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Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

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Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by charlie » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:38 pm

Hey chaps, just thought I would post a recent commission, a long time since I completed anything! A bit of a departure for me, this being my first 'American' build, but as a Coastal Command version. A lovely kit and painting a white scheme is real challenge what with trying not to make it look, umm...white! I used a very light grey on top of a white base and then weathered with oils.

A very tricky scheme even though it looks very simple - a challenge having to mask the leading edge curves of the vertical stabs and spray black (actually dark grey for scale). Replacement brass barrels are a nice alternative to the poor kit parts. I made the base with a laser cutter. Photos are a bit rubbish as I did them with my phone, at night. :Thumbup

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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by Jacko » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:41 pm

Looks amazing for some reason I have always liked the shape of this aircraft
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by TP_Andy » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:48 am

Lovely stuff Charlie! I have an old Revell (ex Heller) kit of Wellington Mk.X with variants of Coastal Command or Far East theatre camos. I think the choice is clear now, provided I actually get to it some day. :D
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Post by Blackjack » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:46 pm

I’m always amazed by the detail of your work Charlie. This looks superb.
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Post by Moggy » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:29 pm

It does look great but something is bugging me, I think the camouflage on top should be a 2 tone grey.
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by Reggie » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:44 am

Moggy wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:29 pm
It does look great but something is bugging me, I think the camouflage on top should be a 2 tone grey.
I hear what you are saying Moggs, but Charllie always researches his models impeccably, I bet although it looks wrong, it is actually right :Thumbup
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by charlie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:52 pm

Reggie wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:44 am
Moggy wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:29 pm
It does look great but something is bugging me, I think the camouflage on top should be a 2 tone grey.
I hear what you are saying Moggs, but Charllie always researches his models impeccably, I bet although it looks wrong, it is actually right :Thumbup
Yes Moggy and Reg, I pondered over this for quite a while but references show that the two types of scheme were used throughout WWII. The Dark Slate Grey/Extra Dark Sea Grey scheme is very subtle in poor quality B/W images but can be clearly distinguished in other images. There are a number of examples, this scheme being one of them, that had just the Extra Dark Sea Grey scheme, which is much easier to paint too! :Geek
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Post by Tom » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:20 pm

Happy 62nd birthday Charlie.
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by Sparky » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:39 pm

Happy birthday, Charlie, from a TP yearling. Fantastic job on the B-24. I can't see the 24 without remembering what a beast it was described to haul around the sky. It needed big men to wrestle the controls of this monster. Many liked the way the B-17 flew but the driving the 24 was more like pushing and hauling a massive, unwieldy dump truck around the skies.

Your model is graceful and beautiful, a long-winged sea bird, as in this case she was. Well done indeed.
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by Moggy » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:27 pm

charlie wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:52 pm

Yes Moggy and Reg, I pondered over this for quite a while but references show that the two types of scheme were used throughout WWII. The Dark Slate Grey/Extra Dark Sea Grey scheme is very subtle in poor quality B/W images but can be clearly distinguished in other images. There are a number of examples, this scheme being one of them, that had just the Extra Dark Sea Grey scheme, which is much easier to paint too! :Geek
There was another early Coastal Command scheme used typically on ex-Bomber Command aircraft. They had the classic white body but a dark earth/green top.
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by charlie » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:40 pm

Tom wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:20 pm
Happy 62nd birthday Charlie.
Thanks Tom....and yeah, well, it feels like my 62nd with the last six months I have had!! :Biggrin
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Re: Eduard 1:72 B24 Liberator: Coastal Command

Post by charlie » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:41 pm

Sparky wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:39 pm
Happy birthday, Charlie, from a TP yearling. Fantastic job on the B-24. I can't see the 24 without remembering what a beast it was described to haul around the sky. It needed big men to wrestle the controls of this monster. Many liked the way the B-17 flew but the driving the 24 was more like pushing and hauling a massive, unwieldy dump truck around the skies.

Your model is graceful and beautiful, a long-winged sea bird, as in this case she was. Well done indeed.
Thankyou for your kind words Sparky! :Cool
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