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  1. How about a Roden Britannia and Amodel Comet with 26decals?

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    I hacked my Comet about a bit as the kit is slightly under scale, but wouldn't bother doing it again, I'd just build straight from the box. The Britannia is a delight to build though.

     

    [Edit] Just remembered the Mikro-Mir Beverley and Minicraft Herk too. [/Edit]

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    HTH

     

    John

  2. Hi Allan,

     

    In 1/48 I would recommend focussing on the Eduard kits for consistent quality. They are well designed and fit well, with usually a range of decal options. Decals are very good, with the proviso that I think some of their German lozenge colours are a bit strong, and I prefer to replace them. Weekend kits are the cheapest and simplest (only 1 or 2 decal options, no resin, and no etched brass), Profipack will have 5 or 6 decal options, etched brass accessories, and sometimes resin parts. They have a big range as well. 

    They sometimes have minor problems such as too short undercarriage legs on the Albatros D.V, and too small wheels on the Albatros D.III, but nothing that can't be resolved.

     

    Roden are my second choice, fit is ok, but beware the separate engines, sometimes the cowling panels won't fit around them. Earlier kits had troublesome decals, but the more recent offerings I have built have had much improved decals. They do some nice 2 seater like the B.e.2c which I see you have. 

     

    Glencoe are for collectors rather than builders, unless you want to do a lot of work.

     

    In 1/32 it is no contest - Wingnut Wings! But they are out of production now.

    The Roden kits are pretty good and well worth building. The Copper State Nieuports even better.

     

    HTH, I'm sure others will be along with more thoughts & opinions soon!

     

    John

     

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  3. Airbus A321-253NX. Titan Airways/United Kingdom Government.

    1/144 Revell with 26 Decals

     

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    This is the new release of Revell's Airbus A321 neo (New Engine Option) LEAP engines and wintip 'sharklets'. My example came with decals for the Airbus 'in house' colours, but I wanted something more interesting. When I saw this set on the 26 decals website, I just had to have it.

     

    My kit suffered from sink marks on the wheels and engines, but nothing that a bit of filler couldn't sort out, Maybe I was unlucky because others have not found this problem.  Then I broke the sticky out nose leg off twice, and had to drill and pin it . I managed to ruin one of the 'UNITED KINGDOM' decals on the fuselage (late night and beer was involved!), but Ray at 26 Decals very kindly sorted me out with a replacement. Top man Ray!

     

    The only tip I would give anyone making this scheme is to cut the 2 part long sweeping blue 'cheatline' sections into halves again, to simplify getting them into place. I'm not usually too impressed with modern airline liveries, but this one is a belter, I really like it!

     

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    It got a pair of 'N' gauge railway passengers painted up as aircrew:

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    Thanks for looking

     

    John

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

     

    On 14/04/2022 at 14:46, Alex1978 said:

    I looked at this kit many times on ebay, now definitely one more for my wishlist😉

    It is a very nice kit Alex, worth getting if you can find one at a good price.

     

     

    On 14/04/2022 at 17:11, Skodadriver said:

    I'm afraid my experience of Flybe was rather less positive than yours but that didn't stop me being sorry when they folded.

    I guess I'm just easily pleased Dave! They were certainly good compared to my experience with Skyways Sweden (Fokker 50). Lost my ticket & luggage, Rose Kleb employed as cabin crew, etc. They went bust shortly after my hideous flights with them.

     

    On 14/04/2022 at 20:57, Britman said:

    I just wish the kit wasn't so expensive

      Me too Keith, Eastern Express have a weird pricing policy.

     

    On 14/04/2022 at 21:07, neilg said:

    That's a beautiful build!

     

    It's always touching to read when builds are personal.

     

    I did fly in CR from BHX to ABZ on a work trip.  It was a good flight!

     

    Although I had a caning headache on the return flight on CZ, and those engines did not help!

     

    It was a bit of a boneshaker on startup wasn't Neil!

    On 15/04/2022 at 13:58, Widow 65 said:

    John, already PM'd you, but once again thank you so much for sharing this and dedicating to my brother.  A lovely touch.

    Many thanks Nick, I'm glad you like it, and I'm sorry I never got to meet Jeff.

     

    Thanks everyone,

     

    John

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