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    Telford 2019

    Reasons to join IPMS if going to Telford!! a) You do get in an hour before Joe Public on both mornings - more time to spend cash or even look at the models!! b) The IPMS member's access is quicker than the Public access - just need to show your membership card not wait while the guy in front searches his pockets for that elusive pound coin. c) You can visit the Kit Swop in the morning - public access is not until 1300 on the Saturday - IPMS members will have had access from 0930(ish) so bargains are rarer in the afternoon! d) Then you have the other longer term advantages - 6 copies of the Magazine and the chance to join your local Branch and any SIGs that share your interests. If you do decide to join you will need to do so pretty pronto - the deadline for joining so your membership card will arrive at your home in time to access the show this year is the end of October!! If you join on the day of the show your card will give you access to the 2020 show NOT this years!!
  2. Talking with friends from Eire, Germany and Spain they have no worries over getting to Telford from Europe although perhaps with a slight delay. For a visitor from the USA via Heathrow there should be no difference from existing immigration arrangements - just the normal long queue so wear comfortable shoes and visit the loo before joining the queue!! As an overseas visitor your big advantage will be that your US$ will be worth more in Pounds due to the decline in the value of the UK£. Make sure you change your money at your bank or at a travel agency (perhaps the AAA) - you will get a very poor rate of exchange if you change your cash at the airport especially at Heathrow!!
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    Airfix VC10

    The Airfix VC10 was originally issued as an airliner and I am sure that the tanker reissue was a piece of minimal work on the part of Airfix with just the tanker bits and new decals added - I don't think any work was done to the basic kit.
  4. Following on from the mention of the Airfix Magazine above have a look at: https://archive.org/search.php?query=airfix+magazine&and%5B%5D=subject%3A%22airfix+magazine%22&sort=titleSorter&page=2 which should lead you to copies of the Airfix Magazine available on line.
  5. There is: Build and Convert Airfix Military Models by Tom Cole Publisher: SAM Publications (2010) - 128 pages - ISBN-13: 978-1906959203 It appears on Amazon with some detailed reviews on there. Copies were on sale at the Cosford Model Show this April for £5.00 on one trader's stand - I have seen it at other shows for about the same sometimes in 'boxes under the table'. A good introduction to the Airfix kits re their accuracy and potential is at: http://www.matadormodels.co.uk/tank_museum/4_Airfix_hints_1.htm
  6. Mo - for the dimensions of the dock basin Google Maps in satellite mode will give you a useable image - the current view includes HMS Kent longside so you can scale the dock and buildings diamensions from her known length.
  7. I am lucky enough to have acquired most of the Airfix Magazines from 1965(ish) up to the early 1980s. Agree with Seahawk above that their peak was in the late 60 & early 70s. They do contain lots of inspiration and can often be picked up for next-to-nothing at shows - don't bother with evil-bay, the prices asked on there are silly!! There are indices at: http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mags/contents/airfix-magazine-1960s-contents-listing.htm http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mags/contents/airfix-magazine-1970s-contents-listing.htm You can see some copies at: https://archive.org/details/Airfix_Magazine_1975-06 go to the foot of that page for links to other issues that have been scanned and in available on line.
  8. There is a very useful article on improving the Airfix 1/600th HMS Devonshire at: http://www.modellmarine.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=992:baubericht-hms-glamorgan-teil-1-recherche-und-rumpf&catid=210:hms-glamorgan It includes some simple plans showing how the main superstructure needs moving.
  9. About to start on my first AFV model since building the original Airfix Sherman and Tiger in the early 1960s!! I have two kits of the Airfix Cromwell via the Aldi special offers and have just seen a photo of a Cromwell Mk.VI - is the only external difference between these two Marks the gun itself or is there a new front face on turret? Does anyone know how long the visible part of the gun barrel on the Mk.VI is? The counterweight on the barrel - is it always flat bottomed giving that D-shape? Many thanks for any help!
  10. Just looked at December 1964 issue on here - its one that I do not have in my collection - to find a photo of Roy Orbison being presented with a selection of Airfix kits to take home with him after his UK tour - and I saw him on that tour!!
  11. As far as I know the only remaining RN ships which served in the Falklands are HMS Bristol and HMS Hermes. HMS Bristol is now a training ship moored in Portsmouth Harbour longside HMS Excellent on Whale Island - she is visible on Google Earth opposite the ferry port at Portsmouth. She is in permanent moorings and is expected to survive until the mid 2020s having had a refit in 2010. Although in good condition she is a shadow of her old self with all armament gone, masts removed and engines incapacitated. She is used by many groups - youth service groups, cadets, initial RN trainees - even by teams of NHS Hazardous Area Response Teams paramedics training to operate on board commercial ships in an emergency situation. HMS Hermes went to the Indian Navy (1987?) and is now not in commission - there was talk of turning her in to a museum ship or similar.
  12. The Duke of Edinburgh was captain of HMS Magpie from 1950 to 1952. HMS Magpie was a modified Black Swan sloop. White Ensign Models used to produce kits of Black Swan sloops in 1/700th and 1/350 scale. Atlantic Models still have a Black Swan sloop, HMS Stirling, in their range: see http://atlanticmodels.net/index.html Also have a look at: https://starling-models.co.uk/en/49-royal-navy-1919-1945?p=3
  13. There is a very detailed article on rebuilding the Airfix Avro 504 in the IPMS(UK) Magazine - issue 3 of 2013 (May/Jun 2013).
  14. Hi John Just been in to our Uttoxeter Lidl do a big shop after Scale Model World - there were still a few Zeros, several Yellowjack Gnats, Cromwell tanks, quite a few Fw 190s and Me 109Es and a single Mary Rose. No Spitfires left - bet the Grannies bought those ready for Christmas!!
  15. The Czech Air Force used at least one He 219 - white 34 - as an ejector seat testbed - all radar was removed and the test seat fitted in a bay in the upper fuselage almost midway along the fuselage spine.
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