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Make your proposals for future space, science fiction or Robogear Group Builds in this thread  :arrow:

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I suggest the Sea King in its Apollo recovery markings (provided we can all get copies of it or reproduce the markings for the current kit.) as a factual theme and the Stratos 4 TSR2 kit when it eventually comes out in Britain as a Sci-Fi theme. An alternative Sci-fi I would like to suggest would be anything that has appeared on screen in a British sci-fi television series.


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I know im a new meber here but ive been a long time lurker  :lol: What ive noticed is that there are barely any sci-fi GB's so what i wanted to ask is there anychance of a "futuristic warrior/armor" GB which to open up the amount of kits available need not be airfix only? Or is the idea of using non Airfix kits a big nono? Just putting forward this idea so its cool if this isnt allowed.


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Thanks for your post Graham. For the group build, the kits have to be Airfix. There seems to be quite an interest in the reissued Angel Interceptor, so we may have a group build for that. All it takes is someone to volunteer to be Group Build Leader and have a half dozen or more people indicate their interest.

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A group build for the Angle Interceptor sounds a great idea Steven Pietrobon, with so many rockets due out this year any chance of a real space GB as well?

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Steven Pietrobon:286215 wrote:
Thanks for your post Graham. For the group build, the kits have to be Airfix. There seems to be quite an interest in the reissued Angel Interceptor, so we may have a group build for that. All it takes is someone to volunteer to be Group Build Leader and have a half dozen or more people indicate their interest.


Ahem.

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The angel interceptor... :thumb:  :thumb:  :thumb: My wife would like to build one of those as well... :)
Does that count as two votes??

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For what it's worth, when Captain finished, one of the Angel Interceptor miniatures was broken up and reused as an aircraft in the first episode of Joe 90. Just thought I'd mention it if somebody wanted to do something interesting with the Interceptor kit.

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How about a more general NASA theme? this would allow any suitable airfix kit to be built, ensuring that no-one can be excluded just because their stash does not include a specific kit.


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So which Airfix kits would qualify for this NASA GB  :?:

Its all very well putting up suggestions, but some sort of indication of which kits could be included would go a long way to selling the concept  :idea:

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An interesting idea, isn't it, though. There's the Saturn V, Saturn IB (coming soon), Space Shuttle (coming soon), Lunar lander and doesn't the U-2 come with NASA decals? Am I mistaken in thinking the Skyvan has a NASA option as well?

Aftermarket decals could be put to use on a number of Airfix kits - 737-200 and Starfighter come immediately to mind but there must be a whole lot more...

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Don't forget the original Sea King that was a NASA recovery bird was it not?

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Arpie:302402 wrote:
Don't forget the original Sea King that was a NASA recovery bird was it not?


The USN plucked the capsules out of the water.

There is also the F-16XL which comes with NASA decals.


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I suggested a general NASA theme because there have been so few space kits in the Airfix range.  With this theme we could build any of these kits that we have or can get hold of locally or by mail and no-one need feel excluded.  We don't have the choices to be picky about what we build in this category although we are fortunate this year with the TSR-2MS and Angel Interceptor kits to widen our horizons.  In addition to the space hardware NASA have operated many different types of aircraft over the years in support of the space programme, those interested in this quite involved and specialist subject would know what they are and which of them could be built with Airfix kits, the posts above prove this- I didn't know there was a NASA Skyvan for example. I was just trying to make a helpful suggestion that would enable us to keep building in this category.  Airfix have never had a large selection of space (or sci-fi) kits, Revell were always the leader in this and consquently most of the space models I built in my youth were from the Revell stable.


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NASA is deffinatly a good theme as you say theres a range in the core Space range as well as decal options and conversions possible from the aircraft range.  This could help draw in those who aren't so interested in the tall pointy stuff :wink: .

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The only Airfix space models I built were the 1/72nd scale Lunar Module and Sikorsky Sea King and the sci-fi Angel Interceptor. These were machines that were directly crewed and controlled by people.  I think it is a great shame that airfix did not follow these with the various capsules in the same scale, there were also aircraft in the Airfix range that could have included NASA decals- F-80/T-33, F-5/T-38, Starfighter, AV-8A Harrier and B-57 Canberra to name just a few.


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A post apocoliptic vehicle build based on any airfix vehicle tanks,cars,trucks.

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A NASA GB sounds like a good idea.

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So which Airfix kits would qualify for this NASA GB  :?:

Its all very well putting up suggestions, but some sort of indication of which kits could be included would go a long way to selling the concept  :idea:


Northrop F5,  F86, (F100),  F-16, Texan/Harvard, Boeing 747, DC3, AV-8 - just off the top of me head.
The jets were mostly used as 'chase' [aero]planes, the Texan to keep the astronauts up with their airtime, the 747 carried the shuttle piggyback for its first glide tests. The DC3 as a hack and for the famous [first] negative gravity flights.
The AV-8 was used for testing out ideas for an advanced version of it.

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In addition a few others were used.

The following have been used with the Dryden flight Research Center at Edwards. Some are still current.

F-15A/B
F-18A/B
F-16XL
F-5ESSBD
S-3A
F-111A/E
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B-29A
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F-51D
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