ah, the Airfix curse...I saw this on my Do-17z...soft plastic makes for subtle warping...the two fuselage halves don't fall together at all...means they will be cemented bit by bit, or I complain to Airfix.
Andy Ball @Micky, Daniel and Carlos: graçias und danke!
16. September, 14:33
Andy Ball @Micky: my cousin married a farmer whose family bought the airfield back from the RAF after the war - the original WWII control tower has been restored and the hangers have been used for dry-storage. Only the runways are dug up, the layout is still plain to see. There's a book called "On the Wings of Freedom" which details RAF Bottesford: originally Manchesters flew until the Lancs arrived including briefly PO@S, then the USAAF...Somewhere I have a photo of the Tamiya model held by one of the Australians who flew from the airfield. My cousin had a WWII reunion in 1995 for those who could still make it (they were in their 70's and 80's), they had hundreds who came from all over the world!, and they still keep coming...often the children/grandchildren.
16. September, 18:22
Micky @Andy...cool...what a story! Such a place with that history...lots of emotions. Thanks for sharing!
David Januska Very inspiring project, really educative. Watching.
19. September, 16:33
Guy Rump Definitely watching, I'll be building the older version of the Airfix model soon so I'll be interested to see the differences.
19. September, 17:01
Munkyslut I'm watching this one! Really interesting to see the differences in manufacturing quality from Andy's descriptions.
19. September, 18:04
Andy Ball @Guillaume, David, Guy, Monkyslut: many thanks for your comments and interest. @Guy, if you have Gen-2 Airfix Lancaster (not the burning engine landing box art, Gen-1), it is apparently good. Third generation, (this one), lifted the bar in details/engineering - not, apparently, dimensional accuracy. @Monkyslut: I'll do my humble bit for comparison - I think there has been a three-way comparison somewhere [Hyperscale?] including the Hasegawa mould, and theirs is an overpriced, less-accurate kit according to sources. I've bought both my kits...so I have no partisan interests in either.
21. September, 09:55
Munkyslut Thanks Andy, I'm just interested to see how the Airfix offering stands up to direct competition.
Plus as a bonus it double ticks my weakness for heavy bombers
21. September, 10:38
Andy Ball @Monkyslut: I think Revell's edging it over 'fix currently - ironic: German company does RAF heavy bombers really well - Stirling/Halifax/Lancaster.....
22. September, 22:25
David Taylor be interesting to build the old Airfix stirling against the Italeri offering.Lots of US in 48 but no Brit bombers,shame.