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About Bigglesof266

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    Too many to list, but these days cycling, astronomy, model railways and plastics modelling take up much of my time.

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  1. Top marks. Nice to see an unusual subject.
  2. Lubbly "George" fubar57. Always pleasing to see someone building a hawk from Dai Nippon Teikoku.
  3. No opposition is good.
  4. WOW. Talk about tripping down memory lane. My brother on leave bought me home that Dak in its original boxing as a present Christmas '62 or early in the new year '63 as I recall. One of my very early/first model kits, and certainly my first big box. He had received his Para wings and posting to that regiment the previous year, subsequently selected and graduating SAS couple of years later. I wasn't quite so enthusiastic as he was about the C-47, disappointed it wasn't a B-17, B-24 or Lanc kit my imagination would have much preferred to play with. That Wildcat and Roy Cross' artwork. Irresistible when I spotted it and had the 3/6d saved up from pocket money.
  5. I think we all as modellers and amateur historians have one or two favourites. Chicken or egg, not sure which invoked which, although I'd say my fascination with history and war was what inclined me to model from an early age. I can't say in all honesty I have an obsession with one aircraft after all these years, although the Bf 109 would come close to it if I did. As aesthetically appealing types holding fascination over the years since I first laid eyes upon them, special mention to the He 219 and Ki-61 in particular. Both stand out in my memory as having always held an inexplicable je ne sais quoi appeal for me.
  6. Number of factors at play in my decision to stick generally with 1/35 for armour/diorama, not in any order of prioritised importance nor any aspersion about going with whichever scale one chooses. Standardisation. Because with armour it's storage and display viable. Affordability. Although they're getting expensive, as an adult 1/35 is. Detail. Facilitated better, particularly figurines. Self explanatory. Age. Mine. Everything I can do to aid presbyopic eyesight and less agile fingers. Product range and aftermarket support in the scale. I'd do aircraft in 1/32 too were it viable for me from a storage and display perspective, or were I restricted myself to a narrower more specific interest collection. i.e. Great War types only. As it is 1/48 is the pragmatism preferred air scale for me generally for WWI & WWII types up to Bf 110, Me 410, He 219, Ki-46, Ki-45 sized twin types generally, restricting myself to 1/32 for particularly loved exceptions. e.g. Hasegawa's Ki-61.
  7. Tamiya hasn't been reboxing Italeri "for the past 50 years". Hyperbole for the sake of parochial prejudice anyone? Complete product lines as Airfix is doing in this instance with Academy isn't "standard industry practice" unless you're referring to defunct company and mould buyouts like Academy of Minicraft or Arii of Otaki, and a line of justification reasoning along the lines of "but they're throwing rocks too" is ....quaint. Casting aspersion upon your perspective, I don't think Airfix's new 2019 front cover of catalogue boasting rights 1/24 scale 600 part Hellcat kit with its size, high detail and whopping price is exactly targeted at "casual modeller market" ...is it??? o.O I'd be most interested to see if you can present hard factual evidence which substantiates this claim, other than your opinionated speculation, or explain your exceptional insight into how Airfix management intend to run their future business model through 2019 and beyond - other than by your current apparent remarkable clairvoyance? Eduard don't seem to have done too badly catering to the adult market prepared to pay for and demanding ever higher detail and fidelity. Nor MENG, Dragon, Tamiya and even Zvezda. It's a bit of a laff that Russian economy based Zvezda can afford to invest in new contemporary tooling for 1/48 air and 1/35 armour, but Airfix can't apparently. I suggest it'd behove you to go and watch the documentary "Big Trouble in Model Britain" and assimilate why and how Hornby dug an even deeper hole into mega debt in recent years by not delivering to the real world buying demanding adult demographic opening up opportunity for all kinds of new entrants who identified it and were prepared to. i.e. Oxford Rail, Hattons, expanded Helijan, expanded Dapol, special commissions from Rails of Sheffield etc. Hornby didn't offload the Thomas franchise because the kiddie market was highly profitable, and the "casual (railway) modeller" doesn't seem to be getting then back in the black buying Christmas and birthday train sets or Railroad product. The point is Airfix started down the right road with their new tool high detail and fidelity aircraft kits even if pricing on their new tool kits is astronomic. Their decision to go with reboxing Academy in 1/35 armour is what it is. I was merely expressing my surprise and disappointed expectation at their obverse strategy. Ultimately the market will decide.
  8. Except for their reputation. Easily lost. I recall the occasion of my collision with Airfix reboxings of their ancient mould kits. I built most of them when they were in hanger bags, in Series One at least which I could afford with my pocket money and quite a few Series Two and above as grew into adolescence and had a paper run. The afforded me great pleasure and much playtime ... 55 years ago. Unfortunately for Airfix when I returned to plastic modelling a decade or so ago, my expectations had changed since then, and so had my pocket. But nostalgia kicked in and I bought some bright red boxes. Ugh! It was ugly. Hampden, Comet, Stirling to discover nothing inside the box other than the decals had changed in 50 years, except the box and the price. Best advertisement to buy Revell et al instead Airfix could have done for them. I didn't buy any more Airfix for quite a while. Airfix did their reputation with me there and then where they might have held me loyal. I'm sure others have 'enjoyed' a similar experience. I haven't really returned. Even though Airfix subsequently lifted their game a decade later and started producing some cracker models and great choices IMV, e.g, the Whitleys, Blenheims, Dornier 17 it was too late. I'd moved elsewhere and discovered Eduard, preferring Hasegawa or Tamiya generally as first choice unless there was a compelling reason enticing me to buy a red box. Admittedly, it doesn't help Airfix that old eyes don't like 1/72 as much as 55 years ago, and although there's a smattering of 1/48, 1/72 is where Airfix's focus is in air. Hey I don't enjoy 1200+ part count armour kits either. Personally I like Magic Tracks, but appreciate most don't. Dragon have learnt that too, replacing Magic Track with continuous run DS Track because of the new millennium's ADHD modeller, with slide moulding replacing the need for much fiddly PE and great new features like moulded on Zimmerit. Most such as Trumpeter and Academy have gone for the compromise of link and length which I don't mind, although Trumpeter still put in 'orrible continuous run things too for those who find even link and length attention challenging. I think you're possibly right about Airfix selling well enough off toy store shelves to the casual buyer and first timer if the price is right.
  9. I take on board your point about Airfix, their entry target demographic and the low cost entry for the brand that the concept offers. In counter argument, I'd point out that Hornby tried a similar thing reboxing old Lima, Dapol and Triang era toys as Railroad for today's buyer. How'd that go? Even though British outline is my thing, I don't buy Railroad either. And there's a lot less competition in gauge British outline than there is in plastic modelling, the armour genre in the particular. Sure an occasional or entry level modeller might opportunity buy the occasional kit, but they would IMV make up a small proportion of A. plastic modellers buying 1/35 scale armour today in general, and B. the all important consistent repeat buyer modeller. I'm not a "purist" by a long shot compared at least 60%~70% of the participants in this forum gauging by the builds, but like most adult modellers who have been modelling over a lifetime since plastic's heyday, we make up are the majority of plastic modellers by far today. I think the word is that we don't have to put up with also rans nor paying more for a red box. Google, forums like this and everyone's an expert and critic review sites quickly reveal to anyone not bone idle lazy with an IQ at least the numerical equivalent of their shoe size what's what. And so UK market through brand familiarity comfort excepted, why would anyone buy an Airfix reboxing over an Academy original unless on price or inclusions which amounted to significant value adding? I was merely expressing disappointment with Airfix taking that path, not wishing them ill. I have my doubts it'll fly well financially regardless the relatively low investment because that's not where the pockets are IMV. Airfix's market research may indicate differently.
  10. Off a redirection to Hornby's website, I headed over to Airfix's website for a bo peep as I hadn't visited in an aeon. Until then I wasn't aware Airfix were planning an excursion into 1/35 armour. I was excited... for all of about 90 seconds until that excitement drove me to check and see if the announcements were new tool. Academy? o.O !!!!!! OK so I'm aware the other toy store brands e.g Revell, do loads of excellent aircraft reboxing collabs e.g. Hasegawa's 1/72 He-111H-6, B-25H, 1/48 F-4E, Eduard's 1/48 Fokker Dr.1, Albatros D.V, Bristol F.2B, & even Tamiya these days delves into those muddy waters with Italeri, but I had thought Airfix of recent were at least trying to make serious attempt and inroads into inviting and hopefully enticing the adult (majority) modeller away from Eduard, Hasegawa, Tamiya, MENG and even Zvezda with an increasing number of their new tool releases in aircraft. As a 1/35 armour modeller & (predominantly) 1/48 air, I don't see this announcement as a positive/good thing, either for the modeller or Airfix. Checking my stash in Scalemates, In 1/35 armour, compared with 11 Dragon and a smattering of Trumpeter (2), Tamiya (3), MENG (1), CyberHobby (2) and Zvezda (1), the sole 1/35 Academy armour model I have bought in the past five years is their Hetzer times two in an early and late along with Artvox's PE for the late and Eduard's for the early. Arguably the Hetzer is one of Academy's best (accurate dimensions, decent mouldings) armour kits, and the decent enough Honey will possibly do OK too especially in the UK domestic market if offered for an equivalent to lower price than the Academy boxing or with some unit decal et al value adding enticement. Yes we know that sexy German WW II era armour sells, and everyone's seen "Fury" for that Sherman. As for the T-34/85? What can Airfix be thinking. I really wanted to love Academy's new mould T-34/85 released just a few years ago given the dearth of current availability of that type presumably because Soviet WWII era armour doesn't sell, but just couldn't. Fortunately, Zvezda came to the rescue a year or so ago with an amenable new tool offering if still not up to the excellence of their recent 1/48 aircraft kits e.g. Yak-3 and Pe-2 or kind of slide moulded precision I'm seeing from Dragon these days in for instance their Type 95 Ha-Go. Way not to go Airfix. Dragon, Tamiya, MENG, Zvezda will continue to get my armour kit money. IDK how Airfix HQ think they're going to compete even with CyberHobby's Orange box, many of which e.g. PzKpfW IIIE/F, early Ausf A/B StuGs, with a modicum of work scrub up very nicely and even without OOTB build quite respectably to the lay eye if not to the level of detail and latest slide moulding releases. And they include Magic Tracks and a value adding set of older release but quite decent moulding Dragon figurine kit. Almost a diorama in a box at about two thirds the street price of a basic Academy kit. Going in the direction of reboxing Academy kits in any foray into 1/35 armour seems a not even attempting to kick between the goal posts effort to me. Just my 10/- bob's worth.
  11. Same as many I expect. Generally, with exceptions e.g. Tamiya 1/48 G4M1, Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-61-1, WW I & II light twin e.g. Bf 110 and single seat aircraft predominantly in 1/48, but armour in 1/35. It's a display space occupancy vs sufficient detail thing. Larger bomber aircraft and contemporary jets 1/72 for the same reason.
  12. Gorgeous ain't it! I wish it'd been around when I was a kid. Airfix did have its original mould B Stuka, but trying to find one on a hobby shop hanger anywhere in my neighbourhood was like searching for rocking horse ****. A very popular model with kids in the early 1960s. At 8 or 9 years of age, I went down to the local hobby shop to buy one. I'd been wanting that Airfix Stuka for ages and had my pocket money saved. Dear old Mrs Scott. Upon my plaintive cry "No, the German one with the gull wings" -'Stuka' was lost on her although even she could recognise the Balkenkreuz, unable to find its header on the Airfix display hanger she pressed me to buy a Hawker Typhoon, which to her mind still had bent/gull wings, ergo just as good. Those four menacing 20mm Hispano cannon projecting from the leading edge ultimately persuaded, as I knew I'd be waiting months for a Stuka, which to a kid, may as well be pronounced a lifetime. Until its fiery end, I had many hours of playtime fun with that Typhoon, but it was never quite the same. A Stuka-less childhood <LOL> until Frog it was if I recall accurately, came to my rescue aged about 13 or 14 in '68 or '69 with a G tankbuster variant with its two 3.7cm underslung wing cannon. But like the Bf 109G isn't a E if the Fall Gelb & Battle of Britain E is what you want, during the years up until my trading off playing with plastic for a career, girls and other stuff, I never quite did get over my Ju 87B deprivation.
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