Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 16 Dec 2017, 20:53

My submission this time round will be the Westland Lysander that flies the Air Vice-Marshall into the oasis on the next-to-last page of Sweeps the Desert.

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The Airfix-72 kit I'm using is quite simple. There is no cockpit to speak of, and the figures provided are simply head-and-shoulders that glue onto the flat surface of the "cockpit". The landing gear are equally simple. No separate wheels. They are cast onto/into their housing. So this should be a quick build.

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The instructions call for Dark Green, Earth, and Duck Egg Blue, but as this is a desert version, I'm replacing the Dark Green with Middlestone, and the Duck Egg Blue with Azure. I'm using Humbrol's Earth and Middlestone for upper surfaces, but Testors Model Master RAF Azure for the underside. Humbrol's recommended RAF Azure is far too dark.

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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby HostileCacti » 16 Dec 2017, 23:06

Niiiice :claphappy:

I really wish I was good at building things :nono:

It seems to be such a lot of fun!!
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby kylie_koyote » 18 Dec 2017, 12:35

Wow! Most impressive, Babs. I shall look forward to your results.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby VickersVandal » 18 Dec 2017, 14:50

Excellent! This should look great in a desert scheme.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 24 Dec 2017, 02:00

All the Christmas shopping is done, with a day to spare before Christmas Eve, so I got a start on the Lysander today. I'm going to have to restrict myself to one hour, one day a week, or this simple kit will be completed in just a day. I have the wings painted and the fuselage is together. You can see in this photo the great detail included in the "cockpit". I suppose I could have opened it up and built my own cockpit, but that's more work than I need to do during the holidays!

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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby kylie_koyote » 28 Dec 2017, 13:53

Good luck! It looks promising.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Fairblue » 30 Dec 2017, 00:24

Looking forward to seeing the finished article, Babs.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 02 Jan 2018, 01:15

Another day working on the Lysander, and I've got the fuselage painted.

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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 Jan 2018, 12:22

Coming along very well!
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