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About MikeC

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  1. Post-War Brisfit, Post-War Ninack, Late Snipe, the latter two with some great Pheon decals available, and some apparentlt due for the Brisfit - go on, you know you want to ...
  2. Hi, and welcome from another former Bury boy. Good to hear Model Junction's still going; remember CF Rogers in St Johns St.?
  3. Yes, I'm considering that route too; doesn't look too difficult, but time will tell. If it proves too difficult and ends up as bin fodder, at least I won't have wasted a very expensive Tamiya. It seems to be the Mk II kit with new sprues for the fuselage, wings and Mk IX-specific bits. Only four-spoke wheels are included (some very early IXs had five-spoke ones) and they do look to be an improvement on the Mk IIa. It also looks as though they've fixed the shape issues with the Mk II fuselage, but I'll reserve judgement until I've got the bits out of the bag.
  4. I remember that ^^. It was H J Walker iirc, and I seem to remember it being in the basement of a chemist's shop. Only went there once. Nearer home for me: Suffolk boys like me may remember C F Rogers in St Johns St, Bury St Edmunds - Airfix series 1 hanging from the beams and on the peg-board fitted on the cellar door. They even sold some of the old ESCI aftermarket decals - about six options per sheet with one side view per option to work from. Further afield, Ipswich had Everybody's Hobbies in St Nicholas St, and there was Langleys in the Arcade in Norwich. But in the 60s everybody sold kits - even the greengrocer down the road from where I used to live carried half a dozen Revell series 1. Moved South with my job in the late 70s, and discovered my local model shop was none other than Modeltoys in Portsmouth, home of Modeldecals. Great to be able to browse the sheets and decide which one to buy - "oh, and that sheet's got a Gazelle on it,I'd better have an Airfix Gazelle as well please ..." Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!
  5. Yes, I was in Bedford Hobbycraft on Wednesday and was quite surprised at how denuded the Airfix shelves were. However, for the first time in living memory I went in with a list of half a dozen Tamiya acrylics and found every one in stock.
  6. I sem to remember the child Emile in The Wild Geese is seen building a model - must watch that film again sometime.
  7. Yes, very good memories of Greenham in the 70s. My ATC Sqn used to run a minibus to the show. One year, at the conclusion of flying (the Arrows in Gnats of course) we were just backing out of the parking space to come home, when someone yelled "STOP!!" Coming low and fast, crowd right to left, was a high wing and deep fuselage, which turned out to be a B-24 on its delivery flight from India. The same B-24 is now in the RAF museum. Anyone else remember that?
  8. Iirc the Rareplanes vacform FB4 was a very good kit. Yes I know it's a vac ...
  9. Could i have the kitty hawk cougar please

    glyn fuller

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      Thanks, and yes of course - PM inbound

  10. I've got that sheet, it consists mainly of generic serials and badges, so that you can build any Gnat from the fleet. It's also got specific decals for the Bedford gust research a/c, for which S&M also do a conversion set.
  11. Seen locally to me once, on a private car: "Well Driven? Let my Mum know, she worries."
  12. We were talking about Camels at the December MKSMC club meeting. I'm not that familiar with the Biggles books myself (although I did read a few in my youth) but a friend is. He said that there are frequent references to the "Bentley" engine of the Camels flown by Biggles, so you'd be advised to get the "BR1" boxing.
  13. DH2? Can't think offhand of anything with more rigging than that. Got the worst out of the way first. Once you work out the best way for you to manage rigging, it gets a lot easier, and whilst I have to be in the mood it can be very theraputic. Don, noted, thanks.
  14. One built, the Sopwith Triplane. Four in the stash: RE.8, Salmson (USAS), Post-war Ninack and Post-war Snipe. On the wishlist: a DH9 amd (although the wallet and logic both say no) a Felixstowe. Would love to see an Avro 504, but have my doubts as to whether they will ever do one. Hope I'm wrong!
  15. That's why I always go for the signed-for option: costs a little more, but you have the option to pass that cost on to the buyer as an element of the P&P charge. It also gives the buyer peace of mind, as they are assured the parcel won't just be put in a "safe place", potentially at the mercy of any passing person with nefarious intent.