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Canberra airfix

30 Sep
2012

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This kit is moulded in dark blue plastic and comprises of some 34 parts, plus a clear acetate canopy. This latter part is duplicated, just in case of mistakes in trimming. Cockpit detail consists of a floor tray, ejection seat, instrument panel and control column. Surface detail is not too intrusive. In this scale panel lines would not be seen on such a smooth shape as the Canberra.

Assembly is illustrated by an exploded view, and is quite simple. No mention is made of the need to add ballast in the front fuselage to prevent tail-sitting. However, a great deal of weight is needed, since the main undercarriage legs are well forward on the wide chord wing. In fact, the whole of the fuselage forward of the undercarriage needs to be packed with weight and I still had to resort to a small prop under the fuselage towards the rear of the wing.
Three decal options are given. Since this is an Australian kit, I used the markings for a GAF-built Canberra B. Mk 20 of No. 3 Squadron,
Royal Australian Air Force, which is all-over silver with a white fin and fuselage top. There is a slight error in the given positions for the decals. No. 4 should be on top of the wing and No. 2 under, not the other way round.
The alternative decals are for a Royal Air Force Canberra B. Mk 2, WH969 of No. 45 Squadron, based in Singapore in the early 1960s. This has grey/green upper surface camouflage and medium grey undersides. The option is for a Martin RB-57A, 21442, of the 363rd TRG, United States Air Force in the mid 1950s. This is gloss black overall.

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