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1/72 - Edgley EA-7 Optica by Avis - released


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I don't think that they built many of these, did they?

Are any still flying?

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I believe just one flying.. was hope of getting it back off the ground again as it was at Farnborough one year, but nothing heard since. 

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Remember seeing one fly at Farnborough, there is a WHIF project in this somewhere.

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I think we now need a 1/72 Shadow microlight to recreate Slipstream 🙂

 

if you get that reference you are a very old geek like me...

 

TT

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Nice to see it becoming a reality. I though Avis was trolling us for a while.

 

Nice also to see that it seems to be production standard and not a prototype.

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Didn't the Army evaluate one? I have some sort of memory of reafing about it in the early 80's. I fancy one having seen it at Finningley (?) at a BoB display. 

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40 minutes ago, Mr T said:

Didn't the Army evaluate one? I have some sort of memory of reafing about it in the early 80's. I fancy one having seen it at Finningley (?) at a BoB display. 

Wiki mentions the two seat trainer version (Sprint) as being built with the military in mind, but fails to mention if any trials took place. Interesting to read that ten airframes were destroyed in an arson attack on the factory.

 

Steve

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Yes, I read that. I must have read an in depth article about the plane sometime in the past, but a lot of life has happened in between. 

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This has always struck me as an aircraft that deserved to succeed more than it did. I'll be looking out for one of these for that reason if no other.

Steve.

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23 hours ago, fightersweep said:

Wiki mentions the two seat trainer version (Sprint) as being built with the military in mind,

No, that is a reference to a totally separate and unrelated design: this

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30 minutes ago, Work In Progress said:

No, that is a reference to a totally separate and unrelated design: this

Ah! Gotcha. You can tell I don't build civil types very often!

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