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  1. Off topic, but to answer the comments about the possibility of an injection moulded Avro/HS/BAe 748, S and M Models announced a while back that they will be releasing this subject in this media. Regards Donald
  2. 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 match shortly, too ! I think the two island communities have enjoyed the unrestricted travel arrangements over the past month or so, and the respective insular welcomes. I've yet to visit you, and the museum, but may do so shortly. The only Manx aircraft I've flown on was a Viscount about 35 years ago, operating a Guernsey-Jersey-Birmingham-East Midlands schedule on behalf of BMA. Stay safe ! Donald PS This a great thread - great to see the de Havilland images (de Havilland being a traditional Guernsey family name, of course)
  3. Great pictures, thanks Jeff ! And that's a nice study too, Radleigh - an image to aspire to. Donald
  4. 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
  5. 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 distinctive dome-shape of the full-sized aircraft. I'm currently enjoying building EE's diminutive Short 360. Its not a shake-and-bake project by any means, but its a nice little model; I've found its helpful to plan in advance how to tackle it (eg ensuring there's sufficient tabs in the fuselage halves to anchor the fuselage floor section). The likes of Eastern Express, F-Rsin and others (mainly of Eastern European origin) are currently serving the 1/144 airline enthusiast very well. I had thought of including A Model's products in my previous post - they've a comprehensive and eclectic mix of aircraft available - the only reason I didn't mention them was that my most recent purchases of their line have been the (already available elsewhere) Comet 4B, Caravelle III and Lockheed Hercules ! Roden are producing some lovely airliners too, their Super VC10, Carvair and Britannia are particularly good, especially for fans of large British transport aircraft; I'm looking forward to their forthcoming Convair 340 (and C 133 Cargomaster). Will you be posting pictures of your EE Herald when done ? Donald
  6. 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-Rsin) are to be congratulated on bringing us less common subject matter. Donald
  7. 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 "silk-screen" version will have a Manufacturer code without a -1, -2, -3 etc at the end of it. Its probably just me, but the sprue shots of this kit only seem to feature one engine exhaust.....I hope I'm wrong. The price of these kits varies wildly depending on where you buy them from. I get mine direct from sources in Russia, and they're always a fraction of the prices being asked either on a well-known auction site or established retailers.
  8. 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 having unrealistic and overscale rivets was part of the attraction of Frog kits for me...... Donald
  9. 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 ! Thanks again Donald ps Please share with us any further comments you have once you've had more time to study the A Model Caravelle.
  10. 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 fairing on the A Model kit appears to be much shallower (and much less "beefy") than that of the Authentic Airliners version; I've yet to check with photos of the real thing as to which is more accurate, but as I say, Kurt at AA usually nails things. My other observation (from a VERY quick viewing of the new A Model kit) is that the position of the nose radome is too high up in profile. The venerable Airfix Caravelle suffers from the same fault, although much more pronounced - viewed from the side the Airfix Caravelle lacks sufficient "chin", the extreme lower nose shape needs extending both downward and forward in order to give it a better representation of the real thing (their Comet 4B also had the same jaw-line issue). Having said all that, I'm delighted that A Model have given us the Caravelle, its certainly an improvement on the near 60 year old Airfix kit (and the MisterKit clone of it). The detailing (not least engraved panel lines) is certainly superior. Despite the rather odd choice of livery provided in the A Model box you have (Aeroflot and Air Charter) we are fortunate that there is already a good selection of aftermarket decals available; and no doubt A Model will issue the same kit with more decal options in time (I see there is already a Caravelle VI-N with Corse Air decals available on model shop shelves). Meanwhile I'm looking forward to your assessment of the A Model kit once you've had a chance to actually place it side-by-side with the Authentic Airliners version. Donald
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Wonder if its 1/144 scale or " 1:44 " as it says above !!? Its big enough in 1/144........ Don
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