Tamiya 1/48th scale

Avro Lancaster BI/BIII

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     A classic kit from Tamiya - the Avro Lancaster BI/BIII in 1/48th scale. I bought this many years ago from a good old fashioned model shop. Note the classic box art which may look a little familiar as it depicts the same subject as that on the box art for the Revell-Monogram Pro-Modeller Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4. However, the Tamiya box top is visually stunning in comparison. Amongst the aftermarket accessories available are:

 

  • Eduard ED49034 colour photoetch seatbelts

  • Eduard photoetch RAF WWII Buckles & Harnesses set 48-247

  • Eduard colour photoetch ammo belts

  • Quickboost (by Aires) QB48047 resin Avro Lancaster Mk.I/III gun barrels with round perforations

  • Quickboost (by Aires) QB48288 Avro Lancaster Mk.I/III resin gun barrels with oval perforations

  • FlightPath photoetch set FHP48023 includes fuse vanes for 500lb bombs, ammo feed belts & gun details (ribbing), undercarriage leg detail, wheel hubs, wheel chocks, main canopy framing, bomb aimerís blister details, mid upper turret details, front turret details, framing, ammo feed belts, rear turret details & gunnerís seat, pilots seat, small details, throttles, panels, bulkheads, boxes, DF loop, handrail, entry step & internal fuselage ribbing, wing dropped flaps, aerials & access ladder

  • Flightpath UK FHP48008 resin RAF Type D Bomb Trolley With 4,000lb Bomb - this unit was introduced in 1941 for carrying the 4,000lb 'Cookie'. Nearly 2,000 of these were dropped by Wellingtons, and over 64,000 by Lancasters.

  • Flightpath UK FHP48133 mixed media RAF C.Mk.III' Bomb Trolley This is the larger trolley, used by the RAF in the later war years - being particularly common on Lancaster bases. Load this trolley with 2 or 4 RAF 1,000lb HC Bombs.

  • Belcher Bits set of Bomb Packs

  • Belcher Bits BB9 4,000lb cookie bomb

  • Paragon Paddle Blades

  • Falcon FNCV4048 late style bomb aimers window

  • MV Products red, green & white lenses

  • Moskit MOS4853 Exhaust Stacks

  • ADS Decals ADS011-48 Avro Lancaster

  • Belcher Bits resin engine cowls BB15

  • Belcher Bits resin weighted wheels smooth tread

  • True Details TD48049 weighted resin wheels with checkerboard tread (suitable only for post-war)

Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII

  • Eduard EDXF175 Lancaster

  • Engines & Things Rolls Royce Merlin for Lancaster ENG48103

  • Eduard Photoetch EDFE371 pre-painted Lancaster Interior

  • Eduard Photoetch ED49371 pre-painted Lancaster Interior

  • Eduard Photoetch ED48565 Lancaster bomb rack

  • Eduard Photoetch ED48564 Lancaster exterior

  • Eduard Photoetch ED48563 Lancaster landing flaps

  • Eduard Photoetch ED48553 Lancaster bomb bay

  • Eduard Photoetch 'BigED' EBIG4882 includes: ED48553 Lancaster bomb bay ED48563 Lancaster landing flaps ED48564 Lancaster exterior ED48564 Lancaster bomb rack ED49034 Lancaster seatbelts ED49371 Lancaster interior EDEX129 Lancaster Canopy & Wheel Masks (Kabuki Tape)
  • Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage (48043)
  • Techmod TM48801 decals Polish Avro Lancaster Mk.I
  • Techmod TM48802 decals Polish Avro Lancaster Mk.I/III
  • Xtradecal X48074 decals Avro Lancaster Mk.I/III Ton-Up Avro Lancaster
  • Kits-World decal sheets KW48038, KW48039 & KW48040 Avro Lancaster Mk.I
  • Kits-World decal sheet KW48041 Avro Lancaster Mk.X
  • Kits-World decal sheets KW48066 Avro Lancaster MK B.III
  •  Model Alliance ML48210 RAF Coastal Command Post War

Kit Photos

Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII
The Tamiya Instruction sheet is a classic. Tamiya provides markings for three machines. Pages 1 and 2 of the instruction sheet. Excellent layout. Pages 3 and 4 showing the same good layout with clear diagrams.
Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII
Rear sheet of the Tamiya instruction sheet concludes a lengthy history of the type. A good glossy colour sheet with the kit. When you open the box your eyes are greeted by lots of great stuff. The interior of the fuselage halves.
Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII
Two identical sprues for the engine nacelles, undercarriage and propellers. Further engine nacelles with horizontal & vertical tail surfaces. The wings. Much rescribing required here. The exterior of the fuselage halves. Panel lines are raised so they will all need rescribing. This will be quite a bit of work.
Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII
This sprue contains weapons and the bomb bay. Other sprues are black but this pale grey one has pilots and ground-crew. The final sprue with miscellaneous with mostly internal parts. The kit decal sheets (there are two).
Tamiya 1/48th scale Avro Lancaster BI/BIII Reference Photo's    
A few loose parts plus the transparent parts sprue. A collection of my own photo's for reference purposes. . .

Aftermarket Extras

BB-12 Belcher Bits smooth tread tyres BB-17 Belcher Bits Small Bomb Containers Belcher Bits No 15 Lancaster Engines Belcher Bits No 9 2,000/4,000 lb HC Bombs
BB-12 Belcher Bits smooth tread tyres (resin weighted) for wartime Lancs. BB-17 Belcher Bits Small Bomb Containers (SBC). Belcher Bits No 15 Lancaster Engines. Belcher Bits No 9 2,000/4,000 lb HC Bombs.
Eduard Express Mask XF 175 Eduard Seatbelts set 48 247 FlightPath Detail Set FlightPath Detail Set
Two sets of the Eduard Express Mask for Lancaster XF 175. Eduard Seatbelts set 48 247 (RAF WWII). The FlightPath Detail Set. This fret shows the wing flaps. The remaining frets with items as described above.
FlightPath Detail Set FlightPath Detail Set Falcon ClearVax Canopy Set No 40 Falcon ClearVax Canopy Set No 40
Instruction sheet for the FlightPath set. Reverse of this Instruction sheet for the FlightPath set. The Falcon ClearVax Canopy Set No 40 RAF Part 2. Falcon's late style bomb-aimer's blister. Paragon do a similar item.
Quickboost QB 48 047 Lancaster Gun Barrels Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002
Quickboost QB 48 047 Lancaster Gun Barrels (round perforations). An extensive article called "Piccadilly Princess" in Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002. Page 2 of the article. It is pretty much a bible on how to modernise Tamiya's kit. Page 3 - the author rescribes the model.
Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002
Page 4 - photo's of the detail internal painting. Page 5 of the article. Page 6 of the article. Page 7 showing the use of the Belcher Bits engine nacelles.
Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002
Page 8 of the article. Page 9 of the article. Page 10 of the article. Page 11 of the article.
Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Scale Aviation Modeller International November 2002 Eduard Photoetch set 48 034 1/48th scale Lancaster Seatbelts in Colour Eduard Photoetch set 48 034 1/48th scale Lancaster Seatbelts in Colour
Page 12 of the article. Page 13 of the article. Eduard Photoetch set 49034 1/48th scale Lancaster Seatbelts in Colour. I have two packs of these after accidentally buying a second set in 2014. Reverse of the same pack of Eduard's Photoetch set 49034 1/48th scale Lancaster Seatbelts in Colour showing instructions. My mistake in buying two sets was that I mislabelled the Eduard part number hence I thought they were different!
Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior
Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior includes two colour frets. Reverse of the Eduard photoetch showing one of includes two colour frets. All the frets for Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior. Those colour frets for Eduard photoetch set 49 371 Lancaster Interior in detail.
Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior Eduard photoetch set 49 371 1/48th scale Lancaster Interior Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps
Instructions for Eduard photoetch set 49 371 Lancaster Interior. Instructions for Eduard photoetch set 49 371 Lancaster Interior. Retail pack for Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps set for the Lancaster. One of two frets for Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps set for the Lancaster.
Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps Eduard's photoetch set 48 5656 1/48th scale Lancaster Bomb Racks
The other fret for Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps set for the Lancaster. Instructions to Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps set for the Lancaster. Instructions to Eduard's 1/48th scale photoetch Landing Flaps set for the Lancaster. Eduard's photoetch set 48 5656 for 1/48th scale Lancaster - the Bomb Rack set.
Eduard's photoetch set 48 5656 1/48th scale Lancaster Bomb Racks Eduard's photoetch set 48 5656 1/48th scale Lancaster Bomb Racks Eduard EX149 Lancaster Mask in Kabuki Tape Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set
The two frets for Eduard's photoetch set 48 565 for 1/48th scale Lancaster - the Bomb Rack set. Instructions for Eduard's photoetch set 48 565 for 1/48th scale Lancaster - the Bomb Rack set. Purchased in July 2007 from Hannants. The Eduard EX149 Lancaster Mask in Kabuki Tape. Purchased in July 2007 from Hannants. The front of the retail pack for the Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set.
Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set
The rear of the retail pack for the Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set. First of three frets in the Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set. Second of three frets in the Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set. Third of three frets in the Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set.
Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set Eduard 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay
Instruction leaflet for Eduard's 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set. Instruction leaflet for Eduard's 48 564 Lancaster Exterior Photoetch set. Purchased in July 2007 from Hannants. Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay. Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay. This is the rear of the retail pack.
Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay
Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay. Here we see the three frets contained within the pack. Instructions for Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay. Reverse of the Instructions for Eduard's photoetch set 48 553 Lancaster Bomb Bay. Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage purchased in March 2010. A dissappointing copy of the kit undercarriage with no obvious improvement other than strength.
True Details 48049 Avro Lancaster Wheel Set Checkerboard Tread      
Purchased in 2014 - True Details 48049 Avro Lancaster Wheel Set (Checkerboard Tread). An alternative to the Belcher Bits wheels if needed.      

Decals

Aeromaster decal set 48-453 Lancaster Bombers Part 3 Aeromaster decal set 48-453 Lancaster Bombers Part 3 Aeromaster decal set 48-453 Lancaster Bombers Part 3 Techmod set 448801
Aeromaster decal set 48-453 Lancaster Bombers Part 3. The set features two machines. The one with the teeth is most attractive. The Aeromaster decals. The Techmod set 448801.
Techmod set 448801 Techmod set 448801 Techmod set 448801 Techmod set 448801
Techmod features three machines. Techmod include a Polish machine. Techmod Stencils are excellent. Upper view from the Techmod instructions. Underside showing stencil placement.

Techmod set 448801

     
The Techmod sheet showing all those excellent stencils. . . .

 

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