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  1. Hi Rich, Yes, this would have been about 1993/4. As I recall it was £2.60 for two bearers posted! I don't understand the relationship between Precedent and SLEC. I assumed Precedent was a trading name for the kit manufacturing part of SLEC, so when people talk of Precedent going bust or closing down, yet SLEC continued to produce some of their designs, I'm baffled. Roughly where are you based geographically? There is also this MK2 HiBoy in Clevedon: Mk2 HiBoy in Clevedon If I see any Hiboy kits that aren't just a box of offcuts, I'll post them here.
  2. If you're looking for a Mk1 HiBoy, there is one in Wisbech: Precedent Hiboy Mk1 in Wisbech
  3. I've been repairing a few similar ARTF trainers. By using clear laminating film it was possible to patch over the holes in open structure and attach the split printed covering to the back of the laminating film by carefully working in from the edges of the holes.
  4. I bought a HiBoy Mk2 which had been part-built without any attempt to trim the tabs or holes which locate the fuselage parts. As a result there were 3mm gaps along all the join lines. Fortunately it had been built with PVA glue, so by leaving it in the bath overnight, the glue softened and I was able to dismantle the whole thing to component parts and scrape the remains of the glue off. The engine bearers, which, as I recall, incorporate side thrust and downthrust as well as being stepped from the front to the back, were badly drilled, but a call to Precedent got a new set on their way to me at a very reasonable price. Once all the tabs and holes were trimmed and the edges sanded flat, the whole fuselage went back together without any gaps at all.
  5. Thanks Alan, I think mine must be the FMK F-15 then. This is FMK's picture from their advert:
  6. Did Galaxy Models, or anyone else, make something very similar to the Raider 26? I have a model very much like it, but I'm pretty sure it has a foam of fully sheeted wing and the bit where the tailpipes go looks wider. It's not where I am at the moment, otherwise I would post a picture.
  7. I've always wondered what happens to the centre of gravity on long aircraft such as the C-141 Starlifter when doing air drops. That last pallet moves all the way from the front of the cargo bay to the back, then goes off the ramp. Life must get interesting in the cockpit when its a twenty ton armoured vehicle going off the ramp.
  8. Rich, I'm not sure whether you are referring to the P-47 Thunderbolt or the A-10 Thunderbolt II, however the latter was designed to be able to lose an outer wing panel and half a tailplane and fin and keep flying. There is also the Israeli F-15 Eagle which lost most of one wing, yet landed successfully (albeit a little faster than usual):
  9. The centre of gravity changes as the fuel tank empties. Particularly when you drain the fuel and forget that there is a tank in the fin:
  10. There is the designer's intended centre of gravity position, or range, and the actual centre of gravity position. If you want the aircraft to fly efficiently and controllably, you ensure the actual centre of gravity position is within the designer's recommended centre of gravity range; usually by adding or removing weight from the extremities.
  11. Paul, I'm going to frame that and put it in my modelling room with a caption, "Normal modeller behaviour - Live with it!" I've just shown my girlfriend your picture, and her comment was, "At least he keeps them all in one room". To avoid a fight, can you please assure me that you have other rooms that look similar? 😄
  12. I've not seen that before. In some cases his suggested offers sound more than generous, e.g. old 35MHz gear. From talking to someone who was involved in buying up job losts in the recent past, there are people who buy up the smaller items as job lots and then split them up, but it is a lot of hard work for not much reward. When you see the pittance that even quite nice models, engines and radios go for at club auctions it shows what a parsimonous bunch we all are. Added to that a lot of modellers are cautious by nature and with the possibilities for hidden faults with the hardware, if they haven't thoroughly tested something, they err towards no rather than yes.
  13. Scalemates is a very handy site for finding out the age of plastic kits. A lot of kits were produced by different manufacturers who passed the same moulds around between them and Scalemates lets you check this.
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