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  1. Mine is the Saab 900 SVO Coupe, the slightly better looking prototype for the 9-3 Viggen. No particular reason, I just think it’s pretty cool
  2. I think there is room for another classic Mini kit. The Tamiya is getting on a bit and now hardly obtainable. Sometimes to get the bits you need mean raiding the various different kits, especially the wheels. The Fujimi is a good kit but the wheels are way oversized, 12” designs but look 13-14” on the kit and look really odd. Moulded on arch extensions and curb side only are other little negatives. The Revell probably is the best so far being newest but it’s a bit niche being the 1071cc (or is it the 970cc) Cooper rather than the more popular 998cc Cooper or 1275 Cooper S. Also now pr
  3. I’ve had the pleasure of owning one of those too, it was decent but I never bonded with it. I later had the 2.2 TiD in the old shape 9-3 and I loved it, reliable even when it was broken. I had to drive it from Ayr back to the Peak District with an non functioning EGR valve. Fully loaded, approximately 90bhp, no turbo boost and max 3k rpm in limp mode in the pouring rain, what a trooper The rear arches eventually rusted out A 9-3 Viggen would be a good idea
  4. I’ll give someone else a chance but this would be my second choice. Also not my car but was exactly the same 1988 Saab 900 T16S (not an Aero despite the name sticking) I got mine as my first Saab when I was 24. I was slumming it in a crusty 1275 Metro Gta when my Dad decided to get a new shape NG900 so offered me the T16. When the insurance quote came back CHEAPER than the Metro I reluctantly agreed Been through a few other Saab’s and a deeply depressing Citroen Picasso to where I am now Wouldn’t mind a kit of this either
  5. Incas, not Aztecs My dad had a 84 99GL in pale Metallic blue sitting on a set of turbo Incas, something I’d ideally love to own myself but if not, make a model of it. Sadly think the original is long gone but if anyone sees CEH 804Y, give me a shout. The 2 strokes and V4s would also be a good choice, I’d probably build one but wouldn’t be my first choice EDIT— Found a picture, not of my dads 99 but one pretty much exact Everyone can keep their Ferrari/Lambos whatever super car you wish, my dream car right here Ours also had a Saab 90 front spoi
  6. Saab, any Saab Least niche would be a 900 T16S or 99 turbo ( 2 door please) Decent rally record for the 99 EMS and turbo to be considered surely
  7. I mentioned this in another build of an Airfix Lancaster which is also a tight fit to get the bulkheads, bomb floor in etc. I applied 1mm masking strips to the areas the internals touch the fuselage, primed and painted as usual. When the tape is removed to reveal the bare plastic underneath, everything still fitted to the tight tolerance that Airfix seem to use these days. It all glued together perfectly with very minimal filling and refinishing required on the fuselage seams, most of that was more due to a warped fuselage half rather than the internals creating gaps
  8. Hi Im slowly working through the newish Airfix Lancaster in 1/72. I’m just about to build up the main undercarriage bays and think I’m going to cut the spars to make painting the whole thing easier (add the painted wings at the very end) To those who have done this, where would you recommend cutting to allow this method while still creating strength in the structure? I’d like to hide any evidence of a cut though I doubt anyone including me will go peering in the bays to find any join Cheers Chris
  9. You’re not far from me then. Didn’t see these but I saw the Beluga over Whaley Bridge last week going out from Hawarden. It was already quite high but it was unmistakable. Must also admit that air traffic round here is pretty dull unless something vaguely interesting goes in to Manchester
  10. Is the Shackleton at Manchester Science and Industry museum still considered safe where it is? Do the RAF own the other Avro 707 displayed there
  11. Thank you gents for the input Seems the go-to brand is definitely the go-to brand, I’ll go check out the best prices Cheers Chris
  12. Hi Seeing as these are available a little cheaper than the better known alternative, has anyone had experience of them? I’m looking specifically at a set for the Airfix 1/72 C-47 Dakota/C-47 but any advice on their general use appreciated Cheers Chris
  13. On mine 2nd attempt at this kit, I used 1mm masking tape where the 4 bulkheads meet and along the length of the bomb bay sides before painting started. I then glued in sections to work out a bit of warping and misalignment between the two halves of the fuselage. It went together a lot easier than my first go with this kit though I still have some tidying and rescribing to do. Bravo on the extras on your kit, I find the kit over complicated OOB
  14. Apologies for the rude word in the page name
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