GAL Hotspur 1/72 Novo kits
This is the ancient Novo , Frog kit that I picked up for a fiver at a club day last year. I bought it for the RAF centenary G.B. and that is where it first appeared but I always thought it needed to be presented in a more interesting way, the lower surfaces are in black and yellow chevrons so I was going to present it in flight but somehow this idea took shape. The sheep cost a tenner from Bachman twice as much as the kit! .
As kits go this was no walk in the park considering the age and quality of the moulding, the main problem was the numerous little portholes which were way oversize and extended beyond the fuselage by a couple of mm and needed to be rubbed smooth and then polished to something approaching transparent and then masking the tiny round windows took an age. The decals were Fubar so I had to trawl through my spares box, there is no real explanation for the dio so the viewer can decide for themselves what is going on, how did the glider end up in a sheep field ? who will win out in the standoff between the ram and the dog ?
A bit of information about the Hotspur. It was originally intended to be an eight man (plus two crew) assault glider but Whitehall soon decided that a much bigger payload was needed and the Horsa came to be. The Hotspur was relegated to the role of trainer and was used to great success.
Hope you like it, N.
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