1/48 Scratch Built Wellington Part 2

Model by Howard Hill (No Internet connection)

Pictures taken and Article written by Steve Bamford



With the main sections of the fuselage rear sections now made, as well as the bulkheads, it was time for Howard to move on to making the side and top and bottom sections for the rest of the fuselage.  Each section was meticulously pieced together.  Folks have asked Howard "How many feet of precut plastic strip went to this 1/48 Wellington?".....Howard knows the answer...."140 feet" (45 meters).

Howard had to create the cockpit sections of the fuselage framework next.  This section of the plane involves many bulkheads....all of which are unique. 

To the right is the wooden master for the cockpit canopy.  The clear canopy was made using this master.

As you can see in this picture, there are 2 bulkheads that have doorways in them to permit the nose gunner and pilot to more to the navigator's section of the plane.  In the above picture you can see 2 fire extinguishers painted red.  Howard had to paint these red and glue them to the green bulkheads and assemble the various sections of the fuselage together to create the fuselage.  Then Howard had to airbrush more green to touch up the joints where there wasn't any paint.  This required him to apply wet tissue paper through the assembled frame work to cover the red fire extinguishers before he could do his final green painting.  

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Once all the diagonal pieces of the geodetic frame work were assembled and glued together....then the outer horizontal pieces of the frame work were added.  These gave the structure much more strength on the real plane.  On this model, these horizontal framework pieces gave the model the ability to hold itself together, but the model is as delicate as it looks and isn't touched in any way by anyone except Howard. 


Nose Turret

The nose turret was created at this point.  This whole assembly is fully functioning.  After it was built it was carefully stored away to the very end when it would be added.  

In this picture you can see some of the tiny detail that was created to make this fully functioning nose turret, including some metal parts that would provide longer life for the moving parts.
Here you can see the underside of the nose including the bomb bay doors further back.  Also in this picture is the crew access ladder as well as a  good view of the main landing gear. 
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The engines were all scratch built.  The cowlings were made by creating a wooden master and then vacuforming pieces from that.  To the right is one of the wooden masters used to create the engines cowlings.


It the top picture to the right you can see the completed engine cowlings......not a simple shape to them.  In fact the cowlings were made from many pieces of plastic that were all formed to the correct shape before all of them were joined together to get the finished look and shape of the engine cowlings. 




The actual engines themselves were scratch built with all the outward appearance and detail of the real engines. 

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The 3 pictures below show the wing structure from different angles.  You can also see the wing fuel tanks.  When completed, this model has quite the surprisingly large size.  The fact the wings can be supported at the wingroot is a testament to Howard's careful planning and workmanship. 

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The picture below shows the wing root area quite well.  This is one of the sweetest pictures I took of Howard's Wellington.  Notice all the detail inside.  This model is very scary if you consider the effort involved to make something like this.  When he lifts this model he uses slings that go under the fuselage front and rear....much like moving a Killer Whale.  Needless to say, when he's moving this model.....everyone stands "way the heck back" to avoid being anywhere near the model if it should fall or be damaged.  This model is seldom taken out of Howard's home due to it's very delicate nature. 


Howard needs some reference material assistance.

Currently, Howard is working on a 1/24 Skinless Sea Fury.  He's collected plenty of reference material, but he is stuck on 2 critical areas.  

  • The first area is the ducting for the air intakes on the wing leading edge close to the wing root.  I believe there are oil coolers inside these intakes.  But is there more ducting behind these oil coolers....and if so...where does it go?  What about placement of the oil lines to and from these oil coolers?

  • The second area Howard needs info on is the hydraulic line system throughout the entire plane.  Basically Howard is looking for any info on the placement of any and all hydraulic lines throughout the entire plane.  His 1/32 Sea Fury will have no skin, at all, so all the details will be exposed. 

Two ARC regulars have sent in 2 articles for me to pass along to Howard.  One is the Sea Fury article from Scale Models International October 1983 and the other article is from "Scale Models" (unknown date).  Both of these articles have provided Howard with some badly needed information and he is greatly appreciative to the 2 gentlemen that sent these articles in.

What Howard could really use now, is the factory manuals that show this sort of detail....perhaps mechanics repair manuals?  If someone has access to such a  book...... a few select photocopies of key pictures would probably provide Howard with the detail he needs to complete his Sea Fury.

Howard is an older gent and doesn't own a computer......please send any e-mails or info to Steve Bamford and I will pass along the info to Howard.

Howard is willing to pay a reasonable amount for this reference material.

Please try to help.

I've seen his partly built 1/32 Skinless Sea Fury....it is as cool as the Wellington above. 



1/48 Skinless Scratch Built Wellington bomber Part 1 1/48 Scratch Built Skinless Wellington model Part 3
by Howard Hill (no Internet connection) by Howard Hill (no Internet connection

Photos and text by Steve Bamford and Howard Hill