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  1. A couple of them on the Airfix stand at Telford....... Getting ready to flatten the inboard underside of the wing.
  2. Picked up one of these resin monsters at Telford. First impressions very good, although a couple of bubbles to deal with. Much better quality than their Brabazon, where you could see the grain in the wood from the master. Instructions and decals to follow. Beaching gear included. I always remember seeing the mothballed airframes at Cowes and on the Solent before they were scrapped. Howard
  3. I purchased the low-viz VC10 XV107 from Didier at Telford, and have been comparing against references, including images of XV107. While there is more work to be done to check everything, I am very pleased with the overall outline of wing, fuselage, fin and tail, and the washout of the wings. I am encouraged that such subtle features as the non standard spacing of the rear window on the port side has been faithfully captured. Observations to date: The wing-body fairing seems to come a little too far forward and will need to be cut back - no more than 0.5cm The fin fillet leading edge is not sharp enough The nib between the engine exhaust seems a little shallow The characteristic twist in the engine pylons needs care to introduce - flat as moulded but within scope of bending the plastic The windscreen looks odd because the central panel is twice as wide as it should be - easy to cut but may have other implications on the nose shape. I also think the cockpit transparency needs to be tilted back a bit, but this requires assembly to test. Usual challenge of cabin window alignment Fin vortex generators need to be added On the whole - looks pretty good.
  4. Two rotor blade types included - I assume the constant section one is the metal blade, but the chord seems a bit wide against the images that I have for the RN examples. Any thoughts anyone?
  5. Was up close to one of these at Marham. I have to note that the surface is not completely smooth - certainly the panels round the nose are raised by more than the thickness of a decal in 1/72 - though massively less than the Italeri mouding which would be a trip hazard in real life. Howard
  6. Not just you - see my post of yesterday. The VC10 holds a place in my heart as my grandfather took me to see the production line in 1963 when I was nine - prompted me to spend nearly half a century in the industry. Having agreed that the planform fits the Series 1106 version, next thing to look at is the wing thickness/dihedral, the engine pylons and the shape of the nose and tailplane bullet - and whether the windows are in a straight line, based on experience with the Comet. I hope Didier has not followed the Airfix 1/144 nose shape which is horrible. Didier - do you want to take my money in GBP or EUR? Howard Mason Heritage Manager, BAE Systems
  7. The pictures look like a VC10. The build pictures highlight one common issue with VC10 kits in terms of the inboard leading edge extensions. The early BOAC standard VC10s (series 1101) were delivered without these mods, and ZA141 (which is the only grey/green camouflaged aircraft) was a converted 1101 (G-ARVG). The built image shows leading edge extensions which applied to series 1102/1103 (like the preserved aircraft at Brooklands) and the military 1106 as well as the Supers. The grey camouflaged example seems to be XV107, which is a series 1106 delivered with extensions. Notwithstanding that I will be at Telford to get a grey one on 9 November. www.vc10.net is a great resource. Howard Heritage Manager BAE Systems
  8. Interesting Luft 4x subject. Any bets on whether it gets issued before the York and K-7?
  9. If heavy lift, then only options would seem to be Hastings, Beverley or Belfast. But I would respond very positively to a VC10, Tristar or Voyager. Just hope we do not get anything like the Comet/Nimrod cross that we got last year - just look at the engine fairings. Howard
  10. There are a few pages on this aircraft in the William Green "Warplanes of the Second World War" Vol 9 - summarised in Wikipedia. I wonder if they will do optional noses for the first eight civil 'A' variants - two of which got converted to the glazed nose 'B' standard.
  11. Perhaps because Huma already did the single seater......
  12. +1 on the question of separate availability of the sheet - for Anigrand as well as ARK models that have already been purchased with the basic set. I am up for two sheets. Howard
  13. Holding the plastic, the images above are correct. Both front and rear fans are mirrored - just look at the curvature of the blades. Both parts should be identical. They even have the same part number on the sprue map but are not identical. The front fan nearest the main gear on the sprue is correct. If the BR710 works like other multishaft engines, then the rear fan nearest the nose gear is correct, since it would rotate the same way as the front fan (facing the other direction)
  14. Thanks for the colour detail - although it looks closer to the Presidential dark blue....X164 Just noticed that the decal sheet does not match the box art. It shows 10065 for the USAF scheme, which is a C-37A, whereas the box is correct with 60500 as a C-37B.
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