There are 4 1/72 Alpha Moulds, Airfix, Matchbox, Heller and Fujimi. In addition there are boxings, but not original moulds, from Revell. There has been a certain amount of mould sharing and reboxing which has led to the current confusion. However the situation seems to be:
If you buy an Airfix Alpha Jet, you will find Airfix plastic inside.
I think these are the only box styles the kit has been released in up to now.
If you buy a Matchbox Alpha Jet, you will find the Matchbox plastic inside.
If you buy these boxings, or presumably the "black box" issue that falls between these, you will find the original Heller kit inside.
However, if you buy the current boxing you get the Airfix kit, and at £4.99 it's a couple of pounds cheaper that a Series 3 Airfix kit would be! Note that all Heller kits have the same catalogue number, regardless of the plastic inside.
As far as I can tell any Fujimi boxing contains the Fujimi kit.
There are at least 2 boxings of the Alpha Jet by Revell.
could be the Fujimi mould.
The later "blue box" issue seems to be a reboxing of the original Heller mould, and it is also possible that there has been a boxing of the Matchbox kit at some point!
So there you have the story so far - confusing or what?
Edited by John, 08 August 2007 - 04:47 PM.