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Sixty years ago Airfix became the first company to use plastic injection moulding with its Spitfire, which was on sale in Woolworths for two shillings. Airfix then struggled to compete with the rise of computer games and its market rivals, and eventually went into administration in before it was rescued by Hornby. But research also showed 46 per cent of sales were made to adults and collectors. Its name was chosen so it would come first alphabetically in catelogues. After introducing plastic injection moulding in , the company first released models of tractors and ships before introducing the Spitfire in In the s and 70s there was a huge spike in the hobby and the company expanded, producing vintage and modern cars, motorcycles, figures, trains, model railway accessories, military vehicles, famous ships, rockets and spaceships But the by the s interest in models had declined and the company was forced to declare bankruptcy before being bought by rivals Humbrol in Fortunes did not improve much however, and in it went into administration, making 31 of 41 employees redundant, leading to the takeover by Hornby. Since then the business has been somewhat revitalised, putting out new lines each year with manufacturing taking place in India and packaging in the UK.

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DML released these as separate kits not so long ago and they have been very favorably reviewed separately. DML has packaged these two separate models together so this is simply an in-box review to let you know what you get and don’t get in a timelier review than if this was a built-up review. As I recall, it came with two British Naval crewmen in hard plastic that were very nicely done.

Airfix have produced a number of new-tool Spitfires in 1/72 scale and this, I think, was the first in the lineage, dating back to As such it bears some characteristic hallmarks of its own. Certainly it is far better detailed (and presumably more accurate) than earlier Airfix kits, but this is balanced by some fairly heavily inscribed /5(5).

Your standard coaches and wagons will hook over the drawbar. Comes in a none original stock box. Model in good condition with metal spoked wheels and standard hornby style couplings. Box in good condition with a few minor scuffs around the edges, but it isn’t fitted with a label. Very nice model in mint condition, fitted with metal spoked wheels and NEM style pocket couplings. Box in near perfect condition with only a few minor scuffs.

The model has been fitted with ultra scale wheels, on a standard Lima chassis that works well under power. Model is Not dcc ready. They have also been detailed with cjain link coupligs and dual brake pipes. Models in good clean condition and fitted with scale metal wheels.

Dating Airfix Display Stand variations…

The Scales and Their Adherents Let’s look at a wide range of popular scales, who uses them, and why. Normally, model railroaders fall back on their letter code to denote a scale. Miniature soldier hobbyists use the figure height, while builders of other types of models tend to rely on fractions. Model railroaders involved in the larger scales – S and higher – will also use the scale foot measure.

A general rule is that when fractions are used to denote scale, the accuracy of scale is reliable. Naturally, this is a generalization and does not bear on every maker or model.

Got it for a friend whos getting married on their 11 th anniversary soooo cute a little smaller than appears in pic wich is good cuz it wont be too clunky and steel is an 11th anniversary gift so extra cute!!

Evidently produced by the same Soviet model kit design team sometime during the Cold War, each of the subs is a separate injection molded plastic kit. The kits build into full hull models ranging from five to seven and a half inches in length. This very basic full-hull rendition of this s-era Soviet sub is depicted as it appeared during World War II with the mm deck gun but with the conning tower mounted mm gun removed. It is what you would expect from a Russian model kit from the Soviet era: On the plus side, the basic dimensions are correct and the hull parts have surprisingly nice recessed limber hole and torpedo door detail.

As with all three subs it is very basic with a two part full-hull split down the keel-rudder-deck centerline. This leaves a seam right down the middle of the main deck, which is completely devoid of molded in detail. Fit generally is poor. Small parts are awful, but the overall shapes are correct and the hull parts have nice recessed limber hole and torpedo door details.

Like the others the two part full-hull is split down the keel-rudder-deck centerline with awkward fit and little detail but accurate shapes. What little surface detail is attempted looks good; scribed waterline, vents and torpedo doors on the hull are actually quite fine. Small parts are poor; guns, dive planes, props, and net cutter are basically unusable.

The model is a decent rendition of this s-era Shchuka “Pike” class medium submarine.

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Detecting a transmission from nearby moon LV , the ship’s computer, Mother, awakens the crew. Company policy requires any potential distress signal be investigated, so they land on the moon, sustaining damage from its atmosphere and rocky landscape. Parker and Brett repair the ship while Dallas, Kane and Lambert head out to investigate.

Page 15 of – Wright writes.. – posted in Modelling musings & miscellany: Yes, its a very pretty tanker. Is it a complete kit – everything in the box so a novice bodger like me could have a go – or does it require extra bits from arcane suppliers?

Jane created and marketed a fleet of small waterline ships for use in his war game which he created and sold commercially beginning around These models were smaller than 1: During World War I, several companies made wood identification models for use in training naval observers, the most famous of thse being the British model making firm of Bassett-Lowke.

Bassett-Lowke continued to make wood models until the ‘s. Wiking quickly became the leader in the field producing models of many contemporary warships and merchant ships. World War II eventually put the company out of business, though it did go through a revival in the ‘s.

Airfix plots new models ‘for the girls’ as 60-year-old maker of toy planes

From their point of view it was a relatively cheap way to make a new product, sometimes requiring no more than the design of some new packaging, but for many a small boy such sets were a wonderful if often unobtainably expensive toy which seemed to deliver an entire battle in one box. This article looks at the Airfix battleset in all its many forms, but naturally concentrates on the figures to be found in each. Many Airfix kits and diorama products also included one or more figures, details of which can be found in our Airfix Kit Figures feature.

In addition Airfix figures were used in a number of battlesets from other producers, notably MPC and their Historama range, but these are not included in this article.

Whatever its origins, Sword cannot be excused for repeating the LEX and air dam errors as these points have been raised in reviews and forum discussions for over 25 years since the Airfix/Heller kit’s. Another aspect that seems similar to the Airfix/Heller kit, and pertaining to the T/12, is the shape of the nose.

Plot[ edit ] The commercial space tug Nostromo is on a return trip to Earth with a seven-member crew in stasis: Detecting a transmission from the nearby planetoid LV , the ship’s computer, Mother, awakens the crew. Company policy requires crews to investigate such transmissions, so they land on the planetoid, sustaining damage from its atmosphere and rocky landscape. Parker and Brett repair the ship while Dallas, Kane and Lambert head out to investigate.

They discover the signal comes from a derelict alien spacecraft and head inside it, losing communication with Ash. Inside, they find the remains of a large alien creature. Ripley deciphers part of the transmission, determining it’s not a distress signal, but a warning of some kind. In the spacecraft, Kane discovers a chamber containing hundreds of large egg-like objects. When he touches one, it opens and a creature springs out and attaches to his face through the facemask of his spacesuit.

Dallas and Lambert carry the unconscious Kane back to the Nostromo. As acting senior officer, Ripley refuses to let them aboard, citing quarantine regulations, but Ash ignores Ripley and lets them in. The crew unsuccessfully attempt to remove the creature from Kane’s face, discovering that its blood is an extremely corrosive acid.

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UH A Transport Helicopter 1: Designed from the outset to be tough, reliable and easy to maintain, the UH was larger than its predecessor and was powered by two General Electric turboshafts in place of the single unit used in the UH The Black Hawk has a combat radius of miles and can carry eleven troops or lb of cargo. The UH has been exported widely and is used by the armed forces of nations as diverse as Australia, Egypt, Japan and Turkey.

MINERAL WAGONS THE UBIQUITOUS 16 TON MINERAL WAGON. A ray of autumn sunshine lights up B, a standard Dia 1/ mineral of welded construction.

You list a few things that are essential to building a large layout, those being considerable skill, cash and time. The important part of your statement is that you are going to need these things while i suggest people will need to acquire some of them. A subtle difference for sure but when you advise people they need something its far to easy for them to say ‘i don’t have that’ and use it as an excuse for not even trying.

Skill is something none of us have when we start out, we may show a different level in how easily we acquire new skills but they are things than need to be learnt all the same. Speaking personally I don’t think there is anything all that special in what i am doing its just that i have acquired skills along the way. There is no reason to my mind that someone else cannot do exactly the same and i started my project knowing full well that there were elements of it i couldn’t do.

Cash is something i strongly disagree with. Sure buying a real KM of rail is expensive if you do it all in one hit but spread over time its not too bad. My wife and I are far from wealthy I can assure you. Like skill it wont just appear from no-where, it needs to be made. But an hour or so a day soon racks up, in the opposite mentality to cash flow if you do add all that time together you are left with over 45 working days a year based on an 8 hour working day.

Its best not to think how long we all spend watching TV! The thing is, again speaking personally, i don’t think i do any more than the next person.

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This is a superb little industrial tank locomotive with outside cylinders roughly based on the Hudswell -Clarke types rthat were often found in British power stations, gas works and Coking plants throughought the s period. This Tank No 38 Ajax in lined out black is a super model and runs very well. A great addition for any modellers with an industrial layout. This is a special release through Golden Valley Hobbies and is not on general sale.

Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer’s first jet fighter and one of the U.S. Navy’s first successful carrier-based jet fighters. The Panther was the most used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War, flying 78, sorties and scoring the first air-to-air kill by the US Navy in the war, the drop of a North Korean Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter.

This is a strong statement, but in my opinion, it is true. On the bad side, the kits are quite a challenge to build due to their many complexities and fit issues. Over the years, I have actually not seen many of these kits finished. If you ever try to build one, you will find out why many have never been finished. I would bet most end up broken after being thrown against a wall. You really have to want to complete the kit to put up with some of the issues it presents.

If you do not care to read all the gory details about building these kits, you can back out of this posting now and wait for my future postings that will show my completed Tomcats. I acquired my first Hasegawa F kit when it was originally released in the middle s. On the heels of Hasegawa’s very well done F-4 Phantoms and A-7 Corsairs, I was sure that the F kit would not disappoint me and plunked down a half-week’s salary at that time without any hesitation.

The kit turned out to be a mixed blessing. The original two releases of this kit provide all necessary components to build any F A from the middle of the block 75 aircraft starting with BuNo up through the last F A to be produced a block aircraft, BuNo Over the years, I have acquired many of these kits I have expensive taste. Most everything I write here about constructing these kits applies to all the kits, collectively.

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