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Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish 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!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: upnorth 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.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jschmus 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.
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR 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!!
The Revell Eurofighter and Tornaodo, Sea King, F-16, Bf-109, Fw-190, 737-800, Airbus A-330, Boeing-767-300, Boeing 747-400, Avro RJ-85 :wub:  
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes 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.  
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer 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.
 
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer 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.  
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev 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"
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jennings 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.

J
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder 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 !

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: datguy 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 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/forum//index.php?showtopic=9465&hl=sabre)

DG
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher 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.
Next years Telford theme?  Wassat then?
Title: Airfix
Post by: PanzerWulff 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
"Panzer"
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic 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 )

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie 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:  
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on December 24, 2007, 05:22:26 am
:ar: the buccaneer is welcome.  :ar:

however i bet that they don't change the wings on the 1/72 hawk to include the fences  <_<  
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on December 24, 2007, 05:26:53 am
Good news!

 
Title: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on December 24, 2007, 07:18:34 am
Oh my!

First the Trumpeter news, now this.  2008 really is shaping up to be a good your for modelers!

In another thread on BM someone was saying that a line of 1/48 Lynx were coming soon too.


Anyone know if the TSR.2 will be limited edition or general release?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 24, 2007, 07:28:06 am
1/48 Lynx, mmmm!  Now things seem to be coming together, SAMI have stated a few times recentley how the Airfix 1/72 Lynx was due a 1/48 partner.  Knowing how they like to drop hints, maybe they'd heard a rumour that they didn't have enough info to print about?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 24, 2007, 08:08:24 am
I would guess that the 48th scale Lynx and the 72 Valiant that were rumoured are probably penciled in for 2009 releases, with maybe news at SMW08.

on the Ship front from Airfix :-

1/400th : HMS Campletown, HMS Montgomery, AND HMS ST ALBAN'S - all at £6.99
HMS Hood, HMS KGV, Snarnhorst ot Gneisenau, Bismarck ot Tirpitz - all at £19.99
1/600th : HMS Victorious, HMS Hood, HMS Nelson, Bismarck, HMS Belfast, HMS's Manxman & Suffolk - all at £9.99;

The Vosper and RAF Rescue launch are re-issued at £10.99 each,

German U-Boat (ex Special Navy?) type XXIII at £27.99;

HMS Victory, Wasa, Cutty Sark, HMS Bounty - all at £24.99

So yet more reboxings from various sources but nothing actually new  :(  
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR on December 24, 2007, 08:09:01 am
Intersting list:

Mirage F-1, what kit, Heller?

Pucara, special models (or whatever they are called) mold?

Dornier 17, is this a new kit? Have airfix ever done this?

Horsa glider, Italeri mold i presume...

Wellington Mk.X, Revell???

A bunch of canberras. Are these the old kits with new parts?


 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on December 24, 2007, 08:20:08 am
The Mirage F.1 and Do-17 could both be the original Airfix moulds.

Some nice ones....hurrah for the AlfaJet for one!

And 1/72nd Canberras!!

I have this iudea of British Canberras in USAF colours/markings. :D  
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nils on December 24, 2007, 09:33:09 am
those smaller reissues really sound great (gladiator, bird dog, A-jet,..)

if the A-jet has belgian markings, concider it sold  B)  
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 24, 2007, 10:07:36 am
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The Gladiator? If it is the ye olde Airfix kit then they are really kicking themselves in the clems. Hopefully it's the Heller tooling. The Defiant? Spit IXc? Wellington? Oh dear.... The kits that time forgot, although the latter could be either a reboxed MPM/Italeri or Trumpeter kit
Please NOT the old Airfix Wimpey (which was a B.III if I remember rightly).  Otherwise agree totally with the Wooksta.
Yay for the Canberras - hope they're new moulds, and that the 8 is not a Frog/Novo/Eastern Express retread and the 9 a Matchbox re-release.
Fairey Fulmar -  the Vista/Smer/Revell item?
Douglas Devastator - rivetarama but different.
Spit IXc PLEASE be a new tool (and not the fossil or the Italeri item)
Hawker Tempest V ex-Heller, I guess
Hawk 128/132 and Meteor F8 - ooooh!
 :D  :D
Title: Airfix
Post by: P1127 on December 24, 2007, 05:06:43 pm
Hawk 128 is most likely to be the Italeri kit (available at under a £5 at present) - so hopefully they will re-tool it to remove the un-prototypical tail fiaring (5 minutes with a razor saw if not......)

I hope the Alpha has Qinetiq markings!

If the Meteor F8 is NOT the Xtrakits tooling, then it has to be a new one?
Title: Airfix
Post by: P1127 on December 24, 2007, 05:07:48 pm
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I suspect the Canberras will be MPM tooling too.
The Xtrakits one is actually a Sword tooling.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Daryl J. on December 24, 2007, 08:35:17 pm
A 1/48 TSR.2???? :jawdrop:    I'm in.    I've never been able to get a Dynavector kit when there's enough coin in the purse.

I've often wanted to pose the TSR with the CF-105, Vigilante, and B-58 all in ''operational'' markings of a single unit for a 1950's Ultimate photoshoot.....now that possibly may be a reality.   :cheers:  :cheers:  :cheers:

 :drink:  :drink:  :drink:
Daryl J., drinking Fujian Emporer's Red Tea today instead of EtOH
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jennings on December 24, 2007, 08:43:09 pm
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Sword, MPM (or all it's many fuzzy bunny children)...  All these Cezch companies are so incestuous it's like trying to work out a family tree for someone from Norfolk.
Sword and MPM are sworn enemies, in no way related whatsoever.  They don't speak to one another.

J
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 24, 2007, 08:54:09 pm
It's interesting to note that Dave the ATF owner has put a lock on a similar thread as this one on his forum because he says he has not had any confirmation of this from Hornby/Airfix.  He usually gets all the gen way before any info gets released.

Robert
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 25, 2007, 01:05:15 am
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It's interesting to note that Dave the ATF owner has put a lock on a similar thread as this one on his forum because he says he has not had any confirmation of this from Hornby/Airfix.  He usually gets all the gen way before any info gets released.

Robert
Hi Robert

Unfortunately Daves estimation of his website is somewhat overblown in its own self importance, whilst they have the contacts with Martin Weaver at Airfix they are still basically classed as the customer.

The information comes from a retailer, these guys get the advance notice on next years items so they can place thier orders before the end of March. This then allows the manufacturers to plan thier production for the next financial year. The trade shows in the next 6 weeks are when the items are formally announced and allow the buyers to discuss new items and sort out thier orders.(Traders get very pissed off if customers get news in advance of them).

The exceptions from the list appear to be the limited edition classic British kit, as these are more based on customer driven orders and i guess we may see one announced sometime during the year for 2009 delivery.

Cheers

Geoff
Title: Airfix
Post by: PanzerWulff on December 25, 2007, 12:16:46 pm
The Buc will be back :D  cool Now I only wish the Fairy Firefly and the Ajax Cruiser would be reissued
"Panzer"
Title: Airfix
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 26, 2007, 01:18:37 am
I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the Gladiator and the Henschel.
:)
Brian da Basher
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 26, 2007, 02:17:16 am
In terms of What If'ing, it's great to see the return of the Bucc, we've seen some great profiles on this very site and I for one will be quite happy to assault a 'Brick' with Dutch or Marineflieger markings  ;) . The Pucara (whatever its' lineage) will also find a place on my bench.... Middle East desert schemes immediately spring to mind. As for a £28.00 1:48 TSR2, well I'll believe that if & when..... that seems just too good to be true !

Ian



EDIT - It's now midday and I've produced three distinct camo patterns for the Pucara - one of them a wraparound !(then changed the colours to produce a further three !) - wish I could do profiles then you'd see what I'm on about. Must admit to looking forward to this one !

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 26, 2007, 02:56:13 am
If its the 1/72 version just scaled up then 28 quid would be about the right price
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 26, 2007, 02:59:19 am
A lot of this has been hinted at, or even openly stated on BM the last few months - seems the Hornby reps have been very free and easy with the info ;)
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 26, 2007, 03:40:30 am
Merry Christmas all.  I chatted with one of the Airfix elves at Telford and he said that that Pucara was the MPM item but without resin, brass or whatever accompanies the plastic.  In other words it's all plastic.  The Dagger is supposedly the PM kit.  2008 releases would be officially announced early in the new year (eg at the Toy Fair), but that of course doesn't mean info won't be leaked.
I do hope some of the suggested releases are only rumours  and that the geratrics such as the Gladiator and Defiant never see the light of day again (unless it's for less than £2 and strictly for whiffing, toys, etc).
And by the way, the Xtrakit range is produced in conjunction with MPM.  Take a look at their range and you'll spot the similarities/links immediately.
 :D  :D  
Title: Airfix
Post by: SPINNERS on December 26, 2007, 06:59:17 am
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If its the 1/72 version just scaled up then 28 quid would be about the right price
Totally agree. The 1/72 scale TSR.2 was a big disappointment in terms of the fit and I can't even compare it to Hasegawa or Tamiya because I never build their stuff. And was the nose the right shape?
Title: Airfix
Post by: upnorth on December 26, 2007, 08:50:04 am
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I do hope some of the suggested releases are only rumours  and that the geratrics such as the Gladiator and Defiant never see the light of day again (unless it's for less than £2 and strictly for whiffing, toys, etc).
 
Well, if they got their mitts on MPM's Pucara, then we can also hope that the Defiant is a reissue of the MPM kit of that as well rather than Airfix's own.

The 1/72 Strikemaster is good to see coming back. The Airfix one always was better in shapes than the Matchbox one as I recall.

The 1/72 Tempest has me a bit concerned. I do hope its the Heller/Smer kit or a new tool. I recall building a Tempest in Airfix boxing years ago and it was crude to say the very least.
Title: Airfix
Post by: SPINNERS on December 26, 2007, 09:12:02 am
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I do hope some of the suggested releases are only rumours  and that the geratrics such as the Gladiator and Defiant never see the light of day again (unless it's for less than £2 and strictly for whiffing, toys, etc).
 
-The 1/72 Tempest has me a bit concerned. I do hope its the Heller/Smer kit or a new tool. I recall building a Tempest in Airfix boxing years ago and it was crude to say the very least.
I thought the Airfix Tempest was the Heller one?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 26, 2007, 10:03:59 am
Cannot recall a 1:72 Tempest in an Airfix box at all..... But wit the Academy kit at around £6.00 or less (US = $12.00) it will really have to be bl**dy special !

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: P1127 on December 26, 2007, 11:43:19 am
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And by the way, the Xtrakit range is produced in conjunction with MPM.  Take a look at their range and you'll spot the similarities/links immediately.
 
Except the Canberra says 'Made by Sword' on the side, and as Jennings says, they are separate companies.

I suspect Xtrakits are made by whomever Hannants commissions to make them - e.g. the Meteor NF is the Matchbox kit, not MPM
Title: Airfix
Post by: JasonW on December 26, 2007, 08:26:31 pm
Okay, that's nice, but there are obviously soem BIG things mssing from that list.

Where is the re-issue of the 1/72 TSR.2????  <_<

And where in the name of all that is holy is the NIMROD?????  :angry:

 :banghead:  
Title: Airfix
Post by: elmayerle on December 26, 2007, 09:51:25 pm
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And Spinners, if the TSR2 was a disappointment, I hope you never had the misfortune to buy the Merlin one, because that would have had you suicidal.
Well, if he's feeling brave, there's:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...:MEWA:IT&ih=010 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=200186056785&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=010)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 27, 2007, 12:07:30 am
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Okay, that's nice, but there are obviously soem BIG things mssing from that list.

Where is the re-issue of the 1/72 TSR.2????  <_<

And where in the name of all that is holy is the NIMROD?????  :angry:

 :banghead:
The 1/72 TSR2 will not be reissued for a few years now as they wish to abide by the original statemats made by Humbrol. They feel the 1/48th version may satisfy alot of demand for TSR2 as alot of requests were made for that scale when the kits scaled up master was previewed a few years ago.

The news is from a Trade distribution order form so the Nimrod can't appear as it has already sold out. It wont be in the 2008 catalogue either as it was a limited edition and all the production run has been sold.
You may see them on the shelves during next month but retailers will not be able to get anymore from Airfix for a few years (so if you aint pre-ordered one, get them when you see them as they wont reappear for some time).


G
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 27, 2007, 04:08:34 am
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And by the way, the Xtrakit range is produced in conjunction with MPM.  Take a look at their range and you'll spot the similarities/links immediately.
 
Except the Canberra says 'Made by Sword' on the side, and as Jennings says, they are separate companies.

I suspect Xtrakits are made by whomever Hannants commissions to make them - e.g. the Meteor NF is the Matchbox kit, not MPM
Apologies - I stand corrected and was going by the MPM release news. :D  :D
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 27, 2007, 06:18:47 am
I pre-ordered my Nimrod with Hannants, but its not there in my profile as an outstanding order.  Is this the same for everyone?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 27, 2007, 07:24:11 am
Nev, mine disapeared from my cart a long time ago too.  Hannants have made a statement saying that they haven't cancelled any orders unless they've been asked too, so if you've ordered it before, you should still get it.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX12050 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX12050)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 28, 2007, 11:16:46 am
Now listed on Hannants future releases

Airfix 2008 releases on Hannants (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?CATEGORY=2&DIVISION=&MANUFACTURER=Airfix&TYPE=&order%5B%5D=arrived+desc&order%5B%5D=code+asc&CODE=&SCALE=&KEYWORD=&NUMPERPAGE=25)

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nick on December 28, 2007, 11:24:43 am
I spy a little attempt to cash in on the recent success of the BBC's Robin Hood series.....

Shame these are likely to be the old multi-figure sets (poor quality from reviews) and not a pair of large figures like the old Henry VIII and Boy Scout, but they would date quite quickly I suppose.

Check the end of the list...... Dr Who Kylie figure!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 28, 2007, 11:28:17 am
Just pre-ordered two Pucaras.... thanks for the heads-up, Jeff.

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 28, 2007, 11:34:37 am
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Nev, mine disapeared from my cart a long time ago too.  Hannants have made a statement saying that they haven't cancelled any orders unless they've been asked too, so if you've ordered it before, you should still get it.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX12050 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX12050)
I have two Nimrods ordered through Hannants, one I did in 2005 and another in 2006 just before the cut off date.  On my recent orders I see that the 2005 one is still listed as on backorder but I don't see the 2006 one.  I have on a number of occasions written to Hannants about items not showing and I've been told that they do show on their system, so I'm really hoping the system doesn't screw up.

Robert
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 28, 2007, 12:37:39 pm
See they are doing the Beam engine again, cool, long time since they were last done  :D  
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 29, 2007, 01:11:57 am
Might have to get me some of that Shaun The Sheep stuff - for the little 'un of course ;)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on December 29, 2007, 01:21:42 am
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those smaller reissues really sound great (gladiator, bird dog, A-jet,..)

if the A-jet has belgian markings, concider it sold  B)

btw, the two issues of the airfix alpha jet i have both come with belgian markings
but for an a/c in its original color scheme.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 29, 2007, 02:12:42 am
Sean the sheep and Kylie - what more could any red-blooded Aussie/Welsman/Derbyshire lad want  ;) The mind boggles with the possibilities of swaping parts  :rolleyes:

The Robin Hood set was in the old HO/OO range so is probably nearer 15mm scale for Wargammers. Memory is that it was good at the time and very much based on the classic RH film starring Eroll Flyn. The Sheriff set was very useful for wargamming purposes. Some of those early Airfix figure sets are as "good" as some of the new HAT Ancient's sets. Good in the sense that both have quite soft detail on soft plastic.

Still it's good to see them back.

As for the Nimrod - when I cancelled my pre-order (wasn't for me-complicated) I got a confirmation of my cancellation so I'm assuming the Hannants system works.

Chris
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 04, 2008, 08:22:10 am
I got an Airfix News Letter in the email today (as did all Airfix Club Members I suspect) and the full list for 2008 was included.  Pretty much what Hannants had on their website but here's the list anyway:

The Official List!
1:72 Scale Military Aircraft

Gloster Gladiator
Boulton Paul Defiant
Cessna Bird Dog
BAe Red Arrows Hawk
Fairey Fulmer
Douglas TBD-1 Devastator
Hawker Sea Fury
Brewster Buffalo
Henschel Hs123A-1
Supermarine Spitfire MkIXc
Hawker Tempest V
Alpha Jet
BAC Strikemaster
F.M.A. IA 58A Pucara
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer SB2/S2-C-D S Mk50
BAe Hawk 128 / 132
Gloster Meteor F.8
Boeing AH-64 Apache Longbow
North American B-25 Mitchell
Dornier Do17 E/F
Mirage F1
Douglas Boston III
Eurofighter Typhoon
Westland Sea King HAS.5/AEW.2
Boeing Chinook
Horsa Glider
Vickers Wellington MkIc
English Electric Canberra B(I) 8
English Electric Canberra PR.9
Focke Wulf Mistel (Ta-154)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

1:48 Scale Military Aircraft

English Electric Canberra B.2 / B.20
English Electric Canberra PR.9
Martin B-57B Canberra
TSR2 'Limited Edition'

1:24 Scale Military Aircraft

De Havilland Mosquito (fighter version)

1:72 Scale Civil Aircraft

Fokker F-27 Friendship

1:600 Scale Warships

HMS Victorious

1:400 Scale Warships

HMS Montgomery
HMS St Albans

1:72 Scale Warships

U-Boat Type XXIII

Classic Ships

Endeavour

 
 

1:76 Scale Military Vehicles

LWB Landrover (soft top) & Trailer
M113 U.S. ACAV
LWB Landrover (hard top) & Trailer
Saladin MkII Armoured Car
Bedford MK 4 Tonne Truck
M113 U.S. Fire Support Version
Saracen APC Mk1/2/3
Bedford Mk Tactical Aircraft Refueller
Vickers Light Tank
Landrover 1 Tonne FC Truck G.S. Body
British M119 105mm Light Field Gun
Landrover 1 Tonne FC Ambulance
Matilda "Hedgehog"
Sherman "Calliope" Tank
Churchill Bridge Layer

1:72 Scale Figures

Robin Hood
Sheriff of Nottingham
WWI German Infantry
WWI British Infantry
WWI French Infantry
WWI U.S Infantry
WWI Royal Horse Artillery
Ancient Britons
WWII British Infantry

1:32 Scale Steam Sets

Beam Engine
1804 Steam Loco

1:100/1:144 Scale Mini Kits

Focke Wulf FW190A
P-47 Thunderbolt
Mitsubishi Zero
F-15 Eagle
F-4 Phantom

Themed Gift Sets - Aircraft

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Five Fighter Collection
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota 'Berlin Airlift'
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire MkVb
RAF 90th Anniversary Set
Imperial War Museum Collection
Red Arrows Hawk Gift Set
Science Museum - The Science of Flight
Science Museum - The Science of Automotives  

Ships

Wasa Gift Set
Cutty Sark Gift Set
Endeavour Gift Set

Dioramas / Figures

D-Day Collection
Waterloo Battle Set
Medieval Tournament
British Infantry Figure Box
8th Army Figure Box
German Infantry Figure Box
US Infantry Figure Box

Small Gift Sets

Red Arrows Hawk
Spitfire MkIa
P40 Kitty Hawk
Hawker Typhoon
Red Arrows GNAT
Freedom Fighter
FW190
Subaru Impreza WRC
Ford Focus WRC
Peugeot 307 WRC
Peugeot 206 WRC

Medium Gift Sets

Spitfire MkIX
Hurricane MkI
Me 109e
Aston Martin DB5
MGB
Ford Escort
VW Beetle
Harrier GR3
F-5 Tiger

Dogfight Double Gift Sets

Me110 / Spitfire MkIX
Beaufighter / Me109
Junkers Ju88 / Hurricane
Mosquito / Me262
Meteor / VI Doodlebug

Spitfire / Typhoon Twin Gift Set
P-51 / F-15 Twin Gift Set
Harrier GR7
F-18
HMS Belfast
HMS Ark Royal
HMS Hood

Licensed Gift Sets

Doctor Who 'Dalek Encounter'
Doctor Who 'Astrid'
Shaun the Sheep with Landrover
Shaun the Sheep with Tractor

 

All the Best for 2008

The Airfix Club

 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 04, 2008, 09:20:26 am
Hmmn, TSR2 in 1/48th Limited Edition  :angry: (means that they will be hoarded rather than built).

1/72
Interesting to see the Buccaneer listed as S2B/S2-C-D S Mk50 i have a feeling thats a miss print and should be Buccaneer S2 in 1/72 with the multi-options in 1/48th as Beany listed both scales. Of course it would be very nice if Airfix did the Buccaneer in 1/72 with the multiple options and the bog standard RAF boxing was rather dull in RAF wrap scheme for the late 80's.

Nice to see the 1/72 PR9 listed as Hannants decided to miss that off thier listings.

Wonder whats happened with the Seaking, HAS5/AEW2 when it was originally going to be the AEW7. To be honest as its based on RAF MK3 kit it would have been much better to go with HC4/HC6 and AEW7 rather than head to head with much neater Revell Sea king HAS5/AEW2.

Nice to see official confirmation however.

Geoff
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 04, 2008, 12:31:32 pm
Quote
Interesting to see the Buccaneer listed as S2B/S2-C-D S Mk50 i have a feeling thats a miss print and should be Buccaneer S2 in 1/72 with the multi-options in 1/48th as Beany listed both scales. Of course it would be very nice if Airfix did the Buccaneer in 1/72 with the multiple options and the bog standard RAF boxing was rather dull in RAF wrap scheme for the late 80's.
 
The Buccaneer showing in the list on the ATF forum, is listed as 'Modified' as to it's origins. Apparently this is confirmed by Martyn Weaver of Airfix, Geoff
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nick on January 05, 2008, 01:11:13 am
Airfix are now producing the military vehicles range once made by JB Models.

Is that another Hornby takeover, quietly hidden in the list?

Nick B)  
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2008, 02:53:22 am
Quote
Airfix are now producing the military vehicles range once made by JB Models.

Is that another Hornby takeover, quietly hidden in the list?

Nick B)
Hornby bought the rights to JB a while ago NIck - still will make it easier for me to get another couple of Mk VI's  :)

It's also nice to see the WWI figures out again but of course you can't "really" use the French with the Brits/German's unless you have a lot of US Civil War Union heads available  :blink:

Chris
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on January 10, 2008, 01:06:25 pm
Is it just possible that with the Spit IXc (which has a different stock number from the ancient JE-J) Airfix/Hornby are making use of the Vc kit's wing (with appropriate radiators) and adding a new fuselage and tailplane - or even just adding a new nose section, carb intake(s) and alternative tailplanes to the Vc kit?
That to me would make more sense than boxing the pretty pants Italeri IXc.  Although they have boxed Italeri stuff in the past (Gripen and I think the Chinook) and the release list does as others have said in this thread look as thought there are several reboxes.
The Gladiator stock number does suggest the tired old thing from yesteryear.  How nice it would be for it to be the Heller mould - or even the Matchbox kit, although I couldn't really see Revell letting that happen.
Sincerely hope the Canberras are brand new items.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on January 10, 2008, 02:42:20 pm
the old boy who was JB models sold the tooling to Airfix/Hornby a while ago when he decided that at 70 it was time to retire.
He was also the works manager for Games workshop, and the JB range were produced as and when the machines wernt churning out Orks and space marines (or what ever they call em)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on January 10, 2008, 03:15:33 pm
What we need now is a 1/48 Sea Vixen  :wub:
Been on the Ouzo again ;D
But it would go nice with the Buccaneer, TSR2..............
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nick on January 11, 2008, 02:35:40 pm
Went to Modelzone today as we closed work early for the annual maintenance shutdown and saw a load of Airfix branded shaptite airliner kits.

These are in various scales and I'm certain the range has been bought in from another firm, there was a British Caledonian 747 and a Dan-Air BAe146 to my knowledge.

Anyone else care to explain?

Nick :mellow:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 11, 2008, 05:22:46 pm
Went to Modelzone today as we closed work early for the annual maintenance shutdown and saw a load of Airfix branded shaptite airliner kits.

These are in various scales and I'm certain the range has been bought in from another firm, there was a British Caledonian 747 and a Dan-Air BAe146 to my knowledge.

Anyone else care to explain?

Nick :mellow:

I believe that used to be the old SkyMarks brand, I seem to remember just before the old Airfix closed the Club Forum way back last year or so, they announced they had purchased the brand.  You can still buy SkyMarks kits:   http://www.aviationworld.net/search.asp?s=skymarks&GO.x=15&GO.y=7
Title: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on January 11, 2008, 09:08:11 pm
What we need now is a 1/48 Sea Vixen  :wub:
Been on the Ouzo again ;D
But it would go nice with the Buccaneer, TSR2..............

What I want is a Scimitar!  The way things are going, maybe, just maybe someone will decide to produce one eventually.

Come on fellas, admit it you all want to see two of them side-by-side, one a RW RN bird with a Bucket of Sunshine, and the other in USN colors loaded with Sparrows following the failure of the McDonnell Demon.  (Which would inevitably lead to an alternate McDonnell/Supermarine F-4 Phantom that even Lee could love!!)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 12, 2008, 01:25:51 am
lee like F-4's? never!  ;D

i'll settle for a decent scimitar AD too!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 12, 2008, 01:27:07 am
Call me old fashioned, but I'm excited about the 1/72 Galdiator!

Brian da Basher
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 12, 2008, 01:34:16 am
Call me old fashioned, but I'm excited about the 1/72 Gladiator!


but it already has spats......... doesn't it? ;D ;D

Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on January 12, 2008, 03:52:10 am
Call me old fashioned, but I'm excited about the 1/72 Gladiator!


but it already has spats......... doesn't it? ;D ;D



On a Gladiator?   nah. but i wouldnt put it past Brian LOL
Title: Airfix
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 12, 2008, 06:16:14 am
Call me old fashioned, but I'm excited about the 1/72 Gladiator!


but it already has spats......... doesn't it? ;D ;D



On a Gladiator?   nah. but i wouldnt put it past Brian LOL

You read my mind.   :o

I'm thinking a pair of those Aeorclub Gauntlet spats would look nice on a Gladiator. Maybe I'll re-engine it as an inline too...

Brian da Basher
Title: Airfix
Post by: Tojo633 on January 12, 2008, 12:52:15 pm
Looking forward to the 1/72nd Canberra's which does raise the moral dillemma - 1 Nimrod at somewhere £30 to £40 or 3 or 4 1/72 nd Canberra's I think the Canberra's win somehow.

Gloster Meteor F8?? any ideas where this is coming from? 

Then the big Mossie mmmm don't think the "Mem Sahib" will allow me one of them, or maybe not she did buy me a nice Revell Lancaster for Xmas. 3 Lancasters or 1 Nimrod........

To all involved, the site is looking very smart indeed, keep up the good work and see you at Perth.

Cheers
Sandy
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on January 13, 2008, 04:42:13 am
Totally with the Wooksta regarding the Gladiator, it's so old it's acually made out of coal!  In potential rebox terms and IMHO Heller's is excellent, the Matchbox one essentially OK although the canopy is a tad shallow.  Even the old Frog/Remus Gladiator is streets ahead of the Airfix item, but as it appeared in a boxed set a year or so (I recall) I guess the moulds are just rarin' to go for a rerun.  V sad.  In defence of the Defiant it's worth chopping up for whiffs I guess, but nothing else.  Both will do nothing for Airfix/Hornby's reputation, I'd say. ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on January 13, 2008, 11:39:02 am
IIRC - the prob with the Airfix Defiant, was indeed the front fuse..... too shallow in profile. I'll just bide my time on the 1:72 Canberras, there's enough real schemes to keep me busy and I already have quite a neat stack of Modeldecals to assault them with. Lucky enuff NOT to get sucked-in to buying a CA 1:48 Canberra, but DID buy whassisnames' decal sheet with all the unit markings for the B2/B6's.

Still holding-out on the Nimrod, despite a very productive brainstorming session with our good friend Scooterman at Telford  :o - not because I'm short of pennies but because I'm out of display space !

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on January 13, 2008, 11:50:09 am
Still holding-out on the Nimrod, despite a very productive brainstorming session with our good friend Scooterman at Telford  :o - not because I'm short of pennies but because I'm out of display space !

Ian

If you like Ian I'd be happy to build and display your Nimrod.  Feel free to send it my way one you get it.   ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Brian da Basher on January 13, 2008, 01:15:38 pm
Thanks for the info on the Gladiator, gents. I'll be sure to check out some reviewqs and maybe attempt a look in the box before plunking down any cash. Of course, should I get lucky enough to find a Heller one, I'd snag it!

Brian da Basher

P.S. Let's hope the Sopwith Tripe RoG is releasing is decent...
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 13, 2008, 02:23:31 pm
IIRC - the prob with the Airfix Defiant, was indeed the front fuse..... too shallow in profile.
Ian

I picked up a DB Productions replacement nose and prop for my Defiant only a couple of months ago.
Title: Airfix
Post by: K5054NZ on January 13, 2008, 07:36:58 pm
I'll take a Bird Dog, Blunty, Friendship and Pucara.


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D PUCARAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 14, 2008, 06:14:50 am
The DB Defiant nose was one of the ones that Airwaves bought from Dave Buttress when he packed in.  Some of his stuff went to Flightpath - the Lincoln conversion being one, plus the Vulcan B1 and Victor K1 - with the rest being bought up by Airwaves when it was owned by ED Models.  It's possibly with Hannants now and if they've any sense and want to make even more money than they already do, they'd bung it back out along with the Airwaves brass set (at least I think Airwaves did one).

Didn't a lot of the DB stuff end up with an outfit that had various names, one being KitBits, Lee?  I seem to remember it was under a different name though.
Title: Airfix
Post by: JC Carbonel on January 16, 2008, 05:33:55 am
I assume that with a Ta 154 Mistel , a 1/48 TSR2 and a Trethivick loco it qualifies ?

http://modelstories.free.fr/news/News2008_ARFX_GENE_P/index.html (http://modelstories.free.fr/news/News2008_ARFX_GENE_P/index.html)

First page deals with the rumored kits which are NOT in the 2008 catalogue , sort of whatif kitography ??? then at the bottom of the page you have the links to the other pages by theme : aircraft , AFV etc...

JCC
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on January 16, 2008, 06:40:46 am
I hadn't noticed the 'Science' category before:
http://modelstories.free.fr/news/News2008_ARFX_SM_P/index.html (http://modelstories.free.fr/news/News2008_ARFX_SM_P/index.html)

(http://modelstories.free.fr/news/News2008_ARFX_SM_P/img3.jpg)
Pity they didn't take the opportunity to include some of the unique aircraft in the Science Museum collection. I'd have liked models of the Gloster E.28/39 and the Short SC.1, for example.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on May 09, 2008, 02:43:18 am
Is it just possible that with the Spit IXc (which has a different stock number from the ancient JE-J) Airfix/Hornby are making use of the Vc kit's wing (with appropriate radiators) and adding a new fuselage and tailplane - or even just adding a new nose section, carb intake(s) and alternative tailplanes to the Vc kit?
Now is it my imagination or has this new 1/72 Spit from Airfix been quietly delayed (or even worse, dropped)?  After all the bruhaha over the Hornby buy, the Airfix website relaunch, the 2008 release plan and the new catalogue, this particular item no longer appears on the Airfix website - but the other releases do.
Anyone any gen on this?
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 10, 2008, 05:11:14 am
Has anyone got any news about the 1/48 Airfix Lynx such as when its suppose to be released
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Rat on August 10, 2008, 07:49:12 am
It isn't listed in their 2008 releases, can't see any mention on their site either.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on August 10, 2008, 01:05:01 pm
didnt even know they were looking at doing one steve
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 10, 2008, 01:25:55 pm
Got a feeling it was just speculation banded about before the actually 2008 listings appeared.

Be nice to see it scaled upbut might be safer with the belcher bits one or even the Accurate Armour 1/35th version  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 10, 2008, 01:37:06 pm
Bugger, and here was me with plans for at least 15  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on August 10, 2008, 01:57:26 pm
Bugger, and here was me with plans for at least 15
Maybe Mike Belcher or Accurate Armour will give you a "slight" discount if you offer to purchase all of the kits in one order :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 11, 2008, 08:46:39 am
With Accurate Armour it would have to be 90% discount  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on September 17, 2008, 03:49:59 pm
Last month I won a dirt-cheap 1/24 Airfix Harrier on ebay.  It was cheap because it was advertised as having no canopy.  I e-mailed Airfix explaining the situation and asking if it was possible to buy a replacement canopy.  A few days later I received an e-mail apologizing for the delay and telling me that they had shipped a replacement free of charge.  Today it arrived, a complete set of clear parts packed in the biggest wad of bubble wrap I've ever seen.  In total it's 10 days since I asked about buying a new one. 

Great job Airfix!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on September 17, 2008, 04:46:00 pm
Very damn groovy of them.  I was told by Dragon it's not normally in their policy, but I managed to get some replacement parts that I lost to the floor monster at shipping cost.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 18, 2008, 12:15:52 am
THe old Airfix were reknowned for their customer service - good to see the new version is just as good :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Tojo633 on September 18, 2008, 01:35:52 pm
Why Don't you put a couple of quid to a charity, RNLI may be a good one as they are involved with Airfix and email Airfix as a thank you? Just a suggestion
Sandy
Title: Airfix
Post by: Damian2 on September 18, 2008, 02:53:07 pm
I had problems with my 617 Sqn decals from my GR.4 Tornados, I e-mailed them and they replaced my sheets free of charge!

Really great service!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: puddingwrestler on September 18, 2008, 11:14:40 pm
IN a rather embarassing move, my brother once bought an Airifx HMS Ajax, only to get it home from the hobby shop and discover it was an empty box... We took it back to the shop, and they replaced it. We also sent off to Airfix - and they replaced gthe whole kit as well!

We've always regreted the fact that the missing parts slip from the 1/12 Bently we bought (and DaFrog made) for Dad's birthday years ago... a second copy would be nice :ph34r:
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 19, 2008, 12:49:26 am
I had problems with my 617 Sqn decals from my GR.4 Tornados, I e-mailed them and they replaced my sheets free of charge!

Really great service!!  :thumbsup:

Yes, but were the replacement decals any good?  (I've had *that* problem with Airfix decals before.....)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Damian2 on September 19, 2008, 04:07:47 pm
I had problems with my 617 Sqn decals from my GR.4 Tornados, I e-mailed them and they replaced my sheets free of charge!

Really great service!!  :thumbsup:

Yes, but were the replacement decals any good?  (I've had *that* problem with Airfix decals before.....)

Yup these are usable so now my RAF F-15E can get built...some day...
Title: Airfix
Post by: bluedonkey99 on September 20, 2008, 08:27:24 am

this will sound a bit like one of those "A man in the pub told me" stories...

 I once obtained a duplicate set of 1/144 G-38 (Lufthansa) decals from Revell of all people* via a friend in Germany.
He managed to obtain the decals free of charge on the basis the decals were [cough] missing from the original box ;)

** as to why i thought this a success, was when i was at SMW07 I spoke to the guys on the Revell Stand regarding the FUBAR regarding the 1/72 DH2 kits in 1/144 boxes they showed no empathy or interest - not even a sorry!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 16, 2008, 03:40:31 am
Mr. David J. Ross posted a comment with an image on the HyperScale "Plane Talking" forum stating that a 1/48th scale injection molded plastic kit of the Avro Vulcan is to be offered by Airfix.  (http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/thread/1226833636/1-48th+Airfix+Vulcan+at+Telford) Is there any truth to this or has someone decided to wind us up? 

Here is a link to the image of the model in question that he claims to be a 1/48th scale Vulcan on the Airfix table at Telford (http://images.fotopic.net/yvp3vs.jpg)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nigel Bunker on November 16, 2008, 04:30:01 am
Jeffrey

It's true - I saw it on the stand yesterday, along with the box art. You'll need lots of room!

Nigel
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 16, 2008, 04:58:07 am
Jeffrey

It's true - I saw it on the stand yesterday, along with the box art. You'll need lots of room!

This is indeed most excellent news.  While I am glad to see this subject in 1/48th scale I am also concerned about the price, any idea on what the MSRP will be for this kit?  Did Airfix provide any details on what will be included in the kit such as an open bomb bay and weapons?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on November 16, 2008, 05:31:37 am
It'll look good with 4 Bluewater missiles fitted  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 16, 2008, 05:56:33 am
Looks like they beat Sanger to the punch!

http://www.sangereng.fsnet.co.uk/V%20Bombers.htm

Title: Airfix
Post by: Damian2 on November 16, 2008, 06:23:37 am
HOLY JUMPING FRIJOLES!!! Now that is soe kit!

As Jeff says I wonder what the MSRP will be on that sucker? USAF SEA Vulcan anyone?

D
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 16, 2008, 09:28:24 am
Apparently it was an Aeroclub vacuform placed on the stand to gauge interest only.

Read here:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=23180&hl=vulcan

BTW the Aeroclub 'beat' Sanger to the punch years ago.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on November 16, 2008, 10:32:51 am
Can someone explain all this interest in insanely huge models? 1:72 C-17s are bad enough, but 1:48 Vulcan, 1:24 Lancaster??
Title: Airfix
Post by: GTX on November 16, 2008, 11:44:03 am
ah, but think of the detailing you can (nay, must) do :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:.

Regards,

Greg
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 16, 2008, 11:59:42 am
Mr. David J. Ross posted a comment with an image on the HyperScale "Plane Talking" forum that he states is a 1/48th scale injection molded plastic kit of the Avro Vulcan to be offered by Airfix.  (http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/thread/1226833636/1-48th+Airfix+Vulcan+at+Telford) Is there any truth to this or has someone decided to wind us up? 

Here is a link to the image of the model in question that he claims to be a 1/48th scale Vulcan on the Airfix table at Telford (http://images.fotopic.net/yvp3vs.jpg)

Nope the Bomber Command SIG went and placed the Vulcan on the end of the AirfiX stand along with print or a possible box art as a spoof on friday night after Airfix had gone back to the hotel. The Bomber boy actually advised us lot quietly in the bar later on to get in early before the Airfix reps removed in when they arrived in the hall on Saturday. (Thus Falcon got up early legged over to the hall with Camera in hand whilst the rest of us had breakfast with Trev and the rest of the Airfix gang)

However when Airfix arrived on the stand they had a chuckle as Trev loves these things, but then left the model in situ and see the reaction of the modellers and the public to the possibility. Overall it did appear very favourable, and no doubt they will then assess interest before they decided to start the project when they do their planning meetings next spring. If they do go ahead dont expect one on the shelves till about 2011 at the earliest

Size wise its about the same as the 1/24th Mossie so therefore its not that impractical.

Cheers

Geoff
(back from 3 days at SMW)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 16, 2008, 01:23:32 pm
Nope the Bomber Command SIG went and placed the Vulcan on the end of the AirfiX stand along with print or a possible box art as a spoof on friday night after Airfix had gone back to the hotel. The Bomber boy actually advised us lot quietly in the bar later on to get in early before the Airfix reps removed in when they arrived in the hall on Saturday. (Thus Falcon got up early legged over to the hall with Camera in hand whilst the rest of us had breakfast with Trev and the rest of the Airfix gang)

However when Airfix arrived on the stand they had a chuckle as Trev loves these things, but then left the model in situ and see the reaction of the modellers and the public to the possibility. Overall it did appear very favourable, and no doubt they will then assess interest before they decided to start the project when they do their planning meetings next spring. If they do go ahead dont expect one on the shelves till about 2011 at the earliest

Size wise its about the same as the 1/24th Mossie so therefore its not that impractical.

I would have fallen for it at first glance if not for the caper pulled by the TSR.2 SIG several years ago... While the thought of a 1/48th scale Vulcan kit or three residing in my protective custody is pleasing it is certainly not going to happen without support from the customers to let Airfix know that this is indeed a gamble worth taking.  That being said, I can only hope that I have the funds available when an affordable injection molded plastic model of the Vulcan is on the shelf awaiting consumption. 

You ask why the demand for larger scale models.  Simple answer really, we are getting older, our eyesight is not what it used to be and for those modelers not in that age group yet, just wait, your turn will come soon enough when you start looking for larger scale subjects to maintain your interest in the hobby. 
Title: Airfix
Post by: PanzerWulff on November 16, 2008, 01:49:45 pm
I hope I can Find & get one of their Sea Vixens when they come out I have always found the aircraft interesting
"Panzer"
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 18, 2008, 03:23:05 am
You ask why the demand for larger scale models.  Simple answer really, we are getting older, our eyesight is not what it used to be and for those modelers not in that age group yet, just wait, your turn will come soon enough when you start looking for larger scale subjects to maintain your interest in the hobby. 

To true Jeff - I'm starting to have some problems with brain/eye/finger co-ordination especially with some of the detail on small scale armour  :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 18, 2008, 03:41:03 am
Airfix 2009 new items (thanks to Airfix Tribute Forum and the Airfix newsletter)

New tools for 2009
A02017 Spitfire PRXIX
A02065 Spitfire Mk IXc
A02029 Messerschmitt Bf 109G
A02037 MiG 15
A03078 Sea Harrier FRS1
A03079 Sea Harrier FA2
1/350 HMS Illustrious (Current Fleet flagship VTOL Carrier)

Re-releases
A01073 Grumman Widgeon Gosling
A01050 Hannover CLIII
A01076 RE.8
A01078 Albatross D.Va
A01080 Bristol Fighter F2B
A02002 Supermarine Walrus MkII
A03014 Blohm & Voss Bv141
A03034 Petlyakov Pe2
A03053 Focke Wulf Fw189

1:48 Sea Vixen Special Edition
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 18, 2008, 04:05:27 am
Aghhhhh - they are re-releasing the RE8  :banghead: Bloody thing still gives me nightmares from 40 odd years ago  :blink:

Nice to see the others though  ;D

Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 18, 2008, 05:35:14 am
Hmm - should be interesting to see how they pull off the Illustrious. I don't believe they've done a 1:350 ship before? I wonder how it will compare to the Dragon 1:700 Lusty...
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on November 18, 2008, 06:00:26 am
Wow. At last year's (?) SMW Airfix had a suggestion form. I wrote Shar FA2 and Illustrious on mine  :party:

Any word on the scale of the FA2? If 1:72, would it have anything to do with the Xtrakit release?
Title: Airfix
Post by: PanzerWulff on November 18, 2008, 06:13:46 am
Does anyone know exactly when that Special edition Sea Vixen is going to be released I Reeeeeeealy want one but being across the pond they will be gone before i know they have been released ,like what happened when the 1/72 TSR 2 came out
"Panzer"
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 18, 2008, 06:49:43 am
Wow. At last year's (?) SMW Airfix had a suggestion form. I wrote Shar FA2 and Illustrious on mine  :party:

Any word on the scale of the FA2? If 1:72, would it have anything to do with the Xtrakit release?

All are 72nd scale unless stated. Not sure about the SHAR FA2 origin, were told its new mould but of course that could be the Xtrakit version.

The thing to note is the FAA trend for next year happens to coincide with Airfix doing a deal with the Royal Navy, which included in exchange for exclusive access to RN information that new kits must be produced as well as using the data to enhance resiisues of existing kits. Lusty is the current flagship and is high profile in the UK at the moment thanks to TV documentary and a UK tour of City ports, so a new large scale kit of the ship in her current configuration is a nice bonus from the deal. Hopefully we'll see others appear in the same scale over coming years (hopefully ships like Type 45, Type 23, Albion, Ocean, all of which would go down well with modellers)

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 18, 2008, 07:07:32 am
Hmm - should be interesting to see how they pull off the Illustrious. I don't believe they've done a 1:350 ship before? I wonder how it will compare to the Dragon 1:700 Lusty...

Don't think Airfix have done 1/350 before, although they have done 1/400 recentley but I think these were re-boxes of other peoples kits, maybe Hellers.

All are 72nd scale unless stated. Not sure about the SHAR FA2 origin, were told its new mould but of course that could be the Xtrakit version.

The thing to note is the FAA trend for next year happens to coincide with Airfix doing a deal with the Royal Navy, which included in exchange for exclusive access to RN information that new kits must be produced as well as using the data to enhance resiisues of existing kits. Lusty is the current flagship and is high profile in the UK at the moment thanks to TV documentary and a UK tour of City ports, so a new large scale kit of the ship in her current configuration is a nice bonus from the deal. Hopefully we'll see others appear in the same scale over coming years (hopefully ships like Type 45, Type 23, Albion, Ocean, all of which would go down well with modellers)

G

When Airfix re-boxed the MPM Meteor F.8 at a much lower price I think Mr Hannant nearly blew a blood vessel..... ;D  He promised on the website that it wouldn't happen with any other Xtrakit.  That dosen't mean much though if they haven't got the contract right with MPM.  Airfix & Hannants do seem to be on a collision course recentley.

Hmmm, I guess we're likey to see an Airfix Queen Elizabeth & maybe a Prince of Wales then (if they ever get built).  Ship enthusiasts have been after a Dreadnought for some time, I wouldn't be surprised to see one being released in the not too distant future.  I wouldn't be suprised to see a new Victory either since it's sitting in Portsmouth, maybe even a Warrior?
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 18, 2008, 07:50:51 am
Warspite (a new one, in 1:350 or 1:700!), Vanguard (sub and battleship), Astute, Ark Royal IV, Hermes, etc.

Queen Elizabeth is going to be one big model in 1:350...
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on November 18, 2008, 08:33:48 am
Argghhh, when it rains it pours! New Lightnings by both Trumpeter and Academy, new MiG-15s by both Hobby Boss and Airfix! Why, oh, why can't anybody do a decent new family of Mirage III/5/50s? :banghead:


Still, a new Spitfire Mk.IX and new Shars are very welcome!  :cheers:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on November 18, 2008, 09:37:56 am
I do hope they do a 1/350 Type 23  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 18, 2008, 10:13:59 am
Queen Elizabeth is going to be one big model in 1:350...

The CVF class are still smaller than the US CVN's and they have bothe been done by Tamiya and Trumpeter.

However don't expect to see a kit till the ships are ready to enter service in another 5 or 6 years at least.
(to quote Trev Snowden)

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 18, 2008, 11:28:15 am
Queen Elizabeth is going to be one big model in 1:350...

The CVF class are still smaller than the US CVN's and they have bothe been done by Tamiya and Trumpeter.

However don't expect to see a kit till the ships are ready to enter service in another 5 or 6 years at least.
(to quote Trev Snowden)

G

Yep. Still big though. At 1:350, the model will be approx. 80cm long.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 18, 2008, 11:34:41 am
If they don't get cancelled becaue we've no money to pay for them...

Actually its the other way round Lee, the Govt recently upped the tempo on the CVF builds in order to boost the economy with teh suppliers lined up to build and equip the ship. By ordereing early and paying promptly they are getting the money into the economy when banks are getting cold feet about lending.

i wouldnt be surprised to see the Tranche3 Typhoons fly through the approval process next spring as well, with the Germans also keen to sign for similar reasons
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 18, 2008, 11:36:37 am
Airfix 2009 new items (thanks to Airfix Tribute Forum and the Airfix newsletter)
A02017 Spitfire PRXIX - Mmmm - speculation on Britmodeller as to whether this is a rebadged offering from elsewhere.  Does it have to be?
A02065 Spitfire Mk IXc - Test shot looked nice but the fin and rudder looked a tad undersized.  Hope it was my eyesight playing up!
A03014 Blohm & Voss Bv141 - I want 2 for a Bv282 - yes the only legit zwilling whif as far as I'm concerned!
;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on November 18, 2008, 02:25:33 pm
Really glad to see a slew of SHAR and FA2's out in 72nd at last. got some other decent stuff coming out as well. Now finally I may be able to do some of my SHAR 2 wiffs.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on November 19, 2008, 04:18:12 am
Quote
i wouldnt be surprised to see the Tranche3 Typhoons fly through the approval process next spring as well, with the Germans also keen to sign for similar reasons

Sure hope so - should help with exports as well.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 19, 2008, 04:41:13 am
If they don't get cancelled becaue we've no money to pay for them...

Actually its the other way round Lee, the Govt recently upped the tempo on the CVF builds in order to boost the economy with teh suppliers lined up to build and equip the ship. By ordereing early and paying promptly they are getting the money into the economy when banks are getting cold feet about lending.

i wouldnt be surprised to see the Tranche3 Typhoons fly through the approval process next spring as well, with the Germans also keen to sign for similar reasons

Be nice (for me) if they decided they did need 18 Nimrod MRA.4s, and/or 3-5 R.4s after all. Don't hold your breath though.....
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 27, 2008, 12:06:27 pm
I got the new Airfix Club Newsletter (by email) this morning, it confirms that the new Club Membership renewal kit will actually be three kits in one box.  It will include their Swordfish, Wildcat and a new Seafire Mk.IIc, all in 1/72.  The announcement states that the Seafire Mk.IIc has never been released in 1/72 before, but as I pointed out on the ATF forum, High Planes has pre-empted them by some months, they having no less than three versions of the Mk.IIc on sale.  An early version, a late version and another somewhere in-between.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Deino on November 27, 2008, 01:59:54 pm
1/48 TSR-2

http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1227813738/Airfix+TSR2+-+Some+pictures..

Deino
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on November 27, 2008, 02:28:32 pm
1/48 TSR-2

http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1227813738/Airfix+TSR2+-+Some+pictures..

Thanks to the slow connection you beat me to the announcement.  I will had the following anyway with credit to the person that posted the images:

Spencer Pollard has posted several images of the 1/48th scale Airfix TSR2 test shot (http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/thread/1227813738/Airfix+TSR2+-+Some+pictures...) on HyperScale.  Spencer will be building this model for an article that will appear as a feature in Military In Scale. 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 28, 2008, 12:59:43 pm
Looked in the window of my LMS today (didn't really want anything so didn't go in, took enormous self restraint!) & they had Airfix kits of a 1/72 Alpha Jet & a Horsa.  The Alpha Jet has been mentioned breifly before on this site but it wasn't decided if it was a new tool or a re-release.  I'm guessing the Horsa is a re-box of Italeri's kit?  Can't find either on the Airfix website.

I've also seen an Airfix Typhoon F.2, Mirage F.1C & Buccaneer S.2B in the 'future releases' announcements.  I believe that these are all re-releases of Airfix's existing kits.  The F.1C & the Bucc will both be welcome, but I guess that most will plump for Revell's Tiffy.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Damian2 on November 29, 2008, 12:56:31 am
Now if only Airfix will  retool their Tornados and Harriers in 1/48 to bring them up to the standards set by the Canberra and TSR.2 I'll be a very, very happy boy!!

D
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 29, 2008, 01:03:48 am
Mossie,

I'm guessing the Horsa is a re-box of Italeri's kit?  Can't find either on the Airfix website.

I asked Trevor Snowden exactly that at Telford and he said it was indeed the Italeri mouldings, and the Airfix boxed release '...was at Italeri's request'! That's a new marketing approach if ever I saw one.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 29, 2008, 06:36:35 am
Thanks guys.  Hmm, interesting approach by Italeri, PR19.  I guess with a lot of interest in the Horsa being in the UK, they wanted to use Airfix's traditional markets & supply chains to flog a few more kits?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 30, 2008, 01:46:48 pm
1:72 Brick...... anybody hear any rumour about a re-release..... just a hope, nowt more.

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 30, 2008, 02:07:53 pm
It's more than a rumour, Airfix have it on their site as 'New' & Hannants have it listed under 'Future Releases'.  Now we've just got to wait for it to hit the shops.

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/1951present/a03072-hawker-siddeley-buccaneer-s2bs2cd-s-172-a03072/?searchguid=20081130215812&resultspage=&sortorder= (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/1951present/a03072-hawker-siddeley-buccaneer-s2bs2cd-s-172-a03072/?searchguid=20081130215812&resultspage=&sortorder=)
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX03072 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX03072)
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 04, 2008, 01:53:05 pm
New (well, kinda...) Airfix Wimpy seen in Holborn Modelzone for £11.99.  It's the MPM/Italeri effort reboxed if what I've seen of that on't tinterweb, so good value at that price.  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 04, 2008, 02:31:16 pm
1:72 Brick...... anybody hear any rumour about a re-release..... just a hope, nowt more.

Ian

The bucc schemes from the kit instructions were in colour on the Airfix stand Ian.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 05, 2008, 04:19:04 am
New (well, kinda...) Airfix Wimpy seen in Holborn Modelzone for £11.99.  It's the MPM/Italeri effort reboxed if what I've seen of that on't tinterweb, so good value at that price.  ;D ;D

Avoid if so.  Unless you are a masochist.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 05, 2008, 03:31:49 pm
New (well, kinda...) Airfix Wimpy seen in Holborn Modelzone for £11.99.  It's the MPM/Italeri effort reboxed if what I've seen of that on't tinterweb, so good value at that price.  ;D ;D
Avoid if so.  Unless you are a masochist.
Really?  even at half the price of the actual MPM offering and a fiver less than an Italeri Wimpy it's not a kit I'd rush out and buy 'cos the subject's not really of interest me - apart from a B.X to convert into a T.10.  I'd have contemplated the Matchbox (now Revell) kit back in the days, so if I were to go down that particular conversion route now would the Trumpeter Wellington be a better starting point than the MPM offering?   ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 05, 2008, 05:28:16 pm
I got my 'renew your membership' email from the Airfix Club today, there was an image of the box art of the club kit which shows the Swordfish, Wildcat and the new Seafire Mk.IIc.  The Seafire shown has a tropical Vokes filter under it's nose and to me looks more like a Seafire Mk.Ib.  I've not found a photo of a Seafire Mk.IIc with this filter and in fact my references say it was rarely used on this version, I'm wondering where the kit came from too.  Is it the Italeri Vb (plus extra bits) or maybe a rebox of the rumoured Special Hobby kit or is it really a brand new tooling from Airfix.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 06, 2008, 02:15:41 am
I got my 'renew your membership' email from the Airfix Club today, there was an image of the box art of the club kit which shows the Swordfish, Wildcat and the new Seafire Mk.IIc.  The Seafire shown has a tropical Vokes filter under it's nose and to me looks more like a Seafire Mk.Ib.  I've not found a photo of a Seafire Mk.IIc with this filter and in fact my references say it was rarely used on this version, I'm wondering where the kit came from too.  Is it the Italeri Vb (plus extra bits) or maybe a rebox of the rumoured Special Hobby kit or is it really a brand new tooling from Airfix.
One of the Airfix gnomes at Scale Modelworld confirmed that, when I asked if it was the Airfix Spitfire Vb/Vc kit with conversion parts for a Seafire (ie the A-frame arrestor hook), it was indeed that arrangement.  Can't see why Airfix would rebox Italeri or any one else's Vb when theirs is still not a bad little kit (certainly better than Italeri, Heller, Revell and Hobbyboss Vbs IMHO, and a damn sight cheaper than the Tamiya Vb), an they've got the necessary 'c' wing to go with it now.  It'll be interesting to see whether they get more mileage out of the Spit Vb by eventually putting the Airfix Club Seafire out on general release at some point.  Apart from the prop (available from Aeroclub or the spares box) you'd be able to model all of the Merlin Seafires, rather like you can with the 1/48 Airfix Seafire. 
Maybe Mr Airfix will get round to doing that at some point - can't think of a 'mainstream' 1/72 Seafire (ie Airfix, Revell, Tamifujigawa, etc) ever being out there.   ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 06, 2008, 05:32:33 am
New (well, kinda...) Airfix Wimpy seen in Holborn Modelzone for £11.99.  It's the MPM/Italeri effort reboxed if what I've seen of that on't tinterweb, so good value at that price.  ;D ;D
Avoid if so.  Unless you are a masochist.
Really?  even at half the price of the actual MPM offering and a fiver less than an Italeri Wimpy it's not a kit I'd rush out and buy 'cos the subject's not really of interest me - apart from a B.X to convert into a T.10.  I'd have contemplated the Matchbox (now Revell) kit back in the days, so if I were to go down that particular conversion route now would the Trumpeter Wellington be a better starting point than the MPM offering?   ;D ;D

Yes, the MPM Wimpey has horrendous fit and the turrets will end you up in the looney bin!
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 06, 2008, 10:18:21 am
One of the Airfix gnomes at Scale Modelworld confirmed that, when I asked if it was the Airfix Spitfire Vb/Vc kit with conversion parts for a Seafire (ie the A-frame arrestor hook), it was indeed that arrangement.  Can't see why Airfix would rebox Italeri or any one else's Vb when theirs is still not a bad little kit (certainly better than Italeri, Heller, Revell and Hobbyboss Vbs IMHO, and a damn sight cheaper than the Tamiya Vb), an they've got the necessary 'c' wing to go with it now.  It'll be interesting to see whether they get more mileage out of the Spit Vb by eventually putting the Airfix Club Seafire out on general release at some point.  Apart from the prop (available from Aeroclub or the spares box) you'd be able to model all of the Merlin Seafires, rather like you can with the 1/48 Airfix Seafire. 
Maybe Mr Airfix will get round to doing that at some point - can't think of a 'mainstream' 1/72 Seafire (ie Airfix, Revell, Tamifujigawa, etc) ever being out there.   ;D ;D

I wasn't thinking the Airfix Mk.Vb because of the Vokes filter (the Italeri kit comes with it), and I can't remember if the Vb had a seperate underside to the cowling. If it does then of course it would make sense, new part for the filter, new part for the A-Frame and the C wings

As to other 1/72 Seafires, there's High Planes (  http://www.hiplanes.dragnet.com.au/new/1_72_kits/1_72_kit_list.htm ) who do Mk.IIc and Mk.III's and Ventura do others.  I know a lot of people shoot down High Planes kits but I have a number of them, some made, which I find are very nicely done.  The down side to them is they have very large sprue gates but once cut off they make very respectable kits.

Pavla make a Mk.IIIc too:  http://www.pavlamodels.cz/katalogy/detail.php?k=akk&c=72043
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 06, 2008, 12:09:28 pm
The Airfix Spit Vc is the Vb kit plus a 'c' wng and a Vokes filter, hence adding an arrestor hook makes a Seafire a doddle.  I'm aware of the Ventura (Griffon), High Planes and Pavla (Merlin) Seafires, but I wouldn't have considered any of these sources to be mainstream.  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 09, 2008, 11:51:50 pm
1:72 Brick...... anybody hear any rumour about a re-release..... just a hope, nowt more.

Ian

The bucc schemes from the kit instructions were in colour on the Airfix stand Ian.

G

Really must learn to open my eyes whilst strolling the halls :banghead: Thanks, Geoff :thumbsup:.

Ian
(off to rifel through the decal stash whilst wearing an evil grin......... :wacko:)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 12, 2008, 09:29:55 pm
(http://www.internetmodeler.com/2008/december/first-looks/airfix_canberra-boxtop.jpg)
The December Internet Modeler (http://www.internetmodeler.com/) has a kit review of the new Airfix 1/48th scale, E.E. Canberra B (I) 8 (http://www.internetmodeler.com/2008/december/first-looks/airfix_canberra.php) by Mike Whye for your viewing pleasure. 

Looks like a nice kit with a lot of interesting features such as the open bomb bay and separate control surfaces both of which are not available on the Classic Airframes Canberra and B-57 kits. 

The down side is the $50.75 MSRP which reduces the desirability factor considerably since it lacks the fine details provided by the Classic Airframes resin parts. 

Perhaps a kit bash between the two kits would produce the desired results? 

Only if your wallet can support that kind of abuse.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 13, 2008, 02:38:40 am
LMS has the PR.9 kit, wonder were the B.2 is ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 13, 2008, 05:27:38 am
LMS has the PR.9 kit, wonder were the B.2 is ?

B2 and B57 are due nect year, probably after the TSR2.

Personally i'm more interested in the 72nd versions they have lined up as well although both of these are the fighter canopy variants at the moment.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 13, 2008, 10:12:17 am
B2 is the 48th one I'm after so I can do it in the old mans 85 Squadron colours.  Then a B(I)8 in 72nd cos I got some nice Indian decals for it :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 13, 2008, 12:16:58 pm
Ordered mine together with the TSR2 from the BIG H some months ago. I was planning to do the camouflaged one with masses of Dayglo orange tape - Central Communications Establishment ? - But I think I'll pass that up for now, and just build a straight camouflaged B2/6 - Whatever you choose to do it is still going to be a major head-turner.

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 13, 2008, 03:28:26 pm
With the Canberra you could have twenty and still not cover all the colour schemes  ;D
Love the TT.18 and T.22  :wub: :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on December 22, 2008, 01:35:29 pm
(http://www.hyperscale.com/images/airfixa10103reviewbg_4.jpg)

HyperScale (http://www.internetmodeler.com/) just put up a kit review of the new Airfix 1/48th scale, E.E. Canberra PR.9B (http://www.hyperscale.com/2008/reviews/kits/airfix10103reviewbg_1.htm) for your viewing pleasure. 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 25, 2008, 05:13:56 am
Looks like the Airfix 2009 releases have appeared on hannants, included on the link are those kits that have yet to appear from 2008.

http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?CATEGORY=2&DIVISION=&MANUFACTURER=Airfix&TYPE=&order%5B%5D=arrived+desc&order%5B%5D=code+asc&CODE=&SCALE=&KEYWORD=&NUMPERPAGE=25 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?CATEGORY=2&DIVISION=&MANUFACTURER=Airfix&TYPE=&order%5B%5D=arrived+desc&order%5B%5D=code+asc&CODE=&SCALE=&KEYWORD=&NUMPERPAGE=25)

I would guess that this is not everything in the new catalogue due out soon, its mainly re-issues but there are a couple of surprises which i guess may be reboxings, the WWI Female tank to go with the reissued Male tank and the Bedford QLT troop carrier (IBG models ?) which was also used by the RAF for carrying crews to thier aircraft.

Obviously some of you guys are going to be rather pleased about the announced 1/48th Sea Vixen kit and i'm looking forward to the 1/350th HMS Illustrious in her current guise as fleet flagship, priced at £49.99 which makes that very reasonable when comparred to the US CVN kits by Trumpeter and Tamiya.

Cheers

Geoff
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 25, 2008, 11:22:24 am
the 1/350th HMS Illustrious in her current guise as fleet flagship, priced at £49.99 which makes that very reasonable when comparred to the US CVN kits by Trumpeter and Tamiya.

Cheers

Geoff


If its the same quality as the Trumpeter/Tamiya kits, after seeing the Revell 1/32 Ju-88 and comparing it the Airfix 1/48 Canberra theres more than £3 differance in quality between the two.
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on December 25, 2008, 03:49:57 pm
Reissues of Iron Duke and Warspite! Yay! WOuld be nice if somebody'd do them in 700th, but beggars can't be choosers. Looking forward to Lusty and the 1:72 Canberras as well.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 25, 2008, 03:50:47 pm
An Airfix Spitfire PRXIX?  :lol:

Never seen a sign of that before, did I miss something?
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 25, 2008, 04:20:03 pm
An Airfix Spitfire PRXIX?  :lol:

Never seen a sign of that before, did I miss something?

This was posted on the ATF forum:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16334477@N03/?saved=1

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about12250.html&highlight=
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 31, 2008, 05:28:23 pm
AIRFIX NEWS for 2009!

CLICKY! (http://www.airfix.com/new-for-2009)

New Tools
Aircraft 1:72 Scale

    * A02005 - BAE Red Arrows Hawk
    * A02017 - Spitfire PRXIX
    * A02029 - Messerschmitt BF109G
    * A02037 - MiG 15  :cheers:
    * A02065 - Supermarine Spitfire MkIXc  :bow:
    * A02096 - Hawker Hurricane MkII c/d
    * A03073 - BAE Hawk 128/132  :bow:
    * A03078 - Sea Harrier FRS1 :thumbsup:
    * A03079 - Sea Harrier FA2­  :thumbsup:

Ships 1:350 Scale

    * A14201 - HMS Illustrious

Limited Edition
Aircraft 1:48 Scale

    * A10106 - H.S. Sea Vixen FAW­­

Tool Modifications

    * A04048 - Westland Sea King HAS.5 / AEW.2 - 1:72 Scale
    * A09170 - Apollo Saturn V - 1:144 Scale

 
New For 2009

Aircraft 1:72 Scale­­

    * A01034 - Yak-9D
    * A01039 - Bell P-39Q Airacobra
    * A01050 - Hannover CLIII
    * A01073 - Grumman Widgeon/Gosling
    * A01076 - RE8
    * A01078 - Albatross Dva
    * A01080 - Bristol Fighter F2BAlbatross Dva
    * A02002 - Supermarine Walrus MkII­­­­­­
    * A02013 - Ilyushin Sturmovik
    * A02031 - Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
    * A02044 - Vought F4U Corsair (FAA)
    * A03014 - Blohm & Voss Bv141
    * A03034 - Petlyakov Pe2
    * A03053 - Focke Wulf FW189
      ­A01315

Ships 1:600 Scale

    * A04205 - HMS Warspite
    * A04210 - HMS Iron Duke

Military Vehicles 1:76 Scale­­

    * A01315 - WWI Male Tank
    * A02316 - DUKW
    * A02337 - WWI Female Tank
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 01, 2009, 03:12:45 am
Aghhhh - the RE8 is being reissued, run to the hills, that thing still gives me nightmares from when as an 8 year old or something I struggled with getting the struts and top wing on anywhere near straight  :banghead:

Nice to see the WWI tank coming back and with company in the form of a female. Don't think they did a female version ? Can't remember the origional sprue layout so no idea if it will be a modified male or need major sprue changes ? Also the Hanover and Gosling are nice to have back
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on January 01, 2009, 07:09:35 am
Holy Poo
The 1:72 IL2 is back..... circa 1965 ?, oohhh and look it's brought its friends, the Yak 9 and the Helldiver, and what's that.... oh great the P-39 - OK, I know I cannot be completely negative, but for G*ds sake, it really is time to ditch these decrepit old timers and concentrate on the fantastic new stuff that they are capable of........ ESPECIALLY when folks at Academy, HobbyBoss, Tamya etc have already got these kits on the shelves, and - in the case of the Academy Helldiver - done a magnificent kit for a relatively cheap RRP.

Come on Trevor et al...... give these old moulds their freedom, let them go into the light with some dignity, please.

 :blink:

Ian
(Shakes head wearily and exits stage right, whilst muttering)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on January 01, 2009, 08:25:13 am
yeah, but you have to remember these old duffer kits will be sat on the shelves with an Airfix logo on the box, and that, to your casual customer (i.e. not us lot) means a whole lot more than it being in any way a decent kit...

if I had a pound for every 'Airfix Spitfire, Titanic, Concorde and Sherman tank' I've been asked for in our shop in the last 2 weeks...  :rolleyes: of course when they ask for 'Airfix', they mean 'model kit'...
Title: Airfix
Post by: van883 on January 01, 2009, 09:18:13 am
What has happened to the 1/72 Canberras?

Van
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on January 01, 2009, 10:39:43 am
if I had a pound for every 'Airfix Spitfire, Titanic, Concorde and Sherman tank' I've been asked for in our shop in the last 2 weeks...  :rolleyes: of course when they ask for 'Airfix', they mean 'model kit'...

Yeah, Titanic does seem to be popular at Christmas time for some reason, the LMS goes through quite a few at this time of year be it, Revell or Academy.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 01, 2009, 12:58:58 pm
Cos it always gets shown on the bloody telly again at Christmas! :rolleyes:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on January 01, 2009, 03:04:56 pm
So does 633 Squadron but they'er not asking for Mosquitoes
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR on January 02, 2009, 08:01:08 am
Im looking forwards to the new tool kits. Wonder if they will be just as good as the latest Revell/Hasegawa/Academy kits, or just another horrible fit/bad looking model...

Specially looking forwards to the Bf-109G :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on January 02, 2009, 10:33:47 am
350 scale Illustrious ? YES !

 :wub: :cheers: :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 03, 2009, 02:36:09 am
yeah, but you have to remember these old duffer kits will be sat on the shelves with an Airfix logo on the box, and that, to your casual customer (i.e. not us lot) means a whole lot more than it being in any way a decent kit...


Exactly Mike and as they've all paid for their tooling costs it's all about cashflow, which means WE get new tools.

Was in MZ the other day and young lad and father were looking at Revell 1/72 armour. Obviously dad wasn't sure how to help junior spend his Xmas cash, so I pointed them at the Matchbox re-issues. Told them the 1/76 scale stuff was easier building. What did they end up buying - A Spitfire and Hurricane, both Airfix  ;D Point proven Mike.

Chris
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on January 03, 2009, 04:45:11 am
Glad to see the Widgeon, Hannover, RE8, Brisfit back.
Ive a cool illustration of a Brisfit fuselage mounted on floats in red! Perfect!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: KiwiZac on January 03, 2009, 04:09:18 pm
:D Some wicked rereleases there! Hahahahaha, take THAT, kit collectors and sellers! Muhahahahahaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice to see some of those older kits make a comeback for kids like me who never caught them first, second or thirtieth time round: IL2, Yak, Widgeon, RE8. Bring back the DH4, that's what I say.

And I saw mention of the PRXIX at another forum, and now seeing pics I'm quite excited! Also the new IX, at long last! I remember buying the current one a couple of years back and being brutally disappointed.

And the boxart for the 48th TSR.2 is magnificent! Me likey! Hopefully the Mossie gets the same treatment, unlike the godawful Pucara box....
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 03, 2009, 05:04:29 pm
And I saw mention of the PRXIX at another forum, and now seeing pics I'm quite excited! Also the new IX, at long last! I remember buying the current one a couple of years back and being brutally disappointed.

You're lucky you never had the ORIGINAL Mk IX, it was DIABOLICAL!

But it was the first of its kind and it sold like hot cakes. Not to me though, I saved up for ages and bought a Lindberg B-17G as my first kit. Now that was something else...... :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on January 03, 2009, 05:21:56 pm
No reviews of the carrier yet ? Any idea about the airwing ?

 :tornado:
Title: Airfix
Post by: KiwiZac on January 03, 2009, 07:18:33 pm
No no no, PRXIX, I mean that one! One-piece wings, rivets everywhere, deep nose etc etc *shudders*
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2009, 02:30:20 am
Glad to see the Widgeon, Hannover, RE8, Brisfit back.
Ive a cool illustration of a Brisfit fuselage mounted on floats in red! Perfect!!

Glad to see the RE8 ! - now I know your'e just plain silly  ;D

I thought of that picture when I saw the Brisfit re-release as well Rad  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 04, 2009, 04:09:17 am
No reviews of the carrier yet ? Any idea about the airwing ?

 :tornado:

Nope its only announced, we may see something about Easter time perhaps as its scheduled for the Summer (but that could be Chrimbo & beyond where Airfix is concerned).

For Airwing i would say Harrier GR-7/9, Merlin MH1 and Seaking AsCW7 as its the carrier as she is today. We may be lucky and get Chinook, Apache & Lynx as well but i doubt it. Hopefully these are being done by Trumpeter and might be on seperate sprues as opposed to intergrated into the kit sprues but we'll have to see what Trev says if we see him at Huddersfield.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on January 06, 2009, 06:57:03 pm
Thanks Geoff. As for Trump doing the airwing, that would be supercool ! I've been hoping they were going to do harriers and merlins.

 :cheers:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 07, 2009, 04:36:12 am
The kit of Lewis Hamilton's McLaren is out, prepainted in 1/32.  It's an MP4-21, which Lewis has never actually raced, although he did test it in the season prior to his debut.  Seems like it's someone elses kit that's maybe been rushed out a bit after that advert.

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/cars-and-motorbikes/cars/a50008-vodafone-mclaren-mercedes-a50008/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder= (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/cars-and-motorbikes/cars/a50008-vodafone-mclaren-mercedes-a50008/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=)
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 07, 2009, 04:54:01 am
That Mclaren was the one they had on the stand at Telford.

After the wonderful TV advert for Santander I was a trifle underwhelmed, I was expecting something at least in 1/24 scale, so this one is a bit of come down.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 07, 2009, 05:00:17 am
It's 25 quid as well, which seems expensive for 1/32.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 07, 2009, 05:02:06 am
I had a chat with one of the reps about that kit at Telford. Apparently McClaren were talking astronomical sums for a licence to build the 2008 F.1 car. In the end they agreed that Airfix could produce the MP4-21 but stipulated the type of kit it would be. So it's all down to McClaren acording to the rep I spoke to

Chris

PS F.1 or any form of automobile does nothing for me at all
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on January 07, 2009, 05:20:47 am
the McLaren is a Scalextric car sans motor that you simply save Scalextric to trouble of putting together (a screwdriver is not even included!), Hornby owns both companies, see
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on January 07, 2009, 06:52:46 am
Well I built the RE8 as a kid back in the early '60s so can't be too bad? :o
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 07, 2009, 10:13:46 am
Apparently McClaren were talking astronomical sums for a licence to build the 2008 F.1 car. In the end they agreed that Airfix could produce the MP4-21 but stipulated the type of kit it would be. So it's all down to McClaren acording to the rep I spoke to

Corporate Greed Rules yet again OK...........  >:(

I'll have to remind Uncle Ron about that next time he complains that my hourly service rates to sort out his wind tunnel floor are too high. Hehehehe, revenge is a meal best served cold! ;)

[Later] Isn't the 1/32 Airfix car metal? It certainly seemed heavy at Telford.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 07, 2009, 01:56:15 pm

Nope its only announced, we may see something about Easter time perhaps as its scheduled for the Summer (but that could be Chrimbo & beyond where Airfix is concerned).

For Airwing i would say Harrier GR-7/9, Merlin MH1 and Seaking AsCW7 as its the carrier as she is today. We may be lucky and get Chinook, Apache & Lynx as well but i doubt it. Hopefully these are being done by Trumpeter and might be on seperate sprues as opposed to intergrated into the kit sprues but we'll have to see what Trev says if we see him at Huddersfield.

G

That would be good if it happens, then Trumpeter might release them seperately so they availble to buy on their own.  Would be useful for whiffs, you could fairly easily knock together an AV-8B from the GR.7/9's & the Merlin would look good on other ships.  Maybe it would be possible to knock up a Skyhook?  A SCADS carrier carrier might be possible with one of the IMEX freighters, with a little bit of creativity to get the scales right?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 07, 2009, 03:38:35 pm

That would be good if it happens, then Trumpeter might release them seperately so they availble to buy on their own.  Would be useful for whiffs, you could fairly easily knock together an AV-8B from the GR.7/9's & the Merlin would look good on other ships.  Maybe it would be possible to knock up a Skyhook?  A SCADS carrier carrier might be possible with one of the IMEX freighters, with a little bit of creativity to get the scales right?

Think the Imex freighter and container ships are 1/450th and 1/550 scales but are probably more suitable for SCADS or military transports. Sea Kings are already done by Trumpeter as are Helix and Yak 141's

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2009, 03:23:38 am
Well I built the RE8 as a kid back in the early '60s so can't be too bad? :o

Well you've just risen even higher in my estimation Rad - it honestly still gives me nightmares. It was almost rigged with "string" from tube glue if I remember rightly, nothing changes  :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on January 13, 2009, 02:08:14 am
Y'all probably already heard, but I just got word that Airfix & Big H are starting to ship the 1:48 TSR2 late this week/early next......

.......get your workbench's cleared !

Ian

Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 13, 2009, 03:21:37 am
I still want to do one as a "real TSR.2", i.e. the wreck on the gunnery ranges at Shoeburyness...... :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 13, 2009, 09:28:39 am
I still want to do one as a "real TSR.2", i.e. the wreck on the gunnery ranges at Shoeburyness...... :wacko:

Just about the only TSR2 you could build from the Merlin 'kit'.............. :(
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 26, 2009, 02:07:36 am
Airfix have released a Fw-190/Ta-154 Mistel.  No idea as to it's origin, Dragon did one I think but had a fused nose (might have been 1/48)?
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX05040 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX05040)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on January 26, 2009, 05:27:47 am
I think its the PM TA154 with an Airfix FW190 + some new struts added, boxart looks good though!
Colin
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 26, 2009, 06:32:31 am
Ouch!  Peeps are going to get an unpleasant surprise when they open that lovely box then! :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on January 27, 2009, 09:52:48 am
I've got the PM Ta154 and it is every bit as bad as everyone says, if it is in the Airfix box as a lot of sites have said then a lot of people will be seriously hacked off.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 11, 2009, 02:44:07 am
CAD Images & video of the forthcoming 1/24 Mossie:
http://www.airfix.com/latest-news/archive/2009/2/10/124-scale-mosquito/ (http://www.airfix.com/latest-news/archive/2009/2/10/124-scale-mosquito/)

I keep seeing the Airfix 1/72 Fokker Friendship on several sites 'future releases' pages, this re-release would be welcomed.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 11, 2009, 05:49:44 am
Two that kind of went under the radar, spotted them at a model shop a few months back but forgot to post.  1/32 Trevithick '1804 Steam Loco' & 'Beam Engine', & they're supposed to be (very) oldies but goodies.  Might be useful for anyone attempting Steam Punkery!

Build of the Trevithick Locomotive on Cyber Modeler:
http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/builds/airfix/build_airfix_5871.shtml (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/builds/airfix/build_airfix_5871.shtml)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Models/AirfixBeamEngine.jpg)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Models/AirfixSteamLoco.jpg)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on February 12, 2009, 10:22:29 pm
(http://www.hyperscale.com/images/airfixa10105reviewbg_box.jpg)
(image source: Hyperscale (http://www.hyperscale.com/)

Two kit reviews on the same subject for your consumption:
From Cybermodeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/) posted by Michael Benolkin Airfix kit # 10105, 1/48th scale BAC TSR.2 (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/airfix/kit_airfix_10105.shtml).
From HyperScale (http://www.hyperscale.com) Posted by Brett Green Airfix kit # 10105, 1/48th scale BAC TSR.2 (http://www.hyperscale.com/2009/reviews/kits/airfix10105reviewbg_1.htm). 
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 19, 2009, 04:08:47 am
Quote Mossie "Two that kind of went under the radar, spotted them at a model shop a few months back but forgot to post.  1/32 Trevithick '1804 Steam Loco' & 'Beam Engine', & they're supposed to be (very) oldies but goodies.  Might be useful for anyone attempting Steam Punkery"

Built them many years ago for a school science (may have been History, Industrial Rev and all that) project. I seem to remember they were motorised back then. Highly reccomended as both fun and educational builds
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 08, 2009, 01:49:42 pm
richc has provided some Lo'-Res' images of the 1/48th scale Airfix B-57 Canberra (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=29767) parts sprues on BritModeller (http://www.britmodeller.com/) for your viewing pleasure. 

Thank you Rich!

Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 16, 2009, 12:32:15 pm
The latest issue of Aircraft Illustrated has a full page advert for the Airfix 1/72 scale Canberra PR9 and B(I)8. No prices but they must be nearing release for sure.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on April 18, 2009, 07:32:02 am
Not sure if this has been posted already but there is a thread on Britmodeller that has a link to some photo's of the rapd prototype of the 1/350th Lusty. Also MiG15, new Spitfire and the two new shars etc. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=29942

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on April 18, 2009, 02:01:36 pm
SHar FA2 for eight quid? SOLD! Lusty and the Canberras are looking good as well.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 29, 2009, 01:09:51 am
Michael Benolkin has managed to talk someone into giving him a review sample of the Airfix kit # 10104, 1/48 scale B-57B, RB-57E, B-57G Canberra (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/airfix/kit_airfix_10104.shtml) and has some nice images of the kit contents for your viewing pleasure on CyberModeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/).  The MSRP is still a bit steep at $57.45 which is very close to what I paid for the Classic Airframes B-57B kit several years ago. 

While the Airfix kit does give you some additional build options for the RB-57 Patricia Lynn aircraft and the Butt-Ugly B-57G Tropic Moon interdiction aircraft it may come to pass that the best option would be a kit-bashing of biblical proportions between the Airfix and Classic Airframes B-57 kits and use the best features from both kits to make one very expensive model.  I do like that bulbous nose of the B-57G, it looks to be ideal for use without the EO gear fairings to create something interesting. 

(http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/airfix/images/airfix_10104_title.jpg)
(image source: CyberModeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/)
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 29, 2009, 02:11:38 am
I do like that bulbous nose of the B-57G, it looks to be ideal for use without the EO gear fairings to create something interesting. 

Amen to that, let's hope Trevor and Co. see the light and do it in 1/72 as well........  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on April 29, 2009, 06:08:37 am
I do like that bulbous nose of the B-57G, it looks to be ideal for use without the EO gear fairings to create something interesting. 

Amen to that, let's hope Trevor and Co. see the light and do it in 1/72 as well........  ;D

I've got the Matchbox 1/72 kit of the B-57G, is there something wrong with it or it's just not available now.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 29, 2009, 08:27:55 am
I've got the Matchbox 1/72 kit of the B-57G, is there something wrong with it or it's just not available now.

Robert,

A Matchbox B-57G? I must have missed that one, I thought the only Canberra they did was the rather basic PR9, the one I used for me MR23.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on April 29, 2009, 10:34:06 am
I've got the Matchbox 1/72 kit of the B-57G, is there something wrong with it or it's just not available now.

Robert,

A Matchbox B-57G? I must have missed that one, I thought the only Canberra they did was the rather basic PR9, the one I used for me MR23.

D'oh! should of checked my list, it's an Italeri one.  I'm going out on a limb here, but didn't Matchbox also do a PR.7 too?  I'm sure I've got one but it doesn't show in my list (I will have to unpack the stash and update my list sometime), I know I've got a Frog PR.7 and an Aeroclub conversion.  I've got the PR.9 too and the XtraKit one, I did a comparison between the two and found that the Matchbox one has some serious errors especially with the tail group, I asked John Adams for his opinion ('cause I had read that the XtraKit was based on some drawings of his) and he gave me a list of what was wrong with the Matchbox kit.  Got it saved somewhere, I'll send it on when I find it, if you like.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 29, 2009, 01:34:41 pm
Robert,

OK, thanks. You had me worried there for a mo, I thought i'd lost a memory module somewhere.  :lol:

I used to have an Italeri B-57G, but traded it for something, can't remember what now. I have one of their B-57Bs, which is quite nice, so I better keep an eye out for a G, is that what they called a 'Patricia Lynn'?

Thanks for the stuff from Mr. Aeroclub, the pure gen, as they say. I still think the PR9 was the only Can that Matchbox did, and I believe the only PR7 complete kit was the older Frog one. I too have the Aeroclub PR7 fuselage, designed to go with the Airfix B6, and it looks a treat, one day I'll build it........  &lt;_&lt;
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on April 29, 2009, 03:20:19 pm
I've had a search around and I think I must be getting them mixed up, I can only find a Frog PR.7
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on May 31, 2009, 01:20:10 pm
Any news/gossip as to when the Spit PR19 and Spit IXc will be out?  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on July 18, 2009, 09:53:19 am
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX03073 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX03073)

Hannants have the new tool Airfix Hawks in.  Anyone seen a review of these yet?

Title: Airfix
Post by: monkeyhanger on July 21, 2009, 12:41:30 pm
I'm really looking forward to the 1/72 scale (my preferred scale) Canberras.

I have bought the Tempest and Meteor F8. Both good kits.

I have browsed this thread for a while and I'm pleased to see very little mindless critisism of Airfix. We all know that some of the early kits are dogs but I've got my daughters building cheap kits like:

Bristol Blenheim - finished in an overall tiger scheme by Sophie aged 10
Bristol Beaufighter - finished ina dalmation spotty dog scheme by Phoebe aged 11

We are regular visitors to Transport Models in Preston and have bought other stuff.
Title: Airfix
Post by: philp on July 21, 2009, 12:54:07 pm
I would like to pick up one or two of the Meteors for a Korean War bird and one of the Pucaras.
Will be interested to see how the new Spitfires are received and I also want a couple Cranberrys in 72nd to do an Argentine version and a few B-57s.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 21, 2009, 02:10:24 pm
They've re-released several of their older 1/32 car kits:

Ford Escourt Mk.I
Aston Martin
MGB Roadster
Triumph TR4A

The Dennis Fire Engine & Omnibus is due a return too, although it wasn't that long since it was last around.
Title: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on July 21, 2009, 03:23:12 pm
I saw that they had re-released the cars.  I've got an old MGB in the stash and it's a great little kit.  May have to get another...
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 21, 2009, 03:51:10 pm
They seem to have only released them in Starter Set form, which pushes the price up a bit for those of us who have the paints & glue, but still, they're very welcome.  I'd like to see the Mk.I Capri again, the Frog Eye Sprite too.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on July 21, 2009, 04:29:55 pm
Michael Benolkin has managed to talk someone into giving him a review sample of the Airfix kit # 10104, 1/48 scale B-57B, RB-57E, B-57G Canberra (http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/airfix/kit_airfix_10104.shtml) and has some nice images of the kit contents for your viewing pleasure on CyberModeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/).  The MSRP is still a bit steep at $57.45 which is very close to what I paid for the Classic Airframes B-57B kit several years ago. 

While the Airfix kit does give you some additional build options for the RB-57 Patricia Lynn aircraft and the Butt-Ugly B-57G Tropic Moon interdiction aircraft it may come to pass that the best option would be a kit-bashing of biblical proportions between the Airfix and Classic Airframes B-57 kits and use the best features from both kits to make one very expensive model.  I do like that bulbous nose of the B-57G, it looks to be ideal for use without the EO gear fairings to create something interesting. 

(http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/airfix/images/airfix_10104_title.jpg)
(image source: CyberModeler (http://www.cybermodeler.com/)

Looking at those pics, it looks like you get quite a lot of spare British bits in the kit too. The bottom two trees (mostly weapons) also include 2 x AS.30s, 4 x Matra pods, conventional bomb bay doors, and the B(I).8 gunpack. Also, the bombs on these sprues look more like British 1000lb GPs than Mk.117s, although I admit it's a subtle thing without something to scale them by.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on July 22, 2009, 06:41:32 am
Looking at those pics, it looks like you get quite a lot of spare British bits in the kit too. The bottom two trees (mostly weapons) also include 2 x AS.30s, 4 x Matra pods, conventional bomb bay doors, and the B(I).8 gunpack. Also, the bombs on these sprues look more like British 1000lb GPs than Mk.117s, although I admit it's a subtle thing without something to scale them by.

Your observations are correct, the details are a bit soft but I have come to expect that from Airfix over the years.  It will take a bit of dressing up but the weapons in most cases can be used for their intended purposes.  Fortunately for the purists, replacement U.S. weapons appropriate for this aircraft are available in the Hasegawa 1/48th scale weapons sets (A, B, C, and D) or other kits. 

I downloaded and merged the relevant portions of the two sprue shots from CyberModeler for attachment to this comment.  The fins on the U.K. bomb shapes have small extensions on the rear of the fins.  This gives me the impression that Airfix was attempting to model the BL.755 cluster munition dispenser instead of the standard 1000 pound general purpose bomb.  The M117 general purpose bomb shapes in the same image are very soft on details, it does not help that the attachment point is a wedge-shaped depression in the bomb body. 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 22, 2009, 08:00:18 am
I downloaded and merged the relevant portions of the two sprue shots from CyberModeler for attachment to this comment.  The fins on the U.K. bomb shapes have small extensions on the rear of the fins.  This gives me the impression that Airfix was attempting to model the BL.755 cluster munition dispenser instead of the standard 1000 pound general purpose bomb.  The M117 general purpose bomb shapes in the same image are very soft on details, it does not help that the attachment point is a wedge-shaped depression in the bomb body.  

I don't think it's modelled on the BL.755.  British 1000 lb bombs have a standard body, to which any of several fin types (I think there are around thirty marks) can be fitted.  I've tried to find a list of these fins in the past, but without luck.  It's sometimes assumed that some of the more unusual fin marks are innacurate, but it's often that they're just not well known.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on July 22, 2009, 08:09:08 am
Looking at those pics, it looks like you get quite a lot of spare British bits in the kit too. The bottom two trees (mostly weapons) also include 2 x AS.30s, 4 x Matra pods, conventional bomb bay doors, and the B(I).8 gunpack. Also, the bombs on these sprues look more like British 1000lb GPs than Mk.117s, although I admit it's a subtle thing without something to scale them by.

Your observations are correct, the details are a bit soft but I have come to expect that from Airfix over the years.  It will take a bit of dressing up but the weapons in most cases can be used for their intended purposes.  Fortunately for the purists, replacement U.S. weapons appropriate for this aircraft are available in the Hasegawa 1/48th scale weapons sets (A, B, C, and D) or other kits. 

There are 4 x LGBs (right for the -G model) on the third tree down: the one with the US pattern noses, intakes and bomb bay.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on July 22, 2009, 08:21:18 am
Anyone know anything about the Spit PRXIX in 1/72nd that has been released?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on July 22, 2009, 11:27:11 am
Over on Britmodeller the Spit XIX gets the thumbs up, less so for the '109G which seems to lack an interior. And the pilots in both kits seem to have modern bone domes!
The Hawks appear to be good.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on July 22, 2009, 11:28:11 am
thanks
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on July 31, 2009, 02:18:33 am
Over on Britmodeller, the Bf-109G is shown to be diabolically awful, apart from the decal sheet. I suggested it was built as an Iraqi-production version from 1946. :lol:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Supertom on July 31, 2009, 05:36:17 am
Blistering barnacles!  Apparently the new Airfix Canberras are now out in 1/72 as well!!!!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on July 31, 2009, 06:59:55 am
Over on Britmodeller, the Bf-109G is shown to be diabolically awful, apart from the decal sheet. I suggested it was built as an Iraqi-production version from 1946. :lol:

From the photos it looks like an old Heller kit
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2009, 02:53:48 am
Steve I'm convinced they've simply used the old kit as the master for this "new tool". Still as Rad says the transfer sheet is nice
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 01, 2009, 05:57:13 am
Apart from the crosses being out of register :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 02, 2009, 02:25:09 am
Must admit I was looking at the Finnish and Italian options Nev
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 02, 2009, 10:16:44 am
SAMI mention that the possibility of a new tool Buccaneer, the Airfix site definitely gives a hint to there being version that at least has some extra parts.  I mentions a S.2B, C, D, S & Mk.50.  The box art looks the same as the old one, which seems to me to suggest a re-worked kit, but I'll cross my fingers.
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/1951present/a03072-hawker-siddeley-buccaneer-s2bs2cd-s-172-a03072/?searchguid=2009821852&resultspage=&sortorder= (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/1951present/a03072-hawker-siddeley-buccaneer-s2bs2cd-s-172-a03072/?searchguid=2009821852&resultspage=&sortorder=)

There's a Youtube video of the Spit Mk.IXc on the Airfix site.
http://www.airfix.com/latest-news/archive/2009/6/25/supermarine-spitfire-mkixc/ (http://www.airfix.com/latest-news/archive/2009/6/25/supermarine-spitfire-mkixc/)

Other news is that the Hornby group have been granted a liscence by London 2012.  Corgi will release several diecast taxis, buses & figures, Hornby will release trains used on the Olympic Park route, Scalextric a Velodrome set & Airfix kits of the major venues.

Title: Airfix
Post by: philp on August 02, 2009, 06:13:28 pm
SAMI mention that the possibility of a new tool Buccaneer, the Airfix site definitely gives a hint to there being version that at least has some extra parts.  I mentions a S.2B, C, D, S & Mk.50.  The box art looks the same as the old one, which seems to me to suggest a re-worked kit, but I'll cross my fingers.

Please be new, please be new, please be new.  I will finally be able to do 1 or more Gulf birds if this is a decent tool.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 03, 2009, 12:08:55 am
SAMI mention that the possibility of a new tool Buccaneer, the Airfix site definitely gives a hint to there being version that at least has some extra parts.  I mentions a S.2B, C, D, S & Mk.50.  The box art looks the same as the old one, which seems to me to suggest a re-worked kit, but I'll cross my fingers.

Please be new, please be new, please be new.  I will finally be able to do 1 or more Gulf birds if this is a decent tool.

The last time I was talking to a Airfix rep he said that it was going to be the old kit but with a new update spure.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 03, 2009, 02:18:10 am
Well, much as I'd love a new tool, it's still welcome with the CMK kit being £70.  Beautiful as it is, the CMK kit is just way too pricey.  I wonder if it would be worth them releasing a basic kit without all the super detailing do-dads?
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 03, 2009, 03:44:18 am
Apart from the crosses being out of register :banghead:

Just had a closer look at mine (as mentioned I wanted the Finnish ones) and the crosses are bang on register in my kit. - you must have an off one Nev ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 04, 2009, 02:21:38 am

Other news is that the Hornby group have been granted a liscence by London 2012.. ... Airfix kits of the major venues.



Time for all us sports-haters to dig out those old (Aurora? MPC?) Giant Preying Mantis Attacks City kits, methinks..... :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on August 04, 2009, 03:09:43 am
Agreed.
How long do the olympics last?? Is it a month?
I vow to never switch on the News or anything else other than proper programmes or dvds. >:(
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 04, 2009, 03:16:33 am
You'll never avoid it!  Still won't be as unavoidable as Big Brother though.... :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 04, 2009, 05:09:04 am
Agreed.
How long do the olympics last?? Is it a month?
I vow to never switch on the News or anything else other than proper programmes or dvds. >:(

Two weeks Rad  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 04, 2009, 05:32:33 am
You'll never avoid it!  Still won't be as unavoidable as Big Brother though.... :banghead:

I find Big Brother entirely avoidable since it starts with the tune I call "Time To Do Some Modelling"..... :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 04, 2009, 05:49:32 am
Well this year it finally seems to be dying & interest is waning, but I found in previous years simply turning the telly off wasn't enough.  You'd be assaulted from the papers, magazines, radio & even the news!!!  I mean, for %$*!* sake, it was on immediately before the 10 oclock news, if you wanted to know about it watch the &%$!£*% program!!!.  Sorry probably covered you all in flem....

The Olympics will be the same (i'm quite happy about it), if you're completely turned off by sport you won't be able to avoid it & there'll be follow up programs long after it's over.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 04, 2009, 05:56:25 am
Okay, more things to do with the Olympic Stadium model:

1. Godzilla ripping it apart from one end whilst Martian Tripods zap it from the other.

2. Giant tentacles emergings from the middle with the caption "On reflection, building the Olympic Stadium on the site of Professor Quatermass's old Laboratory probably wasn't the best of ideas...."

3. Three years after the Olympics: run down, abandoned, vandalised and covered in graffiti with tramps huddled around small fires in the middle while abandoned cars litter the outside. Barbed wire fence and a forlorn FOR SALE sign hanging on by one corner.

4. Invest in half a gallon of clear resin and model it after the Great London Flood of 2020.

5. Have rivers of molten lava flowing past it and eruptions from the centre, as in the film "Volcano".
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 04, 2009, 10:55:04 am
Apart from the crosses being out of register :banghead:

Just had a closer look at mine (as mentioned I wanted the Finnish ones) and the crosses are bang on register in my kit. - you must have an off one Nev ?

I haven't got one, but someone posted a pic on BM.  It had to be pointed out or I would've missed it.  Frustrating that Airfix still can't get their decal QC sorted out.

I'm gagging for the 1/72 Canberras to hit the shops.....B(I).8 will be straigh to the top of the pile :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 04, 2009, 11:22:21 am
Are they going to do the B-57G and the B2/20 in 1/72nd? So far I only see the PR.9 and the B(I).8 on their website.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2009, 01:30:24 am
Okay, more things to do with the Olympic Stadium model:

2. Giant tentacles emergings from the middle with the caption "On reflection, building the Olympic Stadium on the site of Professor Quatermass's old Laboratory probably wasn't the best of ideas...."


Now that would be good  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on August 05, 2009, 01:35:55 am
No....easy to avoid. Just live in a cave for a few weeks. It's going to be all the crap before though, as well as the actual event. I'm shuddering already. I realise lots of people like it, but you can be sure we'll be victims of media overkill!! >:(
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2009, 01:42:03 am
Whilst agreeing with the Media overkill aspect I'm looking forward to it. As a Londoner I will probably go to the marathon and road cycle race and try and get tickets for the Velodrome.

But the highlite is already arranged. From my old office window I had a great view of Horse Guards so I'll be visiting the old place when the ladies beach volley ball is on  :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 05, 2009, 09:35:22 am
Are they going to do the B-57G and the B2/20 in 1/72nd? So far I only see the PR.9 and the B(I).8 on their website.

Maybe.  One theory on BM is that they're releasing the "unpopular" versions first so everyone rushes out and buys them, then when sales have settled down, they'll release the variants that everyone wants.  I have to say, at the advertised price (£11.69) you could build a really good mini-fleet for a not great outlay.  Couple of Model Alliance sheets and you're away.

I still want to buy a 1/48 B.2 to do as 85 Squadron (my dads first posting).
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 05, 2009, 09:43:36 am
Are they going to do the B-57G and the B2/20 in 1/72nd? So far I only see the PR.9 and the B(I).8 on their website.

Maybe.  One theory on BM is that they're releasing the "unpopular" versions first so everyone rushes out and buys them, then when sales have settled down, they'll release the variants that everyone wants.  I have to say, at the advertised price (£11.69) you could build a really good mini-fleet for a not great outlay.  Couple of Model Alliance sheets and you're away.

I still want to buy a 1/48 B.2 to do as 85 Squadron (my dads first posting).

I could see the PR.9 being a minority interest (KIT!!!!), but why would the B(I).8 be unpopular? It's has lots-of-guns appeal and the glamour of nukes to boot, plus it's seen action in several interesting conflicts.

I had a look last night and I've got 29 of the 30 flying hours tokens you need to get one for free (probably thrown another 4 or 5 away before I understood what they were about  :rolleyes:).... :wub:

I have it in mind to mix a PR.9 with B-57 and/or Tornado bits to make something like the first Super-Canberra profiles I did on here.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on August 07, 2009, 04:41:10 am
Any news/gossip as to when the Spit PR19 and Spit IXc will be out?  ;D ;D
Lots of talk on Britmodeller about the new Spit IX's shortcomings and delays.  Noted today that it has slipped of the new for 2009 aircraft list at http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2009/aircraft/, and doesn't feature in the main site pages either.  Interesting - a 2010 production now, perhaps? ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 12, 2009, 04:15:13 am
Re the Canberras, that didn't take long, did it?  :blink:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-72nd-AIRFIX-CANBERRA-B1-8-NEW-ISSUE_W0QQitemZ350237278225QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ToysGames_ModelKits_ModelKits_JN?hash=item518bc4c011&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 12, 2009, 10:34:58 am
Good shop that, down in Poole  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on August 12, 2009, 10:57:06 am
Yep, my favourite model shop by a long way. Nice couple who run it. Apparently they're closing in a year or so. :(

Must get me some of those Cranberries.... :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 12, 2009, 12:24:25 pm
Nice couple who run it. Apparently they're closing in a year or so. :(


I've only ever dealt with them by post but they do seem nice and it is a shame if they are closing.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 12, 2009, 01:18:35 pm
Think you two need to to put your heads together & put an offer in! :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 12, 2009, 01:37:17 pm
Think you two need to to put your heads together & put an offer in! :party:

Are you offering to bank roll us ?  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 12, 2009, 02:37:47 pm
I've got an old Monopoly set somewhere..... :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 14, 2009, 09:18:37 am
Speaking of Airfix, I only this week became conciously aware of the Airfix Club - a quick tot-up of Airfix boxes revealed I had 41 flying hours (more than enough for a new 72nd Canberra), and goodness knows how many I've thrown away over the years.

Unfortunately its £15 to join and the "free" kits for joining are of little intrest to me...  :banghead: so it'd cost me £16.50 for a free Canberra that costs £11.69 in the shops!  Doh!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on August 14, 2009, 10:36:13 am
Ya, but then you get a magazine, a sticker, and a badge for your hat, so all the kids in school will know you're in the 'airfix club' and they won't beat you up !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 14, 2009, 11:54:25 am
I've not been a member since Hornby took over, but under Humbrol the membership was worth more than you paid.  You'd get a kit (wasn't standard then, just what ever they felt like sending you), catalogue, magazines, plus options to buy exclusive kits like the Jetstream.  Sometimes you'd get a free clalendar christmas worth about a tenner.  I think they pretty much sent everything at cost.  I think Hornby have rationalised it since, but from what I gather it's still good value for money.

Picked up the 1/72 Fokker Friendship.  Looks pretty good for a kit with 'Airfix Products Ltd 1960' stamped inside the lid.  Basic as you'd expect & will probably take a bit of putty, but looks every bit like Fokker F.27.  You get two noses, long & short & two prop options, narrow chord with rounded tips & broad chord with squared tips.

There are three decal options in the kit, Trans Australia Airlines, NLM & Turkish Airlines.  Mine are all in perfect register & very nicely painted, although look a little thick.  I think they are the type that some have complained about bitterly, but after robbing some from a Fulmar, found they just had strange charaterisics & looked good once on.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 28, 2009, 11:56:19 pm
On the inside back cover of the latest SAMI it has an Airfix advert for their Lancaster Dambuster special edition.

Same old kit but this time the stand is a vacform diorama base of par of the dam wall with the the bouncing bomb in the water just before it !!!. Nice display iday although i suspect some modellers would redo the water with a more realistic modelling medium and add the splash as the bomb bounces.

Now i wonder how many brits with think of add a German guard on the wall acting as goal keeper as used in the Carling Blacklabel advert  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2009, 02:52:48 am

Now i wonder how many brits with think of add a German guard on the wall acting as goal keeper as used in the Carling Blacklabel advert  ;D ;D

 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on August 29, 2009, 04:40:55 am
Best advert ever! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVSBtivbUs4

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on August 29, 2009, 05:57:22 am
Best advert ever! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVSBtivbUs4

Paul Harrison

Brilliant, was a joy to watch again. the other brilliant one was the next one with the swimming pool and the bouncing bomb towel
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on August 29, 2009, 06:19:07 am
haha ! That was a good one !

 :cheers:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on August 29, 2009, 10:49:34 am
Managed to see both those ads, quite good those two.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on August 29, 2009, 11:44:27 am
Perhaps we could persuade them to do a Lincoln?  Worked with those guys who did the TSR2s at the Nationals a few years back.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 30, 2009, 02:07:07 am
Just got to say, really impressed with the new packaging from Airfix. 

The red boxes REALLY stand out on a model shop shelf.
The boxes are actually sized to fit the sprues they carry!  No more sprues rattling around inside cavernous boxes.
And the full colour profiles of the decal options are nice (although it would be nicer if they matched the box-top art, which for the 2 "new" kits I have are more accurate than the colour profiles :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 30, 2009, 03:52:23 am
I think Airfix are trying hard to counter a lot the criticism that has been levelled at them in the past.  They seem to be releasing a lot of their 'oldies but goodies' & replacing some of the staples that are getting long in the tooth.  Granted, there's been a few misses, but I'd say there have been more hits.

I agree with Nev on the packaging, the new red boxes jump of the shelf at you & the artwork is fantastic, lots of action & battle scenes!  The full colour artwork is good & some have criticised them in the past for not including names with the paint callouts (a little moot I think since they've provided conversion charts), but now they've addressed it.

Managed to resist getting hold of one the new Hawks the other week, I'm sure I'll capitualate at some stage! :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on August 30, 2009, 04:48:47 am


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Quote from: Mossie on Today at 11:52:23
I agree with Nev on the packaging, the new red boxes jump of the shelf at you & the artwork is fantastic, lots of action & battle scenes!  The full colour artwork is good & some have criticised them in the past for not including names with the paint callouts (a little moot I think since they've provided conversion charts), but now they've addressed it.


Indeed, the new, sturdier boxes are a welcome development.


I wholeheartedly agree, Airfix have got someone on marketing whom understands what " sells " on the boxes, can't fault them.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 30, 2009, 06:30:47 am
Oh, and the decals have got better too.  Readable stencils on the Canberra, and nothing out of register! (although there have been a couple of reports of the Balkenkrauz on the 109G being slightly out)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 30, 2009, 02:59:15 pm
I agree with Nev on the packaging, the new red boxes jump of the shelf at you & the artwork is fantastic, lots of action & battle scenes!  The full colour artwork is good & some have criticised them in the past for not including names with the paint callouts (a little moot I think since they've provided conversion charts), but now they've addressed it.

Indeed, the new, sturdier boxes are a welcome development. Overall I am impressed by the new 1/72 Canberras.


Managed to resist getting hold of one the new Hawks the other week, I'm sure I'll capitualate at some stage! :thumbsup:

Oh go on, you little devil.... :wacko:


Trouble is, I just know that whichever kit I go for, I'll get ideas for the other mark!  I know, I know, buy both (http://both)! :rolleyes:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2009, 03:13:14 pm
The decals that came with my Devastator are beautiful, that's for sure !

 :cheers:
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2009, 01:24:56 am


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Quote from: Mossie on Today at 11:52:23
I agree with Nev on the packaging, the new red boxes jump of the shelf at you & the artwork is fantastic, lots of action & battle scenes!  The full colour artwork is good & some have criticised them in the past for not including names with the paint callouts (a little moot I think since they've provided conversion charts), but now they've addressed it.


Indeed, the new, sturdier boxes are a welcome development.


I wholeheartedly agree, Airfix have got someone on marketing whom understands what " sells " on the boxes, can't fault them.

Got to agree that the "presentation" has improved considerably, especially the tray type boxes (Revell please take note).

As fot the marketing, it's Hornby, always has been fairly good and they are trying to get the brand established across all their ranges.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on August 31, 2009, 02:51:48 am
Adding my voice to the 'chorus of approval' for the presentation & packaging. Also would like to mention (again), the phenomonal service from Airfix (direct). A few weeks ago, I ordered my 1:72 PR9 Canberra on the Saturday morning and it was in my hot and sticky hands at lunchtime Tuesday. Brilliant !! :thumbsup:

Ian

.....now about the 1:72 B2/B6
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on August 31, 2009, 11:51:25 am
I was also impressed by the Canberra boxes: it's a shame they couldn't think of anything more useful to put on the bottom than a Revell-style advert for Airfix Club though. I havn't tried building them yet, obviously, but the Canberras are seriously impressive inside the box too: decent instruction booklet, glossy COLOUR painting profiles, huge and high quality decal sheet... You feel like you got your money's worth, which is what always bothers me about things like the "box-inflated" Bird Dog (which seems to consist mostly of fresh air): you can just imagine some kid looking at it and thinking "is that it?".


Am I right in thinking that the B(I).8-style interior is wrong on the PR.9 though? I always thought the latter's Nav sat front-and-centre in his coal-hole....
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 31, 2009, 10:36:03 pm
Thats what I've read elsewhere, although tbh, once you've painted it black and closed it up, will you be able to tell?  There's other little things like the PR9 box top showing the yellow/red wing walkways, but not the instructions, and not on the decal sheet (luckily they are on a MA decal sheet I have)
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 01, 2009, 01:35:59 am
Something else I've noticed about these new kits whilst building the PR XIX. The sprue gates are different. They look quite thick until you realise that the "round" part flattens out "chiesel" like to the attachment point. Quite a neat idea even if it did take me ages to notice and wasted effort in unecessary cleaning up :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 01, 2009, 02:17:51 pm
The engineering of the parts is good too - the Spitfire PRXIX seems to clip together.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 02, 2009, 02:55:20 am
It does. Really nice build, hopefully bodes well for the Spit IX and other new kits in the future.

Now I've got used to these "new style sprue gates" they are a fantastic idea. Part seperation is easy, peasy with very little clean up and what there is seems to lie on the inner faces of parts where possible. Great engineering - well done Airfix/Hornby  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on September 02, 2009, 04:36:09 am
It does. Really nice build, hopefully bodes well for the Spit IX and other new kits in the future.

Now I've got used to these "new style sprue gates" they are a fantastic idea. Part seperation is easy, peasy with very little clean up and what there is seems to lie on the inner faces of parts where possible. Great engineering - well done Airfix/Hornby  :thumbsup:

Maybe not, the Spit XIX and Canberras are done by Trumpeter, the Spit IX from what i recall was done in India, which required a little tweaking before its released (thus the delay as was due before the XIX)

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 02, 2009, 02:31:31 pm
I've heard a whisper that it (the Spitfire F.IX) is from a die cast mould, which would explain the woeful prop and the lack of interior detail.
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on September 03, 2009, 07:53:19 am



It does seem that if any of these kits had come from any other manufacturer then these faults would be commented upon as an aside but as it's Airfix then people have to pull it apart ! Why is this why isn't any offering from Airfix good enough ?

Maybe we should get Airfix bashing as an olympic sport ? I think Many people would be glad if Airfix had failed and not risen again so they could remeniss on the woeful kits of thr past and how good the none Airfix ones today are !
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 03, 2009, 09:38:54 am
It does seem that if any of these kits had come from any other manufacturer then these faults would be commented upon as an aside but as it's Airfix then people have to pull it apart ! Why is this why isn't any offering from Airfix good enough ?

Personally I think its the exact opposite.  If Trumpeter had released these Canberras complete with their numerous minor faults (wrong cockpit, heavy panel lines, wrong fin, missing stencils and more besides if you speak to Canberra experts) it would be lambasted in all 4 corners of the internet as an unbuildable POS.

But its Airfix, and UK modellers expectations of Airfix are lower than a snakes belly.  There are several reasons for this.  Nostalgia is one.  Then there is the mainly UK subjects they do that no-one else has kitted.  And the fact that 98% of Airfix kits are so bad that these post-Hornby productions are like gold plated uber-kits.

And I've not even mentioned the "new" 109..... :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 03, 2009, 03:14:35 pm
98% are bad?  That's not a fact, that's merely a subjective opinion.  Old, yes, bad, not necessarily. Their Spitfire mk Ia is still one of the best kits of the type despite it's age. 

What you think is bad could be another's little cracker.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 03, 2009, 10:33:04 pm
Thanks for proving my point :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on September 04, 2009, 05:37:57 am
Airfix 1/72 Su-27 - until the ICM one, which simply adds some parts that were a common fix to one problem on the Airfix frame, the Airfix Flanker was the best 1/72 Flanker out there for accuracy.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 05, 2009, 01:06:45 am
Based upon what Ken "Flankerman" Duffey says, I think thats more a reflection on the quality of Su-27s kits out there, than the quality of the Airfix kit....
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on September 05, 2009, 04:41:49 am
I agree about the Airfix SU27. It's generally a nice kit to build, but the undercarridge, especially the nose gear, is horrendous to build.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on September 05, 2009, 08:58:27 am
Having never built the Airfix Flanker, I can't definitively comment on it.  Considering its age, it IS rather a comment on the quality of Other manufacturers.  They should all build to MILSpec, if only so we can send them accurate plans and put the code MILTFD41 on it.

I wonder if anybody can guess what the code means... I know, and I'll share the original story I heard behind it tomorrow.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on September 05, 2009, 10:16:36 am
Question is though, is it an Airfix kit or a Heller.  I've got the Airfix single seater and I've got a Heller UB two seater version, and apart from the forward fuselage, the parts are interchangeable from what I can remember.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on September 05, 2009, 10:21:59 am
Having had the recent misfortune of having to deliver stuff in milspec: God no!

 ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 05, 2009, 12:48:29 pm
Heller did most of the tooling for Airfix kits in the late 80s/early 90s.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 06, 2009, 09:42:36 am
Here is my freshly completed Airfix 1/72 Me109G-6 Trop.  For further opinion on this kit please see future issue of SAMI ;)

(http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x236/RedwingNev/106G-6Trop.jpg)

Not my best work, but I have to say that painting this kit has caused my respect levels for 1/72 Luftwaffe modellers to rise dramatically.

edit:  This is my 6th completed model this year.  7, 8 and 9 should be close behind!  :drink:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 06, 2009, 09:51:03 am
I found an old Jo-Han Bf 109 kit in the loft a week or so back.  Apart from the cowling lacking the bulges, it looks surprisingly similar to this kit.

Nice work and better than the kit deserves.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2009, 01:53:30 am
Thats nice work Nev - I'll await the review with interest -
Title: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on September 08, 2009, 07:35:57 am
A question about the new Spit PR XIX.
The kit gives two different sets of wheels, one set of three spoke, and one set of four spoke.
Both the wheels and the tyres are a different diameter.
There is no mention of the smaller, four spoke wheels, in the instructions.
The book "Spitfire, the history" by Eric Morgan and Edward Shacklady, has a picture on page 462 of the kit's Swedish subject (31040), with four spoked wheels.

Does anyone have an explanation for this?
Is it that AIRFIX have just missed out a little bit of the instructions, or is there more to it?

JimB
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on September 08, 2009, 08:27:43 am
A question about the new Spit PR XIX.
The kit gives two different sets of wheels, one set of three spoke, and one set of four spoke.
Both the wheels and the tyres are a different diameter.
There is no mention of the smaller, four spoke wheels, in the instructions.
The book "Spitfire, the history" by Eric Morgan and Edward Shacklady, has a picture on page 462 of the kit's Swedish subject (31040), with four spoked wheels.

Does anyone have an explanation for this?
Is it that AIRFIX have just missed out a little bit of the instructions, or is there more to it?

JimB

Photos show late model Spifires had the 3-spoke wheel, I would imagine the increase in size would be to compensate for the increase of overall weight of the Late Spits.  Very early Spits had 5-spoke wheels, then they went to 4-spoke and I think this was to ease manufacture during the war period.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2009, 08:42:13 am
Jim

I think both the options in the box are 3 spoke wheels, however early production aircraft had 4 spoke wheels, again I think without looking it up. Might just be Airfix intend using that Sprue in other kits ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on September 08, 2009, 10:32:48 am
Nice '109 Nev.
Pity the kit is so bad, but you've made a great job of it. :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 08, 2009, 02:27:24 pm
The three spoke wheels are actually larger by two inches (diameter) on the full size aircraft. 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on September 15, 2009, 04:01:35 pm
Airfix have posted the box artwork for Sea Harrier FRS.1 (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2009/aircraft/a03078-sea-harrier-frs1-a03078/) aAnd the Sea Harrier FA.2. (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2009/aircraft/a03079-sea-harrrier-fa2-a03079/)

FRS.1 is looking good, FA.2 a bit boring. I'll be buying both when they're out. Links not working here but work fine on Brit Modeller, anyone know why? They are exactly the same on both sites but here they go to the products page. Very Odd???

Paul Harrison

Edit:- All working now! ***cleaned up the html for you*** ;^)
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 15, 2009, 10:44:18 pm
They're not planning on selling the FRS1 in Argentina then? :D :D :D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on September 16, 2009, 01:01:13 am
They're not planning on selling the FRS1 in Argentina then? :D :D :D

They could always use the bottom right hand quarter of the artwork for a re-issued Skyhawk kit.....
Title: Airfix
Post by: Maverick on September 26, 2009, 05:33:22 pm
G'day Gang,

IPMS Deutschland have a review of the Airfix Canberra PR.9 & Hawk 100.

http://ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Airfix/Airfix_Canberra_PR9_72/Airfix_EE_Canberra_PR9.html
http://ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Airfix/Airfix_BAe_Hawk/Airfix_BAe_Hawk.html

Regards,

Mav
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 26, 2009, 07:31:04 pm
You would not believe what Airfix have test shots for in 48th.  I've heard a whisper that Neil Robinson has one in his hands now and according to the reports blows the Tamiya kit away.

I'll leave you guessing on this one...
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 27, 2009, 09:15:23 am
It could only be

Mosquito

Swordfish

Spitfire Mk.V

As the only subjects that Tamiya make that are the kind of things Airfix do.  I cannot believe that Airfix are capable of producing a Mossie or Stringbag superior to the Tamiya kits (but then again my Aussie best mate once refused to believe that Devon Malcolm was capable of taking 9 for 47 against South Africa).

Ergo they're doing a new Spit V
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 27, 2009, 09:46:14 am
The SHAR is a possibility, the Tamiya kit is an oldie but goodie & could be improved on.  Maybe a Meteor or & Beaufighter, although the standard of these are pretty high.  Nev, remember Airfix's Lightnings, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that they can bring out something fantstic.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nils on September 27, 2009, 10:16:52 am
i got the new 1/72 Hawk red arrows T.1 kit, and i must admit for its cheap price, i looks good and has more detail, compared to the more expensive revell (ex-matchbox) kit.

i dont know if this is a cheaper rebox of there usual older T.1 kit, but i like it  ;D

one thing i know is that the quality of airfix kits appears to be like wine, its getting better by the years.
what i like about the new boxings is that there is a nice profile added, printed out on gloss paper and in full color, good for people who want to know what parts to paint in what color.

another thing i noticed is that the boxes are a bit heavier compared to the usual old boxes, must be from a different kind of cardboard  :unsure:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 27, 2009, 10:57:24 am
I haven't seen the old Airfix Hawk in years, but I'm pretty sure it's not a re-vamp of the 1/72 kit.  It seems more likely it's a scaling down of the 1/48 kit.  That kit got a luke warm reply for it's lack of detailing, but it's fine for 1/72.

The construction of the new boxes is different, they're doubled walled.  Should be a bit more robust, although I've found the old boxes held up well as long as you didn't cut the flying hours out!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 27, 2009, 11:45:16 am
Here's a clue: it's German.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 27, 2009, 11:46:30 am
The Airfix Hawks are all new toolings.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on September 27, 2009, 12:22:09 pm
Here's a clue: it's German.

Another (early) Bf109 or Fw190 ????? - Could be the He219 I s'pose.

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on September 27, 2009, 01:30:55 pm
Barry, you can't do this to us! :banghead:
I really can't see anyone bettering the Tamiya He219 or Me262 so it's got to be a Bf109 of some type (but it would need to be very good to beat Tamiya).

All right I admit it .... haven't got a clue.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR on September 27, 2009, 01:36:07 pm
The Tornado is German, sorta. So is the Eurofighter, but Tamiya doesnt do that one.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on September 27, 2009, 02:39:34 pm
Here's a clue: it's German.

Storch?
Do.335?
Some sort of tank?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 27, 2009, 02:50:41 pm
I wouldn't be surprised if it's the Bf-109F, they seem to be on a trek to replace their old staples.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 27, 2009, 03:24:46 pm
According to the whisper I heard, it's an E.  Frankly I can't see why they have to do another sodding 109, we seem to be drowning in them.  A decent 48th Griffon Spitfire - say a XIV or a XIX - would be far better.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on September 28, 2009, 01:24:10 am
The Airfix Hawks are all new toolings.

Well I hope its better than there new Hawk as the panel lines are starting to look like Matchbox did them.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 28, 2009, 01:29:00 am
It's a staple, so every major company has one in their repertoire.  They still make some cash even if their products not up to scratch because 109's sell by the bucket load.  Word has got around that Airfix's current kit is less than fantastic & 'serious' modellers are no longer interested, but a new one will get snapped up quickly.

Aircav, the Hawks have slightly deep panel lines, but nothing serious.
Title: Airfix
Post by: P1127 on September 28, 2009, 01:58:20 am
The SHAR is a possibility, the Tamiya kit is an oldie but goodie & could be improved on. 

The only way to improve that kit is stamp on it!!! :lol:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on September 28, 2009, 02:59:11 am
The only way to improve that kit is stamp on it!!! :lol:

LOL!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on September 28, 2009, 04:03:53 am
It's a staple, so every major company has one in their repertoire.  They still make some cash even if their products not up to scratch because 109's sell by the bucket load.  Word has got around that Airfix's current kit is less than fantastic & 'serious' modellers are no longer interested, but a new one will get snapped up quickly.

Aircav, the Hawks have slightly deep panel lines, but nothing serious.

I've got the Hawk and I'm not impressed....
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on September 28, 2009, 09:17:08 am
Nev, remember Airfix's Lightnings, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that they can bring out something fantstic.

I won't dispute that the Airfix Lightnings are terrific kits, and arguably their best ever, but they are nowhere near Tamiya quality.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 06, 2009, 04:01:56 am
(but then again my Aussie best mate once refused to believe that Devon Malcolm was capable of taking 9 for 47 against South Africa).


I was there that day  ;D :drink: :cheers:
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on October 06, 2009, 09:25:02 am
I had to actually pull out the relevant Wisden from his collection and show him the scorecard :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on October 13, 2009, 10:14:33 am
Airfix have started a new campaign to raise money for Help 4 Heroes

http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=194800

Good for them - and also a clever marketing ploy methinks, to remove some of the "uncool" stigma around modelling.  Hey, if Frank Lampard is doing one....will actually be quite interesting to see what the celebs turn out, who is quite good and ergo a closet modeller.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 13, 2009, 10:24:22 am
Not sure if it's limited to British celebrities, but if it isn't they should try to get Clive James to do one: he's a closet aircraft nut, as he demonstrated to spectacular effect on Radio 4's Museum of Curiosities programme.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on October 13, 2009, 11:17:26 am
It's also "up" on the Facebook page. :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on October 13, 2009, 02:32:05 pm
Very good idea.  So who'll be the first to bid on a celebrity model purely for the purposes of turning it into kitbash fodder???

I've just spotted two new releases on their website.  A 1/72 boxed set of five BBMF Fighters to compliment the Lanc, Hurri & Spit set that's been doing the rounds for years now.  Their Dak also has a BBMF scheme.  It includes a Spitfire IIa, Vb, IXe, PR.XIX & Hurricane IIc.  All they need to do is a Chippy twin set & you can have the lot!

The second is a 1/700 RMS Titanic.  I believe this is a new tool although it might be a re-box of the Academy kit & Am I right in thinking this is the first Airfix kit in this scale?
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on October 19, 2009, 08:14:27 am



Got an e-mail at work today recalling all the Airfix Dambuster sets.........they have the wrong Lancaster in them  :banghead:  :banghead: . Won't now be out till after Christmas
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on October 19, 2009, 09:21:49 am
"Hello, is that Quality Control?  Hello?  Is anybody there?  Hello??"
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on October 19, 2009, 09:41:24 am
Illustrious will be out soon too, right ? Covered with Sea Kings, Merlins, and wee little Harriers ?

 :wub: :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nils on October 28, 2009, 10:52:28 am
i got a quick overview of new airfix kit releases from cybermodeller.
and no, the 1/1 scale Spitfire Mk1 is not on the list  :huh:

http://www.cybermodeler.com/special/2009_releases.shtml

Aircraft:

1/72 Buccaneer S.2 (Dec-09 Updated)
1/24 Mosquito FB.VI/NF.II  :o
1/72 Sea King HAS.5/AEW.2
1/48 Sea Vixen FAW 
1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2

Armour:

nothing yet

ships:

1/350 HMS Illustrious
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on October 28, 2009, 01:23:56 pm
OK, so not model kit news but did anyone watch 'James May's Toy Stories' on BBC2 last night?  Awesome - so funny but not a mickey take of the sport.  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on October 28, 2009, 02:56:27 pm
can anyone else get on the offical airfix site cos mine keeps comin up service unavailable!!!!! :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on October 28, 2009, 03:35:42 pm
Had the same trouble earlier JJC, just tried it again and got on the site but the majority of the pics were red boxes.
Can't get into Hobby Boss either.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Maverick on October 28, 2009, 05:21:19 pm
IPMS Deutschland have a review of the new Airfix Canberra B.(I).8 in 72nd scale

http://ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Airfix/Airfix_Canberra_B_Mk8_72/Airfix_EE_Canberra_B8.html

Regards,

Mav
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on October 30, 2009, 01:11:56 pm
 :tank:
1/48 Sea Vixen FAW 
1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2

[/quote]
are they bringing out 2 sea vixens :unsure:
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on October 30, 2009, 02:33:45 pm
Mark 1 and Mark 2 - the main difference is the tailboom fuel tanks.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on October 30, 2009, 04:21:07 pm
:tank:
1/48 Sea Vixen FAW 
1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2

are they bringing out 2 sea vixens :unsure:
[/quote]

Nope, notice the item number is the same

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on November 02, 2009, 09:38:38 am
No talk of the Airfix 1/24 Mosquito on here.  Sounds like its going to be one hell of a kit, but then again at £130 it better be!

(http://www.airfix.com/_images/assets/product-directory/product-full/a25001-3D.jpg)

Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 02, 2009, 11:39:59 pm
And have those awfully nice folks at Airfix thought where one might store said beastie once it's built ?  :blink:

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 03, 2009, 12:59:05 am
And have those awfully nice folks at Airfix thought where one might store said beastie once it's built ?  :blink:

Ian

It's the first of the new Eco-Kits: it comes with a disposable camera and a recycling voucher...... :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 03, 2009, 01:32:06 am
It's not actually going to be that much bigger than Tamiya's recent 1:48 Lancaster (~65cm wingspan, compared to 69cm for the Mossie). OK, that's still pretty big, but it's not like it's vastly bigger than anything has previously been.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 03, 2009, 02:13:22 am
Wait till someone thinks of a 1/24 Lancaster. You'd need to empty the garage for that!  :rolleyes:
Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on November 03, 2009, 02:42:25 am
Wait till someone thinks of a 1/24 Lancaster. You'd need to empty the garage for that!  :rolleyes:

Even worse - a 1/48 B-36.  ;)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on November 03, 2009, 02:55:12 am
Wait till someone thinks of a 1/24 Lancaster. You'd need to empty the garage for that!  :rolleyes:

Heritage (http://www.heritageaviationmodelsltd.com/avro-lancaster-14-p.asp) has a 1:24 Lanc...
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 03, 2009, 05:51:56 am
Heritage (http://www.heritageaviationmodelsltd.com/avro-lancaster-14-p.asp) has a 1:24 Lanc...

My brain hurts!  :lol:

I wouldn't be surprised if someone in the US, probably Nova or Execuform, has already done a 1/48 B-36....
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 03, 2009, 06:44:10 am
Heritage (http://www.heritageaviationmodelsltd.com/avro-lancaster-14-p.asp) has a 1:24 Lanc...

My brain hurts!  :lol:

I wouldn't be surprised if someone in the US, probably Nova or Execuform, has already done a 1/48 B-36....

There's not a lot difference between a B-36 and B-52 in size and there is/was 1/48 B-52 kit, Monogram IIRC.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 03, 2009, 07:22:35 am
Heritage (http://www.heritageaviationmodelsltd.com/avro-lancaster-14-p.asp) has a 1:24 Lanc...

My brain hurts!  :lol:

I wouldn't be surprised if someone in the US, probably Nova or Execuform, has already done a 1/48 B-36....

I remember seeing a guy carrying the box out of SMW in 2006.  He was struggling!
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 03, 2009, 10:18:51 am
Heritage (http://www.heritageaviationmodelsltd.com/avro-lancaster-14-p.asp) has a 1:24 Lanc...

My brain hurts!  :lol:

I wouldn't be surprised if someone in the US, probably Nova or Execuform, has already done a 1/48 B-36....

There's not a lot difference between a B-36 and B-52 in size and there is/was 1/48 B-52 kit, Monogram IIRC.

Got it wrong, ID Models made a 1/48 B-52 and a 1/48 XB-70  :o   Monogram/Revell did a 1/48 B-1.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 03, 2009, 03:43:09 pm
Got it wrong, ID Models made a 1/48 B-52 and a 1/48 XB-70  :o   Monogram/Revell did a 1/48 B-1.

Strewth, I'll get back to my Air Wing of 1/144 SHARs, at least I can carry all of them in one pocket! :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 05, 2009, 02:07:43 pm
kitnut, i can acknowlage the 1:48 B1 got one in the stash to make up at some point, got to work out how to reinforce the thing, so that i can mount it for air support in 28mm gaming. im thinking of using a music stand as the base.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 14, 2009, 01:39:30 pm
Tantalising glimpse of the box art for the new 1/72 Airfix Hurricane at http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/ - it's also a Sea Hurricane and there doesn't seem to be any more about it on the Airfix website!   ;D ;D

Hurricane artwork at http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/classic-kits/aircraft/a02096-hawker-hurricane-mkiic-a02096/gallery/.  And yes, the Academy Helldiver is by far the best of the bunch but doesn't the new artwork for the old Airfix Helldiver (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/classic-kits/aircraft/a02031-curtiss-sb2c-helldiver-a02031/gallery/) say 'buy me! buy me!'?   ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 21, 2009, 05:48:57 am
  And yes, the Academy Helldiver is by far the best of the bunch but doesn't the new artwork for the old Airfix Helldiver (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/classic-kits/aircraft/a02031-curtiss-sb2c-helldiver-a02031/gallery/) say 'buy me! buy me!'?   ;D ;D

Certainly does  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 21, 2009, 02:46:06 pm
Man, if they ever run out of plastic, Airfix can make a living as an aviation art company: ALL their new artwork is excellent!  :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on November 26, 2009, 09:38:03 am
All thier original artwork was done by Roy Cross.. His art work was one of the highlights of the old Airfix kit. There are a couple of books out there about Roy Corss' artwork. I am edevouring to obtain one.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 26, 2009, 03:39:51 pm
There at least three that are currently in print, the two aviation volumes (both endorsed by Airfix) & a ship volume.  All avaialble on Amazon too.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 27, 2009, 09:17:44 am
Got one of them..... the generic Roy Cross paintings book but have the Airfix box paintings book on my Xmas list (again) !!

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 27, 2009, 11:17:07 am
Well I've just signed up for another year with the Club, this year's kit is a 'new tool' 1/72 Sea Harrier FA.2 and a 1/72 Harrier GR.7 with targeting pod and guided bombs --- hopefully that's what comes anyway because I got a Eurofighter Typhoon a few months back because the box art was showing different stores but there wasn't any in the box.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on November 27, 2009, 01:38:57 pm
Well I've just signed up for another year with the Club, this year's kit is a 'new tool' 1/72 Sea Harrier FA.2 and a 1/72 Harrier GR.7 with targeting pod and guided bombs --- hopefully that's what comes anyway because I got a Eurofighter Typhoon a few months back because the box art was showing different stores but there wasn't any in the box.

Yes, there are new stores in the GR.7 kit as shown on the box, there are photos around of a built example at this year's SMW.
Title: Airfix
Post by: elmayerle on November 27, 2009, 01:54:06 pm
Well I've just signed up for another year with the Club, this year's kit is a 'new tool' 1/72 Sea Harrier FA.2 and a 1/72 Harrier GR.7 with targeting pod and guided bombs --- hopefully that's what comes anyway because I got a Eurofighter Typhoon a few months back because the box art was showing different stores but there wasn't any in the box.
Will they be revising the standard kit or will I need to find someone to act as a purchasing agent for me to obtain these two kits?
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 27, 2009, 04:35:45 pm
Well I've just signed up for another year with the Club, this year's kit is a 'new tool' 1/72 Sea Harrier FA.2 and a 1/72 Harrier GR.7 with targeting pod and guided bombs --- hopefully that's what comes anyway because I got a Eurofighter Typhoon a few months back because the box art was showing different stores but there wasn't any in the box.
Will they be revising the standard kit or will I need to find someone to act as a purchasing agent for me to obtain these two kits?

Evan, according to the November News Letter, these two kit are only available as a 'set' for the 2010 Club members. But you will be able to get the new tool FA.2 soon but I don't know what decals or stores come with the kit.  The decal option for the FA.2 Club kit I've seen on an aftermarket website, I've just got to remember which one.  As for the new GR.7 stores in the Club kit being included in future regular GR.7 sales, I don't know. The membership only cost C$38.00 though.
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on November 28, 2009, 12:31:57 am
Does anyone know what the results were of the survery Airfix did at Telford?

(There was some collusion amongst the Whiff SIG boys for subjects include 1/48 Merlins, 1/32 Phantom FGR1/2s and 1/350 HMS Daring......)
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 28, 2009, 01:14:57 am
Does anyone know what the results were of the survery Airfix did at Telford?

(There was some collusion amongst the Whiff SIG boys for subjects include 1/48 Merlins, 1/32 Phantom FGR1/2s and 1/350 HMS Daring......)

Which I thought was rather underhand, dastardly and somehow un English  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on November 28, 2009, 02:02:18 am
I agree, Chris...whatever happened to the spirit of amateur involvement.
Now then....I never even saw "the list", but who on earth would want a 1/32nd Phantom FGR2?
Or even a 1/48th Merlin (unless it's a wizard?).
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on November 28, 2009, 02:43:21 am

Now then....I never even saw "the list", but who on earth would want a 1/32nd Phantom FGR2?

me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on November 28, 2009, 03:53:40 am
Does anyone know what the results were of the survery Airfix did at Telford?

(There was some collusion amongst the Whiff SIG boys for subjects include 1/48 Merlins, 1/32 Phantom FGR1/2s and 1/350 HMS Daring......)

Which I thought was rather underhand, dastardly and somehow un English  ;D

We merely sat around and discussed what we would like to see....I'm sure our votes were a drop in the ocean compared to the vote-stuffing for a 1/48 Vulcan that was probly going on.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 28, 2009, 10:34:25 am
Pavla have released a whole bunch of detail kits for the Canvberras PR.9, including a correct Nav's cockpit:


PAVC7287 1:72 EE Canberra PR.9 Cokpit for pilot and navigator (designed to be used with Airfix kits) £20.75 £18.04
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=PAVC7287
 
PAVC7288 1:72 EE Canberra PR.9 (only pilot's cockpit) (designed to be used with Airfix kits) £11.99 £10.43
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=PAVC7288
 
PAVU72113 1:72 EE Canberra Wheel bay (designed to be used with Airfix kits) £11.99 £10.43
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=PAVU72113
 
Aircraft seats (resin)

PAVS7255 1:72 MB Mk.2CA for Canberra (designed to be used with Airfix kits) £2.25 £1.96
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Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2009, 02:04:42 am
Does anyone know what the results were of the survery Airfix did at Telford?

(There was some collusion amongst the Whiff SIG boys for subjects include 1/48 Merlins, 1/32 Phantom FGR1/2s and 1/350 HMS Daring......)

Which I thought was rather underhand, dastardly and somehow un English  ;D

Yea - well last time I saw Duncan he was almost taking dictation - might have well been sitting on a lap  ;D

I voted (the slips were on the Airfix stand Rad along with the magazine QA sheet) and it is between me and my maker  ;D
We merely sat around and discussed what we would like to see....I'm sure our votes were a drop in the ocean compared to the vote-stuffing for a 1/48 Vulcan that was probly going on.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2009, 02:08:02 am
We merely sat around and discussed what we would like to see....I'm sure our votes were a drop in the ocean compared to the vote-stuffing for a 1/48 Vulcan that was probly going on.

That was undoubtedly going on Nev - All my aircraft votes were 1/72.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 29, 2009, 05:35:40 am
Hmmn, well we helped get a the TSR2 into kit form using said lists so there !!!! ;D

Actually back in 2003/4 they were just lists in A4 pads, as a result people would see what was listed above and that would sway their suggestions which has led to the TSR2 (in both scales), Canberras (in both), Nimrod and the yet to be announced Valiant.

Switching to the forms has somewhat diluted the effect, as people tend to go away and think about what they want, so less direct input and less influence from others. This however results in much broader list and less identifable favourites for the sales & marketing team to investigate.

Don't forget from the top ten they would then have to ask Trevs team what the subject is, could it be produced, what sort price and would it sell. Trev would also point out where the competition may also be looking so they won't waste money on subjects that would clash.

Sales & Marketing would then discuss the possibilities with their sales managers who would then sound out interest from buyers, shops and selected modellers in an attempt to gauge if the subject matter would generate viable sales.

There is not a cat in hells chance of the results being published Nev, as such a list would be snapped up by the competition who would try beat Airfix to be the first out !.

Myself in the Aircraft section i think i put down the 1/72 Sentinal R1, and in the the Others i put 1/350th HMS Ocean, HMS Albion and HMS Daring (Type 45) to go with the new Illustriious kit due out soon.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 29, 2009, 06:33:06 am
If they want to play "current", they should be working on models of all the new vehicles the British Army has picked up in the last few years:

Bulldog/FV432
Viking
Mastiff/Wolfhound
Panther
Husky
Jackal/Coyote (the open-frame "dune buggy": now that should be interesting to tool for....)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on November 29, 2009, 07:28:51 am
Quote
(the open-frame "dune buggy": now that should be interesting to tool for....)

interesting, but not infeasible. Revell has the Mercedes 300 SLR, which uses a space frame. Similarly, rollcages are common in rally car kits.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 29, 2009, 08:51:49 am
1/48 Martin Baker MB-5 (well, got to be one silly one in there!)

Careful, or they'll re-issue a P-51D with different decals...........
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 29, 2009, 02:55:49 pm
1/48 Martin Baker MB-5 (well, got to be one silly one in there!)

Careful, or they'll re-issue a P-51D with different decals...........


(Adopts Julian & Sandy voice), Ooooohhh, saucer of milk for Miss Spackman, table 5 !

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on November 29, 2009, 03:49:03 pm
Me I want a CV-90 in any dam scale thats not resin.
So is 'udders going to be a trannie day out then if Rad is off to RH?
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on November 29, 2009, 04:11:15 pm
How about a new 1/72 Mirage III or 5? (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/coolio.gif) To go along with the new Shars? (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/whistle.gif)

Me I want a CV-90 in any dam scale thats not resin. <...>

Well, Academy was supposed to release a CV90 in 1/35 this year. But nothing has come of that so far....
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on November 29, 2009, 10:47:26 pm
There is not a cat in hells chance of the results being published Nev,

I just wondered if anyone had heard a whisper of what was popular
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 29, 2009, 11:16:58 pm
There is not a cat in hells chance of the results being published Nev,

I just wondered if anyone had heard a whisper of what was popular

Not a chance, thats why the lists were good for modellers as it allowed them to see what was popular which inspired similar suggestions, the downside was that Revell would send people to have a look and report back as well.

The first we'll hear is when reps start dropping hints at certain LMS's or when they announce next years new releases Dec/Jan for the trade shows.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 30, 2009, 02:56:00 am
Hey! I resemble that remark!  :lol:

...if thats what does it for you Chris, I can wear a skirt and sit on your lap taking dictation at Huddersfield.....  :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:


Whats your speed Dunc ? Maybe I can dictate the Newsletter ?  ;D

Strangely I wanted a MB 5 as well but in 1/72, plus a Beaufort (I know there's a SH one - I've got it) and a late Seafire
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 30, 2009, 05:46:32 am

Whats your speed Dunc ? Maybe I can dictate the Newsletter ?  ;D

Strangely I wanted a MB 5 as well but in 1/72, plus a Beaufort (I know there's a SH one - I've got it) and a late Seafire



High Planes do a Beaufort in injection, actually they do five different ones plus I think they do a Beaufreighter too. Here's a link to one of them.

http://www.hiplanes.com/new/1_72_kits/7204.htm
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2009, 02:00:46 am
High Planes do a Beaufort in injection, actually they do five different ones plus I think they do a Beaufreighter too. Here's a link to one of them.

http://www.hiplanes.com/new/1_72_kits/7204.htm


Appreciate that. I've a couple of High Planes kits but not the Beaufort. It would just be nice to have a mainstream kit as the SH one is a little tricky
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on December 03, 2009, 12:43:13 pm
Is there any word on when the 1/72 Harrier FA2 will be released? Hannants still lists this as 'future release', but I seem to remember the plan was to introduce it at Telford...
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 03, 2009, 01:06:08 pm
It's included in the 2010 Club kit set which I think gets released first.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 03, 2009, 02:45:52 pm
Is there any word on when the 1/72 Harrier FA2 will be released? <...>

Was about to ask that very question, because I saw on 1999.CO.JP (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10104494) that the FA.2 and FRS.1 have the release given as "March".
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 04, 2009, 12:29:16 am
I would think mid to late Jan if not this month as i think the Mossie is next up along with the Mig-15, so the SHARs are likely to be on the next batch.

I wouldn't go with Japanese estimates as those are based on model being delivered to UK and then re-distributed to overseas customers by container ship (aka 6 weeks).

Given the new moulds due out as oppossed to the re-issues, there are a number that are now just about ready going off the SMW stand so they should start to appear over the coming months:- SHAR FRS-1, FA2, Hurricane, Mig-15, Churchill bridgelayer, Illustrious, Trafalgar and the big mossie. Basically the cant do them all in one run for various reasons due two production limits, shipping, marketing and distribution, let alone pay out for all this in one go !!!

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on December 04, 2009, 12:54:30 pm
can't find anythin' on the 1/48 sea vixen on the airfix site, anyone know anything?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 04, 2009, 01:58:07 pm
The Sea Vixen in 48th is the 2010 special release so not covered under the 2009 releases on the website.

BTW the Churchill Bridgelayer is now released.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on December 04, 2009, 02:13:09 pm
ok thanks, hope its a good build! been waitin' 4 one of these for ages!
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 04, 2009, 02:46:15 pm
Is there any word on when the 1/72 Harrier FA2 will be released? Hannants still lists this as 'future release', but I seem to remember the plan was to introduce it at Telford...
Hi Hobbes,

I should have read the newsletter more closely, says here the FA.2 is due in 2009 which doesn't leave very much time, does it?  I see Hannants have the FAA Corsair already too.

Taken from the newsletter.


Coming Soon in 2009

Aircraft­­
A01050 - Hannover CLIII
A01076 - RE8 
A02037 – MiG 15
A02044 – Vought F4U Corsair (FAA)
A03078 - Sea Harrier FRS1
A03079 - Sea Harrier FA2
A25001 - De Havilland Mosquito NFII/FBVI


AFV
A04301 – Churchill Bridge Layer - 1:76 scale

Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 05, 2009, 02:43:58 am
BTW the Churchill Bridgelayer is now released.

G

Cheers Geoff I want the bridge for a project  ;D

The new artwork for the re-issued F4 Corsair almost makes you want to go out and buy it  :wub:

Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 05, 2009, 03:17:38 am
Tantalising glimpse of the box art for the new 1/72 Airfix Hurricane at http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/ - it's also a Sea Hurricane and there doesn't seem to be any more about it on the Airfix website!   ;D ;D

Hurricane artwork at http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/classic-kits/aircraft/a02096-hawker-hurricane-mkiic-a02096/gallery/.  And yes, the Academy Helldiver is by far the best of the bunch but doesn't the new artwork for the old Airfix Helldiver (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/classic-kits/aircraft/a02031-curtiss-sb2c-helldiver-a02031/gallery/) say 'buy me! buy me!'?   ;D ;D

Found this on a Japanse website.  Forced perspective with 1/144 Dauntless and 1/700 ship.  Remind you of something?

(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2389/dauntlesss.jpg)
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 05, 2009, 04:32:13 am
The artwork for the Trumpeter 1/32 Dauntless?

(http://scalewiki.ru/_media/kits:sbd:132_sbd12_tr_2241.jpg)

Still a brilliant little diorama mind.  And 1/144 perforated dive brakes? :o

Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 11, 2009, 01:14:09 am
Over on ARC they report that the MiG-15 and the two Shars have been released!  :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 11, 2009, 03:29:50 am
Well I've just finished the first of my Spitfire PR XIX's and I've thouroughly enjoyed it  ;D Went together really well and a fair few of the parts were "push fit" they were that good. Had a little "silvering" with the serials but that may be me thinking Xtracrylic was shiny enouh to not need "Futuring" - still no problem it's sorted now.

There has been some talk in magazines about the size of the sprue gates. Well they may be rather thick at the base but a lot of the ones on smaller parts then become almost flat before joining the part. This makes them very easy to clean up in my opinion.

This one was finished in a real world scheme as will one of the others and at least three of the new tool Spitfire IX's I have  ;D

All bodes well for the new tools coming  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 11, 2009, 04:23:18 am
Over on ARC they report that the MiG-15 and the two Shars have been released!  :party:

They have as has the 1/24th Mosquito.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 11, 2009, 06:09:54 am
Hannants say they expect the monster Mossie 7-10 days before Christmas.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX25001 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AX25001)

Master Casters (http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?CATEGORY=&DIVISION=&MANUFACTURER=&TYPE=&order%5B%5D=arrived+desc&order%5B%5D=code+asc&CODE=&SCALE=1%3A24&KEYWORD=mosquito&NUMPERPAGE=25) already have a set of wheels out & for it with a few different types of wheel & exhaust due.
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on December 11, 2009, 12:27:54 pm




saw the invoice for the delivery Monday today and it has both Sea Harriers, the Mig15 and the Bridgelayer on it, doesn't look like many will get to the cusomers after Chadders and i get ours  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on December 11, 2009, 02:32:18 pm




saw the invoice for the delivery Monday today and it has both Sea Harriers, the Mig15 and the Bridgelayer on it, doesn't look like many will get to the cusomers after Chadders and i get ours  ;D  ;D  ;D



went in the Nottm branch today..................shelves are full of them............seem to have a glut of canberras too  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on December 12, 2009, 07:11:41 am
A quick chat with a friend who likes Russian aircraft reveals he's disappointed with the MiG.  He's dropped it over the 4+ plans and it's overscale...

Doesn't bother me as I'm not likely to build one.  ;D  I'm just waiting for the Hurricane.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 12, 2009, 07:48:06 am
Are the plans in the 4+ MiG-15 book accurate? I recall hearing that the plans in some of the books are not that accurate at all.
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR on December 12, 2009, 07:50:40 am
Any photos of the new-mold Mig-15 parts?
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on December 12, 2009, 11:22:54 am



Had a look in the new delivery Vulcan today, same old box etc and we spotted decals are now by Cartograf, same style as old ones just a little sharper
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 15, 2009, 12:04:47 pm
Hanover CLIII, Mig-15 out (got one of the latter).  Also the big beastie Mossie - hurrah! - impressive box but 'fraid I don't think I can justify £130 on one.  Hope it is well received and sells well, though.   ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on December 16, 2009, 10:28:31 am
Can we propose 1/72 MiG-19, AMX, Centurion tank ... and some other goodies to the new managers of Airfix? :party: :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 16, 2009, 11:39:18 am
Can we propose 1/72 MiG-19, AMX, Centurion tank ... and some other goodies to the new managers of Airfix? :party: :party:

They tend to focus on British subjects or replacing some of their worn out old but popular moulds.

However with the Centurion watch Trumpeter as there was a ready made family of Centurions that have appeared from China, so possible these will eventually be released as kits.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 16, 2009, 03:24:18 pm
Well, looking in some of my books & on the net I have come up with three different lengths (give or take a cm or two) from several sources all quoted for the MiG-15 Bis; 10.11m, 10.86m & 11.05.m, works out as 140mm, 150mm & 153mm respectively (all quote the same wing span interestingly, within 2cm).  So that could well count for your 14mm discrepencey.  But which is right?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on December 16, 2009, 03:29:21 pm
The one question that me and Bob asked was have Airfix done another 109G ie taken the old kit and based the new tooling around that?  The old MiG 15 was well known as being overscale.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 16, 2009, 04:51:47 pm
If you measure the wingspan on each kit, it might give you an idea if one is over or under scale.  If they are the same, then they've gone with different sources for the length.

The other possibility is that there was a natural variation in the MiG-15 of around a metre!  I could imagine a few tens of centimetres since the MiG-15 was built in a time when if things didn't fit, you got a hammer & made it do so.  A metre is a bit much though.  The MiG-15 was produced all over the shop, were there variations at different factories?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 16, 2009, 06:21:59 pm
IIRC the old KP kit of the Mig-15 was quite accurate for size and angles etc. How does the new Airfix one compare with it?
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 17, 2009, 12:01:21 am
The other possibility is that there was a natural variation in the MiG-15 of around a metre!  I could imagine a few tens of centimetres since the MiG-15 was built in a time when if things didn't fit, you got a hammer & made it do so.  A metre is a bit much though.  The MiG-15 was produced all over the shop, were there variations at different factories?
Or maybe it expanded and contracted with the heat???? ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 17, 2009, 03:31:51 am
The other possibility is that there was a natural variation in the MiG-15 of around a metre!  I could imagine a few tens of centimetres since the MiG-15 was built in a time when if things didn't fit, you got a hammer & made it do so.  A metre is a bit much though.  The MiG-15 was produced all over the shop, were there variations at different factories?
Or maybe it expanded and contracted with the heat???? ;D ;D


That would be a millisecond before it vaporised! "Instant Sunshine"  ;D

IIRC the old KP kit of the Mig-15 was quite accurate for size and angles etc. How does the new Airfix one compare with it?

Sorry to answer my own question -
The new Airfix models has a fuselage that is longer than the KP kit and a much taller fin.
Modelmania recon the KP kit's fin is 2mm too high, and the Airfix one is about 2-3mm higher again.
The KP kit seems a reasonable fit over the plans in Modelmania (a Polish "walkaround"), and the 4+ plans.
I tried putting the leading edge of the wingroot as a fixed point and laid the KP kit over the Airfix one. The Airfix kit is longer than the KP kit fore and aft of the wing.
The various refs disagree about the length but only by a few inches. It seems to be around 10.1m
But the length of the Lim-5/Mig-17F is given as 11.36m/37' 3". I havn't measured it, but that would be about 1/2 inch longer in 1/72nd and thats what the differance looks like to the mark one eyeball, I wonder if they got confused?

Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 17, 2009, 06:55:09 am
Anyone own a tape measure and live near a museum with a MiG15 and understanding staff!! ;D

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 17, 2009, 07:15:26 am
It's a damm good excuse to get back to Prauge! lol
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 17, 2009, 10:46:51 am
It's a damm good excuse to get back to Prauge! lol

Theres one in Cosford Geoff, or Yeovilton for that matter.

Anybody the Aerofax on the Mig-15 ?

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: McGreig on December 17, 2009, 03:26:33 pm
Anybody the Aerofax on the Mig-15 ?

Well, I have the Aerofax book, among others, and a quick session with the more reliable references suggests that the Airfix kit is fairly inaccurate - the span seems OK but the length is way off.

I think that a length of 10.10 metres and a span of 10.08 metres are most likely correct. The dimensions of the  MiG-15bis (all in metres) from three of the most reliable sources are given as:

Length:
Four Plus - 10.10
Bill Gunston (Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft) - 10.10
Yefim Gordon (Aerofax) - 10.11

Span:
Four Plus - 10.08
Bill Gunston - 10.08
Yefim Gordon - 10.08

The Four Plus and Modelmania 1/72 plans scale out correctly to these dimensions (the length of 10.10 runs from the nose to the tips of the tailplanes).

There are always going to be small deviations, but the Hobby Boss and KP kits are very good matches for the Four Plus and Modelmania plans. The Airfix kit, unfortunately, is not - as others have pointed out, it is much too long, the fin is too tall and the wing fences are too far outboard.

Interestingly, what it does match very well is the old Airfix kit. While in no sense a modification of the old tool, the new kit is very close dimensionally to the old - the misplaced wing fences are in the same place on both kits and the height/shape of the fin/rudder is virtually identical.

It's just a pity that I didn't discover this before I'd bought three of the new Airfix versions :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on December 17, 2009, 03:31:06 pm
What? Have they repeated the same errors? :banghead: :angry:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 17, 2009, 03:43:19 pm
Actually like the Me-109 they have basically re-engineered the original kit as a basis. Lovely details and alot better build but maybe not accurate.

However as the old one was such a popular seller even being inaccurate i suppose we can see why the the bean counters would waste money on starting from scrtach when they already had a sample to work off. Not really good for modellers, but will still sell well and after all we can always whif it  :thumbsup:

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 17, 2009, 04:12:31 pm
..........after all we can always whif it  :thumbsup:
G

Thats what I was thinking, but I have got 4 of the sods!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 17, 2009, 04:44:18 pm
..........after all we can always whif it  :thumbsup:
G

Thats what I was thinking, but I have got 4 of the sods!

British built reverse engineered examples Geoff ?

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 18, 2009, 02:34:47 am
..........after all we can always whif it  :thumbsup:
G

Thats what I was thinking, but I have got 4 of the sods!

British built reverse engineered examples Geoff ?

G

Well I was quite taken with the Avro Canada Huron, and I suspect one will end up as a Jabo somewhere over Ostland as part of the Fatherland build.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 18, 2009, 02:25:58 pm
This one -
Title: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on December 18, 2009, 02:34:17 pm
Hmm, I could think of one good use for the long body MiG-15 that comes to mind, and would rectify how ugly the nose is... might have to get one, methinks...
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on December 18, 2009, 02:46:18 pm



Well I've lookked at it and i like it, got myself two and may get more as the Empires Twighlight can always use them  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on December 23, 2009, 08:49:59 am
have just received the official 2010 list from Airfix at work... obviously I can't divulge anything as this info is embargoed but expect a pair of 1/48 British big cats...  :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 23, 2009, 09:21:45 am
.....and I suspect one will end up as a Jabo somewhere over Ostland as part of the Fatherland build.
I did a Luftwaffe '46/'47 version of the old Airfix Mig-15 ages ago - before I'd even heard of whiffing (in the kit bashing sense, I don't mean stinking!), using Italeri FW190F-8 decals.  Used a Humbrol grey for the undersides rather than Lichtblau, but apart from that it looked the part.  Would use the old one again to do th same - but with more attention paid to the actual colours used.
Model was built somewhere warm and sandy and still hanging from the same ceiling when I revisited said place 2 1/2 years later!
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 23, 2009, 09:23:52 am
have just received the official 2010 list from Airfix at work... obviously I can't divulge anything as this info is embargoed but expect a pair of 1/48 British big cats...  :wacko:
Many 1/72 aircraft on that list (other than any carry-overs from the 2009 plan)?  ;D ;D
Just been to the Airfix website and lo! The angel of the Lord came down and presented the list at http://www.airfix.com/new-for-2010/

New Tool Aircraft 1:72 Scale
A01071A - Spitfire Mk1a
A03080 - Messerschmitt Bf110 C/D
A03081 - Messerschmitt Bf110 E
A03082 - North American F-86F Sabre
A03083 - North American Sabre Mk.4 Canadair
A03085 - BAe Hawk T1
A04050 - BAe Harrier GR9
Limited Edition
A11001 - Vickers Valiant - 1:72 Scale

Some very good news there, I'd say.  
I wonder what the Spit 1a re-pop will be - new kit?  Old kit plus additional parts?  accompanying picture suggests new tool or reworked existing tool.
Hawk will surely be a variation on the new Red arrows T1, but will the Harrier GR9 be a brand new tool or an adaptation of the existing GR7?  Haven't seen the Airfix Club version but seem to recall seeing some one saying it's based on the GR7 (but could be mistaken).
'Bout time the 110 was redone.
The Sabres, though.  All new or revamps of the old Heller kit?
And a Valiant!!!

New Tool Aircraft 1:48 Scale
A05117 - Spitfire MkXII
A05120 - Messerschmitt Bf109E
A05121 - BAe Hawk T1
A05122 - Messerschmitt Bf109E Tropical
A06102 - Seafire XVIIc
A08107 - Westland Lynx - Navy HAM8 / Super Lynx
A08108 - Westland Lynx - Army AM-7

Repops:
Aircraft 1:72 Scale
A01001 - BTK Spitfire
A01013 - Comet Racer - oh dear!
A02046A - Spitfire MkVb
A02048A - Messerschmitt Bf109E
A02082A - Hawker Hurricane Mk1
A03007 - Junkers Ju88
A03030A - Junkers Ju87-B
A03032 - Fairey Battle - whif alert!
A04011 - H.P. Hampden - night fighter whif beckons!
A05021 - Heinkel HeIII
A06010 - B-24 Liberator
Aircraft 1:48 Scale
A05100 - Junkers Ju87-B Stuka
Aircraft 1:24 Scale
A18003 - BAe Harrier GR3
Aircraft 1:144 Scale
A04051 - Boeing 737
A04052 - Boeing 727

A mixed bag, I think it's fair to say - the 'James May effect' lives on, though!

Douglas Bader's Spitfire
http://www.airfix.com/_assets/images/A50030-web_2.jpg
A50030 - Supermarine Spitfire MkVa - 1:48 Scale
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Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 23, 2009, 11:06:34 am
Oh gods Aircav will be ordering Lynx by the carton rather than per kit (Although wouldn't put a pallets worth past him  :thumbsup:)

Seafire 17 sounds good however(my dad worked on those in the FAA)

Valiant will be of course be a must and hopefully they will finally do a V-Bomber with a detailed bomb bay !!!

Battlefront sounds interesting, i wonder with teh ruined buildings if they are going back to those famous battle dioramas they didm with the vacform base (notice a new set of small scale British Infantry, as opposed to re-issue)

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 23, 2009, 11:29:27 am
How did you know  :thumbsup: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :drink: :bow: :cheers: :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 23, 2009, 11:37:46 am



Repops:
Aircraft 1:72 Scale
A01001 - BTK Spitfire
A01013 - Comet Racer - oh dear!
A02046A - Spitfire MkVb
A02048A - Messerschmitt Bf109E
A02082A - Hawker Hurricane Mk1
A03007 - Junkers Ju88
A03030A - Junkers Ju87-B
A03032 - Fairey Battle - whif alert!
A04011 - H.P. Hampden - night fighter whif beckons!
A04051 - Boeing 737
A04052 - Boeing 727
 
A05021 - Heinkel HeIII
A06010 - B-24 Liberator


1/72 Boeing 737 & 727 ???  is that correct kb?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nils on December 23, 2009, 12:08:14 pm
if i get hold of the Re8 and the battle, expect them to be RW Belgians.
but a fighter conversion of the DH Comet Racer, thats going on my list  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 23, 2009, 12:17:27 pm
A Hampden - yay!  :thumbsup: Hercules-engined multi-gun nose flak-basher beckons..... :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 23, 2009, 12:20:02 pm
1/72 Boeing 737 & 727 ???  is that correct kb?

no, sorry.  The cut and paste job clearly hadn't picked up the 1/144 text in brackets.  Entry edited.   ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on December 23, 2009, 02:01:25 pm
Sabres.  I'd guess new tool.  Hobbyboss have a pair of Sabres in 72nd so they could be related?

And who was first to mention a 48th 109E?
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR on December 23, 2009, 02:53:33 pm
The membership kit looks rather nice. And the possibility of using my flying hours for something might be of use. I can count 14 just from looking at my stash...
Title: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on December 23, 2009, 03:41:13 pm
ISTR that a while ago a reissue of the SR.53 was announced? Or just rumored? Any word on its status?
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 23, 2009, 05:51:19 pm
New tool Bf 100 C/D and Es in 1/72! :party: Way cool! And long overdue....
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 24, 2009, 01:36:29 am
if i get hold of the Re8


You'll still be having nightmares 45 years latter like me  :blink: Seriously the struts take an awful lot of fiddling and care - make a jig or go insane. It is in all honestly the kit that haunts me  :banghead:

This list has made me decide to join the Airfix Club - at my age  ;D The lapel badge isn't compulsory - is it ?

Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 24, 2009, 05:20:22 am
The Spitfire BTK is interesting, a few years back they 're-released' this one & it miffed people because it was actually their Mk.Ia with a blue sprue.  I'd be surprised if they made this mistake again (although not entirely shocked!), it'd be great nostalgia kick if they actually had located the old tool, or recreated one from an old kit.

A Spit BTK re-pop from the original moulding would be interesting from a whiff point of view, because the kit just about resembles a Spitfire.  It would be pretty easy to create something new from it.

I'm hoping that they eventually get around to a new Meteor III, should do in time if they're re-doing their classic kits.

EDIT, scratch the comments on BTK.  I've just seen it on the Airfix site, it's the Mk.Ia sprue again with new artwork across the top of the baggie.  Ah well.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 24, 2009, 06:40:09 am
ISTR that a while ago a reissue of the SR.53 was announced? Or just rumored? Any word on its status?

Modelstories had it in their Airfix future releases either 2007 or 08 but seems to be just wishful thinking. I'd buy a few if they did repop it.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on December 31, 2009, 06:15:44 am
With a late push I managed to finish this kit and make double figures for the year :)  I completed it using Model Alliance decals depicting an Indian Air Force Canberra operating in the Congo in the 60s in support of the UN.
(http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x236/RedwingNev/Canberra%20BI8%20Indian/Picture61191.jpg)

The new tool Airfix Canberras are a real mixed bag.

Pros:

New packing is sturdy and stands out on the shelves of the LHS
3 decal options (RAF, RNZAF & SAAF) in 2 colour schemes (grey/green & silver)
Decals are excellent.  Well printed, good colour density, **in register**, go on well.  Although I mainly used Model Alliance decals for the Indian markings, I used the kits walkways and these fitted perfectly all the way round.  Normally this is such a source of frustration with kits having a mixture of too short and too long.
Posable ailerons, elevators and flaps
Includes bombs, rocket pods, belly pack for guns, tip tanks and AS.30s (or they could be Martels :unsure: )
Decent wheel well detail

Cons:

PR.9 & B(I).8 have the same cockpit (they were different wrt the nav station).  However, painted black and closed up, you really can't see a thing.
Rudder has same incorrect leading edge profile as their 1/48 kit
Fit is poor in some places, especially engine intakes/exhausts.  Fit is terrible around the cockpit insert, and I never did get it properly blended into the fuselage.
Bomb bay doors do not fit in closed position.  They touch in the middle but not at the front and back.
"detail" is very clunky and heavy in places, eg the stores which are very basic.
Panel lines are like a die-cast kit, especially on the fuselage.  This is the worst for me & totally ruins the look.  I ended up filling them all, as pictures of the silver Indian birds show them to be very smooth.  I left the ones on the wings as they are not so bad, and I needed them for decal placement (and they have been toned down by several coats of primer & paint).  You could probably get away with it on a camoflaged example, but on a silver finish?  No chance.

All in all I won't be rushing to build my Airfix PR9.  It may well be the best Canberra available in 1/72, but I find myself hoping that Revell do a B.2 in this scale....
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 02, 2010, 01:28:16 am
The new tool Airfix Canberras are a real mixed bag.

Pros:

Includes bombs, rocket pods, belly pack for guns, tip tanks and AS.30s (or they could be Martels :unsure: )


i like yours nev. thanks for the pointers. the missiles are AS.30s
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on January 02, 2010, 01:35:10 am
Thanks for all that, Nev.
Mine will be bonkers ones anyway, camouflaged most likely....USAF seems like a good idea. ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 06, 2010, 01:40:44 am
anyone know an approximate date of when the 1/48 sea vixen is released?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 06, 2010, 02:33:10 am
Cheers Nev - that'll make me feel a little less guilty about hacking up a PR.9 to make my B(I).10 2nd generation version....
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 06, 2010, 02:49:15 am
anyone know an approximate date of when the 1/48 sea vixen is released?

Hannants gives 'second quarter 2010'.  The Airfix site just says 2010.
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 13, 2010, 10:41:00 am
with airfix releasing a valiant and modelzone reducing victors it sounds high time for a set of V-bombers !!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on January 18, 2010, 03:06:23 pm


Just been told the proposed decal options for the new airfix release's


The new Spitfire Mk1 will have 610 Squadron markings.

The reissued Stormovik will have Russian and Mongolian markings - that's got to be a first!

The reissued Hurricane I will have Ian Gleed's markings and Irish Air Corps - another first?

The reissued Ju88 will have KG30 and French Air Force markings.

The reissued Fairey Battle will have 63 Squadron and Greek markings.

The reissued Fw189 is getting Luftwaffe and Slovakian markings.

The new Bf110C/D will have 6/ZG 76 Battle of Britain and ZG 1 (Wespen) Russian Front

The new Bf110E will have 8 / JG 26 and 3U + FR of 7/.ZG 26, Derna, May 1942

The new F-86F will have "The Huff" and Italian Air Force

The new Sabre 4 will have 112 Squadron and Greek Air Force

The Hawk T1 will be 100 Squadron and Midnight Hawks

The reissued Hampden is getting 49 Squadron, 106 Squadron and Swedish markings

The reissued Sea King has an AEW.Mk2 of 849 NAS, HMS Illustrious, 1988 and ASAC Mk7 – 849 NAS, RNAS Culdrose, 2007. There's also a gift set HAR5 in RN SAR markings

The Harrier GR9 gets Joint Harrier Force

The reissued He111 gets 2 Luftwaffe H-16 markings

The reissued B-24 gets 335 Squadron, 547 Squadron and ‘TUBARO’ Assembly Ship!

The Comet Racer gets The Green 'un, Grosvenor House and Black Magic!
 
 
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2010, 03:18:05 pm
Just been told the proposed decal options for the new airfix release's

<snip>

The reissued Hurricane I will have Ian Gleed's markings and Irish Air Corps - another first?

<snip>

The reissued Fairey Battle will have 63 Squadron and Greek markings.

<snip>

The new Sabre 4 will have 112 Squadron and Greek Air Force

<snip>

The reissued Hampden is getting 49 Squadron, 106 Squadron and Swedish markings

<snip>

The reissued B-24 gets 335 Squadron, 547 Squadron and ‘TUBARO’ Assembly Ship!

Irish markings on a mainstream kit just has to be a first, magic stuff! I'm going to Baldonnell in March, I wonder if they know?

I didn't even know the Greeks had Battles, let alone the Swedes having Hampdens!

The RAF Sabre just HAS to have a sharksmouth for 112 Sqdn, and that and the 'Tubaro' B-24 scheme has destined many decal sheets to the scrap bin.

Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on January 18, 2010, 03:32:49 pm
The Swedes had at least one Hampden.
Title: Airfix
Post by: TsrJoe on January 18, 2010, 06:01:59 pm
waw the Comet Racer would be worth picking up a few of just for the decals, heres hoping they print them in the correct silver (for G-ACSS & G-ACSR) and gold for Mollisons 'Black Magic' (G-ACSP)

the markings provided in the previous 'Grosvenor House' red G-ACSS kits by Airfix, Frog, Kellog being printed in white as per the 'Festival of Britain' cosmetic restoration in 1951 (a subsequent release of the Frog/Rovex kit being issued with 'Black Magic' G-ACSP markings and the RAF.s K5084, the former being printed in yellow!)

cheers, joe
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2010, 12:47:12 am
There's some really interesting marking options there   :thumbsup: They seem to be doing a "well known one" and an "unusual one", some of the kits will be worth buying for the transfer sheets  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on January 19, 2010, 10:02:14 am
To be fair to Airfix they have always been kind to the spares box with their decal choices - even if they were out of register and short of stencils.  Italeri are the same.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Amphion on January 19, 2010, 12:19:13 pm
The Swedes had at least one Hampden.

In 1935 RSwAF ordered two units for evaluation and consideration as a new bomber. Only one was delivered in the end, in 1938, at which time the Junkers Ju 86K had already been choosen as the next bomber.

(http://www.sff.n.se/jubileum/002-1018953_1933-12-20.jpg)
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 19, 2010, 02:49:11 pm
In 1935 RSwAF ordered two units for evaluation and consideration as a new bomber. Only one was delivered in the end, in 1938, at

You learn something new every day...........  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 19, 2010, 04:07:35 pm
To be fair to Airfix they have always been kind to the spares box with their decal choices - even if they were out of register and short of stencils.  Italeri are the same.

They've finally made the switch to Cartograph, so we've hopefully seen the end of hit & miss Airfix decals!  Woo-hoo! :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 19, 2010, 05:20:32 pm
The Swedes had at least one Hampden.

In 1935 RSwAF ordered two units for evaluation and consideration as a new bomber. Only one was delivered in the end, in 1938, at which time the Junkers Ju 86K had already been choosen as the next bomber.

(http://www.sff.n.se/jubileum/002-1018953_1933-12-20.jpg)

Wern't they interested in a floatplane version?
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on January 27, 2010, 06:29:05 am
I have just acquired the new 1/72 Sea Harrier. Overall looks nice. I am not an expert an so I cannot speak about accuracy but there is something funny: The pilot is the nice Airfix WWII :banghead: pilot everyone knows.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2010, 06:35:09 am
I'm currently building 2 of the new Spit Mk IX's. Havn't had as much fun building kits in years. Sure there are niggles especially in the cockpit area (no control column, no instrument panel) but easily fixed and does it really notice that much with the size of a Spit's canopy ? The kit goes together like a dream and currently putty use is nil  ;D

Building both of the box options, Kit is reccomended if you want a kit to relax over  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 27, 2010, 06:41:58 am
I have just acquired the new 1/72 Sea Harrier. Overall looks nice. I am not an expert an so I cannot speak about accuracy but there is something funny: The pilot is the nice Airfix WWII :banghead: pilot everyone knows.

If you buy the very nice new tool Airfix Spitfire Mk.XIX Carlos, you'll find where the modern pilot figure got too.   :blink:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 27, 2010, 09:59:40 am
You've seen the Final Countdown haven't you??? ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 27, 2010, 12:43:55 pm
Airwaves have re-released their PE detail kit for the Hampden:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AEC72203
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 27, 2010, 02:07:28 pm
You've seen the Final Countdown haven't you??? ;D

I kid you not Simon,  fortunately I've got the two Club SHARs coming so will be able to do a swap.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on January 27, 2010, 05:07:02 pm
This is great! :thumbsup: :blink:
Airfix people have seen the Final Countdown, indeed! :cheers:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 28, 2010, 02:46:59 am
You've seen the Final Countdown haven't you??? ;D

I kid you not Simon,  fortunately I've got the two Club SHARs coming so will be able to do a swap.

Oh, I know, I've got the SHAR & it's definately a WWII pilot!  It made me smile when I saw it & I thought of The Final Countdown! ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 29, 2010, 05:22:04 am
If you buy the very nice new tool Airfix Spitfire Mk.XIX Carlos, you'll find where the modern pilot figure got too.   :blink:

Five will get you ten that they used the BBMF aircraft as references, and they DO have modern pilots of course. Quite where their references were for the WWII pilot in the SHAR boggles the mind though.........
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 29, 2010, 06:59:05 am
I'd just assume that since both kits were created at the same time, someone made a whoopsie & somehow got the two pilots mixed up? :huh:

No probs really, should be able to find a modern pilot to pop in the Sea Harrier, of course my problems will be solved if I pick up the Spit PR.XIX! :lol:
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 29, 2010, 11:27:44 am
airfix have a pic of the sea vixen built-up on there site:

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2010/aircraft/a10106-hs-sea-vixen-a10106/
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on January 29, 2010, 12:01:08 pm
Ooh! Hoping for a 1:72 version!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 29, 2010, 05:58:57 pm
Just been having a look at the site, and it seems they're also re-popping the 1/144th Vostock 1 rocket. Lots of bits for the whiffer's bits box there!

Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on January 29, 2010, 06:22:10 pm
My Club kits arrived today ---- very nice ---
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on January 30, 2010, 12:54:30 am
Ooh! Hoping for a 1:72 version!

"I wish to be associated with the comments of the previous speaker..... "

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 30, 2010, 04:31:21 am
although airfix now say the sea vixen will be released in september

http://www.airfix.com/latest-news/archive/2010/1/15/new-hs-sea-vixen/
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on January 30, 2010, 05:55:51 am
not sure if it's been mentioned here already, Airfix have kit A08011 listed as 1/72 Stratos 4 (I assumed it to be some kind of space rocket...) but it's not mentioned at all on their site, them I remembered it's a TSR2...
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 30, 2010, 06:28:51 am
Stratos 4 is an animie production, in it there is (amongst others) a ZELL version of the TSR.2 (called the TSR.2MS).  Lots of scanitlly clad young ladies as pilots too.  Would probably sell by the ton in Japan, also a way of getting the TSR.2 through the back door elsewhere (getting around the limited addition problem), as I assume it'll just be the standard kit with an extra sprue?

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/TSR-2ZELLfromStratos4.png)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on January 30, 2010, 07:10:57 am
Whooooohooooooo!!!! :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on January 30, 2010, 08:29:15 am
Wonder if it comes with the TEL as well?  :wacko:
Anti ballistic missile, ZELL-launched TSR.2 on a Russian giant truck - can it possibly get any more awesome than that?  :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on January 30, 2010, 08:31:59 am
Are you guys serious about the Stratos 4 kit or is this a very early April fools gag! I think Cafe Rio did one in 1/144th scale in Japan (a gashapon trading kit). Main diffence to the airframe is a hump at the base of the tailfin with two rocket engines in it. Think the centreline pod is a large missile for destroying meteors if I remember the anime right.
If it's for real I'll be getting a couple.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 30, 2010, 08:55:05 am
can't find it anywhere on the site
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on January 30, 2010, 09:15:13 am
Antics have it listed in 1/144th
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 31, 2010, 04:30:55 am
yes but airfix do not have it listed on there site!
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on January 31, 2010, 04:41:32 am
will the valiant just be in anti-flash white scheme or camo to?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 31, 2010, 05:29:41 am
will the valiant just be in anti-flash white scheme or camo to?

Doesn't list actual options in the catalogue.

They will probably do all three scheme, the Hi Speed Silver initial scheme for Suez, Anti-Flash for the Nuclear Testing and camo for Tanker duties. Not that it matters that much as aftermarket decal are gauranteed to appear.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 31, 2010, 05:31:43 am
yes but airfix do not have it listed on there site!

I suspect its a surprise release for later in the year and definately aimed at the Japanese market thus no mention in the catalogue, although it appears that traders may be able to order it.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Barry Krell on January 31, 2010, 06:02:31 am
will the valiant just be in anti-flash white scheme or camo to?

Doesn't list actual options in the catalogue.

They will probably do all three scheme, the Hi Speed Silver initial scheme for Suez, Anti-Flash for the Nuclear Testing and camo for Tanker duties. Not that it matters that much as aftermarket decal are guaranteed to appear.

G

There was a Valiant sheet a few years back with Antiflash and camo options on it.  Also included a Wellington and an early Canberra.  Can't remember who it was by though.

Hannants are listing the price as £34.99.  If anyone thinks that's a bit expensive, then I point you towards the Mach 2 Valiant.  Hannants have that in stock at £58.99.  So that'll be in the sale soon.
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on January 31, 2010, 06:38:18 am
And if Hasegawa/Trumpeter etc did one, they'd want £100 for it! £35 is a great price IMO.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on February 02, 2010, 07:25:46 am
Are you guys serious about the Stratos 4 kit or is this a very early April fools gag!

no joke, all I've seen of it is on Airfix's 2010 order forms which we've had for our shop. Other than that I know nothing, and it's not listed on the Airfix site.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 02, 2010, 07:28:17 am
I've seen it advertised on one or two online model shops.
Title: Airfix
Post by: B777LR on February 02, 2010, 07:35:06 am
If it's for real I'll be getting a couple.

Second that! :wub: Anyone know if the launch vehicle is included?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 02, 2010, 07:49:00 am
Doubt it.  Looks like a MAZ truck, Trumpy do a pair of 537's in 1/35, not sure if anyone does any in 1/72?  Would probably need some heavy kit bashing to resemble the TEL in Stratos 4.
Title: Airfix
Post by: bluedonkey99 on February 04, 2010, 10:35:16 am

as mentioned by Green Dragon


Pit Road/Platz are a year late on their Anime Stratos TSR-2/MS release.

http://kampfgruppe144.blogspot.com/2008/10/1144-tsr2-by-pit-road.html

It was never clear as to whether is would be able to do only the anime version, or the vanilla version.

There is the chance that it was put on hold due to the Wolf Pack version or the Cafe Reo Special version?

The wolfpack 1/144  TSR-2 Kit can be found here:
http://www.wolfpack-d.com/catalog/htm/14401.html

They (wolfpack) also do an interesting TSR-2 Cockpit set in 1/48....

A range of TSR-2/MS (Stratos4 )items http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/fumi_bnr32/archive/2006/12/10


there is a build sequence for rhe Zell and TSR-2 to TSR-2/MS (Stratos 4) conversion - maybe i should put that in "whifs I have found!?"

Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on February 04, 2010, 07:18:24 pm
A range of TSR-2/MS (Stratos4 )items http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/fumi_bnr32/archive/2006/12/10


Couple of points:

1. Is that a Supermarine Type 559 (F.155T competitor) about 3/4 of the way down?  :blink: :blink: :blink:

2. For God's sake don't show Radish that apron....... :o ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 05, 2010, 02:57:04 am
A range of TSR-2/MS (Stratos4 )items http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/fumi_bnr32/archive/2006/12/10

About halfway down the page (above THAT apron...) there's a pic of three models, a TSR2MS, a Mig 31 and something else. The something else looks like a cross between a 2 seater Lightning and an undersize B-58 without wing engines.

What the devil is it?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on February 05, 2010, 04:16:22 am
A range of TSR-2/MS (Stratos4 )items http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/fumi_bnr32/archive/2006/12/10

About halfway down the page (above THAT apron...) there's a pic of three models, a TSR2MS, a Mig 31 and something else. The something else looks like a cross between a 2 seater Lightning and an undersize B-58 without wing engines.

What the devil is it?

Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0kQWPi11hw&feature=response_watch

It looks like an XB-70 with modified engines to me , and other on-line info says that this aircraft is "based on an old supersonic bomber". I suspect that the model in the pic is a different scale to the others.
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 05, 2010, 04:43:45 am
It's the "Stratos" bomber, if I remember the series correctly. It's an old aircraft that the pilots fix up in their spare time, with the help of the base's engineer. It finally flies at the end of the first series. It's a sort of Valkyrie/Hustler hybrid.
Title: Airfix
Post by: bluedonkey99 on February 05, 2010, 08:53:51 am
Quote
RE: Enquiry: Airfix 1/144 Stratos 4 Rocket (08011)‏
From:    Phil Johnson (P%%%%%%@anticsonline.co.uk)
Sent:    05 February 2010 10:32:16
To:    Martin (~~~~~@hotmail.com)
Hi.
Thanks for your enquiry I have contacted Airfix the scale is incorrect the model is in fact 1/72 scale
Cheers
Phil.

Well, I have bo reason to doubt this chaps word...
 Therefore, there is a 1/72 TSR-2 Stratos on its way (@ Novembwe 2010 according to antic website)
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on February 05, 2010, 01:03:57 pm


the Modelzone buyer is at the toy fair at the moment, he is coming back to us on tuesday with what Airfix say, and how to order if we can
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on February 07, 2010, 06:16:42 am
whens the ETA on the valiant?
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on February 07, 2010, 07:03:03 am




Allegedly 4th quarter of the year  :banghead:  :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Rolead on February 08, 2010, 12:45:19 am
I must say that if the price is going to be under £20 then Airfix should do a larger batch run, as it will be a steal at that price.

Robert
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on February 10, 2010, 11:03:32 am

re the stratos 4

Got the reply from the Modelzone buyer today and it is  "yes your premise is mostly correct " so it is a kind of TSR2, It is based upon the Manga series.

We as a company will stock it and it will be out  "very very late in the year ".

We are taking orders at the Derby shop, so far Chadders and i have ordered 8,
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on February 10, 2010, 02:56:33 pm

We are taking orders at the Derby shop, so far Chadders and i have ordered 8,

Is it possible to order from abroad (Germany)?  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on February 10, 2010, 03:01:32 pm


Quote
Is it possible to order from abroad (Germany)?


you would have to go via the webste for modelzone and i don't think they preorder like we do, but i will find out for you
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 01, 2010, 02:39:34 am
Just got my latest Airfix e-mail update and they now said the Sea Vixen in 1/48 and Valiant in 1/72 will no longer be limited edition but in the main range of releases due to so much interest.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 01, 2010, 05:08:29 am
Just got my latest Airfix e-mail update and they now said the Sea Vixen in 1/48 and Valiant in 1/72 will no longer be limited edition but in the main range of releases due to so much interest.

Sanity prevails at last.  ;D

I can see no good at all in the well overused 'Limited Edition' cachet. OK if it's a resin or low pressure moulded kit, but for a mainstream kit like these two (AND the 1/72 scale TSR2 Mr. Airfix!!!) it's just a silly marketing ploy, and from which no-one gains.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on March 01, 2010, 07:36:50 am
Great news! :thumbsup:

<...> (AND the 1/72 scale TSR2 Mr. Airfix!!!) <...>

I second that notion!  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: JJC on March 04, 2010, 09:31:01 am
On Airfix site its says that the Valiant will now be released in 2011 :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 04, 2010, 01:09:06 pm
Saw the Hurricane IIc on the shelves today.  Didn't pick it up as I've got two IIc's, the Revell & HobbyBoss (on the bench now) kits & can't see the need for another.  I'm waiting for the Mk.I, I've always preferred the earlier version as I prefer the shorter spinner over the later mark, I guess I'm just picky!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on March 04, 2010, 02:15:16 pm
The 1/72nd TSR.2 is supposed to be re-released 2nd quarter this year (extra sprue for the Stratos 4 Meteor Sweeper parts). Don't know if the standard decal sheet is included but all parts are supposed to be in it. http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/airfix-172-stratos-4-bac-tsr-2ms/

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 04, 2010, 04:04:57 pm
On Airfix site its says that the Valiant will now be released in 2011 :banghead:

Well most new kits actually take about 18mths to reach the shelves and most of their special kits have followed that pattern
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 05, 2010, 01:48:57 am
And most will buy it only to leave it on the stash shelf for several years!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on March 05, 2010, 02:13:58 am
And most will buy it only to leave it on the stash shelf for several years!

quite!
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 05, 2010, 07:25:47 am
And most will buy it only to leave it on the stash shelf for several years!

It's like laying down a fine wine, you have to get it now as the kit matures with time and eventually turns into a Classic, and just HAS to be built........  -_- ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on March 05, 2010, 08:04:44 am
Anyboy seen the Illustrious out yet ?

 :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on March 08, 2010, 04:58:21 am
Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!   :banghead: :banghead:

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2010/aircraft/a08108-westland-lynx-army-ah7-a08108/?searchguid=2010381003&resultspage=&sortorder=
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on March 08, 2010, 05:14:52 am
Yeah, but check out the animated flames on the Crocodile :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on March 08, 2010, 07:53:53 am
Wonder how a working version would go down at a model show.  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 08, 2010, 09:19:12 am
Fill it with Rad's Happy JuiceTM, but it probably take out a whole hall at Telford on the first go....

Saying that, even if it was a candle like flame, you'd have the Health & Saftey heavies jumping on you & kicking you in the kidneys....
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 09, 2010, 07:12:09 am
I'm building two Airfix Spitfire IX's at the moment, both out of the box, and they are proving enjoyable, relaxing builds.

Just got around to putting the transfers on and I thought I'd comment on the invasion stripes on the "JE-J" version. They go on beautifuly and fit really well :thumbsup: Take some time coming off the backing sheet, as do all the transfers, but are nice and robust and move easily. Slightly opaque but nothing serious to worry about. Well done to Airfix or who ever designed/printed them  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 09, 2010, 07:53:40 am
I'm pretty sure they're Cartograph.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on March 09, 2010, 08:39:48 am
Illustrious ?

Anyone ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 09, 2010, 09:11:36 am
Illustrious ?

Anyone ?

 :thumbsup:

No Idea Todd, was supposed to be at the start of the year according to them at SMW, and their official launch of the kit on Illustrious herself (before she went for refits whilst Ark Royal takes over the duty ). Now mid march and still no sign.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on March 09, 2010, 12:18:51 pm
Good news on the Spit IXs then.
As for "Rad's Happy Juice"...it's a special brew. :lol:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on March 09, 2010, 12:30:19 pm
Thanks for the update, Geoff. I've been socking money away at my LHS to make sure I have cash for when she comes out.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on March 11, 2010, 12:37:30 pm
Thread on Britmodeller (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=43015) covering the new Airfix Hurricane IIc/Sea Hurricane IIc.  Sadly something of a Curate's Egg, it seems - nice bits and 'orrid bits.  I think I'll stick with the Heller IIc - despite only one leading edge light!  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 11, 2010, 02:29:47 pm
Heck, what a load of hot air for elevator lines that are slightly wrong & slightly overstated panel lines.  Looks good to me.  The completed model (I'm not attacking it, looks very nice) has a dark wash that seems to highlight the heavy panel lines.

I think whatever problems it has seem very minor.  I've yet to see a perfect model from any manufacturer.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on March 11, 2010, 02:37:28 pm
The Hurricane looks like a plastic die-cast, I'll stay with the Revell version.
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on March 12, 2010, 12:58:14 am



What you have to remember is Airfix and Corgi are the same company and both have released a new hurricane.........it's going to be the same master, economics says so, thats why it has slightly deep panel lines, in the end it looks like a Hurricane therefor it works for me  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 12, 2010, 01:28:53 am
Well I find that the "New Arfix" kits panel lines become quite acceptable by the time I've painted them  ;D And most importantly I've really enjoyed the ones I've built so far  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on March 13, 2010, 12:59:07 am
I think in Camo they're not as bad, but silver/NMF finishes they're horrific (Canberra :banghead: )
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on March 13, 2010, 02:00:55 am
looks fine to me........seen helluva lot worse!

had to laugh at these comments in the thread...........one reason why i cant be bothered to post at Britmodeller any more  ;D


qoute:If you look at the tailplanes on the sprue shots above, shouldn't the leading edge of the horn balance be parallel to the elevator hinge line? Doesn't bother me as it looks easy to rescribe, but once you notice it, it does make the tailplanes look a bit funny :unqoute

qoute:It should bother you, Martin. It bothers me - quite a bit!

We are talking about The Hurricane. This is an ICON of British aviation, second only perhaps to the immortal Spitfire.

It is a DISGRACE that they have produced a 'new' kit if this great aircraft - long awaited and much anticipated - and can't even get such basic detail as the line of the elevators correct!! :unqoute

ffs!...it isnt THAT important!......get a life....its a fivers worth of styrene not a 100 grand ferrari!
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on March 13, 2010, 02:14:32 am
ffs!...it isnt THAT important!......get a life....its a fivers worth of styrene not a 100 grand ferrari!

You're right, the elevator matter is very minor.  It's still a little disappointing to see these things happen, especially when Airfix has older Hurris in their range that don't have this error (they do have other shortcomings, though!).  For example, their Mk I is I think the best 1/72 Hurri in outline accuracy terms, and it's a nice simple kit but...people will whinge about lack of interior detail, etc.  That can be sorted as has been said in earlier posts.
But really the key point is as Beowulf says, take the cost into consideration and really the kit shouldn't be dissed just because a bit of work is need (if you can be bothered, that is) - because the Hasegawa Hurris have their faults too, and at more than twice the price!
I think the only direct comparison can only be made with the Revell 1/72 Hurris (the Academy IIc has more flaws than the new Airfix IIc, I seem to recall), and perhaps a meaningful comparison between the Revell, Airfix and Heller IIc kits will put the new Airfix offer into a proper perspective.

Or maybe because Airfix has got back on its feet some people feel it's time to bash it?

Perhaps on reflection I'll give it a go when I see one in the shops.  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 13, 2010, 02:31:33 am
Bought my new Hurricane and it looks all right to me
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 13, 2010, 02:46:45 am
Bought my new Hurricane and it looks all right to me

As will thousands of others so Airfix will be happy.

To be honest as long as the basic shape id right and the detail decent most kits should sell well. The on-line fraternity on nay-sayers who delight in not-picking models has little or no relevance to the mainstream pocket money kits as these will always be snapped up especially with the Airfix brand name. The producers only tend to pay attention whens is the small run, large scale expensive kits which are aimed at the serious modeller, a general negative reaction to those will seriously dent the profitability of said kit.

The Hurricane looked OK to me when i saw the example Rob M had at our club night, and it looks as if the canopy is suitably thin enougth to allow it to be fitted opened.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: monkeyhanger on March 13, 2010, 03:32:30 am
One of the things I like about this site is the complete lack of people getting up their own backsides about this hobby. I don't think I am a good modeller but I enjoy what I do. I totally agree with the sentiments in the last couple of emails. My daughters enjoy modelling and basic Airfix kits are a suitable and affordable way to start. They have several builds now (I will put in some pictures of the Dalmatian dog Beaufighter and Tiger scheme Bristol Blenheim). The pile I have for them to move on to is

Spitfire IX
Mig 15
Mig 21
Anson
Lightning

Nice simple kits to build confidence. I don't expect any of them to end up displaying models at national exhibitions but I do expect them to learn from the experiences. Also, pick up some history as well as safe use of tools and hazardous chemicals (glue) and ideas about structure. I think Airfix produce good stuff for the price they charge. I am pleased that some of the old products are fading away, but there is merit in simplicity.

We all spent a happy sunday a couple of weeks ago building Dapol houses for the road layout the girls designed and built last Easter. Even the Blond Witch was painting drainpipes and window frames! anyone can enjoy this hobby, so I'm glad "we" aren't elitist

Robert

p.s. Really liked the new Airfix Spitifre XIX and am looking forward to getting a Hurricane. Does anyone know the origins of the Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain Fighter collection boxed set? Or should this be another thread?
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on March 13, 2010, 05:07:51 am
p.s. Really liked the new Airfix Spitifre XIX and am looking forward to getting a Hurricane. Does anyone know the origins of the Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain Fighter collection boxed set? Or should this be another thread?

Haven't bought the set but judging by the photos on the back of the box the Huricane looks like the Heller IIc and the Spit IXe the Kopro IX.  Whether the contents match or not I don't know.  I'd have assumed the other Spits were Airfix.

So when sets like these - and more importantly the Dogfight Doubles - that either have 'polybags' (the term used in 'The Boys Book of Airfix' for kits produced by other manufacturers) or old kits for which replacements have recently been released or are in the pipeline, will re-releases of the sets have the new kits in them?  The Mossie/Me262 Dogfight Double has had the Mossie replaced (even though the replacement is 35+ years old!), what of the Spit IX/Bf110 in due course, the Beaufighter/Bf109 and the Ju88/Hurricane?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on March 13, 2010, 05:21:54 am
Or maybe because Airfix has got back on its feet some people feel it's time to bash it?

Or may be we are expecting more from a new kit with the improvements in CNC machined mould technology.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 13, 2010, 07:11:46 am
It's a very simple job to reduce the panel lines on kits the size of the Spit, Hurri & MiG-15, even the Harrier, using correction fluid & a bit of IPA. Canberra would take a bit longer, but still, not really a hardship.

I've got the Revell kit & it looks like a beauty although checking online it's not perfect itself.  It's strange, because it's held up as paragon of virtue in the Brtimodeller thread & it's got a similar amount of minor aspects wrong as they're saying the Airfix kit has.  I'm currentley building the HobbyBoss kit.  It's nice, it's only real problem is that the rear fuse is slightly short & the rest of the proportions & angles are knocked out accordingly.  Still, the only way I could tell was by offering it up to the Revell kit & checking online reviews.  As far as I'm concerned you can't tell it's out without a myriad of refferences & I can't be @rsed!
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 13, 2010, 07:33:47 am
It's a very simple job to reduce the panel lines on kits the size of the Spit, Hurri & MiG-15, even the Harrier, using correction fluid & a bit of IPA. Canberra would take a bit longer, but still, not really a hardship.

Now I've drunk light and bitter and even brown and mild, but correction fluid and IPA ?  :blink: Strange people in Hull  ;D :drink:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 13, 2010, 07:41:05 am
You shandy drinking Southerners just don't understand, that's why you have such crap bee!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on March 13, 2010, 10:21:37 am
Or maybe because Airfix has got back on its feet some people feel it's time to bash it?

Or may be we are expecting more from a new kit with the improvements in CNC machined mould technology.


Indeed Steve.

"you're only attacking them because its Airfix"

"yeah, well you're only defending them because its Airfix!"
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 13, 2010, 12:01:13 pm
I just wish people would give them as much as credit as anyone else.  I can understand the thing about the panel lines, yes they are heavy & it's up to the individual as to wether they can stomach them.  Trouble is the, thrust of the Britmodeller thread seems to be about a 3mm panel line & it's compared against the Revell kit which has it's own minor issues.  Yes, the Bf 109 was a shocker & don't know what happened to the 1/48 TSR2, but every other release has been very minor points.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Av8fan on March 13, 2010, 12:41:35 pm
I have the 1/24th Mosquito.
All I can say is THANK YOU to Airfix for having the you know whats to do this kit.
Picked up at the LHS, and opened the box.  This is a great kit.

It will be a bit before I can get to her, but, I am VERY impressed.

Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2010, 01:42:03 am
I have the 1/24th Mosquito.

I may still sucumb to this beast, just afraid my skills won't do it justice.

Quote fron Nev :

"you're only attacking them because its Airfix"

"yeah, well you're only defending them because its Airfix!"

Very fair point Nev.

I'm a "middling" modeler at best and as I've said previously about the new Spitfires. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and that's what it's all about  :thumbsup: The Hurricanes panel lines/rivets do look a bit "eager" on the bare kit, but I'll see what they look like after a couple of coats of paint.

You shandy drinking Southerners just don't understand, that's why you have such crap bee!  ;D ;D ;D

Had a wasp in my cider once, he was doing the breast stroke  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on March 14, 2010, 03:42:02 am


I think it comes down to one thing with these kits........Personal choice, buy them or not I don't think it matters but what really gets my goat reading the britmodeller thread is how many people are willing to bash a kit, and this is not just Airfix but any, when they have not even seeen the kit with their own eyes. Once the " chosen few " have proclaimed on a kit you just have to climb on that bandwagon or you are going to get critasised yourself, ask Chadders about it , he knows.
Anyway........that over, My personal note is, it looks enough like one for me, it's in my price range, and as for the other small faults.........I'm not that sort of modeller so i don't care.....I will get at least one  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on March 14, 2010, 04:08:23 am
I wish I hadn't mentioned that flippin' Britmodeller thread now!
This morning's post from thedarkmaster sums up what the hobby should be about.  Spend what you can afford, build to your skills and enjoy yourself; appreciate the efforts of others and admire where admiration is due - regardless of the subject or skill level.  Most of all, though, keep it real!
 ;D ;D

PS - and I'm not an Airfix basher by any stretch of the imagination.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on March 14, 2010, 08:54:43 am
Tim sums it up right there - I build what I can afford, build to challenge myself, and build to enjoy the work.  I plan on buying the Airfix FA.2, why? it's a cool subject.  It may not be pristine and perfect, but the SHAR FA2 looks just wicked, and those Sea Eagles?  I haven't seen them in another kit, I want some of those, for what I don't know but they look cool!

Then again, I buy a kit for one of two reasons - A, it's a subject I like or a base I would like to build up from.  B, it's got some cool parts I think I could find some neat use for.  I plan to get my hands on a Zvezda Su-30KN for the same reason - sure, it's not exactly accurate, but it's one of the few tandem seat flankers available and it's got some wicked weapons in there, the Kh-35, the Kh-59, and the S-24.  Call me crazy, but I want some of that action!
Title: Airfix
Post by: chrisonord on March 14, 2010, 11:47:51 am
I also have to agree with what has been said above. I build stuff because I like it and because I can afford it, and if it doesn't meet either of those criteria, I don't buy it. Not because the pilots ash tray is not deep enough or the tyres don't have the correct P.S.I written on them. If Airfix make a subject I like and it is affordable to me then I will buy it, I don't care as long as it looks like the plane/truck/tank/boat on the box lid, it is all about the enjoyment of the creation, even if it does need a bit of putty and sanding. Too many people are forgetting that this is a "HOBBY" not an elitist form of one up manship that makes people with nothing better to do pick everything to bits because they think it is all wrong and so is every one else's opinion.
I have 3 words for those people.........
GET A LIFE!!!
oops, I have melted the rant on off switch now  :lol:
Chris.
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on March 14, 2010, 01:47:39 pm
Too many people are forgetting that this is a "HOBBY" not an elitist form of one up manship

amen brother...........one reason why i only frequent here and another even more laidback modelling forum......no criticism for the sake of it....i build models cos i like to, its a great stress buster and its fun...........i cant be dealing with people putting each other down.......same reason i could never enter any competetion just for some numpty to nit pick....its just not that important to me....more important things in real life to worry about
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on March 18, 2010, 01:00:59 pm
Dare I mention it???  A separate Hurricane review thread at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=45991.   ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 18, 2010, 03:29:36 pm
Thanks for posting.  That's better, a clear headed review that tells you the pluses & minuses without any of the posturing.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 19, 2010, 01:39:07 am
That's a very fair review and matches with my own conclusions
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on March 19, 2010, 12:07:12 pm
Airfix have re-released their old Il-2, but it's got post-war Mongolian markings as well as the Russian scheme.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 19, 2010, 12:32:58 pm
Heck, you don't see those very often.  Modern day Mongol horde anyone, someone nugde Terry!?!?!  :party:

EDIT, from the looks of the website, it's this one.  Original on Wings pallete, with the caveat that it's from a poor quality photo & much of details are speculative.  The bottom one seems to match the box artwork on the Airfix website.  Interesting subject & you could get away with doing it any pretty much any way you wanted without whiffing it!
http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/a/264/34/0 (http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/a/264/34/0)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/IlyushinIl-2Mongolia.jpg)

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i176/Mossie105/Aircraft/IlyushinIl-2Mongolia02.jpg)
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on March 19, 2010, 12:59:36 pm
Airfix have re-released their old Il-2, but it's got post-war Mongolian markings as well as the Russian scheme.


woot!...now i can think of a use for that  :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on March 19, 2010, 01:20:57 pm
I'm happy they've re-released the Gosling in 1/72nd.
BIGGLES, you know....I have nine Goslings now.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 20, 2010, 07:18:59 am
I'm happy they've re-released the Gosling in 1/72nd.
BIGGLES, you know....I have nine Goslings now.

That's some clutch, hope mother and chicks are doing well ?  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 25, 2010, 04:44:48 am
Illustrious ?

Anyone ?

 :thumbsup:

Todd

Received an Illustrious from Airfix this morning, so its finally out. Nice and big but not excessive although could do with extra aircraft.

Geoff
Title: Airfix
Post by: monkeyhanger on March 25, 2010, 08:17:33 am
Saw one in Transport Models (Preston) yesterday. Looks impressive. Its on the list. but I just bought a Hurricane and Spitfire (Airfix).
Title: Airfix
Post by: sideshowbob9 on March 25, 2010, 08:17:50 am
Airfix have re-released their old Il-2, but it's got post-war Mongolian markings as well as the Russian scheme.

Cool! I'll have to get myself a one or two!
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on March 25, 2010, 09:30:22 am
Illustrious ?

Anyone ?

 :thumbsup:

Todd

Received an Illustrious from Airfix this morning, so its finally out. Nice and big but not excessive although could do with extra aircraft.

Geoff

So just like the Navy in real life, then?  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2010, 01:26:07 am
Hannants have an Airfix 1/72 Spitfire 1a listed in the new releases but with no picture. Does anyone know if this is the promised new tool ? No mention of release on the Airfix site

Chris
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 26, 2010, 02:01:52 am
Hannants have an Airfix 1/72 Spitfire 1a listed in the new releases but with no picture. Does anyone know if this is the promised new tool ? No mention of release on the Airfix site

Chris

Looking at the product code AX01001, its another batch of BT-k's :-

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/19301950/a01001-btk-spitfire-a01001/ (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/19301950/a01001-btk-spitfire-a01001/)

Geoff
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2010, 02:04:09 am
Cheers Geoff thought it might be
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on June 26, 2010, 02:04:27 am
Its not the bagged blue "James May" one is it?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 26, 2010, 03:27:19 am
Its not the bagged blue "James May" one is it?

Spot whi didn't bother opening the link  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on June 26, 2010, 09:38:29 am
more like "spot who was reading the thread at the same time as you but posted a couple of minutes after" ;)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 05, 2010, 05:48:43 am
The 1/350 Trafalgar Class is out, Hannants have some in, priced at £7.99.  There's a gift set that should be available soon, for £16.99.
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX03260 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX03260)
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/royal-navy/a50021-trafalgar-class-submarine-1350-a50021/ (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/royal-navy/a50021-trafalgar-class-submarine-1350-a50021/)

Don't think we've mentioned the Sea King AEW.2 yet either:
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX04048 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX04048)
https://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/helicopters/a04048-westland-sea-king-aewmk2asacmk7-a04048/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder= (https://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/helicopters/a04048-westland-sea-king-aewmk2asacmk7-a04048/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on July 05, 2010, 05:57:35 am
thorvic has one of the trafalgar class subs, mossie. he seemed happy enough with it at the staff's moorlands show.

the airfix AEW seaking [of which i have two] is very good. the kit comes most of the HAS5 parts too. i'm tempted
to do it in USN markings,  :wacko:

now what's next from airfix?
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on July 05, 2010, 07:25:05 am
Dunno, but I'm waiting for the Canadair Sabre for one. The 112 SQN markings sort of scream Desert Scheme to me. Perhaps there were some Sabres in Aden to help out the Hunters now and then.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 05, 2010, 07:43:40 am
Hopefully the two 110's followed by the Spitfire Ia in 1/72 and the Spit XII & Seafire in 1/48  :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on July 05, 2010, 07:48:33 am
thorvic has one of the trafalgar class subs, mossie. he seemed happy enough with it at the staff's moorlands show.

There's an in-box review on the Britmodeller forum:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=51822&hl=trafalgar
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 05, 2010, 07:56:11 am
thorvic has one of the trafalgar class subs, mossie. he seemed happy enough with it at the staff's moorlands show.

the airfix AEW seaking [of which i have two] is very good. the kit comes most of the HAS5 parts too. i'm tempted
to do it in USN markings,  :wacko:

now what's next from airfix?

You know, I might even pick one up myself for a quick build.  Here's hoping they get onto an Astute Class, although I think HobbyBoss have one on the way?  Cheers for the review link Trev!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on July 06, 2010, 12:44:19 pm
Just posted this in the MPM thread, thought I'd better bung in here too as it's about Airfix. Rumours on Britmodeller say a series of Meteors and a Javelin are being funded by good sales of the 1/48th Bf1909. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=51888

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 06, 2010, 01:33:14 pm
There was also an insinuation by the same guy '109 thread that an Airfix Vulcan is on the way, I'm guessing he means the 1/48 kit that started as a hoax at the Nationals?

Quote
Aeroclub do the Canberra and Vulcan, and now Airfix do them (The Vulcan's in the pipe)

Is it really on the way in 1/48th???
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 07, 2010, 12:52:32 am
I suspect they may be trying 'start a rumour, watch it spread on the modelling orientated internet and press then let Airfix gauge the interest.

Be nice if true, but i don't quite believe it, as i didn't think the new 109 in 48th was that popular that it could fund two new moulds from scratch !!

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on July 07, 2010, 06:41:15 am
1/48 Vulcan, hmm............ ;D would be nice  :bow:
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 02, 2010, 02:32:37 am
The first of the 110's is out  :thumbsup:

Hannants despatched mine today  ;D

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2010/aircraft/a03080-messerschmitt-bf110cd-a03080/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder= (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2010/aircraft/a03080-messerschmitt-bf110cd-a03080/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=)
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 02, 2010, 02:53:14 am
Someone posted some shots of the bits on Britmodeller yesterday.  Looks to be the best 110 in 72nd yet.

The Spitfires can't be that far off either.  Wonderland are claiming 10th September but if they said it was raining I'd look out of the window first.  Their reputation for telling the truth is somewhere below that of Baron Munhausen. 

I have half a dozen on order based on photos of the sprue shots elsewhere on the web.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on August 03, 2010, 12:22:07 pm
Those devious Airfix brothers are brainwashing me!  Most (not quite all) of their new releases (not retreads) are just so damned enticing every time one comes out I want one!  Not the Hawk T1 'cos my built Matchbox one fits the bill nicely thank you, and and while I've got a PR9 I'm not sure I want a Canberra B(I)8 - for now I'm prepared to stick with my FROG/NOVO kit - and I have a Heller Hurricane IIc in the stash that will also do.
But the rest......!!!!
Would have got a Bf110 in Holborn Modelzone today - looks a very good kit and fantastic value for money - but for the fact I visited HMS Belfast yesterday and acquired a Revell (ex-Matchbox) Walrus.  It just seemed the right thing to do! 
I think what it is is the fact that the new new releases are taking me back to halcyon boyhood kitbashing days and wanting to part with wonga.  The cunning wotsits!  ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 04, 2010, 12:46:56 am

Would have got a Bf110 in Holborn Modelzone today - looks a very good kit and fantastic value for money -

Succumb...it's a real beauty  :wub: :wub:


I think what it is is the fact that the new new releases are taking me back to halcyon boyhood kitbashing days and wanting to part with wonga.  The cunning wotsits!  ;D ;D

That's exactly how I feel Dave. They've brought back the innocent joys you had of building as a kid with these new releases. Either that or I'm reverting back to my childhood. Wonder if I'll have to go back through puberty first  :blink: ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on August 04, 2010, 04:09:23 am
My wife says I've never grown up anyway.

I shall purchase a '110....need it for Biggles. :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 04, 2010, 04:41:24 am
I'll be getting one later in the year.  Want to butcher it as a Bf 162.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 11, 2010, 04:37:32 am
Looks like the 1/72nd Hawker Hurricane MkI is out this week, showing on future releases on Hannants and in stock at Creative.

RAF and Irish decal options.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 11, 2010, 05:17:31 am
Think I'll pick that one up.  I nearly got the Mk.IIc, only refrained because I'd just built the HobbyBoss kit & had the lovely Revell kit in the stash.  I've always preferred the Mk.I's looks.  Irish roundels FTW!
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on August 11, 2010, 10:37:03 am
Is it possible to get a list of recent Airfix retooled models?
Please :smiley:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 12, 2010, 01:17:10 am
New tools of existing subjects, 1/72 unless stated:

MiG-15
Spitfire Mk.IXc
Spitfire PR Mk.XIX (not strictly a re-tool as I don't think they used to have this mark, but replaces their olds Spits)
Hurricane Mk.IIc
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6
BAe Red Arrows Hawk
BAE Hawk 128/132
BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1
BAE Sea Harrier FA.2
Messerschmitt Bf.110C/D
EE Canberra B(I).8
EE Canberra PR.9
European Ruined Workshop 1/76
European Ruined Cafe 1/76
Bf-109E 1/48

Old toolings with new parts:
Matilda Hedgehog
Blackburn Bucanneer with parts for South African & Gulf war aircraft
Sea King HAS Mk.2/ASaC.Mk.7
Churchill Bridgelayer

Completely new toolings:
Canberra B.2 1/48
Canberra B(I).8 1/48
Canberra PR.9 1/48
Canberra B-57G 1/48
HMS Illustrious 1/350
Trafalgar Class Submarine 1/350

New tools due out:
Spitfire Mk.I
North American Sabre F-86F
Canadair Sabre Mk.4
BAe Hawk T.1 (alternative decals to the Red Arrows Hawk I believe)
Harrier GR.9
Vickers Valiant
Bedford QLD & QLT 1/76
European Ruined Corner House 1/76
European Ruined Country Cottage 1/76
WWI British Infantry Northern Europe 1/76
Jaguar XKR GT3 1/32
Aston Martin DBR9 1/32
Spitfire Mk.XII 1/48
Seafire Mk.XVIIC 1/48
Messerschmitt Bf-110E Trop 1/48
Westland Lynx HMA.8 1/48
Westland Lynx AH.7 1/48
DH Sea Vixen 1/48

Please feel free to correct ones I've got wrong or missed out

EDIT, changed to reflect comments & listing on Airfix website
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 12, 2010, 01:43:33 am
Is the Hurricane Mk I definitely a new tool or just a reboxing of their 1970s kit?  Which admittedly still the best Hurricane I in 72nd.

The Ju 88 is their old tooling and it's AWFUL! Avoid it.

The Spitfire Vb looks like a reboxing of the old 70s kit.  Again, it's got the shape right.  Love that kit.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 12, 2010, 02:29:37 am
Is there's a new Ju-88 due?  Checking Hannants, there's two, one has A suffix on the code which seems to suggest there's a new tool? The Hurricane & Spit Vb have also got A suffixes on the codes.

Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 12, 2010, 02:36:25 am
I don't think the Spitfire Vb is a new tool as they had the box art for the old one in the catalogue and it wasn't announced as a new tool.  It's possible that it's the new Mk Ia with a new sprue for the wing, oil cooler and prop but somehow I doubt it.  I'd like to be proved wrong though!

The suffix on the 88 - it's out as a dogfight double with a Hurricane mk 1 so that could explain it.  Again, a new tool 88 wasn't trumpeted and TBH, it would have to go a long way to equal the Hasegawa effort (although I'm sure the Hasegawa kit is pantographed down from the Dragon one as the breakdown is identical).
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 12, 2010, 02:48:50 am
.....Again, a new tool 88 wasn't trumpeted and TBH, it would have to go a long way to equal the Hasegawa effort (although I'm sure the Hasegawa kit is pantographed down from the Dragon one as the breakdown is identical).

But if it was 'Airfix price' instead of 'Tamigawa price' it would surely sell if it was of half-way decent quality?
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 12, 2010, 03:03:12 am
Given the tools Airfix are bringing out, a new tool 88 could be as good as Hasegawa.  Their price structure would beat it without breaking into a sweat.  Italeri are charging about £15 for theirs and it's a 20 year old tool.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nils on August 12, 2010, 03:20:02 am
ive seen the new tooling for the airfix Sea Vixen at RIAT last month, and all i can say is that it is a verry impressive machine, i would definitly recommend it, i hope they bring out a 1/72 next year  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 12, 2010, 03:49:56 am
I've just had a look at the codes, it actually belongs to Ju-87 & looks like Hannants have got the number wrong.  Saying that, is a new Stuka expected?
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 12, 2010, 04:45:55 am
No.  Mind, the Airfix Stukas (Series 2 & series 3) were always highly regarded.  The series 2 one is a simplified version of the Series 3 one.  Lovely kit and was one of the first I ever did back in '82.

Hannants?  Errors?  Has this ever happened before?
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 12, 2010, 06:11:50 am
The Hurricane I and Ju 87 & 88 are re-iisues. Not sure if any tarting up has been done.

The 109G was given a retread and was a disapointment compared to the Spitfire IX and XIX (the XIX is  :wub: :wub:) however the transfer options in the 109 are  :thumbsup:

This might help for New Tools and New models - read re-issues.

Chris

http://www.airfix.com/new-for-2010/ (http://www.airfix.com/new-for-2010/)
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 12, 2010, 06:34:22 am
I think it's safe to assume that UNLESS Airfix have announced kit X as a new tool, it's their old one or a tool bought in from elsewhere (see the 48th Spitfire VIII, Fw 190A and 72nd Hercules and B17).
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on August 12, 2010, 10:33:13 am
Thanks people, you have been very helpful? :smiley: :party:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 12, 2010, 12:22:27 pm
I think it's safe to assume that UNLESS Airfix have announced kit X as a new tool, it's their old one or a tool bought in from elsewhere (see the 48th Spitfire VIII, Fw 190A and 72nd Hercules and B17).

I've found the page where they state this, I'd been looking on the model description for the info.  I'll update the list above to include this.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 13, 2010, 03:35:17 pm
Hyperscale has an IN-BOX REVIEW (http://hyperscale.com/2010/reviews/kits/airfix03080reviewbg_1.htm) of the 1/72 Bf 110. Best mainstream Bf 110 in his eyes.

Thought this was interesting:
"I can't help thinking that Airfix would be snapping at the heels of Hasegawa if only panel lines were crisper and finer."

Very true!  :thumbsup: Go Airfix!
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 14, 2010, 02:03:24 am
Hyperscale has an IN-BOX REVIEW (http://hyperscale.com/2010/reviews/kits/airfix03080reviewbg_1.htm) of the 1/72 Bf 110. Best mainstream Bf 110 in his eyes.

Thought this was interesting:
"I can't help thinking that Airfix would be snapping at the heels of Hasegawa if only panel lines were crisper and finer."

Very true!  :thumbsup: Go Airfix!

Very fair review and one I'm in total agreement with.

It's good that they've put a "non mottle" scheme in the box as well. Suits younger modellers (and me  ;D) who would struggle getting a good mottle finish  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on August 14, 2010, 06:06:10 am

It's good that they've put a "non mottle" scheme in the box as well. Suits younger modellers (and me  ;D) who would struggle getting a good mottle finish  :thumbsup:

ditto  ;D....its what puts me off doing RW Luftwaffe stuff  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on August 14, 2010, 06:34:16 am
Got to agree with you on the mottle shemes, I've got around 20-30 Me 262's unbuilt coz I'm scared of the mottling!

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on August 18, 2010, 09:52:38 am


Found this on the Key publishing site toay


http://www.keypublishing.com/view_news.asp?ID=2429


Looks like some sort of Airfix magazine is back  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 18, 2010, 10:38:36 am
Bad time to launch a new magazine. I know of one modelling magazine which is close to folding.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 18, 2010, 01:55:57 pm
I guess it'll be international though rather having a largely UK base.  It's probably going directly against the Tamiya mag.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 18, 2010, 04:21:02 pm
Apart from it being a recession, print media is slowly dying.  Working for a newspaper, I'm reminded of that every day...
Title: Airfix
Post by: nev on August 20, 2010, 09:11:32 am
With all the recent new mags being launched, it is a very crowded market at the minute - probably overcrowded.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 21, 2010, 11:52:04 am
Comment and photos on Britmodeller about the new Spitfire Mk Ia.  Looks utterly stunning and as good as, if not better, than the Tamiya one and possibly CMK standard.  All for less than a fiver...
Title: Airfix
Post by: James on August 22, 2010, 12:57:57 am
Thanks for the head up. Looks like I'll have to get myself a few.
Title: Airfix
Post by: philp on August 22, 2010, 11:35:15 am
My LHS has one of the older versions in stock but think I will wait to see if they get the new one.  Gotta do my Dutch version.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 23, 2010, 02:17:42 am
Here's my take on a Dutch one Phillip using the origional Airfix kit. I'll get a couple of the new ones (at least) when I see them  :wub:

Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 24, 2010, 11:31:41 am
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10125656 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10125656)

There your go Stratos IV TSR2.MS by Airfix now showing up on Japanese stockists for pre-ordering.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 24, 2010, 12:44:39 pm
42$?  That'll be nigh on £40 when they appear here.  Had away and bollards!  Ye'd be better off sourcing Airfix TSR2s on ebay.  They'd certainly be cheaper!

Closer examination of the Airfix Spitfire Ia reveals a flashed over hole on the starboard fuselage, roughly where the Coffman starter is on the Spitfire mk II.  One of these is therefore on the release schedule.  Why?  Simple.  Like the Spitfire PR.XIX, F.IX and Hurricane, there's one on the airshow circuit.  There's also the BBMF set to consider.  If they do a mk IIa, I suspect that they'll include two props and a new oil cooler so that the modeller can build either the mk IIa or the Va, the latter with Bader's markings.

Mystic Wooksta!'s next prediction?  New tool Blenheim for 2011 or 2012.  Like the above, there's one on the airshow circuit and their current tooling is ancient and has been pretty crummy for the last 20 years, if not before!  You heard it here first!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 24, 2010, 01:11:08 pm
http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/airfix-172-stratos-4-bac-tsr-2ms/ (http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/airfix-172-stratos-4-bac-tsr-2ms/)

Well it should be a bit lower price over here, as the kit has little meaning in the UK without the cartoon, where as in Japan there looks to be a possible franchise cost involved.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 24, 2010, 01:53:50 pm
Yeah, I think there's a Valiant in Stratos 4 so another possibility for the Japanese market?
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2010, 02:28:43 am
Mystic Wooksta!'s next prediction?  New tool Blenheim for 2011 or 2012.  Like the above, there's one on the airshow circuit and their current tooling is ancient and has been pretty crummy for the last 20 years, if not before!  You heard it here first!

Now that would be nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on August 25, 2010, 02:38:51 am
Yes it would - nice Spit Chris.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 25, 2010, 06:36:42 am
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10125656 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10125656)

There your go Stratos IV TSR2.MS by Airfix now showing up on Japanese stockists for pre-ordering.

Now we only need to find out what they changed or added.
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on August 25, 2010, 09:20:52 am
New tail with rocket motor, new canopy, under-wing rocket boosters, and the big underslung nuke I expect. And decals of course.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on August 25, 2010, 12:09:11 pm
Closer examination of the Airfix Spitfire Ia reveals a flashed over hole on the starboard fuselage, roughly where the Coffman starter is on the Spitfire mk II.  One of these is therefore on the release schedule.

Could be an Airfix Club option though, rather than a general release

Mystic Wooksta!'s next prediction?  New tool Blenheim for 2011 or 2012.

I Like! And a rumour I am willing to spread!!
Alternatively a replacement Beaufighter (one being restored at Duxford) at a fraction of the Hasegawa effort will do, or even new a Lysander.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 25, 2010, 12:42:55 pm
Defiant would be good too, a nice modern, accurate affordable one.
Title: Airfix
Post by: philp on August 25, 2010, 02:38:32 pm
Here's my take on a Dutch one Phillip using the origional Airfix kit. I'll get a couple of the new ones (at least) when I see them  :wub:

Nice, going to do mine with the orange triangles but got to find a match for the orange to do the rudder in.
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on August 25, 2010, 02:48:16 pm
Defiant would be good too, a nice modern, accurate affordable one.

While browsing the trade stands at the Avon show last Sunday, I came accross one trader who was selling a resin replacement nose for both the Fairey Battle and the Airfix defiant. I forget the name of the trader though :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 25, 2010, 02:55:35 pm
Closer examination of the Airfix Spitfire Ia reveals a flashed over hole on the starboard fuselage, roughly where the Coffman starter is on the Spitfire mk II.  One of these is therefore on the release schedule.

Could be an Airfix Club option though, rather than a general release

Alternatively a replacement Beaufighter (one being restored at Duxford) at a fraction of the Hasegawa effort will do, or even new a Lysander.
 ;D ;D

As I've said before, a lot of the new Airfix kits seem to be of aicraft on the airshow circuit.  Little Johnny sees a Spitfire flying and pesters Dad to buy kit.  Off he toddles to see Mr Models (invariably he's at an airshow), sees the new AirfixSpitfire IIa in the markings of the IIa that the BBMF are flying and buys kit as it's a fiver and in the markings of the Spit that his son's just seen and wants.  

I think they will do a Beaufighter, but that's recently been rereleased whereas the Blenheim's finally been withdrawn and again, there's one flying.  Don't think the Beau will be ready for a few years.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 25, 2010, 03:09:19 pm
Airfix have long had a deal going with the BBMF boxed set, which seems to be most of the preserved aircraft they are re-hashing.  I guess they're trying to keep that deal going as sales will probably have flagged with what's in the box.  Maybe we'll see a new Lanc, or maybe a re-boxed Revell kit?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 26, 2010, 12:18:12 am
They probably couldn't go amiss with redoing one of their RAF Heavies, the Halifax could certainly do with a revamp as very dated, the Lancaster is still selling well and is still rgarded as a good kit (well so was the Spit 1 !!!! :unsure:) but i doubt they could match the current revell one for detail at the price it sells for. Stirling would be good too but the kits not too bad regarding detail and certainly better than the Halifax kit.

However as Woolsta says with the Airfix roadshow on the airshow circuit, you can see how its influenced many of thier new kits, BBMF, Vulcan, Sea Vixen, F-86 Fury, Seafire 17 etc.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 26, 2010, 02:21:08 am
Hmm, Red Bull markings on the 1/48 Sea Vixen, that would look good  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 26, 2010, 03:00:11 am
Like the real thing, a waste of a classic warbird!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 26, 2010, 07:56:39 am
Picked up the Spit Mk.Ia along with the PR.XIX this morning.  Only thing I could ask for extra on the Mk.Ia is prop, spinner & canopy options in line with the 1/48 kit but that'd bump it up a series.  Nice kit & the PR.XIX is pretty good too.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on August 27, 2010, 07:42:40 am
Hmm, Red Bull markings on the 1/48 Sea Vixen, that would look good  ;D

W H A T  ? - Go and stand in a corner, and think about what you've just said  :angry:

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Cliffy B on August 27, 2010, 08:08:10 am
Hmm, Red Bull markings on the 1/48 Sea Vixen, that would look good  ;D

W H A T  ? - Go and stand in a corner, and think about what you've just said  :angry:

Ian

The pitchfork and torch mob will be visiting shortly!!! (http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu194/CliffyB/lynchmob.gif)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 27, 2010, 12:29:49 pm
Meh, it wouldn't have got in the air without the sponsorship.  Not my idea of what a waribird should look like but sometimes you've got to rob Peter to pay Paul.  Would look pretty striking in a line up of Sea Vixen models at a show.
Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on August 28, 2010, 04:05:09 am
Hmm, Red Bull markings on the 1/48 Sea Vixen, that would look good  ;D

W H A T  ? - Go and stand in a corner, and think about what you've just said  :angry:

Ian

The pitchfork and torch mob will be visiting shortly!!! (http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu194/CliffyB/lynchmob.gif)

If it means the aircraft is preserved and even flying, as far as I am concerned they can paint it bright pink with purple polka-dots.  It would be better if it was preserved in correct colours I grant you but that can come later (as it has), once its been preserved.


And BTW, I'm saying that as a fully paid up member of the Amalgamated Union of Painters, Dockers and Semi-Professional Military Historians!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 28, 2010, 05:08:32 am
What can I get my wooden spoon out for next.  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on August 28, 2010, 05:42:33 am
Defiant would be good too, a nice modern, accurate affordable one.

Not while I'm casting replacement nose's for Valiant wings  ;D.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 04, 2010, 11:02:46 am
Recent post on Britmodeller.  Looks fantastic!

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=55114&st=0&#entry586895
Title: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on September 04, 2010, 11:29:36 am
Wooo the Valiant :wub: :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 04, 2010, 12:15:13 pm
Yep, that'll add to my V-bombers stash! :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2010, 01:54:40 am
S'alright I suppose  :wacko:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on September 05, 2010, 02:29:06 am
Well it looks like Airfix are really runing the thumbscrews on us now, in most years there used to a one of two kits across the spectrum of model companies that were classed as 'must buys'  in recent years i have had 1/72nd TSR2, Nimrod, Canberra, 1/350th Illustrious, Trafalgar all from Airfix and now we have Valiant ealy next year along with Sea Vixen and Seafire 17 and i'm supposed to be focussing on ships and don't generally do 1/48th aircraft !!!!. Could prove interesting on what they plan for 2011/12 in addition to items like the lynx that they have put back from this year.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 05, 2010, 03:07:46 am
Don't forget the 72nd Spitfires either!  Some of us are buying them in bulk...

More photos in the thread on BM, more Valiant but some Vixen and Spitfires, so hit the link I posted earlier and scroll down.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 05, 2010, 03:45:23 am
I built one of the new Spitfire 1a kits y'day, or rather assisted my grandson in building one!  :lol:

He really did most of the work, only a little guidance was needed on my part as he's done 3-4 models already. I introduced him to using the Revell Contacta glue needle-like thingies and also to using liquid glue with a brush afterward, and the difference it made to his skills was remarkable.

The 1a kit goes together like a dream, the wing fuselage joint is the best I've ever seen on ANY Spifire kit, quite magnificent. The cockpit assembly was a tad hit-and-miss though, the locations of the various parts were not all that clear and getting the assembly to fit the fuselage was not easy, resulting in some un-Grandad like thoughts etc.  ;D

Although my current Spitfire kit stock stands at 92 (!) I'm seriously thinking of getting a 1a or two, they may from the basis of some future RW early PR conversions I'm working on.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 05, 2010, 05:47:03 am
You'd be better off using the older Ia, bearing in mind all the panel lines were filled in and sanded down.  Easier to sand off raised panels than fill them in!  Also cheaper, as I assume you've a reasonable stock?

92?  I think my stash of Spits is into 3 figures...  I honestly don't know as I've never actually counted them.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on September 05, 2010, 07:12:00 am
And I thought my stash of 46 Spits was overboard   :lol: :lol:
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 05, 2010, 08:12:54 am
That's a girl's stash!
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 06, 2010, 01:35:37 am
Will you lot stopped teasing me with all this Airfix Spit I stuff, it's driving me mad  :banghead: :banghead:

Hopefully I shall pick up a couple today...all hail the Thorvic  :bow:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on September 06, 2010, 02:44:06 am
Here's an admission: I have NEVER built an Airfix Spitfire, even when I was a kid, or indeed, any other Spitfire either. I have exactly ONE in the stash (a Heller bubble-top, clipped-wing one (I don't know the Mk.Nos off by heart either). There's something about both the Spit and the 109 that just doesn't appeal to me (I only have two 109s, and both of those came in job lots with other things that I really wanted).
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 06, 2010, 04:10:11 am
Will you lot stopped teasing me with all this Airfix Spit I stuff, it's driving me mad  :banghead: :banghead:

Hopefully I shall pick up a couple today...all hail the Thorvic  :bow:

Picked them up from the PO today. Worth the wait  :wub: :wub: :thumbsup:

Here's an admission: I have NEVER built an Airfix Spitfire, even when I was a kid, or indeed, any other Spitfire either. I have exactly ONE in the stash (a Heller bubble-top, clipped-wing one (I don't know the Mk.Nos off by heart either). There's something about both the Spit and the 109 that just doesn't appeal to me (I only have two 109s, and both of those came in job lots with other things that I really wanted).

It would be a sad old world if we all liked the same things mate. I for one can't "stand" F.15/16/18's, and far worse things happen at sea. I even know a couple of Man Utd supporters  :wacko: ;D 
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on September 06, 2010, 10:32:58 am
Quote
I even know a couple of Man Utd supporters     

Are you really sure that's something youi want to admit to??? :o :o

Gorgeous looking Valliant shots, Gotta have a few of them when they come out. I suppose I should be gettign some more spit kits for the stash, I think I have precisely 1 at the moment. I guess I'd better do the same with the 109 & 110 kits as well.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2010, 12:58:20 am
Just checked the spreadsheet and I have 65 Spits of all marks in 1/72. Plus various Seafires, Spitefull's and Seafangs in 1/72 and a few Spits in 1/48
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on September 07, 2010, 10:55:17 am
I have none in the stash, and have only ever built two - both Airfix Vbs, one as a child, one a year or so back. I'm hoping Airfix will do a F.22/24 in 1:72. I much prefer the big-tailed bubble-tops to the earlier versions.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 07, 2010, 02:29:56 pm
I have exactly ONE in the stash (a Heller bubble-top, clipped-wing one (I don't know the Mk.Nos off by heart either)

That'll be a 16 then, or an XVI to be more accurate.  -_-

Sadly I DO know the Mk. Nos. off by heart, but when you've lived in a house where the boss-man spoke of nothing BUT Spitfires for years and years (when he wasn't on about Audaxes that is....) it all tends to rub off on you.  :lol:
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 07, 2010, 02:37:30 pm
The next 72nd Spitfire they'll release will be a IIa/Va, judging by the way the new Ia is broken down.  And I'd definitely welcome a 22/24 Spit.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2010, 01:00:08 am
I'm hoping Airfix will do a F.22/24 in 1:72. I much prefer the big-tailed bubble-tops to the earlier versions.

Also like to see a F.22/24 in 1/72.  :thumbsup: Must admit I prefer the earlier marks myself. Don't get me wrong I like all Spitfires/Seafires but the Mk I's, II's & Vs have a certain "daintiness" about them. I'll go dig a hole because of my use of that rather effete word and Spitfire in the same sentence  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 08, 2010, 01:17:20 am
Don't get me wrong I like all Spitfires/Seafires but the Mk I's, II's & Vs have a certain "daintiness" about them. I'll go dig a hole because of my use of that rather effete word and Spitfire in the same sentence  ;D

Chris,

Why dig? It suits the early Marks very well.

Compared to a Hurricane, a veritable brute by comparison, a Spitfire I is dainty. As time went on you can see the 'daintiness' being bred out, and when they changed to the Griffon engine with the Mk XII it was almost gone completely! The later Marks, the 20 series models, are almost totally different aircraft.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2010, 01:27:02 am
Don't get me wrong I like all Spitfires/Seafires but the Mk I's, II's & Vs have a certain "daintiness" about them. I'll go dig a hole because of my use of that rather effete word and Spitfire in the same sentence  ;D

Chris,

Why dig? It suits the early Marks very well.

Compared to a Hurricane, a veritable brute by comparison, a Spitfire I is dainty. As time went on you can see the 'daintiness' being bred out, and when they changed to the Griffon engine with the Mk XII it was almost gone completely! The later Marks, the 20 series models, are almost totally different aircraft.


I have heard it said (possibly by you sir ?) that under normall circumstances the latter marks would have had a different name, but Vickers in their canniness used the same name so that the MOD didn't go through the full procurement route and just signed on the dotted line for a upgraded airframe. Interesting ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 08, 2010, 01:31:38 am
I have heard it said (possibly by you sir ?) that under normall circumstances the latter marks would have had a different name, but Vickers in their canniness used the same name so that the MOD didn't go through the full procurement route and just signed on the dotted line for a upgraded airframe. Interesting ?

Sir? You must be thinking of some other fellow!  ;D

But seriously I think we did discuss that at a recent show somewhere. Hawker followed the more normal route and developed the Hurricane in exactly the same way, but they DID change the names as they went on. viz the Tornado, Typhoon, Tempest etc. (Hm, that sequence sounds vaguely familiar somehow....)
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 15, 2010, 03:12:36 am
Just started working on the new 110. Goes together very well with some nice detail. There's some nice engineering to the parts fit. A few of the parts I've worked on so far can be glued from the "inside" face...very usefull when you are as cackhanded as I am  :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on September 27, 2010, 08:15:13 am
First pic I've seen of the new TSR.2 sprue for the Stratos Four Meteor Sweeper has been posted on JC Carbonel's Modelstories site (third pic down). http://modelbox.free.fr/news/News1010_P/EURO.html
Also does anyone know the provenance of the AMP/Mini Mir Me 263 kit? (6th pic down).

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 27, 2010, 08:27:27 am
Likely a copy of the Special Hobby kit - that Ukrainian manufacturer that's knocking out the Bv 155 and Ta 152H has been copying other moulds so I suspect the same toolmaker.  Either that or someone has bought the Huma tools.  Those were the only two injection Me 263s. 

Until I see the sprues, I can't say for definite.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on September 27, 2010, 08:50:30 am
First pic I've seen of the new TSR.2 sprue for the Stratos Four Meteor Sweeper has been posted on JC Carbonel's Modelstories site (third pic down). http://modelbox.free.fr/news/News1010_P/EURO.html
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MOST interesting!  :o
Looks like they include some pilot figures. Cool!
The part in the middle next to what looks like the cockpit tub. Is that the canopy? Wonder whether that means the kit will include a complete "real-world" TSR.2 with the Stratos 4 bits thrown in on top?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on September 27, 2010, 09:20:58 am
Thanks Lee I was wondering if was the Huma mould.

Hi Moritz, last I heard there is the full TSR.2 kit with the extra meteor sweeper bits added, the pilots are two girls in very tight flight suits and that solid part is the new canopy, there should be small round porthole style windows in that part.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on September 27, 2010, 11:48:49 am
Likely a copy of the Special Hobby kit - that Ukrainian manufacturer that's knocking out the Bv 155 and Ta 152H has been copying other moulds so I suspect the same toolmaker.  Either that or someone has bought the Huma tools.  Those were the only two injection Me 263s. 

Until I see the sprues, I can't say for definite.

http://hobbyterra.com/product.asp?idProduct=3273 (http://hobbyterra.com/product.asp?idProduct=3273)

That help ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 27, 2010, 03:03:20 pm
I don't have my Special Hobby one to hand but it's definitely not the Huma one - that had a conventional port starboard split as opposed to horizontal.
Title: Airfix
Post by: frank2056 on September 27, 2010, 05:00:38 pm
Definitely not the Huma kit. Here's a review of the Huma kit with a shot of the sprue. (http://modelingmadness.com/scotts/axis/luft/me/me263.htm)
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 28, 2010, 02:12:25 am
Well it's not a direct copy of the Special Hobby kit because although that is moulded with a horizontal fusalage split, the halves include the wing surfaces. There are also some other details in the SH kit.

They may have used the kit and cut it up to "disguise" it's origins however.
Title: Airfix
Post by: McGreig on September 28, 2010, 03:07:12 am
They may have used the kit and cut it up to "disguise" it's origins however.

I think that it's probably a new tooling. Although the fin and cockpit floor look similar, what I can make out of the engraved detail on the wing is different from that on the Special Hobby kit, the Special Hobby wheel wells are rectangular, not wheel shaped, the undercarriage legs are different, the cockpit cut out is larger on the Special Hobby kit with the solid rear section also treated differently, and there are even differences between the internal bulkheads of the two kits.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on September 28, 2010, 06:05:49 am
First pic I've seen of the new TSR.2 sprue for the Stratos Four Meteor Sweeper has been posted on JC Carbonel's Modelstories site (third pic down). http://modelbox.free.fr/news/News1010_P/EURO.html
Also does anyone know the provenance of the AMP/Mini Mir Me 263 kit? (6th pic down).

Paul Harrison

That AMP box art looks so much like the old NOVO box art!
Title: Airfix
Post by: chrisonord on September 30, 2010, 02:38:25 pm
Do you think if I asked nicely, Airfix would sort me out with a new canopy for my hind Mi-24 A?  :huh:
Chris.
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on September 30, 2010, 03:08:18 pm



So how big is the Valient going to br then ?


(http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/Geri1980/airfixmargate021-1.jpg)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 30, 2010, 04:03:01 pm
Do you think if I asked nicely, Airfix would sort me out with a new canopy for my hind Mi-24 A?  :huh:
Chris.

Yes, or at least they're likely to.  They keep spares from the year dot, as long they haven't run out, they'll send you one, free.  Just contact them via the website, you'll not here from them, just get your parts in the post one day.  It might take a little while so don't badger them.  Make sure you list all the parts numbers, I once requested 'wings' and didn't think to mention the transparent light covers, so I didn't get them.
Title: Airfix
Post by: chrisonord on September 30, 2010, 05:26:55 pm
Cheers for that Mossie,
I thought I might have been asking for the holy grail (in 1/72nd scale of course ;D)
Chris.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on October 01, 2010, 05:57:52 am
Does anybody know if Airfix has plans to reissue Jetstream?
If not, can someone suggest them to do it? ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 05, 2010, 04:09:34 am
Whilst I'm a great fan of the ex-JB Models modern military vehicles that Airfix have taken over, there is one thing that I've found to be poor, and it's just occured to me that there's an easy fix.

On the Landrovers, the A-pillar is wrong. There's one thick A-pillar moulded onto the vehicle side, and another one moulded in with the one-piece windscreen & engine bulkhead. Given that the bulkhead doesn't actually fit too well, you end up with an A-pillar that's about 2.5 times too wide, and really hits you between the eyes when you look at the finished model. I understand that the Landy was one of the first models that JB did, so presumably there was a bit of learning curve involved. Later ones, like the Forward Control Landrover or the Bedford MK have all-clear cabs where you mask the windows off before painting them. This gives much finer pillars, without making the model weak.

It's just struck me that Airfix could, if they wished, fix the Landy without changing the main moulds at all. All they'd need to do is make a new clear sprue (which is tiny) which replaces the individual left and right windscreen halves with a clear one-piece window & bulkhead (like on the FC) with NO A-pillars. The door A-pillars would then be in scale. The only other thing would be to change the instructions to match.

No idea what it costs to tool up a tiny clear sprue - worth suggesting to them?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on October 05, 2010, 04:15:50 am
Would be nice if they redid the sides to allow for seperat doors too, then they could also look at the open topped versions such as the Pink Panther, recon or recoilless rifle variants.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 05, 2010, 09:09:50 am
Although that would involve changing the main moulds, of course.

Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on October 05, 2010, 12:00:50 pm
A bit of a side question: how are the decals in Airfix' latest releases? Someone on a German forum used them and was really disappointed. Said he couldn't get them to cooperate with any decal softer. Someone else said that was his experience as well.
Your thoughts and experiences?
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on October 05, 2010, 12:19:15 pm
I've used the ones from the new Mig 15 and Hurricane, and they're rather nice IMO. I used micro sol/set on them just fine. The previous round were bloody awful though - the ones from the Mosquito were extremely glossy, and wouldn't settle down at all.
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on October 05, 2010, 12:21:58 pm


Must say  Both Hurricanes, the Me11o , the Mig15 and the Sturmoviks decals were all great but the spifire ix 's were crap so think it may be hit and miss
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 06, 2010, 03:50:09 am
I had no problem with the Spitfire IX's, so yes it must be hit and miss.

When Airfix first arose from the ashes (again  :banghead:) the transfers were poor, my recent kits have been fine however. The "sharks mouth" on the Me 110 could be the acid test however
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on October 06, 2010, 08:20:28 am
Thanks for the insight, guys!  :thumbsup: The Me 110 decals are what spawned this discussion on flugzeugforum.de. Two users said they couldn't get them to cooperate and now thedarkmaster says they worked for him. Hit and miss it is, then.  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on October 16, 2010, 04:49:14 am
An announcement in SAMI mentions Airfix are offering a bundle of Spitfires to Schools & kids clubs.  It's the old Mk.IA kit, in the bagged BT-K offering.  For forty quid you get 15 Spitfire kits, 15 tubes of poly, 6 packs of four brushes, 18 pots of paints, along with an Airfix catalogue & club leaflets.  You have to provide proof of the organisation, but if you've only got ten kids in your club, you get five Spits yourself for 'demonstration'..... ;D

They're calling it 'Project Airfix', see the web page:
http://www.airfix.com/project-airfix/ (http://www.airfix.com/project-airfix/)
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on October 16, 2010, 05:32:16 am


Airfix are sponsoring a " Make and Paint " event at Modelzones throughout the UK, we have just recieved 100 spitfire 1's plus paint and glue.

Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on October 16, 2010, 10:10:08 am
It's good, there's often a lot of talk about trying to get kids back into modelling but no action.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 17, 2010, 01:40:56 am
It's good, there's often a lot of talk about trying to get kids back into modelling but no action.

Agreed, best of luck to them  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on October 17, 2010, 03:11:10 am
For those of you who have the Airfix 1/350th HMS Illustrious, Airfix have now issued the airgroup as a seperate sprue:-


http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/ships/warships/british-navy/ah0022-1350-scale-aircraft-for-hms-illustrious-ah0022/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder= (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/ships/warships/british-navy/ah0022-1350-scale-aircraft-for-hms-illustrious-ah0022/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=)

I suspect it will only be available direct from them, coule be handy for those of you with the 1/350th USS Wasp as you can do visting RN aircraft Sea Harrier FA2, Harrier GR-9, Merlin & Sea King or even do the GR-9 as AV-8B as these dont have radar !.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 15, 2010, 12:15:46 pm
Well SMW saw the rerelease of the DH88 Comet (got one) and the Battle (may weaken) and the release of the F86 Sabre.  The Sea Vixen will be out in a couple of weeks accoriding to the Airfix Brother I spoke to, the Valiant in April next year.  Overheard somethng about the 2011 release schedule coming out soon - no hints and I may have misheard.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on November 15, 2010, 12:20:25 pm
they are most likely waiting for the London toy fair to go public with the 2011-12 release program.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 15, 2010, 12:23:20 pm
they are most likely waiting for the London toy fair to go public with the 2011-12 release program.

End of Decemeber for the list generally to traders, (who always let slip, and then its the Toy Fairs for the catalogue and artwork of whats due where possible.

Title: Airfix
Post by: van883 on November 15, 2010, 02:48:42 pm
For some strange reason the Airfix guys told me they have no plans to release a 72nd scale Canberra with a goldfish bowl canopy-very silly if you ask me...

Van
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 15, 2010, 03:19:06 pm
The sprues they had on the table looked good, Valiant, Sea Vixen, Sabre etc.  I was quite taken aback with the 1/48 Lynx, that'll look great with paint on.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on November 16, 2010, 05:20:50 am
For some strange reason the Airfix guys told me they have no plans to release a 72nd scale Canberra with a goldfish bowl canopy-very silly if you ask me...

Van

For a company that is in business to make money, it's not just silly but tantamount to incompetence.  Especially as the Italeri Canberra has been axed too.  They have a captive market wanting a new Canberra and they have the tools yet "have no plans".  Cretins...
Title: Airfix
Post by: philp on November 16, 2010, 06:01:26 am
I agree.  Would love to do an Aussie version from 'nam and an Argentine version from the Falklands.

Besides the 57, the B 2 version is my favorite.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2010, 09:33:40 am
It wouldn't be THAT difficult to make a B2/B6/PR3/PR7/T4 multi-type kit. Different noses and engines would do the trick, the rest of it is all the same.

Now that Trevor Snowden has retired it seems they need some direction........
Title: Airfix
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on November 16, 2010, 11:58:42 am
An Airfix guy told me at SMW that they have done all the work to produce the Valiant in bomber, PR & tanker versions, but the initial release will only have bomber options to "see how it goes". Several of us punters advised them to put all the versions in the initial release, but this appeared to fall on deaf ears. The claim was that the extra sprue would add £10 to the selling price.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2010, 03:40:10 pm
The Valiant box lid they showed mentions all the versions on it. Perhaps that's a preview of the later version.?

'To see how it goes'? They're crazy, it'll sell like hot cakes, just like the 1/72 TSR2.  :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on November 16, 2010, 08:56:59 pm
For some strange reason the Airfix guys told me they have no plans to release a 72nd scale Canberra with a goldfish bowl canopy-very silly if you ask me...

Van

For a company that is in business to make money, it's not just silly but tantamount to incompetence.  Especially as the Italeri Canberra has been axed too.  They have a captive market wanting a new Canberra and they have the tools yet "have no plans".  Cretins...

"Especially as the Italeri Canberra has been axed too" - really?  :( :( :(

Back to haunting Evilbay... :banghead:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 17, 2010, 12:20:43 am
For some strange reason the Airfix guys told me they have no plans to release a 72nd scale Canberra with a goldfish bowl canopy-very silly if you ask me...

Van

For a company that is in business to make money, it's not just silly but tantamount to incompetence.  Especially as the Italeri Canberra has been axed too.  They have a captive market wanting a new Canberra and they have the tools yet "have no plans".  Cretins...

Stop and think about it this for a sec, the Italeri Canberra B2 was listed at the start of the year and is still listed, so there is no way Airfix would consider issuing one with Italerei one due. If found to be true that Italeri have indeed cancelled the B-2 then Airfix would then think about it when they start working on 2012 releases - currently all their resources are aimed towards the outstanding 2010 releases, the delayed 2010 releases put back to 2011 and of course their planned 20111 releases to go with their new catalogue for January.
Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on November 17, 2010, 01:17:49 am
Strange how competition now seems to be a dirty word in the marketplace...  :(
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on November 17, 2010, 01:30:15 am
Had on.  Airfix are in the business to make money.  An Italeri Canberra B2 makes no money for Airfix, so releasing one makes commercial sense, especially as the Airfix Canberra is currently way under the prices Italeri would charge.  I repeat: for Airfix not to release a B2 is stupid.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 17, 2010, 01:42:45 am

Stop and think about it this for a sec, the Italeri Canberra B2 was listed at the start of the year and is still listed, so there is no way Airfix would consider issuing one with Italerei one due. If found to be true that Italeri have indeed cancelled the B-2 then Airfix would then think about it when they start working on 2012 releases - currently all their resources are aimed towards the outstanding 2010 releases, the delayed 2010 releases put back to 2011 and of course their planned 20111 releases to go with their new catalogue for January.

Agree with you Geoff.

As for competition, the field is to small now especially amongst the "big boys".

As an aside I'm entering the Airfix Make & Take next year especially if that little brunette is still working for Airfix  :wub: (she was building a Spitfire when I went past for the 8th time). Looked stunning on Saturday night. Might improve my modelling as well
Title: Airfix
Post by: James on November 17, 2010, 02:30:17 am
An Airfix guy told me at SMW that they have done all the work to produce the Valiant in bomber, PR & tanker versions, but the initial release will only have bomber options to "see how it goes". Several of us punters advised them to put all the versions in the initial release, but this appeared to fall on deaf ears. The claim was that the extra sprue would add £10 to the selling price.

According to a piece in Airfix Model World, the kit will contain parts for all versions.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 17, 2010, 03:18:00 am
Had on.  Airfix are in the business to make money.  An Italeri Canberra B2 makes no money for Airfix, so releasing one makes commercial sense, especially as the Airfix Canberra is currently way under the prices Italeri would charge.  I repeat: for Airfix not to release a B2 is stupid.

On the other hand, Airfix might be thinking that if they wait until the Italeri ones have mostly gone off the shelves, then they'll sell more when they've got the only decent B2 on the market. If the Italeri one was capable of satisfying the latent demand, then Airfix wouldn't be launching one at all.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 17, 2010, 05:16:19 am
Airfix currently sell the Italeri Horsa glider in Airfix boxes.

Perhaps a similar idea is on the cards for the Canberra B2? Airfix could quite truthfully say 'We're not going to make a 1/72 scale Canberra B2' and yet still sell one.......... ;)
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 17, 2010, 07:48:35 am
Airfix currently sell the Italeri Horsa glider in Airfix boxes.

Perhaps a similar idea is on the cards for the Canberra B2? Airfix could quite truthfully say 'We're not going to make a 1/72 scale Canberra B2' and yet still sell one.......... ;)

I think (don't quote me) the Italeri one was going to be the MPM/Special Hobby one in a similar way to the Hudson boxing ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: van883 on November 17, 2010, 09:04:34 am
For some strange reason the Airfix guys told me they have no plans to release a 72nd scale Canberra with a goldfish bowl canopy-very silly if you ask me...

Van

For a company that is in business to make money, it's not just silly but tantamount to incompetence.  Especially as the Italeri Canberra has been axed too.  They have a captive market wanting a new Canberra and they have the tools yet "have no plans".  Cretins...

Stop and think about it this for a sec, the Italeri Canberra B2 was listed at the start of the year and is still listed, so there is no way Airfix would consider issuing one with Italerei one due. If found to be true that Italeri have indeed cancelled the B-2 then Airfix would then think about it when they start working on 2012 releases - currently all their resources are aimed towards the outstanding 2010 releases, the delayed 2010 releases put back to 2011 and of course their planned 20111 releases to go with their new catalogue for January.
Lots of manufacturers duplicate kits-Hobby boss have a better (I am told) and cheaper MiG 15 yet Airfix release theirs. Hobbyboss and Tamiya F-84s. Revell and Academy B-17s being other examples. i could give more examples.
The market for PR9s seems small, especially since Xtrakit produced one not long before Airfix-but they do one anyway and the aftermarket resin industry responds. They would do the same with goldfish bowl Canberras too I would think-leading to more Canberras sold. But not Airfix ones i guess...    I could go on etc etc

cheers

Van
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 17, 2010, 12:49:40 pm
especially if that little brunette is still working for Airfix  :wub: (she was building a Spitfire when I went past for the 8th time). Looked stunning on Saturday night. Might improve my modelling as well

Take someone younger plus a set of jump leads Chris - you'd need them!
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 18, 2010, 02:15:32 am
especially if that little brunette is still working for Airfix  :wub: (she was building a Spitfire when I went past for the 8th time). Looked stunning on Saturday night. Might improve my modelling as well

Take someone younger plus a set of jump leads Chris - you'd need them!
 ;D ;D

Who's been telling tales  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on November 22, 2010, 09:48:49 am
Apologies if this is old news, but it's worth having a scan through the Airfix website because they're selling some stuff at serious discount, although admittedly, some of the stuff with discounted prices on it is out of stock at the moment.

Some examples:

1/48th Canberra B(I).8: discounted from £29.99 to £14.99, in stock

1/48th Martin B-57B: discounted from £29.99 to £14.99, in stock

1/72nd Nimrod: discounted from £41.99 to £15.99, NOT IN STOCK

1/72nd Lockheed Hudson: discounted from £13.99 to £6.99, in stock

1/76th M113 ACAV: discounted from £5.99 to £3.50, NOT IN STOCK

There are more, some smaller discounts and others I probably havn't found. P&P is reasonable for a big order: £3 upto £40 order value, free over that.





Title: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on November 22, 2010, 11:38:20 am
especially if that little brunette is still working for Airfix  :wub: (she was building a Spitfire when I went past for the 8th time). Looked stunning on Saturday night. Might improve my modelling as well

Take someone younger plus a set of jump leads Chris - you'd need them!
 ;D ;D

Who's been telling tales  ;D

Now I know why you like Spitfires.....
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 23, 2010, 05:35:25 am
Good to see Black Magic decals on the new boxing of the Comet, Grosvenor House has been done to death.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 23, 2010, 09:09:25 am
Have they updated the Comet moulds for the 'Red Box' release?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 23, 2010, 09:36:40 am
Yeah, I haven't got the kit myself but the box art carries the Mollinson's Black Magic, looks to be the only decal option.
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2010/aircraft/a01013-comet-racer-a01013/?searchguid=20101123173425&resultspage=&sortorder= (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2010/aircraft/a01013-comet-racer-a01013/?searchguid=20101123173425&resultspage=&sortorder=)
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 23, 2010, 10:16:23 am
Whirlybird does a number of decal sheets for the Comet racers, they have a resin cockpit set (got one) and vacuform canopy for the Airfix kit too.

This is from the 2008 catalogue but I have a 2010 one arriving in the next week or so so I'll check to see if they're still available
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 23, 2010, 10:27:41 am
I picked up a 2010 Whirlybird catalogue at SMW, and yes, they are still listed. £4 for the cockpit set, and £1.50 for two canopies. 5 different sheets of markings, £3.50 each. :)

The new boxing has only got the Black Magic markings - I've never seen gold printed transfers before! I don't think anything's been added to the kit itself - 24 parts, none look like new additions.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 23, 2010, 12:51:42 pm
No change to the Comet kit other than the decals. I got the Whirlybird interior off their stand at Telford but think I paid less that £4.  And they still do thier canopy set.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on November 25, 2010, 01:34:27 pm
Has anyone got a like to Whirlybirds web site or a contace address for them please? I can see a few DH88 bits and decals in my future
Title: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on November 25, 2010, 01:40:30 pm
Check your PM, lancer. :)
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 25, 2010, 02:46:17 pm
Hampden's on the shelves, playmates.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 25, 2010, 03:32:37 pm
Has anyone got a like to Whirlybirds web site or a contace address for them please? I can see a few DH88 bits and decals in my future

Whirlybid doesn't have a website Lancer, the only way to go is this.  And they do have a number of bits & decal sheets too.

Title: Airfix
Post by: TomZ on November 25, 2010, 11:14:23 pm
JBot decals also have sets of Comet decals. They have decals for ALL Comet markings and I think they are better than Whirlybirds.

http://www.jbot.ca/welcome.shtml (http://www.jbot.ca/welcome.shtml)


TomZ
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 01, 2010, 12:40:28 pm
Sea Vixens on the shelves at Holborn Modelzone, boys and girls.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on December 01, 2010, 02:42:55 pm


Should be at all modelzones.......we had ours Monday
Title: Airfix
Post by: Cliffy B on December 02, 2010, 01:49:10 pm
Was in the local Hobby Town USA this morning and noticed an entire rotating rack of Airfix "starter kits."  The kind that come with a little tube of glue, a few plastic pots of paint, and a brush.  They were all 1/72 scale and consisted of the usual prop and jet suspects.  The one that really caught my eye though was a Hawker Sea Hawk!  The boxes claimed they were "skill level 1" which usually means they're on par with a snap-tite kit as far as detail goes.  They wanted $16 a piece for them but I wanted to do some research before possible springing for that Sea Hawk.  A USN version in GSB over Korea sounds nice  :wacko:  Anyone know anything about these new kits?  Are they really "snap-tite" type kits or are they in disguise?
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 02, 2010, 01:52:11 pm
Cliffy,

AFAIK they are all the older Airfix non-recut moulds, with all the starter stuff added to aid sales. Airfix did do some snap-tite type kits many years ago, the Spitfire V being one, but I don't think the Sea Hawk was one of them.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 02, 2010, 01:56:12 pm
The Spitfir Vb was never a snap tite kit although the Spitfire Ia was ruined to make it snap tite, along with the Lightning F1a.
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 02, 2010, 02:06:12 pm
Spitfire, Schmittfire, seen one Airfix Spit of the period, you've seen 'em all............  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 03, 2010, 12:35:26 am
Cliffy,

AFAIK they are all the older Airfix non-recut moulds, with all the starter stuff added to aid sales.

That's exactly what they are
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 03, 2010, 01:36:55 am
Spitfire, Schmittfire, seen one Airfix Spit of the period, you've seen 'em all............  ;D

How very dare you!!!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 03, 2010, 02:19:14 am
How very dare you!!!!

When I have 92 Spitfire kits in The Loft, very easily actually.  ;D

As I recall, the Airfix Spitfire 1a and V had pretty much identical fuselage moulds, only the wings were different, and you could chop and change one to the other quite easily. I made a Mk XII using the Mk V fuse as a basis, but with LOADS of other bits added of course.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 23, 2010, 04:19:36 am
http://www.airfix.com/2011/ (http://www.airfix.com/2011/)

Enjoy
Title: Airfix
Post by: lenny100 on December 23, 2010, 04:32:10 am
nice to see the stands back, no more standing a aircraft on its gear now flying were they belong, (did i mention i hate undercarts)
Title: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on December 23, 2010, 04:38:06 am
REJOiCE :drink: :party: :cheers:

The ANGEL INTERCEPTOR is back :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 23, 2010, 04:49:39 am
New tool Gnat! :wub: :wub: :wub: (pity it's the trainer not the fighter though (destined for Red Arrows colours, no doubt))

New tool Cromwell in 1/76th  :thumbsup:


Now there's an incentive to get another job:  I need to stock up on Angel Interceptors..... ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 23, 2010, 04:58:11 am
A new Gnat trainer?  Why worry about the fighter - they never carried proper colours anyway!

Hmmn.  Gnat and Swordfish on the airshow circuit...
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on December 23, 2010, 05:18:03 am
too much nice stuff!!!  :blink: wmiks and snatch!.....stands!......angel interceptor!!!!

i also have incentive to find a job in the new year  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 23, 2010, 06:05:25 am
A Gnat F.1 or Ajeet would have been nice.
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 23, 2010, 06:14:00 am
I'm trying - and sadly failing - to get excited about the 1/72 aircraft releases.  I'd have thought the P-40D would have been a likelier candidate for a new tool than the P-40B given the age of the current 'incumbent' and yes the Gnat and the Swordfish will I'm sure be nice - I hope they are all good kits and commercial successes for Airfix but nothing really grabs the grabbables as far as my interests go (maybe a Zero - just for something different).  

In 1/72 a Mossie PR/bomber range would have been good, ditto a B2/B6 Canberra.  A re-release of the Banshee would have been nice, too.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 23, 2010, 07:34:18 am
I agree about the P-40. Would have thought it would have been a D as well, but perfectly happy with a B. And a Swordfish in 1/72 with folded wings  :thumbsup:

It looks a nice rounded release programme with something for most, the only things they arn't reissuing are the old railway stuff and some of that would be nice to see for nostalgia as long as it sold.

AS Lenny says it's nice to see the clear plastic stands back
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 23, 2010, 07:35:30 am
The clear plastic stands will be nice for new windows etc

Gondor
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 23, 2010, 07:59:29 am
Airfix sold their railway range to Dapol in the 1980s.  They don't have it to rerelease!
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on December 23, 2010, 07:59:37 am
the only things they arn't reissuing are the old railway stuff and some of that would be nice to see for nostalgia as long as it sold.

i think you can still get some of them from Dapol...they had the moulds sometime in the past...think they were part of Hornby at some point too
Title: Airfix
Post by: Nils on December 23, 2010, 09:21:20 am
.........ANGEL INTERCEPTORS  :wub:
thats definitly going on the list of things to build in 2011 (if i get my hands on one here)

im thinking Belgian, RAF, Dutch, USAF, Flemish.....
is that Gnat a new mold  :unsure:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on December 23, 2010, 09:26:41 am
At last! I can finally own an Angel interceptor.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 23, 2010, 09:27:40 am
the only things they arn't reissuing are the old railway stuff and some of that would be nice to see for nostalgia as long as it sold.

i think you can still get some of them from Dapol...they had the moulds sometime in the past...think they were part of Hornby at some point too

You can get pretty much all of them from Dapol, and they seem to have lit a fire under their reps too, because they're now appearing in model shops (plastic bags with purple headers hanging up on hooks).

http://www.dapol.co.uk/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=25&Itemid=59
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 23, 2010, 09:37:19 am
A new Gnat trainer?  Why worry about the fighter - they never carried proper colours anyway!

They carried Indian colours and did them proud too, and when you consider that they've got a new Sabre out.... :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:

A good few years ago, on another forum, somebody posted a thread along the lines of "what weapon would you want to use and in what war?". A Pakistani guy called Khan posted that he wanted a Sabre in order to defend his homeland against the Indians in 1965, so I asked jokingly if I could have an Ajeet so I could to shoot Khan's Sabre down  :wacko:. Instant sense-of-humour failure and flame war: turned out Khan's dad was a Pakistani Air Force General and the only reason he hadn't joined up was because he failed the eye test.....oops.... :rolleyes:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 23, 2010, 09:49:47 am
Glad to see their are doing the 1/350th Daring, pity its earmarked for 2012, but at least by then it should have the markings for all six ships.

The merlin, land rovers and modern British troops in 48th are a nice touch to follow on from the Lynx AH-7. Would have liked the landies in 72/76th but should go down well with the 48th builders and would look equalliy as good alongside the Revell/Italeri Chinook or the Hase Seaking AEW to cover all the British Helicopters in Helmand.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: Radish on December 23, 2010, 09:55:47 am
Dauntless re-release :wub: :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on December 23, 2010, 10:32:45 am
Would have liked the landies in 72/76th but should go down well with the 48th builders

would have prefered to see them in a proper scale like 1/35 but then they wouldnt have been able to make the things quick enough!!.....if it was 1/24 i would have been 'having a moment'  (http://i54.tinypic.com/2q2lerp.gif)
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 23, 2010, 10:37:57 am
Would have liked the landies in 72/76th but should go down well with the 48th builders

would have prefered to see them in a proper scale like 1/35 but then they wouldnt have been able to make the things quick enough!!.....if it was 1/24 i would have been 'having a moment'  (http://i54.tinypic.com/2q2lerp.gif)

Why do them in 1/35th when Hobbyboss are about to issue the WMIK nad have the defender lined up for later in 2011.
Title: Airfix
Post by: philp on December 23, 2010, 12:54:17 pm
I am most excited by the Swordfish.  Got to get the spider trained to do the rigging.

Will probably also grab a P-40 and Zero.  Will pick up one of the Vals to use for parts on one of my Tora, Tora, Tora builds.

Having had an Angel Interceptor kit in the past, probably won't get one of the new ones.  Now, if they would do a Moon Based Interceptor from UFO :wub:.

I also would have loved some new smaller scale Rovers but since I prefer 72nd over 76th, probably wouldn't matter.  Will check out their new building kits as always looking for something to add to a dio.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 23, 2010, 01:02:54 pm
Now, if they would do a Moon Based Interceptor from UFO :wub:.

With you on that one. Dinky did one years ago but that was a diecast. Would love to get one of the new Angel Interceptors though as I made such a mess of the first one I had.

Gondor
Title: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on December 23, 2010, 01:29:54 pm
The last Angel Interceptor I had was built as a SAL (Scottish Aviation Ltd. would you believe!) Dirk F1.
I feel a resurection coming on. :drink:

Jim
Title: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on December 23, 2010, 01:31:03 pm
Like the news of a nice Gnat T.1, I can think of at least a couple of projects to make resin sets for that!  
Colin
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on December 23, 2010, 02:28:23 pm
REJOiCE :drink: :party: :cheers:

The ANGEL INTERCEPTOR is back :wub:

My thoughts exactly when I read it earlier
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on December 23, 2010, 02:33:01 pm
I feel a resurection coming on. :drink:

Jim

The tablets are beginning to work then are they Jim??? :lol: :lol: :lol: :o :rolleyes:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 23, 2010, 03:32:23 pm
Mmmm, Gnat!  Like others I'd love an F.1 & Ajeet if they ever get around to them.

I got all excited when I saw a Super Cooper in 1/32, just a shame it's a MINI rather than a Mini.  I'd echo Geoff's call for the Landies in 1/76.  Might just pick up a Chippy re-release.

Not my scale, but I'm looking forward to seeing the 1/48 Merlin, it'll be an impressive beast on club stands.
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 23, 2010, 04:32:13 pm
Some interesting stuff! :thumbsup: Nice to see the 1/48 Lightning making a comeback.
Particularly looking forward to the 1/48 Landies and the troops.  :party: Would be nice to see other manufacturers release more 1/48 modern armour.

That 1/48 Merlin is gonna be huge!  :o

The Gnat is also pretty cool. Don't think many would have anticipated such a type. With any luck this means we may hope for scale-downs to 1/72 of the 1/48 Lightning and Sea Vixen some nice day.
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 24, 2010, 12:57:51 am
Thanks for the info on Dapol gents  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 24, 2010, 01:37:29 am
At last! I can finally own an Angel interceptor.

Be careful what you wish for!  It's not quite as good a kit as you might think.  On balance, I think the Imai kit (IF you can find one of them!) is marginally better, apart from the horribly thick trailing edges.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on December 24, 2010, 01:47:06 am
Be careful what you wish for!  It's not quite as good a kit as you might think. 

I can think of a one word reply to that.

Unicraft.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 24, 2010, 03:37:13 am
I wonder if they're just releasing the Angel Interceptor as was, or if they've re-worked the tool a bit. It would be nice if it had an actual pointed nose this time, instead of the Pinnochio job on the original.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 24, 2010, 05:04:36 am
At last! I can finally own an Angel interceptor.

If you had asked very nicely I would have told you that IMAI make a version.

Gondor
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 24, 2010, 05:06:55 am
Like the news of a nice Gnat T.1, I can think of at least a couple of projects to make resin sets for that!  
Colin

I am guessing the Reconnaissance version that the Finns were using as well as an Ajeet conversion ?

Gondor
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 24, 2010, 07:55:30 am
I am guessing the Reconnaissance version that the Finns were using as well as an Ajeet conversion ?

When I first read that I thought 'A recce version of an Angel's Interceptor? That's different......'  ;) ;D :o
Title: Airfix
Post by: lancer on December 24, 2010, 08:15:21 am
I am guessing the Reconnaissance version that the Finns were using as well as an Ajeet conversion ?

When I first read that I thought 'A recce version of an Angel's Interceptor? That's different......'  ;) ;D :o

Brilliant idea for a wiff though!!!
Title: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 24, 2010, 01:13:18 pm
There is indeed an IMAI Angel Interceptor: the general opinion seems to be that it's better engineered than the Airfix one, but noticeably less accurate ("accurate" meaning to the studio models). The Airfix one is pretty accurate (there are a few issues, but no deal breakers), but the main problem is that it's seriously under scale: estimates range from 1/100th to 1/87th with most towards the top end of that.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 24, 2010, 02:31:45 pm
the main problem is that it's seriously under scale: estimates range from 1/100th to 1/87th with most towards the top end of that.

But who the hell cares !!!!

Gondor
Title: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on December 24, 2010, 02:54:20 pm
i did the imai a few years ago, being a fan of gerry anderson i want a few of the airfix ones too  :thumbsup:..............can think of plenty of things to turn one into as well  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: James on December 24, 2010, 02:57:28 pm
Some new maritime 1/600s releases!  :wub:

And some nice, classic 1/72 aircraft.  :thumbsup:
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 24, 2010, 05:22:22 pm
Got this link in an email today thought it would be of interest.. I seem to remember HMS daring being mentioned in hushed tones around the time of the telford show well here she is confimed.. Lots more too :

http://www.airfix.com/2011/

Explains why i spent nearly a year trying to bash the airfix club kit swordfish into some sort of shape too... They were getting rid of the old ones...

Your thoughts ?
Title: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on December 24, 2010, 05:39:17 pm
1/48 Merlin gonna be big.......looks like 2012 though..........like the Ar196 as well.....dunno why but I like that and the Vought Kingfisher.............always have done....can't explain it....when I bought the trumpeter 1/350 Kamovs I almost bought a pack of kingfishers as well....


Should have read it properly......Kingfisher as well.....!! They say new releases...they new tool..?

Ha....!!! I also remember a time that a stand was included............
Title: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 25, 2010, 01:52:48 am
When I first read that I thought 'A recce version of an Angel's Interceptor? That's different......'  ;) ;D :o

Brilliant idea for a wiff though!!!

 ;D Give me time, give me time......  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 25, 2010, 01:55:03 am
Looking at the new moulds and the rereleases, and thinking again about the P-40B and (I think it was ) Wooksta's comment about Pearl Harbor 70th, yes I think there's something to Lee's theory.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 25, 2010, 02:51:52 am
What theory about Pearl was that, as I never had one!

Looking forward to the Swordfish.  I'm hoping it's got some colourful pre war markings and for the Taranto raid.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 25, 2010, 02:58:35 am
The theme is actually 1941, take a note of the re-issues as well as they tie in with Pearl Harbour too (USN Float planes, Val). Swordfish will be tied to "Sink the Bismark", which goes well with the 1/1200 ship set on the same theme. There is also Repulse & KGV (which can asct as PoW) for the sinking of Force Z.

G
Title: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 25, 2010, 03:18:40 am
What theory about Pearl was that, as I never had one!

Think I read it on Britmodeller actually (quite a long Airfix 1941 thread going there).  Thought I'd seen it here and thought you'd mentioned it mate.  Sorry about that.
 ;D ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 25, 2010, 01:12:43 pm
Looks like i was a bit late posting my link i was beaten to it by a few days ! Thanks to whomever moved me to the correct place though :)

On the subject of the land rover kits... Any sign of the other British armour from ...well... anyone yet ? Im surprised one of the big manurfacturers havent done a Mastiff or Jackal yet... in any scale really... I'd have thoughyt the armour folk would have a field day on a 1:35 Mastiff.... Might even convince me to do the first non aircraft kit for about ten years...  ;D
Title: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on December 25, 2010, 02:11:35 pm
Accurate Armor do a resin Jackal I in 35th scale. And I think Cromwell were doing a Mastiff, again in 35th before they disappeared.
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 25, 2010, 03:03:28 pm
My only theory about Airfix was that many of their new releases seem to be tied to aircraft on the UK airshow circuit - Hawks, PRXIX, Gnat, Swordfish, Sea Vixen, isn't there a Seafire XVII flying too?
Title: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 25, 2010, 03:05:15 pm
The theme is actually 1941
G

That'll please some people...
Title: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 25, 2010, 05:52:04 pm
I remember airfix selling a bucket of stuff off the back of the first gulf war.. I mean you couldn't go into a newsagent without seeing a tornado or challenger II kit... It just surprises me their not doing the same here.... A well known (to people outside the hobby even) name such as airfix or tamiya would no doubt sell a shed load of Mastiffs/Jackals and the like...
Title: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 25, 2010, 06:29:50 pm
I remember airfix selling a bucket of stuff off the back of the first gulf war.. I mean you couldn't go into a newsagent without seeing a tornado or challenger II kit... It just surprises me their not doing the same here.... A well known (to people outside the hobby even) name such as airfix or tamiya would no doubt sell a shed load of Mastiffs/Jackals and the like...

Iraq and Afghanistan are not popular wars.  The Gulf War was.  Saddam was everybody's villian - afterall, he'd invaded plucky little Kuwait!  Had to be taught a lesson, hey?   2003 Saddam was everybody's victim.  Afghanistan is so low key, hardly anybody notices it.   Its dragged on now for so long, its become background noise.  Iraq in '91 was over quickly and hardly anybody (on our side) got hurt.  So, I'd be very surprised if anybody was willing to risk much in producing kits.  I suspect Airfix by choosing both the (unusual for most modellers) scale of 1/48 which is starting to gain popularity and the subjects is "testing the waters", so to speak.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 25, 2010, 07:54:05 pm
Well in the UK we have had various documentaries with reporting teams in the field, including a recent Discovery one covering the new Hardware. The change of mood to support our troops rather than shun them has greatly raised the profile & support in the UK so the move by Airfix is quite a good one to capture the mood/ Yes 48th is unusual but it allows the ground kit to be nicely detailed whilst being able to intermix with the aircraft without getting into silly scales of 1/35th
Title: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 26, 2010, 02:40:01 am
if you want british kit in 1:56 (ish) or as its normaly called 28mm wargames sacle.
Imprint models http://www.imprintmodels.co.uk/about.aspx
and Sloppy Jallopy http://www.sloppyjalopy.com/   who now have the very nice cheiftain  modern range
S and S do 1:60 ( wich is also slightly smaller 28mm)
if you want 1:48 BVs and russian stuff  HLBS have them ans well as infantry http://www.hlbs.co.uk/
ive purchased from all of the above. and had no problems.
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 26, 2010, 12:04:44 pm
For me the reissue of the 1:48 Seafire 47 is a cause of personal celebration - almost feel sorry for those folks who paid over £40.00 for them recently on eBay. RCN in the Korean War possibly ?, or wearing a rather fetching set of Shark/Tiger teeth ?

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 26, 2010, 01:20:37 pm
almost feel sorry for those folks who paid over £40.00 for them recently on eBay.
Ian

I bet you don't really

Gondor
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 26, 2010, 04:52:33 pm
Prob get the Gnat but will need "The Navy" decals for Charlie Sheens plane and maybe the P-40 if I can source some decals for Wild Bill Kelsoe's plane from 1941. Glad to see the Angel Interceptor so no more stupid prices on ebay for a while! Will be getting some clear stands.
Might get the 48th Landies and soldiers. Wonder if the Merlin's a joint effort with Italeri coz there's no sign of their kit yet, or their Canberra B.2?
Surprised there's no big new stuff in 1/72nd, with the 1941 theme they could have done a new Stirling!
Pity there's no Jetstream or Super King Air, I'd have bought loads of them. Looks like I'll have to get the Omega Jetstreams and Mach 2 SKA200.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 26, 2010, 05:42:45 pm
Paul
IIRC the P-40 that 'Wild Bill' flew was an 'E' - and in years past was available by Revell in a special "1941" boxing.

Ian
Title: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 27, 2010, 02:53:19 am
Should have read it properly......Kingfisher as well.....!! They say new releases...they new tool..?

Ha....!!! I also remember a time that a stand was included............

No they will be re-issues, and as for clear stands you arn't that old  ;D

The theme is actually 1941
G

That'll please some people...

Naughty  ;)

For me the reissue of the 1:48 Seafire 47 is a cause of personal celebration - almost feel sorry for those folks who paid over £40.00 for them recently on eBay. RCN in the Korean War possibly ?, or wearing a rather fetching set of Shark/Tiger teeth ?

Ian

Me as well Ian. One of my all time favourite kits
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on December 27, 2010, 05:01:16 am
REJOICE :drink: :party: :cheers:

The ANGEL INTERCEPTOR is back :wub:


indeedy! what a nice surprise airfix!

also the re-appearance of their HP 0\400, well nuff said!  :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 27, 2010, 06:09:40 am
Thought you'd like that Trev!  Your having a bumper time with the Revell/Matchbox Heyford re-released recentely.  You just need the Heracles re-released, & new-tool Victor & Halifax.....
Title: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on December 27, 2010, 07:25:25 am
Thought you'd like that Trev!  Your having a bumper time with the Revell/Matchbox Heyford re-released recentely.  You just need the Heracles re-released, & new-tool Victor & Halifax.....

wonder if we could persuade airfix to re-pop the HP42 at 1/72?  :wacko:

mind you i must admit that having MA/TAW's new victor B2 conversion set does help, even if there are several bits that
should be in that set that aren't to get a fully accurate B2.

new tool halifax? yes please. the WEM etch sets for the halifax cost more than the airfix or RoG [matchbox] kits.

while we at at it, why not a IM hastings?  :rolleyes:

 
Title: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 27, 2010, 09:37:49 am
Why not, might be one for someone like A Model or Special Hobby?  If they're doing a Hastings, why not use the relevant bits to do a Hermes as well???
Title: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 27, 2010, 09:55:25 am
Paul
IIRC the P-40 that 'Wild Bill' flew was an 'E' - and in years past was available by Revell in a special "1941" boxing.

Ian

Thanks for the info Ian, never knew about the Revell 1941 kit. Prob get a P-40B and a Zero for a Pearl Harbour Dogfight Double.

Paul Harrison
Title: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 27, 2010, 12:33:01 pm
Seeing how Airfix have already produced the Vulcan and are due to release the Valiant, would it be to much to hope that they would do a nice new version of the Victor? Drop-able flaps and build-able from the start as a B2 or K2 and with or without the Blue Steel missile as well.

Gondor

Probably just wishful thinking
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 27, 2010, 02:24:25 pm
The Matchbox Victor was apparently an Airfix tooling anyway! 

At the time it was done, Matchbox didn't have the experience to do large toolings so asked the help of Airfix.  The sprues don't look like the Matchbox house style and neither do some of the bits.

They were rumoured to be trying to buy the tooling from Revell some time back.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 27, 2010, 02:40:39 pm
I guess they were trying for the set with the forthcoming Valiant, not a bad idea.  Bit like Monopoly I guess, when someone else has the street you need to complete the colours he knows damn well he can ask what as much he likes for it!

If they're going to kit a Victor (fingers crossed but it's hard to see with the Matchbox kit still being more than serviceable) then you'll probably see a new Vulcan at sometime as they eventually update one of their signature kits.  So far they've been sticking to the small ones, but you can hope.

Still holding out for a mainstream injection 1/144 V-Force though so I have a hope of displaying a small fleet...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 16, 2011, 06:21:07 am
Back to the angel interceptor im surprised (Despite having the old toolings from last time) Its the original series craft and not the "falcon" interceptor from the new series... Id have thought they'd want to get the new generation of kids onboard and that would mean doing the plane THEY recognise not us older folk...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 16, 2011, 02:06:37 pm
Trouble is the new Captain Scarlet didn't really set the world alight, there are probably other series that kids would rather see first.  Fingers crossed for the new Thunderbirds, the Angel Interceptor re-release may be a sign that Airifx have been approached about the new franchise?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on January 16, 2011, 03:57:43 pm
I wonder if Gerry Anderson has thought about merchandising deals with say, Airfix, for the new Thunderbirds?   Be interesting to see, say all the Thunderbirds done to a common scale (144?).
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 16, 2011, 06:22:26 pm
Theres clearly a ton of stuff from both the old and new series's that has never seen the light of day as a kit apart from a few "garage" kit makers... A proper big company doing a proper range (Even if it was snap fit for the kids) would surely be awesome ?!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 17, 2011, 01:36:37 am
Imai in Japan kitted pretty much everything Gerry Anderson-wise from Thunderbirds onwards.  Difficult to find now though but they do a sporadic production run every 5 years or so.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Nils on January 17, 2011, 10:02:25 am
i still have a little IMAI Thunderbird 3 kit (in 1/300ish scale) in my collection of Thunderbirds merchandise.
it also has a 2.5inch Alan Tracy figurine included might have to bring it out and build it  ;D

at least im glad the Angel Interceptor is being reissued, hopefully i'll find one here to  :mellow:
ive seen 1 at the Bruges model show a few months back, but the price was outragious  :-\
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on January 24, 2011, 09:06:50 am
1/72 TSR-2/Stratos manga thingy arrived in Holborn MZ today - just by chance they were opening the boxes as I went in but not tempted.  £24.99 and the box is smaller than the original 'sensible' release of the TSR-2 (one of which is in the stash).
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: GeorgeC on January 25, 2011, 11:49:58 am
1/72 TSR-2/Stratos manga thingy arrived in Holborn MZ today - just by chance they were opening the boxes as I went in but not tempted.  £24.99 and the box is smaller than the original 'sensible' release of the TSR-2 (one of which is in the stash).
 ;D ;D

Must pop on ebay and see what the going rate is now for the 'limited edition' original kit...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on January 28, 2011, 02:13:58 am
Does anybody have any news of when the Valiant kit will be released?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 28, 2011, 02:20:37 am
April has been said for some time now, but I'd be realistic and expect it in May.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 26, 2011, 08:45:02 am
And any news on the Canadair Sabre?

Building a DH88 at the moment, the second repop of an Airfix oldie I've tackled in recent months.  Quite a contrast to the new stuff - hope a lot of them are allowed to quietly drift away to the great warehouse in the sky before they damage Airfix's reputation.  I think the 50s and 60s stuff should mostly be thought of as mass-produced versions of mid-80s limited run kits: can be accurate but also crude (can be inaccurate and crude, too), often hard work.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 26, 2011, 09:16:29 am
The Comet's not too bad IMO - and they're cheap. :) I'm finishing up an SB2C Helldiver at the moment as well, and again, it's a bit rough, but certainly buildable.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 26, 2011, 09:34:52 am
Sorry,  wasn't very clear in my earlier post.  Some of the old Airfix stuff is still rather good and can result in very nice models (great Helldicer from Howards of Effingham at Milton Keynes by the way).  What I was really trying to get to is the 'buyer beware' element.  I don't think Airfix deserve the slagging they have received in some modelling forumes - far from it - but there are some old moulds that really do deserve to pass away peacefully in their sleep (eg Me262).  I know it will take time and money for Airfix to replace their oldest kits, but at least they have made a start with some of them.  To be honest, I can't see them coming up with a new Widgeon (for example) - or even a Comet (but I think they would do an excellent job if they did), but a 262 and maybe a Skyraider perhaps.  As for the First World War stuff - a new RE8?  don't see it myself in the near term but perhaps 2014 and the tie-up with the Imperial War Museum will inspire new WW1 subjects.  Not my area of interest, by the way, but if Airfix continue their 'anniversay' themes then who knows?  Maybe some D-Day stuff too, perhaps (repops and new moulds).
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 26, 2011, 03:04:16 pm
Fair point - seeing a Widgeon and the new Spitfires/Bf110s etc. in the same style boxes next to each other on a shelf could give someone a nasty shock if they were unaware and expecting the same standard. Perhaps a "Classic Airfix" line similar to what Revell have done recently?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2011, 01:46:34 am
As for the First World War stuff - a new RE8? 

Ughhhhhh- that kit still gives me the heebie-jeebies  :banghead:

They do seem to be on a aniversary thing at the moment, whence the new tool Zero ? Pearl Harbour's 70th latter this year. Perhaps that's why they've gone for an early P-40 as well. Then Taranto also has it's 70th this this year and we have what looks like a very nice Swordfish due out - optional wing fold  ;D

They seem to be replacing a lot of their older "popular" toolings with more modern ones, whereas the odder aircraft like the Comet will probably get re-released every now and again. Nothing wrong with that as long as it's clear on the boxing.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 27, 2011, 02:19:04 am
Perhaps a "Classic Airfix" line similar to what Revell have done recently?

Nothing wrong with that as long as it's clear on the boxing.

I agree and think Revell should be applauded for doing that sort of thing, even though the recent Matchbox repops (Lysander, Twin Otter, Heyford - any others?) didn't warrant such treatment IMHO, especially when the Fury, Gladiator, etc didn't get labelled that way.  The really ancient P-51 and Bf109E should have been badged 'classic' or some such.  And why the ex-Matchbox Tempest appears to have been overlooked in favour of their dreadful Tempest V is beyond me.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2011, 02:25:22 am
  The really ancient P-51 and Bf109E should have been badged 'classic' or some such. 

I really don't understand Revell's logic of re-issuing the really old P-51 when they have the really nice one from a few years ago around. Am I missing something ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on February 27, 2011, 12:34:08 pm
Here's the P-40/Zero dogfight double. http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2011/gift-sets/a50127-dogfight-double-curtiss-p40b-warhawk-and-mitsubishi-zero-a50127/
I'll be sticking to buying them seperately as it's cheaper.

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on February 27, 2011, 12:36:46 pm
And here's the Spitfire/Bf110 Dogfight Double. http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2011/gift-sets/a50128-dogfight-double-messerschmitt-bf110cd-and-supermarine-spitfire-mk1a-a50128/
Again cheaper if bought seperately.

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Kerrillc on February 27, 2011, 01:39:56 pm
I purchased another Airfix Seahawk last Sunday and I saw one of the old Dogfight Double boxes. Anyone remember the Me110 and Spitfire combo?, so that took me back a few years.  My brother built them and he wasn't impressed. And I must confess to building the really old P-51D Mustang, (the really old bagged version), you know, the one with the huge canopy and cockpit, not forgetting the rather anorexic pilot. Then Airfix bought out the really excellent (to my mind anyway) P-51D Mustang.

Trips down memory lane, eh?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 27, 2011, 02:05:38 pm
  The really ancient P-51 and Bf109E should have been badged 'classic' or some such. 

I really don't understand Revell's logic of re-issuing the really old P-51 when they have the really nice one from a few years ago around. Am I missing something ?

The nice Mustang was a B/C whereas the rerelease was the D.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 05, 2011, 06:12:05 am
Marking options are for RAFG bird, 112 Sqdn at Geilenkirchen, June 1955, and a Yugoslav Air Force F-86E(M).

112?

Yessss, sharkmouths rule OK!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 05, 2011, 06:16:48 am
Nice markings options, the Yugoslav are good for the decal stash too.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChernayaAkula on March 05, 2011, 09:47:54 am
Think it's absolutely brilliant that Airfix goes for options off the beaten path for secondary options!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on March 05, 2011, 03:32:28 pm
I have serious plans for the new Arifix Sabre and 112 SQN markings......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on March 06, 2011, 12:29:32 am
Was having a look through my stash for 1:72 Sabres last night, and was surprised to find that I only have one 'F' - a Fujimi kit - and an Academy 'E'. If the Airfix 'F' is that good, may well invest in a pair at Cosford.

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Radish on March 06, 2011, 02:07:22 am
And here's my HobbyBoss one....they do two versions as one has the longer wing. This is the short-wing version....albeit in low-viz Rhodesian colours. The HB kit has nowhere to weight the nose so a base is essential (a coaster is perfect) but it builds in about 20 minutes!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 06, 2011, 04:24:14 am
The HB kit has nowhere to weight the nose so a base is essential (a coaster is perfect) but it builds in about 20 minutes!

Eh? Nowhere to put noseweight on a trike undercart aircraft? How daft is that?  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on March 06, 2011, 05:22:29 pm
Announced in HLJ for reedition:
http://www.hlj.com/product/ARF3203
http://www.hlj.com/product/ARF6205
http://www.hlj.com/product/ARF5203
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on March 08, 2011, 06:17:10 pm
The HB kit has nowhere to weight the nose so a base is essential (a coaster is perfect) but it builds in about 20 minutes!

Eh? Nowhere to put noseweight on a trike undercart aircraft? How daft is that?  :banghead:

The problem is the fuselage is one solid piece, so there's no "insides" to speak of. The only way would be to drill out part of the front fuselage, or the other option I considered (when I did my French one last year) was to put it into the intake and then put a FOD cover over the lot. In the end I just put a tiny blob of blu-tack under the nose wheel to stick it to the shelf in the cabinet. ;D

Back on-topic, I may well have to get a couple of these new Sabres, as soon as I make a dent in the current stash.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on March 08, 2011, 08:18:26 pm
The Sabre looks pretty nice. Should of had some CDN markings in there, tho....I'll probably grab a few, just because....

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on March 09, 2011, 05:19:51 am
The Sabre looks pretty nice. Should of had some CDN markings in there, tho....I'll probably grab a few, just because....

 :cheers:

IIRC, the Airfix Newsletter said something about a Canadian option on another variant they will be releasing.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on March 09, 2011, 05:57:18 am
I wonder if they're planning a CA-27 Avon Sabre variant? That would be excellent. :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 09, 2011, 07:47:38 am
Be nice if they did, but I can't see it somehow.  They've got two in the catalogue, with a third threatened.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Maverick on March 29, 2011, 05:46:50 pm
A review of the Anime modified TSR.2 in 72nd at IPMS Deutschland.

http://ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Airfix/Airfix_Stratos4_TSR2MS/Airfix_STRATOS4_TSR2MS.html

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 21, 2011, 09:27:58 pm
This looks like good value for £30 (assuming you want all four aircraft, of course):

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2011/aircraft/a50129-victoria-cross-icons-gift-set-a50129/

(http://www.airfix.com/_images/assets/product-directory/product-detail-thumbnail/A50129_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 22, 2011, 01:07:57 am
Hmmn.  I can see the Blenheim falling in the bin (vile kit) but the rest are ok.  Pity this month's budget is blown!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 22, 2011, 01:39:02 am
That's assuming the Hurricane is the new tool, not stocks of their old one being used up too, I presume?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 22, 2011, 02:21:24 am
Airfix haven't done a new tool Mk 1 Hurricane.  It's the IIc that was a new tool.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 22, 2011, 06:01:13 am
So what mark of Hurricane is it in the box then? (Not well up on Hurricanes)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Rolead on April 23, 2011, 06:43:54 am
Be nice if they did, but I can't see it somehow.  They've got two in the catalogue, with a third threatened.

Care to elaborate ?

Robert
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 23, 2011, 12:53:44 pm
Just a whisper I heard, nowt concrete.

Anyway, the Valiants are imminent.  They're apparently on the ship enroute to the UK - well, unless Cut Throat Abdul and his mates in IPMS Somalia get them first.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on April 23, 2011, 01:32:23 pm
Cut Throat Abdul and his mates in IPMS Somalia aparrently get a 10% discount with the Mogadishu branch of Modelzone.  Something to do with getting the Airfix releases first!

;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on April 24, 2011, 11:55:29 pm
I have to admit to not having read all 58 pages here!! ;D However, I have seen a couple of references to Thunderbirds kits? Can someone enlighten me please. The only range I can think of was produced by Imai ( I think?) many years ago. I could certainly imagine a Thunderbird 2 in RAF markings to go with my Revell A-400 when it appears!! ;D Have to at least 1/72 though. I don't normally do smaller scales!! Mind you, a model of that snazzy looking nuclear powered airliner (Skyflash was it?) would be REALLY nice!! Something to go with the Airfix 1/72 Concorde!!.  Anyone for a Zero - X?  Even by todays standards, the modelwork on the Zero-X in the film was outstanding.

A "1/72 "scale kit would be huge! (OK - I'm fantasising!!) However, while on the Airfix/Gerry Anderson theme - how about this for a kit? It's the VG-104. An advanced tactical fighter that appeared in Joe 90 ( jings!! I HATED THAT BRAT!! - great plane though!!)(http://i1098.photobucket.com/albums/g362/albeback52/image002.jpg)
Ok - back to planet Earth!! ;D On a more SERIOUS note, I'd love to see a re-tooled Short Stirling and a 1/72 VC-10/Hastings/Argosy/Andover/Beverley/York/Shackleton/Brittania. Lol!! I dont ask much do I!









Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on April 25, 2011, 09:06:50 am
Revell are doing a new-tool Halifax, so a Stirling isn't beyond the realms of possibility, to complete the trio of "heavies".

Aoshima did a die-cast Zero X, and there's a 1:350 model of the airliner, but I can't remember the company name...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 25, 2011, 10:50:38 am
Just a whisper I heard, nowt concrete.

Anyway, the Valiants are imminent.  They're apparently on the ship enroute to the UK - well, unless Cut Throat Abdul and his mates in IPMS Somalia get them first.

There are adverts for the Valiants in various magazines.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on April 25, 2011, 01:02:38 pm
The only Airfix kits from Gerry Andersons stuff is the Angel Interceptor and the Starcruiser that was in a comic strip. Also I think they did a Stingray but it was only available from Kellogs cereal or some other food company.
The 1/350th Fireflash is from Aoshima, they also did a 1/350th TB-2. Thunderbirds kits have been done by Bandai and IMAI, Captain Scarlet & UFO kits are by IMAI. IMAI did a plastic kit of the Zero-X.

There's a rumour on Britmodeller that somthing plastic "that surprised Matt Irving" is supposed to be coming soon but no-one knows what!

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 25, 2011, 05:39:57 pm
The only Airfix kits from Gerry Andersons stuff is the Angel Interceptor and the Starcruiser that was in a comic strip.

And the Eagle and Hawk from Space 1999, of course.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 26, 2011, 01:01:01 am
MPC tooling reboxed by Airfix.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on April 26, 2011, 08:24:49 am
 :banghead: How could I forget them!  :banghead:
I'm actually looking at a part built Airfix boxing of the Eagle as I'm typing this and built the Hawk a few months ago!

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 26, 2011, 10:45:16 am
I just sold a Hawk on ebay for silly money (£25), but that's nothing compared to what the Eagles go for on the rare occasions they show up...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 26, 2011, 12:05:18 pm
IIRC, I bought an Airfix Hawk at an airshow at RAF Scampton in July 1991 for £15.  Cleaned me out but it was a fantastic show and a glorious sunny day.

When I built the Hawk, I used the cover photo on one of the Space:1999 novels to detail it up a bit.  Not a bad kit, unlike the series.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on April 27, 2011, 06:05:50 am
So what mark of Hurricane is it in the box then? (Not well up on Hurricanes)

Mk I. It will be Flt Lt Nicholson's machine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_James_Brindley_Nicolson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_James_Brindley_Nicolson)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 03, 2011, 05:27:08 am
The Spitfire I/IIa is out - not got one yet but Wor Lass is picking one up for me today  - and it has the oil cooler for the Va.  If they do a new wing to go with it next year, a Vb or Vc is one the cards!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2011, 07:25:04 am
Hoping to pick one or two up Friday, interested to hear your views on it Lee
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 03, 2011, 08:00:44 am
Wor Lass didn't get it as the Newcastle MZ didn't have it.  Boo!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on May 03, 2011, 04:29:18 pm
Wooksta i didnt know you were from the "toon"... Im off up there in about six hours for a long weekend :)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2011, 12:41:43 am
Flipping long weekend  :drink:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on May 04, 2011, 12:44:41 am


do you want me to get you one when they come in mate ?.......happy to send you one, we have not had ours yet but we are expecting them this week
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 04, 2011, 03:59:03 am
No, it's okay.  I'll get one from Uncle Frank on saturday.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2011, 07:32:53 am
Croydon MZ have them in - got mine today  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 04, 2011, 08:45:12 am
There's an irony in the new kit having the Va oil cooler - I'd added a resin mk I oil cooler to a Hobbyboss Vb that's being whiffed and the oil cooler from that has gone onto a new Airfix Ia to do a Va.

It's a very welcome spare nonetheless, as are all the props too - the Rotol prop is handy to replace the short shot ones in all the current Airfix Hurricane mk Is
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 04, 2011, 10:10:13 am
The next 72nd Spitfire they'll release will be a IIa/Va, judging by the way the new Ia is broken down.  And I'd definitely welcome a 22/24 Spit.

Just found this upthread. 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on May 10, 2011, 03:01:09 pm
Flipping long weekend  :drink:

Ohhh yes.... :)  It only got dangerous when we found somewhere that sold "Mead"   :cheers: :blink:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on May 10, 2011, 11:54:29 pm
Mead........ :wub:........anyhoo.....anyone know when the GR9A in 1/72 is/has been released..? Seen the build in Airfix mag.....looks ok......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 11, 2011, 02:59:01 am
Only tried Mead once  :drink:

As for the GR9 Hannants still have it down as a future release but must be close to release if it's in the mag as a build
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on May 11, 2011, 03:36:45 am
Hhhmmmm.....try not to give Hannants my hard earned money........the mag says it will be £12.99.....not that bad really....looks a nice kit.....maybe come down a bit in the future....I'm sure the FA2 was over a tenner but can be got for £6.50 now........
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on May 11, 2011, 04:44:35 am
Hhhmmmm.....try not to give Hannants my hard earned money........the mag says it will be £12.99.....not that bad really....looks a nice kit.....maybe come down a bit in the future....I'm sure the FA2 was over a tenner but can be got for £6.50 now........

Actually last year the the Sea harriers were released as Series 3 kits with the associated price bracket, with the GR9 due this year the cheeky monkeys have reboxed the Shars into Series 4 with a larger box and price (think the Series 3 box was a little too small for the sprues making it a tight fit)

G
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on May 11, 2011, 02:35:17 pm
I honestly think Mead is the way forward i really do....  :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 11, 2011, 02:43:07 pm
Looking forward to the Seafire F17.  It's not me scale but I'd like two for real ones.  Tony O'Toole's build on Britmodeller looked absolutely stunning.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on May 12, 2011, 05:53:29 am
Hhhmmmm.....try not to give Hannants my hard earned money........the mag says it will be £12.99.....not that bad really....looks a nice kit.....maybe come down a bit in the future....I'm sure the FA2 was over a tenner but can be got for £6.50 now........

Actually last year the the Sea harriers were released as Series 3 kits with the associated price bracket, with the GR9 due this year the cheeky monkeys have reboxed the Shars into Series 4 with a larger box and price (think the Series 3 box was a little too small for the sprues making it a tight fit)

G

Cheapest I can find the FA2 is £7.40......however,while looking I did find TAHS selling Airfix 1/48 Hawk 100's reduced from £10.99 to £5.......£5 I tell you....!!! Two en route to me now....hopefully del on Tue when SWMBO'd is safely at work......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on June 09, 2011, 12:01:18 am
Got an email recentley from Airfix about their spares service.  I'd requested a part for my Landrover FC 1 tonner that I misplaced (found it after I got the spare!).  I got a message saying sorry it took so long but we've (didn't say who 'we' were) taken over the spares service & it's going in the post today.  Got it the very next morning.

I'm guessing they've contracted out the service, or maybe created a new department.  If ever there was a criticism of the spares service, it was that they didn't communicate & although you'd get the part, you never knew when.  Seems like has changed & will make an already good service just about perfect.
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on June 09, 2011, 01:53:10 am
Any word yet on the Valiant?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 09, 2011, 05:04:08 am
Any word yet on the Valiant?

Indications are its due within the next two weeks but we'll have to wait and see

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 09, 2011, 03:09:45 pm
Haven't IPMS Somalia got theirs already?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on June 09, 2011, 06:09:34 pm
Does any of you know if Airfix has retooled their Mirage-IIIC or plan to retool it in the near future?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on June 10, 2011, 11:05:11 am
Wouldn't have thought so, though it would be very welcome. The current kit is ancient.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on June 10, 2011, 03:20:39 pm
Any word yet on the Valiant?

Indications are its due within the next two weeks but we'll have to wait and see

Ratch, the owner of the Airfix Tribute Forum, has one in his hands and has done a review of what's in the box on that forum.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on June 11, 2011, 01:40:40 am
Does any of you know if Airfix has retooled their Mirage-IIIC or plan to retool it in the near future?

at last years SMW, this was a kit that was at the top of my wishlist sheet for a re-tool. it was first
released in 1964 judging by the moulding i have.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 11, 2011, 03:39:46 am
Well High Planes and PJ productions have a joint venture to create a new injection moulded Mirage III so we'll have to see what develops there.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Slerski on June 11, 2011, 05:28:37 am
Does any of you know if Airfix has retooled their Mirage-IIIC or plan to retool it in the near future?

The kit was not retooled :) Bought it two weeks ago, in the starter set (wanted absolutely to build a M3C...) and the fuselage inside was engraved "Airfix Productions Ltd, 1964"
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on June 11, 2011, 08:20:33 pm
Well High Planes and PJ productions have a joint venture to create a new injection moulded Mirage III so we'll have to see what develops there.

Even the older, limited run Mirages by High Planes are superior to the Airfix one IMHO.   They also do a lot of the decals for Argentine, Swiss, etc., versions.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Maverick on June 15, 2011, 05:44:45 pm
Airfix have a limited edition boxing of two Harriers available.

http://ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Airfix/Airfix_BAe_Sea_Harrier_Special2010/Airfix_BAe_Sea_Harrier_Club_edition.html

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Kerrillc on June 16, 2011, 02:15:12 am
I got the limited edition Harrier set when I joined the Airfix club. Looks good but have not yet thought about building them because of the other kits I want to build!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on June 16, 2011, 10:07:40 am
I got the box set too - it wasn't a bad idea to join the club for that stuff.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on July 05, 2011, 12:05:10 pm
Some Airfix Valiants squeezed past IPMS Somalia and made it to Holborn Modelzone on Monday. £39.99.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on July 05, 2011, 02:41:32 pm
got one here, and i paid a few quid less than that :) including postage
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 05, 2011, 03:06:54 pm
I'll probably pass on the Valiant too, simply because she'll become a stash Queen.  That normally wouldn't bother me, but disposable income is at an all time low & if the Nimrod is anything to go by the price might come down.

Anybody know when the Gnat is due?  That's the release I'm itching for.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on July 05, 2011, 04:46:15 pm
I would but i have no-one to put such a big bird for now... Better save for a bigger cabinet first.. lol
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 06, 2011, 06:11:35 am
Some Airfix Valiants squeezed past IPMS Somalia

Am I the only one who can see the germ of an idea for a Group Build or show display here ?  :rolleyes:

As for the Valiant. I'll pass. Bit like Mossie it will simply become a stash queen and languish. Trying to thin the stash at the moment, mind you I am waiting for the new Airfix P-40B and Zero
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: James on July 06, 2011, 07:58:11 am
I would but i have no-one to put such a big bird for now... Better save for a bigger cabinet first.. lol

You aren't the only one. Would love one but might have to wait, unless our lass gets me one for my birthday in a few weeks!  :party:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 06, 2011, 08:42:02 am
I'd like a pair but I can wait till Xmas first.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on July 06, 2011, 11:12:57 am
I didnt say i didnt want one... Just i need to make space first..
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on July 06, 2011, 11:30:13 am
I should have room for one or three in the stash soon, once I've built the quad VTOL, but will have to bung some cash in the bank first.
Thinking of doing the Vulture from The Liquidator being chased by a Landrover, need to find figures of Rod Taylor, Trevor Howard and Jill St. John though!

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 06, 2011, 12:19:07 pm
Haven't got the room, building Spitfires anyway.  I can't lash out 40 notes on something that I won't touch for at least 6 months.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Rolead on July 06, 2011, 01:27:01 pm
Speaking to the Airfix guys at Waddington they hope to have the Gnat out in November, this year.

robert
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 06, 2011, 04:49:50 pm
Cheers Robert!  November???  That's soooo far away! ;)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on July 06, 2011, 10:10:15 pm
GR.9 news anybody ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 06, 2011, 10:33:01 pm
GR.9 news anybody ?


Came out the same time as the Valiant. Howard of Effingham picked up a pair at the weekend at Waddington.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=72925 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=72925)

In box review on Britmodeller

G
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 06, 2011, 11:46:16 pm
Hmmn that might annoy our colonial cousins :-

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10135737 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10135737)

Hobbysearch Japan have already got their Airfix Vickers Valiants in stock !!! :o, the UK retailers are only just getting theirs !!

Wonder when the Australian/Canadian/US will get theirs ?

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 07, 2011, 02:54:11 am
Came out the same time as the Valiant. Howard of Effingham picked up a pair at the weekend at Waddington.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=72925 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=72925)

In box review on Britmodeller

G

Looks lovely, might have to pick one up.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on July 07, 2011, 12:25:13 pm
Came out the same time as the Valiant. Howard of Effingham picked up a pair at the weekend at Waddington.

Yes, should have mentioned them in my Valiant post.  saw the box and was convinced it was something that had been out for a few weeks!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kevincallahan on July 08, 2011, 12:27:42 pm
As for arrival in the US: Latest from both Great Models and Sprue Bros is that the Valiants should be available "early next week" (ie, around 7-11 or 7-12). About bloody time, too....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on July 09, 2011, 02:40:48 am
Just got my official notification email from Hornby that the Valiant is now available.   A little slow...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on July 09, 2011, 03:26:27 am
MZ in Meadowhell had them come in on Wednesday last week.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: monkeyhanger on July 10, 2011, 03:12:39 pm
Just ordered two from the Airfix website, now when will I get to build them..............


One has arrived, but another one popped up as a birthday present from number 1 daughter.....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on July 11, 2011, 07:05:45 am
Came out the same time as the Valiant. Howard of Effingham picked up a pair at the weekend at Waddington.

Thanks Geoff ! Been working double-time on the beer, saving the empties to reyurn and buy a Valiant and at least 3 GR.9s. Love that aeroplane !

 :wub: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on July 11, 2011, 07:47:08 am
Am i the only person surprised about the lack of aftermarket goodies for the airfix valiant so far ?  By the time the tsr2 kit was out there was already quite a collection of resin and etch to run away with your wallet....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 11, 2011, 10:05:27 am
In the TSR2's case there was a fair number of other models around beforehand that the after-market folk could use for development work. In the case of the Valiant there is/was only the Contrail/Sutcliffe one AFAIK, and as it was a vacform it may not have been as suitable.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on July 11, 2011, 10:30:51 am
In the TSR2's case there was a fair number of other models around beforehand that the after-market folk could use for development work. In the case of the Valiant there is/was only the Contrail/Sutcliffe one AFAIK, and as it was a vacform it may not have been as suitable.

I have an Aircraft in Miniature 1/72 Valiant B.1 and B.2 in the stash, which was the Contrail kit originally. It's usually under their Historic Wings banner but at the moment, OOP.  Although the recent news from AiM is that they are putting all their line back into production, I wouldn't think they'd bother with the Valiant now that there's an injection kit of it.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 11, 2011, 02:13:59 pm
Two Mikes did some replacement wheels & seemless intakes for the Mach2 Valiant.
http://www.twomikesresin.com/index1.html
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 11, 2011, 03:40:39 pm
Ah yes, I'd forgotten the Mach 2 version.

But if it's like some of their other kits that's just as well perhaps...........  :-\
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 11, 2011, 04:12:27 pm
I wish I could forget about it and thankfully I managed to sell me second one.  Mach Poo is a deserved nickname for the brand
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Maverick on July 22, 2011, 03:21:00 am
Airfix's Valiant is up for review.  Didn't know the amount of extras like nuke or iron bombs and different transparencies.

http://www.hyperscale.com/2011/reviews/kits/airfixa11001reviewbg_1.htm

Regards,

Mav
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 22, 2011, 10:35:57 am
Airfix's Valiant is up for review.  Didn't know the amount of extras like nuke or iron bombs and different transparencies.

The Airfix marquee at RIAT had a built one, an open kit with the sprues displayed plus numerous kits for sale. You sure get a LOT of plastic for your money, with enough armarment to load up almost an entire squadron! We're going to be up to our neck in Valiant Whiffs by this time next year......  :lol:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on July 22, 2011, 10:52:48 am
As 'The Airfix Tribute Forum' is the forum closely associated to Airfix (they recommend the forum), the owner there was given one of the first production kits for review and build some weeks ago.  You can view the review here

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about27205.html

and the build review here

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about27408.html
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on July 22, 2011, 01:17:25 pm
The transparancies appear to show an option for the B(PR).1 that I hadn't realised was included.  Does it contain parts for the tankers too, if so, nearly all the Valiants that flew can be modeled from the box.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 05, 2011, 06:40:43 am
The transparancies appear to show an option for the B(PR).1 that I hadn't realised was included.  Does it contain parts for the tankers too, if so, nearly all the Valiants that flew can be modeled from the box.

The PR and Tanker parts will be released as a seperate addon pack complete with decals & instructions later in the year according to the lateset Airfix Model World mag which has a pic of the sprue  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2011, 07:00:52 am
The PR and Tanker parts will be released as a seperate addon pack complete with decals & instructions later in the year according to the lateset Airfix Model World mag which has a pic of the sprue  :thumbsup:

See my posting on the 'Valiant' thread, but which page is the item on? I just can't find it!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 05, 2011, 07:11:20 am
Very good, I've got a fondness for the recce V-Bomber variants.  Wonder where I can get my hands on a camera palette for the B(SR).2?  Would be nice to go with the Red Neck radar pods, maybe a shout a in Colin's direction..... ;)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2011, 10:44:03 am
Very good, I've got a fondness for the recce V-Bomber variants.  Wonder where I can get my hands on a camera palette for the B(SR).2?  Would be nice to go with the Red Neck radar pods, maybe a shout a in Colin's direction..... ;)

Is that the Victor or Vulcan? Didn't they both have B(SR)2 variants?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 05, 2011, 12:35:05 pm
Sorry, yes, Victor in particular.  The Victor especially had an impressive recce capability, Red Neck might have augmented that somewhat had it gone ahead.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2011, 02:40:40 pm
'Red Neck' pods would also fit a Valiant quite nicely too.  :lol:

But under a Vulcan's wing you'd never see them! Would they even have worked under a Vulcan? The wing's chord outboard may have blanked off the SLAR lobes.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on August 05, 2011, 03:01:07 pm
They would! :thumbsup:

Not sure, I don't know much about Red Neck, there's virtually nothing on the net & I've only got a little bit that's mentioned in the Aerofax guide.  It was only touted for the Victor, so I'd guess this was either due to the reason you mentioned, or possibly because the Victor was the better recce platform & there was only cash for one.  The Aerofax guide does mention the main reason for the cancellation of Red Neck was that the cost was too much for the capability it gave (100 miles to each side if two pods were carried).
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on August 05, 2011, 06:12:17 pm
'Red Neck' pods would also fit a Valiant quite nicely too.  :lol:

But under a Vulcan's wing you'd never see them! Would they even have worked under a Vulcan? The wing's schord outboard may have blanked off the SLAR lobes.

My understanding was that the SLAR was optimised to cover an arc of about 100 degrees (10 above the horizontal and 90 below).  Unless the Vulcan was doing some banking, its wing wouldn't have blanked the radar arc.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2011, 07:53:18 am
Got the latest Airfix Mag today, which has gone back to it's broader coverage of the genre after last month, and they are advertising the new tool P-40B and Zero. So should be out shortly  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 31, 2011, 07:59:05 am
I'm more interested in the Swordfish - and I loathe building biplanes!  Hopefully, Airfix will include markings for the Tarranto raid but I doubt it.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2011, 08:06:41 am
Waiting for the Swordfish as well. Will want 2 - wings folded, wings not
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 31, 2011, 10:03:31 am
I'm more interested in the Swordfish - and I loathe building biplanes!  Hopefully, Airfix will include markings for the Tarranto raid but I doubt it.

Quote
K8393 “E5A”, 815 squadron, HMS Illustrious, November 1940 K8449,”649”, 820 squadron, HMS Courageous, March 1939

That the options listed in the Catalogue  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 31, 2011, 02:46:26 pm
Excellent!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on August 31, 2011, 04:20:16 pm
Having recently built the old swordfish i can honestly say this new one is about ten years about time !!

Never have i sworn so much in my life than when building that thing...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 01, 2011, 05:00:22 am
Actually, I'd say it's about 20 years overdue.

Having said that, apparently, if you cross kitted the old Frog and Matchbox Swordfishes you'd get a pretty accurate model.  One of the Czech companies - Co-operativa? - released the old Frog kit some years back with a fantastic resin cockpit and shiny new decals..
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 08, 2011, 09:48:34 am
According to the latest Airfix mag, the Angel Interceptor is due out any time now.... :wub: :wub: :wub:

It's the same mouldings, but with a new Cartograph decal sheet: bet they could sell a few of those sheets just on their own too....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on October 08, 2011, 12:56:50 pm
Angel Interceptor - had one donkey's years ago.
Fantastic replacement for the Typhoon, no?
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 08, 2011, 01:15:00 pm
Wonder if the RAF could be persuaded to paint a Typhoon up in Angel Interceptor colours? The shape is not so damn far off actually..... :wacko:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 08, 2011, 01:17:42 pm
any news on when the 48th scale Lynx, landie and modern troops are coming?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Nils on October 08, 2011, 01:20:18 pm
cant wait to get my hands on a few of those Angel Interceptors, ive been waiting to make a few in Dutch, Belgian and US Navy markings for ages  :mellow:
maybe i could use the Spectrum Decals on the F-35 or F-104  :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on October 08, 2011, 01:29:49 pm
Oddly considering i model exclusively Aircraft... its the model of HMS Daring im intrigued by...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on October 08, 2011, 02:03:09 pm
What I want to do wit teh Angel Interceptor is replicate the Scottish Aviation Dirk F1 that I built many years ago :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 09, 2011, 02:04:39 am
any news on when the 48th scale Lynx, landie and modern troops are coming?

I'm told the Lynx has been put back until next year. As for the Landrovers I could swear I'd seen an advert in one of the magazines, but it's probably me just getting old as they are not listed yet  :banghead: However they have been priced - £19.99

As for me it's the new Swordfish and Zero I want. The P40 is really nice

Chris
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: beowulf on October 09, 2011, 04:12:16 am


Red Arrows?

Aggressor schemes?





you thinking like me.........i thought about both of those......or Blue Angels/Thunderbirds (actually a Thunderbirds one would be a funny play on things  :lol: )....but i still like that profile of the french naval one, i can see it with an arrestor hook and some stores under the wings
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on October 09, 2011, 04:46:54 am
any news on when the 48th scale Lynx, landie and modern troops are coming?

I'm told the Lynx has been put back until next year. As for the Landrovers I could swear I'd seen an advert in one of the magazines, but it's probably me just getting old as they are not listed yet  :banghead: However they have been priced - £19.99

As for me it's the new Swordfish and Zero I want. The P40 is really nice

Chris

I was talking to the Airfix rep lastweek and it is next year for the Lynx.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 09, 2011, 05:25:20 am
Or do a dusty one, with faded paint, bits missing, yellowed canopy and tarps over part of it, being restored by the Shuttleworth Collection to commemorate the 100th aniversary of Spectrum's defeat of the alien invasion.... You colud have an old lady with a walking stick talking to one of the team saying "I used to fly that one!".....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on October 09, 2011, 10:18:24 am
Or do a dusty one, with faded paint, bits missing, yellowed canopy and tarps over part of it, being restored by the Shuttleworth Collection to commemorate the 100th aniversary of Spectrum's defeat of the alien invasion.... You colud have an old lady with a walking stick talking to one of the team saying "I used to fly that one!".....

This i have to admit is a VERY clever idea...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on October 20, 2011, 03:19:39 pm
Angel Interceptor is out today. http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2011/scifi/a02026-angel-interceptor-a02026/?searchguid=20111020231648&resultspage=&sortorder=
Don't remember it having a Captain Scarlet logo on the box in previous releases.

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on October 22, 2011, 05:12:51 pm
Couple of new kits announced at iHobby in the States, 1/48th Coyote and Jackal to go with previously announced Land Rovers, Merlin, Lynx and British troops in Afghanistan. Pics of cad from Cybermodeller (scrolll down near the bottom). http://www.cybermodeler.com/special/ihe11.shtml

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on October 22, 2011, 06:34:43 pm
Oooh - Coyotes and Jackals are cool-as and ripe for whiffery/sci-fi treatment!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on October 23, 2011, 08:31:27 am
Exactly what I was thinking!  ;D

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 23, 2011, 08:57:47 am
im waiting for this lot with baited breath, just for the fact its modeern and british,  the wargaming potential makes it all the better.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on November 05, 2011, 04:23:09 pm
Found out what the next CLUB kit is gonna be.... Two BF109's in Real what-if schemes... British and japanese evaluation schemes :D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 06, 2011, 01:43:51 am
Found out what the next CLUB kit is gonna be.... Two BF109's in Real what-if schemes... British and japanese evaluation schemes :D

Right that expalins the club advert in the Calendar in the Dec magazine
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on November 06, 2011, 04:50:55 am
Yeah i saw that advert then hours later they posted on Facebook and confirmed it was in fact the new kit..
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 10, 2011, 03:03:20 am
As the box-art is now being promoted, does anybody have any idea when the 1:72 Gnat is going to be out ??

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on November 10, 2011, 04:12:50 am
Not sure, I heard somewhere (forgotten where) that it's imminent but won't be ready for Telford.

Sprue shots on Britmodeller:
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77152

The early silver/dayglo scheme looks nice:
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft/1951present/a01006-folland-gnat-t1-a01006/

Paint diagram:
http://www.airfix.com/_assets/files/A01006%20Layout.pdf
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 10, 2011, 05:35:00 am
They'll have sprues and assembled sample kits at Telford for sure if they managed it for Yeovilton.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on November 10, 2011, 06:27:06 am
The gnat cant be to far off now, Colin showed me a test shot he had been given by Airfix back at the avon show
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on November 10, 2011, 07:15:11 am
Yummy :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


Should be easy for Airfix to make the Ajeet as well with the breakdown of parts or for some enterprising aftermarket company.


Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 10, 2011, 08:00:02 am
The single seater and two seater Gnats are almost different aircraft, apart from the engine-centre section bit though.

Somewhere I have the Aeroclub single seater and it's tiny compared even to the old Airfix Gnat. Smaller wing span, smaller tail, shorter and differently shaped nose too, so there's quite a bit of work there.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on November 10, 2011, 09:28:20 am
I could but hope

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 10, 2011, 01:54:34 pm
The single seater and two seater Gnats are almost different aircraft, apart from the engine-centre section bit though.

Somewhere I have the Aeroclub single seater and it's tiny compared even to the old Airfix Gnat. Smaller wing span, smaller tail, shorter and differently shaped nose too, so there's quite a bit of work there.

Are you sure that's not the Maintrack Midge Kit, I've got one of those and you've described it almost to a tee
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on November 10, 2011, 03:31:52 pm
Im thinking a "Hotshots" one...  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 10, 2011, 03:32:20 pm
Are you sure that's not the Maintrack Midge Kit, I've got one of those and you've described it almost to a tee

Erm, can I call a friend?  ;D

Ooops, that joke may not work in an international forum, sorry. It's so long since I've seen it that I'm darned if I can remember.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on November 10, 2011, 05:10:50 pm
Are you sure that's not the Maintrack Midge Kit, I've got one of those and you've described it almost to a tee

Erm, can I call a friend?  ;D

Ooops, that joke may not work in an international forum, sorry. It's so long since I've seen it that I'm darned if I can remember.

There's a TV show like that over here Kit ---
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on November 27, 2011, 07:01:14 am
We are suppose to be getting the new Gnat in tomorrow at work and from what I've seen of the kit on the Airfix stand at Telford it looks good, got my name down for two already.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 27, 2011, 10:51:28 am
We are suppose to be getting the new Gnat in tomorrow at work

Steve - you have my address from eBay. Can u put two aside for me aswell !!

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on November 27, 2011, 02:07:19 pm
We are suppose to be getting the new Gnat in tomorrow at work

Steve - you have my address from eBay. Can u put two aside for me aswell !!

Ian

Okie dokie Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on November 30, 2011, 12:03:11 pm
I've heard the Gnat is put back to Feb but we may see the Swordfish next month
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on November 30, 2011, 01:18:38 pm
Poo !

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on November 30, 2011, 01:32:19 pm
I've heard the Gnat is put back to Feb but we may see the Swordfish next month

Not generally a good thing, but at least I may be able to get them when they come out now!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 01, 2011, 01:32:06 am
Poo !

Ian

Double poo! :-\
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2011, 06:11:57 am
I've heard the Gnat is put back to Feb but we may see the Swordfish next month

Now is next month Dec or Jan ?

The January Airfix magazine, out today 1st Dec  :banghead:, has a build of the Gnat from a test shot. Looks nice.

Me I just want a couple of Swordfish
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: tigercat on December 01, 2011, 09:39:48 am
yes bring on the school of Swordfish
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 01, 2011, 11:49:34 am
Is the Swordfish a new casting or a rtepop of the old?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 01, 2011, 01:37:24 pm
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=74242 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=74242)

New tooling Geoff, and very well done at that, looks to be rather special  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 01, 2011, 02:34:18 pm
Concur, completely.... A shoe-in for pre-war Baltic markings ?

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 01, 2011, 08:25:36 pm
Poo !

Ian

Double poo! :-\

Looks like a whole load of poo to me.  Mr. Airfix seems about knee deep at that moment.  Should I add a load and make it hip deep?  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 02, 2011, 01:16:07 am
Is the Swordfish a new casting or a rtepop of the old?

They had 4 built at Telford Geoff, and it looked gorgeous  :bow: I want 2 so I can do both the wings folded and wings out options, 1 pre-war, 1 wartime
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 02, 2011, 02:44:09 am
Does it come with floats as well?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 02, 2011, 04:18:49 am
Does it come with floats as well?

Nope it's either the pre-war Torpedo or a Taranto Bomber, however now they created the new mould it wouldn't surprise me to see them do an ASW version and even the Floatplane.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 02, 2011, 04:41:09 am
I want a pair and I don't do biplanes!  The Tarranto raid is high on my list of must haves.

The test shots at Telford looked spectacular.  Tony O'Toole is building one of the early ones as a review sample and he reckons it's the best kit Airfix have ever done and better than the Tamiya 48th one. 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 02, 2011, 10:07:05 am
I've heard the Gnat is put back to Feb but we may see the Swordfish next month

Your right Geoff, I was asking the Rep yesterday why we hadn't had the Gnat delivered on Monday with the rest of the stuff we got and he said the samething, been put back but he wouldn't say why....... :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Scooterman on December 02, 2011, 06:52:55 pm
Wonder what a Swordfish would look like in a USN yellow wings scheme?   :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 03, 2011, 01:15:26 am
Wonder what a Swordfish would look like in a USN yellow wings scheme?   :wub:

Superb?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 03, 2011, 06:40:47 am
Wonder what a Swordfish would look like in a USN yellow wings scheme?   :wub:

Superb?

Spectacular ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on December 03, 2011, 09:49:38 am
Stunning. :thumbsup:

Concur, completely.... A shoe-in for pre-war Baltic markings ?

Ian

Ian - have you seen my recent Estonian Stringbag?

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33632.0.html ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Scooterman on December 04, 2011, 01:19:39 pm
Wonder what a Swordfish would look like in a USN yellow wings scheme?   :wub:

Superb?

Spectacular ?
Ok, I get the hint.  Need to go look for the kit then..........
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 04, 2011, 01:42:29 pm
Wonder what a Swordfish would look like in a USN yellow wings scheme?   :wub:

Superb?

Spectacular ?
Ok, I get the hint.  Need to go look for the kit then..........

With the willow green trim?  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 05, 2011, 06:59:51 am

Ok, I get the hint.  Need to go look for the kit then..........

With the willow green trim?  ;D
[/quote]

Oh yes  :wub:

Scoot, it's not out yet. Should be soon however
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 05, 2011, 03:19:10 pm
Thanks I must get at least one of those- one of my great uncles was on Stringbags on Glorious.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 07, 2011, 01:50:20 pm
Saw the Swordfish at Telford - lovely - but I want an Aichi 'Val'!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Scooterman on December 07, 2011, 08:28:51 pm

OK, I get the hint.  Need to go look for the kit then..........

With the willow green trim?  ;D

Oh yes  :wub:

Scoot, it's not out yet. Should be soon however

Well, since you fellas will see it before I do here in the Colonies, any donation will be greatly appreciated!!! ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 13, 2011, 07:24:04 am
Swordfish is now available! :thumbsup:
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2011/aircraft/a04053-fairey-swordfish-mk1-a04053/?searchguid=20111213152144&resultspage=&sortorder=
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX04053
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 14, 2011, 06:12:25 am
Cheers Mossie  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 14, 2011, 06:30:27 am
Modelzone have had it in for about a day or so.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on December 14, 2011, 07:50:07 am
Monday.
Jamieson's in Glasgow has it in.
I resisted!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 14, 2011, 08:07:38 am
I can't confirm Newcastle MZ have it in, but then even the staff there concede that their buyer is a complete imbecile.  One of the lads from wor club had a go at him a while back and told him to his face what he thought of him. 

And no, it wasn't me!

*really* want one of the Swordfishes.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: James on December 14, 2011, 08:15:11 am
Monk bar models in York has a Swordfish in! Also got some new 1/76 armour in.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 14, 2011, 08:22:24 am
Sprues on Britmodeller:
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234908735&pid=916434&mode=threaded&start=0#entry916434 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234908735&pid=916434&mode=threaded&start=0#entry916434)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 14, 2011, 08:43:05 am
Saw that.  The only thing I'm disappointed with is the white numbers as part of the blue band rather than separate.  I had planned on using the pre-war decal option on my stalled Matchbox one operating from HMS Oceanic.  Which is assembled and painted.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on December 14, 2011, 07:39:52 pm
Wow ! Now that is a beautiful little kit ! Way to go, Airfix !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on December 17, 2011, 06:42:30 am
Looks very nice, but I was a bit shocked by the price. I was expecting maybe a tenner, but £13 is a touch expensive for me. It's not a particularly big machine.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Nils on December 17, 2011, 08:05:18 am
on another topic, has Airfix already announced anything about the 2012 releases?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 17, 2011, 08:38:28 am
on another topic, has Airfix already announced anything about the 2012 releases?

Nope apart from the additioanal Coyote & Jackal in the 1/48th British Afghanistan range, quite a few of the 2011 new items were scheduled for 2012, so 1/48th Lynx & Merlin, land rovers, british infantry are lined up along with the 1/350th HMS Daring. The PR & Tanker set for the Valiant is also due for release soon along with the new Gnat.

The 2012 catalogue was generally released on Christmas Eve in previous years but i have heard in will be New Years Eve this year.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 18, 2011, 05:21:07 am
Ive never made a ship kit before but i admit im tempted by the HMS Daring... That thing is bad donkey...   ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2011, 04:14:28 am
I now have the Swordfish and it's everything that it's been alleged to be.  The only downside I can see are the sprue attachment points on some parts, mainly the cage parts for the cockpit.  Oh, and the white numbers should have been printed separately, but that's a personal niggle as I wanted to nick them for something else.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 19, 2011, 04:20:00 am
There is no rigging guide either, which even if not provided could have been included in the instuctions !.

Still its a pretty fantastic looking kit  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2011, 04:43:34 am
I've done some test fitting and it looks to be an easy if involved build.  Not too happy about the fit of the struts/upper wing and I think it'll need some careful sanding there.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 21, 2011, 12:29:04 pm
Holborn MZ this afternoon noted the Airfix Val (hurrah!) and Kingfisher on the shelves (the Duck was there last week).  Dragon Sea Vixen (37 quid - I don't think so!) was there too.  Revell stuff at reduced prices (£2.99 for the ex-Matchbox Do28).

Lots of stock in, apart from Airfix - the kit locusts were clearing the Airfix shelves - what a strong brand it seems to be now.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 21, 2011, 01:06:45 pm
I saw the Duck in Hull MZ last week, but they had it priced at £18.99 instead of the £8.99 it should have been.  That's one of a few whoopsies I've seen them make, a previous Christmas I saw a guy hastily re-labling their stock of Revells Flower Class that was marked way under the asking price!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 22, 2011, 02:49:51 am
Lots of stock in, apart from Airfix - the kit locusts were clearing the Airfix shelves - what a strong brand it seems to be now.

Yup it's been shifting in my local MZ to. All the mum's and grans buying for kids (of all ages  ;D) The name must be worth a mint on its own. Helped a few ladies out over the last week or so  :rolleyes:

Glad you got the Val
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: tigercat on December 22, 2011, 04:18:02 am
Apparentlt the Swordfish flew off the shelves I asked one of the staff at Holborn MZ last weekend and he said 12 or 15 of them they got in just went like hotcakes.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 22, 2011, 04:30:04 am
The name must be worth a mint on its own.

Nail on the head there, I think. There's Airfix-branded stuff all over the place now: I even saw Airfix jigsaws the other day! More power to 'em IF they strike the right balance. It's important not to go over the top though (like Harley-Davidson for instance), because then a) you get tagged as "common as muck" and people with taste start actively avoiding the brand, and b) you provoke a backlash if you're percieved as being more about marketing than product*.




*There's a T-shirt that says "If Harley-Davidson spent as much on quality-control as they do on marketing, then there wouldn't be a reason to take the piss out of them..."
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: MilitaryAircraft101 on December 22, 2011, 12:38:31 pm
On a side note, since we are straying towards the topic  :rolleyes: What are the numbers of modellers coming in to the hobby? Higher than those leaving? As I know that a lot of modellers are those, er, revisiting, their Monogram B-17s that they so dearly loved at the ripe old age of 7, but how many are coming in? It was really popular 60s-80s, and then in the 90s and the start of the 00s it was kind of a forgotten thing, but now since the revamp of Airfix, I have seen a surge in the popularity of scale modelling within juniors. Is the hobby on a rise? Will it gain the status it had all those years ago, I certainly hope so, but the road is long if so.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 22, 2011, 12:40:37 pm
Possibly, just so long as the greedy *%£$*s who import Hasegawa into this country don't destroy the enthusiasm that Airfix generate by making good kits at sensible prices..........
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 22, 2011, 12:51:17 pm
We've been sending out a lot of models at work because of Christmas and we've only sold about three Hasegawa kits.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 23, 2011, 01:03:14 am
Very difficult question to answer MA101 as there's no empirical evidence other then numbers of kits sold.

My own anecdotal evidence would suggest that there are a few more kids getting involved, maybe they want to build what the "fly"  in their pc games ? Not large numbers though

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on December 23, 2011, 06:53:47 pm
Not many air combat video games around, in actuality. There are a few, but not many, and they're certainly not "best-sellers". I would say it's more to the exposure it's had in recent times on television - James May and his antics have played a big part in it IMO. Whether that inspired kids directly, or whether it's got to the dads and then been passed on I'm not sure.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 23, 2011, 07:31:38 pm
Airfix said on facebook that the club members catalogues were sent out Friday so if there are any members here who get theirs before the 3rd of Jan official 2012 announcement could you please spill the beans?!  ;D

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on December 24, 2011, 10:16:28 am
I got a copy of their new calendar on Friday, shame they punched a hole into, some of the pictures would look great framed especially the Lightning.  :-\ ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on December 25, 2011, 08:10:01 am
Agreed, the calander is nice, but it's going to take time to get used to the digital art rather than Roy Cross' masterpieces. 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 25, 2011, 10:37:55 am
I got a copy of their new calendar on Friday, shame they punched a hole into, some of the pictures would look great framed especially the Lightning.  :-\ ;D

I LOVE that lightning art ! to be honest im hoping they release it as a canvas..  :)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 27, 2011, 06:02:20 am
Agreed, the calander is nice, but it's going to take time to get used to the digital art rather than Roy Cross' masterpieces. 

I disagree actually - struck me straight between the eyes from the off.  The Roy Cross artwork is, of course, excellent classic Airfix that stands the test of time and I guess played a major part in promoting the hobby.  But the new artwork is also excellent (probably the best CGI model art IMHO) and certainly makes me want to go out and buy Airfix - regardless of how old or new, good or bad the kit may be.  The current packaging is to notch - hard to pick a favorite really, but the DH88 Comet, Grumman Duck and Curtiss Helldiver boxtops are particularly effective.  The latter is certainly dramatic.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 27, 2011, 06:34:44 am
Must admit I agree with my Honorable Friend. I find the "new" box artwork excellent
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 27, 2011, 07:54:59 am
OMG ! After commenting id love the Lightning art as a canvas, The airfix facebook page puts up a link to where you can buy the print ! I literally couldnt get my wallet out fast enough lol

http://www.finesthourart.com/shop/airfixeelightningf2a.html
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on December 27, 2011, 09:10:28 am
Agreed, the calander is nice, but it's going to take time to get used to the digital art rather than Roy Cross' masterpieces. 

I disagree actually - struck me straight between the eyes from the off.  The Roy Cross artwork is, of course, excellent classic Airfix that stands the test of time and I guess played a major part in promoting the hobby.  But the new artwork is also excellent (probably the best CGI model art IMHO) and certainly makes me want to go out and buy Airfix - regardless of how old or new, good or bad the kit may be.  The current packaging is to notch - hard to pick a favorite really, but the DH88 Comet, Grumman Duck and Curtiss Helldiver boxtops are particularly effective.  The latter is certainly dramatic.
 ;D ;D

To that list I'd like to add the JU-52 floatplane being attacked by a Spitfire! Absolute beauty!  ;D I bought 2 of them in Wondereland today!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: philp on December 27, 2011, 11:00:46 am
Hmm, sounds like the Airfix Model World calendar included in the latest Airfix mag I picked up at the bookstore a couple weeks ago.

Got to say the Swordfish one is my fav.  Can't wait until I can get that kit.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 28, 2011, 08:15:51 am
To that list I'd like to add the JU-52 floatplane being attacked by a Spitfire! Absolute beauty!  ;D I bought 2 of them in Wondereland today!!

Saw that today myself  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2011, 05:17:12 am
I wonder what the TWO new 1/72 Mustangs are? Could one be an H perhaps?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 30, 2011, 05:44:13 am
It's a wartime D and a post war Korean F51D, apparently.  The latter will possibly have different props and underwing stores, maybe a different canopy.  Look at the differences in Tamiya's two lowback Mustangs.

Spifire F22?   :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Woo and indeed Hoo!  :drink: :drink:  :drink: :drink: One off my wish list and hopefully better than the Xtrakit abortion and the AZ one.  A bit of ingenuity should mean an F24 and a Seafire F46 could be done from the same kit.

It does mean that my promise to Wor Lass to keep my kit buying to the bare minimum will go out the window.  But it does mean I can use up plenty of Spitfie F22 aftermarket decals ;D

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: MilitaryAircraft101 on December 30, 2011, 11:41:35 am
Good to see this from Airfix, I am liking the new Gnat, P/F-51, Spitfire Mk.22 and the A-4!  :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Daryl J. on December 30, 2011, 12:42:38 pm
So, if I read between the lines correctly, the Emir will finally now be able to have his Spitfire F.22's that took on Sheik Bab El Ehr's Mosquitos kitted by a mainstream company, actually built, and properly displayed on shelves around the world.    :party: :party:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 30, 2011, 02:38:26 pm
Only new mould I would like is the A-4B.

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: chrisonord on December 31, 2011, 05:49:40 pm
It looks like Airfix are yet again going to produce absolutely nothing that floats my boat for this year  :-\ Personally I think they need to step away from the same old same old and give us something different for a change.
Chris.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 01, 2012, 01:54:03 am
It looks like Airfix are yet again going to produce absolutely nothing that floats my boat for this year  :-\ Personally I think they need to step away from the same old same old and give us something different for a change.
Chris.

They are the 1/48th Helicopters and British Forces in Afghnaistan, they look superb and will be a new niche to the market but it does mean options for other stuff is limited. Look at Revell they have put their efforts into their large scale He-219 and Me-109, good for their home market and long term 72nd range but does nowt for me, at least there are a few kits due from Airfix that i would still buy even if nothing spectatular and special in 72nd
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on January 01, 2012, 02:05:45 pm
Spit 22  is excellent news! Even though I'm not a complete maniac who will buy them by the crateload (unlike some I could mention here!) I will definitely get one or two. Plus they'll be half the price of the nearest competing kit.

I just wish the Jackal/Coyotes and figures were 1:35. I find the choice of 1:48 extremely perplexing.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 01, 2012, 02:13:49 pm
Spit 22  is excellent news! Even though I'm not a complete maniac who will buy them by the crateload (unlike some I could mention here!) I will definitely get one or two. Plus they'll be half the price of the nearest competing kit.

I just wish the Jackal/Coyotes and figures were 1:35. I find the choice of 1:48 extremely perplexing.

To go with the 1/48th Helicopters, 1/35th is too big and expensive plus a crowded market, 1/72 is really too small for the detail needed so 1/48th is a nice ideal to mix the Choppers and ground forces as seen on TV week in and week out for the last 10 years. These drew alot of attention at SMW so i think thay may well have struck gold in making themselves a nice niche market
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 02, 2012, 01:22:58 am
It looks like Airfix are yet again going to produce absolutely nothing that floats my boat for this year  :-\ Personally I think they need to step away from the same old same old and give us something different for a change.
Chris.

Same old?  The Bf 109 in the Airfix catalogue is nearly 40 years old and the P.51 isn't far behind.  New tools to their current standard will wipe the floor with the competition at a price that's affordable for the pocket money.  And I'll say it again:  we've desperately needed a late Spitfire with the 20 series wing in 72nd injection for at least 30 years - the Testors one was barely adequate for the 1960s.  And the currently limited run kits look nice but are horrors to build. I should know, I've built them all.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 04, 2012, 04:30:04 am
hasn't the chipmunk been out before in BBMF markings?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 04, 2012, 04:36:17 am
Only in the MASSIVE Historic boxed set.

Nice to see it back.  Basic and rivetty, but so was the real thing.  Given the choice between the Airfix one (about £7) or the forthcoming AZ one (Mystic Wooksta predicts 15 Great British pounds), I'll stick with the older Airfix offering. 

(http://www.airfix.com/_assets/images/A02033_1.jpg)

Want...  Loads!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on January 05, 2012, 03:32:23 am
It does mean that my promise to Wor Lass to keep my kit buying to the bare minimum will go out the window.

I'm sure she never believed you anyway...  ;)  Spit F.22 looks nice...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on January 05, 2012, 06:11:54 am
I wonder what markings it will come with? I'm going to guess RAuxAF in camouflage and/or silver, and Egypt.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on January 05, 2012, 06:38:57 am
It looks like Airfix are yet again going to produce absolutely nothing that floats my boat for this year  :-\ Personally I think they need to step away from the same old same old and give us something different for a change.
Chris.

I'm inclined to agree with this - especially on the same old, same old , already done to death types like Spitfires/Mustangs/ Bf 109s...................!!!! Regardless if how old the moulds may now be, I am not convinced that we "desperately need" even MORE Spitfires etc!! However, commercial decisions will rightly prevail and, I daresay Airfix have done their marketing sums right!

Overall though, a fairly lacklustre & dull selection of releases ( from my viewpoint anyway). The only thing needed to complete the yawn factor would be yet another F-16! Out of the whole lot, only the Gnat, Skyhawk & Valiant  are of any interest..  Of course, Airfix will NEVER please everybody and, I've at least got something out of the list! ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 05, 2012, 06:59:45 am
Yet Airfix are criticised when they re-release old moulds.  So now they announce shiny new tools of the Mustang, and guess what?  They're criticised.

If you don't like what they're offering, don't buy.  It's that simple.  And for cliff's sake, stop whingeing about a "lacklustre" list of releases.  Revell's is hardly inspired either.  There are lots in that list that leave me cold (the A4 for instance), but I know that they please others.  The Spitfire F22 is the only thing that interests me, so I'm happy and I'm not complaining about a lacklustre release schedule either.

Rant mode off
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 05, 2012, 07:15:37 am
The very fact that Airfix are releasing ANY newly moulded kits should be applauded!

Time was, and not too long ago, when their various external management teams couldn't see further than a never ending stream of re-releases that were already well out of date! They can't possibly release a new mould of every aircraft type in the world, no matter how hackneyed or ignored these may be by other manyfacturers, in the space of one year.

I won't buy all of them by any means, but I will buy some of them, even though I'm trying to reduce the load on The Loft's floor beams.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on January 05, 2012, 09:29:38 am
(rant mode on)

No, I don't like what is on offer so I won't be buying!! Simples!

When does expressing an honest opinion become a "whinge"? I guess that depends upon ones point of view.I wasn't impressed with Revell's release list either. I see no reason to modify my comment. I'm afraid that Spitfires,Mustangs, Bf 109s et al just send me into immediate yawn mode!! Others are free to disagree/agree as they see fit.
I'm reasonable enough to accept that there is sound commercial reasoning behind the release programme and,  I've got something out of the Airfix schedule so,I'll be content with these few crumbs from the table. They'll never please everybody after all.

Just as an aside, I'd also like to add that, regardless of what , to me is a very dull list of subjects, I am nevertheless  delighted to see a healthy Airfix
Maybe next year I'll get my Lightnings , Javelins & proper ( i e BRITISH!) Phantoms! ;D
(rant mode off)

ps - a new JP 3 / JP 5 /Mirage III would be nice
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 05, 2012, 12:09:55 pm
Im quite excited about a lot of the releases.... Although i still have a stash to work through until i go buying more...

... Well hopefully anyway...  :lol:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on January 05, 2012, 05:31:09 pm
The very fact that Airfix are releasing ANY newly moulded kits should be applauded!

Hear! Hear!

I think we'd all like more but at least we're getting something, particularly in these bad economic times.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mike Wren on January 06, 2012, 01:22:22 am
my first ever kit was the ancient (pre-ancient?) A-4 Skyhawk, as i've still got it the new one will sit nicely next to it in the cabinet.

Not sure if it's been mentioned but Humbrol have gor a product called 'Clear' listed for 2012 "A thin clear varnish that goes on clear and stays clear. Humbrol Clear dry's to a low gloss finish, a higher gloss finish can be achieved by applying further thin coats. 125ml bottle." hmmm, sounds like floor polish to me...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on January 06, 2012, 01:49:42 am
my first ever kit was the ancient (pre-ancient?) A-4 Skyhawk, as i've still got it the new one will sit nicely next to it in the cabinet.

Not sure if it's been mentioned but Humbrol have gor a product called 'Clear' listed for 2012 "A thin clear varnish that goes on clear and stays clear. Humbrol Clear dry's to a low gloss finish, a higher gloss finish can be achieved by applying further thin coats. 125ml bottle." hmmm, sounds like floor polish to me...

 ;D My first was the original Gnat!! I still remember fondly cutting out the transfers and actually gluing them ( paper backing & all!!) on to the model!! ;D Well, I was only 7 !! My next venture was the Mirage III closely followed by the Jet Provost T3. I'm delighted to see the Gnat reincarnated & I hope Airfix do the same with the Mirage & J P!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 06, 2012, 04:24:19 am
my first ever kit was the ancient (pre-ancient?) A-4 Skyhawk, as i've still got it the new one will sit nicely next to it in the cabinet.

Not sure if it's been mentioned but Humbrol have gor a product called 'Clear' listed for 2012 "A thin clear varnish that goes on clear and stays clear. Humbrol Clear dry's to a low gloss finish, a higher gloss finish can be achieved by applying further thin coats. 125ml bottle." hmmm, sounds like floor polish to me...

There's also a spray called Crystal Clear that sounds like it's a similar product in a rattle can.  Humbrol have got a few new product ranges due out, there's a range of weathering pigments, RLM enamels.  The 'Multi Effect Spray' looks interesting, looks like a pearlescent style paint in garish clours, good for the more outrageous paint schemes.
http://www.humbrol.com/2012/
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on January 23, 2012, 01:34:29 pm


Got a list of Exclusive to Modelzone Airfix releases today, they are


Channel dash set..........a swordfish and a Spitfire Vb


Hawker Fury set   2 differant kits


El Alamein set includes a P40 and a Me109

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on January 23, 2012, 01:40:43 pm

Got a list of Exclusive to Modelzone Airfix releases today, they are

Channel dash set..........a swordfish and a Spitfire Vb

Hawker Fury set   2 differant kits

El Alamein set includes a P40 and a Me109

Interesting. When are they due out and are the Furies 1/72 (as in Sea Fury), North American (again 1/72) or re-release of the 1/48 Airfix Fury biplane?

And generally what are the prices?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on January 23, 2012, 02:17:19 pm


Channel dash is £24.99

Fury is Hawker Fury at £16.99

El Alamein is at £17.99
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 23, 2012, 03:29:04 pm
Quote
Got a list of Exclusive to Modelzone Airfix releases today, they are

Channel dash set..........a swordfish and a Spitfire Vb

You would have thought it would have been the Swordfish with a Prinz Eugen kit or the Me110 as the propoganda newsreel had them escorting the warships
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 02, 2012, 01:16:32 am
Gnat has been released!!!
:party: :party: :party:
http://www.airfix.com/
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2011/aircraft/a01006-folland-gnat-t1-a01006/

I want a squadron full but I'll probably make do with about four or five. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 02, 2012, 03:46:35 am
Photos of the Spitfire F22 from Nuremberg:

(http://data4.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt6/airfix/images/airfix_12_of_52.jpg)

(http://data4.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt6/airfix/images/airfix_13_of_52.jpg)

It looks to be bang on the money, shapewise and closer examination of photo 2 shows that the fairing under the rudder is separate, so we *might* get a Seafire 46 at some point.  In addition, there are separate u/c doors for closed and open, so the spare set will come in handy for me.  Only one set of wheels, 3 spoke, which is fine for later aircraft but not all.  Pity but I can cast my own anyway.  Looks to be a one piece canopy and the entry door is shut.  Mixed feelings about that.

Still, it looks to be well worth the candle.  Sooner it's out the better, although Wor Lass and my wallet won't agree!

Pointless speculation time.  There's a section of the lower wing missing at one point, which I suspect is for the larger ram scoop intake of the Seafire FR47.  The wing sprue is separate.  Are they going to do a 72nd Seafire 47 at some point?


More Airfix pics can be found here:
http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt6/airfix/
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 02, 2012, 06:54:25 am


Channel dash is £24.99

Fury is Hawker Fury at £16.99

El Alamein is at £17.99

Tim, I found a listing on your website that mentions £13.99.  Do you know much about it?  If it's two kits in a box than I guess it's not too dear, although you can get the Revell kit for Sick Squid.  Is it new, or a re-box of the Matchbox kit?  I don't think I've ever seen an Airfix Fury, except for the 1/48 kit.
http://www.modelzone.co.uk/model-kits/cars-and-vehicles/modelzone-exclusive-airfix-1-72-hawker-fury-kit.html
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: thedarkmaster on February 02, 2012, 07:18:41 am


as far as the info i was given goes it is two of the 1/48th kits......i'm not at work for a few days but we have box art pictures at work , i will download and post here
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 02, 2012, 12:17:55 pm
I can see a few of those Spitfire 22's passing the portals  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on February 02, 2012, 12:38:36 pm
Got my notification from Airfix aswell... Mmmm Gnats...

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 03, 2012, 12:34:00 am
Got my notification from Airfix aswell... Mmmm Gnats...

Ian

Small enough to transport as well  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on February 03, 2012, 01:25:52 am
Ohhh yes !! - Would love to get one done before we go, but following a brief 'reality check' I think not. Got a few ideas tho'  :wacko:

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 03, 2012, 03:14:41 am
Wonderland Models are stating April 6th as being the release date for the Spitfire F22.  So probably July.

If they said it was raining, I'd check out of the window first.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on February 03, 2012, 06:16:26 pm
Wasn't Freightdog hinting at doing some conversions for the Gnat?  I wonder if a single-seater might be in the offing?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on February 04, 2012, 03:41:49 pm
Wasn't Freightdog hinting at doing some conversions for the Gnat?  I wonder if a single-seater might be in the offing?

Oh I hope so!!!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on February 04, 2012, 04:59:45 pm
Wasn't the whole Fuselage different on the single seat though ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on February 04, 2012, 05:11:33 pm
The whole front fuselage was different and the wing was smaller too. You also have the issue of the cannon muzzles in the edge of the intakes.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 07, 2012, 12:41:50 pm
It looks to be bang on the money, shapewise and closer examination of photo 2 shows that the fairing under the rudder is separate, so we *might* get a Seafire 46 at some point.  

Not sure.  Look at the fuselage halves - the one on the left looks as though it has the fairing on it as a single piece item.

Pointless speculation time.  There's a section of the lower wing missing at one point, which I suspect is for the larger ram scoop intake of the Seafire FR47.  The wing sprue is separate.  Are they going to do a 72nd Seafire 47 at some point?

Now that's an odd gap, that is.  Surely we'd be looking at an entirely different wing - either one that could be completed folded or extended, and if not at least with the wing fold represented by an engraved line - if we're talking about an FR.47?
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on February 07, 2012, 01:06:28 pm
and the fin and tailplanes were smaller.
The wings and all tail assembleys were enlarged for the proposed single seat Sea Gnat, and they were subsequently used for the two seat trainer.
Which is where the thought process for my Sea Gnat trainer came from.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on February 11, 2012, 11:06:19 pm
So is it time to start a separate "Whif your Gnats" thread ?? - I know, I know, hat, coat, gone... right !

Ian



Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on February 12, 2012, 10:37:53 pm
Anyone have any idea when the Gnat will make it stateside?  No sign of it yet, and I love the Gnat so I cant wait to get my hands on a few.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on February 12, 2012, 11:55:29 pm
Its only just appeared here at the start of the month Nick so probably 4-6 weeks unless you source one from the UK for direct delivery
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on February 13, 2012, 12:19:56 am
Hi Nick
PM me your address and I'll post one out to you.  ;D
Steve
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 13, 2012, 01:13:34 am
It seems to be slow going here in Blighty.  Airfix have stock but nobody else seems to, at least not local to me.  Hannants had a small stock that they sold out of quickly.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on February 13, 2012, 05:55:38 am
Huddie on Sunday, Simon.... patience, patience  ;)

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2012, 06:38:24 am
It seems to be slow going here in Blighty.  Airfix have stock but nobody else seems to, at least not local to me.  Hannants had a small stock that they sold out of quickly.

Alders in Croydon had them last week, MZ hadn't....not that I'm interested but it is nice to see a new tool of it
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 13, 2012, 07:41:47 am
Huddie on Sunday, Simon.... patience, patience  ;)

Ian
I do desperately want a couple.  My only fear is that they sell out before I get parked & since that might take until the next weekend..... :o

It seems to be slow going here in Blighty.  Airfix have stock but nobody else seems to, at least not local to me.  Hannants had a small stock that they sold out of quickly.

Alders in Croydon had them last week, MZ hadn't....not that I'm interested but it is nice to see a new tool of it

You've still got an Alders???  Hull's is a disant memory.  Apart from Modelzone & Hobbycraft my ususal LMS has shut down & the other I tend to avoid.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on February 13, 2012, 08:30:31 am
Still showing 6 left ?

http://www.relishmodels.co.uk/airfix-1-72-folland-gnat-t-1.html
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 13, 2012, 09:33:22 am
Stack of them in my LHS yesterday. I reduced it by one, of course. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on February 13, 2012, 12:36:08 pm
Stack of them in my LHS yesterday. I reduced it by one, of course. :thumbsup:

I would expect no less of you, friend !!

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 14, 2012, 12:52:45 am
You've still got an Alders???  Hull's is a disant memory.  Apart from Modelzone & Hobbycraft my ususal LMS has shut down & the other I tend to avoid.

Yup and it's the origional one, set up by old Josiah himself back in the 18**'s. Still considered a landmark in Croydon. The Airfix stuff is part of the Hornby area in the toy dept.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 14, 2012, 06:11:35 am
Yup and it's the origional one, set up by old Josiah himself back in the 18**'s. Still considered a landmark in Croydon. The Airfix stuff is part of the Hornby area in the toy dept.

Thank goodness, I thought the rioters had torched the place earlier on. My Nanna used to take me and brother there for 'coffee and tea-cakes' waaaaaaay back when. The whole store had a distinctive smell all its own.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 14, 2012, 06:32:42 am
Yup and it's the origional one, set up by old Josiah himself back in the 18**'s. Still considered a landmark in Croydon. The Airfix stuff is part of the Hornby area in the toy dept.

Thank goodness, I thought the rioters had torched the place earlier on. My Nanna used to take me and brother there for 'coffee and tea-cakes' waaaaaaay back when. The whole store had a distinctive smell all its own.

Kennards over the road had a very distinctive smell as they ground and roasted coffee beans. Plus they had pony rides and a very, very, naughty bored chimp in the pet shop. Parents would shield your eyes as the pony went past his cage just in case the poor old sod was "enjoying" himself  :rolleyes:

Geez I'm getting old
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 14, 2012, 08:25:03 am
We must have been around there at the same time Chris, I can remember all that lot too! Small world indeed.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 15, 2012, 01:48:19 am
We must have been around there at the same time Chris, I can remember all that lot too! Small world indeed.  ;D

Yup but I was probably still in my pram whilst you were walking  :wacko:  ;D

Yup and it's the origional one, set up by old Josiah himself back in the 18**'s...

I presume you left the precise year deliberately indeterminate, in order to avoid self incrimination.....  :wacko:


Geez I'm getting old

Getting?

 :wacko:

Duncan


1862 Dunc and no I wasn't around although sometimes it feels like it  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 15, 2012, 02:25:01 am
Yup but I was probably still in my pram whilst you were walking  :wacko:  ;D

More than likely  ;D

I was born in Birdhurst Nursing home, now a private retirement home I understand, at the end of 1942, then went to Egypt in 1945 for a few years, so we'd have been enjoying Alder's coffee and tea cakes in the very early '50s I guess.

1862 Dunc and no I was around although sometimes it feels like it  :banghead:

Surely a mistyped 'was' in there Chris?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 15, 2012, 02:42:20 am
I was born in Birdhurst Nursing home, now a private retirement home I understand, at the end of 1942, then went to Egypt in 1945 for a few years, so we'd have been enjoying Alder's coffee and tea cakes in the very early '50s I guess.



Ah the infamous "Birdhurst Rise" murders  :mellow: Yup the area around there hasn't changed much. I would have been around Alders from circa 1952 although would have known nowt about it 'till 55/56  ;)

1862 Dunc and no I was around although sometimes it feels like it  :banghead:

Surely a mistyped 'was' in there Chris?

Well spotted sir - geez I am getting daft in my old age, soon be lined up with Radish  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 20, 2012, 05:16:08 am
Yesterday I had the privilege of fondling one of the test shots for the forthcoming Spitfire F22.

It's everything that the few pics from Nuremberg promised.  Compared to the AZ kit and the ill-fitting abortion from Xtrakit, it's streets ahead and a damn sight more accurate.  

Evidence of slide tool on the upper engine cowling.  The radiators look a little clunky but I can live with that (if not, I have a mould for resin ones).  Only one set of wheels, 3 spoke hubs - some 22s had the earlier 4 spoke wheels but these can be robbed from the PR19.  Some odd lips on the tailwheel doors.

Cockpit interior looks stunning and is the recessed style as evidenced on the P40 and the Zero.  This should mean that the interior parts will fit (unlike the Xtrakit horror where they fouled the closing of the fuselages) and also that the door will be scale thickness if you cut it open to show off the detail.  The seat is a little clunky but if you've one of the 3D Rotol prop sets (if not, why?) then you can nick the seat from that. The pilot is definitely a WWII style one but not the one that's been in Airfix kits for the past 40+ years.  Pity, I rather liked him. Closed canopy though.

Spares? Closed doors for an aircraft in flight, which is handy for some. Markings are allegedly 603 and 607 Sqns RAuxAF, the latter very welcome amongst some on Tyneside.

Bonuses?  Yes.  The wing will fit the PR19 kit, so with a new canopy, an F21 is possible.  Conversion to a Seafire F46 is also possible by snipping off the base section of the rudder (it's part of the fuselage) and replacing with a spare from the Admiral F22/F24 or a resin piece.  You will need a contraprop though, so source an Aeroclub one.

Release date is slated for April - Wonderland are quoting the 6th.  It can't come soon enough.  My initial order has been doubled.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 22, 2012, 03:53:39 am
New artwork up on the Airfix site

Bf 109E:
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a01008-messerschmitt-bf109e-a01008/

Bf 109E Trop
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a02062-messerschmitt-bf109e-tropical-a02062/

Chipmunk
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a01054-de-havilland-chipmunk-a01054/

P51D
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a01004-north-american-p51d-mustang-a01004/

A4 Skyhawk
http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a03029-douglas-a4b-skyhawk-a03029/

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Cliffy B on February 22, 2012, 04:20:54 pm
Tell me that A-4 is a new tool and not a re-box of a 40 year old kit!  Anyone know when they'll be out?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on February 22, 2012, 10:17:40 pm
Oh its a new tool A-4B to allow the Argentine A-4P to be built. We saw it at Huddersfield along with the new tool Spitfire 22 and Mustang  :thumbsup:

Sprues look good although the MK82 bombs included in the kit look a bit under scale the Brit 1000ib looks correct
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 23, 2012, 06:25:36 am
More Spitfire goodness:

Assembled test shot:
(http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b452/PaveShadow/DSCF7637.jpg)

Isn't it a thing of beauty?  :wub:  :thumbsup:

The fuselage looks a little slender, but talking to Alec Smith of Brampton IPMS (who also went Spitfire mad last year) at Huddersfield and comparing it with various other Griffon Spits, we came to the conclusion that it's an optical illusion. 

And the sprues.  This should give you a better idea of the kit parts.  What it doesn't show, unfortunately, is the inside of the fuselage and all the beautiful sidewall detail in the cockpit. Evidence of slide tool use, apparently.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-9bIZ1N9Mm0s/Tze9MncjSQI/AAAAAAAAACg/s-5ujZpwJrg/s800/DSC_6702s.jpg)


More sprues of other things (ie those I don't care about) can be found here for those that might.
http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/ftopic29249-40.php
http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/ftopic29249-0-asc-60.php



Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 23, 2012, 07:25:14 am
The 22 looks great - I will definitely be getting a couple of those. Same for the Scooter, and I'm hoping the Lynx will get scaled down to 1:72 as well. Not particularly bothered about the Mustang, and really not interested in the 109, but if they're good then that's good for Airfix and hopefully will let them produce more interesting kits in future (Sea Vixen, Venom in 1:72 would be brilliant).
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on February 23, 2012, 11:28:02 am
I'll be getting a boatload of both A-4s and F.22s !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: MilitaryAircraft101 on February 24, 2012, 12:30:56 am
Sea Vixen, Venom in 1:72 would be brilliant.
Second that. Another decent Vampire would be nice too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 24, 2012, 01:15:59 am
Thirded.  New Vampires would be nice although there's nothing 'wrong' with Heller FB.5 and Mistral, they're just old-fashioned.  Revell have just re-released the FB.5.  I picked up a Heller Mistral at Huddersfield, it's just as nice as the Vampire.  Sea Venom to replace the Frogspawn kit & a single seater would be very welcome.  Sea Vixen would be a no brainer since the MPM/Xtrakit version hasn't exactly flown off the shelves.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 24, 2012, 07:03:24 am
 :cheers: :thumbsup:

(http://www.airfix.com/_images/assets/product-directory/product-full/A02033-3D_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 25, 2012, 03:12:39 am
Want at least 2 NOW!!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2012, 02:13:01 am
Want at least 2 NOW!!!

Patience young man, patience  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Cliffy B on February 26, 2012, 10:19:53 am
New tool A-4B and Mk.22 Spit?!  Oh man....be still my heart!  THE two kits I've wanted most for years and they're both in 1/72!!!!!!!  Screw being patient, I want them now!!!! :party: :party: :party:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on February 26, 2012, 10:56:57 am
Lee how easy will it be to turn the Spitfire 22 into a Spitfire 24 ?

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 26, 2012, 02:06:43 pm
Lee how easy will it be to turn the Spitfire 22 into a Spitfire 24 ?

Gondor

Should be a doddle.  Main external difference is (I believe) slightly shorter gun barrels.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 28, 2012, 04:20:51 am
One of the hatches on the starboard side moves along and the external wing hardpoints changed too, three single tier rockets on the 22, two double tier rockets on the 24. The other difference is the electrical system, but that doesn't concern us.

The Four Plus book on the 22/24 is worth having for all the pics.  The current issue has decals for Rhodesia too.

My (initial) dozen are already allocated to various projects, three of them real.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on February 28, 2012, 06:19:10 am
Another good book to get is the SAM Publications Supermarine Spitfire Part II. (Griffon Powered).  There's a couple of Crown Copywrite drawings which might explain why the hatches are moved but reading the text you might not have to.  It all depends if the aircraft in question had a rear fuel tank installed, if it did, the hatches are in the forward position and if it didn't, they were moved back. These hatches are for access to the radio equipment so I guess the weight of them was used to adjust the load cg.  There's nothing in the text to say that any particular Mk.22 had rear tanks or not, same with the Mk.24, so I would assume from that some of each were one or the other.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Vostoc7 on February 28, 2012, 07:32:55 am
I‘m gonna have to update my Hawk Mk22 Spit Schneider Trophy Floatplane with a quality Airfix one  :ph34r: :tornado:, if there‘ll be any kits left to buy  :rolleyes: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on March 04, 2012, 04:14:03 pm
Anyone got any idea how big the Type 45 destroyer kit would be ? Im no good at maths but im assuming with a rrp of £50 it must be a fair size.....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2012, 05:10:56 pm
A Type 45 is 500 ft long, so in 1/350 scale that'd be 1 ft 5", or 0.435 m if you're of the Metric persuasion.

That strikes me as a lot of money for something as small as that actually......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on March 04, 2012, 09:48:52 pm
Compared to a lot of 1:350 ship kits, that sounds about right. Battleships (which are maybe 2.5-3 feet long, bigger for the huge Yamato/Iowa or CVNs) are well over £100 per kit now. And compare it to 1:35 armour kits - they're all £50 or thereabouts now.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 05, 2012, 12:16:50 am
Well the 1/700 version is £34.99 RRP by Cyberhobby, so taking that into context the Airfix price is not too bad, however compared with the Illustrious kit or Trumpeters ships its probably about a tenner too expensive.

However it will will make for a rather tasty model for the shelf and i will be getting one.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 05, 2012, 12:18:51 am
Ohh Bad News Lee, it looks like the Skyhawk will be the next to appear with the Spit 22 now due a month later as they are aiming for the Falklands War 30th in April/May
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on March 05, 2012, 04:18:33 am
As everyone here knows im more of a aircraft fella... But the Daring/Dauntless/whatever i decide DID certainly peak my interest in giving a ship a go... Ive never built a ship of any kind but them new type 45's are just so awesome.... Now just have to find space for something over a foot long... ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 05, 2012, 04:54:49 am
Means I can scrape the pennies together.  I think I can live with it.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Supertom on March 05, 2012, 06:05:34 am
Means I can scrape the pennies together.  I think I can live with it.


I imagine Lee sees it as an opportunity save up some extra money in order to buy another case of the Spits.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 05, 2012, 07:23:55 am
Ohh Bad News Lee, it looks like the Skyhawk will be the next to appear

Yup it's the Skyhawk that's being advertised in the April Airfix magazine
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 05, 2012, 07:42:28 am
I only had twelve on order....  But Trumpeter's 48th Spiteful is due next month and I may buy that instead.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on March 05, 2012, 10:06:30 am
Only, he says... :rolleyes:

Another point about the 1:350 Daring - does it come with any PE for aerials etc? Because that would make it quite a good deal.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 05, 2012, 10:39:04 am
That twelve is already allocated, so a second half dozen would be on order pretty quickly...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on March 05, 2012, 03:22:32 pm
Are your intentions to build 1:1 of the entire production run for the Spitfire (of all marques)?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 05, 2012, 03:56:11 pm
Are your intentions to build 1:1 of the entire production run for the Spitfire (of all marques)?

Worse he's doing the projected ones as well !!!!!!! :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 05, 2012, 04:44:22 pm
Are your intentions to build 1:1 of the entire production run for the Spitfire (of all marques)?

Worse he's doing the projected ones as well !!!!!!! :banghead:

AND the ones that Vickers-Supermarine never even got around to thinking off too!!!!  :o
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on March 05, 2012, 06:42:32 pm
Has anybody thought of introducing him to...pins?  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 06, 2012, 02:32:13 am
Has anybody thought of introducing him to...pins?  ;D

That will be missed by most non Discworld fans  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on March 06, 2012, 03:05:06 am
Are there such people?  :o
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 06, 2012, 03:07:57 am
Apparently  :wacko:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 06, 2012, 03:44:24 am
Are your intentions to build 1:1 of the entire production run for the Spitfire (of all marques)?

Fine, sneer, but I'm doing something genuinely unique.

Many people have built the entire Spitfire family.  I'm going to do that - eventually, when I go back to doing real things.  Right now, I'm whiffing the lot.  And I've barely started.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 06, 2012, 06:12:53 am

...... but I'm doing something genuinely unique.


But then most of us are doing exactly that on here too.  ;D

In our own way of course.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on March 06, 2012, 06:48:20 am

...... but I'm doing something genuinely unique.


But then most of us are doing exactly that on here too.  ;D

In our own way of course.

And not long ago it was all Mosquitos -----
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 06, 2012, 07:09:51 am
But then most of us are doing exactly that on here too.  ;D

Yes, but in odd ones and twos.  I'm taking an entire family of aircraft - A LARGE one at that - and whiffing the whole lot.  And AFAIK, that's never been done.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on March 06, 2012, 06:46:15 pm
Are your intentions to build 1:1 of the entire production run for the Spitfire (of all marques)?

Fine, sneer, but I'm doing something genuinely unique.

Many people have built the entire Spitfire family.  I'm going to do that - eventually, when I go back to doing real things.  Right now, I'm whiffing the lot.  And I've barely started.

I apologise if you think I was sneering.  It was intended just to be a gentle rib or as we call it downunder a "stir", nothing more.  We are all, in our own way, doing what we want and your goal is as admirable as any here, so again, I apologise, if you've felt offended.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on March 18, 2012, 11:55:27 am
Has Ju-88 been retooled?

Is there any list of newtooled Airfix models?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 19, 2012, 08:12:14 am
Has Ju-88 been retooled?

Is there any list of newtooled Airfix models?

No new Ju 88, but here's the 2012 list

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/ (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on March 26, 2012, 06:26:08 am
Acording to the latest Newsletter the Lynx AH-7 is now available
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on March 26, 2012, 06:49:28 am
Has Ju-88 been retooled?

Is there any list of newtooled Airfix models?

No new Ju 88, but here's the 2012 list

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/ (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on March 26, 2012, 08:16:04 am
Acording to the latest Newsletter the Lynx AH-7 is now available
For Pre-order.....

Basically its due in this week and Aircav will no doubt have a dozen on order  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on March 26, 2012, 10:00:31 am
Only two for back dating to the Prototypes, I'm waiting to the Revell version.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on March 28, 2012, 05:34:18 am
Both the AH.7 and HMA.8/Mk.88/Mk.90A are available now, as well as the HMA.8 gift set.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on March 28, 2012, 11:54:13 am
The Lynx arrived late this afternoon at work but we never got chance to unpack them but I'll have one tomorrow.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on April 28, 2012, 05:47:30 am
Various dates quoted on Britmodeller for the arrival of the 1/72 Spitfire F22 - 21 May I think is cited as the most accurate guesstimate.  Anyone got any insider knowledge on availability?  Will they be on sale at the Hendon Show, I wonder?
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on April 28, 2012, 06:20:37 am
Alan Bond's Skylon space plane was on telly again yesterday: they're actually testing a prototype engine!

Don't ask me to bet money on it ever being built in Britain (China/India/Brazil maybe... :banghead:) but wouldn't an Airfix kit of it be a nice profile-raising tool? It's about the length of a 747 so 1/144th should be about right. It's a pretty pure shape too, so if Reaction Engines made some CAD files available, it shouldn't be that difficult to tool.

What in low-Earth orbit am I on about? This: http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/skylon.html
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 28, 2012, 06:41:08 am
the British Interpanetry Society do a 1:250 scale desk top model.
http://www.bis-space.com/products-page/miscellaneous/
4 parts so not exactly rocket science to assemble either,
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2012, 03:36:17 am
Various dates quoted on Britmodeller for the arrival of the 1/72 Spitfire F22 - 21 May I think is cited as the most accurate guesstimate.  Anyone got any insider knowledge on availability?  Will they be on sale at the Hendon Show, I wonder?
 ;D ;D

Well there are adverts for it in the May magazines and that normally means the kit is available 3/4 weeks latter  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on April 29, 2012, 06:51:36 am
What happened to the Scooter? I thought it had been bumped up to before the Spit?

Just spotted a new boxing of the recent P-40 - RAF North Africa as a "Tomahawk IIb" in a starter set.

A Skylon or LAPCAT kit would be fantastic.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on April 29, 2012, 03:14:23 pm
Airfix told me hopefully late May a few weeks back, as I'm gearing up to release my A-4B and C weapons/conv sets for then. I had a couple of test shots and they are very neat.   
Colin
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Scooterman on April 29, 2012, 06:17:46 pm
Airfix told me hopefully late May a few weeks back, as I'm gearing up to release my A-4B and C weapons/conv sets for then. I had a couple of test shots and they are very neat.   
Colin

Stash a few away for me Colin!  I'm invading Telford this year and can collect then!  Please!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on May 01, 2012, 06:16:49 pm
Do you know if people in Airfix plan to release full Spitfire family: Spitfires, Seafires, Spiteful, Seafang, ...?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 02, 2012, 04:05:20 am
I doubt they'd do the Spiteful but then, they couldn't do worse that Trumpeter.  They have stated that they'd like to do all the Spitfires, but I doubt that they'll all be in  the same scale...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on May 02, 2012, 08:01:31 am
Trumpeter? 1/24? No, please! I meant 1/72.

If not Spiteful, at least one with laminar flow wing, like Seafang. Then we could combine pieces from here and there.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 02, 2012, 08:11:03 am
Except you can't.  Other than the tail surfaces, wheels and prop, there's no commonality between Spitfire and Spiteful.  Completely different airframes.  Seafang back to Spiteful?  Easy.  Fill in the wing fold and rebuild the lower fin section to fair it into the fuselage.

And I meant Trumpeter's 48 Spiteful.  What an utter disappointment that is... (rest of diatribe deleted on legal advice)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2012, 07:29:00 am
Well the Airfix June  :banghead: :banghead: Mag is out and they have a build of the new Spitfire 22 by Tony O'Toole and it looks very, very nice  :wub: Plus there's an article on it's use by the RAuxAF. Another good article and build on the Mulberry harbours in same issue
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 03, 2012, 08:29:10 am
I knew he had one but was sworn to secrecy.  Apparently, he's set the cat amongst the pigeons as the 607 Sqn decals are wrong...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 03, 2012, 08:33:58 am
Another good article and build on the Mulberry harbours in same issue

Eh, what scale is it in? Even in 1/700 it'd be GINORMOUS!  :o
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on May 03, 2012, 11:19:59 am
Just get a breezeblock and stick it on a base. ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on May 03, 2012, 11:24:56 am
Just looked at he A4 online - its got 75 parts with Argentine and USN decals if the box shown is acurate.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on May 03, 2012, 11:38:07 am
Another good article and build on the Mulberry harbours in same issue

Eh, what scale is it in? Even in 1/700 it'd be GINORMOUS!  :o

I remember the articles on building a Mulberry Harbour from the old Airfix Magazine when it was in the small format

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 04, 2012, 02:49:17 am
Another good article and build on the Mulberry harbours in same issue

Eh, what scale is it in? Even in 1/700 it'd be GINORMOUS!  :o

Sorry Kit should have been clearer. The build is of 2 pontoons and 1 bridge section (resin kits by Dan Taylor Modelworks) being crossed by a Bedford QL, so 1/76th.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on May 04, 2012, 10:26:15 am
Chipmunk's on the shelves.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 18, 2012, 07:26:43 am
The Bf 109E is out.  Wonderland and Hannants have theirs and some sellers are flogging them on evil bay.  Some in build threads on Britmodeller.

Release date for the Mustang - unsurprisingly in a Red Tails box - is July 10.

June 26 is the release date for the F22, according to a Hornby Trade website.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on May 18, 2012, 07:48:50 am
^^^^ do you mean Spitfire Mk 22?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 18, 2012, 07:52:40 am
Yes.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on May 18, 2012, 09:16:57 am
Chipmunk's on the shelves.

Random thought: if "Chinook" can be shortened to "Chook" as a nickname, can you, by the same logic, call a Chipmunk a "Chunk"?

Sorry, carry on......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: TsrJoe on May 18, 2012, 10:59:16 am
we used to call them 'chippys'  :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on May 18, 2012, 07:42:28 pm
Chipmunk's on the shelves.

Random thought: if "Chinook" can be shortened to "Chook" as a nickname, can you, by the same logic, call a Chipmunk a "Chunk"?

Sorry, carry on......

Using 'strine  Rhyming Slang, downunder we call Chinooks, "Angy Chooks" - "Chook" being a slang word for a Chicken in 'strine.   ;D

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on May 19, 2012, 01:32:09 am
The Bf 109E is out.  Wonderland and Hannants have theirs and some sellers are flogging them on evil bay.  Some in build threads on Britmodeller.

Release date for the Mustang - unsurprisingly in a Red Tails box - is July 10.

June 26 is the release date for the F22, according to a Hornby Trade website.

We got the Chippy and the 109 in last week, the 109 didn't last the day so we are waiting for more from Airfix.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 19, 2012, 01:52:21 am
Pick up a 109 tomorrow hopefully.

I noticed whilst ordering some Eduard masks on Hannants today that among the new Airfix starter sets due for release is a King Tiger - any one know whos tooling it is ?

The starter set thing is interesting, the buggers put some nice markings options in them  :wacko:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on May 19, 2012, 08:00:52 am
Pick up a 109 tomorrow hopefully.

I noticed whilst ordering some Eduard masks on Hannants today that among the new Airfix starter sets due for release is a King Tiger - any one know whos tooling it is ?

The starter set thing is interesting, the buggers put some nice markings options in them  :wacko:

Its a new Airfix tooling, but it has conventional tracks unlike their Cromwell, does look good and its a Porsche Turreted variant
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 21, 2012, 06:28:45 am
Pick up a 109 tomorrow hopefully.

I noticed whilst ordering some Eduard masks on Hannants today that among the new Airfix starter sets due for release is a King Tiger - any one know whos tooling it is ?

The starter set thing is interesting, the buggers put some nice markings options in them  :wacko:

Its a new Airfix tooling, but it has conventional tracks unlike their Cromwell, does look good and its a Porsche Turreted variant

Cheers Geoff. Good to see they are expanding all the ranges. If we win the European Cup will they do a 1/12 Roy Hodgson ???  :wacko: ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on May 24, 2012, 12:39:58 pm
Posted on Facebook (I know, I know) today:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/156118_10150987263486271_65102591270_12333531_844303770_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 24, 2012, 01:09:49 pm
That's got to be a decal sheet and a half!  :o
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on May 24, 2012, 01:50:17 pm
Its not that big of a plane, still think they should of bought the Firecracker  ;)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on May 24, 2012, 02:47:26 pm
'Course a really good modeller would be able to make those markings fit a Chipmunk  :wacko:

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on May 24, 2012, 02:59:06 pm
'Course a really good modeller would be able to make those markings fit a Chipmunk  :wacko:

Ian

well volunteered that man ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on May 24, 2012, 03:02:22 pm
Not even if I was still in the UK with a three week holiday  :blink:

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 24, 2012, 04:04:36 pm
A Tucano is a LOT bigger than a Chippie!  :o

You'd have to scan and shrink the decals I reckon.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 25, 2012, 05:01:11 am
Skyhawk dogfight double out, apparently:

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft-1951present/a50134-dogfight-double-gift-set--douglas-a4-skyhawkbae-sea-harrier-frs1-a50134/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=

Confirmed as being the new tool Skyhawk and this boxing it's to be first available in.  Stand alone and starter sets not too far off. 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on May 25, 2012, 09:38:10 am
Its not that big of a plane, still think they should of bought the Firecracker  ;)

I agree, but politics reared it's ugly head again!!! AFIK
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on May 25, 2012, 02:38:11 pm
Skyhawk dogfight double out, apparently:

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft-1951present/a50134-dogfight-double-gift-set--douglas-a4-skyhawkbae-sea-harrier-frs1-a50134/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=

Confirmed as being the new tool Skyhawk and this boxing it's to be first available in.  Stand alone and starter sets not too far off. 

Got three in this afternoon at work.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on May 25, 2012, 02:46:46 pm
Skyhawk dogfight double out, apparently:

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft-1951present/a50134-dogfight-double-gift-set--douglas-a4-skyhawkbae-sea-harrier-frs1-a50134/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=

Confirmed as being the new tool Skyhawk and this boxing it's to be first available in.  Stand alone and starter sets not too far off. 

Got three in this afternoon at work.  ;D

They could also do a Mirage/Sea Harrier double too if they want
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on May 25, 2012, 06:49:16 pm
Skyhawk dogfight double out, apparently:

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/aircraft/military-aircraft-1951present/a50134-dogfight-double-gift-set--douglas-a4-skyhawkbae-sea-harrier-frs1-a50134/?searchguid=&resultspage=&sortorder=

Confirmed as being the new tool Skyhawk and this boxing it's to be first available in.  Stand alone and starter sets not too far off. 

Got three in this afternoon at work.  ;D

They could also do a Mirage/Sea Harrier double too if they want

Or, indeed, a Pucara/SHAR double.

I don't imagine for a moment that it will happen, but how about a Pucara plus a diorama base with a Rapier battery on it? The Rapier mouldings could then easily be re-issued with the ex-JB Landrover for a non-Falklands specific boxing.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on May 25, 2012, 07:16:08 pm
That raises an interesting question.  How did they tow the Rapiers in the Falklands if not with Landrovers?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on May 26, 2012, 02:22:43 am
Helicopter I think.  ;)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2012, 02:21:13 am
Helicopter I think.  ;)

That's lifting Steve  :rolleyes: ;D

Seriously the pics I've seen are of them being airlifted
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2012, 02:46:18 am
Not having been there at the time and only watching the news reports I believe that they did use Land Rovers where they could. There was also the Volvo? articulated tracked carrier thing that was around at the time but I don't know if that was used to tow anything else. Most likely they were lifted by an available chopper into a rough position and then manhandled into the exact position, ie a few feet away.

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Howard of Effingham on June 12, 2012, 01:47:18 am
talking of the tucano re-pop with diamond jubilee markings i did hear that only 1000 were produced
and that apparently they were all sold to one unknown party [it isn't me, btw].

is this true or have i just heard a fib or two?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 12, 2012, 02:42:04 am
The Airfix web site says it's '.....not yet available for pre-order' and Big H don't mention it on their site either.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 12, 2012, 09:19:54 am
The Spitfire F MK.22 is out at Airfix.com

http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a02033-supermarine-spitfire-f-mk22-a02033/ (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-models-for-2012/aircraft-172-scale/a02033-supermarine-spitfire-f-mk22-a02033/)

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 12, 2012, 09:24:48 am
Heard it half an hour ago on Britmodeller.  I'll be checking MZ and Fenwicks on my way home, although I want to check out the rum counter in the latter too.

It's the wrong side of bleedin' payday!  Although Wor Lass owes me a few bob....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on June 12, 2012, 01:42:36 pm
Heard it half an hour ago on Britmodeller.  I'll be checking MZ and Fenwicks on my way home, although I want to check out the rum counter in the latter too.

It's the wrong side of bleedin' payday!  Although Wor Lass owes me a few bob....

On Twitter mid-afternoon.  So 21st Century!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 12, 2012, 02:17:37 pm
Well it was in the Airfix Newsletter, nice of you guys to point it out but not actually bother to mention it for those members who are not as close to the grapevine :angry:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 12, 2012, 02:27:08 pm
I only got the newsletter 30 mins ago..............
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: philp on June 12, 2012, 03:25:14 pm
Seafire 47, Seafire 47, Seafire 47. Please, please, please.

Do you think they are listening?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on June 13, 2012, 12:19:52 am
Seafire 47, Seafire 47, Seafire 47. Please, please, please.

Do you think they are listening?

I hope so - I am one of the many 'FR47 Pesterers'
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on June 13, 2012, 03:03:04 am
Well it was in the Airfix Newsletter, nice of you guys to point it out but not actually bother to mention it for those members who are not as close to the grapevine :angry:

Geoff

Got my newsletter this morning and when I clicked on the link it said "out of stock" ?

Edit just checked again and the out of stock refered to one of the recomended paints  :banghead:

I shall have a look in Newcastle on Friday
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on June 13, 2012, 03:57:24 am
The Aviation Hobby Shop's stock of Spit F22s arrived about 20 mins ago  :drink: - I'll be collecting my reserved pair on Saturday morning!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 13, 2012, 04:18:25 am
Well it was in the Airfix Newsletter, nice of you guys to point it out but not actually bother to mention it for those members who are not as close to the grapevine :angry:

I shall have a look in Newcastle on Friday

You would be better asking Steve  to hold some for you, as the Wooksta will minesweep any Spits 22s that make it to Newcastle this week !!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 13, 2012, 04:28:09 am
I doubt it.  I'll only be getting four at most this week, because I'll be getting a dozen from Uncle Frank anyway.  The first one will be ready for Monday...

And quite oddly, I want to do about 6 real ones - Egypt, Hong Kong, Rhodesian and three 603 Sqn ones - mainly as I already have the decals.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2012, 02:40:19 am
You would be better asking Steve  to hold some for you, as the Wooksta will minesweep any Spits 22s that make it to Newcastle this week !!!

I'm actually visiting his place of employment today  ;D

Will only get one or two up here, don't want to carry to much home and besides you should "support your local model shop" whereever possible  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 14, 2012, 05:07:21 am
Just picked up my first two...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on June 14, 2012, 07:28:02 am
Wicked....can't wait til they show up here !
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on June 14, 2012, 01:09:06 pm
Got one yesterday. 'Tis lovely... :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on June 14, 2012, 04:17:01 pm
Well it was in the Airfix Newsletter, nice of you guys to point it out but not actually bother to mention it for those members who are not as close to the grapevine :angry:

I shall have a look in Newcastle on Friday

You would be better asking Steve  to hold some for you, as the Wooksta will minesweep any Spits 22s that make it to Newcastle this week !!!

As of 5pm we hadn't had a delivery off Airfix so we haven't got them in yet but Friday is another day so you never know.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Daryl J. on June 14, 2012, 06:26:23 pm
I want two.  One for a version on floats, another for USAF Vietnam night duty.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 15, 2012, 03:05:19 am
Fenwicks are sold out.  My two were the first out of the box and they had six.  Gary got the last one.  Sold out in a day!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Daryl J. on June 15, 2012, 06:48:51 am
In a day.

Why am I not surprised.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2012, 08:11:27 am
[As of 5pm we hadn't had a delivery off Airfix so we haven't got them in yet but Friday is another day so you never know.  ;D

You did have 2 on the premises though  :rolleyes:

Fenwicks are sold out.  My two were the first out of the box and they had six.  Gary got the last one.  Sold out in a day!

That was the one I left on the shelf - didn't want to be greedy and snaffle all 3 remaining  ;)

And the kit is absolutely gorgeous  :wub:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 15, 2012, 09:11:39 am
I now have the first two of the new F22 and...  Actually, I feel a bit let down.
It is everything I wanted - beautifully detailed and with some nice spares and oodles of possiblities -  but something about it feels wrong.  It didn't help that the one in build has some quality control issues - the wing fillet is short shot, as is one of the u/c doors plus everything has had to have flash trimmed for better fit.
One other trick, which I learned from the Airfix MkIa is to drill out the locator pin holes - they're a very tight fit and as such the fuselage won't close up properly unless you drill them out.  Even so, it still needs clamping when the cockpit assembly goes in.  That didn't fit together as well as the Ia either and like the Ia needs some trimming to go together properly.
The wing is nicely detailed and the fit is again better once some fettling is done with the mating surfaces.  I can understand with the AZ and MPM/Xtrakit ones - they're limited run - but Airfix?
I *really* dislike the wheels.  The hub isn't as well defined as it could be and on the example in build has a lot of flash on it.  Ideally, it'd get replaced but as they've moulded it with a flay, the axle is a larger squarish shape so the wheel is angled correctly on the leg.  This is quite clever but another annoying niggle.
Yet another niggle is the odd lip on the outside edges of the tailwheel doors.  These need trimming because there's no such thing on the real aircraft.  I don't like the options for the closed doors - the tailwheel section is a solid lump whilst the maingear ones are thick with a bar to help location.  Not that much of a niggle really but these are always handy for other things.
Fit overall is good, with the caveats mentioned above.  They've continued with the tailplane locator style used on the mk Ia and it makes alignment much easier.  Love the prop.  It looks very nice indeed but the spinner needs the panel line rescribing.  The supercharger intake is also the nicest one in injection.
The engine cowling.  Slide mould used to get the rocker covers but needs cleanup and some of the panel lines around it are a little indistinct.  There's something about the whole cowling that bothers me and I just can't put my finger on what it is.  It feels... dainty.  Too dainty.  The Griffon is a big, beefy engine and the cowling doesn't really reflect that.  Not in my view anyway.  I've plans to replace one with an FR47 cowling anyway, but I shouldn't have to do this.
Overall?  8/10. 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on June 15, 2012, 09:38:39 am
Quote
The Griffon is a big, beefy engine

Actually I was surprised by how little difference there is between the Merlin and Griffon outer dimensions.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on June 16, 2012, 12:50:43 pm
Some very nice photos of the new Airfix stuff coming out on this site.  :thumbsup:
http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/spielwarenmesse-2012-ein-kleiner-rundgang/2012/
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 16, 2012, 01:19:17 pm
looks like no crews for the helos?  can any one confirm?  and if so any ideas where i can get some crew? ( bar cut and shunt on hasagawa modern crew)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on June 16, 2012, 02:45:29 pm
I have two.  I like!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2012, 08:13:14 pm
Are they planning any more Harriers ? With the three beauties they just released why not a GR.3 and some T birds ? What about the Sword T, any word on it ( or the price ?)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on June 21, 2012, 12:16:49 am
Are they planning any more Harriers ? With the three beauties they just released why not a GR.3 and some T birds ? What about the Sword T, any word on it ( or the price ?)


No idea about the Harriers, we'll probably have to wait till the end of the year to hear if anything lined up for next year.

As to the Sword Two Seaters, they listed as future release on HobbySearch with a reasonable price :-

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10190444 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10190444)

G
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 21, 2012, 02:00:54 am
As to the Sword Two Seaters, they listed as future release on HobbySearch with a reasonable price :-

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10190444 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10190444)


Excellent news! We've waited a long time for a decent early Harrier T bird. I'm assuming it will appear here under the Xtrakit label too.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 02, 2012, 10:42:31 am
Today's Airfix Newsletter is advertising the Jubilee Tucano for 'Advanced Orders', and they're only making 1000 it seems.

Naturally the 'Advanced Order' process entails you paying for it NOW............  :o

I did, but the Airfix site's MIND bogglingly time consuming and complex order process seems designed to make things difficult, and me angry and frustrated.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on July 03, 2012, 10:39:59 am
Green DH.88 Comet and the new P-51D in Holborn MZ today, chaps.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ysi_maniac on July 03, 2012, 11:39:36 am
Is DH.88 newtool too?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 03, 2012, 12:28:32 pm
No, it's still the ancient 50s tooling that we all know and love.  The decals would be worth having and then try and find a Frog/Novo on ebay.  Far superior kit.  At least there's a cockpit interior!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on July 03, 2012, 03:06:24 pm
Whirlybirds do a really nice DH.88 cockpit interior for the Airfix kit along with a vac-canopy, got an example of both in the stash. They also do four or five different decal sheets.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on July 04, 2012, 12:25:17 am
Kit propellors are rubbish and I don't think Aeroclub ever did replacements. Even if they did I guess they'd be hard to find.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 04, 2012, 07:44:58 am
Green DH.88 Comet and the new P-51D in Holborn MZ today, chaps.

Thank you kind sir I may well be passing said establishment on Friday  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on July 05, 2012, 03:24:14 pm
Green DH.88 Comet and the new P-51D in Holborn MZ today, chaps.

Thank you kind sir I may well be passing said establishment on Friday  ;D

We got those two plus the new King Tiger in today, looking good.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on July 05, 2012, 04:26:40 pm
Kit propellors are rubbish and I don't think Aeroclub ever did replacements. Even if they did I guess they'd be hard to find.

I'm no expert on the DH.88 but the props don't look particularly special, so maybe Aeroclub ones intended for some other Gypsy-engined aircraft could be used?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 06, 2012, 12:18:56 am
On a side note i noticed that the Aviation Megastore has the standard kit of the Airfix A-4B/P Skyhawk in stock but its not yet in the UK ?

Or should that be it not yet be put up as instock at Airfix and thus hasn't gone out with the latest deliveries !
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on July 06, 2012, 02:14:02 pm
 Just read the article on the hurricane in the Airfix mag.....the reviewer has done a great job on the kit.....did it have empty case ejection ports....??? That's a big miss if it did.....well done on the rest of the kit....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 07, 2012, 07:03:59 am
New tool Mustang is out in 1/72 - looks superb  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on July 07, 2012, 09:44:52 am
Here's me saying no more kits until Telford. So yesterday I end up getting a new Airfix Hurricane in the MZ Holborn sale for whiffing. So my Heller IIc will become my Ceylon 1942 IIb.
Saw the new P-51D and was very tempted but resisted. Anyone aware of any in the box 'first looks'?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on July 07, 2012, 02:19:22 pm
Just read the article on the hurricane in the Airfix mag.....the reviewer has done a great job on the kit.....did it have empty case ejection ports....??? That's a big miss if it did.....well done on the rest of the kit....

Yes it does, just got the magazine today and that mistake is almost as good as the time an editor of another magazine painted the wing surfaces of his very nice Gannet incorrectly so that there was Dark Sea Grey on the wrong part of the wing  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on July 07, 2012, 02:29:40 pm
Just read the article on the hurricane in the Airfix mag.....the reviewer has done a great job on the kit.....did it have empty case ejection ports....??? That's a big miss if it did.....well done on the rest of the kit....

Save me delving Hurricane refererences please! Can you elaborate?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on July 07, 2012, 02:45:18 pm
Just read the article on the hurricane in the Airfix mag.....the reviewer has done a great job on the kit.....did it have empty case ejection ports....??? That's a big miss if it did.....well done on the rest of the kit....

Save me delving Hurricane refererences please! Can you elaborate?

I simply looked at the 1/48 scale drawings in Modellers Data File 2 which I have although a serch of the web should provide other easily accessible references such as

Here: http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/sheppard/hurricane_Z5252/index.htm

here: http://www.militaryfactory.com/imageviewer/ac/pic-detail.asp?aircraft_id=125&sCurrentPic=hawker-hurricane_7.jpg&sCurrentDescriptor=Front%20left%20side%20view%20of%20a%20Hawker%20Hurricane%20on%20display%20at%20the%20USAF%20Museum;%20color

here : http://www.redbubble.com/people/reesadams/works/5923176-hawker-hurricane-g-hupw-r4118

or here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31848204@N02/7039469471/in/photostream/

Be warned though, some pictures I found show a restored aircraft that has had the gun ports and ejector slots filled in to make the aircraft a little more aerodynamic.

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on July 07, 2012, 04:30:37 pm
Just read the article on the hurricane in the Airfix mag.....the reviewer has done a great job on the kit.....did it have empty case ejection ports....??? That's a big miss if it did.....well done on the rest of the kit....

Yes it does, just got the magazine today and that mistake is almost as good as the time an editor of another magazine painted the wing surfaces of his very nice Gannet incorrectly so that there was Dark Sea Grey on the wrong part of the wing  :blink:

Gondor

Err! for a minute I thought I was on the ARC or Britmodeller forum -----  had to go to the top of the page to double check --- :-\ :-\    :lol:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on July 07, 2012, 05:28:07 pm
Ha.....know what you mean.... ;)....I don't go either of those forums....I was just trying to make a point that the chap had gone to efforts to improve the kit but appeared to have missed,to me,an obvious omission in the kit. Not trying to start an argument an have never been or could ever be accused of being a JMN....I just seemed to have put finger to keyboard n stated what a lot of people were thinking....H
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2012, 02:51:09 am
Saw the new P-51D and was very tempted but resisted. Anyone aware of any in the box 'first looks'?

I picked it up on Friday Dave and it looks really good in the box. Lovely level of detail with two rear canopy sections, one I assume for a latter boxing.

I'll build mine as either real world RAF in Italy or possibly SEAC
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 09, 2012, 04:35:51 am

I picked it up on Friday Dave and it looks really good in the box. Lovely level of detail with two rear canopy sections, one I assume for a latter boxing.


The Airfix lists say they are doing an 'F-51' later in the year. I presume a re-pop with Korean War markings? Is the other canopy the Dallas version Chris? The one with the raised rear end. If so that'd be VERY handy.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 09, 2012, 04:50:20 am
Theres an inbox review on Britmodeller :-

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234921621&st=0&start=0 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234921621&st=0&start=0)

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 09, 2012, 05:49:18 am
Wheel wells are too far back apparently, according to some whispers I've heard.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2012, 07:10:22 am
Is the other canopy the Dallas version Chris? The one with the raised rear end. If so that'd be VERY handy.

Yes it is Kit, although I always thought the Dallas canopy was slightly "flater". Probably wrong about that though. The canopies are bagged separately  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Nils on July 13, 2012, 01:48:57 pm
i got 2 Airfix 1/72 Spitfire F.22's last week. upon opening the box and unwraping the sprues, i was very suprised of what ive seen.
the landingwheel wells were very nicely detailed, same for the cockpit sides in the fuselage halves, at first sight i have to say of all the spitfires Airfix has released in 1/72, this one up to now has to be the finest  :thumbsup:

if the new tooled P-51 is just as impressive, i can see good things for/of airfix in the future  :mellow:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on July 17, 2012, 03:15:36 am
Wooo Hoo  :party:

Just got notification that the 1:48 Seafire 47 is back amongst us at a 'tad under' £20.00 - Wonder how certain sellers on that well known on-line auction site will react  :wacko:  Don't really give a d*mn to be honest, will order mine next week.

The Airfix lists say they are doing an 'F-51' later in the year. I presume a re-pop with Korean War markings?

Depending upon how 'accurate' you want your F-51 to be, Kit, most (not all), P-51's in Korea had the later uncuffed Hamilton props or constant chord Aeroproducts ones, not the familiar cuffed type you find in 99.9% of P-51 kits out there !!

Ian
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 28, 2012, 02:39:25 am
Just had a letter from Hornby-Airfix to say that the Jubiliee Tucano has been delayed till 'mid August'......

Well thanks for letting me know but you've had my money now for almost a month! Who gets the interest on that???  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 28, 2012, 02:57:27 am
Kit.  if theyve taken money for it, there on dangerous ground as far as distance selling regs go,  I thought that you wernt supposed to debit the buyers account till its ready to ship. :blink:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on July 28, 2012, 03:19:29 am
Wooo Hoo  :party:

Depending upon how 'accurate' you want your F-51 to be, Kit, most (not all), P-51's in Korea had the later uncuffed Hamilton props or constant chord Aeroproducts ones, not the familiar cuffed type you find in 99.9% of P-51 kits out there !!

Ian

I suspect that virtually all (myself included) prospective purchasers will neither know, nor care. Personally, I wouldn't have known until this was mentioned but, in my honest opinion, it's really trivial. However, I'm looking at this from the perspective of an "out of box" modeller :smiley:.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on July 28, 2012, 12:49:36 pm
Just had a letter from Hornby-Airfix to say that the Jubiliee Tucano has been delayed till 'mid August'......

Well thanks for letting me know but you've had my money now for almost a month! Who gets the interest on that???  :banghead:

Who do you think? Tbhey do... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 28, 2012, 12:59:09 pm
Just had a letter from Hornby-Airfix to say that the Jubiliee Tucano has been delayed till 'mid August'......

Well thanks for letting me know but you've had my money now for almost a month! Who gets the interest on that???  :banghead:

Who do you think? Tbhey do... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

But as Steel Penguin says, that's illegal.........
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on July 28, 2012, 02:31:24 pm
eh didnt the order form say payment in advance? in which case its perfectly legit.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 28, 2012, 03:33:06 pm
eh didnt the order form say payment in advance? in which case its perfectly legit.

They've still had my money for over a month and I've got nothing for it. Do they really think that's going to endear me to them? No, it's going to get them one of my 'Asbestos Letters'!

I don't believe in being ripped off by anyone, especially a firm that's been a staple part of my hobby life for over 50 years!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on July 28, 2012, 04:02:48 pm
I doubt your being ripped off, Airfix are renowned for their new release timetables slipping. Its most likely a problem with decal printing that causing the delay.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lancer on July 29, 2012, 08:45:13 am
I doubt your being ripped off, Airfix are renowned for their new release timetables slipping. Its most likely a problem with decal printing that causing the delay.

I agree with what's being said and I think it's bloody bad form on the part of Airfix/Hornby as far as the slippage times are concerned. ANY other business that had schedule shippage as bad as this would be ripped up one side and down the other!! IS it because they 'just' do models that they can get away with it? It's also piss planning if it IS problems with decal printing - they should have had that sorted at before the test shots were available.  I used to get reamed if any of my project schedule slipped.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 30, 2012, 01:08:58 am
I doubt your being ripped off, Airfix are renowned for their new release timetables slipping. Its most likely a problem with decal printing that causing the delay.

I agree with what's being said and I think it's bloody bad form on the part of Airfix/Hornby as far as the slippage times are concerned. ANY other business that had schedule shippage as bad as this would be ripped up one side and down the other!! IS it because they 'just' do models that they can get away with it? It's also piss planning if it IS problems with decal printing - they should have had that sorted at before the test shots were available.  I used to get reamed if any of my project schedule slipped.


If you work in manufacturing there are always slippages, it's a fact of life. We had one infamous order that was 3 years late  :banghead: It was at the limits of current technology at the time and as it was to do with safety in the power industry it had to be right. The fact that the installation it was intended for was running 7 years late didn't mitigate us being 3 years overdue. IT by the way is even worse - how late was the last IT project we had delivered  :banghead:

As far as Airfix are concerned most of their production run (if not all of it) is completely out of their hands. It's all sub contracted out to the far east for the plastic and the transfers are possibly Italy. The simplest things like overseas holiday dates affecting your shipping schedule can have a huge knock on effect on actual delivery times. Once you miss a deadline for a shipment you might have to wait ages for another. Trying to organise these things by e-mail, telephone is a nightmare and that's not accounting for the language barrier. You are probably being told "everythings ok" until the very last minute. Also don't forget that there have been quite a few natural "disasters" out East recently and even places like China are starting to see industrial unrest. You won't read anything about that in most of the UK's so called media but it's happening and it all effects shipping dates.

Just be happy that you've got an apparently thriving Airfix back again with an ever increasing catalogue of new tools. In all honesty is waiting 3 or 4 weeks for a kit life and death ??

Chris - rant mode off
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 30, 2012, 01:44:59 am

Just be happy that you've got an apparently thriving Airfix back again with an ever increasing catalogue of new tools. In all honesty is waiting 3 or 4 weeks for a kit life and death ??


No it isn't, but the principle of taking my money and not delivering means that money is generating interest, however small that may be, for THEM and not ME. It's the same system that prevaids in banks where they take note all the outgoings on each day before they note the incomings, no matter what time the movements really happen. That generates an artificial 'overdraft' for which they have the NERVE to charge me!

Once again it's corporate greed, it'll be the death of civilisation as we know it, and I'm not joking.......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on July 30, 2012, 02:00:22 am

Just be happy that you've got an apparently thriving Airfix back again with an ever increasing catalogue of new tools. In all honesty is waiting 3 or 4 weeks for a kit life and death ??


No it isn't, but the principle of taking my money and not delivering means that money is generating interest, however small that may be, for THEM and not ME. It's the same system that prevaids in banks where they take note all the outgoings on each day before they note the incomings, no matter what time the movements really happen. That generates an artificial 'overdraft' for which they have the NERVE to charge me!

Once again it's corporate greed, it'll be the death of civilisation as we know it, and I'm not joking.......

Kit I can understand how you feel re the money and I can't say there aren't occasions when I feel the same way. It would be better if they held the payment in the same way some hotels do with advance bookings. They only debit your card the day before you check in even though you have "paid" weeks before. No show you still pay but at least it's not out of your account until the day you arrive. The banks is another matter all together.

Chris
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 30, 2012, 04:33:05 am
The issue will be with the decals, either tied up with the legal aspects of Model Alliance folding, or the decals printed were either flawed or incorrect which would require a reprint.

Seeing how the webpage for the product clearly says payment in advance, i don't see what your issue is Kit, and if you have a beef that should be taken up with Airfix Customer Services and not openly on a forum.

As for paying in advance, that relates to the third party that managed the On-line store for Airfix, becuase this kit is a limited edition of only 1000, they were obviously unable to use their normal stock notification method  as interest may exceed availability, and should customers change their mind they could be left with excess unsold stock which cannot be sold as a free stock item after being advertised as limited edition. Thus they require a pre-order to confirm actual orders, the reason they take payment now is that they process it as an order then and there, they do not like to hold on-line pre-orders with card details these days as those tend to be held in a seperate file which may not be as secure as the standard order processeing (Thats what happened to Hannants  and it nearlly wiped out their on-line business after the account data was stolen).

Back to the Model Kit industry, all of them are the same, Steve's still waiting on the Revell 32nd Lynx, Italeri/Special hobby's Sunderland has been in development for a few years now, no idea what happened to the announced Italeri 1/48 naval merlin or the 1/72nd Canberra B2 and it looks like the Douglas Bolo, Martin & narses have been awaiting since about 2006 is finally going to appear this year !!!. Those who tend to keep to a deadline happen to be the ones with the minimal amount of new kit production and only tend to announce them once they are in pre-production.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on July 30, 2012, 01:25:58 pm
Back to the Model Kit industry, all of them are the same, Steve's still waiting on the Revell 32nd Lynx, Italeri/Special hobby's Sunderland has been in development for a few years now, no idea what happened to the announced Italeri 1/48 naval merlin or the 1/72nd Canberra B2 and it looks like the Douglas Bolo, Martin & narses have been awaiting since about 2006 is finally going to appear this year !!!. Those who tend to keep to a deadline happen to be the ones with the minimal amount of new kit production and only tend to announce them once they are in pre-production.

I heard about the Lynx long before it was public and still in the planning stage because of something I over heard in the car park at Telford one year but didn't tell anyone because it may of jeopardised its release. There are things I've heard since and not said anything for the same reason and as its been said already, if your dealing with two or more organisations then things don't always go to plan, but the main thing is if you start slagging firms off you may either not get the model as it may be dropped or you could just end up in court.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 30, 2012, 03:03:34 pm
Happened with the Tamiya Meteor.  They released the F1 but had made a cock up with regard to the wing (they'd measured the hybrid airframe at Cosford) but modellers went mental and slagged Tamiya off relentlessly.  Tamiya corrected it but held back on the planned F3 for some years.

Even wrong, the Tamiya Meteor F1 is still a stunning kit of a museum aircraft.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on July 30, 2012, 10:32:02 pm
Kit, I assume you paid by credit card?  Simply cancel the transaction if you account has been debited.  If it actually hasn't been debited, then Airfix doesn't have the money and is earning no interest (the Credit Card company/bank is).
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 31, 2012, 12:18:50 am
Kit, I assume you paid by credit card?  Simply cancel the transaction if you account has been debited.  If it actually hasn't been debited, then Airfix doesn't have the money and is earning no interest (the Credit Card company/bank is).

Can people stop making 'helpfull' suggestions, the first course of action if you have an issue with this delayed model is to take it up with Airfix first, only should that not prove successful should alternative actions be investigated.

Please remember that trading standards vary from country to country, what may be valid in your own country be be inappropriate elsewhere and could drop an unsuspecting member in hot water should they wrongly act on the 'advice' given. Not only that but it could land the forum in trouble which can have a knock on effect with the associated Special Interest Groups and their relationships with the business.

The first course of action should be always to deal with the retailer first, then the manufacturer and then contact you local trading/consumer standards organisation should the issue be unresolved as they should be able to recommend the next legal course of action.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 31, 2012, 02:21:09 am
In this case the retailer IS the manufacturer, and the letter is already in the post.............
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on July 31, 2012, 02:46:16 am
Kit, I assume you paid by credit card?  Simply cancel the transaction if you account has been debited.  If it actually hasn't been debited, then Airfix doesn't have the money and is earning no interest (the Credit Card company/bank is).

Can people stop making 'helpfull' suggestions, the first course of action if you have an issue with this delayed model is to take it up with Airfix first, only should that not prove successful should alternative actions be investigated.

Please remember that trading standards vary from country to country, what may be valid in your own country be be inappropriate elsewhere and could drop an unsuspecting member in hot water should they wrongly act on the 'advice' given. Not only that but it could land the forum in trouble which can have a knock on effect with the associated Special Interest Groups and their relationships with the business.

The first course of action should be always to deal with the retailer first, then the manufacturer and then contact you local trading/consumer standards organisation should the issue be unresolved as they should be able to recommend the next legal course of action.

Oh, I'd always suggest taking it up with the retailer before undertaking such drastic action as cancelling the transaction.  I am surprised though, by your comments suggesting that is not possible under UK law.  I didn't realise that UK and Oz consumer law was so different.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on July 31, 2012, 05:22:44 am
They vary from Country to Country, theres even slight differences between English and Scottish laws  :banghead:.

That's why we would prefer if we avoided getting into these discussions as the law varies and in this case we had an over reaction before the issue had been handled by due process, Kit only made comment that the model was delayed, it was others who decied that this was a major breach of consumer rights without bothering to verify the facts or what action Kit had decided to take.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 10, 2012, 03:08:16 pm
The Valiant PR conversion is out, got three in at work today.  ;)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 11, 2012, 01:04:39 am
The Valiant PR conversion is out, got three in at work today.  ;)

Is this the start of sometning new ? I wonder if Airfix will bring out any other conversion sets ? Cheaper way (for them) to extend the range ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on August 11, 2012, 02:11:38 am
 :thumbsup:
If only!!

My dream list ;
Vulcan B1/B1A
Vulcan bomb bay ( with full load of either buckets of instant sunshine or, 21 x 1000lb GP bombs!)
Valiant B2
RB-57E/RB-57
Lightning T4/T5
Set of BRITISH whizz bangs - BL-755 CBUs/1000lb/GP/Retarded bombs, SNEB/2" Rocket pods/Sea Eagle/Martel/LGBs etc ! 1/72 or 1/48th equally acceptable!
12,000lb Tallboy/12000lb HC bombs for Lancaster..............
Wing flap/slat/new bomb bays + ordnance for the B1-B ( if they ever re-release it!!)

I think that's enough to be goping on with...! :smiley:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2012, 07:31:45 am
You can get some of those bombs from Belcher Bits at some pretty good prices too

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 11, 2012, 07:38:12 am
WEM are doing a photoetched bomb bay set for the Vulcan
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2012, 07:42:52 am
In 600 scale !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on August 11, 2012, 06:28:32 pm
Talking of Tallboys ... Thought you may appreciate this :D

http://images60.fotki.com/v361/photos/4/90504/10144899/4972_4007461821526_551605698_n-vi.jpg

A tall boy with a TALLBOY :)

:)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on August 12, 2012, 01:24:37 am
WEM are doing a photoetched bomb bay set for the Vulcan

Do you have a link for that Thorvic ?

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on August 12, 2012, 03:05:45 am
https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/c/White+Ensign+Models+172+Aircraft+Photo+Etch/26/1/ (https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/c/White+Ensign+Models+172+Aircraft+Photo+Etch/26/1/)

Theres the relevant web page, they actually posted up the preview of the cockpit set design on Britmodeller a couple of weeks ago
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on August 12, 2012, 03:34:30 am
https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/c/White+Ensign+Models+172+Aircraft+Photo+Etch/26/1/ (https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/c/White+Ensign+Models+172+Aircraft+Photo+Etch/26/1/)

Theres the relevant web page, they actually posted up the preview of the cockpit set design on Britmodeller a couple of weeks ago

Thank you

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on August 28, 2012, 07:28:08 am
Dunno if it's been posted but MZ will have an exclusive dogfight double.....El Alamein....1/72 Me 109F and can't make out wether it's the Hawk 82 or P40 kit...pre order at £17.99 box no HOA50148


Also listed is a Hawker Fury 1 in 1/48 for £13.99 on pre order....HOA04103 looks like two clout options....a silver n a green brown camo......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2012, 07:33:04 am
That's interesting. I wonder who's Me 109 they are using as Airfix don't do an F as far as I'm aware ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 28, 2012, 07:49:08 am
They never did an F.  The old Heller one is well underscale, old and rivetty.  The Italeri one is a horrid kit all round.  Unlikely to be the Fine Molds one and both A Model and Intech (although I'm not sure whose boxing that kit now) are too limited run so possibly the new Zvezda kit?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 28, 2012, 08:58:56 am
Frog did an F too, but perish the thought that THAT one should re-surface!  :o
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on August 28, 2012, 12:50:58 pm
Dunno if it's been posted but MZ will have an exclusive dogfight double.....El Alamein....1/72 Me 109F and can't make out wether it's the Hawk 82 or P40 kit...pre order at £17.99 box no HOA50148


Also listed is a Hawker Fury 1 in 1/48 for £13.99 on pre order....HOA04103 looks like two clout options....a silver n a green brown camo......

The Fury is out - pre-war 43 Sqn and WW2 (1941 I think) SAAF 1 Sqn.  As for the El Alamein set, it's 1/48 and its a Bf109F-4/Spit Vb combo (http://www.modelzone.co.uk/model-kits/spitfire-and-me109-gift-set.html)

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 28, 2012, 01:09:38 pm
Frog did an F too, but perish the thought that THAT one should re-surface!  :o

Didn't Revell get the tool for that one, like all the other ex Frog Axis stuff?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on August 28, 2012, 01:18:13 pm
It was a small pic on a catalogue....I can't find anything on the net re it.....prob gonna have to back track n say it's an E.....the pic looked like a smooth nose without the characteristic step up from the spinner over the engine.....my mistake.....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 28, 2012, 01:37:43 pm
We got in the new Swordfish Flaotplane today and the A-6 Skyhawk in the Gift set.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on August 28, 2012, 01:42:02 pm
We got in the new Swordfish Flaotplane Floatplane today and the A-6 A-4 Skyhawk in the Gift set.

Ian
Proud occupier of pedants corner since as long as I can remember  :wacko: - Sorry Steve, couldn't help m'self  :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: philp on August 28, 2012, 04:30:34 pm
What do you mean?  I love a good Flaotplane.

Oh, and if you google it, and click, Yes, I meant Flaotplane, you get the same pics. ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on August 28, 2012, 10:37:10 pm
Having got home n re examined the pic....it's an E model....my mistake....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on August 28, 2012, 11:04:11 pm
We got in the new Swordfish Flaotplane Floatplane today and the A-6 A-4 Skyhawk in the Gift set.

Ian
Proud occupier of pedants corner since as long as I can remember  :wacko: - Sorry Steve, couldn't help m'self  :cheers:

I was tired, been a long day.... :blink: ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2012, 07:20:09 am
Having got home n re examined the pic....it's an E model....my mistake....

Ah right, I saw the 1/48 Spitfire/Me 109 Dogfight Double in MZ today and I'm assuming that the 109 is the old Otaki kit ?

Same MZ didn't have the Swordfish Floatplane in stock - booger - hope it's in before I travel up North. They did have the 1/48 Fury and it looks very nice in the box. Nice sellection of markings.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on August 30, 2012, 10:59:19 am
The Fury is out - pre-war 43 Sqn and WW2 (1941 I think) SAAF 1 Sqn.  As for the El Alamein set, it's 1/48 and its a Bf109F-4/Spit Vb combo (http://www.modelzone.co.uk/model-kits/spitfire-and-me109-gift-set.html)

Apologies, I saw what I wanted to see not what I was looking for.  According to the Airfix Tribute Forum the 1/72 El Alamein Dogfight Double consists of a Tomahawk IIb of 112 Sqn (B) and a Bf109E-7/B Trop of Zerstorergeschwader 1 (S9+??).   More at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234923589
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2012, 12:35:51 am
Now that makes sense  :thumbsup: It's amazing how often we "see what we want to see" as you say
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 19, 2012, 02:04:42 pm
There's a build article of the 1/48 Coyote test shot in Airfix Model World.  Looks like a nice kit, a few minor points such as the tyre treads being simplfied and pin marks in difficult places, but overall very good.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 20, 2012, 04:53:02 am
Just seen on Hannants, Airifx have got an etched detail set due out for the Jackal and Coyote:
http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX65002
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on September 20, 2012, 05:26:26 am
More on the Jackal and Coyote, a preview video from Airfix showing the construction and parts breakdown:
http://www.airfix.com/latest-news/archive/2012/8/22/new-airfix-supacat-coyote-and-jackal-preview-video/
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: perttime on September 22, 2012, 01:06:05 am
I don't think the current Airfix range contains a Spitfire XIV / XVIII ...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 25, 2012, 03:52:56 am
No, but AZ/Legato does one.  It's moulded as an F18 but contains the smaller rudder for the F14, although you'd need to heighten the fin by 1mm for that.  They also do a highback F14, which is same plastic but an additional sprue for the fuselage.  Not too keen on it, there's something wrong with the tail that I just can't put my finger on.

The fact is we need a decent F14 Spitfire kit in mainstream injection.  Fujimi is massively overengineered, Academy misses the mark, Frog ancient and both the Ventura/Jays and AZ/Legato are limited run.  Aeroclub's vacform conversions are still about but getting hard to find.

Still, crosskitting the Airfix XIX fuselage (with some slight mods) with either an Airfix IXc or  Heller XVIe wing produces a good model.  I have one 14c complete and two 14e's to spray.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Rheged on September 25, 2012, 05:18:06 am
Now that makes sense  :thumbsup: It's amazing how often we "see what we want to see" as you say

Sounds like Simon and Garfunkel  "A man hears what he wants to  hear  and  disregards  the rest....."   As the man says,there's a lot of it about

   Ian
Proud occupier of pedants corner since as long as I can remember.  

  Nice to know I'm not the only resident  .      But  of course, I am a  retired teacher!!

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: perttime on September 25, 2012, 08:05:00 am
... They also do a highback F14, ...
The fact is we need a decent F14 Spitfire kit in mainstream injection.
A low back XIV would do nicely, thank you  :smiley:
It looks so right: low back, long nose, and the tail isn't as huge as on F.22/24.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 25, 2012, 08:28:55 am
The Fujimi kit is best as a clipped F/FR14e out of the box.  All the wing tips and spine are a real pain to work with. Even so, the cockpit needs more detail and the fit of the upper engine cowling is vile.

The SEAC lowback boxing is one of the easier ones to find (the RAF Germany one isn't although the only difference is the box art and the decals).
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 26, 2012, 12:00:57 am
Yes, that cowling top on the various Fujimi Griffon engined kits was designed by a sadist!

Didn't someone do a one-piece resin replacement for that a while back?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on September 26, 2012, 12:04:34 am
Oi use another thread if your talking the merits of the Fujimi Spitfire XIV, this is for Airfix news  :angry:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 26, 2012, 04:17:37 am
Quickboost.  And it doesn't fit either!  It's too short.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: perttime on September 26, 2012, 06:14:54 am
Oi use another thread if your talking the merits of the Fujimi Spitfire XIV, this is for Airfix news  :angry:
--- and I was only wishing Airfix would do a low back Spitfire XIV ...

... only now realised why I had trouble finding an Airfix thread: it is in a news area  :-\
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 26, 2012, 08:28:29 am
Oi use another thread if your talking the merits of the Fujimi Spitfire XIV, this is for Airfix news  :angry:

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Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on September 26, 2012, 08:42:57 am
We do need to get this thread back on track by focussing on Airfix.

Now if Airfix did a Spitfire 14 to the same standard as the recent I/IIa, PR19 and F22 we and they would be on to a winner.  Or winners if high and low back, regular and clipped wing, F and FR, C and E wing variants were covered.

Current 14s leave a lot to be desired.  I remeber a recent discussion thread about the current kits and their faults but can't recall where. Anyone any ideas? ;0)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 26, 2012, 10:37:16 am
Oi use another thread if your talking the merits of the Fujimi Spitfire XIV, this is for Airfix news  :angry:

ooooOOOOoooooooh!  :o

We weren't talking about the merits of the Fujimi Spitfire, we were talking about the DE-merits of it!

There may be some merit in using the cowling of the wonderful AIRFIX Spitfire PRXIX to replace the same part on 'other kits'..........
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on September 26, 2012, 12:18:12 pm
Yes, that cowling top on the various Fujimi Griffon engined kits was designed by a sadist!

Didn't someone do a one-piece resin replacement for that a while back?

DB Productions Kit, item # D.B.3.  Got one in the stash and it's quite good by the looks of it, you get a spinner and white metal prop blades too.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2012, 01:36:11 am

Now if Airfix did a Spitfire 14 to the same standard as the recent I/IIa, PR19 and F22 we and they would be on to a winner.  Or winners if high and low back, regular and clipped wing, F and FR, C and E wing variants were covered.


Yup a 14 would be nice, give them plenty of options for numerous boxings  :thumbsup: Perhaps I'll put it on my wish list (whatever they call it now) at elford.

One small problem is that Hornby have issued a profits warning for this FY. Now expecting to break even rather then make a profit. Main reasons are lower then anticipated sales of Olympic (lets not bring that subject up again  :angry:) related items (London buses, taxis etc) and supply problems with one of their Chinese suppliers. Still at least not forecasting a loss.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on September 27, 2012, 03:51:40 am
The DB engine was designed as a conversion piece for the Heller 16 and pre-dated the Fujimi Spits by a good few years

A 14 from Airfix?  To get it right and avoid Fujimi overengineering style problems, they'd have to do two boxings with different sprues:  a highback with a C wing (this could also be used with a new fuselage sprue as an VIII) and a lowback with an e wing.  You can't have a C wing with the cut down fuselage - the oxygen bottles were relocated to the outer gun bays.  If they added a larger rudder as an extra in the lowback, they could get an 18 out of it too, although you'd have to trim the fin by a mm.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 04, 2012, 01:07:34 am
The Landrovers and Afghanistan sets are out.

Plus I see Humbrol have revived the concept of the boxed set of paints. RAF, Figures etc. Wish they's bring out the old Authentics range again - still use some of the figure and shipbuilding paints
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Kerrillc on October 27, 2012, 02:24:32 pm
Picked up the November issue of Airfix Model World, and noticed in the breaking news section, the Operation Herrick sets are mentioned but so are the following:

One is the El Alamein classic dogfight boxing, a P-40B Warhawk and a Bf 109E-4B with exclusive markings, and is only available from Modelzone stores.

There are also two additions to the club limited editions one of which is a Hurricane IID (an El-Alamein 70th Anniversary kit), with extra parts. The second a Gloster Meteor F8 which is referred to as Weekend Warriors (Queens Coronation Review 1952). Both kits have two sets of decals. Looks good to me.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 27, 2012, 02:31:18 pm
There are also two additions to the club limited editions one of which is a Hurricane IID (an El-Alamein 70th Anniversary kit), with extra parts. The second a Gloster Meteor F8 which is referred to as Weekend Warriors (Queens Coronation Review 1952). Both kits have two sets of decals. Looks good to me.

1/72 or 1/48? PLEASE let them be 1/72........  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on October 27, 2012, 02:34:27 pm
72nd scale Kit.
I have a pair of them sitting less than 4 feet away from me as I type ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on October 27, 2012, 05:16:51 pm
72nd scale Kit.
I have a pair of them sitting less than 4 feet away from me as I type ;D

Is the F8 a reboxing?

Do they ever end up releasing these "Airfix Club Specials" to the general public like myself?

Why is the European Airfix Club download version subscription cheaper than the "rest of the world" one?   :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on October 27, 2012, 06:26:17 pm
1) Yes, I assume, of the original MPM/Xtrakit F8 that has already been boxed as an Airfix kit.
2) The only one I've seen was the 1/48 Spit XVI that was sold in at least the Holborn branch of Modelzone.
3) Dunno.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Sauragnmon on October 27, 2012, 07:31:54 pm
Because even when you get the digital version of the membership, they still send you the kit and basic membership stuff, so the shipping still counts.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 28, 2012, 12:36:12 am
72nd scale Kit.
I have a pair of them sitting less than 4 feet away from me as I type ;D

Brillo! Thanks for that, I can see I'll be re-joining the Airfix Club this year.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2012, 03:31:09 am
Martin

Are the Hurricane IID guns from the 3D kits set ?

One is the El Alamein classic dogfight boxing, a P-40B Warhawk and a Bf 109E-4B with exclusive markings, and is only available from Modelzone stores.


Yup that's an interesting boxing as the anniversary is in the news at this moment. MZ have done a number of these exclusive boxing's.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on October 28, 2012, 03:55:41 am
Martin

Are the Hurricane IID guns from the 3D kits set ?


thats what they look like to me Chris.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2012, 03:57:28 am
Martin

Are the Hurricane IID guns from the 3D kits set ?


thats what they look like to me Chris.

Thanks Martin. Thought they would be. Got 2 sets and they are nice as are all the 3D sets
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 28, 2012, 05:44:32 am
Can we clarify these Airfix Club issues please?

Are the two Meteors AND the two Hurricane IIDs going to be available to Club Members next year? It doesn't say anything about that on their web site, that still mentions the two Big Scale Me-109Es.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Martin H on October 28, 2012, 06:12:18 am
they are available now Kit. Other wise I wouldnt have em

And theres only one model in each pack.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on October 28, 2012, 06:17:59 am
The 1/48th Me109's in the Japan and RAF markings are the 2012 club kits, the Meteor with the 2 decal options from the coronation and the El-alamein Hurrican with the 3d cannons and 2 decal options are special editions only available to club members this year, they are limited edition like the Puccara set. Next year they will have different kits selections, probably tied to some anniversary.

These are the kits that are intended to entice you to remain Airkix Club members but have only really taken off in the last year or two and that may struggle now as the decals were done by Model Alliance.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 28, 2012, 09:24:32 am
Thanks for the clarification, looks like I better re-join FAST!  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2012, 09:21:04 am
Having re-joined the Airfix Club and got the 1/48 Me-109 kit (dunno WHAT I'm going to do with that.... :banghead:) and all the other stuff, just HOW do I go about buying the RAuxAF Meteor and Hurricane IId kits please?

I can't find them anywhere on the Airfix web site page, or at least if they're there the site is SO slow that I don't have enough time to crawl all over it. Any hints or links will be very welcome.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: perttime on November 16, 2012, 09:53:31 am
Maybe this?
https://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/airfix-club-specials/
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on November 16, 2012, 10:05:03 am
Hands up those who spotted that the Airfix Sunderland has been re-released. Wonderland Models seemed to be the only ones selling it at SMW, but I may be wrong.
Only one marking option though - which is disappointing.
Wish there was an MR.5 conversion out there.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2012, 10:56:09 am
Maybe this?
https://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/airfix-club-specials/

That's the place, thanks very much.   :thumbsup: :bow:

Job done and kits and ordered, but why couldn't I find that place on their site?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: perttime on November 16, 2012, 11:04:40 am
Maybe this?
https://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/airfix-club-specials/

That's the place, thanks very much.   :thumbsup: :bow:

Job done and kits and ordered, but why couldn't I find that place on their site?
Don't know...  :wacko:
Trying google for everything has become almost second nature to me, so I just typed in airfix club, and bingo  ;D
(It doesn't always work)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Rheged on November 16, 2012, 11:15:54 am
Maybe this?
https://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/airfix-club-specials/

That's the place, thanks very much.   :thumbsup: :bow:

Job done and kits and ordered, but why couldn't I find that place on their site?

You couldn't find it because it's a site that occasionally goes all  clunky   and late 19th century on you!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on November 17, 2012, 02:19:33 am
Hands up those who spotted that the Airfix Sunderland has been re-released. Wonderland Models seemed to be the only ones selling it at SMW, but I may be wrong.

When you mentioned it at SMW I took a stroll over there (casually like) but couldn't see it on the stand  :-\
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 17, 2012, 05:33:19 am
Hands up those who spotted that the Airfix Sunderland has been re-released. Wonderland Models seemed to be the only ones selling it at SMW, but I may be wrong.

When you mentioned it at SMW I took a stroll over there (casually like) but couldn't see it on the stand  :-\

Presumably they're thinking of it as a cheaper alternative to the Italeri Mk 1, but the latter is a HUGE advance in moulding over the much older Airfix kit. I was seriously impressed by the sprues on display on the Italeri importer's stand, but not so impressed by the price, even if it is around par for the course these days.
Title: Airfix 2013 releases - spoiler alert!!!!
Post by: kitbasher on December 02, 2012, 05:48:11 am
Airfix is running an advent calendar competition that gives includes clues about the 2013 release programme.  This is day two and the pictorial hints so far point towards an FW190 and a Yellowjacks Gnat T.1.
Title: Re: Airfix 2013 releases - spoiler alert!!!!
Post by: kitbasher on December 02, 2012, 02:40:33 pm
Airfix is running an advent calendar competition that gives includes clues about the 2013 release programme.  This is day two and the pictorial hints so far point towards an FW190 and a Yellowjacks Gnat T.1.

And if you've an i-Pod or a touch screen PC and hold down the image for long enough athe option to open an image pops up.  There's a discussion thread on Britmodeller and one orr two wisely point out that some of the images may be spoofs just to wet the appetite.
But if they're not, there might be new first generation Harriers, possibly new Gladiators and Hawker Typhoon, and a Lancaster B.II in the offing!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 03, 2012, 12:29:22 am
Just right click on the box and select open in new tab to see the page, not sure about the U-Boat one today however as would prefer a British Sub to a U-Boat (Tauchen is Dive in German)!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 03, 2012, 03:12:09 am
There's another way to see whats coming.  Drop the picture in a new window and change the number in the address bar.

Lightning and Vampire near xmas, plus there's a Lancaster II....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 03, 2012, 03:23:45 am
Unless it's something to do with my browser settings, they seem to be closing off each of these shortcuts as they're found.  I've tried all of these only to find they're disabled!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 03, 2012, 04:08:30 am
Lightning and Vampire near xmas.....

About time too! Does the Lightning look like an F1 or an F6 please? I need an F3 fin in 1/72 and waiting 3 weeks wouldn't be a hardship.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 03, 2012, 04:29:11 am
The photo is of a flying one from Thunder City in South Africa and it's just the exhausts & tail so likely an F6.  The most boring of all the Lightnings.

Might have a spare F3 find somewhere.  Still haven't posted the 100 Group conversion to you yet so I'll bung it in there
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on December 08, 2012, 07:44:45 am
I'm not convinced there will be a new 1/72 Lightning, but keep my fingies crossed just in case. I think 1/48 re-issued F.3 is more likely. Airfix Model World let slip in its Jan news section that the Airfix 2013 catalogue has 34 NEW Tool kits for next year, assuming that does not include role overs that is pretty impressive stuff, even if a few are rally cars, tanks and the odd floaty thing.

Colin 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 08, 2012, 08:09:21 am
You could be almost right Colin.  ;)

Another of my 'inside sources', shaped rather like the sister of the RAF's Best Air Traffic Conttroller, who just happens to work in the model dept. of a large department store says that they can order Lightning F2A/F6 kits now, but she doesn't know what scale they are......
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 08, 2012, 08:09:48 am
Airfix Model World let slip in its Jan news section that the Airfix 2013 catalogue has 34 NEW Tool kits for next year, assuming that does not include role overs that is pretty impressive stuff, even if a few are rally cars, tanks and the odd floaty thing.

Colin 

I saw that as well Colin and thought that's a lot of new stuff. Be interesting to see how many are modifications to existing toolings ? P-51/F-51
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 08, 2012, 10:06:50 am
Spitfire Vb or Vc wings to go with their existing Ia fuselage?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 08, 2012, 04:25:20 pm
I stumbled on that the new Spit Mk.1a fuselage fits very nicely on the new Spit Mk.22 wing, or the other way around if you like.  The new (newish) Mk.XIX however doesn't.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on December 09, 2012, 01:21:49 pm
You could be almost right Colin.  ;)

Another of my 'inside sources', shaped rather like the sister of the RAF's Best Air Traffic Conttroller, who just happens to work in the model dept. of a large department store says that they can order Lightning F2A/F6 kits now, but she doesn't know what scale they are......

Well I do hope for a nice 1/72 Lightning giving me a springboard for some lovely whiffing resin sets, but I had heard of quite a few of the items so far leaked being mentioned like a new tool Lancaster, Vampire trainer and Harrier GR.1 a few months back from various sources (not I might add from Airfix themselves), I had not heard a squeak about a Lightning, so it could be the world's best kept modelling secret of 2012! I do however remember someone on britmodeller trying to get spares for his old 1/48 F.3 posting that Airfix said he could have some spares at the end of the year when its re-released.....or maybe I imagined that!  ;D   

Colin 
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on December 10, 2012, 02:03:25 pm
Saying the F2A/F6 would tie in with that as that was one of the 1/48 scale Lightings they produced a few years ago.

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 10, 2012, 02:47:25 pm
I stumbled on that the new Spit Mk.1a fuselage fits very nicely on the new Spit Mk.22 wing, or the other way around if you like.  The new (newish) Mk.XIX however doesn't.

Hmm.  It does fit, I've dry fitted it on numerous occasions.

The problem is that the PR19 wing has too great a wing chord.  There's been a lot of tedious wittering on Britmodeller saying that the cowling on the PR19 is short.  However, comparing it with the cowling on the Fujimi and Academy 14, MPM 19 (albeit the second tooling in the Millenium set which itself is copies from the Fujimi kit), CMR 21 and the Airfix 22 shows them all to be pretty much the same size.  My own feeling is that as the wing chord is too great, the cowling thus looks short because the leading edge root is too far forward.

So, line up the 22 wing with the 19 trailing edge and trim the wing root back to match the leading edge.

However, as I've a nice mould for the 21 wing which does fit the Airfix 19 quite nicely, I'll carry on using that.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 11, 2012, 02:58:33 am
Todays calendar suggests a ski equipped Gladiator.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 11, 2012, 03:47:43 am
Well the first of the 2013 kits is already out

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10203406 (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10203406)

2nd boxing of the Stratos IV TSR2 with alternative markings and the larger interceptor missile from later in the series
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 11, 2012, 06:25:21 am
A LARGER missile?   :o

How the devil do the wheels touch the ground? Ah, they don't have to, do they as it comes with a stand.

I do note the inclusion of a rather good shark's mouth decal though, I bet that gets used on a few RAF versions.....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on December 11, 2012, 09:56:43 am
A LARGER missile?   :o

How the devil do the wheels touch the ground? Ah, they don't have to, do they as it comes with a stand.

I do note the inclusion of a rather good shark's mouth decal though, I bet that gets used on a few RAF versions.....

Great whif potential - especially those huge missiles AND rocket boosters!! I could certainly find something else to hang the missiles under!! They wouldn't look out of place slung under a 1/48 TSR 2! As for the kit, personally I'd rather see it reissued with a s**t load of British whizz bangs for "in service" variants!!
I was sort of thinking along the lines of a TSR 2 interceptor with longer wings to go with the rocket assist!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on December 11, 2012, 10:08:09 am
A LARGER missile?   :o
How the devil do the wheels touch the ground? Ah, they don't have to, do they as it comes with a stand.

They're ZELL launched from the back of huge Scud-launcher type trucks, so no need for the wheels to reach the ground.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on December 11, 2012, 10:32:25 am
The HLJ page calls the missile a Trident, I think (horribly mangled English that looks like it's from an automatic translation service). Any relation to the RW Trident?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on December 11, 2012, 11:02:18 am
No, in short. Completely fictitious.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Green Dragon on December 11, 2012, 06:44:09 pm
Bought the Arii 1/48th Scud B launcher to launch the Meteor Sweeper TSR.2 but it's far too small! Probably get this version as well as I like the new Stratos Four X markings.

Paul Harrison
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on December 12, 2012, 05:05:41 am
Don't know if it's still available but I do recall seeing a 1/48 resin conversion kit for the Stratos 4 TSR 2 some time ago on starshipmodeller.com. Round about the $80 mark I I R C
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 13, 2012, 02:58:40 pm
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 13, 2012, 03:30:02 pm
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..

Yeap but they have said they are uploading the 2013 range on the 19th December so at least we get to see it before Christmas this year  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on December 14, 2012, 09:23:39 am
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..

Some intriguing stuff. Including apparently a Hercules engined Lancaster B MK II. There's a thread on Britmodeller right now on this subject
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 14, 2012, 04:05:00 pm
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..

Yeap but they have said they are uploading the 2013 range on the 19th December so at least we get to see it before Christmas this year  :thumbsup:

Thats only a few days away too :)

On another note the Type 45 kit is now available :) Now im not normally into boats for i might be swayed this time :D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 15, 2012, 12:45:49 am
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..

Yeap but they have said they are uploading the 2013 range on the 19th December so at least we get to see it before Christmas this year  :thumbsup:

Thats only a few days away too :)

On another note the Type 45 kit is now available :) Now im not normally into boats for i might be swayed this time :D

Yeap i noticed the Type 45 had been released and that will be one for the 2013 wish list alongside the Trumpeter Type 23 frigate as they are doing HMS Montrose as a 2nd boxing with the 'Kryten' turret and Merlin.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 15, 2012, 12:47:14 am
Thought I made a post yesterday but it's gone, can't have done it properly.  Yesterdays calendar suggests a British Army quad, the thumbnail seems to be taken from the pic on the British Army website.  I'm taking a good guess it'll be 1/48 to go with the Afghanistan range.  Quite a few whiffy things could be done with a quad I guess.

Today there's a Harrier GR.3, although I just saw the 1/24 kit in a new red box the shops so it might not point to a 1/72 kit.  Guess we'll see in a few days.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 15, 2012, 01:01:38 am
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..

Some intriguing stuff. Including apparently a Hercules engined Lancaster B MK II. There's a thread on Britmodeller right now on this subject

Yeap the BII was definately pictured and it makes for an interesting option alongside the Dambuster to launch their new Lancaster tool, as i suspect they will want to clear existing stock levels of the B1/III kits before issuing that version. An interesting aspect and one no doubt Wooksta will fully explore is will they have designed the kit breakdown for variety of versions, the BII is a nice omen, i know plenty would find a Manchester appealing, whilst many would like to see late and post war versions such as Tallboy, Grand Slam, MPA and the B MK IV. The other aspect to explore is might they be looking at the Lincoln with a stretched fuselage & Wing and from there might we see them look at the Shackleton family ?. From a transport side we could see a Lancastrian conversion set in a similar vain to the Valiant add-on pack and they could possibly consider doing a York as a full kit.
Yes it could be intresting how they run with the Lancaster range based on a new tool.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 15, 2012, 01:06:38 am
Thought I made a post yesterday but it's gone, can't have done it properly.  Yesterdays calendar suggests a British Army quad, the thumbnail seems to be taken from the pic on the British Army website.  I'm taking a good guess it'll be 1/48 to go with the Afghanistan range.  Quite a few whiffy things could be done with a quad I guess.

Today there's a Harrier GR.3, although I just saw the 1/24 kit in a new red box the shops so it might not point to a 1/72 kit.  Guess we'll see in a few days.



Yeap there is a Warrior piscture due soon so it looks like a few additions to the Herrick range and the Quad will probably fit in the Merlin !!.

Nope i think its new tool Harrier GR3 to go with the GR1 and replace that old dog of a 1/72nd kit and matches the new tool SHARs and GR9. We're only shy of the Two Seater Harrier II's now.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 15, 2012, 01:40:07 am
The F-51 version of the new tool Mustang has been released. Hopefully my local MZ will have it next week
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on December 15, 2012, 03:44:28 am
Anyone else been keeping up with the advent calender competitions on the Airfix site ? They've been leaving lil clues on each pop-up as to next years releases..

Some intriguing stuff. Including apparently a Hercules engined Lancaster B MK II. There's a thread on Britmodeller right now on this subject

Yeap the BII was definately pictured and it makes for an interesting option alongside the Dambuster to launch their new Lancaster tool, as i suspect they will want to clear existing stock levels of the B1/III kits before issuing that version. An interesting aspect and one no doubt Wooksta will fully explore is will they have designed the kit breakdown for variety of versions, the BII is a nice omen, i know plenty would find a Manchester appealing, whilst many would like to see late and post war versions such as Tallboy, Grand Slam, MPA and the B MK IV. The other aspect to explore is might they be looking at the Lincoln with a stretched fuselage & Wing and from there might we see them look at the Shackleton family ?. From a transport side we could see a Lancastrian conversion set in a similar vain to the Valiant add-on pack and they could possibly consider doing a York as a full kit.
Yes it could be intresting how they run with the Lancaster range based on a new tool.

No argument here!! ;D I'd love to do themed collection of the Lancaster starting from the Manchester right through to the Lincoln & York. The only stumbling block of course is lack of suitable kits. My budget doesn't quite stretch to expensive resin conversion sets so, a whole Lanc series woud be wonderful. Of course, a new Halifax BIII would also be awfully nice as would a Stirling, Wellington.................................!! ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 15, 2012, 05:39:33 am
The F-51 version of the new tool Mustang has been released. Hopefully my local MZ will have it next week

Some in the Holborn branch last night - 4 on the shelf.  Nearly got one but cryptic text indicates at least part of my wish list has got through to Santa!
The galling thing is I went into the branch on Thursday, asked when they might be getting them and was reliably informed it probably wouldn't be this side of Christmas!

As for Airfix 2103  releases, I wonder what the 'Barnstorming' item is?  Some speculation that it's a Wellington (new) or a Dambuster Lanc (re-pop I'd imagine). Next year is 617's 70th anniversary so a reissue would be timely.  How about a Lancaster/Tornado GR4 double set?

I do hope the promised Vampire T11 and the Lightning are 1/72.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on December 15, 2012, 07:57:02 am
Next year is 617's 70th anniversary so a reissue would be timely.  How about a Lancaster/Tornado GR4 double set?
 ;D ;D

I got the 60th Anniversary boxing of that, got it because my Dad served with 617 Sqn.  It would have been nice if the two kits were the same scale though, the Lanc' being 1/72 and the Tornado in 1/48.  However, since Airfix does do a 1/72 GR.4 and Tamiya does a 1/48 Grand Slam Lanc' (both in the stash),  I'll be building two sets   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 16, 2012, 04:21:54 pm
Next year is 617's 70th anniversary so a reissue would be timely.  How about a Lancaster/Tornado GR4 double set?
 ;D ;D

I got the 60th Anniversary boxing of that, got it because my Dad served with 617 Sqn.  It would have been nice if the two kits were the same scale though, the Lanc' being 1/72 and the Tornado in 1/48.  However, since Airfix does do a 1/72 GR.4 and Tamiya does a 1/48 Grand Slam Lanc' (both in the stash),  I'll be building two sets   ;D ;D

I have that set ! I bought it to nick tonka parts for my TSR-2  :D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 16, 2012, 04:48:05 pm
Lancaster and Manchester could share some tooling - fuselage, tailplanes, undercarriage (but not wheels) rudders and glazing.

Lincoln could only use some Lancaster tooling - internals, tailplanes, fins, some glazing.  Full new fuselage would be easier for the modeller than the cut and shut, because it's a new nose section plus the extention plug in the fuselage.  I can see a Lancastrian as a conversion pack or extra bits in the kit.

Shackelton would have to be be all new barring the wing from the Lincoln.  There's not too much commonality.

York would just be new fuselage sprue with internals, plus new glazing sprue. If they were *really* clever, they'd do a Manchester/York conversion pack so that you'd have to buy a Lancaster to build both.

It all depends how Airfix break it down.  If they did it the same way Hasegawa did, they could get the whole lot out with minimal tooling changes.  However, as with the likes of the Spitfires, 109 and Mustangs, more likely that they'll do a standard BI and then another with all the bells and whistles later.  Or the former as a starter pack. 

Heard some whispers from a mate with some contacts.  72nd Gladiator, Lightning and Lancaster are pretty much certs.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 17, 2012, 06:48:07 am
The F-51 version of the new tool Mustang has been released. Hopefully my local MZ will have it next week

Got one today  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 17, 2012, 08:50:49 am
Today.. Stratos4 hints... Innnteresting...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 17, 2012, 08:52:57 am
Except that it's already out in Japan!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Rolead on December 19, 2012, 03:08:53 am
Airfix 2013 program released today http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-for-2013/ (http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-for-2013/)

Robert
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 03:16:26 am
Pretty much confirms what we suspected.

No 72nd Spitfire Vc though...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mr.Creak on December 19, 2012, 03:17:23 am
Yep, just saw it.
And a new tool Lightning - F2A!  ;D

The Bomber Re-supply set looks nice too.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 03:37:20 am
Except that the F2A is dull.  Only two squadrons used them and only two schemes.  An F1a or F3 would have been far better and would have sold more given all the decals sheets people have salted away, and because having the small tank means the aftermarket people can issue two seat conversions for RAF trainers and Airfix would sell even more.  They've followed the Matchbox route.

Admittedly, it'd be easier to convert to an F6 but for me it's the dullest and least interesting of all the Lightnings.

Having said all of that, it really depends on the kit breakdown.  If they're clever, they'll have done the leading edge and the belly tank as separate bits so the small tank and straight leading edges can be added in a later release. 

Or they're thinking that as Trumpeter have released the F1/F3/F6 there's a gap in the lineup, conveniently forgetting that the Trumpeter kit is an absolute abortion.  Nicely moulded but a car crash accuracy wise.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 19, 2012, 03:58:44 am
Aah come on give them a break! The F.2A is a good choice to me: F.6 could follow next year and maybe we can hope for the family to widen to include the 'little' Lightnings and two seaters.
I do hope the Typhoon is a new mould. Harriers no surpise, so thsy means Airfix have all the single seaters sorted.
I wonder whether the Galdiators will be new (I guess so) as borh options can be built from the excellent Heller kit.
And YES! The Vampire T.11 is 1/72!! My plan for my stashed Merlin T.11 can now be executed.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 19, 2012, 04:03:52 am
I'm with you on the Vampire.  I've been hoping for a modern tooling for donkeys ages.  If they plan a single seater for the future, mores the better.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 19, 2012, 04:05:17 am
I'm surprised no one has remarked on just how many new tools there.  Thats a big investment by Airfix.

I'm interested in the 1/48 Javelin.  Some potential there, methinks.

I'm also interested in the Bomber Command support set.  Nice thing is, they haven't destroyed the market for Belcher Bits bomb trolleys, etc., but complimented it.

In 1/72, the aforementioned Vampire will be nice.   Potential there for a fighter version perhaps in the future, if they do the fuselage pod separate.

I see they are reissuing the various small boats in 1/72.  MTB, Rescue Launch, S Boat.   Great potential there.

Overall, I'm impressed with the spread and the quality.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 19, 2012, 04:39:48 am
Yeap a nice selection pretty much matching the rumours, again some stalwart series 1 kits are replaced by much nicer and newer moulds although some do appear to have increased in series and price !.

The bomber support set is a nice idea, add the Bedford QL troop carrier to go with the Tilly and little bedford and you can do a rather tasty bomber dispersal set. The new tool Lancasters sound interesting, with the B.II with its radial engines and bulged bombbay complete with venteral turret and the Dambuster with the option of displaying the Upkeep on a seperate bomb trolly, now as they say full interior detail will we see the option for the access doors to be open to show some of that detail and to tie in with the support set ?.
I suspect we'll see a B1/III in 2014 to replace their mainstream Lancaster kit and perhaps this time they will do a common Tallboy/Grandslam boxing, hopefully they might consider a latewar/post war version with the later turrets to keep Lee happy ( ;) ), and might have designed the tooling to lead onto the Lincoln and possibly Shackleton that people have been asking for.

The Lightning is a nice touch, i think they went with the F2A as its not a mark they have released before and i think one of the preservation trust aircraft is an F2A. Now the hope is that they have created the tool to allow for different versions possibly including a two seater ?.

Still no Canberra Bomber variants and whilst revamping tools they should really consider renewing both their Tornado & Typhoon kits as both are rather dated and are poor examples of the current RAF hardware
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 04:53:41 am
I think it's more likely that any of the more specialised Lancasters may be as upgrade packs rather than complete kits.  Given the mountain of Lancasters and conversion parts I already possess, I can't see me buying more than one B.II, especially in light of recent events.

Lincoln.  There may be some cross tooling, but unlikely to be the cut and shut extensions.  Don't forget that Airfix aim their market somewhat larger than the enthusiast and not everyone has the same skill level.  If we do get it, more likely to be a complete kit. 

Lancaster has little or no crossover tooling potential with Shackleton.  Wheels perhaps, possibly u/c but that's it.

Both Lincoln and Shackleton are huge gambles.  Didn't everyone want a Valiant or a Nimrod?  Or multiples?  And where has that vociferous market gone, considering the rock bottom deals shops are offering for Nimrods?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Supertom on December 19, 2012, 05:54:53 am
Too bad (for us 1/72 builders, anyway) that the Javelin is in 1/48.  Maybe they'll scale it down, but I'm also still waiting for their Sea Vixen to show up in 1/72.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 19, 2012, 06:57:02 am
I do hope the Typhoon is a new mould. Harriers no surpise, so thsy means Airfix have all the single seaters sorted.
I wonder whether the Galdiators will be new (I guess so)

Yup, new tools, says so on the descriptions  :thumbsup:

There's some nice stuff in there that will keep me happy. Good to see the Fw 190 late A's and the early Hurricane  :thumbsup:

I got quite excited looking at the new stuff. Bit like being a kid again when you got the catalogue at the start of the year and planned all your future purchases and ticked them off as they came out. Well done Airfix I say  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: JayBee on December 19, 2012, 07:07:25 am
Yep indeedy,

looks a good year ahead from AIRFIX.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 19, 2012, 07:20:23 am
Magpie moment. So distracted by the shiny pictures I didn't read the text!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Hobbes on December 19, 2012, 07:30:17 am
I see Humbrol also has some new stuff, including a bunch of RLM colors and British Racing Green in their enamels range...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lenny100 on December 19, 2012, 07:31:54 am
lots of goodies their a few ATV will make there way into my stash i think
and i think my nephew will love its Lego type kits
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 19, 2012, 07:45:45 am
Those Lego type things are an interesting range, obviously intended to get kids involved.  Probably going up against the HM Armed Forces Character Building sets.  Seem a little on the dear side though?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: lenny100 on December 19, 2012, 07:47:57 am
it will depend on the size of them lego is going for around £10 for what is realy a small set but some of the larger sets go for around £15 dosnt make sence at all
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 07:52:47 am
A lot of the new kits look expensive - the Lancaster II is slated for £24.99, the Dambuster one is about the same price that the Hasegawa one originally came out for, and into a storm of complaints.  The DC3 (not a new tool, being the Italeri one) is about £20 too.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 07:53:54 am
Lego was never a cheap toy, but given that it can give decades of pleasure, it's more of an investment and well worth the candle.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Nils on December 19, 2012, 09:17:53 am
that bomber arming set looks promising, and i home the new tool Gloster Gladiator and Hurricane MkI (early) have Belgian decal options  :mellow:
the new 2-seat vampire and lighning F2A are going on my list aswell  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 09:44:37 am
Judging by the Advent Calendar, the Gladiator is more likely to have Swedish or Finnish markings.  Bigger market and Airfix have been asked to do Swedish stuff by the hobby there.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 19, 2012, 12:39:27 pm
The pic showed a tail for F.19 markings in Swedish colours.  The clue pointed to it being the ski equipped version.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 19, 2012, 01:03:46 pm
1:48 quad bikes and warrior micv  YES! :thumbsup:
perfect for wargaming and wiffing .
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Radish on December 19, 2012, 02:53:57 pm
Well done Airfix....

like the re-release of the Fury biplane in 1/48th as it'll be ideal for dieselpunking.... :party:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 19, 2012, 03:44:21 pm
I'd convinced myself that the Lancaster B.II must be the B.I with new engines then had a close. Look at the illustration on the 2013 1/72 aircraft page and noticed.......the revised bomb bay with dorsal turret!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 19, 2012, 04:04:03 pm
Mind, a mk II means it'll be easier to convert to a B.VI and the spare engines handy to upgrade a pair of Matchbox Beaufighters.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on December 20, 2012, 03:43:54 am
Well done Airfix....

like the re-release of the Fury biplane in 1/48th as it'll be ideal for dieselpunking.... :party:

That one's already out Terry, our local Modelzone has had them about a month or so.  Chrimbo pressie to yourself???
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 20, 2012, 03:46:06 am
I think they're a Modelzone exclusive.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 20, 2012, 04:25:28 am
I think [u]were[/u] a Modelzone exclusive.

Yeap that and the Channel Dash sets were MZ only sets, looks like they are now mainstream for 2013. MZ also had an El'Alamein Dogfight set so no doubt that may appear later as a mainstream kit.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 20, 2012, 04:39:45 am
Anyway a couple of points of note regarding the 2013 releases:-

No new ship releases, just the 1/72nd Motorboats and a what looks like a reboxed Mirage Hobby U-boat for a token Battle of the Atlantic Das Boot gift set.

No new 1/76th Armour, i know we have the 1/72nd Bomber Command support set but nothing in the armour range save for a pair of Italian buildings. Would have thought we might have seen a new kit following the Cromwell & King Tiger.

Slightly bemused by the pair of FW-190A's as expected the FW-190D to be replaced first as it was an old series 1 kit in need of renewal.

Still plenty there to pick over the year (and a bit as some releases always drift into the following year), we'll have to see what Colin can produce to complement these kits in terms of decals and resin detail sets for Freightdog !.

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 20, 2012, 05:04:44 am
Both of the Airfix 190s date from the late 70s and both are decent if basic kits.  Of the two, the A/F-8 is the clunkiest, the D is still quite reasonable apart from the overthick doors and raised panels.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on December 20, 2012, 04:08:08 pm
I'm very impressed by whats coming from Airfix, lots of nice subjects with buckets of scope for conversions (both whif and factual) and decals, Its going to be a busy 2013!
Colin
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 21, 2012, 07:09:14 am
Glad they have got your thinking cap on Colin.

One conversion I'd like to see for the Typhoon would be the recce version. I think SAM did one years ago but it's long out of production. Another good one would be to convert it into the early "car door" version.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 21, 2012, 07:31:26 am
Pretty pointless with Brengun releasing a car door complete kit.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on December 21, 2012, 12:06:12 pm
Glad they have got your thinking cap on Colin.

One conversion I'd like to see for the Typhoon would be the recce version. I think SAM did one years ago but it's long out of production. Another good one would be to convert it into the early "car door" version.

Hi Chris,
I have access to the masters for the recce version, will see if they can be adapted to fit the Airfix kit once I get some plastic parts. Lee is right about the Brengun kit, think I'll leave them to it, but lots of other gems to choose from, like the P.1009 Naval Strike Fighter, assuming of course it would have had a bubble canopy had it gone into production. 
Colin
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 21, 2012, 12:16:04 pm
The P1009 is in my 2013 project list. Much chopping of plastic plus bags of PSR!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 22, 2012, 01:35:14 am
Glad they have got your thinking cap on Colin.

One conversion I'd like to see for the Typhoon would be the recce version. I think SAM did one years ago but it's long out of production. Another good one would be to convert it into the early "car door" version.

Hi Chris,
I have access to the masters for the recce version, will see if they can be adapted to fit the Airfix kit once I get some plastic parts. Lee is right about the Brengun kit, think I'll leave them to it,
Colin

Thanks Colin and now you and Lee mention it I do recall seeing the Bren Gun ad but must admit I didn't read to deeply as I still associate them with military stuff. P.1009 would be wonderfull
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on December 22, 2012, 01:42:44 am
Lots required for a P1009. Drawings indicate Tempest-length fuselage (ish), car door cockpit and very different wings.
But still, it woild be good to see one next to a Firebrand, which was built to the same spec.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on December 22, 2012, 01:47:49 am
Glad they have got your thinking cap on Colin.

One conversion I'd like to see for the Typhoon would be the recce version. I think SAM did one years ago but it's long out of production. Another good one would be to convert it into the early "car door" version.

Hi Chris,
I have access to the masters for the recce version, will see if they can be adapted to fit the Airfix kit once I get some plastic parts. Lee is right about the Brengun kit, think I'll leave them to it, but lots of other gems to choose from, like the P.1009 Naval Strike Fighter, assuming of course it would have had a bubble canopy had it gone into production. 
Colin

I suspect it would have as Naval Aircraft have to ditch and FAA pilots would be less than keen trying to open a car door against the water !. But a P1009 sounds a good move.

Chris the sprue shots are here of the Bren Gun Typhoons, currently both are bubble canopy versions, and are available now i see on eBay from UK source.

http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=598&p=1377166#p1377166 (http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=598&p=1377166#p1377166)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-1-72-model-kit-72004-Hawker-Typhoon-Mk-Ib-late-production-4-blade-prop-/390516414973?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D4332166176029927073%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D4%26sd%3D390472479893%26 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brengun-1-72-model-kit-72004-Hawker-Typhoon-Mk-Ib-late-production-4-blade-prop-/390516414973?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D4332166176029927073%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D4%26sd%3D390472479893%26)

I think i'll await on the Airfix version  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 22, 2012, 02:01:39 am
Cheers Geoff - idiot here had just assumed they were update sets, not full kits  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: rickshaw on December 22, 2012, 02:35:29 am
Colin, I was hoping that you would issue a single-seat Gnat conversion for the new Airfix tooling.  Could that be a possibility?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Geoff on December 22, 2012, 02:37:30 am
Colin, I was hoping that you would issue a single-seat Gnat conversion for the new Airfix tooling.  Could that be a possibility?


Yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 22, 2012, 03:08:52 am
I see Humbrol also has some new stuff, including a bunch of RLM colors and British Racing Green in their enamels range...

And a matt purple (well, violet) and a matt orange in enamels!  :thumbsup:

The violet looks a bit light for Spanish Civil War tail stripes, but I dare say it can be darkened a little easily enough.

Also, check out the enamel wash range: http://www.humbrol.com/new-for-2013/enamel-washes/
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 22, 2012, 10:12:04 am
The 4 blade Tiffies should have Tempest tailplanes too.

IIRC, the Brengun kits have the car door parts in the kit but not the decals.

That trader's well worth using.  Good turnaround time for orders and cheaper than most for Czech kits.  He was knocking out the Valom Brigands for £25 when the Lowestoft thieves were charging nearer £40.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 23, 2012, 01:41:20 am
Just caught up with the Humbrol releases. Interesting to see the RLM colours in enamel and acrylic. I still have a great fondness for the old Authentic's range, indeed as I've said before I still use some of the ancient military colours. All looks good news for modellers in the UK  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 23, 2012, 02:59:19 pm
Don't know why, but I've never really got on with acrylics. Sure I had some unsatisfactory results when they were in their early days and tended to be a bit "plasticy" (early Games Workshop stuff in particular), but then I've had at least twice as many problems with rum batches of enamel and I've always instantly forgiven them. Maybe it's just a case of being used to them, or maybe I like the smell......

Mind you, it's all right Humbrol making all the new colours, but somebody has to actually stock them. I havn't seen one of the RLM enamels that they brought out this year in the shops yet. I don't know if this is because the model shops are overstocked with existing paint or if the exisiting displays havn't got room for them....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on December 23, 2012, 03:44:25 pm
Whereas after the horendous time i had with enamel a couple of years ago i swore id never go back... And havent.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on December 24, 2012, 01:46:44 am
Mind you, it's all right Humbrol making all the new colours, but somebody has to actually stock them. I havn't seen one of the RLM enamels that they brought out this year in the shops yet. I don't know if this is because the model shops are overstocked with existing paint or if the exisiting displays havn't got room for them....

I know what you mean. When Alders (now closed) had a Hornby franchise they stocked all the colours, inc. the railway ones. Not sure what local MZ stocks, have to check.

Must admit I use both enamels and acrylics. Found Humbrol acrylics have a habit of drying out in the tub, although that's easily fixed with a drop of water. Lifecolour had the same problem (and cure) until they changed the jar. Now they stay liquid  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 24, 2012, 02:31:01 am
The old Aermaster enamels used to dry up in the jar too.  Well, turn to jelly.  And sometimes that was without them being opened.

I'll stick to Xtracrylics.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on December 24, 2012, 05:52:16 am
You can do a lot to stop Humbrols from drying in the tin:

1. Open them carefully so that you don't distort the rim. I find the closed end of a pair of tweasers to be the best tool.

2. Try not to get paint on the rim, either accidentally or by wiping the brush on it. Over-enthusiastic stirring of a full tin can cause it to slop too. If this happens, wipe the rim immediately with a paper towel with a LITTLE thinners on it. Don't worry about spillage in the "moat" around the rim, it's the rim itself that matters.

3. Scrape off rings of dried paint from the outside of the lid/inside of the rim on old jars so that the lid presses fully back down into the tin.

4. Having said all that, NOTHING will stop Humbrol Black from drying up: it dries on the brush if you put the tin too far away from the model..... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on December 27, 2012, 11:33:04 am
Colin, I was hoping that you would issue a single-seat Gnat conversion for the new Airfix tooling.  Could that be a possibility?

Paul and I looked long and hard at it, we had a test shot months before the kit came out but in the end the changes needed were so much you ended up needing the Airfix kit for maybe just the tailplanes and mainwheels! This was the same problem for the Naval proposal and night fighter versions. As complete kits they might have been a better option, but probably other kits would sell better. The old Maintrack Midge kit has been re-issued by Whirlybird and that looks very nice and simple to, for around 20 quid, or the more complex Pro-resin one is good to. 

Colin
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: McColm on December 27, 2012, 11:49:58 am
I haven't seen any of the two-tone paint scheme for model cars either!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 06, 2013, 02:12:08 am
The Vampire T 11 is due very shortly - has anyone else pondered the question as to why the trainer variant first ? The fact that an aircraft is still flying plays a role I suppose. Must admit if it had been a NF version I would have bought it, but trainer, doubt it.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 06, 2013, 03:28:15 am
The Vampire T 11 is due very shortly - has anyone else pondered the question as to why the trainer variant first ? The fact that an aircraft is still flying plays a role I suppose. Must admit if it had been a NF version I would have bought it, but trainer, doubt it.

http://www.vampirepreservation.org.uk/news.htm (http://www.vampirepreservation.org.uk/news.htm)

Thats exactly why, but we do have a number of single seater kits currently available so they have chosen a different and stil popular option.

Erm why not your a Whiffer why not a 2 seater who says it has to be a trainer  :wacko:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Freightdog862 on January 06, 2013, 04:08:00 am
Thats exactly why, but we do have a number of single seater kits currently available so they have chosen a different and stil popular option.

Erm why not your a Whiffer why not a 2 seater who says it has to be a trainer  :wacko:

I think they chose a trainer off the back of the positive response and sales to the Gnat?
Colin
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 06, 2013, 04:10:49 am
Thats exactly why, but we do have a number of single seater kits currently available so they have chosen a different and stil popular option.

Erm why not your a Whiffer why not a 2 seater who says it has to be a trainer  :wacko:

I think they chose a trainer off the back of the positive response and sales to the Gnat?
Colin


Wonder if we can get them to do a decent Hunter T-7 then ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 07, 2013, 01:34:38 am
Or a two seater Lightning?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on January 07, 2013, 02:23:37 am
The Merlin looks great in the latest AMW magazine.....ssoooooooo tempted....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 07, 2013, 05:04:19 am
The Merlin looks great in the latest AMW magazine.....ssoooooooo tempted....

I was till i saw the price... Its no doubt worth it but it still seems a lil steep for me as it would be a spur of the moment purchase really... Its not really my usual thing... lol
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on January 07, 2013, 06:23:00 am
Yeah....is a bit steep....but then compared to other kits.....like a Hase F18 or any of their ridiculously priced an weapon less modern jets....it seems a bargain.....on the other hand there are the Revell 1/32 Lynx at under £20...!!!! But I know what you mean......but it does look a spanking kit.....!!!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on January 07, 2013, 06:40:27 am
Erm why not your a Whiffer why not a 2 seater who says it has to be a trainer  :wacko:

Yup I suppose so. Vampires do fit into my extended WWII scenario, I'll think about it, probably succumb in the end  :banghead:

The Merlin looks great in the latest AMW magazine.....ssoooooooo tempted....

It does, dosn't it ? And I'm not a helicopter man
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on January 07, 2013, 06:41:29 am
I for one look forward to the Vampire T-bird, Lightning F2A and the Tiffie, all of which have been mentioned on previous wish lists left in Mr Airfix's suggestions box at successive SMWs.

So it's my fault.

And if that is the case expect 1/72 B and PR Mosquitos!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Army of One on January 11, 2013, 07:42:27 am
Chris.....very impressed with it on paper......probably worth the price but.....a fee quid more in certain will get me a trumpeter Hind in 1/35....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 11, 2013, 03:24:27 pm
It does look nice dont get me wrong but theres other things more to my taste on my wish list :)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 14, 2013, 03:22:14 am
Chirs, a Vampire trainer would look good in late wartime colours, ID yellow undersides and stripes, camo tops, squadron codes on the nose.  I'm sure you could come up with a scenario for it to carry bombs or rockets!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 14, 2013, 03:51:22 am
Except you'd have to backdate the airframe - earlier tailbooms, no bang seats, framed canopy and possibly the earlier extended wingtips.

The more I think about it, the more I'm actually looking forward to the Vampire T and it's the first release this year.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 21, 2013, 04:49:32 pm
Two things, one has anyone noticed that the sample image of the new mould Dambuster has "AJ-T"s belly gun ? I thought that was quite interesting...

And two: Has anyone received the "soviet" themed Airfix club kit yet ? I have questions... lol

Although most importantly I wanted to know are they the new moulds ? Or are they flogging off the old ones to the club like normal ? lol
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 23, 2013, 08:11:25 am
Photos from the Toy Fair posted in this thread on Britmodeller:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234933572-some-snaps-from-the-2013-toy-fair/page-1

Lancaster looks cracking.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 23, 2013, 08:18:38 am
That Lanc does look good, yes. If the Dam Busters version comes out first. as commenetd further down the post, a 'Standard' BI or BIII can't be far behind.

And what's 'New' about the RAF SAR Sea King? Looks just like the old one to me, and it would be difficult to beat the Revell one.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 23, 2013, 08:24:45 am
I agree, along with that re-supply set.  The other releases look good too, the Vampire looks great painted up.

Kit, the Sea King isn't a new tool, it's labelled as 'New for 2013'.  It's a perrenial favourite I guess, wasn't long ago since it was last out.  A candidate for a new tool in the future?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on January 23, 2013, 08:26:51 am
The resupply set looks good, too. And I'm definitely getting a couple of Vampires.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 23, 2013, 08:32:54 am
I agree, along with that re-supply set.  The other releases look good too, the Vampire looks great painted up.

Kit, the Sea King isn't a new tool, it's labelled as 'New for 2013'.  It's a perrenial favourite I guess, wasn't long ago since it was last out.  A candidate for a new tool in the future?

I wonder why they bother sometimes, it has almost more rivets than a Frog Shackleton!

I'm in for a Vampire T11 or two as well, it was the first jet I ever flew in.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 23, 2013, 09:10:22 am
Thats simple Kit, its what Prince William flies and now they can use the sand filter parts from the AEW kit
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on January 23, 2013, 07:23:07 pm
That Lanc ever look nice ! So does the Gladiator and the service gear, and the 4-wheeler..... :thumbsup: Is the gr.1 coming out soon as well ?

Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 24, 2013, 04:25:07 am
Think I might join the Airfix Club this year: the membership price has come down, there's a raft of new kits that I want and I've got shed loads of flying hours tokens.....
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 24, 2013, 04:31:47 am
That's particularly irritating to those of us who have just forked out our Club membership at the old, more expensive rate.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 24, 2013, 04:35:20 am
Think I might join the Airfix Club this year: the membership price has come down, there's a raft of new kits that I want and I've got shed loads of flying hours tokens.....

It might be handy if they advertised what they planned to release as Club specials too, in addition to the joining kits, although with the downfall of Model Alliance i don't know if these kits are still viable as MA did the decals for them thats why they were delayed last year and wound Kit up over his technocolour Tucanno.

Not all that keen on the Soviet WW2 lend lease fighters but could be tempted be some special boxings as long as its not an excuse to sell surplus defunct stock.

G
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 24, 2013, 05:32:30 am
Think I might join the Airfix Club this year: the membership price has come down, there's a raft of new kits that I want and I've got shed loads of flying hours tokens.....

Ditto.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on January 24, 2013, 11:49:57 am
The new 1/48th Spitfire PRXIX and the 1/72nd Vampire T11 should be out this coming week as already in stock at the Aviation Megastore in the Holland (So that means Harro can jump the gun on most people here is he so wished  ;) )
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 24, 2013, 12:10:31 pm
Warriors with the full extra stuff.  now thats shiney.  and comparably priced to the GW chimera.   :tank:  ill be getting these for my Brits, and my Unit troops, and my imperial guard.  and possibly my Gyrmn
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 24, 2013, 01:49:33 pm
While im normally an aircraft modeller the Warrior does intrigue me... Especially with the etched brass goodies :)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Weaver on January 25, 2013, 04:58:09 am
Although it's not my scale, I like what they're doing with the 1/48th modern British stuff. Some other suggestions:

105mm Light Gun + Crew
FV432 Bulldog

Royal Marines:
BvS 10 Viking ATAV
Warthog ATAV (ST Kinetics Bronco - Viking clone with heavier armour)
Griffon Hovercraft
LCVP Landing Craft


Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 25, 2013, 05:43:45 pm
Im still waiting for someone to do a Mastiff...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 26, 2013, 02:14:31 am
the BvS10  see here http://www.hlbs.co.uk/type.php?id=29
the light gun and griffon here http://www.sandsmodels.com/page3.html
and the FV432  http://www.sloppyjalopy.com/
but be aware that there in differnt scales 1:48, 1:60 and 1:56 respectivley

but yup would like to see the non 48th scale in plastic as well.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2013, 04:19:39 am
Really looking forward to seeing this 48th scale stuff. Aside from wanting to get some for myself, I think we'll see alot of interesdting dioramas come out of it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on January 31, 2013, 12:57:43 pm
Got the newsletter today, Airfix have released a slew of kits:

New tools:
1/48 Merlin £56.99
1/48 Spitfire PR.XIX £16.99
1/72 Vampire T.11 £7.99
1/72 Vampire T.11 Starter Set £9.99

Updated tool:
1/72 TSR.2MS new version £24.99

Re-releases:
1/48 Hawker Fury £14.99

Think I'll be picking up a Vampire shortly. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on January 31, 2013, 02:03:04 pm
You mean these?  ;) ;D

(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/aircav14/IMG0161A.jpg)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 31, 2013, 02:07:27 pm
Does the 'new' Stratos TSR2 have TWO under-slung missiles in the kit?

The newsletter shows drawings of it and they look quite different, the newer version being longer and with a larger diameter 'warhead'.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on January 31, 2013, 02:09:17 pm
I'll have a look tomorrow for you Kit, I was to wrapped with the Merlin to notice today.  :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 31, 2013, 02:10:44 pm
Show off!

Fenwicks didn't have them in earlier.  Only want the Vampire anyway.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on January 31, 2013, 02:15:40 pm
We got them at lunchtime today.  ;D
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: ChrisF on January 31, 2013, 04:47:23 pm
Yes i am intrigued how "New" the new mould TSR-2 is... I mean the old one was fine so...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on January 31, 2013, 07:00:40 pm
I'll have a look tomorrow for you Kit, I was to wrapped with the Merlin to notice today.  :rolleyes: ;D

Nice ! Looks like an awesome kit. like I said earlier, can't wait to see the dioramas coming with all these awesome 48th scale kits !

 :party:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on January 31, 2013, 11:45:54 pm
The TSR.2 has a new, bigger missile.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 01, 2013, 02:40:24 am
The TSR.2 has a new, bigger missile.

Yes, it says so in the newsletter, but does it have the OTHER one as well???
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 01, 2013, 02:48:57 am
You mean these?  ;) ;D

Well don't just stand there, hurry up and take pics of the sprues!!! :wacko:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on February 01, 2013, 06:12:49 am
Why are there two boxings of the Vampire ?
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 01, 2013, 06:20:36 am
The second one's a Gift Set with paint and glue according to the newsletter. But it comes with different decals as well, Rhodesian IIRC.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Mossie on February 01, 2013, 06:51:15 am
The gift set's a Kiwi, 14 Sqn RNZAF.  The main kit has two RAF options, WZ507 of the Vampire Preservation Group (in 219 Sqn markings) and 5 FTS.

Just picked the latter up from Modelzone, made sure a work errand took me right past it! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Aircav on February 01, 2013, 09:37:48 am
Here you go Kit.

(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/aircav14/DSCF5895_zps0bfbadb7.jpg)
(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/aircav14/DSCF5894_zps2ee4bb53.jpg)
(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/aircav14/DSCF5888_zps45458bf0.jpg)
(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/aircav14/DSCF5893_zpsf9e47e13.jpg)

All the best
Steve
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on February 01, 2013, 09:45:10 am
Hmmm...those giant missiles would look good in the stash !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 01, 2013, 11:00:14 am
Or better yet, on a model! :P
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 01, 2013, 12:10:49 pm
Here you go Kit.

Brillo, thanks Steve!

That's one SERIOUSLY big missile they've added to the kit, well worth getting one I think. They must have a huge market for them in Japan to be worthwhile cutting new moulds just for the missile!

[Later] They must have planned for that 2nd missile when they did the first Stratos! I've just checked with mine and the new mouldings are right in an empty space they left on the original sprue!  :o
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 01, 2013, 12:23:56 pm
The sharkmouth is ideal for a 16 Sqn RAF aircraft...
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: eatthis on February 01, 2013, 02:54:22 pm
The sharkmouth is ideal for a 16 Sqn RAF aircraft...

i have a thing for shark mouths  :wacko:

(http://i39.tinypic.com/v8kms3.jpg)
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on February 02, 2013, 02:08:27 am
From this years offerings I plan to get two Vampire Trainers and a "new" TSR2 boxing.

One Vampire to be oob and the other converted to an NF.10 if someone makes a conversion set (hint hint Colin)

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 02, 2013, 03:29:32 am
One Vampire to be oob and the other converted to an NF.10 if someone makes a conversion set (hint hint Colin)

Could you cross-kit the radar nose from a Frog/Novo Sea Venom? The canopy could be a bit of a pain as I think that NF Vampires only had the multi-pane flat top canopy.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 02, 2013, 09:54:42 am
No.  Different style nose cone.  IIRC,the nose on the NF10 is the same as the T11, it's the canopy section that's wider to ensure side by side seating rather than the staggered in the NF.

You *might* get away with a vacform Sea Venom canopy and bodge the interior.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: albeback on February 02, 2013, 10:07:17 am
Hmmm...those giant missiles would look good in the stash !

 :cheers:

Or a pair of them slung under the wings of the 1/48 TSR 2................................................! Scaled "up" to 1/48 they'd still look pretty mean. Fit some bigger fins & you've got a seriously nasty looking ASM. Maybe even add a jet intake & wings to make a BIG cruise missile?

Ditto hmmmmm!!! :lol:

Allan
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitnut617 on February 02, 2013, 11:32:03 am
One Vampire to be oob and the other converted to an NF.10 if someone makes a conversion set (hint hint Colin)

Could you cross-kit the radar nose from a Frog/Novo Sea Venom? The canopy could be a bit of a pain as I think that NF Vampires only had the multi-pane flat top canopy.

There's an injection NF10 conversion out there made by   ------- now who was that who produced it, I've got one buried in the stash somewhere ---
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 02, 2013, 12:01:59 pm
I think CMK did a whole NF10 kit at one time.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on February 02, 2013, 12:16:13 pm

I think CMK did a whole NF10 kit at one time.


They did kit and I have to work from a budget which kid of excludes that option.


There's an injection NF10 conversion out there made by   ------- now who was that who produced it, I've got one buried in the stash somewhere ---


There was only it's been oop for a long long time and harder to find than rocking horse poo.

I had been thinking of cross kitting several bit's and pieces but agree that the canopy would be the hardest part as there was no bulge in the upper part of the canopy. I even asked Aeroclub about options which ended up with the thought of making my own, not really an option with my skill levels.

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Daryl J. on February 02, 2013, 04:19:01 pm
Ogival pointed nose and winglets on the new Vampire kit, that's what I'd like to do some day.   :blink:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: kitbasher on February 03, 2013, 01:21:45 am
Donkeys years ago I cross-kitted a FROG Vampire FB5 and a FROG Sea Venom to build a Venom FB4. Came out quite well and I still have the model.
With the remaining parts I put together a Vampire NF10. Not as good a go as the Venom but not too bad. No longer with us (don't recall why) although I do still have the tail assenbly. For the canopy I used an Airfix Mosquito canopy, rubbed down to get rid of the framing. Not perfect when finished but looked OK.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 03, 2013, 01:35:29 am
I had been thinking of cross kitting several bit's and pieces but agree that the canopy would be the hardest part as there was no bulge in the upper part of the canopy. I even asked Aeroclub about options which ended up with the thought of making my own, not really an option with my skill levels.

Gondor

Don't understate your abilities Alistaire, with your "dogedness" you'd get there in the end.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Gondor on February 03, 2013, 03:34:08 am
I think I will wait and see if Colin comes up with anything first before I decide to commit knife to plastic, could be a while before I buy the kit in the first place.

Gondor
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 03, 2013, 06:40:40 am
John Adams has said it (the Vampire) looks to be accurate.

And if he says it is, it will be.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 12, 2013, 07:29:15 am
Sprue shots of the Lancaster II from Yeovilton:

http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=3109

Close inspection of the clear sprue shows FN82 as standard.  Woohoo!

Looks to be a big jump in quality over the Revell one.

Hurricane shots here:
http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=3110&st=0

Gladiator and Bomber supply set:
http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=3116

Harrier
http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=3113

Fw 190
http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=3111

Looks to be better than the Revell one, which apart from the solid rear canopy, are pretty much the best on the market in 72nd.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on February 12, 2013, 07:33:33 am
Wow...that's a beauty ! You get all those extra engines and props in a single kit ? One sprue has 2 sets of props then the other has a single set. Must be 2 diferent boxings ? And I love the 'what if' built up model ! That thing would sound awesome eh ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: NARSES2 on February 12, 2013, 07:54:26 am
Thanks Lee. They all look really nice
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: pyro-manic on February 12, 2013, 11:09:00 am
They do look rather good, don't they? The Lancaster is looking like it'll be quite expensive. I will definitely be getting one of those Bomber Loading sets, and probably all the others too!
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 12, 2013, 01:09:49 pm
RRP on the BII is slated for about £25 which is reasonable for an aircraft that size although undercut by the Revell kit.  Expect to pick up quite a few cheap Lancs on ebay when this appears.

As a side note, if anyone is getting this and doesn't want/need the FN82 tail turret glazing, can they keep me in mind plese?  Ta muchly.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Captain Canada on February 12, 2013, 01:46:45 pm
Seems like they are really getting it right, as every kit that comes out, we all want !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: aerofan on February 12, 2013, 04:36:21 pm
I've been very impressed with Airfix's new tooled kits and yet they keep forgetting  about something I'd really like to see; a 1/48 scale Folland Gnat T.1 and F.1.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: Thorvic on February 12, 2013, 11:55:59 pm

As a side note, if anyone is getting this and doesn't want/need the FN82 tail turret glazing, can they keep me in mind plese?  Ta muchly.

Only trouble is they appear to have dothe nasty trick of optional 2 fronts and only 1 back, still its nice to see it included in the kit and lined up for possible late/post war options for the I/III next year.
Title: Re: Airfix
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 13, 2013, 03:39:18 am
This maybe in the wrong 'Airfix' section but there's PAGES of 'em.....  :banghead:

Did the OOP Airfix Mirage F1 kit come with both the single and two seater bits please? The Heller issue did, but mine has no clear parts and I'