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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4290 on: January 12, 2019, 05:24:28 pm »
I wish they'd start doing the polythene figures in hard styrene. Both scales.

I would also like to see someone do a reasonably-priced set or sets of 1/32 or 1/35 Multipose generic civilians... 30s, 40s, 50s, modern etc.
Adults and children (which can be the most difficult to convert and get right).

Something we can use to populate dioramas, civilian vehicles, etc etc.
It can't be that difficult, but I guess there has to be a perceived market.  :-\

Some companies do Middle-Eastern style and WWII style ones, but their imagination doesn't seem to get far beyond that, unfortunately. Master Box and Dio Park are two that spring to mind.

Yeah. I'd like post-war Europeans, as I say, for cars & such. Or urban, 20thC Insurgents/Militia.

You can do a lot with tissue paper glued over the basic figure, but it's fiddly and takes more practice than I've had, or skill I've got.
Having said that, I'd probably still wind up modifying them anyway!  ;D

And did I mention I'd like to find CHEAPER ones? Preiser and Masterbox have some great stuff, but the prices for them (if you can find them) in NZ are deal-breakers.

Still, I can always make a blank/generic and cast it.

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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4291 on: January 12, 2019, 06:55:09 pm »
Well, assuming the business deal is sensible, this should be a relatively painless way for them to try sticking their toe in the 1/35th armour market. If it works out, and I don't see why it shouldn't, they can move on to doing their own moulds in due course. I don't do 1/35th armour, but judging by the reaction that things like the Takom FV432 and the Dragon(?) Saladin got, there's definitely a market there for British post-war subjects, so how about, as a baby-step, a 1/35th Ferret scout car? Relatively small and easy, and, as far as I know, not covered before by anyone. Some late '60s- early '80s troops and crews would be good too... (i.e. the SLR/Sterling/GPMG/Carl Gustav/DPM cammo era).

Not sure if they'd want to court the controversy, but if they did, then the Northern Ireland Troubles are a rich well of diorama possibilities that could be supported: Humber Pigs, Saracens, Shorlands (armoured Land Rovers), the various Police vehicles, troops on-patrol with berets, scoped SLRs and black gloves, etc, etc...

All Airfix need to do to get ideas for 1/35 armour subjects is to look at what Kit Form Services are doing as 1/24 resin.
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4292 on: January 12, 2019, 11:03:52 pm »
I wish they'd start doing the polythene figures in hard styrene.

I am unsure why people find polythene such a difficult substance to work with.  Back, many moons ago, when I was a wee lad, I read in a modelling magazine that the trick was to dip the figures, whole into a tin of plastic varnish - before painting.  I used to use the common Humbrol varnish (doesn't matter if it's gloss or matte). This was to provide a stable and slightly harder surface to paint on.  After I'd painted them I then sprayed them with another varnish (usually Estapol). That would then protect the figures for decades even under rough wargaming handling.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4293 on: January 12, 2019, 11:38:14 pm »
I wish they'd start doing the polythene figures in hard styrene.

I am unsure why people find polythene such a difficult substance to work with.  Back, many moons ago, when I was a wee lad, I read in a modelling magazine that the trick was to dip the figures, whole into a tin of plastic varnish - before painting.  I used to use the common Humbrol varnish (doesn't matter if it's gloss or matte). This was to provide a stable and slightly harder surface to paint on.  After I'd painted them I then sprayed them with another varnish (usually Estapol). That would then protect the figures for decades even under rough wargaming handling.  :thumbsup:

Yep, I have heard of that technique and it sounds like it'll do the job nicely.
What I'm after is something that can be altered and converted more easily, without having to pin the things and hope the paint/varnish will keep it from falling apart again.

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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4294 on: January 13, 2019, 01:15:59 am »
I wonder if the figures could be successfully injection moulded in another material?
It isn't uncommon to find sink marks in 1/72 (or HO or OO or 1/76 etc) hard styrene figures (usually in the chest or stomach so they look like they have been shot with a very large calibre weapon) but i can't recall ever seeing them in the equally complex similarly scaled soft plastic toy soldiers I used to play with.
If one requires to re-pose these figures one could always cast copies in resin.
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4295 on: January 13, 2019, 02:15:00 am »

And did I mention I'd like to find CHEAPER ones? Preiser and Masterbox have some great stuff, but the prices for them (if you can find them) in NZ are deal-breakers.

Still, I can always make a blank/generic and cast it.

Yeah, Preiser do 'Adam' and 'Eve' figures in different scales, which are multi-part nude figures with enough parts in each box to make about seven (but not all in the same pose). They look ideal for a few things I have in mind, but at 38 for the 1/35th set? Nope, not happening...
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4296 on: January 13, 2019, 04:26:48 am »
I have a fair few bags of the old Airfix plastic figures from before I could afford white metal and most of them still have their paint on them. If I remember rightly (it was 55 years or so ago  :o) we used to wash them in warm, soapy water, and then dip them in white glue.
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4297 on: January 14, 2019, 12:13:49 am »

And did I mention I'd like to find CHEAPER ones? Preiser and Masterbox have some great stuff, but the prices for them (if you can find them) in NZ are deal-breakers.

Still, I can always make a blank/generic and cast it.

Yeah, Preiser do 'Adam' and 'Eve' figures in different scales, which are multi-part nude figures with enough parts in each box to make about seven (but not all in the same pose). They look ideal for a few things I have in mind, but at 38 for the 1/35th set? Nope, not happening...

I've had a set of the Eve figures since I got them in the UK back in '95... still haven't had the courage to actually use them, as I was never willing to pay the cost for more... though now I have a set of the Masterbox Pinups, I think I will probably get on with it and do some of the figures I have had in mind for a while.

If I remember rightly (it was 55 years or so ago  :o) we used to wash them in warm, soapy water, and then dip them in white glue.

That rings a bell, I'm pretty sure that was the technique.
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4298 on: January 14, 2019, 05:42:51 am »
I have a fair few bags of the old Airfix plastic figures from before I could afford white metal and most of them still have their paint on them. If I remember rightly (it was 55 years or so ago  :o) we used to wash them in warm, soapy water, and then dip them in white glue.

Or paint them with diluted (with Water) white glue.
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4299 on: January 14, 2019, 06:40:01 am »
I wonder if Mosquito wings would fit on a Heron

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« Reply #4300 on: January 14, 2019, 04:30:40 pm »
No.  They won't.
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« Reply #4301 on: January 15, 2019, 01:46:18 am »
No.  They won't.

That almost sounds like a challenge.  ;)
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4302 on: January 15, 2019, 02:33:55 am »
The Heron is an extremely graceful aircraft which it would be difficult to perform major surgery to without ruining its looks.


A discussion in the car on the way home from a model club meeting has made me realise there is another range of kits Airfix could be re-popping - their 1/16 scale motorcycles.
While they are in an odd scale they do include subjects not moulded by anyone else such as the Ariel Arrow and BSA C15 which could prove popular.

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« Reply #4303 on: January 15, 2019, 04:08:07 am »
I did think about putting Hornet wings on a Devon, then I looked at it and realised that it'd be impractical.  If it won't work with a Devon, it won't with a Heron.

I'm hoping that someone will do RAF or RN markings for the Heron.  Caracal?
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Re: Airfix
« Reply #4304 on: January 15, 2019, 04:29:10 am »
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