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  1. KP have also given us the Cmelak, Morava and assorted Zlins (still hoping for a 526A...), so they have been very kind to General Aviation modellers in recent times. Personally, rather than replicating the kits that Eidai made, I'd like to see things like the Piper Comanche and Tomahawk, and more modern things like RVs and Europas. Of course, selling kits to all the people who would want one might only result in a few dozen sales, which might not make much sense financially.
  2. There is a book, "Winged Shell: Oil Company Aviators, 1927-87" that may have something of use, if you don't have it already.
  3. Or try Googling 'BASF BMW M1' if you like painting really thin circles.
  4. I walked back in to the hall just as he was starting, having had no idea that he was giving a demonstration. Definitely my luckiest find of the show! I won't get close to matching him for speed when preparing vacforms, but I'll certainly switch to the John Adams method - it'll save me a great deal of sanding. Peter
  5. Would you need to prevent WW1? If the ongoing German reparations after WW1 had been reduced for good behaviour, replaced by an earlier-generation equivalent of Marshall Aid, or even just eased after the post-crash depression, maybe the German people wouldn't have turned in such numbers to someone offering them a different way out.
  6. Surely there's a problem with the Basset anyway, as part of the Kitstarter blurb was that if we ordered enough they would produce a batch and the kit would never be reissued? Also , the success of the Basset in the Kitstarter stakes will have taken a chunk out of the potential market. I can be tempted by a Matador (by my reckoning, £5.99 is cheaper than all 27 examples currently available on eBay, once you add postage) but I'm really hoping for some of the modern cars range. Even if the some of the modern cars are now nearly as old as the vintage cars were when those kits first appeared. As long as they aren't packaged with four 10p paint pots and a cheap brush and priced at £15.99.
  7. On the subject of small amendments, I notice that the second pilot of the green one is referred to as "Oven Cathcart". This should be "Owen Cathcart-Jones". The exploits of the green Comet are generally forgotten, but after the black one broke the record from England to Karachi and the red one broke the England to Australia record, they loaded the newsreel films into the green one and flew it back to England, breaking the record for the return journey.
  8. A new 1/72 DH88 will certainly fulfil some of my wishes, despite my small stash of Airfix, Frog/Novo and Kellogg's examples. And I haven't made a model of G-ADEF yet...
  9. Yes, the same person. I seem to recall a two-page biography in Scale Models. Did they have a "meet the model makers" series of articles?
  10. Tony's brother was Bob. As a fan of pre-war light aircraft I was very fortunate to get to know Tony after turning up at the Reading club in 1991. The first model I ever took there was an Aeroclub Comper Swift. He took an interest, encouraged me to try a spot of scratchbuilding, complimented the resulting B A Swallow and over the following years taught me how to scratchbuild better models.
  11. I inherited the set as a boy in the 70s, and with that (plus the Wonder Book of Ships of similar vintage) became fascinated by the ships of the 'golden age' on the North Atlantic. The books really captured the imagination of ten-year-old me; there are probably ten-year-olds today who would be similarly fascinated by them (though subsequent experience suggests that I may not have been altogether normal). Relatively recently I discovered that there was a similar (though thinner) two-volume set "Wonders of World Aviation" and also one on the world's railways. It took me thirty years to realise that it was a partwork.
  12. On Sunday at the Middle Wallop show, I turned down a 1/72 Victor, Valiant and Nimrod at £10 for the three. I don't think anyone's being priced out of the hobby - they may be priced out of buying particular kits, but that's life. (They were Rareplanes, Contrail and Formaplane kits, but there's a lot of fun to be had there for someone. I may be tempted if I see them again...)
  13. Just think what fun they could have with their LIDAR gear at Old Warden!
  14. Several of them seem to be models where there are other variants that aren't on the list: the civil and starter set Tiger Moths, but not the military one; the Swordfish on floats but not wheels. So they retain the most popular option and drop the rest. Seems sensible.
  15. A Transport Wings Trident 3 sold on eBay yesterday. Not cheap though!
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