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EXPO DRILLS AND TOOLS

Modelling Tools and Airbrushes are our speciality.

Established in 1981, Expo Drills & Tools are expert distributors of quality Model & Hobby products.

Many items have been specially developed by us, and are used by professionals & hobbyists alike.

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AB602 Expo Airbrush Deal

119.95

AB602 - Expo Airbrush Deal Look whats included: High Quality Dual Action, Gravity Feed Airbrush ...
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78040 6pc Expo Nutrunner Set

15.95

Set includes 1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5mm. Suitable for 6/8/10/12/14 & 16BA Nuts. High quality tips manufactured in chrome vanadium steel, heat ...
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79920 Expo Professional Rapid Cable Stripper

14.95

799-20 Expo Professional Rapid Cable Stripper Strips mains cable outer sheath without adjustment! Features: ...
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75070 Pin Vice with Micro 3 Jaw Chuck

9.95

750-70 Very High Quality Pin Vice with Micro 3 Jaw Chuck. Holds drill sizes 0.1 to 2.5mm ...
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AB605 Expo Super Detail Airbrush Deal

79.95

AB605 Expo Super Detail Airbrush Deal. Perfect for beginners and experienced airbrushers alike. Complete set - nothing else ...
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Hot Wire Foam and Polystyrene Cutter with Large Y Bow and Knife

29.95

743-75 Hot Wire Foam and Polystyrene Cutter with Large Y Bow and Knife USES 4 x AA Batteries ...
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A05133 Airfix Curtiss Tomahawk MK.II 1:48 Scale

20.99

A05133 Airfix Curtiss Tomahawk MK.II 1:48 Scale

The first Curtiss Tomahawk fighters to arrive in Britain during WWII operated in the tactical reconnaissance role and were deemed unsuitable for fighter sweeps into German occupied Europe. Later models incorporated a number of improvements and saw extensive service with the Western Desert Air Force, driving the Italians out of Libya and taking on the newly arrived Messerschmitts of the Luftwaffe.

With large numbers of Curtiss Tomahawk fighters arriving in the Mediterranean and North African theatres, the RAF now had a modern all metal fighter to supplement the hard working Hurricane Squadrons in the desert. Described as the first truly combat ready variant of the Curtiss Tomahawk series, the Mk.IIB was roughly equivalent to the USAAF P-40C and was built to an extremely high standard, able to withstand the punishing operating environment of the North African deserts.

Successive improvements added additional weight to the aircraft and whilst it enjoyed great success against the older biplane fighters of the Regia Aeronautica, it struggled against the Messerschmitts of the Luftwaffe. Nevertheless, the shark mouthed Tomahawks of RAF No.112 Squadron went on to become some of the most famous aircraft of the Second World War and clearly illustrated how the aircraft would prove most effective – by adopting aggressive strike first attacks, using the weight of the aircraft to quickly gain speed in a shallow dive.

Scale: 1:48
Skill: 2
Flying Hours: 2
Number of Parts: 106
Dimensions (mm): L202 x W237
Age Suitability: 8+
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A08018 Airfix Boeing Fortress MK.III 1:72 Scale

30.99

A08018 Airfix Boeing Fortress MK.III 1:72 Scale

In RAF service, the definitive Boeing B-17G was known as the Fortress III, with 85 aircraft being supplied to the British. Operating mainly in the bomber support role, these aircraft would conduct anti-radar and clandestine operations, designed to confuse and frustrate German nightfighters, allowing more Allied bombers to return unscathed from their latest raid.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress four engine bomber was an airborne manifestation of American military might in the Second World War. Operating in massed formations, these distinctive aircraft were designed to conduct daylight precision bombing missions, against strategic enemy targets, with the ultimate aim of literally pounding them into submission. As its name suggests, the Flying Fortress was bristling with defensive armament and it was intended that formations of B-17s could throw so much lead into the air, that any attacking enemy aircraft would either be shot down, or simply fly away from their certain demise – although this thinking did not actually materialise in combat, it did help to give the B-17 a fearsome reputation.

The B-17 also saw service with the Royal Air Force during WWII, mainly operating anti-submarine patrols with Coastal Command, but also in a much more covert role. The Fortress Mk.III aircraft of No.100 Group Bomber Command would fly anti-radar and bomber support missions, designed to confuse and disrupt German night defences and allow Allied bombers a greater chance of returning safely from their latest mission. Flying towards decoy targets and dropping paper strips coated in aluminium known as ‘window’ to interfere with German radar, these RAF Fortress Mk.III bombers attempted blind the Luftwaffe nighfighter force and dramatically reduce its ability to intercept Allied bombers.

Scale: 1:72
Skill: 3
Flying Hours: 3
Number of Parts: 265
Dimensions (mm): L318 x W437
Age Suitability: 8+
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A03088 Airfix Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe 1:72 scale

12.99

A03088 Airfix Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe 1:72 scale

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Described by famous British test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown as the most formidable aircraft of WWII, the Messerschmitt Me 262 was a quantum leap in aviation performance terms and stands as one of the most significant aircraft in the history of flight. Had the Luftwaffe been able to deploy large numbers of these impressive fighters, they would have taken a heavy toll of Allied aircraft.

Allied pilots first began reporting the appearance of a strange new aircraft in the skies above Germany during the middle of 1944, much to the consternation of Allied military planners. The aircraft was reported to be capable of tremendous speed, far in excess of even the latest Allied fighters, yet did not appear to have a propeller – as these early contacts ended with the strange aircraft diving away at high speed, missions were launched specifically to investigate these reports, with reconnaissance aircraft searching for unusual activity at Luftwaffe airfields deep into Germany.

They would not have to wait long for confirmation, as the first combat missions of the new Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter were mounted in August 1944 and clearly displayed the technological superiority of this astonishing aircraft. Heavily armed and capable of speeds far in excess of the best Allied fighters, military planners must have been fearful of the devastation these new aircraft could wreak on their bombing offensive and their continued air supremacy. How many of these fighters did the Luftwaffe have and how could they be stopped? Mercilessly hunting the new German jets was now of critical importance to the war effort.

Scale: 1:72
Skill: 2
Flying Hours: 1
Number of Parts: 65
Dimensions (mm): L148 x W174
Age Suitability: 8+
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J6018 Airfix QUICK BUILD RAF Red Arrows Hawk

12.99

J6018 Airfix QUICK BUILD RAF Red Arrows Hawk

Airfix QUICK BUILD is an exciting range of simple, snap together models suitable as an introduction to modelling for kids (ages 5 and up), or as a bit of construction fun for the more experienced modeller.

The pre-coloured pieces simply push together, without glue or paints, to build an impressive model which can then be decorated with the included self-adhesive stickers. Plane models also come with their own display stand to show off your handiwork!

The whole QUICK BUILD range is manufactured here in the UK and features some of the most iconic vehicles ever constructed!

Manufactured in the UK!
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A09184 Airfix Gloster Meteor F8, Korean War 1:48 scale

36.99

A09184 Airfix Gloster Meteor F8, Korean War 1:48 scale

The Gloster Meteor F.8 was a greatly improved version of Britain’s first operational jet fighter and arguably the definitive version of this classic aircraft. Seeing extensive service during the Korean War with No.77 Squadron of Royal Australian Air Force, the Meteor would be engaged in combat with the new Soviet produced MiG 15 jet fighter, which proved to be an extremely capable adversary.

The Gloster Meteor maintains a significant position in the history of the Royal Air Force, as it became Britain’s first operational jet aircraft. Not willing to risk this technology falling into the hands of the Germans, initial operations were confined to UK airspace, particularly in combatting the V-1 Doodlebug threat. Indeed, once Meteors were deployed to Europe in the latter stages of WWII, they were still forbidden to engage in combat with the Messerschmitt Me 262, so we will never know how these significant aircraft would have performed against each other.

In operation, the Meteor proved to be a delightful aircraft to fly and enabled pilots to make a relatively easy transition from piston engined aircraft to jet powered flight. Unlike the Messerschmitt Me 262, the Meteor also proved to be almost as reliable as the Spitfires and Tempests it was intended to replace and was even capable of being operated from relatively basic grass airstrips. Continually developed throughout its service life, the Gloster Meteor would remain in RAF service for many years, with a handful of target towing aircraft still operating in the 1980s.

Scale: 1:48
Skill: 3
Flying Hours: 3
Number of Parts: 190
Dimensions (mm): L287 x W236
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Dapol O Gauge Class 08 Shunter Blue 08173 no ladder

225.00

Dapol O Gauge Class 08 Blue 08173 no ladder

Features:

• Sprung metal buffers
• Die cast Running plate for extra quality and weight
• Independently controlled running and cab lights
• Sprung metal coupling hook and screw coupling
• Etched plates where applicable
• Finely moulded body with many separately added fine details
• DCC ready with a 21 pin socket
• DCC and sound - fitted models available
• Cast profiled wheels with fine relief and appropriate colouring
• Tungsten chassis and all wheel pick up
• Powerful 5 pole skew wound motor with refined slow running control

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