1/72 Frog English Electric Canberra B(1)

Gallery Article by Murli Rajan on Aug 15 2021

India Independence Day



Canberra, the only Bomber the Indian Air Force had until the late seventies, came to India in 1957. Over the years the Canberra became the backbone of IAF for bombing raids and photo reconnaissance operations. On 11 May 2001, the IAF retired its  Canberra aircraft after 50 years of service.

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This is a rather old kit that came to me as a gift from a friend. With 15th August a month away I quickly got to it to meet the deadline for ARC. 

The kit was very basic and had a lot of fit issues. I had to scratch build the cockpit. Used a spare ejection seat from another kit . The landing gear bay was also scratch built so were the intake scoops by the canopy. 

A lot of filling and sanding was involved. Primed with Mr. Surfacer. Model Master & Mr. Hobby paints were used. The squadron logo decal is self made, roundel and finflash are from brightspark. 

Overall an enjoyable build and for such an old kit it's one of the best looking Canberra kit. 

Wishing everyone a Happy Indian Independence Day, Jai Hind. 

Murli Rajan

Photos and text by Murli Rajan