1/72 Trumpeter Wellington Ic

by Stephen Prior

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The Vickers Wellington was designed by Barnes Wallis and entered service in the late 1930's with the RAF as a medium bomber.  It went on to see service in all theatres of war and served until the 1950's when it was retired from training duties.  It was used in a number of roles and proved very adaptable.

The kit is by Trumpeter and was released relatively recently.  Following on from the 1/48 version you can expect to see a MkIII release as well.  It's the first Trumpeter kit I've built and an unusual choice and scale for me.  The build was for the 2007 Glasgow Model show as part of the Glasgow IPMS display.  I found the fit to be excellent and construction very straightforward without any aftermarket parts.  The fit of wing to fuselage was so good that I considered leaving the wings off to aid in masking.  Markings are given  for two squadrons and I chose the option of 304 Squadron.  Paint was Xtracrylix done freehand with my Aztek airbrush.  The decals went on easily with Klear as a setting agent and finished with Vallejo Model Air matte varnish.   

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This made a nice change from 1/48 modern jets and I'm considering a Revell Lancaster when it's released.

Stephen 

Photos and text by Stephen Prior