zebra Posted July 14, 2021 Share Posted July 14, 2021 I'm joining in with the F-RSIN Plastic 1/144 Britannia. Just a placeholder for now, I'll start it in a week or so once I've made some space on the bench. This GB wasn't going to be a high priority for me, but that has changed in the last week, as my Dad passed away last Saturday and I'm going to build this Britannia in his memory. I have my Dad to thank for cultivating my love of aircraft and aviation. He started taking me to Manchester airport when I was so young I can't really remember it, and at one point we would probably have been on the terraces on top of the piers at some point every weekend. We went to museums and airshows together, even going on a tour of European airports once that took in an airshow at Sion in Switzerland. He cultivated and encouraged my modelling too - he wasn't the one that started it - (that was a family friend who gave me a Matchbox Lightning for my 7th birthday) but he gave me the basic skills and encouraged me to develop them. Over the years, aviation would always give us plenty to talk about, and he would always ask what I was building. Dad had a thing for Vulcans (who doesn't?. The Vulcan was the highlight of the Woodford airshow for both of us every year, but as a child he lived next door to an Avro test pilot for a few years and he remembered seeing the prototype flying over his house) but his real interest was in classic British airliners. In particular he loved the VC10 and the Britannia. So for Christmas in 2015, when Roden had recently released the Britannia kit, when he asked me what he could get for me the answer was obvious. So why am I building the F-RSIN kit? Because of Dad's (lack of) online abilities! I sent him a link to the Roden kit at Hannants so was a bit surprised when he gave me the F-RSIN kit. He was pretty useless at online shopping - over the years, attempts to suggest things for him to buy online for family birthday and Christmas presents turned into me buying everyone's presents and him sending me the cash (by post, no online banking either for him) as he would struggle to get an online purchase to work for him every time. So it wasn't at all surprising that he didn't manage to follow the link to the Roden kit and buy it, but I was quite impressed that he'd still been able to search for a Britannia and buy a kit! Dad was very pleased that I wanted to build a Britannia but, having had a not-very-enjoyable experience with a previous F-RSIN build, I wasn't in a hurry to build this kit and it has languished in the stash for a few years. But since he passed it has taken on some importance for me and I'll be building this in his memory. Dad, this one's for you, and when I can get my hands on the new Airfix Vulcan I'll be building one of those for you as well. 14 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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