Happy New Year!! I’ll challenge the 1/48 scale big kit of Airfix English Electric Canberra. It is said to be a masterpiece of military jet aircraft immediately after the end of WWII. A lot of examples can be seen overseas, but in Japan, Google Search does not have many hits. It may not be so popular in Japan, or too few people make it because of the big size.
This Canberra’s cockpit has two seats in parallel, but there are steps and the cockpit is one step higher. The control stick is not a stick type like a so-called fighter aircraft, but rather a type that grabs with both hands commonly seen in passenger aircraft.
Perhaps it is better to check if the canopy closes properly at this timing. The height of the seat is severe, I also need to confirm the figure in the cockpit. It may have misplaced the upper part of the fuselage. Depending on the mounting position of small antenna-like parts, there are two kinds of upper fuselage parts selection. I think it would be fine if I block the small hole.
A weight of 100g is specified. I got a lot of fishing weights and measured it. Since the landing gear parts are thick, if I attached them firmly, there will be no reinforced work needed.
It is a reconnaissance aircraft, there is a place to put the camera on the underside of the fuselage, so it seems you can choose parts from two types of camera arrange. I chose the part big clear camera window in the middle.
The inside of the box containing the camera is painted with matte black and the clear cover is put on it. Parts on the underside of this aircraft, pre-adhesion trials are pretty much fitted but after a large wing has been installed, a step and gap occurred. It was rather troublesome to scrape or to fill with putty.
Ohhh! I failed to attach the small part of the vertical tail. Radar? When I glued it to the first, I felt it was too much lower position. The vertical tail has become dirty after correcting the part at this position.
Once painted with gloss black. A large kit takes much time even with a nozzle of 0.3 mm. I should have used 0.5 mm. Rather than the size of the aircraft, it is probably the reason why airbrush painting is tough as it has a larger wing area.
Gradation painting in progress. I opened the window in winter and the airbrush painting was very cold. It takes time because the aircraft is big. Even if blowing evenly does not it change so much? The aircraft color is Mr. Color #336 Hemp. Only the color number of Airfix is Humbrol color, I choose a color that looks good to convert from Humbrol by myself.
Because the tire connection part of the nose landing gear is a strange form and seems to be unlikely to keep weight, it was reinforced with a metal wire. The landing gear under the main wing is sufficient in strength, but the adhesion part of the wheel is not a good fit. Adhesion of the tire and the shaft should be used metal wire or massive use of superglue, it is necessary to have strength anyway.
E. E. Canberra is a jet bomber developed by English Electric in the UK. The first flight was in 1949, and the Royal Air Force had been operating until 2006. It was a high-performance aircraft, the bomber was the main, and it was also used as a reconnaissance aircraft and practice aircraft. It was also used in the United States and Australia.
Canberra PR.9 was a reconnaissance aircraft and participated in the real war in the 1991 Gulf War, the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 Iraq war. It is amazing, it has been around 50 years since development and is still active. It seems that 23 units of PR 9 were produced in all.
Although not this type of aircraft, the bomber type was engaged in bombing missions, such as an armed uprising of Malaysia independence and the Suez Canal Crisis. The PR9 type remained as a real warfare unit to the end.
Marking is the Canberra PR.9, No.39 Squadron, Royal Air Force Marham, UK, July 2006. Although the marking is the aircraft of 2006, I suppose it’s almost the same marking as the Gulf War or the Iraq war. I feel that hemp painting on the top was matched with the Middle East.
The decal in this kit was good coloring and very thin, so I thought it was pretty delicate. Even if I use a powerful mark softer to fit it to a dent, it takes time to become soft, it is a surprisingly strong decal.
Under the main wings are equipped with a BOZ pod. It’s a chaff and flare dispenser pod. For reference, Chaff is a thing that spreads fine metal pieces in the air to obstruct the tracking of radar-guided missiles. Flare is a device that shoots a lot of ignition products that emit light and infrared rays in the air as a defense against infrared-guided missiles that track heat sources such as engine exhaust. Both are equipped to protect themselves from enemy missiles. Somehow this pod is dark green, isn’t it?
Aircraft color is hemp on the top and light aircraft gray on the bottom. Actually, both colors are very similar. It is a shade that blends well into the desert as it was engaged in a strategy in the Middle East. The nationality mark is low visibility painting. The size is also small.
I might have been out of concentration on the way. Big size plastic models are hard but interesting. It was completed somehow. A lot of fishing weights are in the fuselage and it is quite a heavy work.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.