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  1. Longer than that according to Airfix themselves. To quote, as far as I can remember 'The very smallest takes at least a year to tool, though much preliminary work will have already been done'. I have no doubt Airfix have studied all possible subjects and first eliminated 'outsiders' eg No reliable data, poor past sales history (Helicopters, WWl etc). This then still leaves a substantial list of potential subjects including re-works for which varying amounts of 'preliminary work' will have already been done, This list will be so long (just try it) as to make it impossible to predict which will be chosen! One can only presume, by intuition and past release patterns, that there must then be a 'mix' of subjects (eg can't be all Cold War jets) and chosen within what the budget will allow. Again impossible to predict what will come next, and for every subject chosen, many must be left in the 'pool'. However they do seem to have started a line of 'entry level' kits (first Spitfire Vc with Tempest to follow). Won't go 'off thread' as to speculate which might be next....
  2. True, but why just eliminate them because the chances are small ? Does it matter who tools it? Cyber-Hobby tooled a Sea Vixen and I think a Sea Venom, so chances of a Scimitar from them would, well, greater than from Airfix. What are we looking for? A Scimitar from Airfix or a Scimitar from anybody who chooses to tool it?
  3. To revert to the original topic, why does the Scimitar have to be from Airfix?
  4. This was discussed some years back, the call being that it was 'iconic' or 'no line up was complete without it' and so should be tooled. But Airfix's business is to make money: nothing else. Like everyone else their budget is limited, and must be directed to where it give the best return. They did indeed tool contemporaries eg a Sea Vixen, which was one of the very first from the 'New Airfix' under Hornby Hobbies ownership. Clearly they will have learned a lot since them, and rumours have it that neither the contemporary Javelin or Swift sold that well. At least these two saw rather limited action, had different colour schemes etc. The Scimitar however will mostly be remembered for the high accident rate and, in service, had only a single colour scheme. Don't get me wrong: despite having an unfinished 'Skybirds' kit, I'd still love to see a mainstream kit. But then there are many others too (we've only just had a 2 stage Mosquito) that are surely more 'deserving'. A WW2 Avenger anybody? Let's see what 2012 brings. P.S For some reason it is always Airfix who are 'called on' to tool a Scimitar: witness the title of this thread. If Cyber-Hobby can tool a Sea Vixen (now being sold by Revell) why could a Scimitar not be tooled by anybody else.?
  5. The Radar pod was indeed detachable and there's a mention (I think in Wikipedia) how one became detached after some 'violent' manouvers. Incidentally the variant with the pod (G?) had a slightly enlarged fin. Difficult to explain just where this difference is - height, width or whatever. However this is why the pictures of the sprues show two different types of apparently similar fuselage halves! Full marks for recognising and tooling this when the difference is scarcely noticeable. Unless I've missed it, 'Detail and Scale' make no mention of this difference.
  6. Perhaps a new P-38 series? As a subject somewhat neglected. Most kit manufacturers have 'an example', in their range, but nowhere is there a 'series' such as Eduard have tooled for the Me110.
  7. Could somebody with a good knowledge of P-51s say if there is an Alison-engined variant that has the wings of the B/C ? That way would it be possible for Arma to 'reverse engineer' such a variant in the same manner as they have produced an F4F from am FM-2?
  8. An interesting thought (Arma Hobby tooling an Allison Engined P-51) Now some of the parts would be common and others might like, for example, to study the layout of the sprues to see if there is any hint of this......
  9. Let somebody in the old 'East Bloc' produce these - after all for their own home market. Perhaps a P-51A or any other Allison engined varient
  10. Denford

    Ar234 C markings

    I didn't know Osprey had published such a book. I'll definitely buy it. Many thanks
  11. Denford

    Ar234 C markings

    The reissue of the Dragon Ar234 C kit brings the usual problem of markings: either none or speculative. But there is the possibility of a set of ‘real’ markings, in this case of a C4 ! Jet Planes of the Third Reich (Smith and Creek, published by Monogram in 1982) pp 396 lists jet losses. Verbatim and under column headings which I have separated with *: Apl. 4 * 1.(F)/ 123 * Ar 234 C4 * shot down by US fighters east of Reinharthausen near Bobingham, pilot baled out. (Here I cannot but add my sorrow at the list of injuries and of lives lost bravely fighting in vain for a cause that was clearly and hopelessly lost.) Earlier in the book it notes that -/123 was part of Kommando Sperling, to which all recconaisance 234’s (and hence this one) were assigned. Unlike, say the Me262, the Ar234 seemed to have a fairly formalised 4 character (letters and digits) system of coding with a variety of colours and sizes. Can anyone with a better understanding than myself (which isn’t saying much) of this system suggest (any of) the characters, their colours and sizes, which the said 234 C4 might have carried?
  12. I have (and now of considerable value) a Ki -21 kit issued under the Revell (GB?) label. Bought some time in mid 70's. Various posts have questioned if it is really 1/72 as there were quite a few Japanese issues in 1/75 at that time. Also from whom the mould originated and where it is now. At one time it was rumoured that a ship transporting it sank. But it's not Hasegawa for sure or it would have been re-issued from time to time as have Nell, Peggy and quite a few others.
  13. I think a new-tool of either of the above (or any other non-Japanese aircraft) would warrant a 'News Flash' interruption to BBC\ITV or anyone else's programmes. However, specifically: - G4M1: the most likely new subject but did the new Emily sell? If not, no 'Betty'. - Ki-21 Sally. Very unlikely to come from Hasegawa, even less so from any other Japanese source, and surely not at all from elsewhere. I'm advised that the war is (understandably) not much talked of in modern Japan, and the 'track' record of Sally isn't that good. Largely used for bombing (near) undefended cities, it suffered heavily against credible opposition eg AVG over Rangoon. At least its IJN equivalent, Nell, could claim success against 'Prince of Wales' and 'Repulse'. Meanwhile Hasegawa are 'sitting pretty' with what must be fully depreciated moulds. Many such as F-11F 'Tiger' or Ki48 'Lily' are unlikely ever to be tooled by others and even their Skyraider remains unchallenged. Indeed looking at their Newsletters it's hard to see what is truely new. Could anyone advise?
  14. I emphatically plead 'NOT GUILTY' to starting a rumour. What I said was '...with any luck Airfix just might announce...' Maybe I could have said 'It would be ironic if...' I contend that a Privateer is a credible, though unlikely, subject for Airfix to tool. - Credible since there are extant examples, it saw service with several organisations, had a range of colour\finishes etc. - Unlikely since, even in that size, there are many other better known 'competitors' for funding etc: Halifax, Lincoln, Liberator, Catalina not to mention various 1/48 subjects. However if Airfix ever did tool a Privateer, then 'Blunderbuss' would certainly be a good or even likely choice of 'marking'. Eye catching, amusing, well documented, no part-clad figures etc. As it happens I have an unbuilt kit + Cobra improvements set + Black White Dog decals. Were I ever to bring the three together, I would feel it ironic if Airfix were then to grace us with state-of-the-art kit! Don't get me wrong; I'd love to see this happen though I don't think it will in my lifetime. Check my details to see how old I am...
  15. With any luck (though not for you !) Airfix just might announce a new tooling at Telford with 'Ol Blunderbuss' artwork: it was fairly well recorded.
  16. I was going to try vac-forming the (side panels) as those on the Tamiya are separate, and the shape is fairly simple. Have an uneasy feeling that the top is different too...
  17. As a torpedo bomber (yes I know it could also carry bombs) there would surely be no need for Oxygen
  18. As one who had intended (and still does) to build from Tamiya and Arma (now Brengun) where is the intake for the pressure cabin?
  19. I'm sure that Airfix are well aware of the 'development potential' of the Mosquito, so there must be good very reasons why there is no apparent provisions for these. Time and money probably and maybe experience. Time: The necessary research, design and as suggested, tooling, will all delay the release. It also prevents the designer addressing other subjects 'in the pipeline'. There's also the possibility that someone else (was it Special Hobby?) 'will get in first' so to speak. Money: Airfix must have been in a parlous state at the beginning of the year with only the Spitfire Vc of 2020's releases made and earning money. Happily they've caught up with only the Tempest now listed as 2021\2. Also any money spent on developing other variants is essentially 'dead' and of no value until these are released some years later. Get the kit on the Retailers shelves and earning money as soon as possible Experience: Need I say more? They've made enough 'development releases' Whitley, Lancaster, Victor, Kate to know what works best.
  20. Everybody, it seems, assumes that because draughsmanship is of a high order that the plans must be accurate. Bently reversed the colours of wingtip lights ie Green to port, Red to starboard .....
  21. Having started the original thread re black and yellow bands, I was quite unaware that they were preceded by black and white. A little academic since they appear to have been applied only ? to F-86A's and the only such 1/72 kit is the Matchbox. Rather 'Matchbox' in terms of accuracy and detail which is perhaps why it is no longer available. The webpage link is a fascinating look at service life 70 years ago. Thanks for posting it.
  22. USAF F-86's in Korea were invariably marked with black edged yellow bands around the fuselage, outer wings and often the fin. Does anyone know the required dimensions for sizes and positions ?
  23. And I thought they were the same size as \ interchangeable with those of the Sea Vixen.
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