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NorthBayKid

Am I alone in the world? Airfix 1/48 Heyford wishes...

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Given Airfix's bent toward oddball biplane thingies like the Walrus, wouldn't it be loverly to see a 1/48 Heyford from them?  Or a 1/48 Dragon Rapide?  Or a 1/48 Wellesley?

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Only if they do a 1/48 Sidestrand

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Or a 1/48 Blackburn Blackburn. I'm sure that would sell like hot cakes.... :)

 

14 minutes ago, NorthBayKid said:

1/48 Heyford

 

Despite the fact I had a Matchbox one for decades that I eventually gave away, I'd probably buy one!

 

Keith

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When you consider the choice of colours and operators for the Walrus I would say it’s not as ‘oddball’ as some would suggest. The Heyford is a favourite of mine, however is hardly a subject that the worldwide market is crying for, nor Airfix is likely to generate money from. To be frank, something like this could kill it off forever IMO
 

Cheers.. Dave 

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You are probably alone in the world or almost alone. At best an exclusive club perhaps.

 

I did buy the Matchbox 1/72 Heyford. But my wife says I'm odd and she didn't even know me when I was buying oddball Matchbox kits. 

 

A 1/48 Dragon Rapide is perhaps not so odd but it would always have been a vacform. Someone should bring back vacforms. I got great satisfaction from them and delicate biplanes were always best when vacformed. Particularly in 1/72.

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1 hour ago, noelh said:

You are probably alone in the world or almost alone. At best an exclusive club perhaps.

 

 

 

A 1/48 Dragon Rapide is perhaps not so odd but it would always have been a vacform. Someone should bring back vacforms. I got great satisfaction from them and delicate biplanes were always best when vacformed. Particularly in 1/72.

I recall Isracast did a resin and vacform Rapide in 48 scale about 6 years ago

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Why not push the boat out and go for a Fairy Hendon - a monoplane and all one colour.

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9 hours ago, pacificmustang said:

I recall Isracast did a resin and vacform Rapide in 48 scale about 6 years ago

 

As did Aeroclub a while before that - and which can sell on e-bay now for a price that must be close to a real one when they were first built...!! 🤣

 

Keith

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Niche things are always nice to see, always an unusual thing to have in the collection. I intend to buy Airfix's Whitley which is certainly a niche kit, so I'd welcome more obscure subjects. 

 

But really I just want a kit of a vulcan b1 :(

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10 hours ago, pacificmustang said:

I recall Isracast did a resin and vacform Rapide in 48 scale about 6 years ago

And the well-known Aeroclub 1/48 Rapide has a vac fuselage but injected flying surfaces and the usual white metal bits

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What about a new tool 1:48 Blackburn Botha?  Anyone? It's probably too much of a hassle... not enough interest for Airfix to Botha with  :whistle:

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I'll second a 1/48 Rapide , would be nice indeed.

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8 hours ago, MilneBay said:

Why not push the boat out and go for a Fairy Hendon - a monoplane and all one colour.

I would buy a 1/72 Hendon like a shot. If it was only available in 1/48 I might be tempted though it would be a big beast.

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Aaaand you don't think a 1:48 Heyford is going to be big?
The 72 one already takes up plenty of space.

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I'd love a new Heyford, in either 1:48 or 1:72, but can't see Airfix doing one. Apart from the "niche market" issue, there's no longer a real one around for them to measure. Ditto with the Hendon.

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12 hours ago, AltcarBoB said:

I would buy a 1/72 Hendon like a shot. If it was only available in 1/48 I might be tempted though it would be a big beast.

Here's the 1/72 vacuform one I did about 30 years ago. 

 

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Lovely job on that Hendon @MilneBay. That’s turned up lovely and still looks the goods today. Well done.

Cheers.. Dave 

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4 hours ago, MilneBay said:

Here's the 1/72 vacuform one I did about 30 years ago. 

 

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That looks great, have you any more photos. I have never tried a vacform kit but I might be tempted. If I could find one.

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18 hours ago, alt-92 said:

Aaaand you don't think a 1:48 Heyford is going to be big?
The 72 one already takes up plenty of space.

 

My old eyes don't let me do things like that in 1/72 any longer, sadly :(

17 hours ago, Admiral Puff said:

I'd love a new Heyford, in either 1:48 or 1:72, but can't see Airfix doing one. Apart from the "niche market" issue, there's no longer a real one around for them to measure. Ditto with the Hendon.

 

Matchbox did it!

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1 minute ago, NorthBayKid said:

My old eyes don't let me do things like that in 1/72 any longer, sadly :(

I just accepted I look silly with a magnifying headset on. 

Works fine when cutting belts for a 1:72 hurri.

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33 minutes ago, Work In Progress said:

Only two years before spectacularly going bust

I remember the problem for Matchbox was the toy car market in North America disappeared. It had been a major money-spinner for them but cheaper shinier imports from Hong Kong and Macau took the market away. A lack of cashflow killed Matchbox they still had good sales in Europe but the dollars had been keeping them going.

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1 hour ago, Work In Progress said:

Only two years before spectacularly going bust

 

Correlation does not imply causality.

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On 2/6/2020 at 11:26 PM, keefr22 said:

Or a 1/48 Blackburn Blackburn. I'm sure that would sell like hot cakes....

I'm with you on the Blackburn Blackburn, but I'd prefer 72nd.  A Fairey IIID AND an Avro Bison would also be interesting subjetcs, not really a Dogfight Double subject, but...  Beauty and the Beast?

Perhaps, a Fairey IIIF might have some (very) remote chance of market sales?

 

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