[WWI] Merlin kits

Andy Bannister a.bann at ntlworld.com
Fri Feb 16 14:28:23 EST 2007


Quite probably true Ray. I have Merlin's Boeing 40 which I think is another
copy of a CM kit and you can tell that the master is very good but the
moulding is very poor. The trailing edges of the wings for instance range
from fairly sharp to about a scale foot thick! 
Andy

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org 
> [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org] On Behalf Of Ray Boorman
> Sent: 16 February 2007 18:36
> To: World War I Modeling Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [WWI] Merlin kits
> 
> 
> Lol Andy, that's the best description I've heard so far. On 
> the other hand, a number of people have said that part of the 
> problem was what the mold was made from. If you got an early 
> production model they tended to be infinitely better than 
> later ones, or dog poop extrusions.....
> 
> Ray
> 
> 
> On 2/16/07, Andy Bannister <a.bann at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I think you can seperate Merlin kits into two classes: 
> Those that were 
> > blatant rip-offs of Czechmasters kits (ie: HB W. 20, DH 5, Curtiss 
> > F3C-1/2,
> > etc.) and those that were original mouldings. The former 
> were usually pretty
> > nice and quite buildable, the latter were hideous lumps of 
> plastic that
> > vaguely resembled the excretions of small mammals.
> >
> > Andy
> >
> > >
> > > From: "Nicklas, Brian" <NicklasB at si.edu>
> > > Date: 2007/02/15 Thu PM 10:50:22 GMT
> > > To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
> > > Subject: Re: [WWI] Merlin kits
> > >
> > > That "splains a lot Lucy"
> > > The Junkers J.I I have may have corrugated wings, but the 
> trailing 
> > > edges are thicker than the leading edges.  And I recall that the 
> > > fuselage halves were of two sizes. That said, I think the 
> Boeing 40 
> > > I still have is buildable. I may have still a Lockheed 
> Vega, but I'd 
> > > class it as buildable-just barely.
> > >  - Brian
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org 
> [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org] 
> > > On Behalf Of Ray Boorman
> > > Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 5:36 PM
> > > To: World War I Modeling Mailing List
> > > Subject: Re: [WWI] Merlin kits
> > >
> > > Its a well known fact that Merlin had a great scam going, they 
> > > printed up labels, instructions etc of many different 
> aircraft. The 
> > > contents of the boxes all of which were the same size, 
> were the same 
> > > hunk of plastic that
> > > bore no resemblance to any known aircraft. In fact they 
> had 3 production
> > > lines. Monoplanes, Biplanes and Triplanes the latter got 
> extra hunks of
> > > raw
> > > plastic to carve your model from.
> > >
> > > If you want to make a Rumpler for example just buy any german 
> > > biplane and start carving.
> > >
> > > Ray
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
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