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  1. It might be just me, but I really like the Italeri range of brushes. Been using them for some time now and find them to be excellent to use and not too expensive. Best regards; Steve
  2. While I agree that it's pretty unlikely that we'll see a Viscount from Airfix, I'm not sure that it can be considered obscure. I must admit that I was surprised by the amount of operators that flew the viscount. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Vickers_Viscount_operators ...And first flight to retirement, 1948 to 2008. That's an aviation classic that maybe does deserve a kit from Airfix! Big thumbs up for the Hart/Demon and Beaufort though! Best regards; Steve
  3. Never built a Revell car kit, but do want to try the Golf and Beetle....and the Routemaster keeps talking to me. Now if they were to put out a 1/24 Cortina Mk III........ Best regards; Steve
  4. Maybe they wouldn't make commercial sense, but I would love to see a Herald and Viscount. Living near to Southend airport as I did, I grew up watching those two types flying overhead and would love some 1/72 kits. Just remember seeing the Carvairs too, and the odd Belfast that was always a treat....and had a school trip jolly on a Herald to the White Cliffs and back in 1985...magic! On the flip side, often got woken up in the wee hours by the sounds of RR Darts being run up....noisy so and so's! Best regards; Steve
  5. I'm grateful for Revell, otherwise I wouldn't have 1/32 He-111s or Ju-88s in my stash...two big additions to that 1/32 Battle of Britain collection I've always hankered after. I just wish they had followed up with the Do-17Z! I very much like Giorgio's analogy with Ford. I think that sums up Revell rather well. Best regards; Steve
  6. Thanks for the photos! Think this was one of the last Hall's I went to myself after 10 years. Do miss those shows, and fond memories of the over enthusiastic car park marshalls (who made you feel as if they were parking a Tomcat on a carrier deck, and not a Cortina Mk V), and of course the endless supply of cool Budweisers, Polish Dogs and the yummy burgers dipped in that Mildenhall bar-b-que sauce! I used to spend the week there, staying at a B&B in Beck Row, and did the arrivals days from the mound at the end of the runway. Seem to recall a F-15 going supersonic in a dive (well, the large boom must have had something to do with it), and the day the B-1 surprised the step ladder brigade on the mound (wasn't just Jack and Jill that fell down the hill that day!) Sorely missed! Best regards; Steve
  7. I think I have more of the misty eyed nostalgia thing for Tamiya. Always regarded them as a bit of a treat back in the early 80s as my paper round money wouldn't usually stretch to hardly any of their range. I think the first kit of theirs that I bought was the Harley MP set, followed by the Daimler Dingo, and I remember thinking that they were the best thing ever. As far a buying kits today? I actually have a thing for building vintage kits, and I enjoy beating them into submission. I know there are some fantastic kits out there now from many different manufacturers, but it all comes down to one thing for me. If a company makes the subject I want, then I buy it. Makes no difference who makes it. Hence the reason my last purchase was two Pilatus P.2s from FSC. As for Tamiya. They may get surpassed, but I suspect their reputation and respect will remain intact. As has been said previously, Tamiya have often set the bench mark in the quality and tooling of their kits and that will stick in peoples minds. Best regards; Steve
  8. I thought that might be the case. I shall keep my eyes peeled on eBay....I see there have been a few of the Skybirds 86 Hornets for sale recently, and there is a vacform Prentice in Canada for sale. I seem to remember the Skybirds kits being advertised in Aircraft Modelworld back in the 80s....couldn't afford them at the time though. Best regards; Steve
  9. Oh I like this a lot! Lovely, lovely build! Where do I find one of these kits? Best regards; Steve
  10. Hi Paul; Appreciate that! Thanks for remembering. I'm just about to ramp into my 83 West Malling build as I've been rounding up the necessary kits. Got Piston Provost G-AWPH built and I think the only kits I can't source are a Fiat G.46 and Max Holste Broussard (both of which I know are out there but hen's teeth to find) and a Howard 500 (which I know hasn't existed in kit form) Not sure what to start on next, but I'm considering Piper Navajo G-NMAN which I know didn't display, but was there as Gary was the sponsor. Just another quick thanks for the first batch of photos...they've been really helpful so far for the little details. I did have a camera myself that day, but it was a crappy little 110 (all I could afford...I was only 13) and only one snap has survived! Best regards; Steve
  11. Hi Paul! Bumpity Bump.... Did you manage to find any more 83 West Malling photos? Sorry to be a nag! Best regards; Steve
  12. Ah! Good old fashioned craftmanship! Got me thinking about the 1/24 Airfix Stuka. I don't suppose any of that was produced with CAD. It's still a fine kit and all produced by talented craftsman. I'm sure there was a brief explanation of the manufacturing process in one of the 1970's era catalogues....I'll have a look later and see which one, and I think Arthur Ward's books explained this also. Best regards; Steve
  13. I'm actually tempted by this! Wonder if it's still there?
  14. That's interesting! I built the Defender version a few years back, and didn't really have any issues. What problems is your friend having? Best regards; Steve
  15. Really? You can buy one on eBay if you like....There's loads of them! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airfix-Submarine-Spitfire-MKla-1-72-Scale-Model-Kit-New-Sealed-/232296791459?hash=item3615f7bda3:g:1rYAAOSwB-1Y6Q2h ...And if you're into FAA stuff, you can buy this... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-48-SUBMARINE-SEAFIRE-FR46-47-AIRFIX-MODEL-/262915563887?hash=item3d36fd216f:g:bLwAAOSwA29Y3EP3 ....Which is presumably what a Supermarine Seafire becomes if it fails to catch the last wire... Best regards; Steve