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Plastic Aircraft Kits – the Jetex range

The ultimate in prefabricated kits in the Classic Jetex era were the plastic models from Wilmot Mansour and Sebel. The use of plastic for kit construction had its problems, as the R.A.F. Flying Review recognised in its review of the Sebel Lynx (see below).

On this page, we feature two of the better plastic aircraft kits for Jetex.


  What you'll find here:
Jetex Interceptor
Sebel Lynx

Jetex Interceptor Fighter


- David Ranford


- Roger Simmonds


Wilmot Mansour ventured into the manufacture of plastic aircraft kits with this semi-scale "Ready-to-fly" Jetex 'Interceptor Fighter". Powered by a Jetex 50C with augmenter tube the manufacturers were able to claim that it "takes off under its own power".

The kit illustrated below was sold on eBay in January 2003 for 150.00 (approx. $US250.00).




- eBay vendor, Jan. 2003

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Sebel Lynx


- Royal Air Force Flying Review, Vol. XVI, No. 2 (p.45)
The "Model Talk" column in the Royal Air Force Flying Review introduced the Sebel Lynx in these words:

Over the past few years there have been several attempts to produce flying models with plastic materials. They have not been all that successful. The main trouble is that the stronger plastics are too heavy and the lighter stuff is a little too flimsy. The resultant models do not suffer so much in strength as in a general "bendy" appearance. But now Sebels have turned their thoughts to this problem and the result is the "Lynx" flying model. […] This model seems to have overcome all the snags of earlier attempts in that it is strong but light. It also incorporates the smooth, realistic finish usually associated with the more legitimate plastic kits – and it flies well.

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Acknowledgements

Illustration sources:
- (Interceptor) David Ranford, Roger Simmonds, eBay vendor (spotted by John McKnight)
- (Lynx) Royal Air Force Flying Review Vol. XVI No. 2: Roger Simmonds
Information sources:
- (Lynx) Royal Air Force Flying Review Vol. XVI No. 2: Roger Simmonds
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