer's outstanding inspired me to share mine. This is the "little brother" to Morne's 1/48 model. I think this was the first new tool kit that Hornby did after their takeover of . The shapes are good,it assembles easily, and it came with high quality decals for three different planes, including the SAAF example that I built. The panel lines are a little deep and the cockpit area is built with inserts that need some work to fair in properly (hopefully this means that a "fishbowl" canopy Canberra is coming!). I painted it with Tamiya "Gloss Aluminum" lacquer straight from the rattle can. While it is nowhere near the hulking chunk of plastic that the 1/48 kit is, it is still a fairly substantial model and is a stubborn tail sitter. Every space fwd. of the main gear is filled with lead and bits of steel to get it to sit on its gear.

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  1. Wow John! You did an awesome job on her. 453 was flown from Britain via the Canary Islands and Luanda, Angola to South Africa in 3 days. The Canberras kept their NMF up until their operational deployment to Angola. These Canberras also had a gun pack in their rear bomb bay. Well done!

  2. that's a beauty

  3. Looks nice John.

  4. Nicely finished, sir.

  5. Well done John, great looking model

  6. John,
    Really nice I like what you have done here.

  7. Looks like a beautiful finish, John. I know what you mean about the heavy panel lines on the kit, although they don't look too bad in your pics. Nice work.

  8. Great Canberra, with a perfect paintjob, the SAAF markings look really cool, something different. I guess the 1/72 Canberras will save much space, if you will do other versions.
    Well done !

    • Thanks Bernd! They did a new tool PR.9 that I'd like to build too. It would be nice if they did some of the fishbowl canopy variants and an American B-57 kit too. The older Airfix and Italeri kits aren't too bad, but I'd still like new molds for these a/c.

      • Hi, John i hope for these variants too, with these type of canopy, they look still very futuristic. RoG has released the Matchbox moulding with new and very good decals.
        Got the B-57G from Italeri in the stash, its a nice kit, after i have seen, the new Italeri recessed panels, the older raised looks better, while subtle !

  9. I like the finish on this Canberra, it really suits it.

  10. Great build, John! I remember seeing one flying overhead on its way to Ysterplaat AFB when I was a junior instructor (PF) in the AA Artillery Defence School at Youngsfield.

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