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About RichG

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  1. Bit like having a favourite child Yes, I love them all!
  2. Roy was a significant influence on many an impressionable young mind... not least mine Tough choice but if I was forced, here are my top 3 Didn't need big red boxes to sell kits in those days... just a red stripe
  3. By coincidence Mike, I just picked up one of these off eBay for a reasonable price a few weeks ago. Definitely nostalgia kicking in for me too as I recall getting this kit as my "big present" for Christmas when I lived in Singapore in 1966. I was was six years old, mad on aircraft and Airfix models and so, so excited by the box-art. It was however huge, a bigger and more complex model than I had attempted, being used to pocket money 2/6 kits in plastic bags (Zero's & Spitfires etc), so my next door neighbour's son was asked to build and finish it for me. I recall he did a great job and it looked fantastic! Unfortunately I don't think it lasted long when it was delivered back to base to commence operations... in the hands of its inexperienced crew... not sure what happened to it... took some heavy damage and certainly never completed a full tour... reported missing in action at some point :). But I loved that kit. I have often wondered if I could do that kit justice today... So as I've some time on my hands at the moment, I've bought one to build alongside an Airfix 2nd generation Lanc from 1979 and plan to give it and its younger brother a few after market upgrades and see how it goes. I've installed a CMK resin cockpit and scratch built the front interior structure. It will get resin wheels and lowered flaps in due course. Unfortunately I have discovered the port engine is AWOL in my kit . I've dug out an old half built 2nd gen Airfix Dambuster from the loft as a donor kit: fortunately the engine is a pretty good fit! I am undecided what to do with the surface detai at the momentl - I could rub it down or, as rivets are back in fashion, I might have a go at adding panel lines and leave the rivets (lightly sanded maybe - I know they aren't at all accurate but I think might create a nice effect under the paint). I've also got some modern decals from the later gen kit which Airfix once released as G for George. I have to say the old girl is looking pretty good for her age so far (and not a sticky glue finger mark in sight!). Good luck with your build! Rich
  4. Good job Me too. I think the old "Haystack" has a real presence and character in both model form and in the real metal. I guess we are unlikely to see an injection moulded one in 1/72 anytime soon - my own preference. At least from a mainstream manufacturer but maybe not such a long shot for one the Eastern European manufacturers such as Special Hobby or Valom (a Hastings would look good alongside the Twin Pioneer and forthcoming Valetta). Certainly one due in 1/144 (MikroMir?). Whilst these kits can sometimes be challenging to put together, the choice of subjects always interesting and the surface details excellent. Who knows. Rich
  5. Sorry to slightly hiJack your thread Paul, which I will follow with interest; but in reference to other kits if anyone is interested in getting a larger scale version I thought it worth mentioning that MiniArt have just released a LGOC B-Type London Omnibus in 1/35 and also the military service "Old Bill" version used on the Western Front. Excellent, albeit pricey, highly detailed kits and more advanced than the old Airfix 1/32versions. Build review here. Typical... you wait 40 years for another B-Type bus and 2 come along at the same time....
  6. As others have said brilliant work @Phantome. I hope you don't mind me pointing out a typo/error I spotted in the Transports (1945 - 1996) section: "This consisted of a topside aluminum finish with white undersides." Should be the other way round i.e. "Topside white with aluminum finish undersides" Rich
  7. I normally like these threads however I'm afraid / pleased to say that the Airfix release programme over recent years has absolutely decimated my "wants" list and the announcement of a new 1/72 Vulcan B2 (oh, and that 1/72 C-130H from Zvezda...) this year has, realistically, finished it off completely. All that's now left on it is a few UK choppers from the 60's/70's and some rather esoteric RAF transport aircraft. As those who are knowledgeable in such things are always keen to point out, helicopters are apparently unprofitable for Airfix and these transport aircraft would really be beyond wishful thinking to see in the Airfix range (but hey, thanks Valom... ). So with no dog in the fight, I can now retire to the touchline and became just a mildly interested spectator of future Airfix programmes. Happy days ! Rich
  8. Cutting the Roden fuselage Super to the C1K Standard length is a little more challenging than might be expected.. Here is a thread that shows how to do it. Rich
  9. I wondered if you had seen this thread and if not I thought it might be of some interest. Rich
  10. Hi Iain Here's a picture of XG274/71 with 71 on the nose and the tail which was taken on 20/09/1969. So it was clearly practice to have the number on the tail at that time and so I would say therefore its pretty safe to assume the Airfix markings are correct for a 4FTS machine in 1968. Clearly the number was supplanted by the 4FTS badge by 1972. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1634575 Hope that helps Rich
  11. XB261 sadly broken up in 1989... followed in Jan 1990 by XH124 Hendon. The flight deck of XB261 still survives though; initially on display at Duxford and now at Newark Air Museum.
  12. whoops... great minds? Some great shots of the Beverley in its natural in service environment - linked in this tread... Thanks @71chally
  13. Not quite correct... perhaps not in 1/72 - but there is a good kit in 1/144 from MikroMir. Impressive even in this scale. Rich
  14. RichG

    Tornado question

    So in which case I think the best solution in 1/48 might be to source the relevant TSC parts from an old Airfix 1/48 Tornado kit (i.e. the ones that includes these stores). Judging by photos, mainly of RSAF Tornados carrying 8 x 1000lb, I think these could be a good basis (detailing as required). These kits have been out of production for some years and unlikely to ever reappear, however second hand examples do still seem to be available - albeit at a price which probably reflects their scarcity rather than quality! As a bonus they do come with a lot of additional stores options for RAF Tornados including JP233's, 8x1000lb bombs, LGB's, ALARM Missiles etc etc. They are possibly not up to the quality of the latest (or planned) after-market resin stuff, but it might also mean that somebody has those 4 TSCs you need kicking around unused in their spares box that they might be prepared to part with. Rich
  15. RichG

    Tornado question

    I am sure an ex RAF Armourer will come along and confirm but I am pretty certain they are Twin Store Carriers originally manufactured by ML Aviation and fitted to a number of aircraft types including RAF Tornados, Harriers(?), F104's and Alpha jets. There maybe some specification detail differences but visually at least they appear the same to me. Some potential sources in 1/48 (more or less detailed): DACO in their F104 upgrade set (Sprue E bottom part) (you can order just part sprues) Wingman Models Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1 (no K48035) (includes 2) Old Airfix Tornado Kit GR1/A (either no 09176 (original) or 09177 (Desert Storm version)) had 4 of them included as part of the kit's extensive stores options. Hope this helps - could get expensive obtaining 4. Rich PS Just found this helpful thread covering the same ground with a few more options for potential sources
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