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Spend a lot of time holidaying in Dorset especially at a place called Moreton. This is just down the road from where RAF Warmwell was. This was at one time, the home  of 263sq. Next door to the caravan site we stay at, is a pub which has photos on the walls of the Whirlwinds and Typhoons that were based there.

 

After seeing these photos for the first time, I've wanted to build a 32 scale Whirlwind and a car door Tiffie. Looks like Special Hobby is going to grant me my wish.

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Barry,

 

It is clear you never had the Yak or the Tempest in your hands. Current Special Hobby kits are as easy to assemble as any Japanese or Chinese kit.

 

The H75 or Buffalo are belonging to another era. Fortunately!

 

T.

I did actually build the Yak.  I found a lot of fit problems and spent more time sanding and scraping that kit than all my previous 10 builds combined (Tamiya, HKM and Trumpeter - all 1/32).   I did not enjoy the experience at all.  My previous SH kits were the Aircobra and Fiat G50bis.  The latter was the best of the three but I did not enjoy even that.

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Too bad Barry. It looks like you got a Monday morning production kit! :-(

 

The Airacobra is not easy to build and has far too thick wing trailing edges if you do not sand them. Note the KH P-39 option is unfortunately not easier to assemble.

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Spend a lot of time holidaying in Dorset especially at a place called Moreton. This is just down the road from where RAF Warmwell was. This was at one time, the home of 263sq. Next door to the caravan site we stay at, is a pub which has photos on the walls of the Whirlwinds and Typhoons that were based there.

 

After seeing these photos for the first time, I've wanted to build a 32 scale Whirlwind and a car door Tiffie. Looks like Special Hobby is going to grant me my wish.

Just spotted this; I lived in Moreton for several years, its main claim to fame is the grave of a certain T E Lawrence (of Arabia) in the churchyard. He of course was killed nearby at Bovington, his cottage Clouds Hill is open to the public. The nearby churchyard at Warmwell has a dozen or so immaculately tended graves from RAF airmen killed during the war, a beautiful tranquil spot.

I'll be building a Whirlwind for sure!

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Only 116 build and there's a kit.

 

B-P Defiant 1046 build and still no kit.

 

I like the whirlwind.But would rather have the Defiant.And even more from Airfix in scale 1/24.

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RAF bombs were originally buff yellow with green tails, then changed to green when more ordnance was being carried externally, when the yellow colour proved a bit more conspicuous. There was a great deal of cross over, though!

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Just spotted this; I lived in Moreton for several years, its main claim to fame is the grave of a certain T E Lawrence (of Arabia) in the churchyard. He of course was killed nearby at Bovington, his cottage Clouds Hill is open to the public. The nearby churchyard at Warmwell has a dozen or so immaculately tended graves from RAF airmen killed during the war, a beautiful tranquil spot.

I'll be building a Whirlwind for sure!

 

 

 

You'll probably know the pub that I'm on about, Frampton Arms. Good pint and good food

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You'll probably know the pub that I'm on about, Frampton Arms. Good pint and good food

Yep, just by the railway station. I lived in Honeysuckle Cottage, as quaint as it sounds, and my landlady was Miss Mary Bridget Featherstonehaugh (pronounced Fanshaw!) Frampton!

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And how about the Revell Arado 196 with the one float ?

 

 

Preaching to the choir on that.  As I noted elsewhere, it's 2018 and we're still waiting for the definitive 1/32 F-4 kit.

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Isn't VFS still supposed to be working on a 1/24th Griffon Spit?

Ooooo...how about a 1/24 Whirlwind! First choice still would be a 1/24 Corsair, though - Korean War F4u-5!

 

Still looking forward to the SH Whirlwind! Beautiful plane, I think.

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