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About RichG

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    Royal Air Force (post-war / cold-war... mainly)

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  1. Definitely going to get one of these. As others have said it would be great to see some other British helicopter types to go with it in due course. Westland Whirlwind HAR10 (and other marks) and Bristol Belvedere HC1. Would be incredible in 1/48 but I would be happy with 1/72 scale too. Fingers crossed! Rich
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    Airfix 2019

    It's got to be a new mould Vulcan B2... Rich
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    Blackburn Beverley

    We must have been at Seletar at the same time Adey, I have very similar memories. Me and my mates used to sneak on to the fire dump and play on the Hastings and Valettas there. Always seemed to get caught by the RAF Police - didn't stop us though. In the end my dad took me for a supervised tour of the scrap yard. The aircraft were in better condition there having recently retired but the cockpits still had that very distinctive and evocative smell that all old British aircraft seem to have. Whenever I smell it, it brings back comforting memories. I hope Mikro Mir bring out their Hastings to accompany the Beverley and Argosy; in the meantime I am working on an S&M Hastings in 1/72 having now sorted out very warped resin fuselages (my fault - not the kit I suspect) via the hot water method. It worked really well. Great build Ray! Rich
  4. Just received mine; for once I didn't pre-order, not sure why... Wow this kit is just sublime. It looks truly beautiful unassembled in the box and if, as i fully expect, this kit goes together as well as it looks then Airfix have created a miniature masterpiece of this iconic aircraft. A type I have always thought to be somehow synonymous with Airfix. If this is where the bar is set I for one will be very happy. A great job guys - long may you continue! Rich
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    Airfix 2019

    Not forgetting the Harrier / Sea Harrier Steve... Rich
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    1/32 Avro Lancaster Mk.III

    I agree, a separate model of the nose would be a brilliant idea (especially with the clear fuselage); I'm surprised no one has come up with the idea before. A sort of scale "cockpitfest"... I often fool myself that I can accomodate (some) large scale kits and then once bought reality kicks in: I've no room so they remain unbuilt / unfinished. However with a 1/32 Lanc I know from the outset its just too big and therefore, much as I would really love one, I will never buy it. However the nose section would be much more viable and I might well buy several. My late father was Wireless Operator on the Lancaster "Aries", so alongside a standard bomber version, it would be great to build the nose of that. Although as it was converted to have a Lancastrian style nose and tail fitted, I may have to wait for a 1/32 Lancastrian conversion kit! Rich PS in fact that's just given me an idea of what I could do with a part built (abandoned) Revell 1/32 Tornado GR1 kit and an unused Aires 1/32 Tornado IDS Cockpit Set I have, which looks fantastic...
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    Phantom FGR2 Roundel type

    I don't know if its any help or perhaps reassurance but there is an illustration of XV477 "C" here. It shows it wearing hi-vis roundels. A little annoyingly it has it dated as 21 November 1972 whilst other sources have 20 November as the date of the fatal accident - not sure which is correct. The crew identified are however those tragically killed and so I would guess it does represent the aircraft on the day of the accident. Hope that helps Rich
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    1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    fantastic - and as far as i am concerned truly inspirational! Rich PS spigot = a short cylindrical projection on one component designed to fit into a hole on another.
  9. more evidence of dreadful QC (or is it QA?) at Airfix... is it now going to be unbuildable - hehe
  10. I'll wait for the full Director's cut edition on DVD Rich
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    1/72 Airfix Phantom

    I think there is a grey area between an omission and enhancement. And to be fair, Eduard do seem to issue multiple photo etch and resin detail sets for just about every new kit on the market, irrespective of whether they are really needed or not. It is not necessarily a guide or indication of deficiencies in the base kit, mainly these are required as percieved "enhancements". A few years ago I purchased the Wolfpack Design resin "Flaps Down" set for the Fujimi Phantom F-4K. I didn't percieve that as an omission from the base kit but an enhancement I needed - this is of course something that is now included in the Airfix kit as standard. Eduard announced sets Eduard Undercarriage set Are detailed airbrake door interior linings an omission or not... hey I've bought them anyway! Rich
  12. Well of course it should probably be 43 (41 was an FGR.2 equipped unit) particularly after your deliciously painted slotted stabilators, a distinguishing feature of the FG.1. You could always try painting the slanted fin flash of 43. The stripes seem to be parallel - just a bit of careful masking - your masking elsewhere looks great. By the way, phabulous pholding of those PE ladders - they look absolutely gorgeous . What's their fit on the aircraft like? Rich
  13. Looks phantastic! I think the Airfix Phantom is going to turn out to be something of a "Marmite Model". People seem to love it or hate it. What I find slightly odd is why people have a problem with it having too many options... (the usual complaint is "why didn't they include this or that feature"). And also issues about finesse of panel lines and soft plastic - at the end of the day it is an Airfix produced kit and no matter how much we wish it otherwise, that's their style so should be no real surprises. Personally I love it and as the FGR.2 tops the Airfix pre-orders I'm possibly not alone! Rich
  14. You're in luck - Xtradecal have just released a new set for the Phantom FG.1 / FGR.2 (Part 4!). It includes the 43 Sqn markings from 1970 (including the slanted fin flash). https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72293 - talk about just in time Rich