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  1. 1/72 Airfix Phantom

    I've got a few on the shelf, never paid more than £20 for any of them. Even brand new on EBay they are around the £25 mark. I always go for the older release (second wave early '90s) though and have never had fit issues, they really do fall together in my experience. Decals are poor though, so need tp factor in the cost of decal sheets. Actually I was hoping that a load of the old Fujimis would emerge from the woodwork, but that doesn't seem to be happening!
  2. Westland Wyvern canopy types and type conversions

    If you particulary want a vacform canopy, then Falcon issued one in their set No 19, can still be found, https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/FNCV1972 Gobeithio bod hyn yn helpful!
  3. Great to see the Frog kit joining the Matchbox build, always wanted to see how that builds up. No CAD or LIDAR back then!
  4. Incredible finish, just looks so crisp and beautifully rendered. Great to see these inter-war fighters brought to life like this.
  5. 1/72 Airfix Phantom FG.1 (R.A.F.)

    The work on those canopies looks so clean and precise, you wouldn't think that they are 72nd.
  6. Lovely work Bob, really like the light colour used to accentuate the panel lines.
  7. Must admit I would prefer the AEW, there are two 48th AS kits, the superb Dynavector and good Classic Airframes. I guess it's almost the other way around in 72nd, nice AEW from Sword, a good shaped AS from Frog, and nicely detailed AS from Revell and Trumpeter, but all need work. It gladdens the heart (hopefully not to your displeasure!) to hear that domestic bliss gets in the way of even the most seasoned modellers activities!
  8. I do get your point Bill, but you and others (such as Baron exWAAFU etc) can make any kit sing, you're modelling a Frog Gannet, what further proof do we need. However some of us just ain't of this skill set, or maybe don't have that much time and expect our new tool kits to be almost shake 'n bake. It doesn't help that such kits are released with a fanfare of perfect CAD images and claims of LIDAR accuracy. There doesn't seem to be any eveness with quality, I am pretty disappointed with the Phantom which seems to be made by a different company to the superb Victor. Many of the Sea Fury kits seem to have plastic missing (short shot), whereas the Walrus seems to be faultless and an excellent kit. That's not to sat that they are in anyway bad kits and we are grateful of theses releases, but if manufacturers are skimping on certain things to cheapen production then they must expect a little criticism. Anyway, would be nice to dream of an Airfix box full of Gannet, that AEW has to be along shortly!
  9. Have you got a resin camera pack, or are you making one? I have an illustration of it somewhere if you need more info.
  10. Bill, you really make this stuff look so simple, but I bet that there are years of experience behind this! I think that you may have misunderstood an earlier post, I wasn't doubting the idea of having a nice clear acetate canopy, but whether or not it was the Falcon canopy or the kit spine that was at fault - you don't want to discard the good bit!
  11. Those airbrakes look like they could actually operate! Plastic dust in the bin, I just hope the drug squad isn't following you around!
  12. Using other peoples photographs.

    That was who I was referring to, the cheek of the seller is unreal.
  13. 1/72 Airfix Phantom FG.1 (R.A.F.)

    The ladders and exhausts have turned out a real treat!
  14. They were part of Mod 1044, which I think I have seen was introduced in the late 1960s. I had forgotten that the the little bulges ahead and inboard of the main intakes were added at about that time as well.
  15. Even from the photos the Frog one look nearer to me to the original - how often do we hear that! The Matchbox spine seems to reduce the taper and get too parallel at the fwd end That's kinda why I mentioned this earlier, I would hate you to modify the canopy to find that the issue is with the kit spine. Nice to have the luxury of seeing these comparisons, would love to see a thread on just comparing 72nd Bucc kits.