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Avis Bristol 72 racer

Zambudio
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Joined: March 9th, 2011, 11:16 pm

August 4th, 2018, 9:50 am #1

Has anyone seen this? Avis is about to release (announced as a limited edition) a model of this cartoonish flying barrel. Quite unexpected, but possibly a sign that they plan to do more racers and record machines of the Golden Era. Avis Bristol 72 racer

A nice photo of the machine under construction, with the Jupiter radial in place: Under construction

The machine was quite unsucessful. It had several advanced features for its era (1922), includling retractable undercarriage, but flew less than 10 times: Bristol 72
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stimpy
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August 4th, 2018, 3:10 pm #2

Whoever did the box artwork must have been on acid! Else this represents the a/c just before the starboard wing ripped off.  Interesting looking a/c.
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MDriskill
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Joined: February 19th, 2011, 8:02 pm

August 4th, 2018, 9:39 pm #3

Thanks for the link to the history! When I saw the kit announcement I at first wondered if the thing were real, or maybe some sort of “egg plane” caricature take on real classic racers, LOL.

A most interesting, if strange, aircraft; and surely one of the most obscure flying machines to ever appear in injection-molded styrene.
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kingofmen
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Joined: February 21st, 2011, 1:59 am

August 4th, 2018, 10:42 pm #4

There was a vac Bristol racer way back in the dark early days of my personal modelling history (early 80s). Can't remember the maker, though. Racers are uncommon enough that I will definitely spring for this one when it is available. 
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jvenables
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Joined: June 18th, 2012, 2:48 am

August 6th, 2018, 12:55 pm #5

I probably won't buy one but I have to admit this is the sort of quirky oddity that grabs my attention and screams to be built, just for something different.
James from Brisbane, Australia
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