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Roger Holden

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About Roger Holden

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    Pre-WW2 Civil & Military Aviation, Scratchbuilding

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  1. Great to see Japanese interwar types finally getting some attention. More than a thousand of these were built.....
  2. ......and the British register was re-set from G-EAxx to G-AAAA in 1929.
  3. Pan Am's use of International Orange goes back to around 1929, on its Fokker Trimotors and Sikorsky S-38s. Incidentally, International Orange was so named after its use by the International Harvester Co's agricultural machinery, not because of any wider connotation....
  4. The early pre-War versions had a foot stirrup in the fuselage just aft of the wing on the stbd. side only, so that was presumably the preferred ingress route for the pilot. But that was then replaced by a handgrip in the bulkhead at the rear of the fwd cockpit on both sides, which suggests either side entry was acceptable.
  5. There is a massive gap in the market for a new kit of a Ford-built B-24H/J. Nearly half the B-24s built came from Ford, but every kit is of the Consolidated version. The 2 are quite different: Consolidated redesigned the entire front end to mount the nose turret, whereas Ford grafted a turret on to a B-24D, much like the original conversions made by the Hawaiian Air Depot. Basically, everything forward of the cockpit is different. Half the decals produced are for Ford planes, with no kit you can use them on. A Ford-built B-24 to the same standard as their B-17G and B-25s would be great - how a
  6. Great work and so rare to see something scratchbuilt in 1/43 scale. I've still got a pile of Model Cars mags that my dad bought in the 60s and the plans articles in them were always very inspiring (even if some of the shapes occasionally looked a bit 'off'). Even better was the short-lived 'Miniature Auto' magazine, which had more detailed plans. Both were great documentation of the 'golden age' of motorsport. Completely agree with your comments re Clark.
  7. I have the Crosby and it's nothing special. You can see the master was 3d-printed as the striations are slightly visible. You can turn it into something decent but it will need work. I have a number of 1/72 racer kits from Dekno, Karaya, LF, Kora, SBS, CMR, etc and it's the worst of the lot.
  8. One of the best aspects of the Eduard kit is that it comes with lots of redundant parts you can use to 'dress up' less good D-VII kits. In the case of the Roden kits, that includes the axle wing, radiator and wheels, thereby solving some of the problems. Although, comparing the wings between the 2, both are around 3mm shorter in the Roden kit, compared with the Eduard and I'm guessing the latter is correct, without getting the plans out.
  9. Many thanks, gentlemen, for your comments which are more than kind. Projects like this take a few hundred hours of single-minded determination (masochism ?), so it's nice to know it's appreciated. I'm also a big student/fan of this era of aviation history and like to 'set the scene' and place things in their correct historical perspective (no pasting from Wikipedia....). Regards, Roger
  10. Hi Joachim, No, they are planed from thin wood planks and covered with embossed sheets of plastic. Basically the method 'invented' by the late, great Harry Woodman and described in his classic 1970s book 'Scale Model Aircraft in Plastic Card'. https://rclibrary.co.uk/title_details.asp?ID=1216 I consider myself a fabric aircraft specialist and have refined the method over 30+ years. I've seen other methods of representing fabric-covered surfaces, but they are all inferior.....
  11. That sums it up pretty well. A good story of the aeronautical aspect is the book '1927 - Summer of Eagles'.
  12. Almost forgotten today, the 1927 Dole Race is one of the most infamous air races in history. An event which has come to symbolise the near-mania for risky over-water flights which followed in the wake of Lindbergh’s Atlantic flight. Hawaiian pineapple millionaire James Dole put up a $25000 prize for the first flight from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. Expecting just a few, high-profile contenders, the organisers were surprised to receive multiple applications from pilots across the U.S., including some semi-amateurs keen to jump on the Lindbergh bandwagon. They decided th
  13. There are lots of worthwhile French aircraft still to be done.......Potez 39, Wibault 72, Levasseur PL10/101 and many others, but they seemed to have moved on to more modern types which presumably sell better.
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