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The product of a mind idling over its first cuppa of the morning, but I was wondering what aircraft haven't been produced as a kit. There seems such a plethora of offerings from so many manufacturers - injection, vacform, resin - nowadays, including conversion sets for modifying existing kits that let different variants be taken care of. So what hasn't been covered in terms of aircraft I wonder? Any thoughts?

Tony

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Well, I built a 1/72 model of the BE4 from balsa, wire and coffee stirrers as I don't believe there's a kit for that particular plane.

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Parnall Plover?

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de Havilland Drover.... though plans are afoot.

 

DHC Dash 7

 

AVRO Athena

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Posted (edited)

Nice topic Tony.

There are two that as afaik have not been kitted at all. The first one really surprises me as over 2000 were built, and the UK wasn't the only builder/user; the Airco DH-6:

 

Unkitted

 

Another, less known, but fascinating  aircraft that again, I don't believe has been kitted in any scale, the Bulgarian WWII DAR "Garvan", here is the III:

 

Not kitted

 

There are a number of other Bulgarian pre WWII aircraft that I don't think have ever been kitted, happy to post if anyone interested.

 

The same apples to some more obscure French 'Golden Age' aircraft (passenger and military), but I held off as they're obscure, although some saw military and/or civilian action .

 

There are some British aircraft that have been kitted to a very limited extent (e.g. in resin by the now deceased Mr. Dujin). The Blackburn Bluebird;

 

Unkitted

 

Moreover, to me, very surprising, the Avro Avian. If I had the capital I'd pay someone to create a 'master' kit for me (maybe Dekno, their prices for such things are fair) and watch a small profit come in over time. Not many were made, but they span many nations and interesting and notable achievements:

 

Unkitted

 

If anyone would like details on some very obscure, completely  unkitted aircraft, I can help, just ask :D!

 

Best regards

TonyT

Edited by TonyTiger66
Second 'Dujin' corrected to 'Dekno'.

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I have a model of a DH6.  It is a rather nice vacform produced for the model show Southern Expo some years ago.

 

Thee are, however, a significant number of aircraft from Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary and Bulgaria, which have not only not been produced as kits but for which there is no readily available source in English.  When I used to get Small Air Forces Observer, there were regularly drawings on the back of aircraft I had never heard of before, nor encountered since.  Outside of WW1, there have been few kits produced of civil aircraft before 1925.  General aviation has been very poorly served by model companies, in particular the hordes of modern ultra-lights.

 

Perhaps you need to qualify your request to aircraft above a given weight, or power, or for specific roles?  I suspect that there have been few fighter or bomber subjects not addressed, but I strongly suspect that you will find examples by looking into the inventories of France or Italy.  Specialists in these countries may differ...perhaps.

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26 minutes ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

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DHC Dash 7

 

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Welsh Models do a rather nice mixed media Dash 7 in 1/144.  I have one with London City Airlines decals in the "waiting to start" pile as I write this. 

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6 minutes ago, Skodadriver said:

 

Welsh Models do a rather nice mixed media Dash 7 in 1/144.  I have one with London City Airlines decals in the "waiting to start" pile as I write this. 

Interesting. I rather fancy a British Antarctic Survey one.

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Sounds strange but is there a kit of the Antonov 225?

I bet there are tons of early flyers and civil planes which never made it to a kit either vac or resin or injected. Also some variants, one-offs (P-80R springs to my mind) and some of the more obscure prototypes maybe not covered but of most planes that I think of there was at least one garage kit - of course only in the wrong scale ;-)

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Nearly everything I ever flew. :unamused: One I'd like to see would be the GA8 Airvan which to be fair most people will never have seen or even heard of. Can't see Airfix releasing it anytime this millennium.

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Fascinating responses folks, nice one. :thumbsup: So many here that I've never even heard of, (not that that says a great deal)...

Tony

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I would like a decent kit of the Miles Falcon. 

 

After seeing one at Shuttleworth I would like a kit of the Desoutter 1

 

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Fournier RF5B ?  Or indeed, most motor gliders except possibly the Falke, or whatever the RAF called it.

Sailplanes - those have been creeping in as 1.72 from Eastern Europe, plus some modern carbon fibre/fibreglass 1/32 from Revell.

 

A Schleicher Ka-8 would be popular.

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There also must be quite a few 'Golden Age' flying boats we haven't seen kitted - or at least so says my lady.  (And bye and bye a cloud took all away...)

 

Have all the Schneider Trophy machines been kitted?

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Anything by Martynside.

 

Trevor

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33 minutes ago, Julien said:

I would like a decent kit of the Miles Falcon. 

 

After seeing one at Shuttleworth I would like a kit of the Desoutter 1

 

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I have the Dujin kit of the Desoutter I and the Dekno Miles Falcon, both bought because of my love of all things Shuttleworth. With that in mind, I'd love a kit of the Parnall Elf and Blackburn B2, both elegant aeroplanes.

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4 hours ago, Graham Boak said:

I have a model of a DH6.  It is a rather nice vacform produced for the model show Southern Expo some years ago.

 

Thee are, however, a significant number of aircraft from Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary and Bulgaria, which have not only not been produced as kits but for which there is no readily available source in English.  When I used to get Small Air Forces Observer, there were regularly drawings on the back of aircraft I had never heard of before, nor encountered since.  Outside of WW1, there have been few kits produced of civil aircraft before 1925.  General aviation has been very poorly served by model companies, in particular the hordes of modern ultra-lights.

 

Perhaps you need to qualify your request to aircraft above a given weight, or power, or for specific roles?  I suspect that there have been few fighter or bomber subjects not addressed, but I strongly suspect that you will find examples by looking into the inventories of France or Italy.  Specialists in these countries may differ...perhaps.

 

I would agree with all the above Graham. There have been a few very limited kit releases for Hungarian subjects in recent years, but as you say, Hungary along with Bulgaria, has been and continued to be, poorly covered.

 

Some of the more obscure aircraft alluded to are indeed French, military and civilian pre-1939. Others are Spanish, military and civilian, up to approx 1975.

 

It's superb to hear a DH-6 was once kitted. I would like to build a Hispano DH-6, E140 and/or E180. Another (they're often Spanish: I'm  a little obsessed with Spanish aviation) Spanish built variant of a British design that I don't think has been kitted (but I hope it has), and would like to build is the Hispano DH-9.

 

Of more recent Spanish types, I don't know of an AISA 115 (Garrapata) trainer kit (but hope there is or was one), or e.g. CASA C-207 Azor transport kit?

 

Unfortunately I don't know anything much of Italian pre 1939 aircraft. I'm sure we have others on the forum that can help :shrug: ?

 

Of the wealth of prototypes and/or sub types of French aircraft of this period, many have appeared as short run kits. Those for example by Dujin or Replic(a), the latter afaik sold originally from an outlet at Le Bourget.

 

Kits by both manufacturers are quite rare now, although some  companies are producing re-releases/enhanced versions of some of the late Mr. Dujin's kits.

 

Some afaik unkitted French types include Bréguet 26T, Bréguet 460, Bleriot-Spad S56, S91 (in its many guises),  Lioré et Olivier 24 (a 242 would make a nice 'TinTin themed model), Lioré et Olivier 20 bomber....it goes on.... 

 

I'm not sure if any Polish aviation enthusiasts would know if an RWD 9 has ever been released in kiit form? It would seem an odd omission as Polish types are quite well covered by e.g. Ardpol, Broplan, Choroszy and more.

 

A nice aspect of this thread is that we may find out that something we didn't think was ever released in kit form was, and may still be in production.

 

I'm happy to bore people rigid with more French and Spanish obscurity..

 

It would make a change from Mrs. T having to cope with it all the time  :D.

 

All best regards 

TonyT

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More between wars stuff.

 

I really want a Martin B-10 in 1/48th scale.

 

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1 hour ago, Max Headroom said:

Anything by Martynside.

 

Trevor

 

Nice aircraft (and motorcycles) Trevor.

 

AZ make a nice Buzzard. The Polish stripey one is a fun subject. Nothing like a stripey buzzard :).

 

The old Pegasus kit was ok too. Pegasus also used to make an elephant (the aircraft of course, great names :D) in 1/72 and I think Mr. Choroszy still does (resin).

 

Omega also make a few more unusual variants of the Buzzard in resin, but deep pockets are needed. I bought a Finland ski version for around £40, a few years ago, then about a month later AZ released one for about a third of that :confused: .

 

Does anyone know if the Armstrong Whitworth FK.3 'Little Ack' has ever been released in kit form? Would love one in 1:72

 

All best regards

TonyT

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Beardmore Inflexible - although it should be a fairly straightforward scratchbuild.

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