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t-bird_models

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  1. Thanks Paul, I thought someone had done some but couldn't see any currently available. About time we had some more two-stage Merlins then I guess. *Sigh*... so many subjects, so little time..! Cheers, Andy
  2. Great looking models Trev, and it's nice to see the decals used! The Spartan Mossies are actually on my to do list as I've always liked them as well. The only bugbear is that they used the two-stage Merlins which I believe only came out in the Airfix kit (or was it Matchbox??) so I was looking at maybe releasing them with resin engines, unless someone knows of some already available? Cheers, Andy Thunderbird Models Ltd
  3. After a bit of a respite to enjoy the lovely(?!) weather, I'm back on track with this years releases. Out now are the CP Air 737-200 decals for the Airfix kit and my first ever decals in 1/48th scale, the popular World Wide Airways Mosquito racer. I've taken the opportunity to correct some errors and omissions in the latter which were in the instructions for the 72nd scale version. Also have two sets of masks out for 4.5L Bentley kits in 1/12th (Airfix) and 1/24th (Heller/Revell). All available to order on the website:
  4. I've reworked the master for this part to incorporate the correct tail shape. I did consider doing it as a complete replacement tail unit but decided not to go this route as it is contrary to my original plan of a simple conversion and would also drastically increase the price, not to mention the weight which may have resulted in a tail sitter. The fix is actually very easy, involving a simple cut and inserting a plastic wedge to correct the tail shape. It took me all of 10 minutes per side including filling and rescribing. The new resin set will also include larger end pieces to go above the exhaust; a Red Arrows version with smoke pipes and the standard version sans pipes. Should be available this week. Thanks again to Dave for pointing out the error. Andy
  5. Hmm, yes, you're quite right and I have to hold my hands up and say I missed it, as did a couple of reviews I read. However my intention was really a quick and easy drop-in replacement that wouldn't require any surgery to the kit, which would probably be the case if the upper tail above the jet pipe was replaced. It's a more instantly recognisable feature on first glance than the slope of the tail so as a quick fix it may be of interest to those who aren't too bothered by the tail shape. I'll have a think about a correction for the slope that perhaps won't require too much surgery. Cheers, Andy
  6. Evening all, Actually it's the wee hours of the morning but who's counting...? I'm pleased to announce our first resin part is now available. A small and simple pressure cast resin piece that replaces the early tail fairing in the new tool Revell 1/72 BAe Hawk (04921) making it more accurate for the Red Arrows markings supplied. It also opens up many more possibilities to model other current Hawks. Retailing for £2.25 and available to order now only from the Thunderbird Models website. First of many resin items to come...! Andy
  7. Hi Reggie, Thanks for that, I'll get them out as soon as I can. I've got a few custom masks to finish for a couple of people and some for Freightdog Models for upcoming kits and conversion sets and then I can get back to my own masks. Hope all's well with you! Cheers, Andy
  8. Good afternoon all, Recovered from a long but enjoyable day at the Huddersfield show. Just thought I'd let you know about the planned releases for 2016: Decals 1/144 144-004 - CP Air Boeing 737 (for the Airfix kit) 144-005 - PWA Boeing 737 (Airfix) 1/72 72-012 - PWA Supermarine Stranraer (Revell/Matchbox) 72-013 - Imperial Products Staggerwing (Sword) 1/48 48-001 - WWA Racing Mosquito (Tamiya) 48-002 - Racing Spitfire Mk XIV (Academy) Masks TBM-002 - 1/16 Tiger I (Tamiya, Trumpeter, Heng Long, etc) £5.95 - available now TBM-003 - 1/144th Boeing 737-200 (Airfix) £2.95 - available now TBM-004 - 1/12 Bentley Blower (Airfix) TBM-005 - 1/24 Bentley Blower (Heller/Revell) TBM-006 - 1/72 Supermarine Stranraer (Matchbox/Revell) TBM-007 - 1/72 Noorduyn Norseman (Matchbox/Revell) TBM-008 - 1/72 De Havilland Beaver (Airfix) TBM-009 - 1/72 De Havilland Beaver (Hobbycraft) TBM-010 - 1/72 Douglas DC-3/C-47 (Airfix new tool) TBM-011 - 1/72 Ford Trimotor (Airfix) TBM-012 - 1/72 De Havilland Rapide (Heller/Airfix) TBM-013 - 1/72 De Havilland Otter (Hobbycraft) TBM-014 - 1/72 Lockheed Constellation (Heller/Airfix) TBM-015 - 1/72 Beech 18 (Hobbbycraft) TBM-016 - 1/48 Beech 18 (ICM) Prices to be confirmed with the exception of the two mask sets which are already available. No firm release dates for the rest yet but I will keep you updated. I'm also now set up for resin pressure casting and I have many items planned, one of which will be a 1/72 Landseair conversion for the Academy PBY-5a to go with the CPA Canso decals. Andy
  9. Thanks all for your comments, much appreciated. I find I'm getting more swayed to the civvie side of things these days, though I could be accused of being slightly biased due to the nature of the decal business! Sorry no Beaver decals planned for the near future Reggie, but there will be more eventually. You need to start building some of that big stash of them you've already got! Cheers, Andy
  10. Hello and Happy New Year all! I hope this is the appropriate place for this, I'm more used to posting in the vendors section. I thought it was about time I try out these decals I've been producing for the past few years, here then is the Tamiya 1/72 Mossie in Thunderbird Models WWA racer decals. I'm pleased to say the decals were excellent both in fit and ease of application, and I can say this without fear of inflating my own ego because it's down to the original Whiskey Jack artwork and the quality of Fantasy Printshop's work rather than my own efforts! On the other hand, I must be the only person on the planet that is less than enthralled with Tamiya kits; this is the second one I've built that I had major fit problems with. The bomb bay doors were half a millimetre too long and there were large gaps on the sides - an internal spreader bar or two in the fuselage would be an advantage here. The crew hatch also didn't fit well and there were large gaps on the rear of the engine nacelles which necessitated copious amounts of filler. The separate wingtips also needed filler and the fuselage halves weren't the best fit either. On the plus side the fit of the wings to the fuselage was superb, needing no filler at all. Paint is Humbrol 103 Cream which is a very good match for the original aircraft's Diana Cream. The green was mixed from Humbrol 3 Brunswick Green, Xtracolour 151 Willow Green and a bit of blue and white to match the decals. Landing gear and wheel hubs look very dark in photos; I went with Humbrol 85 Coal Black but they could just as easily have been painted in the same green as the trim and spinners. There are also natural metal panels behind the exhausts which I represented with Bare Metal Foil Flat Aluminum. Note that the forward edge of these panels do not follow the panel lines as moulded by Tamiya, they are about 3/32" behind them. I drilled out the exhausts, replaced the pitot with Albion Alloys micro brass tubing, flattened the tyres and added Eduard Superfabric seatbelts and an antenna from Uschi elastic thread but other than that it's straight out of the box. Anyway, for better or worse, here it is: Andy
  11. Hi Reggie, Yep, signed up for SMW 2016 there and then. Also doing Huddersfield show in February and of course good ol' Bolton in January. Cheers, Andy
  12. Back from a successful weekend at Scale ModelWorld in Telford. It was great to catch up with people and put some faces to names. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello. The decal range sold really well, a few people even came by with a Thunderbird Models shopping list which was very gratifying! I've already signed up for next years show and will also be attending the Huddersfield show in February as well as my usual haunt at Bolton in January. The Canadian Pacific Airlines PBY-5a Canso decals were released at SMW and sold well, these are now available to order on the website. Sadly, due to a printing error beyond my control, the Eastern Provincial Airways ATL-98 Carvair decals were not ready in time. I'm waiting on a correction sheet which hopefully will arrive soon. Now for the big news, Thunderbird Models is 5 years old and to celebrate I'm having a sale on all kits (except vacforms) until the end of November, 2015. Shop now to get 15% off all the major brands in stock. This is in addition to any existing sale prices so it's an opportunity for some great deals!
  13. Hi Reggie, Telford was great, sorry you couldn't make it. Caught up with a few people and sales were good. Lots of interest in the decals which is what it's all about! Cheers, Andy
  14. Getting down to the wire for SMW! I've been putting in some late nights trying to get new products ready for the show including new decals and paint masks. The EPA Carvair sheet has been delayed slightly due to a printing error beyond my control, however the correction sheet is due imminently along with a new 1/72nd scale set so both should be available at the show. A new set of paint masks for the Airfix Boeing 737-200 is also now available and I'm hoping to have another new mask set ready soon. The Khee-Kha order arrived just in the nick of time and is waiting for me at the post office as I write. They will be coming along on the trip to Telford. To the best of my knowledge Thunderbird Models will be the only UK stockist of this excellent range of vacforms and resin accessories, well worth checking out. We'll have show-only deals on kits and decals so please come and have a look. We'll be in hall 1 near the Pocketbond stand and the entrance to the kit swap. Hope to see you at Telford this weekend! Andy
  15. Cheers Reggie! Did you find out if you can make SMW? Andy