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Airfix 1/48 English Electric Canberra PR-9
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 01:11 PM GMT+7
Well I bet you guys would've never expected to see me here! But here I am! I'm building the Airfix Canberra PR-9 in 1/48 for the latest Airfix IV campaign and while I was creating a post for it I realised that what I was writing pretty much constituted a build log so thought why the hell not? SO here's what I've accomplished so far and what I've discovered.

Construction starts with the cockpit and the first thing I've realised is that the cockpit has no alignment guides/pins in the fuselage. It rests against the nose wheel well and is suspended from the upper fuselage by the pilots cockpit fuselage panel. So the first thing when building the cockpit is to ensure everything is square. Not easy when it comes to the navigators station and it's wall of switches, instruments as the slot it fits into is wedge shaped. I've glued it to the pilots I.P. after a quick file of the I.P. hood as it wasn't at 90 degrees. I put a strip of plastic in front of it in the wedge to pack it out and help it sit at the correct angle. I cleaned what i thought was a mould line on the pilots ejection seat only to later realise that it was the height adjustment handle so I replicated one with thin brass wire.

Another thing is that the instructions are the old type and the placement guide is vague at best useless at worst. The Pilots instrument panel would appear to be placed in front the supports for it (closer to the nose) but the construction of the panel suggests it should sit behind it closer to the pilot, which is what I did and it worked out pretty well. So my advice is to test fit and see what works best.

The cockpit after a look at images online is completely wrong for the PR-9. The second crewman's entrance is through the nose cone and he sits completely separated from the pilot. The top of his position has an eject-able panel that's replicated by a decal in the kit but is quite prominent on the real thing. There is no second station by the pilot at a lower level, relevant to the bomber version but not for the PR-9. So I'm not going to have the navigator's position open but it may be something I'll attempt in the future as it would make a standout model.

I've applied a coat of Tamiya NATO black to the cockpit and the inside of the cockpit panel. I've allowed it to dry over night now I'm going to dry brush the cockpit with white and then pick out some of the dials gauges etc. I'm not going to work on the rest of the cockpit as it won't be seen, out of sight out of mind.

The fuselage walls are incredibly thick 1.5 to 2 mm at least so pleasingly rigid. The location pins are quite large in diameter and provide a really positive fit that requires a little force to get them to close up. There are no supports for the belly insert so some will have to be created as it'll just drop inside as I've discovered from dry fitting. Also at this point you'll need to decide which version you re going to build as it dictates which insert you'll use. As I'm building the last version I'll be using that one. It also has under-wing pylons with what I assume are either ECM pods or sensors or both. Given today's battle field and the array of infantry launched and self propelled anti-aircraft missiles and guns ECM counter measures would seem likely.

The wings where they join to the fuselage at the leading edge didn't actually close up as the pin closest to the fuselage is a little tall and a quick snip with a pair of sprue cutters solved that problem. They glued together with little issue and aligned pretty well.

I'll make a comment here about the sprue gates which are huge! And actually would be better sawn off and cleaned up with a blade and a sanding stick. Don't do what I did and use sprue cutters as it invariably takes chunks out of the edge of the part even if you're really very careful. I have some filling to do on the leading edges of the wings because of it. And there are some pretty ugly ejector pin marks in the fuselage which needed to be sanded down only in the front of the nose as they might have possibly been visible.

Parts count while not huge does provide quite a bit of detail and the kit builds up quickly (detail painting aside). Well I think that's about it for the start here are some pics of the progress to date.

IMG_1550 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1551 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1552 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr


IMG_1553 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1555 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1557 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1558 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1561 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1562 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1565 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1566 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
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Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:04 PM GMT+7
So I've done some detail painting and I've assembled the fuselage. I attached the cockpit to the upper fuselage panel but found that it caused fit issues. Fortunately the plastic was still soft enough to gently separate with a scalpel it didn't require much just enough to let it sit up a little. I then placed it inside the fuselage and closed it up. Held it all together with a rubber band up front to help ensure a good fit to the fuselage. Now I've got to paint the inside of the nose cone black and glue it to the fuselage. There is a glazed piece that sits at the very tip along with the pitot tube.

I've attached the hard points to the wings but I've still got to build the pods. The previous owner had drilled out the mounting points for the wing tip tanks but they're no longer in the kit so I'll either have to rob them from my other Canberra kit or fill them in. It may be simpler to just fill the holes in with a little stretched sprue. but i'll make that decision a little later.

Okay here's the pics so you can see where I'm currently at.

Canberra-PR9+1 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

Canberra-PR9 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1567 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1568 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1570 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1572 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1573 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1574 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,313 posts
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Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 04:37 PM GMT+7
So after the Photobucket debacle I've moved back to Flickr and found a whole lot of pics from previous projects I thought I'd lost so BONUS! But it's taking me a while to get used to their interface but hey it's free and the links work! As an advantage you get 1TB of storage space as a starting point and currently I haven't broken 1% yet but that'll change when I start moving my pics over.

Anyways it's starting to look more like an aeroplane now I have the wings, the tail planes, rudder, camera belly and canopy on. The belly itself took a bit of finessing as there were no alignment pins and it wanted to drop inside all the time.

Whilst dry fitting it I realised that the belly was narrowed at the middle even after clamping the fuselage sides to the wings so I measured and cut a spreader which I then glued into place. While that was drying I worked on the two supports for the fore and aft of the belly pack to stop it from dropping inside. It took a little finagling to get them right but after a little sanding I was happy with the fit and glued it in. Worked out quite well in the end. The belly still needs a little skim of putty to smooth things over but it's not to bad.

And this model is big! Surprising just how big as the gracefulness of it's lines belies it's size. I've still got to construct the landing gear and pods etc. but the parts count isn't really that large and it builds reasonably quickly.

So here are a few pics from my Flickr to show the progress made.

IMG_1575 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1576 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1578 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1579 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1580 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1581 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1582 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,313 posts
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 07:12 PM GMT+7
Well more progress gentlemen I've got the belly pack on and the nose cone attached. Which needed packing all around to make it a smooth fit it just needs filing and sanding now. The canopy is on as is the landing gear. I have however forgotten to pack out the nose with weight Airfix recommends 100 grams! They do provide the tail jack so I'll be using that instead to ensure she's not sitting on her booty. Here are some pics to show the progress achieved.

IMG_1602 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1601 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1599 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1598 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1597 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1596 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1595 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1594 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1593 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1592 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1591 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

drabslab
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European Union
Joined: September 28, 2004
KitMaker: 1,894 posts
AeroScale: 1,463 posts
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 08:15 PM GMT+7
Hai Chris,

That Canberra is coming on really nicely! You seem very good at dealing with seams :-)

I have a canberra somewhere in my stash as well, I hope building it one day

Its indeed a beautiful plane but a bit odd in my view. It does not seem to fit the expected shape and form of a jet plane.
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 08:42 PM GMT+7
Hi Drabslab thanks for the compliment! Yes it follows the engines in the wings plan form of the Gloster Meteor which tended to make the wings wide and stubby it did however set quite a number of altitude and speed records so it must have worked. It certainly doesn't have the graceful ellipses of the Spitfire or the raked shark look of the Me262, it's all rather odd angles and straight edges but it does have a beauty of it's own. It's an easy kit to build and it's been enjoyable for me so far.
c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:06 PM GMT+7
A little more progress not really a great deal but I've got the canopy and side windows masked, almost time for some paint!

IMG_1632 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1631 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr