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  1. https://www.pheondecals.com/32073l---harry-cobby.html One or two oddities there (excepting the SE5a, which I admit isn't very Camel shaped). And these: https://www.pheondecals.com/32072--sopwith-camel-aces-rfc--raf-vol-1.html Not particularly odd, but good quality. Paul.
  2. I built the AZ kit when it was a puppy, and it was one of my first modern limited run kits at the time. I don't think it would pose any problems now but at the time I had trouble getting the canopy bit on neatly. I've built other Tasman kits, and I think if you can cope with this early AZ offering then you can certainly built the Tasman and vice versa. Either will look a lot better than the Frog unless you spend just as much effort bringing it up to current standards. Paul.
  3. Looks very good. Even the flimsy extruded strut supplied with Pegasus kits is perfectly adequate once the wing cellule is complete, and monofilament rigging (which qualifies as structural) makes it solid as a rock. In the case of the nice, thin, Ardpol resin wings I think it's essential as well to prevent any warps, either new or recurring, over time. Paul.
  4. A bit of context, then. I blew most of my budget on one as a gift set at Scale Modelworld when it was last released, whenever that was (had to be pre 2013 because I was still in the Netherlands). It cost £70.00 , although you also got 2 tiny paintbrushes and some hopelessly optimistic micro-pots of older style Humbrol non stick acrylics to feed the fishes with. DIdn't want to pay, but in the Great Scheme of Things it seemed a reasonable ask. The plated and clear parts were the same, but the current grey plastic was then moulded in green or black - also some matt aluminium bits. All very worthy
  5. I think there may have been a resin by Plum Blossom, but it may have been a Vickers FB5 - can't remember at this distance. The Formaplane kit is nice. I've seen it rubbished, but TBH the only thing I dislike are the indentations for ribs, it being from the period when the designer (may have been the redoubtable Joe Chubbock) thought it better if the builder added sprue to the grooves and sanded it down. Anyway, mine is cut and sanded, but every time I get it out to crack on I find something to lead me astray. I'm suprised Choroszy or Ardpol never gave it a go (although the wings would have inv
  6. Those are all good ones. Rareplanes are top notch, but the Gotha and Junkers D.I have been well surpassed by the Roden injection moulded kits. Still buildable, but the Junkers more so. There was an Aeroclub detail pack for the Gotha (engines, wheels and guns), so if you can find a bag with those anywhere knocking about in the box you can probably sell those on with no problem. All the other kits are buildable with little effort if you're used to vacs, Airfix now do a nice BE2c but again the Formaplane kit is okay. Warbirds, BTW, was a small offshoot of the Rareplane line (4 WWI types). If yo
  7. I'm not trying to be funny but I'm confused now. What's the motor I mentioned for? The only one shown in the instructions is to rotate the model and the radar, and although there is no info printed on the motor itself it looks like the type 130 illustrated. There are 2 clear sprues, one untinted for small bits, and one with the 2 side windows and the large finned dome on the top. The latter are tinted a deep blue. Paul.
  8. Tommo, there's a bag containing separately bagged nylon or plastic cogs and brass rods, 4 screws, a motor, and a bag with a wire, another wire ending in a wheat-ear bulb, 2 terminal strips, a terminal block, 2 battery terminal ends (one with spring) and a sachet of grease, plus yet another bag with 2 nylon cogs and 4 nylon cylinders. Oh, nearly forgot, 2 round magnets so thunderbird 3 can be mounted removably. Paul.
  9. No time to check if already mentioned, and too doddery to remember, so at the risk of repeating, a Thunderbird 5 just arrived here and it still has the motor and lighting originally included. Also multi-coloured plastic, which is less pleasant (tinted transparancies are a nice idea, but only when a plausible shade). Altogether a very nice package though. Paul.
  10. The WW1 stuff is what I am most familiar with, and is largely quite good. Even the larger things like the Hastings are quite buildable. (So no, Malpaoso, I didn't say they were worthless and he doesn't need to beware of me). Paul.
  11. If it comes to a time to sell them, and you want to do it on Britmodeller, you'll need more than 100 posts and to put them in the dedicated for sale area. Put anyware else invites thread removal by the mods. Are they all just Formaplane? To be honest, although good at the time they are no longer the best. Many of their subjects were covered by better vacs slightly later. Also, in terms of price, they don't fetch much, some are still available, see http://form-u-lay.co.uk/planes.html. And of course since then there are now also injection moulded kits of a lot of their subjec
  12. The mystery is what was the trigger. The actual explosion into fragments is simply what safety glass is designed to do if struck on the edge by something hard or on the face by something like gravel. I've had it happen with both a windscreen and two panes of greenhouse glass. The windscreen was shattered by a bit of gravel falling off the overloaded lorry in front of us. The greenhouse glass went when I started to pick the two up together - an almighty bang, followed by the rattle of a couple of sack worths of glass fragments hitting the floor, and when I opened my eyes I was left with two han
  13. I built this last year, along with a Skybirds 86 kit of the same, kindly given to me a few years ago by John Adams along with some spare PE frets for the same kit. The latter has the cabane structure on it, so I used one of the spares on the Ardpol kit, also replacing the interplane struts with Strutz. Still had to make new undercarriage legs. Ardpol kits are generally really good, for resins, but the struts are never useable, as you'd expect. For the rest it went together dead easily except for having to cure the inevitable warps in the wings. I used the Ardpol kit for the Polish trainer (ch
  14. To be fair(-ish) that was the only time I've had that happen, although when something does go pear shaped with Amazon you have to jump through a number of hoops to contact a genuine human. Anyways, in the spirit of the thread title, I just took delivery of the Thunderbird 1 kit, which will be the first model of it's kind I've built in over 20 years. Looks very nice, and I suspect the hardest part will be settling on which particular studio model to try to replicate. Paul.
  15. I had a Kindle edition of that book, went to read it last year, got the message 'this book has expired'. I now see it's available if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Sneaky. Paul.
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