Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Progress report – Step 12

Step 12

Déjà vu…

Step 12a


Step 12b

Nothing major to report except part K4 was broken and I had to find the broken piece.


The two wings have now been completed.


I did some touch-ups on the interior even if it won’t show. At least I will know I did.


Next time, going back to steps 7 and 8 with the gun turrets and trying to fix step 8.

Step 7

Step 8 instruction




Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Progress report – Step 11

Moving along with step 11 and keeping my expectations to a minimum after fumbling step 8, and strictly following the instructions to the letter whenever possible.

Step 8 instruction

Step 11


Step 11a



Step 11b

I took some photos to show you where I am at right now after glueing the starboard wing…


The pitot tube, which I will eventually break and lose, was added. The fuel jettison pipe was glued after.


The only problem I had encountered was the location of the exhaust pipe.

Step 11b (2)

I should have looked for photos on the Internet first.

exhaust pipe

But in the end I was lucky…just a few millimeters off.


I have added the landing gear doors and the air filter to complete the starboard wing. 

Step 11b (3)

Step 11b (4)

Final result





Next time step 12 and I should not be expecting any unforseeable problems.

Step 12a


Step 12b 





Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Step 8!

Step 8 should have been simple but I forgot to see what I had missed in the instructions.

Step 8


The four Browning .303 machine guns had to be inserted in four little holes which were not wide enough.

Step 8 instruction

I had taken about 30 minutes to try to fit them. Having done so I proceeded with installing parts B7 and B8 which did not seem to fit. It was obvious that I had inserted the machine guns 180 degrees due to combat fatigue!

I had to become a brain surgeon to fix this. I then glued B7 and B8 which were hard to insert. It was only then that I noticed how these parts were protruding.

Step 8 instruction

I should have remembered to look at this photo.

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That should teach me a lesson.



Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Steps 7 and 8? Not so fast!

I was still searching for more information. This I had found this on the Internet for James. He wanted to know where the crew members were stationed.


We can see where they were stationed in the Wellington.

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Pilot at the controls, then the wireless-operator behind him listening to messages, and the navigator looking at his charts.

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The gunners were in front and in the rear ready for action.

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Last time I wrote steps 7 and 8 were next in line, but first I had to paint the parts black before assembly.

Step 7

Step 8

While painting those parts I had second thoughts about the reddish brown I had seen on photos.

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This is how James’ model kit would have looked.



I had also painted other parts like the engines.


And the cockpit area.


This is how the interior would have looked.

DSC07741Now the interior will look like this even if no one will ever see it once the fuselage parts are glued.


I have painted more details.





But more touch-ups will be needed later.


Next time?

Steps 7  and 8.

Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Steps 7 and 8

These steps are next in line.

Step 7

Step 8

This photo should come handy.

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Having completed the first six steps I have added a base coat for the interior of the Wellington. Most of the details, if not all, won’t be seen when the fuselage parts are glued together. Painting instructions are minimal. Some parts of the interior could be reddish brown as seen on these photos.

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These photos show other parts of the interior made of wood and aluminum.


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Many modelers have been searching for this information for a long time on the Internet, and the correct information has yet to be found anywhere. So I am left with this link as reference which seems the most logical way to paint the interior…






Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – From Step 1 to Step 6

I have completed the first six steps. I can’t show you any photos for now because James wants to use them first in his documentary. I am taking different shots of all the steps and he validates which ones he will be using.

I am very surprised by the engineering and the fit of all the parts for now.

The bomb bay is nicely detailed but won’t show up because the bomb bay doors are molded in one long piece.

You have to read the instructions very carefully since there are parts for a Mk III also. This can be confusing sometimes.

Assembling the engines was a little tricky even if there were locating pins to help alignment.

Most of the details if not all won’t be seen when the fuselage parts are glued. Painting instructions are minimal.

The interior should be sort of a reddish brown as seen on some photos.

Some parts like the machine guns are quite fragile and I will have to glue them before glueing the fuselage. Extra care will be needed when I will be handling the model kit for painting the interior which will be next.

I will use this as reference…


More painting ideas here…

On YouTube…


Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Step 1 – Tiny pieces

Step 1

Very tiny pieces indeed.

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I have cut them from the sprues very carefully. I am adding some photos of the cockpit area I found on the Internet. The photos are from Rich Ellis at The RAF Museum Cosford. This is the link.


I will start assembling the parts next Monday with step 1 and step 2, and step 3 if everything goes well.

Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk X – Step 1


Now that James Girling has written the introduction for my next build, I see no other reasons to procrastinate.

Step 1

However I won’t be posting photos on the progress report because James wants to add my photos to his documentary he will be releasing later. Maybe he will decide on a trailer later. We’ll see what happens.

It’s no use comparing a 2006 model kit with a late 1950s model kit of the Wellington. One thing though Airfix box art in the 70s was striking.

I had high expectations with Airfix’s rendition of the Wellington when I had opened the box.

However the more I was building it the more my expectation level was sagging lower and lower. I became fond of the late 50s model kit though and I soldiered on.

There was this ugly seam.


The more I looked at it the uglier it got…

I then decided after some filing to let it go.


Then came the painting of the clear parts where some of the frames were hardly noticeable. I used the cocktail toothpick method to scrape away excess paint…


The clear parts were glued meticulously…


With just a little more scraping needed.



But then something looked wrong…


I was easily fixed.






This is where I am right now. 






Decals will come later when we hit warmer temperatures here in Quebec.