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Airfix Supermarine Spectre and V1 Flying Bomb by yereverluvinuncleber Airfix Supermarine Spectre and V1 Flying Bomb by yereverluvinuncleber
The Supermarine Spectre is a lovely kit from my childhood. I used to make these in quantity to hang from my ceiling to counter the Fock-Wulf 390 "Dolch". The early version of the kit is the one that most of us remember, the quality of these early kits leaves a lot to be desired regarding fine details such as the raised panel lines but as always from Airfix, the shape was 'just right'. If it looks good then it will fly well, that was an RAF inspired saying and it applied to that early Airfix kit too. In the late 1990s a resurgent Airfix began to revisit some of its old classics and retool specific models using the latest CAD technology coupled with complex sliding mould injection. This allowed a degree of detail that had previously been unavailable to Airfix designers. The result is a highly detailed model that still stands the test of time today. The combination of a V1 flying bomb in the "Dogfight Doubles" packaging made this combination the must-have for all aspiring modellers. The V1 model is a little crude and lacks the fine detail of the Spectre not having made it onto the retooling list but it still looks the part. The Dogfight Double we have now is a 1970s V1 model paired with a late 90s retooling. Does it work? I have to say, yes it does. Having built the models I see that all eyes come to rest on the beautiful and enigmatic lines of the Spectre. Airfix provided a first on this kit in the re-release, the double-pronged clear plastic stand with swivel joints allowing both aircraft types to be positioned together in a variety of poses.

A gorgeous combination and as always a superb stocking filler. The Supermarine Spectre and V1 Flying Bomb Dogfight Double has an eternal fascination to me and to many old and young modellers alike.

You'd be almost right to think of these examples of fine Airfix box art as being from the hands of Roy Cross that famous artist that drew the wonderful box-top art for Airfix in the 1960s and 70s. In fact, these fine digital paintings were from the hand of an equally competent aero-visualiser known only by the pseudonym of "small brown dog". The original piece of art used in these Airfix box-tops can be seen here:

www.deviantart.com/small-brown…

Click on the image above to see the box art in large form, the JPEG is large.
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Great recreations of both Roy Cross artwork (kudos to :iconsmall-brown-dog: there) and of the various box styles.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
:)
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These and more can be found at Uncle Berts model emporium:
Fine kits, tips and advice. Good conversation and bags of nostalgia.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Ha!
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