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  1. I am planning a future project to build a diorama in 1:144 scale of the scene below. It is of the dispersal area at Kuching Airport in the 1960's and the scene of a lot of military and civil air activity during the Borneo Confrontation. I served in Borneo in the latter part of the conflict, 1966-67, and this photograph epitomises the busy scenes around the air base. All of the aircraft visible in this scene are available in 1:144 scale and I am slowly acquiring them for my build; however, I am not certain if there is a set of decals available for a British United liveried Britannia, shown in the far right of the picture. Can anyone advise if such a set is available and, if so, who produces them? Thanks Mike
  2. There haven’t been many airliners in RFI recently probably because most of the usual suspects, including me, have been working on the Airliner III Group Build. To keep the airliner flag flying here are some pictures of my group build entry, the Roden Britannia in the attractive livery of Donaldson International, an Anglo-Scottish charter airline which operated a clutch of second-hand Britannias in the late 1960s. Decals are by 26. Thanks for looking and the build thread is here if anyone wants to follow it. Dave G
  3. My contribution is hopefully going to be the Roden Britannia in the livery of Donaldson International, an Anglo-Scottish charter airline which operated a clutch of second-hand Britannias between 1967 and 1972. Although I’ve never built the kit before, several Britmodellers have posted beautiful Roden Britannias in RFI giving me a lot to live up to. The Boscombe Down machine also featured in the Made in Britain GB although I’m not sure if that model was ever finished. Here’s the raw material …. For reference I’ll mainly be using “The Whispering Giant” by Frank McKim, “Classic British Propliners” in the Aviation Archive series and “Bristol Britannia” Issue No.4 in the Airlines and Airliners series. For older aircraft books are sometimes better than the internet although the Britannia is pretty well documented on the net and Britmodeller has an excellent walkaround featuring G-AOVT and “XM497” which I believe is really G-AOVF, not that it matters. I won’t actually start the build until the middle of next week since I’m heading off to Aberdeen for a few days and I won’t be home until Tuesday. See you then. Dave G
  4. As a change from my usual glacially slow output of Phantoms and big Soviet interceptors, i'm going with this from my xmas box - http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/BLUEX5/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1997_zpsez6gwjns.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/BLUEX5/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1998_zpstensikjo.jpg~original Plan is to build the Boscombe Down aircraft using 26Decals sheet. Despite the minimal locating lugs the plastic looks fairly decent. I wanted to do a Lightning but i have a queue of 1/48 things awaiting paint and i'd like to do something i might finish in the group build period...
  5. Roden has just released a 1/144th Bristol 175 Britannia kit - ref.312 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/312.htm Available here: http://rodenkits.com/catalogue/RODEN-312-Bristol-175-Britannia V.P.
  6. Gentlemen & Fellow Modellers, I am pleased to announce that the Roden Bristol Britannia in Monarch Airlines livery has now been released. for illustrations of this super model please go to http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=305 I can also confirm that the VC10 will be released before Christmas. The first version will have decals for a East African & BOAC aircraft with a Tanker version to follow. Roden do listen to the modeller and I can assure you all that some very exciting releases are in the pipe line, please keep your suggestions coming and I will pass them on. Please also visit the Frog site at www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk for other news including a new shop. The Frog Forum always needs new members so please consider joining. I hope by now some you you will have built the Roden Britannia and I as well as Roden would be pleased to have your comments. Thank You and happy Modelling, Martin
  7. Bristol 175 Britannia Roden 1:144 The Bristol Type 175 project, the initial programme name which eventually matured into the famous Bristol Britannia, came about from two different post-war requirements: first, an earlier design specification from the Brabazon Committee, which embodied lessons learned from the Brabazon project; second, an urgent need from BOAC in 1946 for a Medium Range Empire (MRE) passenger transport aircraft. BOAC had been looking at purchasing the new and very efficient Lockheed Constellation however, in the austere immediate post-war period, the government refused such large expenditure on foreign purchases. The Bristol Aeroplane Company, based at Filton, was one of four aircraft building companies that tendered eight designs for this prospective order. None were initially accepted on their original design specifications but the nearest design that looked as if it could possibly match expectations was the Bristol Type 175 design To follow this up, further meetings took place with working groups established from October 1947 onwards between BOAC and the Bristol company; their remit to settle on size, weight, capacity and range etc., before the final specification could be agreed and certified. Three prototypes were initially ordered by the Ministry of Supply (MoS) in July 1948; all were to be Centaurus powered however, the second and third prototypes would be built so that they could easily be converted to the, fairly new and unproven at that time, Proteus units. BOAC, who were expected to order at least 25 production aircraft, kept holding off the contract signing, presumable to await results of the first prototype flights but also starting to look at a Proteus powered version over the Centaurus. As such the working groups restarted design meetings to ascertain optimum parameters for a larger and more versatile aircraft based around the Proteus power plant. The contracts, to order 25 of the new designs was finally signed in July 1949 and comprised the following specifications: Wing span of 140ft, Wing area of 2,055ibs, an all-up-weight of 119,000lbs with Proteus (118,000 if Centaurus fitted); and with accommodation for 42, 50 or 64 day passengers, or 38 sleeping berths. After completion of the test flights programme of the prototypes, which lasted from 1952 to 1955, the first production aircraft of two Bristol Type 175-101 Britannia's; codes G-ANBC & G-ANBD were formally handed over to BOAC on 30 December 1955. The Kit Starting with the box art, with a view of Britannia G-ANBE in full BOAC livery high over the clouds in 1964, is quite an evocative scene and could be inspiring enough to ensure sales without even opening the box! The box itself is of very sturdy top and bottom style packaging. On opening up the box we are presented with nine sprue's of medium grey plastic, one sprue of clear parts, two sheets of decals (BOAC), an 8-page instruction booklet and finally a single card colour markings and decal placement sheet. The grey sprue's are slightly grainy to the touch, which I imagine will be good the adhesion of primers and paints to take hold. Looking at the sprue runners, these give an impression of being short-run moulds; something to consider as these kits might not be available long term. The first sprue holds the two fuselage halves, in vertical sided-fitting format, plus the nose gear strut and holding plate. The fuselage has window openings to take the clear windows, but a point to note here is that the cockpit area is not fully open, it is blanked off horizontally where the clear canopy would sit. This means that one either paints that area a dark colour and then fits the canopy; or the area has to be opened up with a knife/saw and an 'office' scratchbuilt to fit inside. Personally I am going to open it up and detail the area with mine, although there probably not be much to see when assembled and painted. The kit fuselage length is 10.35 inches (262.5mm) which is 124 feet in 1:144 scale and that equates to the longer bodied 200 and 300 series aircraft. As can be seen on these images, the panel lines are recessed and very nicely defined. On the other sides, there are tiny locating pins for correct alignment but care needs to be taken as they are so small they may miss the location. Having said that, I have just done a dry-fit of of the fuselage and it went together really well and fit is nice and tight. The wing undersides are equally as well produced however, the wheel well/bay is a fairly nondescript affair. There are two sets of identical sprue's for the tailplane and mainwheel assemblies. Each tailplane has a top and bottom element requiring glueing together. Four sprue's make up the cowling and prop assemblies, plus main wheels. There is an element of flash on the props but I found these to be quite easy to remove by filing with a light-grade sanding stick. The clear sprue has the main canopy plus various pieces for the cabin windows. Having checked the instruction sheets, the sets of linear windows are for the main fuselage body area and the individual pieces are for the fore and aft sections; the reasons for single units due to the curving of the fuselage in those areas. INSTRUCTIONS AND COLOUR DETAILS An 8-page A5 sized booklet of illustrated assembly details comes with the kit; the first illustration comprising of a parts breakdown shown on their associated sprues. The is following by illustrated exploded views of each area of assembly, with part number identified matching placements on the sprues A single sheet is also supplied, with colour details for the BOAC livery and the decal placements DECALS A set of decals for a full liveried BOAC aircraft, coded G-ANBE are supplied on two sheets; however, I have learned whilst producing this review that this kit is the long bodied, 124ft long 200 or 300 series, whereas G-ANBE was the shorter 114ft long 102 series aircraft. Normally that wouldn't be a problem as we could perhaps move the letters around to a matching set for a 312; unfortunately here though, the code is also embedded in the tail pieces and as such the whole tail decal would need to be re-done. I understand that Pocketbond, the supplier of this kit for review, has contacted Roden about the problem and (at the time of writing this) is waiting on a response as to whether there is a possibility of a reprint or reissue. Please see post #5 of this thread for details of the corrected decals, plus a revised picture. CONCLUSION The possibility of these sprue's only being from short-run moulds would perhaps suggest getting these kits when and where you see them available, as the moulds might not sustain large volume production as with some of the major producers. Notwithstanding the decal element, this looks to be a very nice and accurate model of a Bristol Type 175 200 or 300 series Britannia aircraft. On further research I also understand that Royal Air Force versions of the Bristol Type 175 were 200 series, namely 252 and 253 series. A very nice kit which I like very much, and will certainly get at least one more to build in a different livery. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  8. 1/144 Bristol Britannia, F-RSIN British Eagle This is another 'nostalgia build' of my memories of Heathrow in the 1960's. I remember seeing these as a kid, looking lovely on the ramp. British Eagle used them on a trooping flight contract to Germany, so anf ex Army guys might well remember them. They were also used on regular passenger flights and ranged far and wide. It was agreat shame when Eagle went out of business. This is the F-RSIN kit, a short run plastic injection moulding and one of the many great subjects they do. It is not a 'shake and bake' kit but builds up very nicely and without any real problems. I messed up one of the tail decals and emailed Laurent at F-RSIN who helped me out very quickly with superb customer service. His advice was to coat the decals with Microscale decal film, which i did and had no further problems. Hers she is a lovely kit, aircraft and colour scheme. I hope you like, Thanks for looking John
  9. Bristol Type 175 Britannia, pics by Graeme H