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Don't know.... from one side I should be happy to see a new range of Tempest kits that will include the Mk.VI in particular... yes, there's the Matchbox kit that I have in the stash and can be turned into a decent model but lacks the filter behind the radiator, reason why a proper Mk.VI kit complete of all parts is something I really want to see.

On the other hand I wonder if AZ/KP will do a proper job here or if they will rush to beat the local competition with a rough product, as they did with the Siai 260. I can understand that in the end every company has all the rights to issue subjects that will bring them revenues and hitting the market before the competition is a way to guarantee sales... at the same time as a customer I'm starting to feel a bit sick of this approach, more so when it results in poor kits and I'd rather see companies trying to offer good kits of different subjects rather than fighting this way over the same subject. Now with the Tempest this is a bit more understandable as there's sure room for a number of kits, but for others the market is not always large enough.

Said that I will not buy this kit before having seen a few good reviews. I did this for the Siai as in the end I wanted to compare the two kits, but I'll wait for the Tempest. If KP get it right then I'll get me a Mk.VI for sure, if not I'll happily wait for SH

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Its always curious when KP/AZ &c announce then rush out a model announced by SH - I think its well known they don't get on!

 

That said I have built many AZ models and have a few KP's in the stash and I dont think they're as bad as all that - they do require work and filler but can turn out very nicely and oftentimes they are the only version of a particular airframe available.... I'm still hoping AZ follow up their lovely Taylor Titches with a  1/72 Flying Flea, Evans Volksplane, Auster J/1 series or an Pietenpol Aircamper!

 

TT

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3 hours ago, Giorgio N said:

Don't know.... from one side I should be happy to see a new range of Tempest kits that will include the Mk.VI in particular... yes, there's the Matchbox kit that I have in the stash and can be turned into a decent model but lacks the filter behind the radiator, reason why a proper Mk.VI kit complete of all parts is something I really want to see.

On the other hand I wonder if AZ/KP will do a proper job here or if they will rush to beat the local competition with a rough product, as they did with the Siai 260. I can understand that in the end every company has all the rights to issue subjects that will bring them revenues and hitting the market before the competition is a way to guarantee sales... at the same time as a customer I'm starting to feel a bit sick of this approach, more so when it results in poor kits and I'd rather see companies trying to offer good kits of different subjects rather than fighting this way over the same subject. Now with the Tempest this is a bit more understandable as there's sure room for a number of kits, but for others the market is not always large enough.

Said that I will not buy this kit before having seen a few good reviews. I did this for the Siai as in the end I wanted to compare the two kits, but I'll wait for the Tempest. If KP get it right then I'll get me a Mk.VI for sure, if not I'll happily wait for SH

 

 

Good afternoon Enzo

 

  I  agree with you I  think that the competition between AZ/KP and SH is a not a good thing if in the end the customer buy a kit with issues , I think that they should take the time to produce good kits and complete for instance one company do the Tempest Mk II/VI and the other the Mk V but unfortunately that will never happen and we end up with several companies that produce a Spit Mk V and none a Spit Mk XIV ...

 

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Sour grapes - instead of splitting up the Tempest pie three ways among them, why couldn't one of them be really imaginative and release a series of - yes, you guessed it - Yak-9/VK-105s, or I-16s? Or both? :whistle:

 

John

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3 hours ago, TEXANTOMCAT said:

I'm still hoping AZ follow up their lovely Taylor Titches with a  1/72 Flying Flea, Evans Volksplane, Auster J/1 series or an Pietenpol Aircamper!

The Taylors were Amodel, but I'd agree with the rest!

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3 hours ago, PhantomBigStu said:

Welcome, think I will be picking up the II, though the V airfix will be my choice. 

 

Based on their recent tracl record, the Airfix kit will sure have one big advantage: the decals ! Decals in Airfix kits of the last few years have been excellent, both in printing and film quality (Cartograf is a guarantee) and in the completeness of the sheets, with all stencils nicely reproduced. IMHO Airfix decal sheets today are among the very best, real top tier stuff

Recent AZ/KP decals on the other hand are less than impressive, I bought a few kits from them in the last few months of last year and all had heavily pixelated colours, something that today is IMHO not acceptable. It is strange and I found this unexpected as decal sheets in their older kits had always been pretty good. Hopefully it's something that they will sort soon

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9 minutes ago, Giorgio N said:

Recent AZ/KP decals on the other hand are less than impressive, I bought a few kits from them in the last few months of last year and all had heavily pixelated colours, something that today is IMHO not acceptable. It is strange and I found this unexpected as decal sheets in their older kits had always been pretty good. Hopefully it's something that they will sort soon

 

Especially surprising, considering that Jan Polc's other job/side hustle is Avalon Decals.

 

John

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On 14/01/2021 at 15:02, TEMPESTMK5 said:

 I must be dreaming no new Tempest kits for ages and this year we will have all the marks ..

 

It is really amazing and I am looking forward to it. In my view, it could be expected that Airfix as a major British manufacturer would release a new-tool Tempest sooner or later and of course that version would be a Mk V given its WW-2 service and the fact it brought down the V-1s and Luftwaffe jets. That a new Mk II and, for the first time since the 1970s Matchbox kit, a Mk VI will also be released is indeed great news.

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