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  1. Good question Chris. I've several others on the go at present, including an Italeri Starfighter, a Bu 131, and a couple of 1:48 Fishbeds: so it may be a while, I fear.
  2. Tamiya 1:48 P-38. The design, especially the wheel wells and doors, makes for a secure construction, and it just falls together. If only they'd scale it up to 1:32. But I have also got great satisfaction from wrestling a Special Hobby Spitfire Vc into shape.
  3. And if you search on Tiger Moth, you'll see two other boxings due: a Canadian version, and one that includes the RAF cadet figure set. They're anticipated Q2/21 and Q3/21 respectively. https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=8060&code=&product_type_id=&scale_id=&keyword_search=tiger+moth&setPerPage=25&currency_id=
  4. Apparently the RAF just used to dish out DFCs at random, or so I was told by someone I knew who had one. Sadly, he never did tell me what he actually won it for.
  5. Now you've got me at it but I'm thinking of an A with 118th FIS (RAF Shepherd's Grove) markings included.
  6. You don't see too many FAA Kingfishers built. Nice one!
  7. The development of aviation technology since the Montgolfier brothers is a fascinating branch of history in itself, and of course there is arguably a great mutual influence between aviation technological development and historical events.
  8. For me, the history behind the model is a huge part of the enjoyment. If I go (well, we can't go atm, but you know what I mean) into a model shop, pick a random kit off the shelf, then try and build it as a kit without thinking about the subject, I have real trouble finding the motivation to finish it. Why? Lots of influences, not least growing up in an area of England rich in aviation history. Old airfields abounded, once used by the RAF and its predecessors and the 8th AF (names like Leiston, Bottisham, Bodney etc are not just names to me, they are real places I know); in-us
  9. Superb rendition. I really like these late-war "patchwork" Luftwaffe schemes.
  10. If you're happy to use masks there are a couple of Montex sets, although both cover the same aircraft. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MXK32134?result-token=7bwV5 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MXK32188?result-token=7bwV5 It does. As Carl says, you just need to source the parts for the fixed tailwheel.
  11. I feel exactly the same. But I look at it this way. I will probably never build say, another model of a [insert aircraft here], so why keep a book on it on my shelf, when someone could get some benefit from it?
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