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  1. I really don't remember this was 6 years ago but it took a while. Doing the engine and cockpit were the biggest challenge.
  2. It is slotted but no Tab A/B It is all done with super glue in the joints, except the white metal parts like the engine.
  3. The kits that Tamiya creates are second to none, but a word of caution. There are a number of "Tamiya" kits out there that are just re-boxed Italeri kits. I think they did that so they could import them into Japan for kits they didn't produce. At any rate, I think they are mostly aircraft and armor kits. I don't recall seeing any of the re-boxed kits of automotive subjects.
  4. Bouncing all around this and still haven't found it.
  5. Are you a collector or a builder? That is a question only you can answer. For me, I am a builder with a stash, not a collector with a collection. Difference? I intended to build every one of the 300+ models have when I bought them. Still do!🤪
  6. Don, these are not models he built. They are cast pieces created for recognition classes in the military and were collected by his grandfather. As such they are quite old and knowing how early rubber/plastic ages, they have probably warped badly and are damaged. I would bet the Lancaster is 80 or more years old so depending on how they have been stored it is even lucky to be around. They are collectible as WWII and Cold war military items.
  7. 110 inches. 5280' X 1.5 = 7,920' 7920 '/72 = 110" or about 9 feet. That would work well as a classroom teaching aid. I seem to recall film of a class with the instructor up front flashing the models and the students responding.
  8. Being an old guy has some advantages in strange subjects like this. When I was in college, drafting was a required course. Now this was back when rudimentary computers filled a very large room and were fed punch cards and the computing time was "over night". CAD was still decades away, but back to the story. Long before plastic models, all designs were drawn on large pieces of paper by humans called draftsmen. Because you couldn't make a full sized drawing of something the size of the Titanic or a building, scale was invented. Now the story is everyone had their own scale and to get the huge rooms of draftsmen to all do things the same, they invented a standardized ruler called a "Scale". These were triangular shaped rulers with each side having 4 different graduations on each side(each edge had one scale going from left to right and one going right to left. This allowed you to have 12 scales per ruler. All drawings or "blue prints" then had a legend in the corner that that stated the side of the rule used like 1"= 24" or 1/24 The rules came in two types. An engineers scale and and architects scale. The architects scale was in divisions of 12 to make it easier to design large things like buildings because at the time, large objects were build in feet and inches. Engineers scales were broken down in divisions of 10 because most machine tools made small things that were calibrated in thousandths of an inch. If you are interested, you can still buy these rulers from any drafting supply house or even amazon. They can still come in handy. As to the metric scale, you could use an engineers scale which has 10 divisions but then the drawing itself would be done in inches, so they created a metric scale which was an engineers scale but the base dimension was a centimetre. I hope some find this interesting.
  9. Wow, once again I am way off base. Right country this time. Great story though.
  10. Many of these rules are indeed anarchic carry overs from a prior time. However the FIA sometimes used them to effect who could race. More than once a team was disqualified for not meeting such rules when the sanctioning body did not like the team. This was not limited to the FIA. It has been a common tactic through out the history of racing.
  11. This and other rules of the time always tickled me! Two other rules were the requirement for two seats and a spare tire. Both great if you blow a tire going down the Mulsanne straight. You could toss your riding mechanic out and have him change the tire. 😆
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