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  1. On 2/4/2022 at 4:33 PM, Simon said:


    All sorted now thanks @At Sea


    The Airfix Spares Dept have come up trumps at last, and a replacement arrived last week. I guess I was caught in a perfect storm of pre-Christmas post issues (not the only time, it must be said...), then Christmas itself, then Airfix having to deal with the pre- and post-Christmas rushes...



    Thats great news.


    Thanks for letting me know. I have dug the part out but haven't sent it. 

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  2. 18 hours ago, 71chally said:

    The Harrier is the 1:24th one which is nice, surprised it's being released as a GR.1 and not a GR.3, given the Falklands anniversary this year.

    I wonder if the GR.3 (or to be more precise the laser nose bits as GR.3 refers to the airframe not the nose I think?) sprue is included?

    If so XtraDecal did a great GR.3 sheet in 1/48 they could upscale.


    I hope the 1/24 Harrier is out there to test the market.

    Thinking of equivalent sized British jets kitted in smaller scales by Airfix a 1/24 Hawk or Lightning could be a possibility if there is sufficient uptake.


    I would love a 1/24 Folland Gnat. 

    I don’t know if the 1/24 kits make much money for Airfix or a prestigious loss leaders.  But I am pleased they are aiming high.

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  3. I have 2 on pre order.


    Not only that but having resisted 1/24 for years I am going to buy a cabinet just for them, so will end up probably doing a Typhoon and Hellcat as well.


    The modular construction of the rear under the tail certainly allows for a Mk.VIII. 


    This is the best news for Airfix as I think I can't be the only one who will use this as a gateway drug into Airfix's other 1/24 kits.


    My wish lists are being full filled with alarming regularity...


    1/72 V-Bombers. Completed. Tick!

    1/72 1970's FAA.  Buccaneer & Phantom, waiting on Wessex, Gannet Sea Vixen & Scimitar. 

    1/72 Bomber Command. Whitley, Lancaster, Wellington, waiting on Hampden, Battle, Stirling & Halifax.


    Keep it up Airfix.  Wonderful work. 



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  4. 6 hours ago, Adam Poultney said:

    Ine the topic of spinners and props, why were there so many concurrent designs?

    Because it’s a Spitfire and they do that!

    No such thing as a ‘standard spit.


    On a more serious note the original 2 bladed fixed pitch was replaced with a variable pitch 3 blades ‘small spinner’ Rotol.

    The Mk.II early on in production got a constant speed DH prop which has a short but fulsome shape spinner.

    The Mk.V got a Rotol constant speed unit which has thicker blades & a much larger spinner more commonly associated with the Mk.V.

    Given that there is a degree of interchangeability & either local repair or inconsistent naming of equipment (See Mk.IX.LF.B MH434 discussions) it’s quite the minefield.


    I thnk the spreadsheet for that one would be quite the undertaking! 

  5. On 11/17/2021 at 4:42 PM, metadyne said:

    the shame is, if she were to be saved as  a reworked modern cruise liner/ocean liner modern regulations would need a complete change to her shape, her Bridge would have to be higher and closer to the bow.

    No she wouldn’t.

    I have never seen any Class or Flag requirements like that.

    Items like life saving equipment & fire fighting installations would need updating but ships are allowed to remain ‘as built’ as regards visibility.


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  6. 6 minutes ago, Peter Roberts said:

    Didn’t the XIV have deeper radiators?

    Yes.  Good point, but given the construction of the Eduard radiators it could be simple to ‘deepen’ them.


    No! Stop it!

    by the time I have got all the bits sorted out and started to do the conversion an Eduard Griffon kit will be out!


    Given a Mk.XII is just a fuselage, prop & exhausts away from a V.

    And a lot of the IX could be recycled into the XVI, the fuselage sprue could incorporate the new rad parts, it’s only a matter of time.


    Add to that a D wing sprue incorporating deeper oil tank & a new transparency moulding allows a XI or an XIX from the IX or XIV kits it’s too obvious a progression.

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  7. Fleetscale sell the hull for this vessel.


    As I am currently Captain of it I have a full set of drawings on a memory stick. 
    1GB and 400 files.


    The poor old girl is being sold I see no commercial issue with making these available to anyone who wants to build this model.


    PM me and post me a blank stick & I’ll return you a full one. 


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  8. Hi there, I know you guys aren't RAM Models but you did print the decals for their excellent Early British Phantom sets in 1/72 and 1/48.


    May I request ever so humbly that f these are ever re-issues that you add a couple of Silver RR Rolls Royce intake cowling badges as per airliners for the XT857 airframe and also add the decals for XT596 as she stands at Yeovilton.


    XT597 has been done many times, but XT596 is the only original YF-4K in existence and is essentially just a standard EDSG RN Phantom with the addition of the below logo, just aft of the port roundel.


    Thank you. 



  9. The FG.1 bits are in quite high demand as they allow someone to convert the Revell (Hasegawa re-pop) FGR.2 into the very hard to find FG.1.


    So if you aren't going to do that yourself I would suggest that you could raise a reasonable sum of money on a well known auction site with them. Same goes for the kit decals. 

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