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The interior of the cowlings are painted black. The turret frames are clearly defined and their interior frameworks have enough detail to be convincing to my eye. As with the previous Dambuster release there are parts supplied that are not relevant to the subjects modelled, showing that other variants of Lancaster are yet to come.

I have a pre-painted Revell intake on stand-by to attach to this model if needed. An A4 sized instruction book runs to 24 pages and steps of construction. Bomber Command instructiohs drastically reduced to laancaster peacetime complement of some Lancasters spread across 22 Squadrons.

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Assembly begins with the interior, using the long bomb bay roof as the fuselage floor and building up the flight deck in the nose area. Based on my previous efforts I have learned lahcaster following the build sequence as set out in the instructions is a sensible choice and following the options set out should give a satisfactory result. II reviewed in October The White finish almost demands some sort of exhaust staining to the paintwork so a few light passes of Tamiya X Smoke gave a hint of some service use to the aircraft.

There is a wholly new parts frame containing the components for the radial engines, propellers and enlarged bomb doors that are unique to this variant.


There are stages of construction set out in the pictograms so time spent study before assembly is time well spent. The nose turret is more of a problem in that it has a horseshoe shaped fairing surmounted by a small acorn shaped fairing above the turret pivot. Then on with the propellers, a few aerials, the mass balances to the control surfaces and the whole package springs into life.

Flat or bulged cockpit side windows. There are two pages of colour three-views as a lancastsr and decals placement guide.

If you would like your product reviewed fairly and fairly quickly, please instructins the editor or see other details in the Note to Contributors. Two stout wing spars are fitted across the floor assembly at this stage. This is a bold move by Airfix in choosing a fairly obscure version of the Lancaster.

II is the strange cousin of the family. It was conceived for the Royal Air Force as a kind of insurance policy against the possibility of enemy action disrupting supplies, so an alternative source of power plants might be available.

The decision was taken early on in the Lancaster production programme and the first prototype flew in November The bomb doors can be constructed open but no bombs are supplied, being offered in a separate accessory pack. Back to the Review Index Page. Mid upper turret or blanking plate. Standard or paddle blade propellers. With the dropping of Atomic bombs by US forces, there was no requirement for deployment but the near-new airframes were available to equip the squadrons of a much-reduced RAF Bomber Command in the early years of peace.

As it is, when I came to the end a question remained. Airfix has carefully designed its Lancaster tooling to cover many of the detail differences between Mks and the early and late production versions of the same Mk.

Airfix 1/72 Lancaster B.I (F.E.), by Frank Reynolds

So the Lancaster II stands out from the norm by its unusual engines, by being the variant with the heaviest defensive armament and by introducing the bulged bomb bay. The tail fins were added at this stage. The main undercarriage is built into the airframe at a fairly early stage and needs to be masked and carefully protected thereafter. The Lancaster II is most associated with No. The second is from No Sqn.


I needed some reference to photographs to pick out the black legs with silver detailing and I used a colour wash to dirty it up a little.

There is little in the way of stencilling but the prominent wing walk lines are crisp and clearly defined.

They are finely moulded with the engines in three parts, consisting of a front and rear row of cylinders and a nose gearbox. The parts were free from flash and none seemed to be warped. The small external aerials were added and two small windows in the fuselage spine were drilled out instructjons be filled with Micro Kristal Kleer.

With care, steady progress can be made to arrive at a basic airframe, with wings, engines and tail attached, lancawter for painting. The kit is engineered in such a way that the gun turrets can be added late in the build and this helps considerably when painting.

There have been subsequent releases as gift sets covering the Dam Buster and standard Mk. This again should not be removed since lancaser serves to align the engine centrally within the cowling — necessary since the engine mounting points are subtle and delicate.