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Hi Chaps Without giving away the degree of my youth I will join this most diverse of Group builds to celebrate the year 1965. Quite a lot happened in '65 but for a builder of 1/48 British Aircraft it has to be the BN Islander. First flight in June '65 and still in production. Valoms kit was only released last year and the sprues made it to Thailand in Santa's sack at Christmas. I didn't get the box or instructions as volume and weight is always a premium. I wrote to Valom regarding the latter and they emailed me a set overnight so good service points to them. Here's how she is today. No box of course. Looks like plenty of work there in the interior. Not sure about the brown plastic though. The plan is to build the Augriny Airlines scheme. I used to watch these planes take off from Guernsey airport while on holiday in the 70's. Happy days More on Saturday. Colin
I have attached a link to photos and a brief article on the restoration and pending first flight of the XP-82 by Tom Reilly. If you go to their website, you can see a detailed, step-by-step history, recovery, and restoration of this very rare NAA fighter. The workmanship and labor expended on this project is incredible! At the same time, an F-82E, which is Allison-powered (unlike the XP-82 which is Merlin-powered) is being restored to flight in Minnesota. They will be the only two airworthy Twin Mustangs, as the Confederate Air Force P-82B was damaged many years ago in a landing accident, and the USAF took the airplane back and it is on static display at the AFM along with P-82B Betty Joe, the long distance record holder. Before you get too worked up, neither the 1/72 Monogram or Special Hobby kit can be built as a Merlin-powered P-82, as they are both F-82E's. Airwaves used to make a resin conversion cowling for the Monogram kit to make a P-82B/C/D, of which I have a pair, but they are OOP. I can't wait to see this one back in the air, as I remember seeing the CAF's airplane fly in Harlingen many years ago. Enjoy! Mike http://xp-82twinmustangproject.blogspot.com/