Okay, so this isn't going to be exciting for most of you, dear readers, but certainly for myself, and possibly the Landlord :
Test shots of resin mould of Airfix TSR.2
Test shots of Airfix Spitfire MkIXc
Reminds me of the hedy days of A-level studies and spending many a study period down at Humbrol looking at the latest releases with the R&D man, Trevor Snowden. It was like an Aladdin's cave, with all the new and re-released kits in various stages of build, strewn across Trev's desk I'd then take them home, build them up, as well as trying out new paints, and some rather smelly glues. I even had the task of fixing up some of the huge range of display models before and after the shows.
The Spitfire is a gorgeous kit already, and this latest one was to be a cut and shut job, using the new wing made for the earlier 1:48th releases (Seafire and F22/24). But it looks like they've binned that idea and gone for a completely new fuselage. I've still got the 1:72 scale Mk1a I built as a kid. And amongst the stash, a 1:24th scale Spit. Beautiful aircraft. Might even take one into work and replace my modern desk models with a proper plane
Rumour is that the 10,000 run for TSR.2 is sold out, and there's demand for 14,500 at the last count Again, a fantastic looking aircraft, and if it hadn't been cancelled, would've made the British aerospace industry a very different place to what it is now.