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fightersweep

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  1. fightersweep

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    Mainly listening to Rheingold's first album from 1980 today, strangely called...Rheingold
  2. fightersweep

    Book recommendations for the 8th Air Force?

    Thanks for the link. Certainly looks nice, and it would be rude not to buy the deluxe edition! Noticed on the forward that Troy is now in Uruguay....He was in Australia when I dealt with him. He certainly gets around a bit! Steve
  3. fightersweep

    Book recommendations for the 8th Air Force?

    Not heard of Blurb. Is that print and demand type site? I'll check it out. Thanks for the heads up!
  4. fightersweep

    Book recommendations for the 8th Air Force?

    You won't be disappointed. It's a great book although it does seem to be fetching silly prices on the second hand market. Troy is a really great guy. I had my first dealings with him when his Hofer book was first published and I was the buyer at Midland Counties. As I bought a fair few copies on my initial order, he sent me a signed copy for myself along with an artist's proof of the cover's artwork. Troy is quite the artist too....some of his paintings are very nice. I will certainly look out for a copy of Adventures of the 4th FG. Brown's book is indeed a great read. Haven't been to Ridgewell for years, but certainly explored the place many times when I was with the Rebel Air Museum at Earls Colne. Still have a 1944 dated Coca Cola bottle I found there. Steve
  5. fightersweep

    Book recommendations for the 8th Air Force?

    Have you got Troy's book on Ralph "KIdd" Hofer? That's a wonderfully researched book. One of my favourite wild card aces too! With shelves heaving under the strain of 8th and 9th Air Force related books, I'll have to get my thinking cap on and put up a list. I have always had a soft spot for Philip Kaplan and Alan Smith's book, One Last Look. It's just a nice book to leaf through. Graham Simons and Harry Friedman's book on the Memphis Belle "Dispelling the Myths" is an amazing tome. 30 years of research and it shows too. A fantastic read that doesn't leave a stone unturned. I was lucky enough to get invited to the book launch at Bassingbourne....quite a day! Steve
  6. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    Which scale would that be then?
  7. fightersweep

    Best Battle of Britain Memoirs?

    Has anyone read Bob Doe's book "Fighter Pilot"? Haven't picked it up yet, but I imagine it's a good read. Very modest chap. Brian Kingcombe's book was a good read too. Steve
  8. Late to the party on this thread, but very glad I found it. Lovely work so far. This all speaks to me too as a fellow 1940 aficionado. A very interesting time frame to study and build. I remember being given a bunch of very old kits when I was 13 (1982). They must have easily been from the 1960s, and one of them was the Heller Bloch 152. I had never seen one before, so the interest was duly sparked and this led me to buying more Heller kits whenever I could. Scanning eBay with all the Heller and Smer kits that can be had for little money, I think I can feel the itch developing again! For some reason the Les Mureaux 117 sticks in my mind. I seem to remember being impressed with Heller's rendition of the fuselage skinning. Looking forward to your build. I'm off to eBay now to buy some Heller kits! Steve
  9. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ Put more eloquently than I could have put it!
  10. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    ...And Airfix have been slowly replacing those old kits with new tools. At least Airfix now put those old kits in a "Classic Range" so people know what they are getting, and people like me who want those old kits can buy them again with new decals. They're selling, so there must be a market for them and making money is all that matters. It also has to be taken into account the number of those old kits that may never be re-tooled such as the SRN-1, Beagle Basset, Cherokee Arrow, deHavilland Beaver etc. Still nice kits that I'm sure we'll see in the classic range eventually.
  11. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    Agree with many of the sentiments echoed above. I'm just glad Airfix are still afloat, and not only that, still offering new tools including a new "Superkit". I have my wants just like everyone else, but I'm realistic enough to know that new releases are chosen for their profit potential. There were a lot that were "underwhelmed" by the Hellcat. I wasn't. It may not be my favourite WW2 fighter, and it maybe aimed more at the US market, but I can see it's a sound business decision. Not only that, it looks like an amazing kit. Therefore, my wallet will be opening for one. Very pleased to see some aircraft finally appear in the Classics range. Some good choices too. I've already stated that I like to build old kits, and I will probably buy most of these releases too. Oh! And good call on the Buccaneer and Mig 17. Considering the rocky financial road Hornby have been on of late, this year's catalogue is pretty healthy in my meagre opinion. I hope they sell lots of kits and keep things on the up, because I can't imagine my modelling world without Airfix. Of course, all of the above is just my opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. Steve
  12. Didn't Silver Wings do a few of these? I had the Demon and it was a fantastic kit....and quite large in 1/32. Think they did the Hart as well, and Montex did/do the Fury and I think the master for that was done by the guy behind Silver Wings also. Steve
  13. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    I know! Great isn't it? I do collect old kits too, but sometimes I just want to build them, and I don't like paying £30 - £40 for an old series 2 kit that I'll no doubt ruin!
  14. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    Each to their own though. I think nostalgia has a part to play in modelling. There are enough threads about it here on Matchbox, Airfix, Frog etc. I love building the kits I built as a kid, so therefore, it has to be the same kits otherwise it wouldn't be same. I'll happily build new kits too, but I still get a kick when I crack open a 1970s Matchbox kit. It's a bit of a modelling comfort blanket. Steve
  15. fightersweep

    Airfix for 2019

    Jetstream and Dominie at £11.99 each. More than happy with that!
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