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Old 12-04-2020, 05:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have created a website
www.londonairport.info
Some will have viewed already
It was to show my collection of epherema, books, postcards etc. that I have been collecting related to London (Heathrow) Airport - so just pictures of items at present.
I will add model pictures as time permits 1/400 BA heritage collection and 1/200 models
Probably boring to most viewers unless you have a Spoon fetish
but just needed to get it out there.
Any suggestions gratefully received.
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I am very impressed! I have most of that material in my archives and pleased to see you have included my recent book on Heathrow. This will be updated and re-released next year to mark " 75 Years of London's Airport" covering BA's 100th Anniversary and the effect of Covid on the airport.
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Aviaction, your website is fascinating. Looking forward to seeing it develop further.

Adrian, I shall certainly treat myself to a copy of your forthcoming book. Really enjoyed the first one!

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Old 12-04-2020, 09:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for your support.
The strangest stuff just keeps appearing. I have just got a book of plans c.1940 early 1950's for a Monorail from Victoria to London Airport that had a track out to the Terminal 2 apron. Have to re-scan and put it on.
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Excellent collection of models, and memorabilia, looking through the pictures certainly brought back a lot of Wonderfull memories, I started at Heathrow when I left school, with BOAC with the B747,s VC-10,s & B707,s most of my working life was in aviation, but now retired.
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This is a very impressive site Aviaction, I've spent about an hour poring over these photos and post cards. there's a lot of history here for all who are interested. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your collection of memorabilia for all to see.
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Excellent collection of models, and memorabilia, looking through the pictures certainly brought back a lot of Wonderfull memories, I started at Heathrow when I left school, with BOAC with the B747,s VC-10,s & B707,s most of my working life was in aviation, but now retired.
My late uncle used to work as an electrician for BOAC at Heathrow, on the DC7Cs, Britannia, and during the introduction into service of the 707. It’s his ‘fault’ I caught the aviation bug, which led to my own 26 year airline career. He once told me that the Britannia was, from an electrical perspective, an unnecessarily complex aircraft compared to the DC7s. His favourite aircraft to work on was the 707. He built fantastic airliner models. Back in 1965, he gave me an Airfix VC10 that he’d made me for my Christmas present, I was one thrilled kid that morning! I still have it in one piece today

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What a fantastic website you’ve created - it looks superb! I can see that a lot of love and passion went into doing it. You have a very interesting and extensive collection, thanks for sharing it - a shed load of ephemera there, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for a few of those articles myself when the next model fairs eventually get up and running again, rather than just looking for models. They will help with my project. I’m sure my wife is gonna really love me for this! Again, really amazing work, I’ve bookmarked your site.
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Some minor updates
Added a book................
"Description and Plans of Air, Rail and Communication between London and London Airport"
The idea of a monorail to take passengers from Victoria direct to the waiting aircraft on the apron was certainly far-sighted
I have never seen, or known about this, and no date, or publisher. I would put in at late 1940's to early 1950's? So happy to have won this off ebay.
Just added Approach charts for London Airport April/May 1948



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I'm extremely impressed with your collection and site.
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My favourite airport, so I'm certainly excited to see your website!

I noticed you have Pan American service vehicles shown. Goldvarg also produced three service vehicles in 1/43 scale if you wish to include them:

https://www.goldvargcollection.com/pan-american
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My favourite airport, so I'm certainly excited to see your website!

I noticed you have Pan American service vehicles shown. Goldvarg also produced three service vehicles in 1/43 scale if you wish to include them:

https://www.goldvargcollection.com/pan-american
I appreciate that you posted this site as I wasn't aware of it. For me, 1/43 cars are very desirable but they are not produced in the array of choices and quantities as compared to other scales. Thanks for sharing.
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I appreciate that you posted this site as I wasn't aware of it. For me, 1/43 cars are very desirable but they are not produced in the array of choices and quantities as compared to other scales. Thanks for sharing.
He's produced models of cars that many larger companies won't, and he takes the time to research colours and options when making them. Back when I was collecting 1/43 he would post threads on the forum asking members to vote on which colours he should produce certain models in. It was fun.
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He's produced models of cars that many larger companies won't, and he takes the time to research colours and options when making them. Back when I was collecting 1/43 he would post threads on the forum asking members to vote on which colours he should produce certain models in. It was fun.
That confirms my suspicions about larger companies lacking the interest in producing these beauties in 1/43. Sometime in the '90s, Matchbox had produced a limited number of American Muscle cars in this scale. The quality was decent enough and they came specially packaged.

The site you suggested and the man behind it looks to produce the cream de cream in this scale.

Thank you and Happy New Year!
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Just added 3x new arrivals
ABC TRA5001A Volvo Ailsa Bus Route Harrow 140 to Heathrow Central
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ABC TRA5001A Volvo Ailsa Bus Route Harrow 140 to Heathrow Central




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Apologies for bringing up an older thread, but I was reading an article today on Simple Flying and this neat little bus caught my attention. The photo was taken at Heathrow on the day of Pan Am's 747 maiden arrival. Do any of you know which marque and model the bus is? I think it's really cool!
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Apologies for bringing up an older thread, but I was reading an article today on Simple Flying and this neat little bus caught my attention. The photo was taken at Heathrow on the day of Pan Am's 747 maiden arrival. Do any of you know which marque and model the bus is? I think it's really cool!
It's a Bedford J2 Plaxton Embassy coach that seats twenty.

Bedford Vehicles of Luton sent their J2 chassis to Plaxton Coachworks in Scarborough to have the body built. General Motors owned Bedford Vehicles since the 1920s.
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Here's a picture of the coach at the Brighton Coach Rally back in 2008. As per the license plate, the Plaxton model number is: FKX479K. Based on scarce information, the coach was broken up in Norfolk that year.
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Assuming Pan Am had a few of these coaches and possibly updated them like the above picture, here is what appears in your b/w picture.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/1cliff...7TbGLY-7T9wTp/
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Wow, that is so cool!!!! Thank you!! Didn't see a model/toy of one on eBay but that doesn't mean they weren't made!
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Wow, that is so cool!!!! Thank you!! Didn't see a model/toy of one on eBay but that doesn't mean they weren't made!
I'd definitely purchase a 1:43 model of this coach if made available. Like you said, it is neat.
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