It’s no mystery what happened here. This is the old, old Revell Lancaster. The 1966 model. I happen to like this kit, and I wanted to use the kit decals.

So walk aft of the line. What’s so hard about that?

Those decals were as old as the kit and they failed with a kind of fatalism that defies my ability to vilify it. They just crumbled. So I had to fish around in the stash for more decals, and I found some, these are them.

I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for some expensive decals to mark up my old, old, old Lancaster when I have some perfectly usable decals from an old FROG kit from years ago.

No way am I springing for fancy decals. The FROG decals are just amazing. Once again proving that decals DO NOT HAVE TO SUCK. I’m disappointed in the Revell decals, but with every passing day some small bit of brick or mortar from the crumbling facade of my cathedral of Revell must fall to the sidewalk below.

When I was a child, I had a fever. My head felt just like a big balloon. I believed in Revell and Revell was as true to me as any lover since. But with time comes decay, and so it is for my dear old friend, Revell.

Most of those old Revell kits were awful. But not the Lancaster. The Lancaster is glorious. It’s the Russian rocket motor of plastic kits.

Burning some hanging trees, mate?

4 Replies to “Lancaster”

  1. Nice 🙂
    I like old model kits too. I recently found a post on the unofficial Airfix forum about utilizing old decals – there you go
    I also have the old Revell Lancaster in the stash though in the Dambusters version.
    One of the wonderful things of ole model kits is rivets! If not overdone I like them. It makes the kit aircraft seem OLD. And actually I see some beginning to ADD rivets to modern kits. Guess those people think thats how the real thing looked! 😀

  2. Nice job Dan, I’m new to modeling but old to many other things…I do not like Revell kits… I prefer Tamiya for sure, but my question , do you have a certain brush or technique to paint canopies, do you mask them at all. I’ve been trying to use your brushing only techniques, but with the canopies it becomes a lot more difficult.

    Best regards,

    1. It makes me a little sad to read your question and know, at last, that there is no way to answer it. I could be glib and tell you that concentration and practice are all that is required, but that isn’t really the key. The whole thing is a long and involved process of building bits and pieces into a huge edifice. I’m thinking, right now, about a book on this subject. First section of the book would be called “Brush.” Then would come “Paint.” Then “Flow.” Two hundred thousand words might cover it. Might not. But I don’t mask canopies, and they’re sloppy only because I’m feeling lazy at the time.

  3. As for your answer to my question, although not exactly clear, it still makes a lot of sense….I get it, it’s a combination of things, and lots of practice. Appreciate it.

    Best regards,

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