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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #675 on: October 16, 2016, 10:53:27 am »
It would be identical - the IIa/VA boxing is a simple rebox and new decals release of the I/IIa kit.

I mentioned at the time the Ia/IIa came out that it was possible to do a Va from the kit, you just needed to supply the markings.  However...  The ailerons are the original fabric covered type and few Va aircraft had them before being fitted with metal ailerons.

It's also a decent basis for many of the early PR Spits, given that they preferred the Rotol prop.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #676 on: October 16, 2016, 01:33:31 pm »
What I like with the new tool Spits Airfix does, it seems the same guy is doing the masters. Wings from the Mk.22 will fit almost perfectly with the Mk.1 fuselage and vise-versa. As they should do in real life  ----
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #677 on: October 21, 2016, 03:30:04 am »
So this morning I received in the post one of my top "must have" items. The Blackbird Avro Lincoln Conversion set to go with the Current Airfix Lancaster B.II which I purchased ages ago in preparation for getting my hands on the conversion set.

I do have in my stash a couple of Revell Lancaster's which I was originally going to use as a base kits to convert into the Lincoln and Manchester. However with the newer Airfix Lancaster kit available these kits have now no purpose, that was until I remember sing that someone posted something about the Centaurus engine being an option for the Manchester! So sometime this century I will modify the two Revell Lancaster's into Manchester's with different engine combinations, possibly with a couple of torpedoes in the bomb bay and in maritime strike colours?

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #678 on: October 21, 2016, 04:13:27 am »
What's that Blackbird conversion set like please Alastair?

I have the Aeroclub conversion and it's mostly vacform and needs LOTS of work to the wings of the original Lanc to get the dihedral and taper correct. If the Blackbird version makes that easier I may invest in one as I've had a cunning plan for such a build for some time now....... ;)
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #679 on: October 23, 2016, 01:25:28 pm »
What's that Blackbird conversion set like please Alastair?

I have the Aeroclub conversion and it's mostly vacform and needs LOTS of work to the wings of the original Lanc to get the dihedral and taper correct. If the Blackbird version makes that easier I may invest in one as I've had a cunning plan for such a build for some time now....... ;)

It looks fairly straight forward with the majority of the wing outside of the outboard engine being replacement resin parts. The fuselage extension, behind the wing, is supplied as a part for each fuselage side and all the cuts to add the new parts are on panel lines.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #680 on: October 23, 2016, 02:03:52 pm »
Thanks, that sounds good to me.  :thumbsup:

I'll have a serious look at one at Telford, assuming someone's got one there.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #681 on: October 23, 2016, 02:41:37 pm »
I suggest having a read through Woody's sublime build over on Britmodeller, which will be an invaluable source of information.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973462-172-blackbird-lincoln-conversion-masks-off/
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #682 on: October 23, 2016, 03:00:11 pm »
I suggest having a read through Woody's sublime build over on Britmodeller, which will be an invaluable source of information.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973462-172-blackbird-lincoln-conversion-masks-off/

Thanks for the link Lee  :thumbsup:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #683 on: October 23, 2016, 05:14:35 pm »
I suggest having a read through Woody's sublime build over on Britmodeller, which will be an invaluable source of information.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973462-172-blackbird-lincoln-conversion-masks-off/

Blimey, that takes some reading, all 16 pages of it, but what a super source of info. Thanks very much Lee.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #684 on: October 24, 2016, 07:54:57 am »
Thanks, that sounds good to me.  :thumbsup:

I'll have a serious look at one at Telford, assuming someone's got one there.

Ask Glenn Ashley at Blackbird to keep one back for you as I think he's been restocked and they will be the only ones to have them at SMW.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #685 on: October 24, 2016, 09:26:41 am »
I decided to open up the sealed plastic bags of the Lincoln, decanting the contents into smaller seal-able plastic bags. I was slightly disappointed to find that the transparency for the mid-upper turret appears to be ridged/scored but its not a problem as the Shackleton used the same turret so I will use one from one of the two Airfix kits I have. The conversion set also has nothing at all for the rear turret and it is different from the types used by the Lancaster which were Frazer Nash types while the Lincoln used the Boulton Paul Type D as used on the HP Halifax VII's. There is also only one option for the radar aerial cover with the supplied one being a replacement for the Airfix part and no singe of the larger type used by the Lincoln. The rear turret and Radar cover are not a problem as I have a DB resins Lincoln conversion set in the stash which will donate the necessary parts. The main problem I found, and I have sent Blackbird an email, is that there were half the number of exhausts needed! Only four of either the shrouded or un shrouded types which would leave half the engines either empty or with the wrong type if used  :banghead:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #686 on: November 11, 2016, 10:06:21 am »
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #687 on: November 12, 2016, 09:43:19 am »
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

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As no one has responded to this I thought I might as well put up here what I was going to add to the thread....

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #688 on: November 12, 2016, 09:47:38 am »
Well, haven't heard of anything related... the top one looks like the Typhoon but i can't see what the twin tailed one is... F-18? :unsure:
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #689 on: November 15, 2016, 06:42:58 am »
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

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Yes there is mate, can't remember where at the moment. When I spot it I'll post the link
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