Croco 1/72 Miles M-65 'Gemini'
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Short run resin kit with vacuform clear parts and a small p.e. fret.|
The Miles M.65 Gemini was a British twin-engined four-seat touring aircraft designed and built by Miles Aircraft at Woodley Aerodrome. It was the last Miles aircraft to be produced in quantity.
It was described by the manufacturer as the "safest light aeroplane in the world"
The aircraft was popular with private owners for touring throughout Europe and many were exported to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other Commonwealth countries. In the late 1940s and early 1950s they were frequently entered in air races, with G-AKDC flown by J.N. 'Nat' Somers AFC winning the 1949 King's Cup Air Race (a handicapped event) at 164.25 mph, this aircraft was fitted with de Havilland Gipsy Majors rated at 145 hp each.
Several aircraft were used as light business transports by commercial firms including Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd, Fairey Aviation and B.K.S Engineering. Other examples were flown by UK independent airlines on light charter work within the U.K. and Europe.
After the collapse of Miles Aircraft in 1947 eight aircraft had not been completed and they were assembled by Handley Page (Reading) Limited at Woodley (two in 1950); Wolverhampton Aviation at Wolverhampton's Pendeford Aerodrome (five in 1951); and by F. G. Miles Limited at Redhill Aerodrome (one). Overall, 175 aircraft were completed and there are still quite a few flying today.
it is great that folks take the time to mold kits like this. Due to its nature it is best for experienced modelers, thanks to the small parts. One thing for certain, when done, you will have a very nice model of a most unusual aircraft.
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