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PostPosted: Tue 02 Nov 2010 13:07 pm 
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In-box look at the HBM 1/72 Avro Manchester MK.1/1a (early) conversion. The kit states "1/72 scale resin conversion set to convert Airfix Lancaster kit to Avro Manchester Mk.1/1a. This kit requires an Airfix Lancaster Mk.BI/BIII kit as a donor."

The kit is contained in a white box, well packed in bubble wrap. The kit consists of 18 parts, 17 in resin and one vac form turret.

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The undercarriage bay and doors are protected by a foam peanut.
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The main parts are two complete wings, these are very nicely molded with no pitting or holes in the resin. A couple of panel lines have slips which will need filling, but these are very minor. Some clean up of the wheel bays to remove resin "bobbles" will be needed, and there is a bit of loose resin fragments to remove from the surface of some of the parts.

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The trailing edges are razor sharp.
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Engines.
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Tailplane assembly with additional early central fin.
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Wheels and turret parts.
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Overall you get a lot of resin in the set, the resin is solid and well molded with no surface pitting or flaws. The wings are level and even with no signs or distortion or warpage. The parts are nicely detailed with refined panel lines. A bit of clean up will be required which I accept as par for the course on a conversion of this type.

Kits can be obtained directly from HBM via the forum - link.

Set purchased by reviewer.

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i bought this same set about a couple of months ago, and i can only echo what you've said rich.

this will be the first time i've tried anything like this, and the fact that this set is so nice to start with, is very encouraging for a beginner  to conversions like me.

i intend to start work on this conversion after telford as i'm picking up some decal sheets  to make up the codes of the manchester i've chosen to build mine as, and assorted bits and bobs there.

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