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A few months ago one of my co workers ordered a remote control F-16 from China for $15.00. Well.....two months later it finally came in....except it wasn't no remote control aircraft. What he got was a 3D Metal Model of an Avro Lancaster which was worth, after a little research, just a tad over $6.00. I had to laugh because this guy is ALWAYS looking for the "better deal". Anyways....he was just going to throw it in the trash when I intervened and decided to build it for him so he'd at least get something out of the deal. I started it today and after a couple of hours finished it. I will NOT be doing another one of these in this lifetime I don't think. The metal is really thick and hard to work with but it at least looks like a Lancaster.....I guess. lol

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I'm figuring this to be around the 1/144 scale range:

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Good work, considering what you started with.  Reminds of the "leather jacket just like Gen. Patton's" that I once ordered from a Chinese seller.  It looked nothing like the photos, wasn't leather and was more a shirt than a jacket.  It wasn't an XL size either.  It did fit my Mom, who is tiny, so I gave it to her.  She uses it for yard work.

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I bought a Metal Earth TRex about two months ago at a local antique store for 10 bollars thinking it might be a fun quick build.  I opened the instructions, and to me the instructions were just not intuitively clear on how to bend, twist, attach, etc. all the tiny pieces one has to contend with.  I gave up and put in in my drawer...failure on my part.

Joe, you did a great job on this plane.  Well done indeed.

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Nice.  Yes, it looks very much like the Metal Earth models.  I have few of those (still unbuilt).

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Funny thing is that they describe these kits as "laser cut", where they clearly are photoetched.  I guess "laser cut" sounds more "techie".

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Looks like you did a fine job with what you had to work with.

The Lanc is one of my favorite planes - was going to buy this kit and try my hand at it.  I knew it was small, but had no idea how small it was actually.

Have any assembly tips you feel like sharing?

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Thank you all for your comments. It was definitely a build that's out of my comfort zone. 

 

On 11/5/2020 at 8:48 AM, Intmd8r said:

Looks like you did a fine job with what you had to work with.

The Lanc is one of my favorite planes - was going to buy this kit and try my hand at it.  I knew it was small, but had no idea how small it was actually.

Have any assembly tips you feel like sharing?

Thanks Steve. It took me around 2-3 hours to build this. I was on and off of it for an afternoon. If I were to sit down and devote undivided attention to it I could have gotten it done in an hour and a half. The engines and props were the hardest thing that I had to deal with aside from getting the fuselage bent to the correct arc so the bottom would go together easier. I used drill bits of different sizes to help with the rounded shaping of things like the engine nacelles and fuselage. Have PE bending tools on hand...that did help alot.  Other than that it was fairly straightforward.

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