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PostPosted: Mon 29 Jul 2013 15:34 pm 
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Following from the In-box Review I will build this utilising Xtradecal sheet X72-176 :arrow:
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Details of airframes built at Sywell are quite sketchy. Of the markings on this sheet, I noted :arrow:
DS620, first flew 19-02-43, KO-W of B Flight, 115 Squadron RAF East Wretham, June 1943, 1668 CU wrecked 24-10-44, 554 flying hours. It had the smaller bombardier blister glazing, had no spinner hub covers fitted and had the bulged bomb bay with the ventral FN64 turret.
I suspect that DS708 was Sywell built as DS704/5&9 all went to 408 Sqn. As EQ-Q it had the smaller bombardier blister glazing and aerodynamic spinner hub covers. As EQ-G it was refitted with the larger bombardier blister glazing, had spinner hub covers fitted and had the bulged bomb bay with the ventral FN64 turret.
I have already built DS604.
I suspect that DS827 was Sywell built as DS833/5&6 all went to 115 Sqn. It had the larger bombardier blister glazing but no spinner hub covers fitted, although DS830 went to 432 Sqn.

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I will pull up a chair and watch ... but I was hoping that there would be the bits n bobs in here to knock out a BIII instead/as well ....


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PostPosted: Mon 29 Jul 2013 16:06 pm 
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At the moment you'll have to get the Dambuster as well as this to make a B.III :fear:

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Ratch wrote:
At the moment you'll have to get the Dambuster as well as this to make a B.III :fear:


You mean "instead of", not "as well", I think? All of the parts (but not decals) to make a B.I/B.III are in the Dambuster box, I think?

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Bruce, I'm not 100% sure what comes in the Dambuster box but I know the Merlins are not included in this one, but are in that :idea:

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Chris, I would be amazed if Airfix didn't issue a standard BI/III kit, especially as the transparencies include a part that is not for use on either a Dambuster or a BII. :wink:

As it is, if you want to build a BI/III, everything you need is in the Dambuster issue except decals.

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Is it true that no ordinance is included?

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Hawk98 wrote:
Is it true that no ordinance is included?

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Correct. Need the supply set or spares box.

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A bit daft for the casual buyers sake but I suppose it's a way to get keen modellers to get the bomber resupply set and get Airfix a few more sales I suppose?


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Not necessarily, if you have the old Dambuster gift set with Dam, it comes with un-needed munitions as well as the upkeep mine

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So looking forward to seeing the MK II built . . .

VERY surprised to see the number of options for the Mk.II Squadrons . . . .

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Lincolnlanc wrote:
VERY surprised to see the number of options for the Mk.II Squadrons . . . .

There are only two options in the kit (see the in-box review), the decals pictured above are from Xtradecal :idea:

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Building has commenced :D
My first task was to source a 1/24 stand and having done this, open the aperture to accept it.
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This required more surgery than expected as the moulded recess seemed tight. But I went too far and had to put a piece of plastic card over one end to reduce the gap :oops:
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A set square to check the braces :geek:
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As the other kit will be grounded, I have taken the pilot figure from the second kit, which along with others from my spares box, will make up the crew.
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Sprayed with VMA Black :arrow:
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I dry-brushed the framework of the bomb bay with Natural Steel :wink:
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Nice start Ratch, the dry brushing looks great :thumb:

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The detailing and dry brushing looks great Ratch. A question - when it comes to further assembly I presume you carefully scrape away the paint at the points the relevant surfaces are to be mated to ensure proper adhesion?


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No I never bother scraping the paint off and I've never had a problem with adherence :wink:

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I'm looking at adding crew to this (I may have mentioned it) :lol:
One of my reference books says this was a seven-seat bomber, so what were the functions of the seven men :?:
    1, pilot
    2, co-pilot
    3, navigator
    4, nose gunner
    5, bomb aimer
    6, upper/ventral turret gunner
    7, tail gunner
Have I got that right :?:

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NO thats not quite right.

Pilot, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Bomb-aimer, Wireless Operator and two Air gunners.

I believe in practice the guns beneath the aircraft were obsolete before they got to the squadron because they were very differcult to sight at night . . .

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Thanks for that :cheers:
Where was the Wireless Operator's position :?:
I understood the ventral gun was remotely operated. If the upper turret gunner had to work that too, I can understand why he concentrated on what he could see :think:

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