1/72 SAAF Canberra
Morne Meyer’s outstanding Canberra inspired me to share mine. This is the 1/72 “little brother” to Morne’s 1/48 model. I think this was the first new tool kit that Hornby did after their takeover of Airfix. 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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