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Airfix 2019

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1 hour ago, Rabbit Leader said:

Ian, I agree with you in that I hope that this isn't the case, however surely if Airfix was to adopt this 'generic' ploy why would they choose the rag-wing over the metal wing Hurricane? I would say there's more options to re-box and re-decal a late Mk.1 so kitting an early version (only) would seem a little short sighted. 

 

 

You're right Dave, but I always assumed they'd used the Hurricane in London's Science Museum as reference, which is a rag-wing, of course? And presumably one of the most original Hurricanes? I don't know for sure...

 

 

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1 hour ago, IanC said:

 

You're right Dave, but I always assumed they'd used the Hurricane in London's Science Museum as reference, which is a rag-wing, of course? And presumably one of the most original Hurricanes? I don't know for sure...

 

 

Possibly, but as it’s been hanging from the ceiling for 25+ years only for visual reference. There is a fabric wing aircraft under restoration/rebuild so they may have used that, or maybe just the plans and information available

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Airfix saw a few sugestions of mine on one of their RIAT Facebook posts yesterday and have sent them to the design team for consideration. I seriously doubt anything will come of it but it's nice to see they read the stuff posted.

And the sugestions were an accurate Eurofighter Typhoon, a family of Super King Airs, a Kawasaki C-2 and a Kawasaki P-1 so don't hold your breath waiting for them!

 

Paul Harrison

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3 minutes ago, GreenDragon said:

Airfix saw a few sugestions of mine on one of their RIAT Facebook posts yesterday and have sent them to the design team for consideration. I seriously doubt anything will come of it but it's nice to see they read the stuff posted.

And the sugestions were an accurate Eurofighter Typhoon, a family of Super King Airs, a Kawasaki C-2 and a Kawasaki P-1 so don't hold your breath waiting for them!

 

Paul Harrison

Airfix badly needs to replace the EFA Typhoon kit it is currently selling. I don't believe it is at all representative of production aircraft, being based on the prototype. 

 

You would have a better chance with Hasegawa on the C-2 and P-1.

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1 hour ago, VMA131Marine said:

Airfix badly needs to replace the EFA Typhoon kit it is currently selling. I don't believe it is at all representative of production aircraft, being based on the prototype. .

 

Even then it’s not representative, with EJ200 engines but without the wingtip mounted towed decoy pod

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Speaking of the Airfix erm yes Eurofighter Typhoon you say i saw last night that the starter set was on sale in Asda for i think £8, surely a sign a much needed replacement is coming??

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4 hours ago, VMA131Marine said:

Airfix badly needs to replace the EFA Typhoon kit it is currently selling. I don't believe it is at all representative of production aircraft, being based on the prototype. 

 

You would have a better chance with Hasegawa on the C-2 and P-1.

not even representative of a prototype,  it was tooled in 1990, when only a wooden mockup was available 

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4 hours ago, VMA131Marine said:

Airfix badly needs to replace the EFA Typhoon kit it is currently selling. I don't believe it is at all representative of production aircraft, being based on the prototype. 

 

You would have a better chance with Hasegawa on the C-2 and P-1.

Not a chance: Airfix have said on many occasions that their 'niche' is WWll and early Cold War.  I think in their current 'situation' they are more unlikely then ever to change this.  True, a few years ago, they tried WWl and as no more has been seen since the first releases one must presume it didn't sell.

 

Back to the EFA, I'm glad that their rendering is selling.  Money for old rope one might say, and goes to prove that neither little Johnny nor auntie Bessie know or care for the differences between the Airfix rendering and the production aircraft.  Nor would they know\care about the differences between Rag and Tin-winged Hurricanes.....

 

I'm not sure about the Hasegawa renderings C-2 and P-1: didn't think Japan had bought the Typhoon?  However if they did, then Hasegawa would surely tool it, as it seems to be their policy to do so for any aircraft in or to be in Japan's service.  Perhaps Revell Germany might tool it as they have it in service.  Can't think of any Spanish kit producer.

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3 hours ago, Denford said:

I'm not sure about the Hasegawa renderings C-2 and P-1: didn't think Japan had bought the Typhoon?  However if they did, then Hasegawa would surely tool it,

Hasegawa has done the Typhoon (EFA) in 1/72. It's nicer than the Revell kit(s).

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I'd like to see Airfix have a stab at the Dh Hornet in 1/72. I'd buy a few (ok, chuffing loads!)

 

New Boston Havoc? Oh and a Ju-88A-1 please.

 

Aside from that, can we have some aircraft in the Classics Range please?

 

 

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12 minutes ago, fightersweep said:

 

Aside from that, can we have some aircraft in the Classics Range please?

 

 

I think that seems very likely - this recent Workbench blog gave some hints!;

Vintage Classics’ – Modelling delights still to come

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’?

 

For 2019, I'd therefore like to see in the classics range :

Short Skyvan

B N Islander

 D H C Beaver

F-86D Sabre

F-80C Shooting Star

F-84F Thunderstreak.

Centurion tank

Matilda tank.

Chieftain tank

Scammell tank transporter

Type 97 Chi Ha

Afrika Korps reconnaissance set.

As for new tools? Content to wait and see:lol: 

 

ps - count me in for your suggested Boston/Havoc & Ju-88A

 

Allan

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I'd be happy with almost anything that hasn't been easily available for some time. I would go for any of your suggestions for the Classics Range.

 

I do hope also, that Airfix decide to re-release some of the 1/32 cars too other than the Escort, MG etc. We'll just have to wait and see!

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3 hours ago, gruffy said:

Lockheed Hudson, fairey battle, Westland Lysander and possibly a Hampden! 

Possibly a Hampden?  Surely you mean certainly!

 

37 minutes ago, fightersweep said:

 

New Boston Havoc?

 

That's almost certainly going to happen as I;'ve just invested in several Special Hobby;/MPM Boston/Havoc's.

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Yep, I'd vote for a Boston/Havoc as well. The old Airfix kit was a Mk III, so if they did decide to do a new tool of that version it would be an almost guaranteed purchase from me!

 

Mike.

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To me the most likely possibilities:

- Hudson

- B-29

- Ju 88-A1

 

I expect at least one of these will be announced this year.

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4 hours ago, Albeback52 said:

For 2019, I'd therefore like to see in the classics range :

Short Skyvan

B N Islander

 D H C Beaver

F-86D Sabre

F-80C Shooting Star

F-84F Thunderstreak.

Centurion tank

Matilda tank.

Chieftain tank

Scammell tank transporter

Type 97 Chi Ha

Afrika Korps reconnaissance set.

As for new tools? Content to wait and see:lol: 

 

ps - count me in for your suggested Boston/Havoc & Ju-88A

 

The last time I bought the F-84F -which was when Airfix were doing pictures of the actual model on the box, the mould wasn't in the best shape then, the wheels lacked definition for instance, the canopy was horribly thick.  Likewise the F-86D was showing signs of mould wear too.  I'd dearly love Airfix to do new mouldings of these two especially the F-84F but I don't think it likely.

 

I have the Skyvan and the Islander from when they were last released, both seemed to be in good nick to me.

 

I would like to see the Beaver and the F-80C again though.

 

Can I add my name to the list for a Boston/Havoc and the Ju-88, my preference would be for an A-5 variant because it was used late in the BoB, the Blitz and variants of that airframe were used in Russia and the Med so the colour scheme possibilities lend themselves to many sales.

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15 minutes ago, Wez said:

 the mould wasn't in the best shape then, the wheels lacked definition for instance, the canopy was horribly thick.  Likewise the F-86D was showing signs of mould wear too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again moulds don't wear to the extent of producing bad shots. Flash on a kit is solely due to bad condition setting as are sink marks & short shots. I realise no one is going to take any notice of this but I always feel a bit better for a little while for having tried.

Good list by the way.

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1 minute ago, spaddad said:

Once again moulds don't wear to the extent of producing bad shots. Flash on a kit is solely due to bad condition setting as are sink marks & short shots. I realise no one is going to take any notice of this but I always feel a bit better for a little while for having tried.

Thanks for putting me right on that, however, my last purchases of the F-84F and F-86D haven't done anything to endear me towards the current versions of the kit and thus buy any future releases of them.

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Hi Wez,

because the usual faults are caused by slack working practices it doesn't follow that future releases will be poor. It is entirely possible that 2 or 3 shots after your poorly defined or flash riddled kit the next 1000 were perfectly ok. Injection moulding is a process that works best when production is un-interupted. For instance if the machine is stopped for lunch then restarted an hour later the product produced after start up would not be the same as the last shot before lunch,it could take 10 or 20 shots before it settled down again. Those shots would be short or flashed or both & should be scrapped. This is just one example, there are numerous boring reasons why moulds flash or short shot but as they are all dead boring I'll shut up now. All I ask is that anybody who has got this far will do his/her bit to stop perpetuating the myth of mould wear.

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56 minutes ago, spaddad said:

All I ask is that anybody who has got this far will do his/her bit to stop perpetuating the myth of mould wear.

Fair enough.

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4 hours ago, fightersweep said:

I would like to see an Anson in the 2019 line up as well please. Perhaps a nice C.19. 

Wonder why this hasn’t been done so far?

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