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Richard Humm

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  1. It looks like it might just be one production run for some of them - the Hawker Demon, 1/24 scale Spitfire, Bf 109E and Hurricane, the Sherman Crab and Churchill Crocodile and the WWI French, Germans and Royal Horse Artillery aren't in this year's catalogue.
  2. The AC-47 wasn't anything to do with Palitoy - Airfix modified the mould in 1974, seven years before Palitoy took over. It wasn't the only tooling Airfix modified permanently - the Hart to the Demon and three (or possibly four) of the modern car range to custom versions come to mind.
  3. The Silver City decals were included in the original boxing (it must have been one of the first Airfix kits to come with alternative decals) but the Cross painting wasn't used on a box top.
  4. The Anson I had both smooth and faired cowlings - the one at Duxford has the smotth cowlings.
  5. Heller's E-Type was in 1/24 scale, they never did a 1/43 scale kit of it. All three of the 1/43 scale cars are shown as new moulds on the Airfix website..
  6. There was a rumour some years ago that the Marina tooling had been stored poorly in the 1980s and had rusted to the point that restoration would cost more than the then owners of Airfix thought they could raise from reissuing it.
  7. It is going a bit from the sublime (the F-80C) to the gorblimey (the JS-3). Still, I do want a Fiat G.50, a Basset, a Whirlwind and a Boomerang for a 1960s kit build project, and I'll probably pick up a Beaver and F-80.
  8. Yes, Airfix used the one owned by the Vampire Preservation Group as the basis for the kit. It's probably the most accurate injection moulded 1/72 scale Vampire around, with the Heller FB.5 being the runner up.
  9. As far as I know, the only 1/72 scale single seater Venom kits are the 1956 FROG kit, the RAREplane vacform, the Aeroclub short-run kit and the forthcoming AccsGB kit. Dragon have only done the two seat NF3 and Sea Venom, and the latter got roasted on here for inaccuracy when it was first issued. Apparently it goes together well.
  10. The F.3 was a 1988 minimum change retooling of the 1963 F.1A, which had been modified to Snap'n'Glue in 1980. The only part that were changed were the tailfin and the missiles, with Red Tops replacing the original Firestreaks. The other major difference in the real aircraft, the fuselage side cable ducts, wasn't addressed. The F.2A and F.6 kits of recent years were an entirely new tool, with the actual differences between the two versions included in the one mould.
  11. We're talking about two different things here. The new starter kit series are not just kits from the standard range with paints and cement, but simplified kits for beginners like this one: . Airfix do really need to have something on the packaging to distinguish between them.
  12. There was a Hawk starter kit released earlier this year, so I doubt there's be another this soon afterwards. If they are following up the Spitfire and Hawk as aircraft in the starter series, then I think a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and a Mustang would be likely candidates, though I can't really think of another modern tyoe that is small enough and well-known enough to fit into the series. There are several other WWII types that could be possiblities though, based on fame and size (Hurricane, Zero, FW 190, Wildcat and Corsair spring to mind). By size, I mean that the kit has to fit on three 8.5" by 4" sprues, so there wouldn't be many twin-engined or larger types possible.
  13. Maybe the best reply to that is "If you have synaesthesia, perhaps".
  14. February according to the Airfix website, which still just about counts as winter...
  15. It was in the catalogue from 1966 to 2002, with a couple of reissues as a starter set from 2005 to 2006 and 2009 to 2012, and a thirty-six year run is pretty good. Another long running kit from that period that would probably still sell is the Skyraider (1968 to 2001) though the Westland Scout (1966 to 2003) comes under the "helicopters don't sell" rule.
  16. The Airfix Merlin was produced using CAD information supplied by Westland, according to a lecture some years back by one of their researchers at the RAF Museum. Whether Lockheed Martin would be so forthcoming is questionable.
  17. Ron Firth had PAM News running as an all scale aircraft magazine from 1973, though it was rather less professional-looking than Scale Aircraft Modelling. PAM News did have newsagent distribution by mid-1978, as the June/July 1978 issue was the first to have a news trade distributor listed in the indicia. We've had four UK scale model avaiation magazines running for fifteen years now, and I'm a bit surprised there are still that many, considering how low circulations seem to be - Airfix Modelworld, which is the modelling magazine I see in the most retailers, shows an ABC audited circulation of less than 15,000 copies a month total print and digital.
  18. They issued their old Mk I with added cannons as a IIC, but they haven't done a IIB. A new tool 1/32 scale Hurricane would definitely be welcome.
  19. The next issue ad in the current Aeroplane promises a "Best of British Aviation from the Aeroplane Archive" calendar with the issue out on November 11th, over a photo of four Lightnings in formation. Airfix Modelworld doesn't have a next issue ad as such, just a little "next issue on sale on November 4th", but I'd be surprised if there isn't a calendar of Airfix box art.
  20. The programme on the Yesterday channel tomorrow is about the Corgi Bristol Fighter.
  21. The next programme trail said it was Corgi, and the problem they had was translating a fabric aircraft into diecast metal. I've heard that the Airfix episode will be about the Mosquito - the designer of it did briefly appear in the opening sequence of the first programme.
  22. There was Dennis Knight's 1/350 scale series of plastic aircraft released in 1975 under the Helmet Products label, initially of Battle of Britain types. He wrote an article in Scale Aircraft Modelling Volume 5 Number 1 (October 1982) describing the then range and discussing conversions from them. They were sold in sets of four to twelve aircraft (dependin on size) in "a crush-proof pocket case". I remember seeing ads for them for some years after the article. djktrumpet - That sounds like the Revell range discussed above, especailly if they were in square orange boxes. They were the last British kits I remember having cement capsules. tempestfan - Have you got any evidence for the Eldon kits being Marusan? Brad Hansen doesn't mention a Marusan issue in his book. The Revell minikits were reissued in 1992 and were in catalogue for two or three years.
  23. My dad had one of his original pocket calculators in the mid 1970s, though we never got any later Sinclair products.
  24. Pity they used brass for the etched parts - the rigging is going to need painting, unlike the Accurate original. That should still be a lovely build though, I really enjoyed putting the original issue together - was it really 21 years ago?
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