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Bristol Type 72 Racer, modified Avis 1/72nd. injected kit

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Consider the aspect of this chubby little fella.

And consider that this was 1922, four years after WW1, and that for many, many years, biplane and even sporadic triplanes would populate the sky.

Progress always finds reluctance.

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Another civil jewel from Avis. Good detail, very smart engineering, care taken on achieving small and less intrusive sprue gates -unlike some short-run kits that have thick gates-, thought put into the breakdown to avoid sinkholes, nice interior detail, attractive an unusual type, reasonably priced, surely a superb subject choice.

These last releases by Avis are indeed remarkable upgrades on the short-run theme, and if it's true that they are not snap-together, the level of detail and care in the engineering and molding makes them the best so far I have build in that category. Needless to say the subjects are wonderful which for me makes for a complete modeling happiness package.

The step-by-step build is here:

And so here it is, a racing oddity that promised much but did live up to the expectations. Enclosed engine, retractable landing gear, monoplane, monocoque fuselage, all very advanced choices for 1922 no doubt, that unfortunately due to other problems was not to be the winner the designers and builders thought would be.

In any case, who can resist the plumped charm of this eccentric aviation one-off?

The kit needs some touches here and there, but it is a noble kit, and I had fun building it, not to mention looking at it!

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Well done Avis, for more!

I would say: take it a bit further and please give us a piggy-like Vickers Vulcan*, or a De Havilland DH18 or 34**, or a Westland Limousine***. But if you want to stay in line with the current trend, I would take a Helmy Aerogypt**** any day!

(I wouldn't mind a Gloster Mars racer, but my suspicions are that you may come up with a Short Mussel in land and water guises)

 

*https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/type-16-vickers-vulcan-a-british-singleengine-biplane-airliner-built-picture-id805113970?s=2048x2048

**https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/sir-samuel-instone-and-codirectors-pilots-and-mechanics-of-the-air-picture-id2666638?s=2048x2048

***https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/circa-1920-a-wedding-party-bid-farewell-to-the-bride-and-groom-at-an-picture-id3336034?s=2048x2048

****http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/helmy_aerogypt.php

 

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Beautiful job on an interesting and very advanced little aeroplane!

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

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3 minutes ago, Learstang said:

Beautiful job on an interesting and very advanced little aeroplane!

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

Thanks Jason!

 

1 minute ago, invidia said:

fantastic looking aircraft and model

Thanks, easier when the starting point is nice.

 

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Love this one

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The chubby little fella scrubs-up rather nicely. Great build and finish.

Still can't get my head round those puny exhaust stubs.

 

Stuart 

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Really cute and wonderfully finished! Looks like an egg plane 😀

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Oh no - you painted the spinner! That's asking for trouble...

 

Seriously, another lovely job. And is that the Roden bus in the background? I was thinking of getting one for exactly that purpose.

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SAAB's Flying Barrel wasn't the first one, apparantly… 😉

 

Super cute, even!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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3 hours ago, Unkempt said:

Oh no - you painted the spinner! That's asking for trouble...

 

Seriously, another lovely job. And is that the Roden bus in the background? I was thinking of getting one for exactly that purpose.

In fact you are right. The spinner on my first model was painted a plywood color (the consensus among modeling friends), but for this one I found a source stating that it was untreated fabric (sort of like a lampshade), therefore it should be matt, not glossy as in doped linen. I will give it a few brushstrokes with clear matt. And thanks for noticing it!

The bus on the background is a Keil Kraft thing, I posted it here some time ago:

The Roden buses I have, that I posted here too, are much modern:

 

 

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7 hours ago, Toryu said:

Looks like an egg plane 😀

My wife says the same about me, pointing at my incipient mid-body roundness.

I try to tell her that modeling provides you with a sculpted body if you finish enough models in a month, that's why it is called "modeling".

She's not buying it, me thinks.

 

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Posted (edited)

Oh, right. Don't know if you knew but Roden have a new 72nd B-type bus out, though it's in army colours. Should be fairly simple to re-civilianise I'm thinking.

 

edit: actually it looks like they have a civvy version coming out soon, which is nice.

Edited by Unkempt

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12 minutes ago, Unkempt said:

Oh, right. Don't know if you knew but Roden have a new 72nd B-type bus out, though it's in army colours. Should be fairly simple to re-civilianise I'm thinking.

 

edit: actually it looks like they have a civvy version coming out soon, which is nice.

Again thanks for the heads-up, Unkempt!

I just did a search and found it, and you are right, it looks like it can be converted.

Would they release a civil version eventually? they did with the examples above.

Fingers crossed! and thanks again!

Cheers

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6 minutes ago, Unkempt said:

Yep, see my edit; it's actually supposed to be out this month according to this:

 

http://www.roden.eu/HTML/framemodels1.htm

Great! Thanks once more for the information!

 

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A superb rendition of an interesting type, full of character! Plenty of other

inter-war types for Avis to tackle though! Vickers Vulcan or DH18 would be

good although a lot bigger, Would love to see the Short Mussel, Westland Widgeon,

Avro Avian etc!

Cheers, Paul

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The "flying" photos:

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It looks like a flying barrel! Lovely model all the same! 

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4 minutes ago, Doccur said:

It looks like a flying barrel! Lovely model all the same! 

Hey, no body shaming!

😉

 

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5 minutes ago, Moa said:

Hey, no body shaming!

😉

 

That made me cackle 😂 some people like curvy aircraft! No judgment here 😉

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