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Eric Mc

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  1. 1/72 Dragon Apollo CSM

    The retail price of the Command Module with Lunar Module or Soyuz had been around £30 in the UK for quite a while. I thought that was a bit steep.
  2. The Matchbox Tempest is a little gem and turns out really nice with a little attention. Your's is lovely.
  3. I don't think I've seen any Fly Whitley's built. When they came out they seemed very expensive - although mainstream kits are gradually getting towards those types of prices now anyway. The Fly kit will still have a lot more internal detail than the Frog one. Another obvious Frog Whitley giveaway will be that it has raised panel limes. Fly and Airfix Whitleys have recessed panel lines. And for the Whitley afficianado, there is also a resin set by Flightpath which allows you to convert the Frog Whitley to a Tiger powered MkII. For the record, the Frog Whitley also appeared under the following brand names - Intech Maquette Modelcraft Novo PYB
  4. I have two post FROG/Novo Russian issue Whitleys. Both are in neutral gray plastic. The Airfix Whitley only came out a couple of years ago and is world away from the FROG version in regards to detail and moulding.
  5. I doubt it's an Airfix kit as Airfix have only issued (a very lovely) Whitley kit in recent years. It will definitely be the FROG kit or one of its Russian produced descendants. Apart from appalling decals, the early issue Novo kits were virtually identical to the FROG originals. I always found the plastic a bit softer but the packaging was pretty much identical. In fact, I have read that the packaging and printing was still carried out in the UK, even though the bits of plastic were coming in from the USSR. Eventually however, all aspects of production were moved to the USSR which is the point where the nice Novo packaging disappeared to be replaced by the awful box art and cheap paper instructions as seen in the (barely recognisable) P-40 above.
  6. I've just resurrected one of these from my loft. I started building it in the early 1980s and then lost heart. It will be interesting to see how your turns out.
  7. Frog stands tended to be solid colour - usually grey.
  8. Frog Beaufighter 404sqn RCAF

    Nice build. I'm a big FROG fan. My most recent build (completed yesterday) was a FROG Corsair.
  9. Fantastic model and a very interesting story.
  10. I'm going on what it says on the Xtradecal sheet. I did have a look on the Internet to see if I could find photos of the actual aircraft but I couldn't find anything.
  11. Nice Corsair. I've just built the Frog one - which is marginally younger mould wise.
  12. Thanks. I like these old kits with their low parts count. I always have to take a break from modelling from mid November to the end of January because of work commitments. Models like this are great for getting back into the swing of things.
  13. Another blast from the dim and distant past. This is the FROG model of the Vought F4U Corsair. The kit was originally released in the early 1970s and by modern standards is extremely basic. I think in total it has around 40 parts, and some of them are optional. Like all Frog kits, however, it goes together quite well. To keep the build simple and quick, I didn't add any modern accessories. It's more or less straight out of the box. The only concession to modernity are the decals which are from an Xtradecal sheet. The original sheet had yellowed somewhat although it does look usable. The original kit came with markings for two Royal New Zealand Air Force Corsairs. Even though I didn't use the kit decals, I chose this interesting RNZAF example which is included on the Xtradecal sheet. It's essentially a "cut & shut" job. You will see that the front half of the aeroplane is in a different colour scheme to the back half. This is because it is made up from the remains of two airframes which had been actually written off in accidents. However, there was sufficient left intact to assemble a new hybrid aeroplane from the bits. I don't think it would get approval today but the squadron was based at Gudalcanal at the time (end of 1944) so they more or less had to make do and mend as best they could.
  14. Those are really nice. What happened to them?
  15. I think that the box art for the P-40 wins the prize for the least accurate rendition of an aeroplane ever seen on model packaging.