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1/48 E.E. Canberra B.2

This is the recently reissued 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 B(I)Mk.12.

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18 responses

  1. John, beautiful Canberra! I saw it was back, and I was pleased.
    And nice to see Rhodesian markings, I didn't know there were any out there, these days.
    The other day I was thinking a Hunter would look real different in those. I have the old sheet that came in a magazine years ago, with an article about their air arm. I may come up with them, someday.

  2. Came out really nice, John...a not-often-seen paint scheme as well. When I built mine, I filled the forward section with #8 bird-shot (lead pellets), and worried about the same thing.

  3. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Very nice and interesting build John, the fact that it has Rhodesian markings make it more interesting. Nicely done and photographed.

  4. Great build and a nice finish! Always nice to see alternative schemes.

  5. Excellent build! great cockpit detail.

  6. Rodezian colors ruls i LIKE !

  7. I'm not really an aircraft fan, but the Canberra, along with the Meteor, is definitely one of my favourites. I really like the look of this one, the livery really suits the outline of the Canberra.

  8. Very nice, I love alternate schemes

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