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  1. Hi Ivor Is the museum currently open ? Here in Guernsey we've been Covid-free for 128 days, and like you, life is virtually as normal other than that our Bailiwick is effectively closed to outside travellers other than from your part of the world. As you know, we have an unrestricted travel corridor direct between Guernsey and Isle of Man operated by our Embraer 195 and various new ATRs (new route for them all) - no restrictions, no face masks etc. Even the various sports teams are now travelling between our islands on a regular basis - there's the return footie m
  2. Great pictures, thanks Jeff ! And that's a nice study too, Radleigh - an image to aspire to. Donald
  3. Yes please, Jeff, I'd appreciate seeing photos of what's in the box. I'll doubtless get one (or more) of these eventually. Eastern Express are very prolific with their 1/144 airliner new releases, filling lots of gaps, subject-wise. I'm also pleased that their future releases are all slated to be CAD. If you get a chance to comment on how well (or otherwise) the parts go together, that would be good too...…. Donald
  4. Hi Jeff I'm sure you're right, the lack of a transparent windscreen for the Herald may be due to economic limitations by the manufacturer. EE's F27 kits (like Skyline's exceptionally good 737 Classic range) give you the option of cutting away the solid plastic cockpit cab from the fuselage half and replacing it with a transparency. Personally, I prefer transparent windows/windscreens but many Modellers don't. I thought that the Herald cockpit/windscreen section - much like a Viscount - would have consisted of a simple, clear "bubble/blister" design, replicating the distinc
  5. Thanks Jeff, an interesting and informative write-up. Like you, I enjoy building these short-run kits of smaller airliners; you'll inevitably need to fettle some of the parts for a decent fit, some kits seem more "refined" than others. As you say, you can add as much detail as you wish, depending on your skills and taste. There's a certain satisfaction in finishing something a little out-of-the-ordinary. Its a shame the Herald doesn't come with a transparent windscreen/cockpit - most of the other recent releases from Eastern Express do. Eastern Express (and F-Rsi
  6. As with previous 1/144 Eastern Express releases, the first (in this case four) versions to be made available will probably all come with laser-type decals (including the Air UK markings option for the Herald). After a month or two, there will be a further version featuring silk-screen printed decals, in the Herald's case the decal will be the orange BIA livery. The version featuring a silk-screen decal is usually a little cheaper than the others. Its usually the case that the "silk-screen" version comes in a box with painted artwork on the lid, rather than a photograph. Also, the
  7. The 1/72 Handley Page Herald also had a plethora of rivet detail, much like the Airfix kits of the time. It would be interesting to know why these particular (and thankfully few) Frog kits deviated from Frog's normal practice of having "clean" surface detail. Was it down to a decision by Management, was the tool maker's personal preference, was it a case of mirroring what other manufacturers of the time were doing ? I guess we'll probably never have a definitive answer, but I'm glad the vast majority of Frog kits DIDN'T have the unrealistic rivet detail. Tbh, not
  8. Thanks Jeff, as usual an excellent piece of work ! I guess the acid test will come once we all get building our A Model Caravelles.......seeing how well the components fit together, how realistically the finished model "sits" etc. In the meantime you've highlighted some useful and interesting points to be aware of; all too often I've started a model without fully researching it (I prefer to try and make a model that looks as faithful to the original as possible, rather than straight "out-of-the-box") and have found out too late about some or other critical production error !
  9. Hi Jeff Yes, if you can provide comments on your (yet to be done) comparison between the Authentic Airliners Caravelle and the A Model kit that would be really helpful; Authentic Airliners usually get things very accurately researched and replicated with their products. At first glance it seems the A Model Caravelle's fuselage is slightly too short for 1/144 scale (this was also the case with their Comet 4B and 4C). The wheels may also be slightly too small as well (not particularly noticeable in this scale, nor a great problem). The wing-to-fuselage
  10. Well done Jeff ! A thoroughly useful and entertaining write-up. Lots of helpful general modelling tips, plus specific details on how to improve the basic DC9 kit. And great photos, too ! Hopefully you got as much pleasure and satisfaction from building the model as I got in following your adventure. More please ! Don
  11. Fantastic - thanks for posting ! Really brings back the memories. So many different aircraft types and so many varied liveries. Nowadays it seems to be mainly Ryanair 737-800s and EasyJet A319s, much of the variety - and interest in spotting - has gone. Best wishes Don
  12. Wonder if its 1/144 scale or " 1:44 " as it says above !!? Its big enough in 1/144........ Don
  13. What a wonderful thread ! The comments on here certainly bring back the memories - good memories - and my experiences of the venerable Frog kits seem to mirror the recollections of others, no doubt of similar age..... Frog models were to me always a bit more "exotic" than the likes of Airfix and Revell, and usually harder to find. Their choice of subject was at times questionable (from a commercial standpoint) but always interesting, and definitely worthwhile if you were a fan of British-built aircraft. The quality and breakdown of the kits' design was always well thou
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