Trumpeter 1/48 Wellington IIC
Alley Cat 1/48 scale Resin Conversion for Trumpeter
Set 48003C. $31.00 plus shipping
Alley Catís conversion consists of twelve grey resin components including two direct kit replacement full engine cowlings, spinners, propeller blades, lower turret plate, nose turret cover, two clear resin waist windows and decals for five aircraft options. The kit also includes a one page instruction sheet.
since the release of the 1/48 scale Trumpeter
Alley Cat states in their instructions that the
Overall the resin parts supplied by Alley Cat are well cast with no warpage or pin holes. The panel lines are also well done and match the Trumpeter effect well. Sadly, the resin engines provided in my kit were somewhat smaller than the opening they were intended to mount into on the Trumpeter kit. I donít know if this is a common problem with all of the Alley Cat conversions or just shrinkage with mine. In any case, the fit was horrible with one engine showing nearly a ľ inch step/gap. Hmmm, shades of that CMK Beaufighter Mk II conversion that is still haunting me from the shelf of doom possibly? In the end, not really a big ordeal, just time consuming.
I matched the lines at the top of the replacement engines to the top of the Trumpeter nacelles. Take care here with the Trumpeter parts P16 that they are correctly placed and fully cured before installing the Alley Cat resin engines. Once convinced that my engines were securely mounted I began trying to fill the gap/step at the bottom with CA glue. Eventually, I just gave in and broke out my automotive filler (bondo) and filled the gaps and sanded to shape with 80 grit sand paper. Unfortunately because of the limitations of creating a drop fit conversion engine replacement, Alley Cat has not quite gotten the complex shape of the Mk IIís lower cowling correct; a shape issue whereby the resin engine cowling is stepped up too sharply to the existing Trumpeter nacelle (or would have had they fit). In any case, I was able to reshape this area for a better look with judicious filler, sanding and primer. Once in a final primer I rescribed all of the lost panel lines, remade the lost intake mounting plates from 10 thousand card stock and began focusing on the fuselage changes that were needed.
Alley Cat states that the conversion is
best used with the Trumpeter Mk IC kit.
However, for the Z8524 aircraft I wanted to model, I feel that a Mk
It was slightly stressful making those
first cuts into the flank of the beast, but with care and patience I achieved an
excellent fit using both an Olfa P cutter and Xacto #11 blades.
Additionally, Alley Cat does not provide any of the interior parts that
are unique to Wellingtons with waist windows-although the parts can be found in
the Trumpeter Mk
At this point construction followed the Trumpeter instruction and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well the kit fit and how quickly it went together given the astounding parts count.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
had planned from the start to model red U of 104 squadron.
I used Model Master Enamels for the Middle Stone and Dark Earth
camouflage on the top surfaces and Floquil Engine Black for the bottom surface.
The colors were sprayed with an Iwata HP-TR1 with all colors reduced 50%
with Testors Universal thinner. The
camouflage demarcation was achieved using Silly Putty, and lightened color was
used to highlight and show fading from exposure on all topside surfaces.
The decals provided by Alley Cat were used exclusively over Testors clear
lacquer Glosscoat and worked exceptionally well; although they did tend to stick
fiercely, requiring careful placement.
A final application of Testors Dullcoat and some weathering with pastels
completed the build.
Although marketed as a no fuss conversion, the Alley Cat Mk II kit that I received required more than beginner modeling skills. That said, the resin is exceptionally well cast, and although there were fit issues, they were not terminal. Recommended.
4+ Vickers Wellington
British Warplanes of World War II Daniel March, Ed. New York, 1998
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