Welcome to the Flying Start Models Website
Hi, my name is Tim Perry, I am 56 living in Bristol in the UK. I grew up making Airfix kits, and like thousands of other young people in the UK I learned to fly with the Air Training Corps, in a Slingsby T31b Cadet two-seat glider. Since then, I have often wondered why there wasn't a good plastic kit of this aircraft, as I would certainly buy one! So, as it seemed the traditional kit makers were not going to tackle this subject, I decided I would have a go. I hope there will be enough scale modellers, glider fans and especially anyone who learned to fly in these tough little gliders to make the kit viable.
I have already done the bulk of the CAD design work, have made 3D printed prototypes to test the assembly, as well as designing most of the decal artwork. The CAD model has been based on original drawings and studying a real glider, XA310, which is still flying at RAF Hullavington.
The next major milestone now is to raise sufficient funds to get the metal moulds made and the plastic parts manufactured. And this is where you can help.
I will shortly be launching this project on the crowd-funding web site Kickstarter.com
There, you will be able to see more details of the project and hopefully, to make a pledge towards funding the moulds and other production costs.
E-mail me to go on the Flying Start Models mailing list, and look out for more news as the project progresses.
As you can see, all the hard design work has been done, and the 1:32 scale kit design is ready to go. The next major step is getting the metal injection moulds made, and this is where YOU and Kickstarter come in. This by far the most costly part of the project. If there is sufficient interest, and of course that means enough funds pledged, the tooling can be commissioned, designed and made over the coming few months. Once test mouldings have been made and any subsequent mould alterations have been finished, the kit can then be produced in quantity, packed and dispatched by mail straight to you.
Work has also been started on the box artwork, packaging, instructions and decals ready for the launch, but the mould will take the longest period to complete and is the single most expensive part of the project. This will be the next major milestone to achieve. Once the funding target is reached or surpassed, the kit should take about 6-8 months to get into production. Then everyone who has made a pledge will receive their kits sent directly from our assembly line.
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