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1 Jul

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In last month’s Tailpiece column Mike McEvoy described his visit to Imperial War Museum Duxford to witness the post-restoration roll-out of TSR.2 XR222. He had hoped to have his Airfix TSR.2 fleet installed by the time you read those words, but it was not to be. Now, as these words are written, the Airfix TSR.2 really does seem to be imminent. Just in case Mike hasn’t done enough to convince you that you should be building at least one TSR.2, the photographs accompanying this Tailpiece, taken by him at Duxford, are presented as one final taster.

Of course, the biggest news from Airfix is the release of its 1:72 scale ВАС TSR.2. The kit includes decals for XR219, Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and XR220, Imperial War Museum Duxford. First impressions are that it is a very nice kit indeed. In the same scale, the company’s re-released Martin B-26C Marauder kit now includes decals for B-26B 41-31819/ DR-X MILD AND BITTER, 450th BS, 332nd BG, 9th AF, Great Saling, Essex, 1943; B-26C 41-334946/YA-L The Yankee Guerrilla, 555th BS, 386th BG, 9th AF, Great Dunmow, June 1943; and Marauder Mk II FB441/G, No. 21 Sqn, SAAF, Lesi, Italy, 1944-45. The kit costs £9.99. Finally from Airfix, its 1:72 scale Civil Aircraft Collection is now available. The set includes de Havilland Heron (with decals for Heron II G-AORG, Jersey Airlines), de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver (oddly with Army Air Corps markings for XV270 on wheels or wheels/skis, and a US Army aircraft on floats) and Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor (with decals for 5-AT NC9683, American Airways, 1933 and a JR-3 of the US Marine Corps, July 1930) kits. It costs £19.99.
includes an etched-metal fret, newly-tooled injection-moulded parts for the underfuselage gun pack and decals for two aircraft on the Eastern Front in 1943, one of them with an oversprayed coat of white winter camouflage.

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