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About KevinK

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  1. We all have our wish list - serious or not-so-much - but honestly, given Hornby's current situation, there's only one aircraft which would generate the immediate and sustained sales volume necessary. That little-known aircraft we rarely mention, made in Southampton, I think. What was its name? Supermarine something-or-other, they made quite a few of them I recall. My guess would be a Mk IX - if the tooling was well-thought-out it might be possible to engineer it as the basis for several issues of different Marks: the Airfix Mk I/V is a bit long in the tooth now.
  2. I'm well aware that without some documentary evidence, we can't be sure what the colour was 'on the day', so please just take this as a thought exercise. If I had been a 1945 Gloster engineer asked to prepare an aircraft for a world airspeed record attempt, I would be looking to reduce (i) friction/parasite drag and (ii) lift-induced drag (via reduced weight), as much as possible. Amongst other things, I would want to smooth and fill the bare metal aerosurfaces to retain laminar flow as far along the chord as possible, then apply the thinnest coat of clear dope (no pigment, to keep the weight down) to seal the filled areas. Then wax polish. Think the Streak Eagle 30+ years later. If I was told 'we can't send an aircraft out looking like that', I would choose a colour to give coverage with the minimum of mass - the obvious one being silver dope applied only to the filled areas. If I had to choose a colour, yellow would be dead last from the weight point of view: those who've painted anything yellow know just how many more coats it takes to get full-depth coverage, compared with any other colour. On the other hand, if I were later repainting it for exhibition at Le Bourget, yellow would be a great choice for visual effect. Kevin
  3. It seems astonishing to me that WETA, given who they are, apparently still has no idea when (or even whether?) they are getting stock, and yet a small retailer - our very own Duncan - knows when & where his incoming stock is arriving. A lesson there, I think.
  4. OK, do you have a BS381 equivalent? Or an FS one? Does Humbrol make an acrylic or is in only available in enamel? You should know, Beardie, that you can't get away with a vague colour description like that on Britmodeller - we want documentation. A further thought - could this be the origin of the mysterious PC10 colour variations - the use of different mummies?
  5. You would have to scratch build a new fuselage, undercarriage & engines/props to get a Universal Freighter out of a Beverley - roughly akin to making a Venom out of a Vampire. OK - here's an aircraft built in large numbers over a long time and is still in widespread use, yet I believe never kitted - the Cessna 170.
  6. An aircraft never kitted - the Blackburn & General Aircraft Universal Freighter.
  7. Not only that, it was used to test the optimum tailplane location for the P.1. English Electric preferred the low-set location, while the RAE was convinced that a T-tail was needed. As we now know, EE was correct. From the modeller's point of view, this means there can be two visually-different configurations to build.
  8. Well, that's two sales today for Special Hobby. No, three actually
  9. I have a Maquette variant of the Frog Herald: it came with Channel Express and BIA markings, with Channel Express featured on the box. So, yes.
  10. That kit is interesting in that most of the parts are for the mooring mast: the airship itself isn't all that complex. Vacforming might well be the way to go for an airship model.
  11. Please, please let that be true!
  12. On the subject of where we bought Frog kits: in the early-mid '60s there seemed to be two main sources, other than the small 'corner shop' type stores. One type was the department stores, like Boswell's in Oxford, Russell Hillsdon's in Chichester, which always seemed to carry a good selection of Frog & Revell, as Woolworth's had the Airfix distribution. Boswell's basement model section was like Aladdin's cave - there were brands we'd never seen before, like Faller, and kits we'd never seen elsewhere, like the Revell Allison engine. That one fascinated me but it was way out of my price range & I didn't get one until 25 years later as a reissue. One I did buy was the Frog 1/16th motorized E-type Jag - every boy's aspirational car. The other source was model shops - Abingdon had a good one which seemed to have a lot in a very small space. In the late '60's & '70's my brother and I used to frequent the wonderful Modeltoys in Portsmouth. The proprietor, Mike Silk, was always informative & helpful. We used to go there on most Saturdays: on one occasion, there was a stack of Frog V-bombers on the counter. I hadn't seen these for many years and even at that time they were semi-mythical! This was around the time of Frog's demise, as I recall, and apparently, these few kits had been held back at Tri-ang/Rovex to be the source of spare parts; I suppose that with Mike Silk's industry connections he had snaffled them up. I bought a Vulcan and my brother bought a Valiant. Here's the Vulcan: it was built and painted decades ago, but with so many house moves over the years, it never got the pointy, breakable bits added. I've still got them, so it's a work-in-progress! Happy days!
  13. I would guess that, in those days, every boy of kit-making age had a bike, so they were selling both to the same demographic. Bet they didn't call it a demographic back then, though!
  14. That reminds me - some Frog kits of tricycle types had one or more lead discs included for nose-weight. The Gannet had two to avoid it being a 'tailsitter'. As I recall, this had stopped by the mid-60s.
  15. Well, Polo, it was an effort to avoid giving an entirely unintentional insult to the French customer. The name 'Frog' (which stands for 'Flies Right Off Ground' as Adey said earlier) can also be a slightly insulting slang term to call a French person: a rough equivalent would be a French company marketing a product called 'Rosbif' in the UK! TriAng, as the parent company, decided the safest course to avoid problems was to market the kits under their own name. The 'Sea Vixen' you mention - was it the original DH-110 kit? That one indeed had a rounded nose but it was an accurate representation of the DH-110 prototype as-built. The later 1970's Frog Sea Vixen was reasonably representative of the production aircraft. best regards, Kevin