Work is progressing well on our 2015 release program with the 1/72 Vickers Viking and Vickers VC- 10 kits on schedule for Telford in November. The Piston Provost T1 is also on target for release at Telford. Towards the end of the year is the 1/32 F4K/M Conversion and Decals and coming soon the AW/HS 681 Tactical Transport. See the New Arrivals section for the box art. Work has also started on the BAC 1-11 and Hastings C1 due early 2016.
The question many are now asking and indeed the aircraft is apparently on top of the air force ‘wish list’ to replace Nimrod aircraft. Of course the UK has a long tradition of Maritime Patrol aircraft coming from post war Lancaster’s via Neptune and Shackleton to Nimrod and currently the use of C- 130 aircraft for Maritime Surveillance.
This story is well illustrated in Chris Gibson’s latest book ‘Nimrods Genesis’ that shows various proposals to use such aircraft as Viscount, Vanguard and VC-10 in the Maritime role. In order that the modeller can build examples of these various MR proposals we at S&M with the help of Chris Gibson have produced kits and conversions for the Vickers Viscount MR1 & MR2, the Vickers Vanguard MR1 and the VC-10MR1 to OR 381 and Scheme B. So if you are fed up with political procrastination strengthen your Maritime air power today! See Products for a full listing of the kits and conversions.
Following the sad and tragic crash of a test aircraft at Seville the Royal Air Force has grounded their A400’s until the cause of the crash is known. This may leave a large gap in the UK’s Tactical Transport forces with C-130 coming to the end of their service. However at S&M we have plugged this gap with the imminent release of the AW/HS 681 Tactical Transport 1/144 scale kit. Offered as a replacement for such type as Beverley the 681 fell victim of defence cuts during the 1960’s however had it entered service the C130 would not have been purchased and the 681 may well have been flying today.