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1/72 De Havilland Mosquito by Airfix - release Summer 2021


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10 hours ago, TEXANTOMCAT said:

Global events notwithstanding am I alone in thinking the ‘fuzziness ’ or less crisp details on the Sabre and other recent kits might be to do with that soft plastic (Indian or British) they persist in using? I am an Airfix fan but not a plastics expert and wonder if the makeup of the polystyrene May be the cause?

 

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As far as I know, I have only built the one British-moulded, recent Airfix kit, hitch was a Blenheim IV. The plastic was much nicer than the soft yet brittle stuff that’s used on the Indian-moulded kits. I found that the fit was pretty good overall and that the detail was sharper. It’s just a single kit though, so not much of a data set!

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I was referring to X72232, just couldn't quite recall the correct number. The newer sheet isn't out yet, I'll ask my LHS owner to stick it on order.

 

I did find a photo of the 305 sqn aircraft online and, to my eyes at least, the colour is definitely lighter than Night and similar in tone to the roundel centre.

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On 04/05/2021 at 07:54, lasermonkey said:

As far as I know, I have only built the one British-moulded, recent Airfix kit, hitch was a Blenheim IV. The plastic was much nicer than the soft yet brittle stuff that’s used on the Indian-moulded kits. I found that the fit was pretty good overall and that the detail was sharper. It’s just a single kit though, so not much of a data set!

72 scale or 48 scale? If it's 72 scale then I'd like to know how you got the cockpit to fit nicely

 

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1 hour ago, Adam Poultney said:

72 scale or 48 scale? If it's 72 scale then I'd like to know how you got the cockpit to fit nicely

 

Honestly? It fitted perfectly. I remember reading that there were fit issues with the kit, but the only area where I wasn’t impressed was the area around the bomb bay, as the wing-fuselage fit wasn’t great there. Much of that was due to the part of the lower fuselage moulded onto the wing assembly which had very poorly defined right angles, something Airfix are serial offenders of.

 

But yeah, the cockpit fitted very well indeed, as did the nose section onto the main fuselage. It’s obviously variable from kit to kit, yet another thing that Airfix kits suffer from (see my thread on the B-17 tail turret parts).

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3 minutes ago, lasermonkey said:

Honestly? It fitted perfectly. I remember reading that there were fit issues with the kit, but the only area where I wasn’t impressed was the area around the bomb bay, as the wing-fuselage fit wasn’t great there. Much of that was due to the part of the lower fuselage moulded onto the wing assembly which had very poorly defined right angles, something Airfix are serial offenders of.

 

But yeah, the cockpit fitted very well indeed, as did the nose section onto the main fuselage. It’s obviously variable from kit to kit, yet another thing that Airfix kits suffer from (see my thread on the B-17 tail turret parts).

I think i saw your B17, tail turret was wrong size right? Never had anything that bad, but I did get two of the same fuselage half in a C47, two mismoulded bf109s and a mismoulded stuka, missing parts from a gladiator..... probably more

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On 5/3/2021 at 10:53 AM, The wooksta V2.0 said:

No, I think we'll likely see it March next year, but I'd like to be wrong.

Well time will tell but its worth noting that the latest issue of Airfix Model World (June 2021) carries a full page advert for the new Mossie on the back page including the kit's fantastic box art. Which does suggest that its release is likely to be much sooner than next year... and possibly Summer 2021.   

 

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Much as I'd like to be wrong, I very much doubt we'll see it this year. We've yet to see sprue shots, let alone test builds.

 

We're still awaiting the Vulcan, for example, and only just got the prototype Concorde. Airfix release dates have always seemed more of a wish list and their relationship with reality decidedly elastic. And an advert in a magazine sadly proves nothing.

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17 minutes ago, The wooksta V2.0 said:

Much as I'd like to be wrong, I very much doubt we'll see it this year. We've yet to see sprue shots, let alone test builds.

 

We're still awaiting the Vulcan, for example, and only just got the prototype Concorde. Airfix release dates have always seemed more of a wish list and their relationship with reality decidedly elastic. And an advert in a magazine sadly proves nothing.

 

Well, judging by recent history, whenever it comes out I'm sure the Aussies will get it first. 😉

 

 

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49 minutes ago, IanC said:

Well, judging by recent history, whenever it comes out I'm sure the Aussies will get it first. 😉

 

We Yanks got the Swift first, but we abused the privilege, broke the mould, and then everyone else had to wait.    :drunk:

 

Cheers,

Bill

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2 hours ago, RichG said:

Well time will tell but its worth noting that the latest issue of Airfix Model World (June 2021) carries a full page advert for the new Mossie on the back page including the kit's fantastic box art. Which does suggest that its release is likely to be much sooner than next year... and possibly Summer 2021.   

 

Rich

I hope so...... But I'd rather have the Vulcan already

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6 hours ago, IanC said:

Well, judging by recent history, whenever it comes out I'm sure the Aussies will get it first. 😉


Ahoy me hearties... Tis that Vulcans I see? 
 

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photo c/o @Rob S 

Cheers.. Dave 

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Still got the wrong canopy side blisters for a 16 though. I really want to see the canopy sprue.

 

Apart from that, it all looks very promising. I'm especially happy that the bulged bay is separate, meaning those wanting a very early B.XVI or PR.XVI, can do one without recourse to surgery. I'm wanting to do a 1409 Met Flight aircraft - amongst many, many others.

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2 hours ago, The wooksta V2.0 said:

Still got the wrong canopy side blisters for a 16 though. I really want to see the canopy sprue.

 

Apart from that, it all looks very promising. I'm especially happy that the bulged bay is separate, meaning those wanting a very early B.XVI or PR.XVI, can do one without recourse to surgery. I'm wanting to do a 1409 Met Flight aircraft - amongst many, many others.

 

Looking at the built up model the side panels look separate, so hopefully in the kit we'll get two canopies, one with the roof blister and one without and then the optional bulged or blistered side panels.

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From the blog

 

A final look at the new Mosquito B.XVI kit at initial test frame build stage. We do have to stress that these images show the model whilst it is still very much in development and some aspects of its design have already been the subject of some modification. Nevertheless, they do show that this beautiful model is advancing nicely towards its scheduled late summer release.

 

Hints that this is only a test shot and not a final production kit, so any "wrongness" may just be down to other parts not being available at the time that this test shot was put together.

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9 hours ago, treker_ed said:

From the blog

 

A final look at the new Mosquito B.XVI kit at initial test frame build stage. We do have to stress that these images show the model whilst it is still very much in development and some aspects of its design have already been the subject of some modification. Nevertheless, they do show that this beautiful model is advancing nicely towards its scheduled late summer release.

 

Hints that this is only a test shot and not a final production kit, so any "wrongness" may just be down to other parts not being available at the time that this test shot was put together.

The concern is that the CAD model and the model itself only show the teardrop windows and the artwork incorrectly shows the teardrop windows as well.

 

But at least the model shows the PR type canopy and since the sides are separate parts chances are the bulged ones in the kit.

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Good to see Paramjit on the ball. 

Also notice, ejection pin marks are all kept out of sight - to the rear of the cockpit inside the wing root and below the floor.

It's not so much the design in CAD (small inaccuracies apart like typical exhibit quirks) that lets them down a bit, but the manufacturing process I guess...

 

Oh for the chance of getting proper styrene.... even though most casual builders prefer the current stuff.

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23 minutes ago, alt-92 said:

Good to see Paramjit on the ball. 

Also notice, ejection pin marks are all kept out of sight - to the rear of the cockpit inside the wing root and below the floor.

It's not so much the design in CAD (small inaccuracies apart like typical exhibit quirks) that lets them down a bit, but the manufacturing process I guess...

 

Oh for the chance of getting proper styrene.... even though most casual builders prefer the current stuff.

 

Yes Airfix are obviously capable of designing a kit with greater detail and finesse but have to simplify things so they can get them molded correctly, just look at the frames on the landing gear, simple and a lot thicker than they should be but I'm guessing done so they get a usable part. 

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"The new Mosquito is currently on target for an August release."  Airfix Workbench 14 May   :thumbsup:  (assuming of course that's August 2021...) 

 

Rich

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2 hours ago, alt-92 said:

Good to see Paramjit on the ball. 

Also notice, ejection pin marks are all kept out of sight - to the rear of the cockpit inside the wing root and below the floor.

It's not so much the design in CAD (small inaccuracies apart like typical exhibit quirks) that lets them down a bit, but the manufacturing process I guess...

 

Oh for the chance of getting proper styrene.... even though most casual builders prefer the current stuff.

The new Spitfire Vc has much nicer plastic. It’s harder, less brittle and generally easier to work with. I think it holds detail better too. I hope it’s a sign of things to come.

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Another scan and that tailwheel needs looking at - it needs the groove for the twin contact anti shimmy wheel.

 

The detail on the cockpit sidewalls looks better than the Tamiya in places, not so much in others.

 

Given the canopy most likely has drop in panels, is it possible they may be planning a mk.IX at some point?

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On 15/05/2021 at 10:11, RichG said:

"The new Mosquito is currently on target for an August release."  Airfix Workbench 14 May   :thumbsup:  (assuming of course that's August 2021...) 

 

Rich

Oooo I should be able to fit in one build before I'm off to uni in September

Hopefully the Vulcan comes before that...

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