Airfix 1/72nd scale B-1B Lancer

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Airfix 1/72nd scale B-1B Lancer

Airfix 1/72nd scale B-1B Lancer

1.     Pictured in the rear garden of my parent's home in the 1980's. The Airfix B-1B. At the time probably the biggest model in my collection. My only regret is the camouflage scheme. I don't ever recall seeing pictures of real B-1B's ever looking like this....

Airfix 1/72nd scale B-1B Lancer

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2.     I don't know. Where did Airfix get this from? Maybe it was a short-lived experimental camo scheme. Either way it looks rubbish. The later Euro 1 schemes looked far better. This photo is obviously taken indoors.

3.     Another indoor shot. Obviously the blue sky here is a bed sheet. The grass is a roll of model railway grass. The concrete is a painted piece of wood. The bushes are model railway lichen. The only thing professional about the shot are the strong photo-lights. 4.     The photo light used were something my father gave to me. They burned extremely hot and I had to be careful I didn't burn the carpet. It got singed occasionally. You could tell by the smell.

5.     But nothing beats the lighting quality of the real outdoors. Another outside shot showing how much easier it was to work in natural daylight. For one thing, working outside gave you far more space to work in. In this case a picnic bench on the lawn.
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6.     Back indoors again. The indoor photo's were not the very first experiments as they had cotton-wool clouds. 7.     The clouds quickly got ditched as they were too much in focus and looked exactly like cotton-wool. 8.     I used a Pentax Me Super SLR for all these photo's. I recall it was a gift for my sixteenth birthday. I wanted it precisely for this purpose. 9.     This dates all the photo's here to around 1985.
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10.     The indoor shots were taken in my bedroom. 11.     The outdoor shots are taken on a VERY large piece of hardboard my Dad found. I carefully painted and marked it up then added the grass. It looks great. Note: the exterior hardboard base it still at my Father's house. I will relieve him of it one day. But where to put it?! It's enormous. I looked at it in 2007 and found the paint peeling off.  

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