Here is a chance for you to to own some iconic models from our history made by uber-scale modeller Richard Crossley.
The models are shown below:
Above: the Bell XS-1 for L-2, the model which more than any other, was responsible for reinvigorating the 'Jetex' flying scene at the turn of the century.
Above: 1, Bell X-1E; 2&3 Miles M-52.
Above: Richard in his 'Teutonic' phase. 1, Me-163 Komet; 2, Me 262; 3&4, V-2 Doodlebug.
" Having been building and flying scale models for over 25 years, I’ve amassed a bulging collection of varied shapes and sizes - and still adding new models every year at an alarming rate - there are now just too many aircraft in my house, so it’s time to offer them on to others who may appreciate them.
At the start of the new millennium, along with Pete Smart, David Deadman and others, I had great fun with rocket powered scale models and could often been seen emerging from a cloud of smoke at Old Warden model flying days!
Amongst my collection are a few milestone designs of that period, for example the prototype Bell XS-1 and Me-163 Komet, which were marketed by Aerographics. Both models were restored after testing and have been boxed ever since.
Other notable models of the time were my Miles M-52, Messerschmitt 262, V1 flying bomb and the Bell X1-E and Bell X1-A, derivatives of the original XS-1.
First flown on 26th July 2000, this is my original Bell XS-1 that served as the prototype for the popular Aerographics kit. This model went a long way to popularising the Rapier rocket scene in the early 2000’s. After countless successful flights it was fully restored and has not flown since. The cockpit interior sports a full -length Chuck Yeager! Price £150
MESSERSCHMITT ME-163 KOMET
This is another Aerographics prototype. The wing was rebuilt with less reflex than that in the original kit design and as a result it needed far less nose weight. The cockpit has a rather nice hand carved foam pilot wearing his rubberised T-Stoff proof suit. £150
This model was featured as a full-size plan in Flying Scale Models magazine in 2001. It flew as ‘V186’, an experimental version with a Walter rocket motor on the centreline, so the single motor in a central trough is actually!appropriate. It flew really well, and is still in very good condition. £125
Some models can be posted, but I also plan to attend the Model Air event at Old Warden in September (probably Sunday 18th) where purchased models can be picked up"'.
I would add that these models have been built to the highest standard and can easily be adapted for TSP L-2 power. It would be great to see these back in the air!