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Albeback52

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About Albeback52

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  1. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    That's a valid point about postage. One of the reasons I rarely use ebay for casual kit purchases. Your "cheaper" kits usually end up anything but that once you factor in postage - especially if you are ordering multiple kits/types and cannot get them all from one seller. At least by purchasing direct from Airfix (free postage for orders over £30 or, your local shop (if you have one) that additional cost will not be an issue. Allan
  2. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Or maybe a diorama set of the bus hanging over the cliff! Allan
  3. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Yeah? They could reissue them as the special 1966 edition - a piece of history as ancient as England's World Cup win!! Allan
  4. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    And the DUKW and, LCT with Sherman as well! Allan
  5. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    In broad agreement here. Out of the first batch, only the AFVs interest me but, some of these will be available at prices less than a current series one kit. I don't find that unreasonable. The "double" kits like the PAK 40 and support vehicle, 88mm gun & tractor and, 40mm Bofors gun (a very decent kit actually!) are priced between series one and series 2. Not unreasonable in my view. Ultimately, if anybody feels the prices are unreasonable then they are under no compulsion to buy. Even though the R & D and tooling costs will have been long recouped, there will still be costs in production. I daresay Airfix has already considered its pricing strategy for these kits very carefully. I am personally hoping to see the following added to the AFV range; Scammell tank transporter RAF Recovery Set German reconnaissance set RAF Emergency set Centurion tank Chieftain tank Matilda tank Type 97 Chi-Ha Allan
  6. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    You may be right but, Airfix did indicate in their recent blog that some of the aircraft kits would see limited production only. This may be one of them? Or, it may not even feature in the range at all. Personally, I never could understand all the the fuss over the afore mentioned Basset!. We may of course both be wrong!! I know you are only speculating though but, I rather like the rather obscure 60s and 70s trainers and utility aircraft!! Throw in an Islander, Beaver and Skyvan or two and I'm in for it! Cessna Bird Dog and 0-2 Skymaster would be nice! Allan
  7. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Ebay is not the be all and end all of kit buying.. There are a lot of Airfix kits that are NOT easy to find on ebay or, anywhere else for that matter. Those rarities that do surface from time to time usually go for totally silly prices. Also, not everybody likes or trusts ebay. I do accept however that you may only use ebay for the purpose of example. This Vintage Classics range will have the benefit of wider availability and distribution along with affordable pricing. It will certainly pull the carpet out from under a lot of ebay sellers who will see the value of their stashes plummeting! Of course, all is dependant on exactly what Airfix intend to add to the range in future. Certainly, last week's Workbench Blog provided some enticing little teasers! Allan
  8. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Perhaps so but, Airfix is a business and has to turn a profit so, these items have to be priced accordingly. As for Airfix having to "seriously look" at prices, do you not think they have already done so ? The only kits that interest me are the AFVs and, the figure/AFV kits are already priced at a level lower than or, roughly equal to a current Series One Airfix kit. So, I don't really think that the prices per se are excessive( except perhaps for the sailing ships). Price of course is very subjective and it will be to the individual modeller to determine if the prices are reasonable or not. Ultimately though, nobody is forced to buy them. For myself, I certainly object to paying contemporary prices for a 1965 Catalina, 1966 B-29 or, 1961 Halifax!!. I would however happily buy same if they ever appeared in the Classics range at an appropriately lower price. What that would be of course is down to Airfix and their bean counters! Allan
  9. Albeback52

    Airfix Classics Launched

    There is a good article on Airfix's Workbench Blog this week giving a more detailed insight into the range. The following paragraph will, I am sure lead to pages of feverish speculation here!! "We are hoping that this new range of models which celebrate the heritage of Airfix modelling will be of interest to a great many people and whilst there is an interesting selection in this initial collection, we are pleased to confirm that there will be more classics to come. Everyone will have an Airfix model which has special significance for them, especially as the huge tooling back catalogue includes some releases which were unique to Airfix and as the tooling bank assessment continues, more of these earlier models will be introduced to the ‘Vintage Classics’ range. With many fantastic and unusual aircraft subjects yet to appear, it is planned that some of the introductions will be limited and special editions and whilst some will be available for quite a while, allowing model stores to re-stock the most popular lines, others will be much shorter runs and will only be available for a limited time. It is even planned that a few modelling surprizes will grace the range, giving all modellers an exciting taste of Classic Airfix modelling heritage. As well as keeping an eye out for all the latest new model tooling announcements, the ‘Vintage Classics’ range will also have us keeping one eye on the modelling past as these historic old kits now occupy the same range space as the very latest computer designed future classics. We very much look forward to bringing you more details from the ‘Vintage Classics’ range in forthcoming editions of Workbench, including confirmation of latest kits scheduled to join this growing collection and news of the limited and special release models that will have us all clamouring to reserve our examples. Knowing we will all have our particular favourites, which one will end up being your first ‘Vintage Classic’?" Allan
  10. Albeback52

    Airfix 1/76 vehicle/armour kits to be rereleased..

    Well, I think "double the price" is a bit of an exaggeration. Prior to their reintroduction as Vintage Classics, I certainly don't recall seeing these kits priced as low as £3 - £4! Would have snapped them up if they were that cheap. Certainly, they do not require another penny to be spent or, any additional work in order to "fix" them. That is a matter of choice. They can just as easily be built as they come! Bottom line is of course that nobody is forced to buy them if they don't want them. Personally, I've pre ordered all of the AFV kits!. I really don't mind how accurate or otherwise they are. It's all a bit of fun. Nothing more. Some interesting hints about future expansion of the Vintage Classics range on the Airfix blog this week. Doubtless the paragraph following will give rise to more fevered speculation on these pages! : "With many fantastic and unusual aircraft subjects yet to appear, it is planned that some of the introductions will be limited and special editions and whilst some will be available for quite a while, allowing model stores to re-stock the most popular lines, others will be much shorter runs and will only be available for a limited time. It is even planned that a few modelling surprizes will grace the range, giving all modellers an exciting taste of Classic Airfix modelling heritage." Allan
  11. Albeback52

    Airfix 2019

    Interesting idea. Or, maybe a Hurricane and Fiat BR.20 Dogfight double set? Still better than yet another Spitfire!! Allan
  12. Albeback52

    RAF Phantom R.3 (RF-4E)

    I like the idea. My personal preference is to use the new Airfix kit. I have the carcase of an Italeri RF-4C from which I am going to remove the nose and, graft it on to the Airfix kit. It would of course also be capable of carrying the EMI Reconnaissance pod Allan
  13. Albeback52

    Airfix 2019

    brilliant!! Probably the best of the Dracula movies!! One of my favourites! Still doesn't change anything though! . Allan ps - maybe holding up a Spitfire would have the same effect on the intended victim? pps - Airfix - how about a 1/6 scale diorama featuring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in that scene from Dracula? Just a thought!! Better than any Spitfire...............!!!!
  14. Albeback52

    Airfix 2019

    Oh please,PLEASE let it be true!! A Spitfire - free 2019? Bliss! Allan
  15. Albeback52

    Airfix 2019

    Probably putting it mildly!! Allan
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