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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!!
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Hi John Glad to see that you will be joining us in Telford - you will enjoy a great weekend and, no doubt, go home with less money in your bank account! Ideas for the couple of days before the show - Ironbridge, the town where modern industrial life was invented is a couple of miles away by either local bus or taxi - see this link for the many attractions there plus there are great hikes along the river banks: https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/ If you want to visit a medieval town Shewsbury is close by - accessible by rail and bus again - see: originalshrewsbury.co.uk You are also only a train ride away from Birmingham - again dozens of museums, historic buildings, etc. One of the UK's major aviation museums is only a short distance away - either by train (RAF Cosford has its own railway station) or again bus/taxi. The Museum has a decent cafe as well plus a model and bokshop: www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford If you are staying about on the Monday after the Show RAF Cosford has an added attraction - the Restoration Centre where the RAF's historic aircraft are maintained/restored will be open that week - the only time it is open to the public each year. Your chance to get close to unique aircraft being rebuilt. See: www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/things-to-see-and-do/conservation-centre.aspx Also close to RAF Cosford is a company called King Kit who specialize in stocking secondhand kits as well as having an excellent range of new kits - see their site www.kingkit.co.uk to get an idea of what is stocked. You can pre-order to collect if anything really rare takes your fancy. They also have a big stock of pre-owned kits not listed on their main website which might be started, missing instructions, have poor decals or similar - I have picked up many a bargain in that section over the years. If you want to visit them carry on there by taxi after the RAF Museum. There does not tend to be a pre-Show social scene because the relatively small size of the UK in comparison to the USA/Canada means that most modellers travel to the Show on the Friday or early on the Saturday morning. Some of us will be there on the Thursday evening because we are in the set-up crews - I will be back in touch closer to the time about our arrangements.
  8. There is a very detailed article on rebuilding the Airfix Avro 504 in the IPMS(UK) Magazine - issue 3 of 2013 (May/Jun 2013).
  9. 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!!
  10. 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.
  11. czechnavy

    Telford 2018

    If you are just attending on the Saturday there is no financial benefit but: a) You do get in an hour before Joe Public b) The IPMS member's access is quicker than the Public - 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 - IPMS members will have had access from 0930(ish) so bargains are rarer in the afternoon! If you do decide to join you will need to do so pretty pronto - I think 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 2019 show NOT this years!!
  12. Must admit the number of typos in commercial magazines always amazes me. On the other hand many 'amateur magazines' seem to avoid typos - the UK IPMS Magazine must have a couple of good proofreaders - I have just finished binge-reading a borrowed set of the last couple of year's issues and can't remember spotting one. Some of the 'amateur web magazines' are equally clear of typos - The Romsey Modeller comes to mind.
  13. The two telegraphs in the tug wheelhouse would be interlinked so the tug's skipper could use either to indicate changes to engine revolutions - he would often be working watching out from either the port or starboard side windows rather than being midships. You can see the modern extension of this practice on any cruise liner - 3 sets of telegraphs in this case - one midships for normal cruising and then an identical set in each bridge wing for docking - the bridge wings extend beyond the hull width so you can watch the waterline. With modern electronic controls even the 'steering wheel' is replicated on the bridge wings.
  14. The IPMS Small Warships SIG Magazine, Issue 22, September 2002 had an article on Weapon Class Destroyers The article (by Tim Stoneman) is based on a 1/700th conversion from the Tamiya 'Onslow' - it includes plans and describes the main variants including the addition of a large long range radar for aircraft direction. In 1/600th scale the Daring is a suitable source of a hull to hack into shape!
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