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    QANTAS LB-30 Liberator

    I have not posted here for a while so I thought I would add a 'Work In Progress' thread on a current build.

    This build is for a QANTAS 100 years club display in November, so plenty of time to finish it (I hope).

    Some background:
    In June 1944 the British authorities released to Qantas two RAF Consolidated LB.30 Liberators then being operated by BOAC, to supplement the Catalinas on the Indian ocean route. G-AGKT and G-AGKU had overhauls by Qantas at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane before being delivered to Perth on 18 October and 24 September 1944 respectively in Perth. They were based at the newly-built Guildford Aerodrome (now Perth Airport), using the Australian National Airways hangar just built for their DC-3 services from the Eastern States. The Liberators which refuelled at Exmouth WA to reduce the ocean crossing, brought an increased payload of 3,800 lbs which allowed 8 passengers in airline seats, plus baggage and the essential diplomatic and priority mail. Two more BOAC Liberators joined Qantas for the Indian Ocean service, G-AGTI and G-AGTJ, allowing the Catalinas to be retired. The final Catalina service landed on the Swan River at Perth on 18 July 1945, marking a total of 271 Qantas Catalina services across the Indian Ocean.

    When Avro Lancastrians became available during 1945, the Liberators were retired and flown to Sydney. The original two were scrapped, but G-AGTI and G-ATGJ remained with Qantas as freighters VH-EAI and VH-EAJ, mostly used to carry engines to Qantas airliners across the growing postwar route network.


    I will be building VH-EAJ and at some point a Lancastrian also in QANTAS colours.

    I am using an Academy B-24D kit that has been hiding in my stash for around 10 years, the Magna Model LB-30 conversion and decals from Hawkeye Models


    I had a good set of in work images until Microsoft Photo editing software decided I did not need them any more and over wrote 10 images with just one. EDIT: I just found a set of images on a thumbdrive that shows some of the early work, yippee!

    So here is my progress so far. I had to remove the forward and rear turrets for the resin nose and tail pieces.


    Test fit after cutting


    The fuselage openings for various windows and the waist guns were filled with card and glue goo and sanded smooth. I will have scribe some missing details






    The kit was designed to have the bomb bay doors open, so the shape they are moulded in does not make it easy to fit them closed, I had to add a shim and then remove the extra overhanging door





    The cockpit was assembled and installed and given a splash of interior green






    Resin parts from the conversion including the wings (not shown here) were cleaned up and prepared fr assembly along with some of the few other pieces from the kit needed for this build


    A test fit of the parts so far, the wings are slightly warped and will need some hot/cold water treatment to straighten them out


    That's all for now
    Ray


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    Now that looks like fun. Progress photos please. Love your Signature.

    David

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    Thanks David, I sure will.

    I like yours too, I have plans to build a Hawaiian CV440 and A330-200 (one we flew to Oahu on late last year) soon.
    Ray


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    Nice work, this is going to look very nice
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    Great work so far. I'm excited to see the finish. Reminds of the TWA's B-17 they used for route proving and exec transpiration. back in the day. I've got a 1/72 scale B-17 kit and decals to do the project, I just haven't go around to doing it. Maybe this will give me some motivation

    Thanks for sharing

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    Can't wait to see this develop. Great stuff!!
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    Oh how I miss my model kit days. Like everyone else I can't wait to see it.



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    Very good Ray. Great to see something different from a 'bomber' . Looking forward to seeing this progress.
    Adrian

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    Thanks for following guys, I will be starting a Lancastrian conversion shortly once the majority of this build is out of the way.

    I'd like to do a QANTAS Double Sunrise Catalina as well to go with my other completed Catalina. I have decals for it, I just need to find another PBY kit.

    Slowly progressing on the Liberator (among another 4 projects at them moment).The fuselage is together now and tail plane and rear fuselage plug are attached and require fairing in.

    Wings will be next, I want to make sure this is not a tail sitter with all the resin in it. I have added extra weight under the cockpit but want to make sure it is enough before the nose piece goes on.

    Pictures to follow soon.
    Ray


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    Is that a Nomad I see on the workbench Ray?
    Adrian

    The missing B.707s still needed to be done: Uganda Airlines, Air Zimbabwe (rainbow scheme), Air Niugini. TMA of Lebanon (with correct Lemon colour tail)

    DC-8s still needed to be done: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Surinam Airways, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63)



    1/400 scale new mould wish list ; Tupolev Tu-114, Tu-134, Antonov An-12, An-24, Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.31, Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy, Airspeed Ambassador, Avro York

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    Adrian, That is a Dornier 228-200 being built as a Finnish Border Guard aircraft. I stretched it from a -100 to a -200. I need to install some new windows and it will be ready for its first round of painting. (I found out later a -200 kit is also available)

    Some progress shots of the LB-30, as you can see a putty monster at this stage




    I realised after the surgery to make the open bomb doors fit that there were a second set of closed doors as well
    Ray


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    Phew! Not a tail sitter


    round 3 of puttying on the underside


    and is will be time some more putty around the nose to fare it in, fortunately the resin sands easily and not much effort required to get surfaces matching
    Ray


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    I'm most impressed. I see you're working on a PC-12 as well.

    Tnat
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    Thanks Tnat,

    Yes the PC-12 is the 1/72 Amodel kit to be finished in Finnish Air Force Markings (there are also two Dassault Mirages hiding in that picture as well). I am just about to mask up the clear parts and start attaching undercarriage and antennas on it before some paint goes on.
    Ray


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    A lot going on and liking this. Much like my modelling, I start something then put it aside when something new comes along. I guess you have a deadline to meet to get these QANTAS models done for the show?
    Adrian

    The missing B.707s still needed to be done: Uganda Airlines, Air Zimbabwe (rainbow scheme), Air Niugini. TMA of Lebanon (with correct Lemon colour tail)

    DC-8s still needed to be done: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Surinam Airways, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63)



    1/400 scale new mould wish list ; Tupolev Tu-114, Tu-134, Antonov An-12, An-24, Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.31, Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy, Airspeed Ambassador, Avro York

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