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Alistair Gauld
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Eduard 1/48 Westland Lysander Mk.IIIARNAS Arbroath 1942.

February 16, 2024 · in Aviation · · 36 · 371

Was this a bit of a trial - yes.
Was it fun - Oh yes.
The Port wing got broken off three times but I think I managed to salvage it.

Primed with Mr. Hobby Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black.

Painted with,
Colourcoats Interior Grey Green, Dark Slate Grey, Extra Dark Sea Grey, Sky S Type, and FAA/RAF Yellow.
Nato Black, Rubber Black, Gun Metal, Lacquer Silver and Hull Red Brown.
Mr. Hobby Dark Iron.
Xtreme Metals Steel, Burnt Metal and Jet Exhaust.

Washed with Flory Dark Dirt.
Oil Dot filter with Windsor & Newton Graduate Oils.

Finished with Windsor & Newton Galeria Matt and Satin varnishes.

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  1. Beautiful build, Alistair, and quite a successful rescue! I've long had the old Hawk kit sitting on the shelf and have collected this and that over the years to improve its rather spartan detailing, so maybe one day I'll get to it and hope my build will look half the winner you've achieved. The Flory wash looks very good, indeed - was it easy enough to use? Congratulations on completing your excellent Lysander!

    • Thanks very much.
      The Flory wash is simplicity itself to use.
      It's clay based so you just paint or spray it on and once dry wipe off with a bit of kitchen roll.
      If you want to take more off then dampen the roll.

      Hope that helps.


  2. Totally different. I like it

  3. G’day Alistair (@alistairfgauld),
    This is one of thouse ulitarian aircraft with looks that only its mother could love.
    You have turned it into a beauty, though.
    Well done.

  4. Rally nice! I have endured the pain of trying to turn this kit into a model, so I know what an achievement this is. Superb result.

  5. Excellent result on this challenging kit, Alistair!

  6. Just amazing artwork, Alistair. Love the scheme and how you achieved that worn look!

  7. Very smooth looking Lysander, Alistair @alistairfgauld
    Great save on the port wing.

  8. Nice one of an iconic and much misunderstood and underrated aircraft (in its right environment).

    Ironically I had just been laying in bed nosing through the Gavia SD version of the Lizzie. Apparently the struts are some 4mm outboard so they are easy to correct.

    I wasn't aware the Navy flew them so that's a new one.

    Not sure if you ate aware bit the Lysander had a highly innovative automatic slat and flap system whereby the inboard slat and flap worked together at certain combinations of AOA and speed. Generally they droop on the ground, however ot wasn't uncommon for them to be pushed back in manually. I believe they could also be locked on some marques but I am not sure on that one. You might find this interesting.

    A great job of a stunning and quite innovative little (ok big) machine.

    • Thanks so much.
      I did get the CMK upgrade set for this and was intending to do the slats but after finding two port horizontal stabilsers in the set and after checking the flaps found them to be about 1/4 of an inch short didn't trust the slats or the rest of the set so went OOB.

  9. Great build Alistair ☺️ Sadly I gave my Gavia kit to a friend. Regretting that now after seeing your cool looking model.

  10. Great looking model, and the navy camouflage makes it rather unusual too.
    Never tried the Gavia kit but from the feedback here I can se you had some fighting besides that wing. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Very sharp, Alistair.
    Great looking Lysander.

  12. Nice work, Alistair. I’ve heard that was a difficult kit.

  13. An extraordinary build of an interesting plane.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  14. It looks very nice in this colour scheme, Alistair, good work on what is obviously a difficult kit. I remember watching a very old BBC TV series which featured a Lysander.

  15. Alistair, I like that comment about hammering the kit into shape. Sometimes one becomes a Black-Smith in performing ones duties. The kids used to use the word Frenemies and I've done kits that you love to hate and in end the you love the fruits of your labors. As others have stated the paint scheme is different and informative and pleasing to the eye. Some folks think of this a/c as being ugly but, in the sky (watched the video)it looks like a Swan to me. Form follows function your kit is a real beauty.

    Two thumbs up.

  16. great weathering!

  17. Excellent work, Alistar. I also beat this kit into submission a few years ago and now it sort of looks like a Lysander. Love the paint!

  18. A beauty Alistair! I love the Lysander - such a purpose-built aircraft.

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