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Martin B 57B Canberra, 52-1590, The Black Knights 38th Bomb Wing USAFE Laon AFB France 1956.

1/72 Airfix, I modified a few things, pilot seats narrower, removed the hinges from all control surfaces, the tail-plane joints, engine jet-pipes and replaced some antennae, finished in MM and Humbrol enamels with Future over kit and other decals, built in 2009.

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23 responses to Martin B 57B Canberra, 52-1590, The Black Knights 38th Bomb Wing USAFE Laon AFB France 1956.

  1. Hello Allan,
    Beautiful piece of craftsmanship on this old mold from Airfix.
    Magnificent paint job.Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.

  2. It’s a big bird even in 1/72 and it’s lasted the years very well, you must have a good dust free environment to keep these models in, great colour scheme, it really suits the Canberra.

  3. Allan, this is one beautiful bird! Your build skills are great and your painting is … well, awesome! The scalloping on the various areas is first rate PLUS!

    Bravo, my friend!

  4. Good looking build, Allan, (and I agree with Jeff re the paint job), but I was wondering why you did the following – “.. I removed the hinges from all control surfaces, the tail-plane joints, engine jet-pipes…”. Was there a reason for those ‘modifications’?

  5. Wow – that’s one colorful Canberra! Nice job on the masking.

  6. Allan, great choice of markings! I would have loved to see 4 of them doing aerobatics! I did see the Martin Company test pilot wring one out during family day in 1957. This must be the first Airfix B-57 kit I’ve seen, and you did a great job on her. The paint is really well done!
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  7. Great job sir! A real beauty.

  8. Nice build
    and great colours !

  9. Fantastic job with this one Allan !!!!!
    (As usual)
    👍

  10. Wow, Allen, this is a real attention getter. A great paint scheme, done very well makes for a very nicely done model. Well done !

  11. Ah how beautifully contrasts black with red. This model looks pretty

  12. And a pic’ of the under side, the paint has not faded, it’s just the camera !!

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

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