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  1. Something else has just occurred to me, the new Minicraft KC-135R kit is going to have horizontal stabilzers that are too small as the EC-135's were all fitted with the larger Boeing 707 stabilizers I have read. Can anyone confirm this for me please. If true then that scuppers the conversion I guess.
  2. Vlamgat9, I took your advice and have ordered the Minicraft KC-135R from, it is coming from the States so is not cheap. Also I have ordered Welsh Models CV 23 the RAF Rivet Joint conversion set to modify the Minincraft kit, again not particularly cheap! The Welsh Models set has arrived but the instructions are a bit vague as to which resin blisters go where! Has anyone ever done this conversion already here on Britmodeller (or anywhere else on the web for that matter) as it looks like this is not going to be an easy conversion and I could do with some tips and photos. Please can anyone help? Thanks Ian
  3. Well it's taken over a year but I finally got there in the end. i have built this model for a colleague at work who was at Lossie with the 617 Sqn Tonka's when they were wearing this anniversary colour scheme a few years ago. I must admit I am not a fan of this Revell kit which was a bit of a bitch to put together at times, with poor instructions and some over sized parts (hence the aftermarket pitot tube). I just hope she likes it when she finds it on her desk on Monday! Thanks for looking. Ian
  4. Well it's finally finished. I'll post some more photos in the Ready For Inspection section. Thanks for looking Ian
  5. This thread certainly brings back memories, I was 59 yesterday. Mine are of when I was around 11 years old in 1969 I discovered that in an old toy department in a local hardware shop - R.P Lennox in Chaddesden Derby there was a stash of very old Revell and FROG kits. I wasn't on a lot of pocket money in those days so had to start off by buying the small ones like the "Book Box" kit of the Gannet (I've still got that amazing cut away section box somewhere. I also bought the P1B, DH110 and then HP Victor which I still have in the shed. I painted her up as a K1 Tanker in 1973, in fact I suppose it was my first ever conversion. A few years later after I joined the RAF in 1975, one of my Cpls at Scampton gave a carrier bag with the FROG Valiant in it that was in bits. I had just bought my first airbrush and after a bit of restoration this was the first model I ever camouflage painted with the airbrush. I remembered being dead pleased with it at the time. Last summer at the NEC Toy Fair there was a bloke who had a table selling loads of pristine FROG kits in really nice boxes. He had my Holy Grail the FROG Vulcan ( I actually swapped a pile of Lion comics for a badly built one when I was about 8yo and ended up throwing it around the garden aaaarrrgggh). The bloke had it for sale for about £80, I was tempted one end of the box was torn and some one had written 10/6d in biro on the front. So I knocked him down to about £50. Then I asked to check the contents of the box, there was the tube of glue in a little section of the box and the decals and the lovely shiny black plastic stand - but one of the little semi circular stand tops was missing, so I knocked him down another tenner. Then I counted up the white plastic bogey wheels and there were about half a dozen missing! We haggled again and in the end he gave it to me for £10! Yes £10 I couldn't believe it, The box with the un-built kit in it and some replacement 1/144 scale B-1B wheels in the the box has pride of place on the display shelf in my shed. But what do I do with it (I airbrushed out the 10/6d writing by the way) would I ever dare build it? I don't know but I would have to find that bit of black stand top that is missing first, does anyone have one in a spares box somewhere I wonder?
  6. Lovely model David, I think that there something charming about those old Matchbox kits.
  7. At last I've made some progress with this build. I'm in the home stretch now, just the decaling of the underwing stores and the attachment of a few probes and aerials to go. Thanks for looking Ian
  8. Hi Folks, Has anyone found anywhere in the UK yet where we can buy the Minicraft KC-135R ? I'm keen to build an RAF Rivet Joint if I can. Also has S & M actually bought out the RAF RJ Decals and Resin set yet, they promised it for Telford last year didn't they? I suppose it is a waste of time them bringing out the conversion set though if you cannot get the Minicraft kit in this country. Are there any nice American modellers out there who would be willing to post one to a Brit if I Paypal'd them the cost of the kit and normal postage, please? Homebee, are you back at Waddo these days? Cheers Radar
  9. Ben, Thanks for the link, you're a life saver, prices are reasonable too. Thanks again. Ian
  10. After several months on the shelf, work has re-commenced on the Anniversary Tonka. She has now been now been substantially painted, I tried to get tonal differences with various panels as per photos by lightning and darkening the Tamiya Medium Sea Grey but it doesn't appear to be as stark and clear as I'd hoped for! trans And here she is again after 2 solid hours of decaling. Flippin eck were those fin markings fiddly, they'll need to be touched up before weathering. Lots more hours of transfers to do yet though. Thanks for looking Ian
  11. Wonderful builds Dave, I've got a limited run re-issue of the Basset on then way, your photo has really whetted my appetite. Thanks
  12. Michael, Everything is relative, the Airfix Vulcan is not a bad model, although not a Tamigawa "shake'n'bake it doesn't look bad when a bit of time and effort is taken with it. I remember they furor in the modeling world when we finally got a mainstream manufacturer producing a V Bomber in 1:72 scale, it was like the clamor after the two Shackletons were announced last year. I was very very fortunate to buy a FROG 1:96th Scale Vulcan B Mk.1A last Sunday at the NEC Toy Fair. I've wanted one for 50 years and finally got one for £10, bargain. The vendor started off at £100 but when the damaged box was opened 7 of the 18 very small wheels were missing as was a small part of the stand! I managed to get him down to a tenner (after telling him it was practically worthless, naughty me). On looking inside the box when I got home memories came flooding back as to the type of models we used to build in the 1960's and we thought they were dead good then! So my point is, if the kit is all you can get of that particular aircraft and you are happy that you are finally going to get to build a model of your favorite aircraft then go for it and enjoy it. Boy, are we spoiled today with super precision drop together seamless kits, go ahead build it warts and all and enjoy it. Happy Days
  13. Thanks Andrevell, Looking forward to seeing the completed model.
  14. Bogdan, Thanks for keeping us updated with what appears to be a test build from Greenmats. Whomever the builder is appears to have hilighted some issues with the fin fillet and the under nose detail. Sorry I can't read the language but could you please summarise what the builder has said in the photo circled post. Also most of the time the AD-5W's seemed to fly with at least one wing tank (I believe some times in an effort to offset engine torque and definitely to extend endurance) are there any drop tanks in the kit?