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  1. Maybe they'll announce something at Telford?
  2. The best 'element' of the releases is their Number x Size. My greatest wish is not for any particular kit, but to see Airfix/Hornby Hobby return to profitability and thence pay off their Bank Loan. Clearly whoever controls the budget feels this way too and the funds for all these releases must have been sanctioned even as far back as 2020. It's hard to see how this wouldn't be repeated at least in the immediate future, so maybe we'll get some of the toolings we were hoping for but weren't announced. One 'curious' feature that nobody so far seems to have mentioned is that all genuinely new subjects are of UK origin.
  3. You may just be lucky with the Sea Vixen because: - Airfix are now downscaling - Despite tales of visits to Yeovilton last year, nothing this year has been announced that would warrant going there. The 1/48 version is pre-digital, so new data would have to be acquired. - The 1/48 version was to have been re-released but was then withdrawn.... - I'm just finishing off my Frog kit, having bought it many years ago in Asda for I think £2.50!
  4. This is what they told me at Telford some years ago. I'm as glad to see it as you seem to be. I don't purport to tell Airfix how to run their business.
  5. Don't forget the Sea Hawk. The original 1/72 was issued in 1958! New tool could be its replacement, or in 1/48 to 'stand alongside' its younger brother the Sea Fury.
  6. Where did you get the information that the tooling was shot? Is it just supposition based on its age - remember it's not been in continuous production. But regarding a new tool of a 1/24 Spitfire or anything else to this scale, this is a huge investment. Others may have more precise figures, but Hornby Hobby is still some £3 million in debt, event though they made a profit of £240,000 last year. So there's still a long climb to solvency and with Interest Rates rising, the slope is becoming steeper... Add up the selling prices of 2021's kits (excluding the Vulcan) and it falls well short of that of any 1/24 subject, so it would seem unlikely the funding is available, never mind the lead time to recover the investment. As to a new tool Spitfire (elsewhere lX seems to be the favourite) selling in 'large numbers', how many of those having the Mk1 would now buy the new one too ? To the model-buying public (to whom the majority of sales are made) a Spitfire is just a Spitfire and are surely more likely to buy something else rather than repeat what they already have.
  7. There's absolutely no need to re-tool. Most of the buyers aren't modelers (true of all purchases) and in some cases don't even build them! The said Spitfire makes an 'easy' gift for an elder relative to a younger family member, and the square box makes is easy to gift wrap. The money (remember they are still in debt) is better used for other subjects: there's no shortage of suggestions here on BM!
  8. If that was at the time of the original release, that was a 'different' Airfix.
  9. My original post specified a Corsair as a 'follow on' from the Hellcat, providing it sold well. There's an added advantage that both had the same engine, propeller, (often) wheels, tyres and of course armament. Haven't studied the sprues to see if any duplication is possible, but at the designs are already 'held', in digital form.
  10. Don't forget there is already a 1/24 Hellcat, so if it sold well, a Corsair 'follow on' seems highly likely.
  11. It will come, but not just yet. They only issued the Vc last year, and there are lots of colours, variations and the like that can be 'produced' from it.
  12. Though I must admit to not having 'seen' the kit, surely the length of the undercarriage leg depends on the weight it must bear.
  13. Can you refer me to the said critique.
  14. Glad to hear it! If the 1/48 Tiger Moth also did well, then a 1/48 Dragon Rapide might be expected...? I only do 1/72, so no particular axe to grind here: merely a possible tooling. Lots of colour schemes and users too.
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