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Denford

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  1. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    It would have the additional benefit of transport time being reduced from weeks/months to days.
  2. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    First it was in the 60's (others may know better) that the then Airfix tooled the Fairey Battle. Today everything has changed except the name. Current design practices would be unrecognisable to what was then routine. I think (and again others may know better) that they used drawings for the Battle prototype rather than production machines. It's not a case of 'copying old drawings in CAD format': it is the type of drawing that is rendered in CAD. No longer are 3 view GA's from, say, Aircraft of the Fighting Powers anywhere near acceptable. Instead manufacturers' engineering drawings are used: for example outline drawing of ribs (to be used for the preparation of fabrication drawings, stress analysis, press shop tooling requirements, manpower for assembly, floor space etc) along with their dimensioned placement that together give an accurate depiction of the 3 dimensional shape of a wing. Factors such as 'washout' would automatically follow from this. The young CAD designer who didn't know what NTS meant was either wrongly recruited and/or should not have been assigned such work. It's like blaming somebody for not knowing how to use a slide rule.
  3. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    I'll agree (in part) with the above: but the only way to get the shape correct is by following drawings or copying an extant example! I'm not sure when this policy was adopted. Regarding the Whitley I'm told there is a fuselage and rear turret extant: not sure how much accurate data there is on the wings. Don't agree at all about the Stirling: would not be OK. Aside that Italeri have only recently tooled one, why produce another for which the accuracy couldn't be confirmed. At the very least their resources would be better deployed elsewhere. Re Whirlwind (in the context I'm assuming the fighter was the subject), I must admit I haven't checked this with Westland, but I cannot believe that after 70+ years they still have a complete set of drawings. In any case this Whirlwind was something of an 'also ran' but then so was the Defiant....!
  4. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    In listing ones wishes (which some of the more recent posts seem to be) it MUST be remembered: - Airfix won't tool anything for which there are is not either an extant example or manufacturer's detail design drawings. So from the above alone, no Whirlwind, Wellesley, Albatross, Valentia, Warwick, Botha, Lerwick, Stirling and a few more. - Hornby Hobbies are in the business of making money, or at the moment repaying their debt. They have to convince their bank to lend them money for which there will be no return at all for at least 2 years. In choosing their subjects they have to show, based on past sales, that a similar subject was profitable enough to help reduce the debt: breaking-even is no good. For example good Me262 sales might bode well for a Me410, or Wellington for a Hampden. That a subject is 'iconic' or 'no line up would be complete without it' is utterly irrelevant. Likewise that the competition from possible subjects that are '... hideously inaccurate, unobtainable, a pig to build...' had no significance whatever. Whatever is chosen has to make money well beyond its initial costs. As the above post shows, there are many, many, subjects from which to choose. However, in the short term, there still has to be a variety of subjects: there couldn't for example be a successive release of, say, Venom, Thunderjet, Panther and other early cold war single seat jets, all in the same year as some seem to think/wish. Looking at subject recently chosen, they favour those for which multiple variants can be produced from the same mould: Hunter, Wellington, Mitchell and others. Exceptionally the Sea Fury (essentially only variant) can be seen at airshows and has a wide range of users. International appeal seems to be another factor: all the foregoing were operated by many nations: one of the many reasons (discussed ad nauseam) why the Scimitar won't 'make it'. And one should mention the 'jokers': who would ever have guessed 'Kate' (but good for sets) or Walrus? So, even with the above limitation, there is still too large a 'pool' to accurately predict which subjects Airfix are, even now, working on for 2019. For my part I'm hoping for an Avenger with folding wings.
  5. ACCURATE 1/72 P-51B/C while Tamiya sleeps on.
  6. Denford

    Propellers for Hasegawa 1/72 Raidin 'Jack'

    Thanks for this from me and anyone else who finds they have only Japanese instructions.
  7. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    In choosing subjects Airfix seem to pick 1) Something nobody would ever have imagined: Kate, Seagull, and even Whitley 2) Something many have been requesting for a long time: Defiant, Phantom and now Hunter. A 2 Stage Mosquito certainly falls into the latter category: possible release is enhanced by my snapping up the last of the Attack Squadron 2 Stage engines and the Tamiya kits to go with them....
  8. Denford

    Propellers for Hasegawa 1/72 Raidin 'Jack'

    You seem to have the same set of instructions as I have: do they make any comments on the use of the two different types of propeller for the various subjects chosen, or indeed, any comments relating to the two different propeller types?
  9. Denford

    Propellers for Hasegawa 1/72 Raidin 'Jack'

    You're quite right: the propellers in my kit are 8 and 12. Well spotted. Also: - The E 'backwards' is Katakana, pronounced 'Yo', and denotes 'Yokosuka'. That photo of the line up of 'Jacks' at Atsugi is therefore either mis-identified or they were all collected there. Clearly post-surrender judging by the DC-3: some interesting other planes there too including something (to the left of the DC-3) that looks vaguely like a Stuka! - Forgot to say that my grandson in Japan is called Jack, though that's not why I've taken the kit from my stash. It was to try out the CMK set in the hopes that they might produce more! - Still haven't quite established whether the instructions link any of the subjects to particular blades, but as was said, the blades could have been changed for improved altitude performance.
  10. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    I agree with much of what you say. However you didn't mention prices which are (in UK - Hannants - but see below) Hasegawa £40!, Tamiya £17 and Airfix around £10. The box was also much more compact. The kit was very good for its day and it may well be that the last production run was large because Airfix thought it would go on selling. Look at the above prices to see what I mean! Now if there is still significant unsold stock, then re-tooling would reduce its value to almost nil: this would be true for any commodity. This is perhaps why some seemingly obvious subjects aren't retooled. However as of now Hannants have nil stock: do they know something that we don't know or are they merely awaiting a delivery? Or is it 'squeezed out' of Airfix's programme by other subjects?
  11. Denford

    Propellers for Hasegawa 1/72 Raidin 'Jack'

    Thanks for your reply: I'm 'glad' I'm not the only one confused! I'll see if there's anything on J-Aircraft website, also wait a little and see if anything else comes up or anyone has the instructions in English. BUT.... I have a grandson living and working in Japan and 'proficient' in Japanese - how good I'm unable to judge. I thought I'd try a posting here first before contacting him. However he is 'arts' rather than 'science' and might have difficulty fully understanding what I was asking - or indeed why it mattered!
  12. I've started on my 1/72 Hasegawa Raidin 'Jack' to try out the new CMR detailing sets. The kit has a choice of two propellers, Parts 7 & 12 marked A and B. The instructions are entirely in Japanese and nowhere on the finishing instructions can I see any reference as to which of the 3 subjects offered has which propeller. Can anyone help: perhaps through a later kit issue with instructions in English.
  13. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    It was suggested to me that the reason Airfix haven't (yet) tooled a new Mosquito is that there's still plenty of life in the existing mould and it will continue to sell to those who just want 'a Mosquito' and aren't too concerned about the variant. That said I wonder why the publicity for a new 2 stage Mosquito from (MPM, KP, I forget who) have gone silent? Could it be that Airfix have 'struck a deal' with them, for example to market their product under the Airfix label? It was suggested, I think, that it would be released end 2017 so might not be long coming. Coincidentally 'Airfix Workbench' have had two successive postings on the de Havilland Heritage Museum prominently featuring the Mosquito.....
  14. Denford

    Airfix 2019

    Awhile back Airfix said they wouldn't be tooling any more airliners. The difficulty with the VC10 is that it was built in many slightly differing variants. Others may be able to be more specific but I think, for example, there were several different spans. Not easily addressed by extra parts and variants of this would probably need separate wing toolings.
  15. Denford

    Revell F4 Corsair

    Very interesting: I must admit that I hadn't really considered cost. Wolfpack gave us this for the Helldiver (even if they left the slats closed) but now seem to have moved away from WWll. They implied, as far as I could understand, that the reason the wing fold set for the A3D didn't include a tail fold was lack of data. My providing it hasn't produced anything yet and they still seem 'fixated' on modern subjects. So if a Helldiver wing fold can be made in cast resin let's hope Aires/Quickboost and CMK are reading this! The latter did produce a wing fold for their Scimitar so perhaps there's hope. Sadly the Kendall resin wing fold (conversion) for an Avenger is now long oop: I still hope Airfix may yet (re)tool the Avenger and include wing fold as an integral part of the kit as they have done with the F4F, Kate, Swordfish and others.
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