Airfix 1/72 Lysander Mk. III (SD), Burma
I saw a couple of images of the Lysander in this Burma scheme, found decals for it, and boom! - project on! I had this old bagged Airfix kit in the stash, and with the ribbing and rivets already there, it had a surprisingly good exterior look. I only engraved one line around the cowling, added the aerials to the top of the wing and beneath the fuselage, and changed up how the tank mounted beneath the fuselage.
On the inside - nothing! Just a couple of solid seats and the 2 crew. With all that glass I was afraid it would be obvious so I scratchbuilt the entire interior, including added details to the back of the IP (looked like it might be visible), bracing, extra fuel tank, revised seats, back deck and gun mount, etc.
The engine was also rudimentary so I added push rods, intake tubes, and some other details I saw in reference photos but aren't totally sure what they are. The original exhaust was just a straight slab that ended at the end of the cowling so I sanded that off and carved/hollowed a replacement out of a block of styrene. The back of the cowl where it mated to the fuselage was solid, so I engraved out around the lip of the cowl flaps as much as I could, leaving just enough plastic to mate to the fuselage successfully.
I learned one lesson: I used a rubber-colored AK weathering pencil to mottle the black areas, but the flat coat made it totally disappear! I didn't want to redo all that work - next time that's the last step.
I was a tad disappointed in how much of the interior work is visible through that thick canopy, and you really can't see much in photos due to glare, but it looks better than it would have, and it was enjoyable to do. The only other issue with the end result was the angle of the wings. I believe they should have a bit of anhedral to them, but due to the way the bracing connected to the wings and legs, I could achieve that without major surgery, and it was dicey enough to assemble that aspect of the kit so I left it alone.
Overall I am pleased - I love the scheme, and the Lysander has an elegantly purposeful look to it with the ratio of wingspan to length and those beautifully shaped wings.
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