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Lockhead martin west baltimore bomber (martin resnick)

27 Mar
2012

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The box is the standard top-opening type with a full colour representation of the aircraft on the lid, and inside are three sprues of grey plastic parts, one sprue of clear, and a small poly-bag containing intricately detailed resin engine cylinders, engine mounts, bulged main wheels, large air intakes, cockpit details, propeller bosses and machine guns. The Cartograf produced decal sheet has four options – one Coastal Command, two Middle East and one all black machine based in Italy.  There are two options catered for, one with the two-gun dorsal turret and one that needs a touch of surgery to represent the open dorsal gun position with single Lewis gun. All parts are well detailed, panel lines are engraved, well executed with no slips and the detail on the resin engine cylinders and main wheels would make some after-market producers blush! The clear parts are a bit brittle and need care when separating them from the sprue and when removing bits of flash, mine benefited from a dunk in Future to make them a touch clearer.  A while ago I bought a DVD entitled Forgotten Bombers of the Royal Air Force, which has some superb close-up footage of Baltimore’s abroad and came in very useful when building this kit.So does it build well? The short answer is yes with a couple of exceptions…

Construction martin west baltimore md

Lockhead martin west baltimore bomber (martin resnick),rc airplane model

Stage one is choice time – turret or open position. Once chosen and the cutting has been done (or not) the cockpit, bomb aimer and radio positions are tackled. I’m sure that many of you who have made Classic’s products will be familiar with the advice to test fit parts during assembly – single piece that you fold up and glue to the bulkhead. It sounds daft but it works really well, giving you full depth wells without having to sand and scrape resin away forever! The wells fit into the two-part wings and it all closes up without a hitch. Stabilisers come next, with the tail wheel, and I found this a bit odd. Classic would have you simply glue the wheel to the leg, and there is no axle. I replaced the leg with a bit of wire bent round the wheel and secured to the fuselage mount then left the wheel off until everything else was painted. Well, the parts you need to test fit here are the bulkheads. On close inspection the edges are chamfered and if you square these up the parts fit as they should and you are able to close up the fuselage without further ado. Sadly the radio position becomes invisible so I’ve kept these parts to help detail my Hampden! You will see two small pieces denoted C8 on the clear sprue but not mentioned in the instructions. These fit into the pilot’s bulkhead, although they are absent in the cockpit view on the DVD. Next comes the turret interior and this gives a really good start to detailing the turret. The fuselage is brought together without any fuss and we’re on to stage 11, the wheel wells. These are quite clever two-part affairs, with the main bulkhead to hang the engine on. I mentioned earlier about a couple of exceptions, here they come – the engine cowlings and the air intakes. The engine mounts fit really well and so do the cylinders, the problem is that either the cylinders are too long or the cowling walls are too thick. I found it to be a combination of both and ended up cutting the tops of the cylinders down and scraping the inside of the cowl to get a tight fit – it worked fine, but just took time.

There are two types of air intakes, large resin ones or the smaller plastic ones. I chose the resin ones and had problems getting the fit at the rear to match the trunking moulded on the upper wing. You need to open the front of the intake right out and remove the strange circular objects on the front lower edge to match footage of the real items. And thafs it really – all downhill and pain free. The wings and stabilisers are a butt joint to the fuselage but no filler was used anywhere except the aforementioned engine air intakes.

Colour Options

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The transparent parts were fitted and masked then a bit more of my ever decreasing Aeromaster acrylic stock was used to colour in. Decals went on over a coat of Klear without silvering and sank into the panel lines voluntarily; a blast of matt acrylic and it was time to take stock. Time saving tip time – don’t bother masking the frame lines on the nose as these were simple Perspex to Perspex joints, not painted, although perhaps a coat of matt vamish would simulate this -ah well, next time! It’s a big kit when made as well; looking at the box you wonder how it all went in!

Conclusion

This latest Classic Airframes kit clearly shows how each new release gets better. It still has its moments (as we all do!) but it’s not hard work. Classic have come on in leaps and bounds from the first releases. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to buy all the ones I’ve wanted and yes I’ve taught the kids some new words building them but they are no longer made solely for the plastic masochist.
In truth anyone could build this kit and be pleased with the result, so Classic, lefs have the AEW3 Gannet, Sea Venom and the early Domiers. I can’t wait and if it’s no trouble, how about a Beaufort? 

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