Mr T Posted March 1, 2022 Share Posted March 1, 2022 Well, it is British and it is big. My entry for this group build is Mach2s' exquisite kit of the AW Argosy C.1, aka the 'Whistling Wheelbarrow'. The Argosy was originally developed as a commercial freight carrier. It was initially hampered by the use of a converted Shackleton wing that added needless weight. It became an RAF transport almost by default when it was realised that there was an upcoming shortfall in airlift capacity and although even at that stage the RAF was casting covetous eyes at the Hercules, the government was not going to buy any in the face of a very powerful manufacturing lobby. As it happened, the Argosy had a fairly successful, if somewhat short career, with the RAF as a transport, it had another short career with 115 Sqn checking flight aids and then an abortive career as a trainer, It had virtually disappeared from RAF service by the late 1970's The Mach2 kit looks to be one of their better ones. There is less flash than on some kits, and the surface detail is good. The transparencies, aren't particularly transparent, but look as if they will polish up. The instructions are brief, and this kit is not for the faint-hearted. I have built the York and so at least know what I am letting myself in for. I have an aftermarket set for the undercarriage, but I am not sure about the main wheels. There is a decal sheet, that I have forgotten to photograph. It has the basics and may be useable 18 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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