by Jeroen Veen
Eduard/Gavia's 1/48 scale Lysander is available online from Squadron
Here is my 1/48 Westland Lysander from Gavia.
I am not quite sure why I like this plane so much. Perhaps it's because
of the tasks it has performed during WW2, and for certain the outlines
of the plane; the somewhat arched backbone of the body, the long and
slender wings, the big glasshouse canopy.
Never thought I'd build it in 1/48, so the Gavia kit was a pleasant
surprise when first released. I think I built it two years ago,
something like that. Although the end result has a somewhat simple or
modest look, the kit is good to build.
I encountered few problems, only those already known and pointed out
by others: the spars under the wings are a bit to short, the decking
from the cocpit doesn't quite fit, but with some cutting, scraping and a
quick run with a piece of sandpaper it's not that difficult to get it
all to fit.
Attention needs to be paid to the connection of the wings and the
glass housing of the cockpit. I only fitted the safety harness to the
chair as an extra, the rest is straight from the box.
The build didn't cause major issues, nor did the painting, decaling
and weathering. I did like the kits decals, no silvering or so, and with
a little bit of set&sol they were just fine.
This kit was an easy build which gave me a lot of good hobby hours and a
pleasing result. I think it took me about 35 hours to have the end
result as you see in the pictures.
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