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  1. Your opinions please: If you were making a list of 10 or 12 American post-war (1945 to 1970) classic cars, what would they be? I could come up with a list of British ones easily enough (though it would probably be a slightly different list this time next week) but I don't know my U.S. cars so well, although the classic car shows on TV have helped a lot. I'm thinking of 1970 as a cut-off date for a number of reasons: firstly because it's 25 years, but also because including the 70s wouldn't make much difference anyway. Plus, it saves having to consider the AMC Pacer. I'm thinking of
  2. The Lindberg MGA looks like an MGA, but the one-piece moulding for the upper body including seats and dashboard isn't ideal. Then a second part incorporating the lower body and sills, plus bumpers (with the join running through the middle of the door) leads me to suspect that this is the toyish kit referred to.
  3. I suppose 3D printing could be the answer for many of these., especially for those of us who like 1/32 scale cars, as the market seems to have moved up a scale. Maybe not such a problem if you want an Alvis TE21 drophead (and who wouldn't?) if there's no need for the cost of making the tool. Peter
  4. The quoted prices suggest that we might actually get a car kit in a box, without including four paint pots that I'm not going to use and sticking another fiver on the price. When did Airfix last have a 1/32 car kit in the catalogue that wasn't a starter set? (Not counting the Humber Snipe, of course.) Peter
  5. I feel it will be necessary to buy more than one, to encourage Airfix to give us some more long-lost cars in the Vintage Classics range. Fortunately, with the 420 there was a Daimler Sovereign option too, which means buying an extra one isn't an option (it's not like kits are non-essentials). And then there's the S-Type . . . I do have plenty of filler and sanding sticks, after all, but would it be fairly straightforward? Peter
  6. Hannants have them listed as future releases in 1/72nd. No timings though.
  7. Dora Wings are planning Wapiti and Wallace kits, using drawings from John Adams.
  8. The straightforward options are AMT 1965 Mustang Fastback and a Hornby Boss 302 Mustang. The AMT one is what you'd expect of a decent 1/32 car kit dating back to 1965; according to Scalemates the Hornby one was released in 2004. I don't have one, but looking at others in the series I'd expect it to be similar in style to the AMT one, possibly with fewer parts. The AMT box says that it has a "one piece body shell!" and "clear plastic windows!" so they must both be amazingly good features. I guess my '65 Mustang can wait until July... Peter
  9. The John Silvester book is still a good read, though. As I'm not sure where my copy is at present I can't compare the two Provost drawings. There is a second-hand copy of the Air-Britain book on eBay at present, or for a little under half as much you can get a brand new copy from the publishers: https://www.air-britain.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000003.pl?WD=wings gull&PN=WingsofaGull------23.html#SID=13 I hope that link works. If not, it's easy enough to find on the Air-Britain website. Peter
  10. However... Air-Britain published On The Wings of a Gull in 2012, which has freshly-produced drawings by Paul Jackson of Percival types including the Provost, because ". . . the existing technical drawings . . . were substantially inaccurate". I think Alf Granger produced a set for Planes/Wingspan magazine, as well. I haven't compared the three. Peter
  11. If I'm not building a particular car that I've photographed at a classic car show, I tend to consult Google images and find a colour combination that I like the look of. For example, I have a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air convertible to build. Since I have the feeling that the seats should be white or mainly white in a ragtop Bel-Air, I'll have a look at some pictures of real ones and pick a colour.
  12. Is there another airshow venue that's as good as Old Warden for photography? The ground slopes down to the crowd line, the display line has the option to curve around the two runways for topside shots, and the sun is behind the crowd all day. Sadly, I wasn't able to get there this time as the tickets had sold out by the time I remembered to buy one. Less sadly, that means £90-100k income for the Shuttleworth Trust, so I'm not complaining. As long as it's sunny on 2nd August. Peter
  13. Tripod

    Fury colours

    Thank you. Sadly I was only 18 when he died, or I;m sure I'd have a lot more. For instance, when I built the original Airfix Blenheim he said that he painted the central bar of 'his' Blenheim black, so it could be identified on approach. Teenaged me didn't realise the value of the oral history I was being told and ask for more detail. Peter
  14. Tripod

    Fury colours

    The cover of the August 1971 issue of Airfix Magazine features a painting of a 43 Sqn Fury 2. My father's reaction to the picture was (a) The white squares weren't white and (b) The took (or left) the wheel spats off. He was one of the 43 Sqn fitters who had to paint camouflage all over their lovely silver biplanes at the time of the Munich crisis. He never forgave Hitler for that. Peter
  15. If you double the scale of a the 1/87 European model railway you probably find the explanation for the standard scale for diecasts (and some kits) being 1/43. It's good to have an explanation of why AFVs are 1/35, rather than a scale that would fit with figures, cars and aircraft.
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