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  1. Surely the Merc 280SL! The Porsche did a get a limited re-release as a Hobbycraft special ~10yrs ago.
  2. I've built the Regult Pod ( have you finished yours? ), the Macross SDF 1, Queadluun Rau and a Gerwalk VF1-J, and more in the stash. Recently found Hobby Link Japan have number of the Destroid kits available re-popped by Bandai for £5, so my stash will soon swell! An excellent resource on the old kits here https://macrossworld.com/macross/models/_models_plastic.htm
  3. Thanks Mike. This is the "little" one, the larger 1/160 scale kit was from ARII and though larger is not as detailed or accurate. Was "Arts & Crafts" the one in the arcade with the models in the basement? My memories are of the IMAI kits in John Menzies in Wrexham.
  4. I've a thing for the original Macross Anime kits from IMAI that appeared in the early 80's. The kits were available in the UK even though Macross or even the bastardized Robotech version from the the US wasn't. This a 2010 repop by Bandai of the orginal IMAI kit of probably the coolest looking mecha in the series. The boxart is particular captivating and adds a lots of character to a machine that only appeared occasionally in the series. Had great fun building this and rather pleased with the finish. I enjoyed experimenting with weathering techniques chipping (airspray and painted) and oils. The dull weather and basic photography skills means a the pictures don't show it all. Painted and partially weathered with Humbrol Enamels which suit the early 80's origins of this kit. Even in my late 40's I still think this looks as freaking awesome as I did in my teens
  5. Great though this is first prototype which was for low speed testing, according to a quick glance at Wikipedia to produce the more significant hi-speed version a new nose and cockpit is required and technically increasing the wing sweep from 43 to 45 degs. I guess the high speed version has been available as a vacform and resin kits, not sure about the first prototype. MikroMir and AMP though continue to release some interesting and overlooked aircraft and helos.
  6. Hope you've been saving in the meantime as the price is now £719.99 for the Lotus and is due Winter 2022. I just looked at their website https://uk.pocher.com/products/lotus-72d-1972-british-gp-emerson-fittipaldi-hk114? ...and the Panigale is available now.
  7. Crikey you've summoned a familiar name from the past there Matt. I had to look it up but I read The Summer Tree in my early teens (and probably the other books in the trilogy) - not sure if the books are somewhere, I think I must have been lent it or borrowed it from the library.
  8. To use a generalisation - aunties don’t buy Eduard kits … I have a lot more faith that Airfix know their market more than anyone on here does; a representation of a very small part of the model kit market. If they aren’t planning multiple versions then they have their reasons.
  9. That's hugely impressive and gives me a real sense of "Oh, &%#!"
  10. The turnbuckles add a nice extra element. Are you sticking to the kits rigging instructions or going the full hog?
  11. You did well cleaning up kits legs which are horribly moulded. I used those from the Special Hobby kit with the AZ scissor links,
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