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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Postby kylie_koyote » 18 Dec 2017, 12:35

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

Postby Babanango » 23 Jan 2018, 22:17

I haven't paid much attention to the Lysander in the past couple of weeks. My wife unfortunately broke her leg while taking the dog for a walk, and I've been being the attentive husband. (She was going down a snowy hill when the dog bolted after a deer. Down she went and "crack").

But here is the progress so far. I semi-painted the crewmen today, what little there is of them. As you can see they look as if they are standing in quicksand. Now to glue them in place, and to begin on the undercarriage.

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Postby kylie_koyote » 23 Jan 2018, 22:20

Ouch! I hope she is doing OK now. How dreadful for her.

I like the little people - they're very funny, being only half there.
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Postby Kismet » 23 Jan 2018, 22:26

Sorry to hear about your wife, Babs. I hope she recovers quickly.

The crewmen look most peculiar being only half there!
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Postby Babanango » 23 Jan 2018, 22:31

Thanks for the good wishes, and I will pass them on to her. She'll be home for three months, but will be working from her laptop. She's already bored out of her mind!
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Postby kylie_koyote » 23 Jan 2018, 22:33

Babanango wrote:Thanks for the good wishes, and I will pass them on to her. She'll be home for three months, but will be working from her laptop. She's already bored out of her mind!


Give her a Biggles Book to read. :lol:
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Postby Kismet » 23 Jan 2018, 22:41

Does she have a taste for making things? Patchwork quilts? Embroideries? Parquetry?
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Postby Fairblue » 23 Jan 2018, 22:47

Babanango wrote:Thanks for the good wishes, and I will pass them on to her. She'll be home for three months, but will be working from her laptop. She's already bored out of her mind!

She has my sympathy. Like the others I hope she has a good recovery. Thanks for showing us your little half-cut crew members. I can't wait to see them in their proper place.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 24 Jan 2018, 02:34

All my wife's activities are outdoor oriented. She can't do much gardening this time of year anyway, so she usually spends the winter feeding the local critters and taking long walks down the hill in the snow. And such was her undoing. She has a stack of books and seems to have read the first chapter of each, so I think she's just trying to figure out which one to settle into.
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Postby Frecks » 24 Jan 2018, 09:12

I hope she recovers soon Babs.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby HostileCacti » 24 Jan 2018, 09:59

Me too!! Three months is a loooong time, especially with her actually liking the great outdoors...

I hope she's found a book by now :)
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 29 Jan 2018, 06:09

I've got the undercarriage on and the crew in place. The next step is the canopy framing, and I'll cut strips for that from the pre-painted tape that's under the model in this photo.

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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby HostileCacti » 29 Jan 2018, 08:47

Very nice! :)
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Fairblue » 29 Jan 2018, 09:37

It's beginning to look like a Lysander now.
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Postby kylie_koyote » 29 Jan 2018, 15:05

That's coming along nicely! I hope your wife is likewise improving.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 30 Jan 2018, 16:57

Canopy is complete and glued in place. There were a lot of gaps that had to be filed, and I'm afraid the result is messier than I intended, but that's just the way it's going to have to be.

On the home front, in addition to my wife's broken leg, we have both come down with winter colds. Lots of wheezing, sneezing, and saying "ouch" around our place.

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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby kylie_koyote » 30 Jan 2018, 16:59

The plane looks lovely. I'm sorry about your illnesses - we've got the plague at our house as well. This is Day 5, so hopefully it will dissipate soon.
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Postby Fairblue » 30 Jan 2018, 19:29

That looks really good, Babs. I'm sorry to hear you've all got the lurgy and hope you'll both be better soon.
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Postby Frecks » 30 Jan 2018, 20:23

I hope you both recover from your colds soon Babs and you and your family KK.
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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Babanango » 05 Feb 2018, 03:43

After much fiddling, the wings are attached, and the Lysander is beginning to look as though it can fly. The supporting struts were very warped, but after some teasing they cooperated and fit properly. There are just a few detail bits left (antenna, tail wheel, etc.) and it will be time for markings.

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Re: Bab's "Sweeps the Desert" Lysander

Postby Spitfire666 » 05 Feb 2018, 09:18

Babanango wrote:After much fiddling, the wings are attached, and the Lysander is beginning to look as though it can fly. The supporting struts were very warped, but after some teasing they cooperated and fit properly. There are just a few detail bits left (antenna, tail wheel, etc.) and it will be time for markings.

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Postby Fairblue » 05 Feb 2018, 09:52

Coming along get nicely, Babs. A great job.
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