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  1. Thx Hans
  2. Trying to find some information and pictures if I can of Saladins supplied to the Bundesgrenzschutz in the 1950s by the British Army. They were catchily called "Geschützer Sonderwagen III" Thx Julien
  3. Even if not him, if there is a chance of the body being identitified much better they do that than this person lying in an unmarked grave. I have seen way too many unmarked graves in War Cemetaries over the years and it always is upseting that that person who gave his life in the service of his country lies in an unmarked grave. Julien
  4. Northrop Delta 1:72 Azur FR.ROM The Delta was designed by Jack Northrop alongside the the Gamma in 1932 when the Northrop Corporation was set up with as a joint venture with The Douglas Aircraft Company. The Gamma was to be a mail plane where the Delta was to be a passenger transporter. It was a low wing monoplane with a fixed undercarriage. The wings were common to both aircraft with the Delta having a wider fuselage for the passengers with the pilot being seated upfront behind the engine fighter plane style. Space behind was for 8 passengers. The Delta flew in 1933 but suffered from a change in the regulations in the USA which prohibited single engined aircraft from carrying passengers at night, or over rough terrain. Only three aircraft were made before this regulation came into place with the first being used by TWA, the second by Pan-Am's Mexican subsidiary and the third to AB Aerotransport of Sweden. A single example was built for the US Coastguard and 7 more were built as executive transports. Of these three were purchased by the Spanish Republicans for use in the civil war there. Two of these were captured by the Republicans and used by them. The third was later used by the Republican Airline LAPE until the end of the war when it was also handed over to the Air Force. In addition to the US Built examples the Delta was built under license by Canadian Vickers where it was used as a photographic survey aircraft by the RCAF. The first example was supplied to Vickers by Northrop part assembled, and 19 examples were then built by them. This would be the first all metal stressed skin aircraft to be built in Canada. These aircraft were capable of being used with wheels, skis and floats although the latter was not a success due to corrosion issues. Delta were used for anti-submarine patrols in early WWII, but were withdrawn to training roles by 1941. The Kit The kit has 4 main sprues of injected plastic , and a clear sprue. The plastic is more limited run than main stream, the parts are well moulded with restrained panel lines, however there are a lot of ejector pins to clean up, all though on unseen surfaces. Construction starts without any surprises with the cockpit. The single cockpit for the pilot sits in the middle of the fuselage slightly higher than the main cabin floor. The rudder pedals are moulded to the cockpit floor, the side consoles are added along with the pilots seat. The instrument panel is then added along with the control column. Next up the 8 passenger seats are added to the main cabin floor. The cockpit and main cabin floor can then be added into the main fuselage along with the rear cabin bulkhead. Lastly before closing up the main fuselage the cabin windows need to be added. One correction here is that if you are building C/N7 then this aircraft had an enlarged door with one of the cabin windows removed to make way for it. Ffrom provide details for filling the window and door panel lines, along with a template to scribe a new door in. Once the main fuselage is together the engine is added to the front of the fuselage. The wings can now be added. These have a main full span lower wing with left & right uppers. Once the main wing is on the tail planes can also be added. The Spats and enclosed wheels are then built up and added to the main wing. To finish up the exhausts, tail wheel, aerial, pitot tube and propeller are added. Decals - Civilian Version This boxing of the kit gives three choices of markings, all in BMF. C/N 7, SE-ADI "Halland" used by AB Aerotransport Sweden, 1934-37 C/N 3, X12292, TWA 1933, LA to Kanas City C/N 4, X-ABED, Aerovias Centrales (Pan-AM) 1933-34. LA to Mexico City. Decals - Delta Over Spain This boxing of the kit gives three choices of markings, all in BMF. C/N 7, ED-AGC LAPE airline, Spanish, ex AB Aerotransport Sweden. 1937-1938 C/N 7, ED-AGC LAPE airline, Spanish, ex AB Aerotransport Sweden. 1938-1939 C/N7, now 43-18 Spanish Air Force 1939-45 All decals are by Aviprint, look to have good colour density and be in register. Conclusion This is another left of field release from FFROM of an lesser well known but good looking aircraft from the earlier years of civil aviation. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. What did I just read!
  6. Did anyone ever do a NF.14 in 1.48th Scale? JUlien
  7. Given the activated bleach slurry which was to be used to decontaminate vehicles not sure it mattered what finish the paint was.
  8. Having spoken to the poster all he is doing is sharing news, does not work for Arctic Decals, so yes spread the news.
  9. Warpaint

    Yes Adrian Balch is a member here. Dont for get to tell Guideline you saw it on here. Julien
  10. Looks like a Hunter seat to me.
  11. Beaufigther, Blenheim, Defiant, Gladiator, Beaufort; any of them would be good.
  12. Shockingly enough none. Companies come and companies go. I am buy kits from manufactures new and old. I am sure some of the new people wont last, and I am sure some of them will go onto be big.
  13. When I was a teenager in Hong Kong (Dad was in the Army out there) there was a small model shop in the local town Sheng Shui, now this place was tiny by modern shop standards but the amount of kits in there was a massive, it must have been made by the same people who did the tardis. The rate for the HK$ was very good to the £ so everything seemed cheap as well. Also miss being able to buy Matchbox kits in the corner shop, my first experience of kit buying.
  14. Used the reverse end of the superglue cap to pierce the metal top and then put in my mouth that end first for safe keeping!
  15. Happy Birthday

    Wow 10 years tomorrow it will be since joining BM. Time flies. Panzer Vor!!! you can go back to sleep now!
  16. They have their own shop on their site; I have ordered from a few Polish retailers lately with no issues, They only take paypal for retail orders, but then you are covered by Paypal. No minimum order as well which is good. JUlien
  17. NEW

    Walter Wolf Racing WR1 Formula 1 car added today. Julien
  18. NEW

    Hi, with help from Mike, the other mods and the review team I have been working on getting a walkaround section here on Britmodeller. This will hopefully contain the sort of detail shots only modellers need. ie the left handed widget on the Blackburn Wurlitzer etc. We are aiming for Aircraft, helicopters, Tanks, Softskins, airliners, Ships, Subs, Weapons, Ejection seats, ground equipment. Basically anything of interest to the modeller. Guys & gals this section will only be as good as the info we can get and post up. If you would like to contribute then please let me know. many thanks Julien
  19. Walter Wolf Racing WR1 Formula 1 car, pic thanks to Stuart.
  20. Sad news that one of the Irish Coastguard helos has gone down. I crew rescued others still missing. Julien
  21. NEW

    Ordnance Quick-Firing 17-pounder Anti Tank Gun pics added today. Julien
  22. Ordnance Quick-Firing 17-pounder Anti Tank Gun, pics thanks to Alan.
  23. Oh yeah!
  24. I would go hasegawa, an oldie but a good kit.