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Old 02-06-2017, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does everyone think of them? I've yet to see one in the zinc, but from images some of them look awful while others look a lot more passable. Are there any worth seriously considering?
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have an Ar196 and an He162, both are pretty nice especially when you consider the price. Check the pics out on The Flying Mule, some are ok and others are shocking. I generally use them for aircraft not likely to be done by other manus. They probably wouldn't be too bad as gap fillers if you want to build up a large theme.
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oxford diecast's blue box range (technically "history of flight range") is great. their cheapo (technically "military aviation") range is probably best avoided for most releases. the blue box range offers interesting releases, competently done, at fair prices. their dragon rapide, while not perfect, is very nice indeed. some of their releases are so specialist (puss moth, for example) that they seem like somebody's personal hobby choices.

and now that they've announced a canadian model (an anson).

oxford suggested that a USAAF dragon rapide / dominie was coming in 2017. we shall see. meanwhile, a coca cola/australian one was announced recently.

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Thanks both. Just had a look at the History of Flight range and, indeed, the ones I had thought passable are among them. I'm tempted by a Tiger Moth, in particular.
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Which brings me to my next question: which is better, the Oxford or Aviation72 Tiger Moth?
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Let me point out as one of the "fanboys" that a little over 3000 Ansons were built in Canada because a) the UK wasn't able to meet demand and b) they were used in canada to train Commonwealth pilots during WW2. The 'fanboys' should include anybody who collects WW2 aircraft of any of the Commonwealth countries or Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and France as they had crew trained here too.

Almost half the total aircrew personnel who served in British and Commonwealth flying operations during WW2 were graduates of the BCATP. The majority of graduates, nearly 73,000, were Canadian, who would go on to provide crews for 40 RCAF home defence and 45 overseas RCAF squadrons, as well as make up about 25 per cent of the overall strength of RAF squadrons.

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and now that they've announced a canadian model (an anson). Rest of quote removed due to off topic insult

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Let me point out as one of the "fanboys" that a little over 3000 Ansons were built in Canada because a) the UK wasn't able to meet demand and b) they were used in canada to train Commonwealth pilots during WW2. The 'fanboys' should include anybody who collects WW2 aircraft of any of the Commonwealth countries or Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and France as they had crew trained here too.

Almost half the total aircrew personnel who served in British and Commonwealth flying operations during WW2 were graduates of the BCATP. The majority of graduates, nearly 73,000, were Canadian, who would go on to provide crews for 40 RCAF home defence and 45 overseas RCAF squadrons, as well as make up about 25 per cent of the overall strength of RAF squadrons.

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Completely correct.

Canada's contribution to the BCATP with over 130,000 Commonwealth aircrew trained was a major contribution to winning the War.

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What does everyone think of them? I've yet to see one in the zinc, but from images some of them look awful while others look a lot more passable. Are there any worth seriously considering?
Just in case you weren't aware the more 'budget' Oxford range are fixed gears up and fixed propeller. No pilot. That said, I've got a Ki-61 Hien (AC015) that I like.
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I'm one of the "fanboys" looking forward to the RCAF Anson. I have Oxford's budget release of the RCAF Lysander (which wasn't a budget price at the time) and it's the most disappointing model in my collection. But, as noted above, the blue box range is quite good and the Anson falls into that category.
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monsieur feynman, it's interesting that oxford is only now getting it's day in the sun. they've always been spoken about in hush tones... but seems to be the manu of choice recently, and i sense an oxford revival looking at the "i wish oxford would do... " trend. lots of models to choose from that makes one kinda wonder how they can do it whereas other manus struggle to even come out with one
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monsieur feynman, it's interesting that oxford is only now getting it's day in the sun. they've always been spoken about in hush tones... but seems to be the manu of choice recently, and i sense an oxford revival looking at the "i wish oxford would do... " trend. lots of models to choose from that makes one kinda wonder how they can do it whereas other manus struggle to even come out with one
It's the lack of pilots. Everyone one knows all the cost in diecast goes on the pilots!
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It's the lack of pilots. Everyone one knows all the cost in diecast goes on the pilots!
not. true. i've got models at a bargain... and they came with pilots (albeit glued to their seats)
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It's the lack of pilots. Everyone one knows all the cost in diecast goes on the pilots!
No no it's adding $2 weapons
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The Blue Box range is excellent, really enjoy the off the wall releases. They might not be up their with Corgi's finest, but they certainly don't look out of place in the cabinet next to them. There's no pilots and very little cockpit detail, but I don't mind that for the price. The only disappointment has been the first two releases of the Devon/Dove. Poor finish, the glossy look makes them look cheap and on the Admirals Barge version you can't have it displayed on its gear, as the nose wheel grommet it missing. Saying that the recent third release, RAE version, has apparently ficed the errors and looks good.

Of the cheapo range the Arado 96 float plane is excellent, as is the He162.
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No no it's adding $2 weapons
thought $2 were only for the phoenix missiles?

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The Blue Box range is excellent, really enjoy the off the wall releases. They might not be up their with Corgi's finest, but they certainly don't look out of place in the cabinet next to them. There's no pilots and very little cockpit detail, but I don't mind that for the price. The only disappointment has been the first two releases of the Devon/Dove. Poor finish, the glossy look makes them look cheap and on the Admirals Barge version you can't have it displayed on its gear, as the nose wheel grommet it missing. Saying that the recent third release, RAE version, has apparently ficed the errors and looks good.

Of the cheapo range the Arado 96 float plane is excellent, as is the He162.
it's surprising what oxford delivers at their prices... and then there are others who price their stuff way up there and yet come out with duds
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thought $2 were only for the phoenix missiles?
No those are free
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No those are free
but what about the extra labour cost involved?
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