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  1. Hi Ian-great to see you back on BM, and true to form another beauty emerges from your hangar! Seriously well done with the SP it’s sensational. I keep checking the AA website to see if it’s back in stock, as I really want to have a crack at a Saudia RR bird. cheers, Nick.
  2. What an absolute stunner Dave-you’ve done her proud! The 60’s and 70’s really were the golden age of the British independents. I think this bird ended up with Monarch after the demise of Invicta. A sister ship to my rendition of ‘kilo mike’ Nick.
  3. That’s an absolutely wonderful ‘whistling wheelbarrow’ there Viking! I’ve been dying to see the Air Anglia decals applied to an Argosy, and you’ve certainly done it justice I’m really loving the nostalgic element to all the civvies that being posted in the RFI recently. Nick.
  4. Stunningly finished Caravelle-well done on getting it over the line. There’s nothing worse than battling with a model, though some would say it’s all part of the fun!?! I really rate Classic-Airlines decals as they have a really diverse range of decals for both 1/200 and 1/144.
  5. Beautifully executed 321 Michael. You’ve lost none of the delicately engraved panel lines in the painting process, and the photorealistic flight deck windows look superb-brilliant work! Sad to see how many great U.K. airlines have disappeared, or been gobbled up by the ‘big boys’ over the years
  6. Incredible Moa. The floats and beaching gear are a work of art in their own right. Beautifully captured too!
  7. Ahhh the joys of staff travel-not for the faint hearted !!
  8. Here is my latest, and possibly the last of my lockdown builds for a while (?) Monarch Airlines operated a fleet of 7 Boeing 720B’s through the 70’s and into the early 80‘s, forming the backbone of their fleet. Operating from many U.K. airports on inclusive tour flights mainly to the ‘Med’, Canaries, and on a short and not very successful Caribbean programme. This particular example started life on lease from Northwest Airlines to TWA in 1961, before going back to its original operator in 1962. Monarch acquired ‘Kilo Mike’ in January 1972 and operated it for approximately 11 years
  9. What a magnificent beast! A very impressive and beautifully finished model. You should be justifiably proud of that big Tupolev. Like you, I swear by the Humbrol Metalcote range for a good NMF.
  10. Thanks for all your kind words of encouragement guys-very much appreciated. Nick.
  11. Thanks very much. Hopefully be able to do a few more Hasegawa 1/200’s before my eyesight moves me onto 1/144 or larger scales-oh the joys of getting older!
  12. Thanks very much for your kind comments
  13. Well not really! It’s actually Eastern Airlines 5th TriStar that was used for the 1972 summer world tour by the Lockheed Aircraft Company of California. The aircraft came to the U.K. to be demonstrated to the two British customers for the TriStar- Courtline Aviation, and BEA. Arriving at Luton airport the headquarters of Courtline, 305 was adorned with Court titles and logos in preparation for promo flights around various U.K. airports, ending with a flight to Palma, on the island of Mallorca-a typical destination for the airline. The next stop for 305 would be a short hop down to London Heath
  14. Stunningly built model and exquisitely atmospheric images too boot Moa-superb work! I remember a few years ago attempting to beat the Mach2 kit into submission, and failing miserably-needless to say it ended up in the bin. Although most would consider the Seabee an odd looking aircraft, I find the quirkiness of it to be really endearing-definitely in my top 5 list of favourite aircraft. One of the best scenes in ‘The man with the Golden Gun’ is a Seabee putting in a very spirited and sporty performance as it tries to evade Chinese radar on the way to Scaramanga’s private island-on
  15. Hi Ian, Thanks for the tip re the paint stripper, I’ll certainly keep an eye open for it. I used oven cleaner on this occasion which worked fine in the past on plastic kits, but clearly didn’t like resin! For the engines I used Humbrol Chrome Silver (191) directly from the spray can. It’s really good stuff, is easy to apply, dries quickly, and is very forgiving. However the best bit is that it can be either left very bright or polished with cotton wool to what ever shade of aluminium you want-the more you polish it, the darker it goes. I also used it for the leading and trailing edges o
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