VC10-1154

Bio: First model built in 1966 Westland Whirlwind HAR 1, last model was 1/12 Tamiya F1 Renault in 1981 Volunteer at Brooklands Museum, Team Leader for VC10 K.3 ZA150

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VC10-1154

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Rodan East African Airways Super VC10

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Maybe it because I'm old school, when I started with Airfix kits it was in the days of getting replacements from Dept C, Haldane Place, Wandsworth. 

Regardless of the Sale of Goods Act I don't believe they don't carry Shackleton spares.

Anyway, I shall say no more on the subject.

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Sorry but I cannot accept that, presumably the AEW 2 is still in production and is still being shipped to retailers so how can they not have a supply of spares for that kit? To the RHS of this very page there is an ad saying "Avro Shackleton AEW.2 In Stock Now!"

Don't forget this is a manufacturing defect, I haven't broken or lost a part.

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I recently bought the Shackleton AEW 2. On inspecting the kit I found the RH fuselage side had malformed during the moulding process. I duly filled in the on-line form requesting a replacement and after supplying Airfix with the batch number and a photo of the damage I received a reply from them apologising that they did not have the required part available. How can that be, the kit only came out a 3 or so months ago?

They advised me to contact the supplier for a refund or replacement kit. Jedlam are sending me a replacement fuse' half. 

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@Paws4thot

 

A story I heard and had confirmed by several ex-Weybridge employees - is that one of the prototypes was procured on the quiet by the RAF and was still operating out of Wittering in the late 90's. The role it was being used in was believed to be high speed/ high altitude reconnaissance akin to the SR-71's the Yanks used.

Of course painted in black radar reflective paint and no markings...

 

I seriously doubt that. XR219, XR221 & XR223 were destroyed at Shoeburyness in target practice, XR220 is at Cosford, XR222 is at Duxford. The rest of the airframes weren't completed. BAC did suggest to the goverment that one was kept for research purposes but the response was any flying would be at BAC's cost and it would reduce their cancellation compensation payments.

At the time of cancellation the avionics fit was still being developed so if the RAF did take one I don't how they would have got the avionic costs past the MoD bean counters.

 

Er, there were 6 airframes completed, and you list 5 serials.

I disagree - 219/220/221 complete. 222/223 substantially complete, 224 Awaiting fin and tailplane, 225 awaiting fuselage marry up. 226/277 both Airfix kits across the various BAC sites.

There wouldn't have been enough spares to keep one airframe flying until the '90's and I speak as an aircraft engineer. 

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@james_mower

 

A story I heard and had confirmed by several ex-Weybridge employees - is that one of the prototypes was procured on the quiet by the RAF and was still operating out of Wittering in the late 90's. The role it was being used in was believed to be high speed/ high altitude reconnaissance akin to the SR-71's the Yanks used.

Of course painted in black radar reflective paint and no markings...

 

I seriously doubt that. XR219, XR221 & XR223 were destroyed at Shoeburyness in target practice, XR220 is at Cosford, XR222 is at Duxford. The rest of the airframes weren't completed. BAC did suggest to the goverment that one was kept for research purposes but the response was any flying would be at BAC's cost and it would reduce their cancellation compensation payments.

At the time of cancellation the avionics fit was still being developed so if the RAF did take one I don't how they would have got the avionic costs past the MoD bean counters.

 

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