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  1. A really interesting point which has struck a chord with me. In my own case, this kit, amongst all the Airfix 2022 programme, has given me cause to seriously think about this very issue. In previous years I would happily pre-order everything on the Airfix list and the thought of a 1/48 Buccaneer to Airfix's current standards given cause for serious drooling. But for some reason not this year. Maybe the price is an issue sub-consciously, but in truth I've hardly considered it and to be honest even if it was sub £40 I think I would feel the same way. Its possibly the memory of the old moulding of (what seems to me) not so long ago; but a serious dose of reality has swept over me making me think very hard about all that existing investment in the loft, particularly the AM. I have concluded the time has come to either focus on that, or to seriously reduce the stash; probably both. I'm thrilled that Airfix are tooling a 1/48 Buccaneer (and the other kits, particularly the Anson & Meteor F.8). I'm sure it will be a great kit and a further step forward for Airfix. I shall enjoy watching the subsequent reviews & builds, but this year I think I will step off the merry-go-round. Rich
  2. I like it... I like it a lot! Vincent! Now there's an aircraft type I'd like to see getting some love and attention from the Airfix design team (although 1/72 preferably - the eyes/fingers and coordination between not what they were). The Haystack always looks so prurposeful and imposing - which you've captured really well. Rich
  3. In the UK that's been the background to just about every new military aircraft programme we've had since the 1960s. And in light of these views expressed in the US (and not just by the media) what is surpising is that the F-35 seems to have largely escaped any significant negative press here in the UK - outside the specialist media anyway. I doubt many will remember the hugely vociferous campaigns by parts of the media to kill the Tornado programme well into its testing; but for its multi-national context, would probably have gone the same way as TSR2. Similarly with the Eurofigher Typhoon... what was the point of spending money on a highly agile aircraft, designed as a supremely effective dogfighter in combat to challenge / defeat Su 27 Flankers or Mig29s? Didn't these cold war warriors know we were living in a new age and there would never be the prospect of peer level conflict, or any more advanced successor aircraft...? or so the story went. Although it has to be said in the case of the Typhoon by the early 90s the German government of the day was its worst critic with a serious case of cold feet. German Defence Minister Volker Rühe wanted to withdraw Germany from the project in favour of using the technology developed for Eurofighter in a cheaper, lighter plane. Unfortunately for Rühe, his predecessors (ironically I think, fearing a similar UK withdrawal at some stage) had locked themselves into the project with a punitive penalty system of their own devising! Nevertheless this all resulted in signifant delay and extra cost to taxpayers. Rich
  4. It's ultrastrong and super absorbent... always part of my contingency planning in the event of a loo roll shortage...
  5. Nah nothing here for me this year; I think I'll pass... ONLY JOKING!!! Air Graphics will be getting some of my disposable £ once again this year - for all those essential little items; and looking at the list maybe some bigger stuff too. This year I may well concentrate on detailing projects (or dioramas) of kits in my stash rather than adding any new kits - and Air Graphics target my primary interest areas - so its my go to place when I start putting together a project. Rich
  6. Yes, this was its Achilles heel unfortunately, although it did vary and seemed much worse in later releases which may have been down to the type of plastic, manufacturing process or just QC. It kinda reminds me of some of the "challenges" mentioned with recent Airfix production. This might have been reason enough to replace it although as its about 30 years old(gulp!) its no spring chicken. I distinctly remember opening the box in eager anticipation and being really excited by it when I did - to me it seemed to represent a shift in direction for Airfix with engraved panel lines, comprehensive decals and a new format instruction booklet. I remember thinking at the time this seemed to be a more "grown-up" type product from Airfix. I still have a couple n the stash including the one where Airfix knowingly or unknowingly (I'd really like to know the story behind this ) packaged 2 kits in the one box (an RAF S2B, together with the FAA/SAAF S2/S2C/S2D/SMk50). Possibly too much trouble to remove the duplicated parts or a misunderstanding? It will be really interesting to compare the old with the new release although with so many other potential "projects" on the go, I may want to sit this one out until its RAF brother arrives. Either way its a big bird in 1/48! Rich
  7. Ah yes so it is! Cheers - that makes me feel better now, but the eyesight is fading! Rich PS “I found the engineer officer and together we had a look at her, gleaming and bright in a new spring coat of camouflage paint. Later I took her up for a few aerobatics to get the feel of her, for this was the first time I had flown a Mk IX. She seemed very fast, the engine was sweet and she responded to the controls as only a thoroughbred can. I decided that she should be mine, and I never had occasion to regret that choice.” W/Cdr James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson about his first encounter with EN398
  8. In no way a criticism, but mildly surprised Airfix did not include a nod to their own heritage here by including the markings for EN398, JE-J, in which W/Cdr Johnnie Johnson shot down 12 aircraft and shared five plus six damaged while commanding the Kenley Wing. A perennial of the Airfix catalogue for decades, this may well have been my first ever kit (toss up with the Zero). I certainly lost count of the number I built down the years. I am sure many will tell me why Airfix shouldn't have included this subject (probably wrong sub-type, wing, engine cowling etc - i'm no Spitfire expert) but this is just my view. I guess if I do get this kit (and I'm very tempted) these will be the markings it ends up in... for the sake of auld lang syne. Rich
  9. Hi @Fea I think that the OP @John Thompson was suggesting (possibly tongue-in-cheek) Airfix revive this old series (designed to support Airfix's original SuperKit range) with a new / update. Back in the 1970's Airfix were trail blazing by teaming up with a publisher to produce a series books showing how to get the best from these kits whilst providing a reasonable history of the type. They provided novice modellers with useful insights into producing a better result and historic background to their chosen subject. These days the market is awash with publications covering similar ground including Airfix themselves. Nevertheless I just suggested there may be merit in Airfix having a tie-up with someone like Haynes (as owners of the former publishers) to produce a new technical/history/modelling series (who knows this could start a rumour...) Rich
  10. Unlikely; in that as far as I can tell PSL(Patrick Stephens Ltd) ceased operations in Oct 2020. However they were a part of the Haynes Group... so you might have the germ of a good idea there... a new Airfix/Haynes tie up: "Classic Aircraft, Their History and How to Model Them: The Supermarine Spitfire". Could happen... Rich PS Sorry @Julien only saw your warning after I posted my reply - delete if inappropriate.
  11. The stash 'll no take it, Captain! Rich
  12. On the question of is who precisely are the "model-buying public"? I think the days of these type of model kits as toys or being built by and purchased by kids/on behalf of kids on an impulse are well past. I doubt even the original Super Kits range, as originally concieved, was ever aimed at anyone else other than modellers - despite the advertising illustrations in magazines of the day. As has been said before Airfix seem clear on who their main market is... and I really doubt its the casual buyer. Rich
  13. mmm Airfix stepping out of their comfort zone with an unusual choice of subject matter... Ah they are probably just irritated that something that is supposed to be a Spitfire, actually looks like a Spitfire and not like their favoured esotetic subject and which didn't Airfix realise would sell in the, well, probably, in the 100's! Looks like 2022 is going to be the year of the Spitfire with new kits in 1/24 & 1/32... must resist, must resist... no room... not my subject matter... not my preferred scales... must resist, must resist... Resistance is futile! Rich
  14. с новым годом, Dimitriy! Rich
  15. Not sure if this qualifies as a RUMOUR... ("report of uncertain or doubtful truth") but when Airfix designer Paramjit was on Flory Models show chatting some months ago I am certain he suddenly dropped into the conversation a question of what load/stores would people expect to see on a Jaguar (kit?). I may have imagined it or read too much into idle chit-chat... but hey... isn't that how rumours start? Rich
  16. Yep, it certainly looks like it might be. But in what scale I wonder? Well done for matching the photo Dave!
  17. Interesting new twist... people registering their disappointment BEFORE the announcement!
  18. @TEXANTOMCAT Thanks TT! Both for starting this thread (I know some hate these but its just a bit of fun and I absolutely love 'em - joyous? Yeah! absolutely! ) and secondly for keeping shtum until the official Airfix announcement... "The excitement is building..." and not having it spoilt by someone in the know. We know you know as it were and for which there's kudos - no kudos for those spilling the beans early! At least we know there are at least 2 new kits and probably aircraft. I still think that we are due a Jag (GR not E-Type... although may get one of each) and according to my theory of Airfix release patterns that would have to be the 1/72... fairly predictable...? Not sure. Could still be in with a shout. But an "unpredictable"/left-field arrival in 1/48..? Well no idea! As for Airfix's market... I am not convinced its the casual buyer they focus on for everything they make. I think they also focus strongly on the enthusiast modeller to a large extent and who is reasonably discerning with regard to subject matter and quality. I suggest they also target those of a "certain age"... Bit like Hornby with railways - sure they sell "train sets", but they also sell highly accurate and ever increasingly realistic locomotives and rolling stock. Of course they are about making money but the slightly more nuanced increasing of their market share amonst those with disposable income. Businesses need money to survive. To make money, businesses need customers. Ideally, these customers are happy, tell their friends about it, and keep coming back. While a business might survive with single-purchase customers, only businesses with a focus on customer satisfaction will thrive. Customer satisfaction is the difference between surviving and thriving. Just my thoughts... toss them aside at your pleasure. Merry Christmas! Rich BTW my late father trained on the Blackburn Botha. Hated it; reckoned it was a death trap. He went on to do most of his operational tours in the Med in various marks of Martin Baltimore of which 1,575 were built... just sayin...mmm now about that new 1/48 kit...
  19. I guess it depends on definition and if you include classic British (rather than RAF) jets, but for completeness there is also the Sea Hawk, Attacker and Scimitar to be done in 1/48. Other post war types of that era that might distract Airfix from doing a Venom could include a DH Hornet, Fairey Firefly, Westland Wyvern and possibly a Bristol Brigand. I do see a pattern in Airfix seemingly doing the post war types up to the 60's in 1/48 and the more recent cold war types in 1/72. So I think the Venom is a definite, just not an immediate, choice. Rich PS my momey's on a new Airfix Jag next (and not a E-Type either...)
  20. Yeah, I would agree Dave; too soon. I would certainly expect to see a 1/48 Venom (probably a 2 seat) at some point but with a few other types in between. Pure speculation of course but thinking about 4/5 years away. Rich
  21. ... and the bottle was half empty...
  22. Yes I had an "S shaped sprue" on an RN version of this kit. I didn't notice at first, but into the build the fit with the wheel well / lower wing component was off. It looked absolutely fine and I put it down to a mistake I must have made and cut the part to fit. But when I came to try fitting the cockpit tub in it was not even close. Again it looked perfectly OK on its own but when compared with the same part from another kit it was a different shape! Then when I checked the sprue I could see the warp which had only effected those parts in the middle. Airfix replaced the part no problem but I do wonder if this subtle warping is behind the occasional reports you hear of poor fitting in Airfix kits. In reality the tollerances are tight & fit should be perfect (and in my experience is) and if its not then worth checking for warping. I know it has its critics but I really like this kit, which I think really captures the look and sit of the Spey F-4. Really looking forward to the end result Rich https://tinyurl.com/3e3x9arj
  23. Well, yes a few as it happens I can't say for the Argentinian side, but Vulcan XM607, which flew three of the five "Operation Black Buck" missions, made the first attack on 1 May 1982, successfully dropping heavy explosive bombs on Port Stanley airfield (the longest ever bombing missions in history at the time) has been preserved. I understand it is to be repainted in its original camouflage which is slightly different to how it is now and her bodywork repaired in time for the Falklands War anniversary in 2022. Sea Harriers were slightly tricky to preserve as the they were operational aircraft having only recently entered service at the start of hostilities. All surviving airframes were upgraded from FRS.1 to FA.2 configuration in the late 1980's which changed their appearance from the Falklands conflict somewhat. The Sea Harrier saw action in war again when it was deployed in the 1992-1995 conflict in Bosnia. XZ493 which sailed to the South Atlantic on HMS Invincible crashed into the Adriatic in 1994 and has been restored to look like an FRS.1 and is on display. The only Chinook (of 4) to survive the Exocet attack on the Atlantic Conveyor, ZA718 - the famous Bravo November (coded BN) - has had a distinguished career within the Royal Air Force serving in every conflict of the last 40 years and has seen four of its pilots awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions whilst at the controls of the aircraft. As far as I know ZA718 Bravo November continues to serve on active duty. I think other aircraft from the conflict have been preserved too. Including "Humphrey" the Wessex helicopter stationed aboard the destroyer HMS Antrim. Antrim was one of several ships sent to retake the Islands of South Georgia, as part of Operation Paraquat. Just a few I can recall Rich
  24. Ah yes thanks, I recognise it now; sold by Noy's Minatures as the WWII Medium Bomber base. I've ordered it, resaonable price too as these items go and a good size - might try enhancing with some static grass. In addition to the paintwork/weathering I really like the rivet effect you've put on too, but as others have also said, I'm a little nervous of trying it - I guess I need to practice a bit on some "retired" kits to build confidence before trying it in anger. I have in mind to build the Airfix Lanc kit from the 1980s which by all accounts is accurate enough but lacks detail and see if I can focus on enhancing it - as it has rivets. Possibly a dispersal maintenance scene using some of the Airfix bomber resupply set. But I would certainly be pleased to get even close to the standard of finish you've achieved with this. Best Rich
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