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  1. When I was nine years old our Cub Scout group attended the USAF airshow at RAF Bentwaters. I found myself alone admiring a beautiful sleek twin engined aeroplane in RAF Transport Command colours. It was an RAF Beagle Basset from a Communications Squadron and I was later interested to see that AIRFIX had a kit of one in their Series 2 range. One day a friend showed me his poorly made Basset model. It was moulded in a dark silver plastic with heavy rivets and quite clunky and this really disappointed this ten year old who would have expected AIRFIX to have moulded it in white plastic without so many rivets, like they did with their Handley Page Jetsream. It would be many years later before I was able to add a Basset to my collection. The original 1968 issue RAF Transport version was expensive if you could find one. I managed to find a 1970s issue of the Reagle Beagle, a Basset which was assigned to the Royal Flight in 1969 and in which HRH Prince Charles took twin-engine pilot training. It was a fair price because it had no decals. This was the model that I built. I later acquired an original 1968 Transport Command Basset. I built this model about two years ago and took a small number of photos during the build. Most of the photos will be of the completed model so that is why I have posted it here. The 1970s issue of the Reagle Beagle which is the kit I built. The original 1968 kit which I can remember being on display in Woolworths in Woodbridge. Parts moulded in the typical dark silver plastic of the time. Plenty of rivets for the AIRFIX enthusiast. Hope I can make a worthy job of this, I have waited a long time. Those wonderful AIRFIX instruction sheets of the period that explained in words what every part was and where it went. I finally decided on a colour for the interior and now we are at the stage for closing up. Instrument panel had to be fettled to raise it higher. Required nose weight in place and glued so we don't get any annoying rattles later. Those lovely 1960s pilots will always have a place in my models. I adapt them to fit the cockpit by seperating legs and reposing the heads.
  2. Tamiya Peugeot 206 WRC, the third kit of year. a little problems, but the end result was very good. thanks!!
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