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  1. My Black Mike kit came from a little, long gone, toy and model shop nearby that stocked a lot of Fujimi Phantoms, amongst other brands. It was the stunning box art that persuaded me to pick the kit. Oh to have a time machine. Back then £3.99 was a lot for me to spend on a kit. How times, and prices, have changed!
  2. Very informative photos Dave, thanks a lot.
  3. That's great news, one for the Christmas wish list. I currently have an old Fujimi FG.1 sanded down and awaiting repaint, as well as the lovely Black Mike boxing. The latter has to be one of the best Fujimi British Phantoms, though as others have said, the decals are not up to modern standards. I can still remember buying it way back in the early 1990s, the price sticker says £3.99!
  4. I had no idea that some Javelins also received LAG undersides. Amazing what you learn here.
  5. Well, it looks like a Gnat to me, so don't be too hard on yourself. When Aldi (or was it Lidl?) were selling Airfix kits cheap last Christmas I got a Gnat, as did my young son, as a kind of family group build. While a great bonding activity, we both had problems with the fine tollerances of some of the parts, especially the undercarriage. Florescent orange would have been great, but thankfully we went with a Red Arrows finish. In the past I have used Halfords acrylic florescent spray paint, which seems to work ok over a white primer, although it can be rather thick, certainly looking out of scale thickness at 1/72. Very careful sanding down alleviates that problem somewhat. I will try that tip of putting down a coat of regular orange first. Great what you learn here!
  6. Love them or hate them, those Matchbox kits certainly had some brilliant box art. At my local air museum they are selling second hand kits at reasonable prices currently, with the occasional Matchbox kit appearing on the shelf, resplendent in faded but enticing boxes complete with the viewing window on the back. I may have to revisit some of my early builds....Bliss!
  7. Like so much in this hobby it depends I guess on what you want the end result to look like and how you intend to get to that point. Some people use air brushes, some don't, some use after market items, some don't. Some of course use a bit of everything. Personally I don't generally buy after market material for two reasons. I like to allocate my very limited hobby budget to kits and decals mainly, plus I enjoy trying to replicate the 1:1 item using whatever bits and pieces come to hand, from my spare parts box and plastic card usually. I'm probably never going to be able to replicate the amazing quality of some of the resin and etched add ons available out there, but I have fun trying and the sense of achievement is important to me. Each to their own obviously. If you like to incorporate after market goodies into your models then why not!
  8. Some of the so called 'bookazines' out there are quite fascinating. I have the Luftwaffe Secrets series written by Dan Sharp, which covers projected jets, flying wings and assorted other little known types. This series makes a lot of reference to original wartime documentation, which doesn't seem to have appeared in such great detail before. If you are a fan of 'what if' and 'Luftwaffe 46' they are a nice starting point.
  9. Lovely finish to the trusty old Matchbox Mosquito. As others have said, the addition of post war roundels and bright squadron markings really adds something special.
  10. Timbo88

    PC-9 / Texan II

    I can't believe that the Tucano is retiring from the RAF after 30 years. I can still remember the earlier Jet Provost, usually tucked away in the less prominent positions of air show static line ups. Regarding the introduction of the enhanced PC9 as a Tucano replacement, maybe we have simply got to a point where airframe development and associated performance have reached a level that meets most service criteria, so why keep pushing forward at unaffordable expense? Perhaps the next leap forward will involve new forms of propulsion, moving away from oil derived fuels and maybe more environmentally sustainable airframe construction materials and methods.
  11. Sounds perfectly feasible for a 'what if'. The Matchbox Buccaneer is a fairly basic kit and will need suitable pylons fabricated or obtained from elsewhere.
  12. I will be very happy if they manage to get something new up and flying in that amount of time. At the current speed of design and introduction I have calculated that I may see one more new fighter type into USAF or RAF service before I head off to the great scrap yard in the sky myself. Oh joy...
  13. Where I live we have a Cessna Caravan disgorging parachutists on a regular basis and that's about it. As mentioned already, it's the lack of the smaller civil types that is most noticeable. Where have they all gone? Mind you, the sky's seem devoid of winged objects generally. Who remembers car windscreens covered in splattered bugs when they were growing up? I can't remember the last time I had to use my windscreen washer to remove any. Is it just me?
  14. That's a pain. The 'From the Cockpit' are an excellent series of books. I have been adding them to my library as and when my finances allow. The trouble is, I live a short drive from Hannants (depending on the Lowestoft traffic - locals will know what I mean). The temptation is just too much sometimes!
  15. I got my copy from Hannants a while back. Not sure if it's currently in stock but well worth a look.
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