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  1. Starting another kit that has been sitting around for about 30 years. The Airfix S-3A Viking. The kit is so old that the instruction sheet is brown and prone to tearing.
  2. Many of you may know that I don't build "modern" planes. However, when I was sent this as a gift by one of my kit providers because it was missing a part, I couldn't but smile at the utter naivete of this old kit: I mean, look at this: 39 cents: And even better: remember when the customer was king? the time when agencies and even private entities would advocate for consumer rights? Yes, young ones and fledglings: once upon a time customers were not, like now, the slaves and best enemies of the merchants and corporations, they were people with rights. Imagine that. So as you can see in the box "Good Housekeeping" will grant his seal and warranty to those merchants of quality goods willing to give a damn about their customers. Amazing, n'est pas? Verbal instructions, the (yellowy) paper predecessor of Siri: Contents: Those horrid, absolutely ruin-it-all engraved placement marks for the decals. Oh, my, who was the one guilty of concocting this "help"? off with his head! : More: And more still: Rather hefty but not totally unclear transparencies: The decal sheet, Not the sharpest print, and in any case I don't think I would like to use them: The horizontal tail, fortunately free of inscriptions. A proof-of-concept trial run for making the replacement for the missing part (engine front): And now another, a bit better one: And we now have the replacement ready: Next step: struggle to fill those despicable and absolutely stupid and unnecessary engravings, without destroying the otherwise quite nice surface detail. And at this point I rhetorically ask myself: would I really like to build this one? Would I scratch the interior? Where is the landing gear? (I refuse to use that démodé ugly base with stick, so paseé and unsightly!). What were these primitive kitmakers thinking...it's like getting into the mind of a trilobite, or a primordial worm... Why spend all those resources on a relatively nice (even engraved panel lines!) surface and then ruin it all engraving the detail for which you provide the decals anyway? Why such detailed exterior and then inside the mysterious void, the philosophical vacuum? Was it a reflection or statement on human nature? We are not just mere kitbuilders after all, we are philosophers, social critics, anthropologists, historians (and some among us are even unbearable sods, to cover all bases). I leave you now to reflect upon the precedent in the soothing solitude of your monastic cell, facing the building board where surely lies that half-cooked project. Talk to you soon.
  3. After a week spent for searching & watching the most pics[/size] I got from the Web about this machine...now I am starting [/size] the building of my new project:[/size] The first P.1127 prototype XP831, by AIRFIX.[/size] Very complicated task, ‘cause the kit “LOOKS LIKE” a Short Run, but it’s just an early sixties kit....[/size] Yep.It has nothing for interiors, for the cockpit [ it's just a poor seat ][/size] undergear and power supply turbine wells,[/size] and crude gear and wheels. Thus,[/size] in a moment of madness..I've decided to go for an all[/size] out effort on this ancient [AIRFIX released it in 1963] [/size] Hawker P.1127, 1/72 scale kit. [/size] Legend tells of rivets like barnacles, whimsical details [/size] and parts that lightly caress each other, rather [/size] than fitting like gloves. ))[/size] I shall fear nought though, for my arms to slay this beast [/size] will be plasticard, Milliputt, plastic rod and strut together... [/size] ..with the shield of beer drinks cans. [/size] Ref. Links: [/size] primeportal.net/hangar/mark_hayward/p.1127/ harrier.org.uk/history/history_farley.htm prototypes.free.fr/p1127/p1127-6.htm Hawker P.1127 | Hyperscale Youtube Video designer.home.xs4all.nl/models/harrier-p1127/p1127.htm
  4. Fancy having your own Canberra front fuselage? Double Mamba or Gyron Junior engine? How about a Firestreak missile, or a Martin-Baker Mk 6 ejection seat? BBC: World War Two fanatic puts Worcestershire hoard up for auction Full auction details here, with searchable catalogue. Perhaps of more interest to many, the auction includes a large pile of aircraft kits as a single lot.
  5. Mike, please just delete this - I'm not sure how I can tidy it up more. Thanks.
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