1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

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1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:20 pm

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The Lockheed Ventura MkII is the latest project. So far I've started the basic interior which includes modifications to the rear cockpit bulkhead, and removal of the co-pilots controls. From the stash I've robbed an old 1/72nd Lancaster of its cockpit blisters for the main cockpit canopy.
Doubtless an aftermarket replacement canopy with the correct blisters will soon follow . Pity the A2Zee ones have all gone.
Till the next
Mike

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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:20 pm

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just a quick update of some detail painting before assembly and weathering.
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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by PAFG » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:36 pm

Looking good already Mike, I'll watch with interest!

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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by smudgersmith218 » Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:24 pm

Mike,

Will this be a 2 Group aircraft ?
I like the "Flying-pig" !!!

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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:36 pm

2 Group definitely
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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:50 pm

Not much to show just yet but here's a couple of shots of the office.
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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:22 pm

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In this update the office has been fixed in place along with the bomb bay roof and the fuselage windows.
The modified canopy with the added blisters is shown in a trial fit before the fuselage is closed up. The blisters were fixed in place using Klear which is both transparent and strong.
To one side is the WIP engines.
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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:17 pm

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Progress! The main components have been assembled and await clean up once the cement has cured. I must say the fit of the parts is exemplary.
The only filler so far is on the redundant under wing fuel tank positions. The RAF MkIIs didn't have them.
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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:35 pm

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I've spent this afternoon masking out the canopies using a combination of the kit masks which are very good and Tamiya tape.
Next will be the assembly of the turret and more cleaning up around the wings and fuselage.
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Re: 1/48 Lockheed Ventura MkII

Post by CavOk » Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:16 pm

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In this update the nose transparencies have been mated with the fuselage and the fit appears to be pretty good.
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In this picture you can see the wings dry slotted into place and the fit is again exemplary. So much so I'm tempted to leave the wings off till last to make painting easier.
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The underside of the fuselage needed a little fettling but nothing serious and the fit of the lower gunners transparency was excellent.
Next will be some clean up of the nose section and then a wash in mild detergent to get rid of the dust and rubbish and then the cockpit canopy can be permanently fitted.
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Mike

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