Monday, June 18, 2007 - 07:12 AM UTC
I bet many of us have wished for a particular detail set but how many of us have been in a position to actually ask for one and have our wish granted?
Some of you may have heard of Derek Bradshaw? Well Derek is a member of the Kitmaker group and of IPMS Kitmaker. More importantly Derek produces masters for resin detail sets and has his own company, Eclipse Models. He is at present producing several masters for MDC, a 1/32 scale Beaufighter detail set and a Hawker Tempest kit, to name just 2. Having seen these, and other stuff, in the flesh I know what the quality of Derek's stuff is like (my daughters bought me a Revell 1/32 Beaufighter for fathers day, in preparation for the detail set).
I little while ago I asked Derek if there was the possibility of there ever being a detail set for a particular 1/32 scale kit. The kit in question has been in my stash for many years and I have put of building it for want of better detail. I had actually written to Westland, received lots of reference material and also bought a set of plans so that I might have a go at scratch building the interior. You will be pleased to know that my kit and all the references material that I have is going to Derek so that he can produce a detail set for the excellent Matchbox Westland Lysander. The set will be produced under the MDC/Eclipse Models name.
Now don't get too excited because this is in the very early planning stage and something like this takes awhile. The pure fact that Derek is even considering doing this is a bonus.
If you haven't got one yet make sure that you snap up the Revell re-release of the Lysander and put it away to await what will be a stunning detail set.
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