SWimpy! A Slightly Smaller Build - Vickers Wellington Mk.1A/C

james_mower

508 posts

I decided to put the Shack aside and make a start on the newly arrived Wimpy, in a brief break from the Loco commissions (waiting on stuff to arrive).

 

As seen elsewhere on the forum...

 

 

The interior of the fuselage captures the Geodetic construction to a tee...

 

 

As usual I'm not following the instructions or the paint colours for the interior (more on that later)

 

 

I assembled the main parts of the bomb bay floor/interior together and glued most of the frames into place on the portside of the fuselage and used the opposite side to ensure everything lines up.

 

You can leave a number of these frames out (and quite a few other parts and not effect the build)

 

Everything's in paint at the moment, so there'll be more photo's later. 

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

T2B

854 posts

As usual James I'll be following your build with interest especially in relation to your interior painting choices! 

 

I will probably put my Spitfire builds to 1 side to start my Wellington build tonight as the Vicker K.2 I was also waiting for has been delayed till September but probably won't put a thread up until it's finished cos no point having 2 identical builds running at the same time?

james_mower

508 posts

@T2B

As usual James I'll be following your build with interest especially in relation to your interior painting choices! 

 

I will probably put my Spitfire builds to 1 side to start my Wellington build tonight as the Vicker K.2 I was also waiting for has been delayed till September but probably won't put a thread up until it's finished cos no point having 2 identical builds running at the same time?

I've used the same basic colour scheme on the interior, as I've used on previous bomber builds.

 

Feel free to post pics in this thread.

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

508 posts

More progress

 

 

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

508 posts

One thing I have noticed with the tooling of the fuselage, is Airfix have planned for most of the production versions...

.. from the Mk.1 to the GR. Mk. XIV.

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

T2B

854 posts

Yes when studying the sprue runners of my kit I noticed that the tooling allows for other kits with flashed over holes for the GR versions antena and the sprues already have the parts for the beam Brownings. But sadly it doesn't look like a Leigh Lite will be included in the GR kit as the fuselage aperture is solid ☹

 

But back to your build you have made some rapid progress with the fuselage sections and it's looking good!!

Tweezers

105 posts

I remember many decades ago Barnes Wallis was photographed inside a Wellington fuselarge for the Radio Times magazine.  It's colour was greenish white.

So I'd be very interested to learn what the instructions suggest for interior colours.

james_mower

508 posts

@Tweezers

I remember many decades ago Barnes Wallis was photographed inside a Wellington fuselarge for the Radio Times magazine.  It's colour was greenish white.

So I'd be very interested to learn what the instructions suggest for interior colours.

According to the instructions: Brick Red (70) & Aluminium (56).

 

I chose to use the main (in the instructions) interior colours used on every other Airfix British WW2 Bomber I've built Black (33) and Interior Green (78). Though I use the Vallejo Model Air equivalents: 71.057 (Black for Humbrol 33) and 71.010 Interior Green (for Humbrol 78)..

 

Anyhow, I did manage to make some progress today..

 

 

 

 

 

36* parts (and 5 decals) later the fuselage is together..

 

* It's worth adding parts E46 & 47 (that's 89 & 90 in the instructions) before closing the fuselage up - as it makes fitting & filling easier...

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

james_mower

508 posts

Tail & Rudder in place...

 

 

She does look 'Wimpy' next to the Shackleton...

 

I thought I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, it was some ###### bringing me another loco!!

T2B

854 posts

More good progress James and it's looking good. The interior colour is a mute point, I saw a modellers image of the interior in black with highlighted framework, similar to yours which looked really good which I may follow? 

 

But when I did my Swordfish my research showed the interior fabric to be a pinkish colour due to the dope used to taughten the fabric outer skin!

 

Hence this is 1 of the reasons why I have only just started to assemble the wings until I decide exactly which direction I'm going lol 

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