Over the counter
Additions to the Lincoln range, coming along shortly, are the Bristol Britannia (ready some time March), Handley Page Victor, Vickers Valiant and Boeing 707—same price again.
Starting in May, Guiterman's will also be getting in the first of the Lincoln-Hawk plastics (the American Hawk designs manufactured in Hong Kong by Lincoln).
LINCOLN PLASTIC KITS
THE Lincoln series of plastics are Empire made—actually produced in Hong Kong where labour and tooling costs are very much lower than in this country or America. Thus these kits can be manufactured and imported at a highly competitive price. British distributors are Guiterman and Co., of Soho Square, London, W.I.
The first model to appear in this series was the Lockheed Starfire, 8½ in. span and fully detailed in the American manner. The original price was 3s. 11d., subsequently increased to 4s. 11d., re-boxed and including a plastic stand, this price being maintained for the four additional models in the range. These others are the Canberra (8 in. span) and three airliners—the D.C.7 (9¼ in. span); the Constellation (10½ in. span); and the Vickers Viscount (9¼ in. span).
All these models are extremely easy to build. The Starfire is probably the easiest, and makes a most impressive first model. The airliners have a sparsity of detail, but this is in keeping with their reduced scale, and they still look most attractive when finished.
The detail lines are somewhat coarser than some of the contemporary plastic models, and the fits perhaps a little less accurate in one or two places. On the Viscount, for instance, one side of the tailplane has an exaggerated dihedral angle, but this can be taken up. But for the price, they represent extremely good value. All the airliners have nicely moulded airscrews, mounted on pins in the engine cowlings (trim off the ends of the pins before fitting the cowlings in place). The decals are printed on cellophane and must be cut out and stuck on with a rubber solution, which is perhaps a little more tedious than transfers. But again, the results are generally good, with care.
These models will undoubtedly have most appeal to the younger enthusiast and their price makes it possible for him to build up a collection, rather than having to invest his " capital" in a limited number of more elaborate kits. For the youngster, too, the smaller number of parts in the kit will be a further advantage.
Model aircraft, april 1957 года, No.190, Vol.16