Ratch

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1979 posts


 I'll give him a fiver for it

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Ratch

1979 posts


Humbrol Detail Brushes AG4301

Fine brushes with synthetic bristles in sizes 00, 0, 1 & 2 RRP £12.99

These brushes have sculpted handles and protective sheaths. They are excellent for fine detail work and worth the higher price.

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Ratch

1979 posts


 E-bay

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1979 posts


 Here are the over-wing ID markings, I did the under-wing ones too but didn't take a picture

No. 486 NZ Squadron, Wittering, July - September 1942

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Ratch

1979 posts


Almost all of the construction is done. It still requires a matt coat but the decals are on and I couldn't resists laying her out

She will have a different base and I'm hoping the wings attach properly

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Ratch

1979 posts


The pilot is painted and in situ

 

I cut out the hatches

 

and then realised I should have done it differently

Not a disaster, more embarrassing really

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Ratch

1979 posts


 Let's say Airfix make a production run of 10,000* of a partictular kit, and various retailers order 9,950. The 50 left-overs still need selling, so they are made available on line direct. Airfix will give preference the the retailers because their network gives the biggest exposure to Airfix products. They are a vital tool (whether they're a bricks and mortar or on line shop) in the business model. Airfix have to make a judgement on how many sales a particular kit will realise. The injection moulders won't just knock out a few kits, a viable production run will be thousands, so under-estimating demand will neccessitate a further production run while over-estimation will result in left over stock to clear. In the ideal world Airfix will make exactly enough for demand and those kits will be available from your preferred stockist, but it just doesn't work like that. Sometimes we have to look harder for what we want.

 

*All figures are ficticious and purely to illustrate the point.

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Ratch

1979 posts


Getting to the tricky stage now

The engines were really tricky to line up with their four struts each

The next nail-biting episode involves attaching the outer wings

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Ratch

1979 posts


 From a business point of view, it makes no sense for Airfix/Hornby holding stock when it can be sold to retailers. Holding stock costs them money for warehousing. It makes sense to supply the demands of retailers, for which they earn money, and stock is then available to the general public through them.

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Ratch

1979 posts


 When it came to paint the pilot, I thought it prudent to check my spares. Sure-enough there are an additional three 1/48 pilots; one is dressed in a leather Irwin suit (unsuitable for this hurricane) and two are seated, in standard RAF uniform.

Both of the seated figures will fit, but are not ideal.

I will stick with the kit supplied jockey.

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