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« on: September 01, 2007, 09:46:18 am »
It's good to see Airfix back, but I agree, one or two (or a lot) should be consigned to history.....but I suppose even low-level sales are profit for the company.

I'd love the F-86D to make a comeback too, along with the F-80C and a decent Phantom (perhaps using Italeri moulds?).

The thing is, many of their moulds...Spitfire, Bf-109, Corsair, Hellcat, etc., are 40+ years old, and even their better kits, the Anson etc., are 30+.

I think the way forward is to use some other manufacturer's moulds and Revell and Italeri are good places to start!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2007, 11:08:09 am »
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I think the way forward is to use some other manufacturer's moulds and Revell and Italeri are good places to start!!
You mean like maybe getting their mitts on the Fujimi 1/72 Spey Phantom moulds. :wub:

I'd love to see them once and for all ditch their own 1/72 Saab Viggen and maybe use the Heller moulds if they feel the inclination to put Viggens in their catalog again.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007, 12:55:18 pm »
Squadron has had a few Airfix items in their flyers the last couple of months.  I don't remember all that's been listed, but I did see a Gnat and an F-84F.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2007, 01:49:21 am »
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I think the way forward is to use some other manufacturer's moulds and Revell and Italeri are good places to start!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2007, 04:43:04 am »
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I think the way forward is to use some other manufacturer's moulds and Revell and Italeri are good places to start!!
But would it be enough to survive? It could be useful for the UK market, I suppose, but in my LHS the only Airfix items on the shelves are the ones that aren't duplicated by all the other companies.  

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2007, 03:06:23 pm »
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I'd like to see them bring their old 1/72 F-86D Dog Sabre back. It was the first airfix kit I ever built and I had a blast with it.

With Special Hobby's F-86K kit out there, I think that wish is a long shot, but I haven't seen that old Dog Sabre kit in years and I'd love to have one for wiffing these days.
Picked up an F86D off a mates stand at a local model show a few weeks ago. Planning to use it for nextyears Telford theme.
 
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007, 03:13:47 pm »
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They could re - introduce their Bf 109E - that was a nice 1/72 kit, though doubtless the JMNs find fault with it.

I seem to remember the 1/72 boat series were quite good - RAF Rescue launch, E boat & Vosper MTB according to my failing memory.
JMN's will find fault with ANYTHING Airfix jecause it is Airfix!!!

I've built 2 of the 3 little boats airfix produced, I am missing the rescue launch, and I have to say that they build pretty well and produce a very good model at the end of it.  
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2007, 01:05:08 am »
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JMN's will find fault with ANYTHING Airfix jecause it is Airfix!!!
 
But at the same time, there is a large section of the UK modelling community who will not have a bad word said against Airfix, justified or not!  Who describe kits with no detail, warped fuselages and appalling fit as simply "needing a bit of work"

Lets face it, they've done some real dogs over the years.  If we're being totally honest, there's maybe half a dozen kits of theirs that you could say "its a really good kit, in no need of a more modern replacement"
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2007, 06:20:32 pm »
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The Revell ...737-800... Boeing 747-400
The first is readily available (cheaply) from Revell, and the second.... BLEH!  Why?  Ick.  Spluh... Pafeh... (spitting profusely).

Nasty, nasty, nasty.  A lump if ever there was one.  Worse than the Minicraft 707, and that's BAD.

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2007, 02:17:29 am »
Transport Models in Preston have still got a lot of their old stock, the only new(ish) kit I saw on Monday was the Sea King/RNLI Lifeboat 'Dogfight Double' boxing.... personally my money will be on the helo, as it can land on water and there aint any chance of the Arun Class flying..... or so they tell us at work !

But seriously folks, it's quite an eye-opener to see how many folks here would like to see the old Sabre-Dog back - So would I.... loved that kit, similarly the F-80 (with better decals) that Terry mentioned. There's a load of their kits from the late seventies/early eighties I would happily find room for. But there's some that are so seriously flawed that putting them back onto the shelves could ultimately be counter-productive..... Bf110, Zero, Phantom, Mirage III, MiG 15, Beaufighter, IL2 all immediately spring-to-mind !

Well here's hoping the beautiful 1:48 Spit I is followed by the Canberra..... I've already cleared the shelf space in anticipation !

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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2007, 08:13:40 am »
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I'd like to see them bring their old 1/72 F-86D Dog Sabre back. It was the first airfix kit I ever built and I had a blast with it.

With Special Hobby's F-86K kit out there, I think that wish is a long shot, but I haven't seen that old Dog Sabre kit in years and I'd love to have one for wiffing these days.
Just for kicks and giggles, here's what I did with the old Airfix F-86D:

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/forum//index...c=9465&hl=sabre

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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2007, 12:09:48 pm »
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I'd like to see them bring their old 1/72 F-86D Dog Sabre back. It was the first airfix kit I ever built and I had a blast with it.

With Special Hobby's F-86K kit out there, I think that wish is a long shot, but I haven't seen that old Dog Sabre kit in years and I'd love to have one for wiffing these days.
Picked up an F86D off a mates stand at a local model show a few weeks ago. Planning to use it for nextyears Telford theme.
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2007, 04:51:06 pm »
I have the 1/72 Vosper MTB and it's a verry nice kit for it's age.I hope they bring back the Buccaneer and Faiery Firefly as those are 2 of the airfix kits i really want
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2007, 04:23:10 am »
Quote from Bill Clark:-

Some will of course be re-isues and some will be other manufacturers kits brought in...
1/72
Gloster Gladiator (£3.99), B.P Defiant (£3.99) Cessna Bird Dog (£3.99), Red Arrows Hawk (£4.99),
Fairey Fulmar (£4.99), Douglas Devastator (£4.99), Hawker SEA FURY (£4.99), Brewster Buffalo (£4.99), Henschel 123 (£4.99), SPITFIRE IXc (This is I understand MAY BE a NEW tool!) £4.99,
Hawker Tempest V (£4.99), Alpha Jet (£6.99), Strikemaster (£6.99), Pucara, Buccaneer, Hawk 128/132, Meteor F8(This may be the Xtrakit tool) (all at £6.99).

Mitchell, Dornier 17E/F, Mirage F1, Boston III, Eurofighter Typhoon, Sea King HAS5/AEW2 (all at £9.99)
Chinook, Horsa glider, Wellington mk.X, CANBERRA B(I)8, CANBERRA PR9 (£10.99 each),Fokker friendship (£10.99)
Vulcan (£24.99)
In 1/48th...The Buccaneer is back (£24.99), Canberra's B(I)8, B2/B20 (Listed as 1st quarter), Canberra PR9 and B57 (2nd quarter) £27.99,

TSR2 (3rd quarter) at £27.99!!!

The Mosquito in 1/24th is listed as being avialable 3rd quarter (Telford?) at £79.99!!

DOCTOR WHO, "Welcome Aboard", "Dalek encounter", "Gridlock", "Titanic Kylie(Phwoar!!)" at £24.99,

Wallace & Gromit sets are back with new Shaun the Sheep.

AFV's - ex-JB models will nbow be available under the Airfix label....


Some interesting stuff and some obvious reboxing (I aint complaining  :D )

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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2007, 04:32:59 am »
Sounds like they've been busy!  Price hikes seem a bit much, I know they've got to get back on their feet but with Revell bringing out a Lanc for £15.... :unsure:

The Strike Master & Alpha Jets are worth a whiff or too.  I'm sure the TSR.2 will be picked up even at that price, I hope there's some extra work gone into it to justify the price, but I won't be suprised if it's just cynical marketing looking at the average price it's gone for on e-bay.

EDIT, Just realised the TSR.2 is 1/48, £28 is not a bad deal!!!  Foreget my comments about the price hikes!!! :dum:  
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