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adey m

1/72 FROG Avro Shackleton MR 3

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Love to see that this kit is allready 46 years old and still soldiers on , respect for that and well done 👍

 

cheers, Jan

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Great back story Adey. I'll bet there are very few of us that can still claim to have the same model on display for such a long time.

 

Chris.

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The newer Shackleton kits may be masterpieces of engineering and detail, but yours is every bit as impressive for its really nice paint job and incredible longevity.

 

On a personal note names like Woodbridge and Bawdsey bring back some good memories; I spent seven years serving at Wattisham between '95 and '09.

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Love your models, stories and photography, Adey.  A great looking Shackleton and I'm amazed it has lasted so long.  Everything I built in the 70s got trashed long ago - not that any of them would have been worth keeping mind you.  Just about to paint my own one after a very long build.  I sanded off the rivets and re-scribed, this being my first major re-scribing effort.  I also had to scratch build one of the main undercarriage structures as it was missing from the kit, with a few other smaller parts.  Once I've finished I'll probably end up buying the new Revell kit!

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I can still feel those rivets as I finished mine al those years ago . . . . .

Great to see it in fine fettle after all those years, must say something about your modelling skills ??

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Thank you for sharing! The history of the model adds so much more contextually to the build and seeing it evolve is awesome.

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Never built the Frog Shackleton,as Frog kits were rare in my neck of the woods,we had Airfix and Matchbox.Indeed the only Frog kits I have built have been in the last few years.To still have a kit all these years is a marvel and it is still looking good.:goodjob:Thanks for sharing.

Mohawk

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A fascinating story - love the repaints and the old images, or real photos, from the past. Your sign writing skills are wonderful - well done

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Earlier today I had a Hazardous Duty mission and when I went to Ye Olde Paintbrush jar pulled out an old friend I'd quite forgotten. Full Proustian-madeleine moment of recognition ensued re. where I was and which mate was with me at the time and that hobby shop and what was on the radio when I bought it.  Didn't have the heart to smear Mr. Surfacer around with it anymore, might have it mounted instead.

 

I was happy to retrace your steps down memory lane with Happy Plane, Adey.  Especially that interior diagram. 

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Very nice! Good to see a model with such a long history. Maybe you should do one of the nice modern Airfix or Revell ones to go alongside this model?

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Very environmentally conscious of you. 

Made from 100% recycled plastic!

 

 

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The Frog Shack brings back many happy memories and I was totally thrilled when I received one for Christmas in the mid 1970s. 

 

Incidentally the rail tracks to slide a Shack into the hangar sideways are still evident at St Mawgan.

 

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37 minutes ago, Evalman said:

The Frog Shack brings back many happy memories and I was totally thrilled when I received one for Christmas in the mid 1970s. 

 

Incidentally the rail tracks to slide a Shack into the hangar sideways are still evident at St Mawgan.

 

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Those rail tracks were first introduced at RAF Kelstern in 1944 when the flew a Lincoln bomber to the airfield and tested the idea of placing the Lincoln in sideways.

 

Sems the idea was taken up as I never realised that it was used for the Shackleton.

Many thanks for sharing the photo, duly saved 👍

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Great looking Shackleton, great save of the old build

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Beautiful.

You can see why they were described as 1,000,000 rivets flying in close formation!

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Impressive list of overhauls done on the Shackleton.Yours lasted longer than the actual XF701 i think and it's great to hold onto something that your father had bought for you so many years ago.Not too many of us are that fortunate.

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9 hours ago, Adam Poultney said:

Very nice! Good to see a model with such a long history. Maybe you should do one of the nice modern Airfix or Revell ones to go alongside this model?

Thank you Adam, but as the song goes " love the one you're with "

 

regards, adey

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8 hours ago, Evalman said:

The Frog Shack brings back many happy memories and I was totally thrilled when I received one for Christmas in the mid 1970s. 

 

Incidentally the rail tracks to slide a Shack into the hangar sideways are still evident at St Mawgan.

 

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Thanks Evalman, I have not seen the tracks close up like this before. I can see them on Google Earth here and I can also make them out at that other large Shackleton base Ballykelly in Northern Ireland.

 

There is colour film footage which I have seen which was filmed at St Mawgan in the 1960s, one sequence shows a MR3 taxiing out and in the background is a MR3 sideways in a T2 hangar.

 

regards, adey

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Lovley 

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