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  1. I’ve been fondling mine since it arrived and am having to use all of my self control to complete my 1/24 Typhoon first!



    1) The larger cannon breech covers look very squared off on the leading edge to my eyes.

    2) I bought 2 kits as I want one in flight hung up in my garage, there is no pilot.



    1) It looks amazing.  

    2) There is definitely other versions coming as the tail wheel area being sectional means a retractable tail wheel option exists.


    The way they have designed the kit up to the firewall bulkhead allows multiple engine versions.


    If Airfix bring out a Mk.VIII (Shark Teeth) and a Mk.XII / Mk.XIV (Griffon) versions I will be giving them a lot of money over the next few years.


    Well done Airfix! 



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  2. 1 hour ago, TEXANTOMCAT said:

    Thinking obliquely - would they cite the Sea Fury as the ultimate Hawker propeller driven aeroplane and do a Sea Fury in 1/24? Would that be popular enough? I don't know how well the 1/48 sold?



    Anything with folding wings in 1/24 is a winner!  



    Seafire XV

    Seafire 47




    Sea Fury


    all in FAA schemes, in a glass display cabinet. Wings folded, cowlings open.


    As an aside the Mk.IX Spitfire does lend itself to allowing the after market guys a lot of Griffon based possibilities.


    Seafire XV, Spitfire XII / XIV.

  3. The Airfix kit has Katy too, and Princess Elizabeth’s vehicle as well.

    just not on the official list of options, which may have been due to copyright sensitivity.


    I bought the Airfix kit because:


    1) I didn’t even know Gecko models existed.

    2) I wasn’t looking for an Ambulance but when it popped up on my Airfix email notifications I thought it looked like a fun build.


    However this could perversely work out well for Gecko, I rarely build much other than aircraft, and the world of armour modelling contains many brands I’m unfamiliar with so wouldn’t ever gave stumbled on the Gecko kit.  I have now looked at their website and will probably buy something from them now I know they are there.

    I bet I’m not alone.

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  4. This is bonkers. It has mystified me why Mustangs & Phantoms need a ‘Boeing Licenced product’ sticker when it’s arguable that a) Those companies, North American Aviation & McDonnell Douglas are defunct & b) those aircraft are essentially ’public domain’ as the shape is so iconic.


    If true that this is happening with all models where does it end?


    Corporate lawyers trying to justify their salary by raking in pennies of royalties.


    Yee gads!  



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  5. I think not including ‘Katie’ from the film is a massive oversight, presumably because of copyright issues?


    I bought one on pre-order because I love the film & think it would make a nice change from aircraft.

    Airfix will do well with this release I think.


    As for ‘Katie’, I expect the aftermarket decal chaps will be along shortly. 

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  6. 18 hours ago, 71chally said:

    The Harrier is the 1:24th one which is nice, surprised it's being released as a GR.1 and not a GR.3, given the Falklands anniversary this year.

    I wonder if the GR.3 (or to be more precise the laser nose bits as GR.3 refers to the airframe not the nose I think?) sprue is included?

    If so XtraDecal did a great GR.3 sheet in 1/48 they could upscale.


    I hope the 1/24 Harrier is out there to test the market.

    Thinking of equivalent sized British jets kitted in smaller scales by Airfix a 1/24 Hawk or Lightning could be a possibility if there is sufficient uptake.


    I would love a 1/24 Folland Gnat. 

    I don’t know if the 1/24 kits make much money for Airfix or a prestigious loss leaders.  But I am pleased they are aiming high.

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  7. I have 2 on pre order.


    Not only that but having resisted 1/24 for years I am going to buy a cabinet just for them, so will end up probably doing a Typhoon and Hellcat as well.


    The modular construction of the rear under the tail certainly allows for a Mk.VIII. 


    This is the best news for Airfix as I think I can't be the only one who will use this as a gateway drug into Airfix's other 1/24 kits.


    My wish lists are being full filled with alarming regularity...


    1/72 V-Bombers. Completed. Tick!

    1/72 1970's FAA.  Buccaneer & Phantom, waiting on Wessex, Gannet Sea Vixen & Scimitar. 

    1/72 Bomber Command. Whitley, Lancaster, Wellington, waiting on Hampden, Battle, Stirling & Halifax.


    Keep it up Airfix.  Wonderful work. 



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  8. 6 hours ago, Adam Poultney said:

    Ine the topic of spinners and props, why were there so many concurrent designs?

    Because it’s a Spitfire and they do that!

    No such thing as a ‘standard spit.


    On a more serious note the original 2 bladed fixed pitch was replaced with a variable pitch 3 blades ‘small spinner’ Rotol.

    The Mk.II early on in production got a constant speed DH prop which has a short but fulsome shape spinner.

    The Mk.V got a Rotol constant speed unit which has thicker blades & a much larger spinner more commonly associated with the Mk.V.

    Given that there is a degree of interchangeability & either local repair or inconsistent naming of equipment (See Mk.IX.LF.B MH434 discussions) it’s quite the minefield.


    I thnk the spreadsheet for that one would be quite the undertaking! 

  9. On 11/17/2021 at 4:42 PM, metadyne said:

    the shame is, if she were to be saved as  a reworked modern cruise liner/ocean liner modern regulations would need a complete change to her shape, her Bridge would have to be higher and closer to the bow.

    No she wouldn’t.

    I have never seen any Class or Flag requirements like that.

    Items like life saving equipment & fire fighting installations would need updating but ships are allowed to remain ‘as built’ as regards visibility.


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  10. 6 minutes ago, Peter Roberts said:

    Didn’t the XIV have deeper radiators?

    Yes.  Good point, but given the construction of the Eduard radiators it could be simple to ‘deepen’ them.


    No! Stop it!

    by the time I have got all the bits sorted out and started to do the conversion an Eduard Griffon kit will be out!


    Given a Mk.XII is just a fuselage, prop & exhausts away from a V.

    And a lot of the IX could be recycled into the XVI, the fuselage sprue could incorporate the new rad parts, it’s only a matter of time.


    Add to that a D wing sprue incorporating deeper oil tank & a new transparency moulding allows a XI or an XIX from the IX or XIV kits it’s too obvious a progression.

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  11. Fleetscale sell the hull for this vessel.


    As I am currently Captain of it I have a full set of drawings on a memory stick. 
    1GB and 400 files.


    The poor old girl is being sold I see no commercial issue with making these available to anyone who wants to build this model.


    PM me and post me a blank stick & I’ll return you a full one. 


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