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About F1xena

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  1. That is so cool! And an Alvis Stalwart...I had a BP Exploration Matchbox toy of that too. Wasn’t aware of the connection. Great information. Thanks! Tania
  2. Steve I was about to say the same thing! I had one as well....an “Alvis Foamite Crash Tender” apparently produced by Matchbox between 1964 and 1968. There is a real one on display at the RAF Museum at Hendon.
  3. That is beautiful. I had to re-check the scale, and if you’d said it was 1/48, I’d have been impressed....but 1/72? Wow, that is really something. Very cool build. Congratulations Cheers Tania
  4. Thank you for some really useful tips and information. I’m a big fan of the Saab jets, and plan on building several Gripen. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this page. Thanks again
  5. Nice build. Out of interest has anyone dealt (or tried to deal) with Fisher since the Paradise fire last year? My understanding is Paul and his wife lost everything, so was wondering if he has started up again. If, as I had read elsewhere, all his stock, workshop, moulds etc were lost, I can't imagine how devastating that must have been for them, and also how great a loss to the modelling world. Cheers Tania
  6. Charlie, you are in luck! Italeri kit details here: https://www.super-hobby.com/products/Supermarine-Spitfire-F-Mk.VII.html MD114 is indeed an option. I have a bunch of these kits as one of the other options, YQ-W, Isobel II, was flown by my grandfather’s brother, Jack Cleland. cheers Tania.
  7. If you can find a cheap Italeri HFVII kit, the decals are quite nice, and the pressurisation intake is a seperate part. The rest of the kit is pretty average, and is incorrect for a MkVII (wrong canopy, cockpit door etc) but probably no more expensive than an aftermarket decal sheet? cheers Tania
  8. Wow, great information. Thanks very much!
  9. Sturmovik, could you tell me which Museum? I’m in Buenos Aires from time to time and always looking for something to do. Any model shops worth visiting? I found “Top Gun” on my last visit, and another one near by, down an arcade on a previous visit. Cheers Tania
  10. I dearsay it wouldn’t be past Matchbox to have made a mistake with the serial size! To be honest, I never clicked that it could have been incorrect. The decals in my kit were marginal, both in colour and quality. The wax-paper cover sheet had stuck to the decals, and the carrier film was quite badly discoloured, hence the Chakra and fin flash markings being more “brown” than “orange”. It would be nice to see the aircraft re-tooled, instead of “yet another Spitfire/Hurricane/Messerschmitt” by one of the mainstream kit companies.
  11. I love tiger stripe liveries and you have done a great job on yours. Congratulations on a lovely result!
  12. I used to play cricket in Wellington, NZ as a schoolgirl. The ground was under the downwind flight path for the SAFEair Bristol Freighters enroute from their home base in Blenheim. Even then I was aircraft mad, and couldn’t help but look up at these lumbering giants as they flew overhead. It proved such a distraction that my teammates used to call me “Bristol”. Later, when I actually became a pilot, I had the opportunity to join SAFEair, but turned it down for an airline career...fortuitously as SAFE ceased operating a few years later. Still have some pictures somewhere of the inside of a Bristol when they were parked up, having been retired, in Blenheim.
  13. Caught! There was no way I could get those plastic pins to fit, so after snapping a few I made my own out of wire
  14. Do it! I’m sure you will enjoy it The only experience I had with armour was 1/76 scale Matchbox kits back in the 70s. They had different coloured sprues, so I didn’t even paint them. This Dragon kit was almost trouble free, with the exclusion of the single link parts for the tracks...and trying to get the little pins in place to hold the spare tracks on their racks. There will be more armour kits in my future for sure
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