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Eric Mc

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  1. It was the only X-4 I had and wasn't aware of the MPM/Special Hobby version.
  2. Thank you. It's a little pig of a kit and I only perservered because I'd promised it for the NASA SIG stand at Telford.
  3. By no means the best model I've ever built and a fairly ropey vintage short-run injection moulded kit from a long defunct (1989) company called 12 Squared, this is the Northrop X-4 tail less research aircraft from the late 1940s, early 1950s. Two X-4s were built to research into the problems of stability etc in respect of tail less designs - much like the British de Havilland DH108 Swallow. Unlike the Swallow, the X-4 turned out to be a fairly benign machine and both aircraft survived their test programme and both are now preserved in the US.
  4. Had a lovely chat with Mrs Martian.
  5. Lots of good and original ideas in the concept (mid mounted engine gives better weight distribution, low polar momentum etc etc) Unforetunately, other shortcomings limited its effectiveness as a fighter-interceptor - especially the rather nobbled versions that were used (for a very short time) by the RAF. In other theatres, the P-39 family performed quite well. The Soviets loved them.
  6. When it came out it was a million times better than the old FROG Gannet - which had also appeared in Revell boxes.
  7. Very nice. I dug one of these out of the stash only the other day. It's a lovely little kit.
  8. The Airfix painting instructions are a bit inconsistent as well.
  9. This was supposed to have been a quick build but, as ever, took a lot longer than anticipated. It's definitely a "nostalgia" build and I would not recommend the kit to anybody who wanted a properly accurate Val. But I enjoyed bashing it together and wrestling it into submission. It actually went together quite well but the major problem area is the canopy which has very poorly defined frame work and didn't fit terribly well - making it difficult to paint. The kit originally dates from 1965 so very "ancient" compared to today's offerings.
  10. Very hard. It was looked at but basically the weights, balances, centre of gravity etc would have been changed to such an extent that the whole airframe would have needed changing - effectively becoming a new aircraft. And that is really what DID end up happening. In many ways, the de Havilland Mosquito became that aircraft. And Westland themselves did evolve a Merlin powered descendant of the Whirlwind in the form of the Welkin. However, it arrived too late in World War 2 to be ordered into large scale production.
  11. All very interesting. It shows how experimental these aircraft were.
  12. Well, it worked for Harrison Ford.
  13. Great to see some 1/72 light aircraft being produced by a mainstream manufacturer. It's a sadly neglected genre in scale modelling.
  14. The price increases in the early/mid 1970s were of an even bigger magnitude than what we are experiencing now. And the demographic of typical kit buyers (chiefly boys and male teenagers) were funding their kit purchasing from pocket money - so the impact of those price hikes would have been even more keenly felt.
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