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Richard Humm

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  1. As far as I can tell, the kit originated with ZTS Plastyk in Poland in the 1990s. I bought one back then, and the parts look identical to the Mistercraft.
  2. Mr Cheap Potatoes* builds a Hunter

    Scalemates have that wrong. The ZTS/Mistercraft kit is not the same tooling as the FROG kit - I've got both of them and there are significant differences, like the cockpit and the size of the tailpipe. The FROG kit has raised panel lines and the ZTS has recessed ones.
  3. Tamiya oldest 1/35 armour available?

    Looking at Hannants' catalogue, the oldest is probably the Centurion (1971) which is up for a limited reissue, then the Panzer IIF/G which was also from 1971. The 88 mm Flak 36/37 from 1972, the SdKfz 251/1 from 1973, and the SAS Jeep and the 3.7cm PaK 35/35 from 1974 would be next. I think the Walker Bulldog and Panther A are also from the very early 1970s but reissued without motors in the middle of that decade. The Schwimmwagen and Kubelwagen that Mad Steve mentioned seeing recently are more likely to be the new tools from the 1990s, though the 6 Pounder would be from 1971. Tamiya do limited runs of some older kits from time to time, the M13/40, SdKfz 232, M3 Lee and Grant and Kettenkrad being among them. The M3 Stuart also used to get rolled out fairly regularly, but the new tool will probably put a stop to that, in the way that the other kits that have been replaced by new tooling have disappeared from the reissue cycle.
  4. Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol 18 #1 March 1996 issue.

    Geoff Prentice? He did the Icarus column in Scale Models as well as their vacform reviews. He died in the late 1990s.
  5. Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    If you know what you want from Hannants, place an order to collect from the shop on the website a few days ahead, and you'll get a 10% discount on the items when you pay at the shop.
  6. 2nd hand Model Shop in Wimbeldon

    I wasn't dissing him (I've been buying from him for nearly 30 years), but this thread was about a south London shop, and as far as I know Pat has always been shows and mail order only.
  7. 2nd hand Model Shop in Wimbeldon

    Pat doesn't have a shop as far as I know, so I wasn't counting him.
  8. 2nd hand Model Shop in Wimbeldon

    BMW Models went out of business in 1982, so that's well before the timeline of the original post. The only other secondhand models specialist south of the river that comes to mind is Kit Krazy, but Bexley Heath is a long way from Wimbledon.
  9. Vintage Airfix Kits

    There's a basic one here and a much more detailed and illustrated one at the Airfix Tribute Forum that Black Knight has just linked.
  10. I hope he doesn't take them to Islington on 3rd December - the show's moving to Chalk Farm this year!
  11. Baggies to Blisters

    The Arrow was announced in the October 1974 Airfix Magazine, so could well have been out in September (I remember buying the BN Defender a couple of months before it was mentioned in Airfix Magazine). The Canberra may have been out earlier in 1974. However, the first issue of the Arrow was definitely in a blister pack. The first boxed Series 1 kits in the UK don't seem to have been out until late 1978, though they were boxed in Germany a couple of years earlier. IIRC, the German ones were initially a blister pack folded over and put into a box. The blister packs came out in 1973. I think there's a reproduction of an advert from the time showing the Matilda in one of Arthur Ward's books.
  12. Baggies to Blisters

    I remember one of my local model shops having both bagged and blister packed Airfix kits on the back wall in the early 1970s. The reason some kits moved from Series 1 to Series 2 when the change came is that the parts wouldn't fit in a blister pack (for example, the F4U with its one-piece lower wing).
  13. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    The Hasegawa P-3C Orion didn't come out until 1980, and cost £4.95 at that time (according to the review in Scale Models, February 1980). A look at the July 1973 Airfix Magazine shows the most expensive 1/72 scale Hasegawa kits as the Martin Marlin and Shinmeiwa PS-1, both £3.68 from BMW Models or £3.50 from Modeltoys. The Marlin has recently been reissued at £56.99 and the PS-1 at £44.99. Hannants actually have three different Hasegawa Orions in stock, for £36.99, £69.99 and £79.99. The cheapest one is the regular production kit, while the other two are limited run special decal schemes.
  14. Maintrack "Project-X" kits

    PX1 Handley Page HP 115 PX2 Bell X-2 PX3 Douglas X-3 Stiletto PX4 Handley Page HP 88 PX5 Fairey FD 1 PX6 Supermarine 510 PX7 Hawker P1052 PX8 Hawker P1081 PX9 Avro 707C PX10 Saunders-Roe SR 177 PX11 Hawker P1121 PX12 BAC 221 PX13 Short SC1 (resin kit) PX14 Short SB 5 PX15 Supermarine 508 PX16 Supermarine 545 PX17 Boulton Paul P120 PX18 Lockheed XST "Have Blue" PX19 Avro 707A PX20 Supermarine Seagull ASR.1 PX21 North American F-107 PX22 Bristol Type 188 PX23 Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor PX24 Avro 707B PX25 Supermarine 525 PX26 de Havilland DH108 PX27 McDonnell XF-88/88A/88B Voodoo PX28 Gloster E1/44 PX29 Boulton Paul P111 PX30 Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech PX31 Lockheed XF-90 PX32 Vought F8U-3 Super Crusader PX33 Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer PX34 de Havilland DH 110 PX35 Northrop A-9A PX36 Hawker Siddeley P1154 (RN) PX37 Rockwell XFV-12A PX38 Hawker Siddeley P1154 (RAF) PX39 North American YF-93A PX40 Avro 707 prototype (includes decals) PX401 Lockheed XST "Have Blue" For some reason, I have two kits numbers for the Lockheed XST.
  15. Seventy Second Scale Modeller magazine??

    No, there was just the one, in the first issue. I've just checked the later ones to make sure.