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Graeme

New Airfix 1/35 armour?

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23 hours ago, Das Abteilung said:

Re-boxing other people's products is little more than a cash cow,

How is that bad for Airfix exactly? It's not even bad for the modelling community if the profits get plowed into genuine new tools.

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22 hours ago, Circloy said:

  What chance Ferret's, Foxes & Saracens for 2020?

Absolutely zero.

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13 minutes ago, spaddad said:

Absolutely zero.

I concur.... 1/35 is I think a suck it and see exercise. If it goes well (which I hope it does) then I’m not sure if I was going to invest in R+D and tooling any of those would be my first choice. 

 

Airfix need to learn the ropes in 1/35...

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I don't see a problem with Airfix doing 1/35 scale from another manufacturer. In the late 1970's the released both 1/32 and 1/35 MV's.  I built the Grant(1/32), Bedford QL gun portee and thier Dodge 1/35 MV kits- which I believe were by a company called Montex- all of which were marketed by Italeri.

 

All the big names have done it over the 45 years I have been building kits.  For me the only concern is that if they are from the Acadamy range, will the prices on par?

 

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I can't help smiling at the marketing specialists appearing on this thread spouting off plucked sales figures to support their pronouncement of the death of various scales.  From my viewing point the other side of the world there definitely is still a market for 1:76 especially to railway modellers.  I don't recall seeing any OO scale layout that is not populated by Airfix vehicle kits.    

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12 hours ago, dcrfan said:

I can't help smiling at the marketing specialists appearing on this thread spouting off plucked sales figures to support their pronouncement of the death of various scales.  From my viewing point the other side of the world there definitely is still a market for 1:76 especially to railway modellers.  I don't recall seeing any OO scale layout that is not populated by Airfix vehicle kits.    

Not a marketing specialist just a realist.

 

Looking at the relative offerings, excluding aircraft, from Airfix & Oxford die-cast: Airfix offer approx 20 products suitable for use alongside OO/HO railways, Oxford approx 2250. The real marketing specialists are putting their money where the future is. The voices within railway modelling forums also indicate what's currently fashion on layout and where the future for 1/76 vehicles sits.

 

However this amounts to thread drift so I'll be saying no more about OO/HO offerings.

 

Hope that Airfix do make a successful toe dip into 1:35 military market so much so that they consider new tools of oft overlooked British equipment.

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Being an AFV modeller, the Airfix kits are Academy reboxings. Some of them are 20 year old moulds, good kits but not the most accurate in some cases. 

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Well.... Their coming out with a panther g, and if i'm not mistaken if it is a academy rebox then I'm excited, if it isn't an old rerebox.

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Looking at information from Airfix the prices look to be similar to Hannants’ listings for the Academy boxings. 

I don’t build much in 1/35 and when I do I look for British subjects, which means the Stuart. 

I wonder if this will be a one off, or will Airfix go into 1/35 with some British subjects? If foreign manufacturers think they can make money out of a Churchill or a Valentine then why not Airfix?

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