Matchbox 1/72 Avro Lancaster
This is my Matchbox Lancaster that was built in 1985, originally I started on the Airfix kit that was released in the late 70's but I had some pretty bad warpage on both wings. Usually I can fix warpage issues but both wings were twisted in the wrong direction and I end up damaging one wing. So instead I went on to build the Matchbox release of the Lancaster.
Back then I built a lot of Matchbox kits, I ignored a lot of the complains that some other modelers were saying and had a blast building them. Pretty much my build on this kit had no surprises for me to deal with. There were no warpage and it all went together nicely. Since Matchbox usually have little details in their kits I went on to do some updates to it. I added antennas (stretch sprue) and aerial wires (fishing lines). I also added all of the wing tips navigational lights (clear sprue), and lights on the bottom of the wings and ID lights on the bottom tail. All spinners were reworked to give it a more rounded look since they came flat looking. I went on to use Almark decals and Polly S paints was my choice for painting.
The end result gave me a solid looking Lancaster that I enjoyed building and still have today. These shots were taken not too long ago after I gave it a good dusting.
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