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7 hours ago, Dave Fleming said:

 

Not really substantially cheaper' anymore - the Revell one has taken a huge hike in RRP (although you can find it for under £30)

 

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AX11005?result-token=NvdcI

 

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RV4920?result-token=pCzCK

Hell of a jump to be sure. I only paid £25.99 for mine

 

Allan

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17 hours ago, PhantomBigStu said:

Having build both the Revell aew2 (unsuccessfully) and airfix AEW (ongoing) I have found the reverse to be true

 

Fair enough.

The Revell kit was a delight to build and, I look forward to tackling the MR3.

 

I very nearly gave up on the Airfix  MR 2 which, is not something I would  do lightly. It lingered on the shelf of doom for 3 months before I could bring myself to resume work on it! 😂

 

Allan

 

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Airfix Shack is their worst sales flop in many years, its literally not selling, and is being offered at dump prices.

Just shows what can happen to many half hearted/ mediocre Airfix toolings when competition offers superior( and cheaper) product.

 

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Just now, Thomas V. said:

Airfix Shack is their worst sales flop in many years, its literally not selling.

Just shows what can happen to many half hearted/ mediocre Airfix toolings when competition offers superior( and cheaper) product.

 

Do give us the comparative sales figures for the two kits that you surely must have in order to make that assertion

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6 minutes ago, Thomas V. said:

Airfix Shack is their worst sales flop in many years, its literally not selling, and is being offered at dump prices.

Just shows what can happen to many half hearted/ mediocre Airfix toolings when competition offers superior( and cheaper) product.

 

🐀💩,  The Airfix MR. 2 is currently selling through some on-line suppliers at around 12% over RRP, at that price they’ll be keeping them a while longer.  That doesn’t suggest dumping to me, that suggests lack of supply.  I’ve only got 4 of ‘em and, whilst it’s not Airfix’s finest effort, it’s a long way from their worst of recent years and is, in a number of ways, more accurate in outline and detail than the Revell kit.

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3 hours ago, klr said:

I don't think there will ever be a 1/600 renaissance from Airfix. Like it or not, 1/700 is the de facto standard, both for waterline and full-hull. Many 1/700 kits (particularly from Trumpeter) are much more finely detailed than most of the Airfix 1/600 range. I have a Trumpeter Hood (1941 configuration) with 400+ parts. The level of detail is eye-watering, surpassing the Airfix Belfast. I also have the Trumpeter North Carolina and Lexington, a Tamiya Bogue (escort carrier, waterline), and a Revell Tirpitz. They are all amazingly detailed as well.

 

1/350 and 1/700 are dominating market and 1/400 and 1/600 seems to be irreversibly abandoned. Still, for me 1/350 seems too big, especially for carriers and battleships, and 1/700 oo small, I would to have some scale between both to became a norm too.

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2 hours ago, Ratch said:

I think you mean Bismarck/Tirpitz, Scharnhorst was a different tooling. 

I like 1/600 too 😍

No I mean both tooling. The Bismarck/Tirpitz tooling because they where crude in both detail and shape and the Scharnhorst/Gneisenau because they where made with the straight bow and not the later Atlantic/Clipper style bow.

 

What I really miss in the other scales that was found in 1/600 scale are the passenger ships. SS France, QE2, Canberra...

 

Even many Revell ships where made close to the 1/600 scale. United States for example.

 

Cheers / André

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22 hours ago, Andre B said:

Mmm...

New decals for their P-51D Mustang... ;) ...albeit with an Me 262...

 

https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2020/messerschmitt-me262-p-51d-mustang-dogfight-double.html

 

Cheers / André

Yes, Urban Drew's aircraft. It looks good.

 

I'm assuming the 262 will have markings for one of the JG 7 aircraft he shot down that day. Not sure if the specific aircraft identities are known though. 

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16 minutes ago, IanC said:

Yes, Urban Drew's aircraft. It looks good.

 

I'm assuming the 262 will have markings for one of the JG 7 aircraft he shot down that day. Not sure if the specific aircraft identities are known though. 

Yes, Detroit Miss is an colourfull aircraft with interesting history. Good choise by Airfix! :)

 

Cheers / André

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6 hours ago, stever219 said:

🐀💩,  The Airfix MR. 2 is currently selling through some on-line suppliers at around 12% over RRP, at that price they’ll be keeping them a while longer.  That doesn’t suggest dumping to me, that suggests lack of supply.  I’ve only got 4 of ‘em and, whilst it’s not Airfix’s finest effort, it’s a long way from their worst of recent years and is, in a number of ways, more accurate in outline and detail than the Revell kit.

 

I've been trough "Shackleton War" here on Britmodeller and aside from some quite subjective attacks don't remember that outline was a problem for Revell kit,  would you be so kind to elaborate if you can...big thnx in advance!

 

Cheers

 

Tom

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6 hours ago, Thomas V. said:

Airfix Shack is their worst sales flop in many years, its literally not selling, and is being offered at dump prices.

 

I bought the Airfix MR2 shortly after it came out. Some of the reported accuracy issues with the Revell kit put me off buying it when it was released, but I did eventually buy one online when those were being dumped at £15 each last year. I've seen no evidence of the Airfix kit being dropped anywhere near that price in the UK.

 

Cheers,

Bill.

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7 hours ago, Thomas V. said:

Airfix Shack is their worst sales flop in many years, its literally not selling, and is being offered at dump prices.

Just shows what can happen to many half hearted/ mediocre Airfix toolings when competition offers superior( and cheaper) product.

 

 

Where? I’m still after another

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3 hours ago, Andre B said:

and the Scharnhorst/Gneisenau because they where made with the straight bow and not the later Atlantic/Clipper style bow.

I'm confused because Airfix hasn't made a 1/600 Gneisenau - they did issue the Heller 1/400 one but I think that had the Atlantic bow.

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47 minutes ago, Ratch said:

I'm confused because Airfix hasn't made a 1/600 Gneisenau - they did issue the Heller 1/400 one but I think that had the Atlantic bow.

 

They where sisterships. Albeit Airfix never "made" Gneisenau officialy builders got the Scharnhorst and built Gneisenau of it.

 

I also built the Revell 1/570 scale  Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and felt that Revell made the better kits with the correct Atlantic bow. Probably the reason why I just built the Airfix Scharnhorst once. I tried to convert it to a ship with Atlantic bow but lacked material and experience back then 35 years ago.

 

https://community.revell.de/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=5989

 

Heller did wery well with the Gneisenau and Scharnhorst in 1/400 with the Atlantic bow. Their Sheer, Lutsow and Graf Spee and of course the Prince Eugen was nice kits to. Built them al but they where rather lonely as the 1/350 was the coming boatbuilding scale...

 

Cheers / André

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12 hours ago, klr said:

Many 1/700 kits (particularly from Trumpeter) are much more finely detailed than most of the Airfix 1/600 range. I have a Trumpeter Hood (1941 configuration) with 400+ parts. The level of detail is eye-watering, surpassing the Airfix Belfast. I also have the Trumpeter North Carolina and Lexington, a Tamiya Bogue (escort carrier, waterline), and a Revell Tirpitz. They are all amazingly detailed as well.

If you think Trumpeter kits are well-detailed then you would be stunned by the exquisite level of detail in Flyhawks ship kits. They are quite brilliant. They are also not riddled with errors as are many of Trumpeter’s efforts. I also think Aoshima’s new 1/700 British County class cruisers are quite good, especially with the photo-etch parts and wood decks that Aoshima sells separately for them.

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On 1/8/2020 at 9:06 AM, Giorgio N said:

Airfix don't always get it right as we know, and some earlier new tools were pretty dire. In fact I hated the relatively new 1/72 Blenheim as it fought me all the way. But I keep coming back.

I’m working on the Blenheim I currently. It has been a straightforward build so far. I have the airframe completely assembled and the transparencies on so it’s just about ready for paint.

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14 hours ago, Andre B said:

Hmm...

The Graf Spee and HMS Belfast available again. Probably the best 1/600 ships made toghether with Prinz Eugen. Why was the 1/600 scale killed? I usually feel the 1/700 to small and the 1/350 and 1/400 to big...

 

Cheers / André

The Belfast kit was good but, as I recall, there is something wrong about the size or location of the forward 280 cm turret as you cannot turn it broadside without the superstructure interfering. The Prinz Eugen, Repulse, and KGV were much better kits.

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2 hours ago, Andre B said:

I also built the Revell 1/570 scale  Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and felt that Revell made the better kits with the correct Atlantic bow.

Scharnhorst was built with the bow as in the Airfix kit. The Atlantic bow was added later. They are both correct depending on what time period you want to model the ship in.

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1 hour ago, VMA131Marine said:

I’m working on the Blenheim I currently. It has been a straightforward build so far. 

..  I built two, one after the other. One had issues, one went together easily...

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12 hours ago, stever219 said:

🐀💩,  The Airfix MR. 2 is currently selling through some on-line suppliers at around 12% over RRP, at that price they’ll be keeping them a while longer.  That doesn’t suggest dumping to me, that suggests lack of supply.  I’ve only got 4 of ‘em and, whilst it’s not Airfix’s finest effort, it’s a long way from their worst of recent years and is, in a number of ways, more accurate in outline and detail than the Revell kit.

Personal choice I guess. For all the very subjective comments flying around when both kits were compared, I still prefer the Revell kit . 

I cannot tell if anything is "inaccurate" just by looking at it so, it passes the TLAR ( That Looks About Right) test! It is not As full of extraneous details that won't be seen after assembly and, it went together like a dream.

Detail in Airfix kit was excellent but fit of parts was atrocious.  Certainly looking forward to building the Revell MR3

Getting back on track, I was kind of hoping the partnership with Academy might have seen some of their aircraft kits being issue under the Airfix label. The new 1 /72 armour range is good news even if the initial subjects were unimaginative though perhaps unsurprising.

Definitely be up for the new Dog fight Doubles, reissued Beaufighter and,,Lancaster II. Good to see the Javelin again but,at £60 a pop, I will pass on that one.

 

 

Allan

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7 minutes ago, Work In Progress said:

Last done in the 2008 re-release of the Academy B-17G, if I recall correctly

Think you're right there. That was a decent kit. I'd like to have seen the B-17C/D but, I guess that is a bit optimistic 😂!

There are a number of great subjects currently not available :B-29/B-50 and, C/KC-97 to name but a few. I think they also did a 1/72 Stratocruiser?

 

Not sure if they sold all that well though. Except for the B-29s I haven't seen any of the others at anything other than totally silly prices

 

Allan

 

 

 

 

 

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