Here at Radar Toys it is no secret that we love action figures. Iron Man, Spiderman, G.I. Joe's and Star Wars -- we have serious roots in the collectible arena. But what about Mom and Dad that need traditional toys for their young ones? For the parents whose children are too young to scream, "I want Iron Man!" --- it is becoming harder and harder to find durable and trustworthy traditional toys. Thankfully there is still one company producing great traditional toys. We are very proud to carry Melissa and Doug merchandise. They specialize in wooden and plush toys of quality at affordable prices.
Blocks, puzzles, and much more -- Melissa and Doug make very durable and uncomplicated toys for children that still leave plenty of room for creativity and fun. What is cool is that many of their toys have a learning angle incorporated that help children to have fun with growing and progressing. Whether its the awesome wooden lacing shoe that helps teach shoe lacing or the magnetic chart that helps with homework and chores -- Melissa and Doug remains a brand that is recognized with quality and durability.
Ron Crawford as per last TOTS Newsletter
We anticipate being able to start deliveries of regular production models sometime late this summer. We will begin with a big slug of X-planes and follow those with some of the long awaited WWII types in the autumn. In addition to the models previously announced we have a nice X-26A and X-26B, an X-7A with its launch booster and an X-10at our casters.
The 1/200 scale drawings for the new releases are attached on the next four pages. You may need to invoke the zoom function, especially if you receive a compressed or PDF file, to get your copies back to 1/200. Please look those over and let me know how many of each you wish to order and whether there are any you wish to pass on.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the usefulness of Jay Miller's The X-Planes for modeling NASA experimentals. Each aircraft has its own chapter, complete with spec's, drawings, dimensions, and history. We are hopeful for a new edition which will bring the coverage up to the known types such as the X-53. The books are out of print at this writing, but readily available. I have become addicted to www.addall.com a meta site which runs other book search engines simultaneously.
As per last TOTS Newsletter
I am deliberately putting this at the end of the newsletter . (Just the subtitle merits that! ) This is kind of a rambling think-piece. Initially I wrote down these ideas to help sort out my own thinking. Maybe you will find them useful too. If not, here is a dotted line that you can snip across.
When you spend 30 or more years on a project that turns out around 850 different models, there is a human tendency to get your own critical faculties caught up in the action. It feels much more like raising some extra offspring, all of whom by definition are "above average". We need something to grab our attention once in a while to restore perspective and a sense of the Big Picture. In my case it was hitting some Real Life transitions. That happens at 68. There are inevitably some bumpy paths between Advanced Youth and Early Middle Age.
Some of you will know that Dinky intended to produce a model of the DH Flamingo but it never went into production. David Austin produced a limited number of very convincing replicas a while back under the name of The Aerodrome.
George Burton has been looking for one for some time and eventually decided to make his own by converting a Dinky seaplane. Here it is:
A brief outline history of 1/200th scale models produced in England by low-volume manufacturers, past and present, with notes on the makers.
Compiled by Derek Barratt Spring 2008
The foundations of how I have become involved with and owning the Helmet model aircraft business go back to 2000 when suddenly at the age of 50 I found myself made redundant due to the closure of the brewing company for whom I had worked for since the age of 16 and where I ended up in the latter years looking after the IT Infrastructure and the decision having to be made on where did I go from there., The conclusion I came to was that whilst I had enjoyed more or less every moment of my working life, the time had come for a complete change and that I really didn't want to work 10-12 hours a day any more nor in fact did working for another company and starting all over again really appeal at all. So I decided that I would set myself up with my own Computer Services business which would provide an income whilst allowing me to be in control of how much time and effort I wanted to put into this business venture and other areas of my life.