Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby smeg1959 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 15:31

As you would have read in my comment on ajmm's C-47 thread, I too was facing incompletions by the deadline for the build. My Dakota is still awaiting the custom made white decals and RAAF/RAN roundels to arrive and, with me being out of action from tomorrow for around 10 days, no hope of a last minute reprieve.

However, lots of late night involvement (it's currently 1 am as I write this) has gone into trying to get the Anson over the line. So how'd I go? Well, a couple of nights back, I did the antiglare black segment on the nose then applied silver via a Tamiya AS-12 rattle can. A couple of disasters befell the application when a part of the mask dislodged, allowing silver overspray on my pristine white upper fuselage. After a lot of swearing and cursing several deities, I fixed up the white and all was temporarily well once again ...

Avro Anson C19 GB-16.jpg

Avro Anson C19 GB-17.jpg

Last night and it was time for that fluoro orange Jonathan loves. I used Lifecolor LC23 and the airbrush for this.

Avro Anson C19 GB-18.jpg

Avro Anson C19 GB-19.jpg

Which brings me to today. With clear decal paper in hand, I created and printed "ROYAL AIR FORCE TRANSPORT COMMAND", the code TX195 and the two ceiling windows not embossed on the kit parts (unlike the "passenger" windows).

Avro Anson C19 GB-20.jpg

This evening, all of the required roundels were cut from the kit-supplied decal sheet (whilst not ALPS, it didn't have individual decals with their own clear coating, opting for a continuous coating over the entire sheet) and, along with the home-printed bits, applied to the model. Whilst drying, I then spent ... eh ... around an hour masking and painting the canopy which has more frame lines than the rest of my stash put together. The task was made all the more tricky by the lack of any ridges or whatever on the vacformed transparency. Anyway, the time taken was worth it IMHO.

And so, after a couple of coats of Tamiya TS-79 semi-gloss clear (insert drum-roll), here it is ...

Avro Anson C19 GB-21.jpg

Avro Anson C19 GB-23.jpg

Avro Anson C19 GB-24.jpg

One final pic posed with my little Arrowhead Miniatures' Austin Tilley ...

Avro Anson C19 GB-25.jpg

Conclusion? Given some of the issues I encountered and all the damned distractions at home (I'm painting walls, ceilings, beds, dressing tables, etc., etc.), I'm pretty satisfied with the result. Up close, there are a few surface irregularities in spots (particularly around the wing roots because of the crappy fit between vacformed fuselage and injection-moulded wing section), but the overall product looks OK and certainly stands out in the display cabinet.

Would I do another vacform? Unlikely at this stage. Most of what interests me comes injection-moulded, resin or 3D-printed, so I'd only go there again if there was something I really wanted in the collection. That being said, I reckon it's the closest I'll probably get to scratchbuilding and it certainly tested my abilities and patience.

And thanks again, Bruce. If you hadn't insisted on transports as the theme for the GB, this little beastie probably would have sat forever in the stash! ;)
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby MerlinJones » Wed Jun 24, 2015 15:41

That's a bostin' result there, Smeg! Truly.
My anxieties about the canopy, in your capable hands, were unfounded.

Now then...let's see if you can finish another before the weekend's up! :mrgreen:
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby smeg1959 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 15:44

Love to, Bruce, but I'm not sure the surgeon will allow all my modelling paraphernalia into the OR! :lol:
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby Jonathan » Wed Jun 24, 2015 16:10

That's adorable! The screaming orange patches, the amazing matrix of cockpit canopy lines, and the very interesting tapered window cheat line, make for a very appealing finish.
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby pbhawkin » Wed Jun 24, 2015 22:08

super model, looks great in the pictures (and on the display shelf too) I bet.
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby bluedonkey99 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 22:25

Nice, you don't see many of those about in our scale!
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby smeg1959 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 0:39

Thanks everyone. I'm going to come clean here and admit this isn't entirely complete, even the Completions Gallery. The serial number TX195 should appear under the wings. Unfortunately, as with the little lettering, I printed these on the home inkjet but, no matter how long I let the sheet dry, the moment I applied the Liquid Decal coating, the larger lettering smeared and fragmented. When I'm out of hospital, I'll pop into work and reprint the large codes using the laser printer. This has done the trick in the past.

Update: Done! ;)
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby MerlinJones » Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:57

My An-24B has a wonky wheel.
My Greyhound and Falcon are missing nav lights.
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby ajmm » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:08

Beautiful! Love the colour scheme and that canopy is phenomenal - you're right, so worth the effort masking... Great looking Anson and some serious inspiration. I may have to brave a vac form - I really really want to do the Welsh C-133 Cargomaster but I really think that will be swan diving head first into the deep end. From the high board. Into a pool without water.
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Re: Smeg's Avro Anson C19/T22

Postby MerlinJones » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:51

...With cameras recording every moment!
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