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Andy Ball (Lerxst)

The Courage of the Small Hours


count me in 🙂
15 September 2020, 15:43
David Taylor
in as well
15 September 2020, 15:46
Andy Ball
Cheers @Spaanjaard and @David! Glad you've come along....
15 September 2020, 16:08
Watching with a lot of interest Andy. I will start this Lanc Revell Kit next week!!
15 September 2020, 16:38
Daniel Klink
15 September 2020, 18:20
Carlos Martin
I'm in!
15 September 2020, 18:51
Andy Ball
@Micky, Daniel and Carlos: graçias und danke!
16 September 2020, 14:33
Andy Ball
@Micky: my cousin married a farmer whose family bought the airfield back from the RAF after the war - the original WWII control tower has been restored and the hangers have been used for dry-storage. Only the runways are dug up, the layout is still plain to see. There's a book called "On the Wings of Freedom" which details RAF Bottesford: originally Manchesters flew until the Lancs arrived including briefly PO@S, then the USAAF...Somewhere I have a photo of the Tamiya model held by one of the Australians who flew from the airfield. My cousin had a WWII reunion in 1995 for those who could still make it (they were in their 70's and 80's), they had hundreds who came from all over the world!, and they still keep coming...often the children/grandchildren.
16 September 2020, 18:22
@Andy...cool...what a story! Such a place with that history...lots of emotions. Thanks for sharing!
16 September 2020, 23:10
Nathan Dempsey
Great subject Andy (& a dual build). I'm in.
17 September 2020, 00:31
Andy Ball
@Nathan, honoured to have you along....
17 September 2020, 10:10
Gary Kitchen
@Andy I'm in as usual. I have the Revell kit on its way for my war memorial collection so will be following closely for tips and inspiration. 👍
17 September 2020, 18:19
Andy Ball
@Gary: cheers fella!, I hope to provide them...
18 September 2020, 15:51
Guillaume Blanchet
Interseting subjet, will be watching.
19 September 2020, 11:06
David Januska
Very inspiring project, really educative. Watching.
19 September 2020, 16:33
Guy Rump
Definitely watching, I'll be building the older version of the Airfix model soon so I'll be interested to see the differences. 🙂
19 September 2020, 17:01
I'm watching this one! Really interesting to see the differences in manufacturing quality from Andy's descriptions.
19 September 2020, 18:04
Andy Ball
@Guillaume, David, Guy, Monkyslut: many thanks for your comments and interest. @Guy, if you have Gen-2 Airfix Lancaster (not the burning engine landing box art, Gen-1), it is apparently good. Third generation, (this one), lifted the bar in details/engineering - not, apparently, dimensional accuracy. @Monkyslut: I'll do my humble bit for comparison - I think there has been a three-way comparison somewhere [Hyperscale?] including the Hasegawa mould, and theirs is an overpriced, less-accurate kit according to sources. I've bought both my kits...so I have no partisan interests in either.
21 September 2020, 09:55
Thanks Andy, I'm just interested to see how the Airfix offering stands up to direct competition.
Plus as a bonus it double ticks my weakness for heavy bombers 😉
21 September 2020, 10:38
Andy Ball
@Monkyslut: I think Revell's edging it over 'fix currently - ironic: German company does RAF heavy bombers really well - Stirling/Halifax/Lancaster.....
22 September 2020, 22:25
David Taylor
be interesting to build the old Airfix stirling against the Italeri offering.Lots of US in 48 but no Brit bombers,shame.
22 September 2020, 22:47
Andy Ball
@David indeed, and shame!
24 September 2020, 11:29
Nathan Dempsey
I have to keep reminding myself this is 1/72. Looking awesome on both so far Andy.
27 September 2020, 15:15
This is brilliant stuff! The details are fantastic, if I can achieve half of this I'll be satisfied😉
27 September 2020, 15:52
Good progress Andy, I am starting the Revell's Lanc so I will watch with interest. Thanks for sharing!
28 September 2020, 02:59
Guillaume Blanchet
Guillaume Blanchet
Nice to see the progression. Looks bigger tahn 1/72

I could spot the Airfix just by the decals. They are on the thick side. I remember having to use lots & lots of decal softener to have the rivets ans other molded details show trough the decals. Bur I really like the little map. My kind of details..
28 September 2020, 10:32
Dave Flitton
Hoping this goes smoothly.
28 September 2020, 11:39
Andy Ball
@Nathan: thanks for the comments....save to say, the Revell's proving the more 'fluent' of the two builds. @Monkyslut: what?, you?...you'll double it and more!.... @Micky: she's a good kit...in UK it's £10 (one-third) cheaper than Airfix, and not one third less in quality. I say, spend less on the plastic and transfer the savings to some after-market additions. @Guillaume: the map shows "target tonight.....Dresden" by the looks! @ Dave: smooth and some clear-air turbulence to report thus far!....
28 September 2020, 14:06
Guy Rump
The Revell one is looking good, the Airfix one, well I'm sure your perseverance will reward you with your usual high standard aircraft. 🙂
28 September 2020, 16:11
It seems that I wrong to buy the one from Airfix. Good progress, Andy 👍.
28 September 2020, 17:59
Thanks for the tip Andy!
28 September 2020, 18:01
David Taylor
If push comes to shove the Airfix one could metamorph into its predecessor.
28 September 2020, 18:09
Daniel Klink
Great stuff andy, and stunning detailwork here 👍
Just have to check the halves with my Lanc B.II by Airfix. That looks horrible pic 7,8
28 September 2020, 18:14
Daniel Klink
With my Lancaster fit is fine and no warping effect!
but why Airfix has tooled it with 11!!! ejector pins on each fuselage half?
28 September 2020, 20:12
Andy Ball
@Daniel: glad yours is cool, I think their plastic and no doubt the moulding process adds to the issues. The Do-17 has issues too- around the bomb bay and wing spar sections.
28 September 2020, 20:46
Andy Ball
@David: do you mean make it into a Manchester?....I'll keep preserving!
28 September 2020, 20:48
Andy Ball
29 September 2020, 09:41
David Taylor
BY all accounts with its X24 cylinder Vulture engines the Manchester was a mare,nobody like to fly in it .
29 September 2020, 18:59
Andy Ball
So, autumn's here....the outside workshop I work in is a bit cold and damp 🙁
The air compressor seems to be shooting through condensation into the paint, (grrrrr), and paid-work is eating into the evening's light.
But, I soldier on....., inspired by the BBMF Lancaster that made a pass over the village yesterday enroute I guess to RAF Coningsby/Scampton....4 Merlins playing their sweet symphony...... Inspiration and mojo re-awakened.....and a couple of photos added to show I'm not dead yet....
16 October 2020, 08:57
Have you got a condensation trap on your compressor?
Worthwhile addition if ya painting in typical dank British autumn & winter 👍

Wish I'd seen the Lanc!......... my inspiration had to come from many beers 😉
16 October 2020, 09:32
Andy Ball
Indeed I do Munkyslut, I drain it, but there's still some condensation in it, are you able to give any advice?, I am in the process - when I can - of looking on YouT for airbrush troubleshooting, I'm deep-cleaning the H&S too.
16 October 2020, 09:48
Łukasz Gliński
Glad to see you're alive 👍 Damp is coming everywhere, not only in the UK😉
Looking forward to reading some comparison observations between Revell and Airfix.
16 October 2020, 10:32
Andy Ball
Haha Ł, very much so...no COVID here, yet. Feel I have a whole project to re-equip my studio with insulation and heat....and may change the compressor too. I guess you'll have more extreme weather where you are than us damp-Englanders!
16 October 2020, 10:52
Łukasz Gliński
Not so much actually, at least in my corner of the country😉
I guess the extreme damp counts as extreme weather, doesn't it?😉
16 October 2020, 11:00
Gary Kitchen
@Lukasz extreme damp feels like a particularly under-stated British bit of extreme weather. Not for us the hurricane, cyclones, Twisters, blizzards and monsoons that other parts of the world justifiably label as extreme 🙂
17 October 2020, 07:48
Gary Kitchen
Saying that I heard that rainfall to date in October ( the wettest on record) was enough to fill Loch Ness! Not sure if that has been scientifically verified though.
17 October 2020, 07:52
Łukasz Gliński
@Gary: has the estimation included the Nessie?😉 Sorry for OT, Mr.A😉
17 October 2020, 08:24
Guillaume Blanchet
My 2 cents on the water in the compressor issue. Mine dosent have a purge valve so I try to keep it in a dry place. Usually Inside the house close to a heating source. I also let it purge itself when strating it up fo9r a few minutes. But if there is too much humidity in the air the water will accumulate again in the compressor. At that point, I usually purge it again when necessary for 2 minute and always spray away from the model to check if there is water before directing the paint stream toward my model.

Good luck with your studio improvement.
17 October 2020, 12:08
Gary Kitchen
Andy good to see you're active again although focussing in on the big Spits it looks like. How fairs the Lanc?
23 April 2021, 15:55
Andy Ball
Hi Gary, yes the Lancs are on the workbench too, just a little to the right....they're being painted when I get to the Spit's Dk.Green/Earth - goal to finish all by summer!
23 April 2021, 20:27


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