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Bolingbroke

The Classic Airframes Blenheim MkIV was used to build these two Canadian built Bolingbrokes.  This particular model was built for John Higginbotham whose grandfather bought the original aircraft after WW2 and towed it to their farm.  Modifications done to the kit included cutting the elevators free and repositioning them; cutting out the landing/taxi lights; cutting out the navigation and formation lights and using clear plexiglas for the light covers.

The aircraft serial numbers were produced on the computer for both models and printed using a laserjet printer.

I did have problems with crazing and cracking of the nose section of 10254 but thanks to Jules B., I was able to finish the model.  The prop blades had to be shortened and recontoured as they were cast for a North American engine instead of the Bristol engine which of course rotates counter-clockwise.
This was the first Bolingbroke attempted and although there are some errors in it, the finished product is not too bad.  You can see the landing/taxi lights here.  Each section was removed individually leaving the wing rib in between, then a light was added by first chucking some plastic rod into my battery powered drill and cutting off a thin piece with a scalpel held against the slowly turning plastic.  This gave the cut-off the look of a lens with a bulb in the centre.
The Bolingbroke instrument panel and cockpit layout differs from the British Blenheim in that the engine controls are in the centre console and the engine instruments are to the right of the main panel over the tunnel into the nose.  Most of this work is hard to see once the fuselage is put together but at least it is reasonably correct.
The tear-drop shaped blister on the sides of the cockpit were prominent on the coastal patrol Bolingbrokes and these were vacu-formed and applied with Krystal Kleer.  And if anyone is curious enough, the windows were masked using a combination of Tamiya Masking Tape and Gunze Mr Mask liquid masking.  The leading edge de-icing boots were produced by using strips of black decal.

I was pleased with both of the Bolingbrokes and I'm looking forward to more classics from Classic Airframes.

 

 

 

 

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