HK Models 1/32 Lancaster Mk. B.I Special
By Craig Harris
So here we have the final pics of my mammoth HK models 1:32 Lancaster Mk. B.I Special build.
This is Guy Gibson's ED932 just prior to take off on Operation Chastise May 15-16th 1943. The finished aircraft looks spectacular from a sheer size perspective.
The inaccuracies for a kit costing over £300 are well documented and the fixes I've employed are far too numerous to list fully here. But a few have been:
- Complete rebuild of pilot's plinth and replacement of seat
- Removal of erroneous dinghy hatch on port wing
- Lengthening of Navigators table to match specs
- Addition of accurate instrumentation for a BI not the Mk. X
- Fit a B.I Flight Engineer's seat as opposed to a Mk. X
- Fit swivel navigator's seat as opposed to fixed one supplied
- Install "washing line" canvas sunscreens in canopy
- Remove erroneous wooden slatting from upkeep mine
- Built and fit hydraulic submarine motor to spin up mine
- Move trailing radio aerial from starboard to port side
I've tried to take a few pics of the iconic shots from 1943 prior to the mission and I've included these as a bit of fun.
It's now on its way to a new owner, which is just as well as, with a 1m wingspan, the wife would kill me if I said I was keeping it.
- Peter at Airscale for his always immaculate cockpit upgrades
- Top Notch for the insignia masks
For those interested, check out my build thread in the Work in Progress forum.
© Craig Harris 2023
This article was published on Saturday, December 02 2023; Last modified on Sunday, December 03 2023