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  1. KP/AZ central discussion, questions & answers

    On the subject of small amendments, I notice that the second pilot of the green one is referred to as "Oven Cathcart". This should be "Owen Cathcart-Jones". The exploits of the green Comet are generally forgotten, but after the black one broke the record from England to Karachi and the red one broke the England to Australia record, they loaded the newsreel films into the green one and flew it back to England, breaking the record for the return journey.
  2. KP/AZ central discussion, questions & answers

    A new 1/72 DH88 will certainly fulfil some of my wishes, despite my small stash of Airfix, Frog/Novo and Kellogg's examples. And I haven't made a model of G-ADEF yet...
  3. 1/36th scale prize winning models, but who was he?

    Yes, the same person. I seem to recall a two-page biography in Scale Models. Did they have a "meet the model makers" series of articles?
  4. 1/36th scale prize winning models, but who was he?

    Tony's brother was Bob. As a fan of pre-war light aircraft I was very fortunate to get to know Tony after turning up at the Reading club in 1991. The first model I ever took there was an Aeroclub Comper Swift. He took an interest, encouraged me to try a spot of scratchbuilding, complimented the resulting B A Swallow and over the following years taught me how to scratchbuild better models.
  5. I inherited the set as a boy in the 70s, and with that (plus the Wonder Book of Ships of similar vintage) became fascinated by the ships of the 'golden age' on the North Atlantic. The books really captured the imagination of ten-year-old me; there are probably ten-year-olds today who would be similarly fascinated by them (though subsequent experience suggests that I may not have been altogether normal). Relatively recently I discovered that there was a similar (though thinner) two-volume set "Wonders of World Aviation" and also one on the world's railways. It took me thirty years to realise that it was a partwork.
  6. Airfix Victor delayed?

    On Sunday at the Middle Wallop show, I turned down a 1/72 Victor, Valiant and Nimrod at £10 for the three. I don't think anyone's being priced out of the hobby - they may be priced out of buying particular kits, but that's life. (They were Rareplanes, Contrail and Formaplane kits, but there's a lot of fun to be had there for someone. I may be tempted if I see them again...)
  7. More on Airfix 2017

    Just think what fun they could have with their LIDAR gear at Old Warden!
  8. Airfix dropping a lot of kits

    Several of them seem to be models where there are other variants that aren't on the list: the civil and starter set Tiger Moths, but not the military one; the Swordfish on floats but not wheels. So they retain the most popular option and drop the rest. Seems sensible.
  9. 1/72nd Trident - Was there ever one produced?

    A Transport Wings Trident 3 sold on eBay yesterday. Not cheap though!
  10. PA-28-181 Archer

    Or, if you think £50 is not excessive for a 1/72nd light aircraft, there appears to be an Aero-Modell resin kit of the Archer available on eBay, along with a couple of other PA-28s. If they ever turn up in Home Bargains, I may buy one!
  11. Database of light aircraft models

    Another couple of resin kits that may be among your 100+ extras: Dujin's Miles Merlin and the Legato Praga E114 Air Baby/Hillson Praga. I haven't spotted them earlier in the thread, but I may have missed them. Peter
  12. I had the same problem with the instructions. Fortunately, as I was building mine, someone advertised the original TR4A instructions on eBay, and photographed both sides of the sheet. The originals had the same illustrations, but with step-by-step instructions written in English. The suspension assembly was a lot easier with those, rather than trying to interpret line drawings of scattered parts with a few arrows.
  13. DH.88 Comet Racer kits

    There's another 1/72 plastic kit that was issued by Kellogg's, I believe. Not the same as the Airfix and Frog kits, it had the canopy framework moulded into the fuselage halves.

    The Kickstarter "how it works" refers to the possibility of a second limited edition if the demand is there. That doesn't suggest that the tool will be scrapped. I suspect that "removed from the Airfix toolbank" means that it won't be issued again in the standard range. My order confirmation e-mail a few minutes ago said "You have backed the KitStarter Beagle Basset project. It has currently reached 230% of the support target". I guess that's good news for those who want the Beaver. Three-foot Pete (Beagle 206 nearing completion, so I needed to re-stock my Basset supply.)
  15. Surely Airfix decided that cars should be 1/32 back in the 1950s? That was the scale for dozens of their car kits up to 1981, and there were only a handful of exceptions. How many of the car kits in other scales were original Airfix moulds? The big Bentley and the James Bond Aston and Toyota, perhaps, but were kits like the Maserati Bora Airfix originals?