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  1. I enjoyed this build a lot, in spite of the few shortcomings of the kit. The subjects is very appealing, civil and unusual. Final notes: Read the detailed construction post: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235027304-miles-aerovan-mikro-mir-172nd/& Other than that: This is a very stubborn tail sitter. Even with quite a bit of lead it will tail seat. The landing gear is weak (because it is to-scale, which is good). So instead of adding lead -as I did-, prop the aft fuselage with the short propping leg -seen in some photos of the real thing- that I added at the end of the construction to the model. An open tail and a ramp -that also "holds" the aft fuselage- is another possible approach -again, as depicted on the construction post-. Check photos, since some inaccuracies seemed to have made their way into the kit's painting schemes and decals, regarding geometry and color. What finally decided me for the PH-EAB registration is the fact that it has a larger glassed area on the nose, whilst other liveries, as tempting as they were, had less glass area, hiding detail on the cockpit. Of course it also helped that the decals for the chosen version came with the kit, but the instructions to paint the model are quite inaccurate, and you have to check photos where you can clearly see the differences. PH-EAB went through some changes (even in the clear panels on the nose), so again, look at photos. At one point it had light racks on the fuselage sides for night advertisement. I really liked this unusual subject. The molding is in general good, you get a few optional liveries (there are plenty more options, surely a matter for the aftermarket entrepreneurs), but you have to work on the fit of some parts. Most of these issues were covered during the building and posted here. Reflecting a bit on the build, it is evident that a subject that has for the modeler a great appeal, helps to overcome the faults that almost all kits, one way or another, seem to have. An appealing subject keeps the interest alive throughout the build, and the unusual aspect of this plane is surely an asset. Perhaps this build will eventually spur the dig up of more references and details on this machine by other modelers/enthusiasts, for the benefit of us all. I love civil planes, and I love unusual, so for me this was a rewarding build. Wish more manufacturers (some already do) would produce more subjects on those lines. 'Till the next one, distinguished members.
  2. This release has been posted and commented on somewhere else in Britmodeller, so I won't abound much in disquisitions. The variant released by Mikro-Mir is the IV (fourth), and includes several liveries in its decal sheet. But, if like me, you tend to diverge and follow your own path, there were other many liveries out there. Just be careful to see if they are the right variant, and not the ones with different windows or engines. Some adventurous modelers may even convert this kit to those other variants, perhaps the most extreme of which was the Hurel-Dubois/Miles HDM 105, with a high aspect ratio wing. In any case, you also get a fully detailed interior, nice for the scale, but beware that some variants used the cabin as cargo hold. Photos show one even loaded family cars! Another of them had installed neon signs for night flying. An interesting and well-produced model. Logical breakdown: Nice transparencies and decals that look nice: A much welcome set of masks: Very tiny and fragile parts, dealt with with a razor blade (cover the other edge): The big partotas: Assembly of the fiddly seats (five parts) begins: Seats ready and other sub-assemblies in progress for the cockpit area (side console, front console, pilot's seat): More sub-assemblies for the structure of the fuselage area:
  3. Despite the new company name, Plastic Passion first - and very soon to release - models are two resin kits of Miles M.2F and a M.2H Hawk Major in 1/72nd. - ref. PP01- Miles M.2F Hawk Major ZK-ADJ (Macrobertson Racer) - ref. PP02 - Miles M.2H Hawk Major DG590 RAF Trainer Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1582746828412372&id=117380071615729 V.P.
  4. MikromIr has 1/48th Miles M.9 Master I/ II/ III kits in project Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019258-miles-m9-master-i-ii-iii-148/ V.P.
  5. MikroMir is to release a 1/72nd Miles M.57 Aerovan kit - ref.72-011 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001246-miles-m57-aerovan-172/ See also Kiwi Resin Aerovan kit: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979878-172-miles-aerovan-resin-kit-by-kiwi-resin-models-released/ V.P.
  6. Kiwi Resin Models (http://www.kiwiresin.com/) is to release a 1/72nd Miles Aerovan kit Source: http://www.kiwiresin.com/#!product/prd1/3881148471/1-72-miles-aerovan-resin-kit-coming-soon! V.P.
  7. RS Models is to reissue its 1/72nd Miles M.14 Magister kit - ref.92167 Source: http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92167/miles-magister Previous boxing ref.92120 (http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92120/miles-magister-maggiebomber) and 92117 (http://rsmodels.cz/en/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92117/miles-magister) V.P.
  8. Anigrand is to release a 1/72nd Miles M.30 X-Minor resin kit in November 2014 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/AA2123_M-30.htm V.P.
  9. Miles M.14 Hawk III/ Magister Mk.I "Egyptian, Turkish and Thai" Special Hobby 1:48 The Miles M.14 Magister was designed to meet the Air Ministry Specification T.40/36. Miles based the Magister on their existing Hawk Trainer. The Magister was a tandem open cockpit design with a low wing cantilever monoplane. The main structure was Spruce with a covering of plywood. The centre wing section was of constant section, having no dihedral. The outer sections had dihedral and tapered towards the tip. The undercarriage was fixed on the main and tail wheels. The main wheels could be covered by spats. Production was started in 1937 and by the start of WWII over 700 Magisters were in RAF service. As well as the central flying school 16 elementary flying schools used the type. By the time production ended in 1941 1203 aircraft had been built. As well as these 100 were licence built in Turkey. As well as use by the RAF the aircraft were used primarily by The Irish Air Corps, The Egyptian Air Force, and The South African Air Force. Other users Were Thailand, Portugal, New Zealand, Malaya, Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Canada and Australia. The Kit The kit arrives in a standard open-ended box from Special Hobby. They must be trying to economise as the box is the old release Magister box with a cover glued on, so you can only open one end. The kit comes as two main sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprue, one vac formed clear part, one bag of resin parts; and two photo etched frets. Also there is one small sprue of a light grey plastic, this seems to be a harder plastic than the kit and this is used for the landing gear struts. Shockingly construction starts with the cockpit! This area of the kit is highly detailed, most of which will be seen through the open cockpits. Many photoetched parts are added to the inside of the fuselage halves and to the resin cockpit floor. Resin seats attach to resin seat backs. Four part seat belts are provided for each seat, and the small rudder pedals are made up of four separate parts for each cockpit. Instrument panels are made by laminating the photoetched parts. Once the cockpit has been completed the rest of the airframe does not take much work. The fuselage halves are joined and the engine section is joined and added. Following the the tailplanes are added along with the rudder. The aircraft in this boxing had different rudders so please chose the right one. Next the landing gear is added. The Egyptian machine has Spats while the other two options do not. The tail wheel is added along with the propellor and its boss. Some small parts of photoetch details are nearly the final parts added. The last stage is to add the blind flying hood (not used on the Egyptian Machine). This can be added in the lowered or up position using the appropriate parts. I am sure if not wanted it can be left off as I doubt they flew with it attached all of the time. Photo-etch Two small frets of photo etched parts are supplied.These contain most of the parts for the cockpit, instrument panels and seat belts. Other parts are for the landing gear, small metal airframe parts; and attachments for the blind flying hood. Canopy Small injection windscreens are provided for both cockpits. As well as this a vacform part is supplied which is the blind flying hood in the open position. The parts are clear and well formed. Decals Decals are provided for three aircraft. Black 4/L-204 Light Training School, Egyptian Army Air Force, Almaza, Egypt 1938 (trainer Yellow). White 2, Initial Flight Training Squadron, Turkish Air Force 1944 (Olive Green/Light Blue. Black 116, Royal Thai Air Force 1951/52 (overall Silver). Decals are printed by Avi Print, look to be in register with good colour definition. Conclusion The model is a typical shorter run multi-media kit we would expect from MPM. The plastic has some nice detail if sparse (but then the real aircraft did not have too much in this respect). The resin and photo etched parts are well made and will add interest to the open cockpits. Some thought has gone into its production with the harder plastic for the landing gear legs a nice touch. This would be a good level entry kit into the world of mixed/multi media kits. Overall highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Miles M.2 Hawk Major, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  11. Miles M.65 Gemini, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  12. Miles M.3 Falcon, Pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  13. Miles Messenger - some questions

    Any Messenger lovers out there? I started work on the Aeroclub kit some time ago but I have a lot of doubts for lack of references on the subject. First, I am using this set of plans: http://smm.solidmodelmemories.net/Gallery/displayimage.php?pid=4435 Are there any better ones around? From countless photos grabbed from the web I cannot find any relationship between the windscreen (shorter and more vertical in profile vs more bulbous) and the back windows (bigger rectangular ones vs small curved) but restored aircraft sometimes change in these details. Is there a clear differentiation between Messenger models and windows? Ex-military vs civil from the ground up? The kit seems to have a wing too thin at the root and with incorrect profile (I think it should be more symmetric), but it's difficult to analyse from most photos. A photo of a wingless fuselage, or a wing rib, or good detailed drawings would be welcome! [the Pavla kit is the opposite, I think the wings are too fat - or at least they should taper more towards the tip. I'm planning to convert the Pavla kit into a Gemini] Thanks, Carlos
  14. Miles Kestrel colours

    I am considering the conversion of my P.H. Model resin kit of the Miles Master I back into the much more beautiful Kestrel. I tried to find the date and circumstance of the livery in the following photo, but failed. I am almost certain that it was taken before the aircraft went for testing at the A&AEE (in December 1938, according with the Probe Probare article in Aeroplane Monthly October 1989). The radiator also seems to be smaller than in the photos showing it with the "U5" register. Is the number 2 a race number? According to the painting on the Museum of Berkshire Aviation the spinner and cheat line were red and the main colour I guess it was cream as other Miles aircraft - or was it trainer yellow? The number is probably black. Any more info on this livery is appreciated! Carlos
  15. Miles Magister, pics thanks to Mark Mills. G-AKPF wearing schemes for V1075 & N7388 In overall Yellow scheme. For some information the aircraft V1075 was civilianised as G-AKPF but later rebuilt with the fuselage of N7388 an earlier aircraft. This scheme and the spats are good for N7388 but not V1075 which would have been camo over trainer yellow.
  16. Miles Falcon kit?

    Scalemates lists the Dujin kit, but also the unknown to me A-A Model, in 1/72. However, there are no more details in the page, not even a photo of the box. http://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=203791 Anyone knows if this kit is still available? A Miles Falcon would be great news from Airfix! (dreaming is cheap...) Carlos
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