FROG 336P Airspeed Oxford Mk.II Trainer, International Model Aircraft, 1963
MODEL TALK BY PHILIP BURDEN
Along with the Beaufort came the Airspeed Oxford II trainer—same manufacturer, scale, and price—which should also please. It is pressed in yellow and can be put together with ease in half an hour. Transfers are again good. The model is finished off in yellow (undersurfaces), dark or light earth and dark green (top surfaces).
The Royal Air Force Flying Review, Vol.XVIII, No. 7, march 1963
Four recent additions to the Frog 1/72nd plastic range, the Miles Master III, Martin Baltimore (which we have decorated as famous "Wacky Wabbit" which made 174 operational flights with 21 Squadron S.A.A.F.), Hawker Sea Fury, which can have folding wings and Airspeed Oxford. Scale criticisms are of minor nature though still not excusable in view of production costs, but we'd like to see more attention given to Frog airscrew hubs.
AeroModeller JANUARY 1964 Vol.XXIX No.336
After three spartan years, the Frog range returned with a bang.
The output of new kits was staggering and marked the start of a new generation of Frog kits.
To confirm this, all new kits had boxes of a new design, showing the subject in a colour profile drawing.
The kits were similar in style to the 1959 issues, but had a higher parts count and of improved quality over-all.
The subject choices were often unusual, and it is interesting to note that only a very few of the aircraft have since been duplicated by other companies.
Airspeed A.S.10 Oxford II
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Airspeed Oxford Mk.II Trainer, FZPI, Frunze (Bishkek) USSR, 1978-1980
Stand, Reference Information Bulletin, Baku,
№3-4, July-December 1988
A search has been declared!
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
As it is known, a number of models of (ex-)NOVO now is not issued, though in hands of modellers they now and then appear. So, for example, in the clubs it is possible to see unassembled model kits of planes «Wyvern», «Oxford», Fokker F-7 «Southern Cross», etc. Where are the moulds for these and similar models? This is the question posed by the members of the "СИБ" (Stand Information bulletin) editorial board.
So, the "investigation" is on an Airspeed Oxford model aircraft...
The model of this plane during 1978-1980 several times appeared on sale in shops of Stavropol region, Ukraine, in the Baltic at a price of 60 kopeeks. It was a product of the Frunzyenskij Zavod Plastmassovych Izdyeley (Frunze Plastic Ware Plant) of the Ministry of Local Industry of Kirgizia SSR. The contents of model included: sprues with parts, clear parts, assembly instruction, decal with inscription "USSR" and board calling sign with numbers. The same "Soviet" "Oxford" was depicted on the box.
The editorial board asked the company administration to clarify the fate of the mould, to which the reply was that «the mould is not listed in the deed to the toolmaker's workshop».
And here's what our correspondents are reporting:
«...You asked about the «Oxford» model. It was actually produced in our city, at the factory named after Lenin. The model was scrapped in 1979 and replaced by skateboard production. No blueprints or moulds remained. Unfortunately, the model was not sold in our city and we do not have it now....». (O. Kuznetsov, Frunze (Bishkek nowdays)).
«...The model was produced by the «Ak-Tilek» Production Association. Its address is: 720000, Kirg. Soviet Socialist Republic, Frunze, p/o «Ak-Tilek»..." (members of "Wings of the Motherland" club, Rybachie, Kirg. SSR).
At this point a short comment is required: the Ak-Tilek Production Association of the Ministry of Local Industry of the Kirghiz SSR was formed in 1982, after the model had been discontinued."...There is no mould for the Oxford, someone has it on hand. A colleague even brought it to Donetsk and took it to the factory, but there is no way to cast anything resembling a model. They say it is badly ruined." (I. Gordelyanov, Drohobych).
This is the information we have received to date. If anyone has more detailed and reliable information, please inform the SIB editorial board. The same request applies to the other "lost" moulds on the model.
Stand, Reference Information Bulletin, Baku, №3-4, July-December 1988
Airspeed Oxford Mk.II Trainer, co-operative Krilya, USSR, 1989
"News from the co-operatives
-I have information on the mould for the NOVO Oxford model. Indeed, previously it was at the Frunze Plastics Factory, but it was scrapped due to loss of the mould for clear parts. One of the Frunze modelers (Vladimir Serebryakov) exchanged the mold as scrap metal from the factory management (metal for metal). When he brought it home, he tried to do something with it for a while, but could only get something like vacuforms in a home-made way.
The mould for the «Oxford» is now metal plates with dressed surfaces, as in addition to the loss of the mould for clear parts, the ejector pin plate (the mould split) on the main die have been destroyed. What was left of the mould Serebryakov was prepared to sell. Now the mold is at the co-operative "Krilya" (Dneprodzerzhinsk), which has some experience in restoring molds (restored mold on the model "Sea Venom"). I hope that this mould will also be restored by them. (Prepared by P. Hilkov, Donetsk).
Information and Methodological Guide "Stand", No. 4 1989-1 1990, ITSM "Baku", Red banner's Kaspian Fleet Political Department