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Hogster16/03/2016 17:30:48
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I recently discovered this program a few weeks ago and set my recorder to record the series.

Initially the main theme of the program was the building of model of a C130. Which I was thoroughly enjoying. I was under the impression that the build would be followed until completion.

However, somewhere along the series this changed to a large model warship.

Has anyone else seen this series? Did I miss something? I was looking forward to seeing the C130's maiden flight. Did it actually happen?

ChrisB16/03/2016 18:24:32
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It was on TV originally about 2002 and did the boat and then the C17 Globemaster about 2 or 3 years later, subsequently owned and flown at shows by Ali jnr. The odd programme has been on Discovery several times over the years.

At Cosford a few years back they filmed at the LMA show but the episode never appeared.

Hogster16/03/2016 19:38:53
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Posted by ChrisB on 16/03/2016 18:24:32:

It was on TV originally about 2002 and did the boat and then the C17 Globemaster about 2 or 3 years later, subsequently owned and flown at shows by Ali jnr. The odd programme has been on Discovery several times over the years.

At Cosford a few years back they filmed at the LMA show but the episode never appeared.

Ah yes a C17 not C130. So it did fly then, that's good to know. I'll keep the recording going and maybe they'll go back to it.

ChrisB16/03/2016 19:57:25
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Yes it flew at Wroughton in the last episode and that was the last we saw of it on TV.

Cuban816/03/2016 20:25:56
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There should be fourteen Supermodels II programmes - in this re-run they've only shown twelve for some strange reason.

I like Mark Found and his quirky presenting style, there must be plenty of scope for similar Supermodels type programmes these days.

ChrisB16/03/2016 20:57:13
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Its about time there was another programme.

In the last 15 years or so I've seen, Model Magic, Model Mania, Supermodels and Supermodels 2 but its been a few years now.

Cuban816/03/2016 21:03:57
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On reflection, I suppose with so much (and often very well produced) modelling material on YouTube, the attraction of spending a lot of money making another niche market programme for a tiny audience on mainstream TV is not very high.

Edited By Cuban8 on 16/03/2016 21:04:42

Robin Colbourne17/03/2016 11:01:26
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Posted by Cuban8 on 16/03/2016 21:03:57:

On reflection, I suppose with so much (and often very well produced) modelling material on YouTube, the attraction of spending a lot of money making another niche market programme for a tiny audience on mainstream TV is not very high.

Edited By Cuban8 on 16/03/2016 21:04:42

That approach is a bit chicken and egg. We are inundated with programmes about cooking obscure dishes that most of us would just go and buy at the supermarket if we really wanted them, and car shows featuring cars only really suitable for track days, so a series on models would be fair enough. The main reasons that they don't make these programmes is that they like to dumb everything down and its a lot cheaper to film in a kitchen than to go out on location where they are subject to the whims of British weather.

Is anyone else here old enough to remember Model World on BBC presented by Robert Symes Schutzmann in 1975? That was an excellent series in which they showed viewers how to build the free flight glider and a model frigate models in the accompanying book. ​Robert was a lovely chap and very approachable. He would chat to anyone who met him at the shows he attended. He came along to a model railway exhibition in our town, with a diesel electric loco he had built, powered by a Taplin Twin. As I recall, the model glider (Sky Rider?) was designed by Martin Dilly, who was a leading free flighter and SMAE representative at the time.
 

Edited By Robin Colbourne on 17/03/2016 11:02:19

Cuban817/03/2016 12:34:00
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Tastes change and I doubt if the gentle style of Bob Symes would go down well at all today.

James May's modelling programmes weren't too bad though, bearing in mind that they had to cater to a wider audience than just modellers.

 

Edited By Cuban8 on 17/03/2016 12:36:43

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