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« on: February 14, 2013, 09:41:40 PM »
Just in from Colin.

Hello from Freightdog,

New 1/72 resin sets have now been listed on our website including the below items;

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Freightdog 1/72 Tempest Mk.VI conversion set - Price £7.50

High quality resin conversion parts in 1/72nd scale. Includes new single piece propeller with enlarged spinner, chin intake insert, wing mouted radiators, tropical filter, cockpit oxygen bottles and stencil decals. Designed for use with Academy Mk.V kit. Squadron markings for a 6 Sqn option operated over Palestine can be found on FSD72004S, available seperatey or as a package with the Tempest set for £13.00.

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Freightdog 1/72 Jaguar 264 Gal drop tanks - Price    £4.70

This is a 1/72nd scale resin accessory for the Hasegawa or Italeri Jaguar. These replace the inaccurately shaped parts in the Italeri kit, or missing tanks in most Hasegawa single seat boxings. Applicable to British, French and exported airframes.

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Freightdog 1/72 Seafire F/FR.46 conversion set - Price £6.50

High quality resin conversion parts in 1/72nd scale. Includes new two part contra-rotating propeller, long gun barrels, square treaded main wheels without weighting, replacement undercarriage doors, radio hatch scribing template and optional drop tank. Designed for use with the Airfix kit A02033 (not included). Decals are available seperately on FSD72015.

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We also have re-stocked both our popular HP Halifax improvement sets, please see website for full details.

Thank you for your support.

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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 05:14:15 AM »
Hello from Freightdog,

After a long period of unavailability we are planning a limited re-issue of our BAe EAP kit under our Silver Cloud label. This is a 1/72nd scale multi-media kit, featuring grey and clear resin, photo-etched brass and screen printed decals by Fantasy Printshop.
We are hoping to have this kit back on sale by the middle of March, in time for IPMS Southern Expo at Hornchurch, Essex. Price to be confirmed.

Also expected for release in March will be our 1/72nd scale Dassault Etendard IVP and Douglas A-4C/L conversion sets, designed for use with the Heller IVM and Airfix A-4B base kits.

More information will follow once these items are added to our website.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 06:59:41 AM »
Available soon from Colin

Freightdog 1/144 Boeing C-97 AWI (AEW) conversion

Resin cast conversion set (five parts) to 1/144th scale. Designed for use with any of the Minicraft family of C-97 or KC-97 kits. The C-97 AWI was a 1945 British proposal for an Airborne Warning and Interception platform utilising its large forward fuselage to locate a 7 foot antenna in the nose. To do this the cockpit was to be relocated on the top of the fuselage, with smaller antennae located above and below the fuselage. A paper project only, more information can be found on this facinating subject in The Air Staff and AEW by Chris Gibson, published by Blue Envoy Press. Decals not included, illustration by Adrian Mann.


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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 09:04:08 AM »
Available soon from Colin

Freightdog 1/144 Boeing C-97 AWI (AEW) conversion

Resin cast conversion set (five parts) to 1/144th scale. Designed for use with any of the Minicraft family of C-97 or KC-97 kits. The C-97 AWI was a 1945 British proposal for an Airborne Warning and Interception platform utilising its large forward fuselage to locate a 7 foot antenna in the nose. To do this the cockpit was to be relocated on the top of the fuselage, with smaller antennae located above and below the fuselage. A paper project only, more information can be found on this facinating subject in The Air Staff and AEW by Chris Gibson, published by Blue Envoy Press. Decals not included, illustration by Adrian Mann.



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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013, 11:47:02 AM »
Folks:

I asked Colin at Freightdog if he okay selling the Tallboy as a standalone item. He said yes but he looking for a number to help set a price.



I'm good for 6 or 8. Let me know how many you would be interested in and I'll pass it along..

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2013, 07:15:32 PM »
I'm not a Facebook apostle but there are two pictures of RCAF builds of Colin's 1/144 C-97 AWI/AEW on his Facebook page.

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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2013, 01:41:23 AM »
May have to do that with Academy's B-50 kit.   
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2013, 09:30:27 AM »
May have to do that with Academy's B-50 kit.

Nope.  It's a C-97 conversion.  New nose, radomes and cockpit.

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 10:42:30 PM »
Latest email from Colin.

Hello from Freightdog,

We have just added three new 1/72 resin sets to our website, covering a Tornado GR.4 Litening III pod, Spitfire 90 gal slipper tank and X-4 missiles for the FW 190A. In addition we have added three Alley Cat decal sets for the Spitfire PR.XI to compliment our resin set.

(Links are on the front page)

Please also see decal sheets added to the offers section.

Thank you.

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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2013, 08:42:12 AM »
You know, everything looks better in RCAF markings.  I guess this is the exception that proves the rule.  If you really want to whif, how about you remove the dorsal radome, and scribe some lines to represent doors on the front one.  Put it in the livery of one of the cross-channel ferries.

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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2013, 07:13:04 PM »
I think that particular model of the RCAF C-97 is one of the Venerable Mike McEvoy's builds, he's done FOUR of them already!
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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014, 08:09:41 AM »
Latest email from Colin:

Hello from Freightdog,

I have just updated the website with a restock of various items, including our 1/72 resin TSR2 recce and fighter conversion sets, these have not been available for some time. I have also relisted the Pegasus Models DH4 kit,  remaining stocks have no decals, so I have listed them at half the previous retail price, from £14 down to £7 each. Stocks are however limited.

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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2014, 09:05:57 AM »
Colin @ Freightdog has it done again:

Just finished assembling this for Telford, so time to share. My next new release, the EE Lightning Ground Attack proposal. Based on original source documents at Kew, the GA variant was a proposal to convert surplus F.1, 1A and 2 Lightning to a ground attack capable airframe, retaining its air defence capability. The proposal outlined bringing the airframe to equivalent F.6 standard, and fitting a multi-role weapon pack in the belly. The weapon features stub wings and allowed the carriage of N1 bombs (included), Bullpup, AS30, Napalm tanks or Zuni Rockets, retaining the Fire Streak missiles as all guns were removed;



Price still TBC, set includes belly, stub wings, pylons and N1 bombs for starters. Designed for use with the Airfix F.2A or F.6 Lightning base kit.
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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2014, 09:25:55 AM »
Cool?  1/72 I assume?
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2014, 09:35:19 AM »
Sorry. Yes 1/72.
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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2014, 10:53:53 AM »
Price of the Lightning FGA kit has been confirmed at £11.

Couple of thoughts I've had about this:

1. If you've got a Revell Hunter FGA.9 with the intention of using Freightdog's P.1109 and/or P.1083 conversion kits on it, then you'll probably have two Mavericks and a set of Swiss markings going spare. You could put them on the Lightning FGA and claim that the Swiss bought it as an interceptor but then extended it's life forever (in typical Swiss fashion and similar to the Hunter) with repeated upgrades.

2. If you've got an Airfix Canberra B(I).8 with the intention of using Freightdog's P.12 all-weather fighter conversion on it, then you're going to have a pair of AS.30 AGMs spare, which would go very nicely on the FGA Lightning. The picture on the front of the original brochure shows dummy Bullpups on the aircraft, but all the test inside refers to AS.30s.
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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2014, 01:18:27 AM »
 ;D

I love Lightnings and this looks like a must have!  Would go well with a four cannon nose....

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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2014, 05:39:44 AM »
;D

I love Lightnings and this looks like a must have!  Would go well with a four cannon nose....
Even better, add the export wing for extra hardpoints for stores.

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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2014, 08:18:59 AM »
The brochure proposal actually did away with all the guns in order to make space for more electronics, which as far as I could see consisted of a doppler nav system, air-to-ground modes for the AI.23 radar and AS.30 guidance electronics. Bear in mind that this was all in the context of a low-cost retro-fit to the existing 1950s electronics, so extra black box space was needed, and fuel was considered the priority for the belly tank. Interestingly, they seem to have gone out of their way to not use the overwing pylons. The mod also retained the ability to use the existing Firestreak set up, though not at the same time as the bombs, thus preserving the fighter capability.

There was a later proposal called PL.1 (details in Chis Gibson's Battle Flight book), which mostly used a T.5 airframe, that had a longer belly tank which extended over the original missile pack location and had a new detachable pack further back. I think you could model this using two of the Freightdog sets and cutting them up. Options for this pack included:

All fuel
Recce cameras
2 x Red Top
2 x Sidewinder plus some fuel
4 x Sidewinder plus some fuel
2 x retractable 51mm RP launchers
2 x 51mm rockets pods plus some fuel
2 x Bullpup plus some fuel
1 x Semi-recessed Genie
3 x Semi-recessed N1 1000lb bombs



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I love Lightnings and this looks like a must have!  Would go well with a four cannon nose....

That would work as more of a CAS type aircraft than a strike job since it wouldn't have room for the nav kit. You could combine it with the retractable 51mm rockets launchers that were an option for the missile support pack area.

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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2014, 11:37:44 PM »
Hello from Freightdog,

We have just added two new 1/72 resin sets to our website, these are a TSR2 extended nose leg, and Bristol Blenheim tropical filter set.

Also listed are last available batch of ROTORCraft Westland Whirlwind Mk.7 sets, we have ten sets left (due shortage of decals), once sold out no more will be produced for the foreseeable future.

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« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2014, 04:31:50 AM »
Damned shame that Colin has not bothered to offer some of his TSR.2 items in 1:48th scale :(
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« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2014, 05:09:19 AM »
The vast majority of TSR.2s you see at UK model shows are the 1/72nd ones, plus that's the only one available new (Stratos 4 boxing), so I imagine that's why he's concentrated on that scale. As far as I know, all his masters are done the traditional way by hand, so doing them in a different scale basically amounts to making them twice: it's not just a matter of re-scaling a CAD file.

He does do some 1/48th stuff: http://www.freightdogmodels.co.uk/index.php?cPath=27_30&osCsid=013c5f2a8d3103b1dc7f8ec79317c05e
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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2015, 02:00:39 AM »
Latest update from Colin (Feb 8/2015):

Hello from Freightdog,

We now have our 1/72 resin HP Victor B.2 conversion set available to order. Designed for the Revell (ex-Matchbox) re-issue K.2 kit also due out again in February. No decals are included but B.2 options can be found on Airdecal's two Victor sheets, also being re-printed this month.



In addition we are offering a 10% discount code on all ROTORcraft sets until this Friday. To obtain the discount simply enter code RC10 prior to checkout. Minimum order value on ROTORcraft sets is £10.00, availability is limited.

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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2015, 09:05:24 PM »
Latest update from Colin (Feb 26/2015):

Hello from Freightdog,

We Have just restocked on a number of our most popular resin sets, and are offering a 15% discount on all Freightdog resin and decals in stock until Friday 20th February. Simply enter discount code RESIN15 prior to checkout.

This excludes items already discounted in the offers section (so no further discount to what is shown on offer items, but you can stick them in the same order). Minimum value to obtain the discount is £10.00 worth of non-offer items. Please note our new Victor B.2 conversion set is not included in this offer.

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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2015, 06:37:37 PM »
From the Freightdog Facebook page:

Just finalizing new releases that should go on sale at Hornchurch this coming weekend, all in 1/72. Prices to be confirmed, they are;
  • Supermarine Swift F.1, F.2, F.4 and F.7 conversion sets with decals (three sets, for new Airfix FR.5 kit)
  • Westland Wessex/UH-34 fuselage length correction set (for Italeri kit)
  • HP Halifax BP turret raised fairing (for Revell kit)
  • Kayara Katsuodori Fighter Ram Jet intake correction (for MENG kit)
All items will go on website next week. The Wessex correction set is mastered by Colin Burgess and will be first new ROTORcraft item since change of ownership.

Here is a preview of the Swift F.2 / F.4 masters, due for release at IPMS Southern Expo on 21/22nd March. I will hopefully have the F.1 and F.7 available to, along with re-issue of our Hawker P.1130 All Weather Fighter conversion based on the Xtrakit Hunter T.7 kit.



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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2015, 04:24:42 AM »
Hello from Freightdog,

We Have just restocked on a number of our more popular resin sets, and are offering a 15% discount on all Freightdog resin and decals in stock until midnight on Sunday 26th April. Simply enter discount code RESIN15 prior to checkout.

This excludes items already discounted in the offers section (so no further discount to what is shown on offer items, but you can stick them in the same order). Minimum value to obtain the discount is £10.00 worth of non-offer items.

Please note our Supermarine Swift conversion sets are now sold out.

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« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2015, 11:25:11 PM »
Hello from Freightdog,

New items now available to order, included our 1/72 Hawker Hunter T.8M conversion and improvement set, HP Halifax raised upper turret fairing and 1/144 Space Cruiser project complete kit.

Also back in stock, Silver Cloud 1/48 Spitfire MK.Vb floatplane conversion, as featured in the August issue of Model Aircraft International.

See website for details, thank you.

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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2015, 07:57:13 AM »
Hello from Freightdog,

I have two items to clear, exclusive to Freightdog and available in limited numbers;

AZ Model 1/48 Gotha G.V (white box no decals)
[AZM48060ND] - Price £25.00

Short run injection moulded kit (ex Hippo Models) with photo-etched parts. Please note this kit comes in a plain white box, without decals, for half normal retail price of the AZ kit (RRP £49.99). Limited availability to clear.
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High Planes 1/72 Grumman TBM-3W Avenger AEW conversion
[HPK072021ND] - Price £7.00

Short run injection moulded conversion set, for use with the Hasegawa Grumman TBM-3 Avenger base kit. Also includes a new resin engine intake to allow you to also use the Hasegawa TBM-1 kit. This item comes without a box, decals are not included.

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« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2015, 08:00:08 AM »
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Hi everyone,

Though I would give you the heads up on what I will have at SMW this year. No pictures yet, just waiting for masters to arrive later this week, then it is all systems go. This year I will have the BAC Lightning VG conversion in 1/72, based on the Airfix F6 kit, set will include new wings, stores and main undercarriage for the proposed swing wing version. With a bit of work set should also fit on a Sword F1/3/T4/5 kit, but we based it on the Airfix kit as its the easiest to build and most readliy available. Price not confirmed, but will hopefully be around £15.   

I will have a couple of other small sets, plus new stocks of my Swift F1/2-4 and F7 conversions, just waiting on decals from Fantasy Printshop. For anyone who bought the sets when first released in April, there will be a corrected decal sheet with the new batch, fixing an issue with slightly undersize roundels and serials, I am happy to supply replacements to those who bought the original release.

More details to follow soon. Thanks!

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Re: Freightdog
« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2015, 10:49:17 AM »
Oh goody goody goody, I was wondering what to do with my F.6

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« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2015, 10:10:49 AM »
I said it elsewhere, I'll say it again here: woo! I'm seriously thinking about picking up one of these sets.
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« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2015, 06:38:14 PM »
Colin has posted a picture of the Lightning VG conversion (this is the master):



Looks like the wings are in the swept forward position.
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« Reply #33 on: November 01, 2015, 01:22:29 AM »
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Hi everyone,

Below is list of all new releases at Telford next weekend, prices still to be confirmed, all are 1/72 scale;

- Swift F.1 conversion for Airfix FR.5

- Swift F.2/4 conversion for Airfix FR.5

- Swift F.7 conversion for Airfix FR.5

- Swift Air Battery proposed rocket pods and pylons (also applicable other post-war British types)

- Lightning VG conversion for Airfix  F.6

- Lightning overwing Matra JL-100 twin rocket pods for Airfix F.6

- Javelin FAW.9 nose correction for Frog/Novo kit

- Beaufighter anti-shimmy tail wheel and leg for Airfix TF.10

- HP Halifax correct sized main wheels for Revell Halifax B.III

- 250 lb S/G MK.IV smoke curtain pods for Revell Lysander

- Douglas D827 Super Etendard and Rafale refuelling pod

- EE Canberra P.12 All Weather Fighter re-issue for Airfix B.(I)8

- Brits Aboard Pt.I decal re-print


I think that is everything. Will post some pics when I have a chance.

Thanks,

Colin
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« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2017, 09:07:53 PM »
Facebook post from Colin this morning (June 19th)

In July we will launch a brand new website, replacing the existing one. It will feature a lot more options and be easier to use, as you will be able to purchase items without opening an account. On the down side the shipping costs will be increasing particularly on orders outside the EU. To take advantage of the lower shipping costs while they last please order from the old website before end of June, and if you order between now and the 25th you can also take advantage of a 20% discount code GIMME20 on resin sets and decals, Stransky Kits, High Planes kits, decals and accessories. Simply enter discount code GIMME20 prior to checkout.
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« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2017, 01:45:49 AM »
Facebook post from Colin (October 12th)

With Telford fast approaching, I'm busy getting ready for my favourite weekend of the year. Of course I'm running out of time, and not everything I hoped would be ready is, but here is a sneak preview of one of the items that should be as its off to the caster tomorrow for a quick turnaround. Much of my new releases focus on What-If projects, so here is one of them in 1/144. This is a conversion to make the first of a series of originally proposed Multi-Role VC-10's for the RAF, initially in tanker or transport configuration. Designed to fit the Roden Super VC-10 suitably cut down to standard length, parts include new forward fuselage with H2S scanner, wing tip refuelling pods and offset fuselage drogue mounted in the rear hold. Along with this set I also have the VC-10 Bomber with up to eight wing mounted cocoons. A set for the air launched ballistic missile role (or Poffler) will follow if sales are good enough.

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« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2017, 03:18:58 AM »
Well there's a cool thing I never knew I may want.
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« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2017, 03:34:43 AM »
S&M Models already did many of the VC-10 ideas though these kits/conversions are sometimes hard to find.
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« Reply #38 on: November 30, 2017, 09:54:08 AM »
Posted on Colin's Facebook page today.

My day job has been taking up time recently, so I'm now trying to catch up on projects that were not quite ready for Telford earlier this month.

One of these is a new 1/72 complete resin kit, beautifully cast by CMR. A sample batch were delivered at the show but not put on display. The kit is of the twin engined Supermarine 327, or Supermarine F.Mk.I 'Shrew' as it might have been had it got beyond the mock up stage in 1940. It seems fitting to adopt the unofficial name 'Shrew' as it was destined to replace the Spitfire (the design sharing the same elliptical wing). It has become a tradition at Freightdog that my good friend Mike McEvoy gets to built my new kits first, and this will be previewed on his website www.grumpyoldmodeller.com in the coming weeks. Picture shows original masters by Paul Lucas, I still need to assemble a sample and finalise instructions over the next few weeks, with release likely in January.







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« Reply #39 on: November 30, 2017, 10:36:15 AM »
I didn't realise this was an actual proposal. Very interesting!
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« Reply #40 on: November 30, 2017, 01:53:16 PM »
Looks like can perform as spec sheet says.

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« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2018, 06:26:43 AM »
Latest update from Colin @ Facebook.

Some more progress on my 1/72 resin Supermarine Type 327 'Shrew' project. Decal artwork has now gone to Fantasy Printshop and four views are finished. The kit includes 'What-If' marking for the prototype (project did not get beyond mock-up stage), along with suitable roundels for Fighter and Fighter or Photo Reconnaissance options for which optional parts are included. Still on track to release in middle of March at IPMS Southern Expo held in Hornchurch, Essex, available from my website soon after.

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« Reply #42 on: March 14, 2018, 09:32:46 AM »
Latest update from Colin @ Facebook

Some possible Shrew colour schemes, top to bottom; operational F.Mk.I, FR.Mk.I, PR.Mk.I prototype and operational PR.Mk.I. Still a work in progress.

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« Reply #43 on: June 15, 2018, 08:14:07 PM »
Latest update from Colin @ Facebook

Going up on the website today, new Canberra tip tanks, and Meteor NF.14 corrected nose for the Xtrakit/Matchbox/Revell kit (both 1/72). This also includes tropical under fuselage intakes (similar to those fitted to the NF.13) which are applicable to 60 Sqn aircraft based in Singapore.



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« Reply #44 on: September 13, 2018, 09:53:11 AM »
Via Colin's Facebook page.

Re-issue this month, Avro 720 project multi media kit. Includes resin, white metal undercarriage and vacform canopies (by Rob Taurus). What-If decals for four options included. This item will be listed on my website soon, price £35.00 plus postage.

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« Reply #45 on: October 16, 2018, 07:42:32 AM »
Posted by Colin at the other Forum.

Good evening Gentlemen,

Making some progress towards my Telford release program, not all whif related but hopefully something to interest you.

Just sent new decal artwork to Fantasy Printshop for a revised RAF/RAE P.177R kit, which includes upgraded and new parts, including proposed forward canards. Iím also releasing the Ground Attack parts separately for anyone who has the kit already. Decals include some previously included in the original RAF kit released twelve years ago, and new ones covering Fighter and Ground Attack options in operational and test markings.  Iím waiting for canopies to arrive from Rob Taurus, if they donít arrive in time I might still release the kit and post canopies on afterwards.

Another revised re-issue will be the Hawker P.1109A with TSR2 testing markings, decals being for WW598 in an overall white colour scheme, and potentially one smaller whif set Iíll keep to myself for now as its last on the list to do and might not be ready.

Factual but with whif potential will be a 1/72 Lancaster ASR.III/GR.3 conversion for the Airfix kit, and an accurate Mk.2A Airborne Lifeboat to go with it. Following on from the success of my upgrades for very old kits, will be a Canberra B.(I)8 upgrade set for the Frog kit with an accurate gun pack, wing pylons and training bombs for all those patiently waiting in your stashes. These will fit on other Canberra kits including the new S&M B.6 kit that might be released at the show.

Last up from me will be an new Injection Moulded 1/72 Supermarine Seafire Mk.Ib kit produced in cooperation with  Kovozavody Prostejov/AZ Model, using their HQT mould Spitfire Mk.Vb base kit with resin parts and Fantasy Printshop decals included in the package.

Sharing my stand as usual will be Dave Little of Combat Kits, who having taken over the Magna range in 2017 will have a few reworked kits available. In 1/72 will be the Single and Twin engine Pioneers, whilst in 1/48 will be the Blackburn Firebrand TF.II and TF.5 (the Firebrand kits will be a small pre-production batch, very limited until production kit goes on sale next year). These kits are almost unrecognisable to their earlier Magna relatives, metal, resin and clear resin (in the Pioneers) now cast commercially, with Fantasy Printshop decals.  The kits have been re-worked by Phil Edwards, who mastered most of the AlleyCat range amongst others, and surface detail is up to a very high standard.
So that is what I hope will be ready, of course several factors could get in the way between now and the show, so I will keep my fingers crossed.


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« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2018, 02:27:14 AM »
I can recommend Combat Kits completely.  I've got their upgraded Italieri Sea Harrier FRS.1, which Colin sells, and it is beautiful.

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« Reply #47 on: October 27, 2018, 01:39:41 AM »
Freightdog Telford 2018 release, Avro Lancaster ASR.III conversion and Airborne Lifeboat Mk.2A, for the Airfix B.III kit in 1/72 scale. Picture shows original masters, also includes a vacuformed tall astrodome (not shown).

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« Reply #48 on: October 27, 2018, 05:10:21 AM »
Where can this be purchased ?

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« Reply #49 on: October 27, 2018, 06:07:29 AM »
For us in North America, most likely via Colin's website Bill: https://www.freightdogmodels.co.uk/

Or via Scott Zeiwbak on Ebay who sells Colin's product: https://www.ebay.com/usr/rebelalpha

I suspect it will be available after Scale Modeling World which is November 10 & 11.
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« Reply #50 on: November 03, 2018, 06:51:47 PM »
Reissue for SMW.  RAF SR.177



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« Reply #51 on: February 20, 2019, 11:29:43 PM »
On their Facebook page today.....

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« Reply #53 on: February 20, 2019, 11:36:32 PM »
A P.1101 tandem trainer conversion, I think this will go very nicely with the P.1109B conversion in my stash and the recently re-released P.1083 wings I've ordered.

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« Reply #54 on: February 25, 2019, 07:26:11 AM »
Thanks for explaining, I had no idea what the photos were of/for.
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« Reply #55 on: October 09, 2019, 08:08:49 PM »
With Telford only a few weeks away, vendors are releasing previews of new products.

Sneak preview for release at Scale ModelWorld next month, Combat Kits 1/72 RC-135W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) comprehensive resin conversion for the 1/72 AMT/Italeri KC-135A base kit. Including replacement nose, cheeks, radomes, engines and aerial fit. Below are draft instructions, still a work in progress. Price in the region of £45.00, message me for pre-orders as stocks at the show will be limited. Decals not included, these can be found on recently reprinted Xtradecal sheet X72216.

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« Reply #56 on: October 09, 2019, 10:17:07 PM »
Hmm! even though I have the AMT RC-135V boxing, I might have to get one of those conversions.

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« Reply #57 on: October 14, 2019, 08:17:52 PM »
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« Reply #58 on: October 14, 2019, 08:19:35 PM »
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« Reply #59 on: October 15, 2019, 06:51:13 PM »
Freightdog tandem Hunter Build posted over at Secret Projects.





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« Reply #61 on: October 15, 2019, 09:51:08 PM »
I can see Carl's pics in his post, but in Greg's attachment I can't --

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« Reply #62 on: October 15, 2019, 10:44:11 PM »
I can see Carl's pics in his post, but in Greg's attachment I can't --

So it's a Greg problem? Again? ;)

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« Reply #63 on: October 15, 2019, 10:48:34 PM »
I can see Carl's pics in his post, but in Greg's attachment I can't --

So it's a Greg problem? Again? ;)

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« Reply #64 on: October 16, 2019, 01:33:39 AM »
Those Hunters look great!

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« Reply #65 on: October 16, 2019, 03:18:30 AM »
I can see Carl's pics in his post, but in Greg's attachment I can't --

So it's a Greg problem? Again? ;)

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« Reply #66 on: August 30, 2020, 06:02:26 AM »
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Sneak preview of a Freightdog project that is under preparation for release in November, the Hawker Siddeley HS.125 Naval Courier brochure proposal from 1965. This will be a simple resin conversion for the re-issued Airfix Dominie in 1/72 scale, allowing you to made a COD version. The Naval Courier concept didn't get any further than a brochure but makes a fascinating What-If.



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« Reply #67 on: August 31, 2020, 12:15:15 AM »
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« Reply #68 on: September 01, 2020, 10:25:01 AM »
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Sneak preview of a Freightdog project that is under preparation for release in November, the Hawker Siddeley HS.125 Naval Courier brochure proposal from 1965. This will be a simple resin conversion for the re-issued Airfix Dominie in 1/72 scale, allowing you to made a COD version. The Naval Courier concept didn't get any further than a brochure but makes a fascinating What-If.


If you can find one, might be good to use on a Matchbox HS125-600 or a Sword U-125A for a stretch.

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« Reply #69 on: September 01, 2020, 09:57:19 PM »

If you can find one, might be good to use on a Matchbox HS125-600 or a Sword U-125A for a stretch.

Airfix is re-releasing their Domini kit Evan.

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« Reply #70 on: September 01, 2020, 11:15:08 PM »

If you can find one, might be good to use on a Matchbox HS125-600 or a Sword U-125A for a stretch.

Airfix is re-releasing their Domini kit Evan.
Yeah, but, IIRC, the Matchbox kit is of the TFE331-powered version.  I have a Dominie kit in the stash and likely will by more, but I do consider other options for extended whiffs.

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« Reply #71 on: September 01, 2020, 11:36:43 PM »

If you can find one, might be good to use on a Matchbox HS125-600 or a Sword U-125A for a stretch.

Airfix is re-releasing their Domini kit Evan.
Yeah, but, IIRC, the Matchbox kit is of the TFE331-powered version.  I have a Dominie kit in the stash and likely will by more, but I do consider other options for extended whiffs.

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« Reply #72 on: September 02, 2020, 02:41:05 AM »
Yeah, but, IIRC, the Matchbox kit is of the TFE331-powered version.

TFE731 I think you mean
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« Reply #73 on: September 02, 2020, 05:35:39 AM »
Yeah, but, IIRC, the Matchbox kit is of the TFE331-powered version.

TFE731 I think you mean
Yep, you are correct.  The TFE331 was the civil designation for the engine that went in the T-46, a turbofan built on the same core as the TPE331.

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« Reply #74 on: September 02, 2020, 06:46:21 PM »
Imagingng a wiff on top of a wiff AEW version.....

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« Reply #75 on: September 03, 2020, 02:19:14 AM »
Imagingng a wiff on top of a wiff AEW version.....


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« Reply #76 on: September 03, 2020, 03:44:32 AM »
Colin owner of Freightdog seriously looked at making a conversion but it was deem too complex.

From Secret Projects Forum:

The project of an AEW version of the H.S. 125 was much earlier than 1988. It is mentioned and illustrated in the January 1983 issue of AIR INTERNATIONAL entitled "From Skyraider to Nimrod... Thirty Years of British AEW" by Mike Hirst, which clearly identifies it as a 1964 project.

In 1962 this British team looked at three AEW configurations ó respectively with ventral, dorsal and forward-and-aft-scanner system (FASS) installations. In trade-off studies, the latter arrangement was assessed to show the best overall performance, although it was hardly the most elegant-looking solution. With these results in mind, the Blackburn design team of 1963 (by then a part of the Hawker Siddeley Group) proposed the P.139 project. With hindsight, this unlovely-looking aircrfaft can be viewed as a sensible proposition, but its bulbous proportions earned it disparaging nicknames, and its stability proved to be suspect in wind-tunnel tests. By 1964, the P.139 project had been shelved, and less-expensive designs, using existing airframes, were being considered.

One serious idea was the conversion of several examples of the HS.125 business jet, but its configuration meant that it had to use a fixed dorsal radome, like the out-dated Tracer, and it was unable to meet even the simplest endurance requirements. It too was shelved, having brought home one other very important technical truth, that the FASS radar had to be used, as proposed in the P.139. [...]

In February 1965 Britain cancelled all future aircraft carrier development, and this effectively killed all interest in shipborne AEW developments.
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« Reply #77 on: September 03, 2020, 04:30:09 AM »
How about a carrier-capable version of the Raytheon U-125A with conformal arrays as used on various Israeli concepts?  Another U-125A variant could serve as an ASW/ASUW sensor aircraft.

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« Reply #78 on: September 16, 2020, 04:58:45 AM »
I was wrong, the Matchbox HS.125-600 is the last straight-jet powered version,  The HS.125-700 replaced the pure jet engines with Garrett TFE731 turbofans (prototype registration was G-BFAN) and I suspect it could be modelled using the nacelles from a 1/72 Falcon 10 (ISTR that the use the same Grumman-built nacelles, also used on Skyfox).  I'm tempted to go ahead and do the fan conversion for an upgraded Sea Trader..

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« Reply #79 on: September 25, 2020, 01:14:03 AM »
And another HS.125 project.

Colin's words:

Another sneak preview of a 1/72 conversion under preparation.

In addition to the Naval Courier proposal for the HS.125, the brochure offers a Weapons Systems trainer. This is my interpretation, in service with the Fleet Air Arm from the late 60s onwards. Fitted with the elegant nose from the P.1154RN supersonic Harrier which was cancelled and replaced by the F-4K Phantom. Image shows the radar master, Both HS.125 sets are planned for release in November.

Should keep the IPMS What-If SIG happy!


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« Reply #80 on: September 25, 2020, 04:16:10 AM »
Be interesting to combine with the Naval Courier conversion.  Alternatively, combine with suitable under-wing pods to simulate attacking missiles or aircraft, much as the Japanese use their U-36A aircraft.

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« Reply #81 on: October 22, 2020, 12:43:21 AM »
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After several years out of production, I have now passed the masters for my 1/72 resin BAe EAP to Combat Kits. Casting is in progress so kit should be available again hopefully during November. More news to follow when everything is ready.


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« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2020, 05:44:05 PM »
I recall reading an article years ago by a British test pilot who rated the EAP so highly that he believed it should be productionised and enter RAF service.

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« Reply #83 on: October 24, 2020, 02:12:51 AM »
**Broken Record Mode on**  I wish there was a 1/48 EAP Kit.  **Broken Record Mode off**
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« Reply #84 on: November 08, 2020, 12:45:52 AM »
Colin now has for sale the HS.125 COD and the Weapons Trainer.

Based on a 1965 Hawker Siddeley sales brochure proposing further military uses for the Dominie, this set allows you to build a Weapons System Trainer proposal, which at the time coincided with the development of the soon to be cancelled P.1154RN. Designed for use with the recently re-issued Airfix Vintage Classics HS.125 Dominie T.1 kit (not included), the set includes an new extended nose with P.1154RN nose cone, wing stores pylons for acquisition or training rounds (not included), along with new treaded wheels with accurate hub detail, and detailed engine pods to greatly improve the kit parts. Although we have chosen the aerodynamic nose section for an FAA weapons trainer, you could also build as an RAF version. Colour scheme suggestions are included however decals will need to be sourced separately.

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« Reply #85 on: August 18, 2021, 01:16:34 AM »
Post by Colin on his Facebook page.

With the imminent release of the new Airfix 1/72 DH Mosquito B.XVI kit, I am pleased to announce that Freightdog have six resin sets due for release very soon, with more to follow. Masters are finished, with thanks to Airfix for early access to test shots. Sets under preparation include conversions for the:
  • B.IX
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  • PR.34
  • B.35
Images of test castings to follow soon.
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« Reply #86 on: November 19, 2021, 04:36:34 AM »
Post by Colin on his Facebook page.

Coming soon from Freightdog, a new What-If resin conversion set, the original Hawk T.2 proposal from 1975, with extended tail pipe. Designed for the Revell 1/72 Hawk T.1a kit, the set includes a new extended tailpipe to reduce risk from heat seeking missiles, new center line stores pylon, four BAC Sabre Anti-Tank weapons (proposed Rapier development) with twin launch rails. More details to follow. Profile drawing by Jan Polc.

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« Reply #87 on: November 20, 2021, 12:39:41 AM »
Dare I point out....wrong bloody scale!!!
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« Reply #88 on: November 20, 2021, 01:33:20 AM »
Dare I point out....wrong bloody scale!!!

You absolutely may Greg but as a 10 year old in a 61 year body, my response is:

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