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On the 25th June 1955 at Prestwick the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer first took to the air. Some 4 months earlier a few miles away in an Ayrshire hospital I made my entrance to the world. So with such close geographical gestation and delivery to the world a Twin Pin seems appropriate. However, my relationship with this aircraft is not just timing and geography. Although my father was a PO airframe articifer in the Royal Navy when I was born he finished his term in the Fleet Air Arm not much long afterwards. He then went to work at Scottish Aviation where amongst other aircraft he worked upon was the Twin Pioneer. So the fact my dad helped build a number of the Twin Pioneers makes this a must do aircraft for me. I bought the Combat Kits Twin Pioneer at Telford last year as I had always wanted to build one as a tribute to my father. I know Valom have just introduced an injection moulded version but it is quite expensive and I suspect it will not just fall together, so I'll stick with the resin kit. I think this is the old Magna kit but on opening the box the resin looks much more refined. Hopefully it should go together with epoxy and cyano with minimal amounts of swearing. On opening the box there are two large bags of resin parts and two small bags of parts. A further bag has some white metal parts and a bag of clear resin parts for the transparencies. Hurray! No vac formed canopies. Instructions are basic but there's a great transfer sheet With transfers for 6 versions, 4 RAF, 1from the Empire Test Pilots School and a civilian version.
Combat Kits has re-released an updated version of the Magna Models 1/72nd Scottish Aviation Pioneer CC.1 resin kit - ref. KCR006 Source: https://www.facebook.com/freightdogmodels/photos/a.238637406163951/2534515049909497/?type=3&theater Available here: https://www.freightdogmodels.co.uk/featured/combat-kits-1-72-scottish-aviation-pioneer-cc-1-complete-resin-model.html A friend of mine having had a look at Telford at the updated Combat Kits from the Magna Models 1/48th Blackburn Firebrand said "You don't transform a nag into a racehorse". And for the Twin Pioneer... link or link V.P.
Combat Kits has just released a 1/72nd BAe Systems Mantis UAV resin kit - ref. KCR-007 Source: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/1181032-combat-kits-kcr-007-bae-mantis V.P.