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Normally by this time of year there are at least half a dozen threads running on this topic- I couldn't find one so I thought I'd start it!

 

Revised tools/new markings 

 

1/72 Douglas AC-47 'Spooky' (?) 

1/72 Blackburn Buccaneer - Gulf War issue?

1/72 Beaufort & Mossie second boxings

1/72 Vulcan XH558/Black Buck 

 

1/48 - Tiger Moth 'Civilian' or 'Wartime' or 'Foreign Users' or floatplane?

1/48 Hunter FGA.9 or FR10 

1/48 Sabre new version /second boxing

 

Will the cancelled Sea Vixen re-release happen this year? 

 

Now 'last year' was Postwar heavy and mainly jets so perhaps a return to WW2?

 

New Tools... 

1/72 Spitfire TR.9 - I mentioned this rumour the other year... 

1/72 Fairey Battle/Firefly

1/72 P-51B/C ...

1/72 Hampden (is there enough of it at Cosford to work from?)

 

1/72 Anson - (how about a C.21/ XIX) or even in 1/48...

1/72 Luftwaffe Ground set (as they have done the RAF and US already) which could then be combined with the Dornier 17 or HE111 aircraft kits in a combo box (like the Lanc and B17)  OR

1/72 V Bomber Support Set... 

 

But they need a biggie as well so:

 

1/72 Lincoln - again there was the rumour going around it had been measured up...?

 

In 1/48 

Perhaps the Battle instead of 1/72 or maybe a Lysander - they have worked with ARCO before....

 

Vintage Classics:

1/72 Beaver

1/72 Islander 

Maybe a reissue of the Capri or Escort following the recent Beach Buggy and expected Jag?

 

What do you think?

 

TT 

 

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To be honest 3 aircraft should be their priority

 

All 1/48

 

Spey Phantom

Jaguar

Buccaneer 

 

That's just put them well and truly back in the black financially .

 

Dick

 

 

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I keep mentioning it in the vain hope, but I’d love to see a new 1/72 Lysander. There’s a couple flying on the UK circuit now and Airfix have already released two kits of the Lizzie. 
Now, while I’m very fond of the old Matchbox kit, that’s probably mostly nostalgia in action and the prices they fetch on eBay means there’s likely a good market opportunity for a decent kit. From what I have seen, the Dora Wings effort doesn’t qualify, being, on all accounts a pig to make and way too expensive. 
It shouldn’t take much to get all the main variants and with the wide variety of operators and marking, should prove a popular subject. I’d buy a metric shed-load. 
 

Another subject I’m hoping for is a 1/72 Javelin. Having no interest whatsoever in 1/48, having to make do with what’s available galls considerably. I posit that a 1/72 Javelin would be more attractive to the casual buyer than the larger scale kit due to the lower price. And again, while I wouldn’t buy a single 1/48 Javelin, I would buy a good many 1/72 kits. I already have seven Javelins in the stash.

 

Other kits I would be very happy to see are an Anson, Jaguar, bomber canopy Canberra, F-84F and F-86A.

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I’d love to see a series of 1/72 Javelins. They would fit the current post war/Cold War trend very well. Unfortunately not too much choice in camouflage options, but several bright squadron markings. There are extant air frames in the UK which could be measured also.

 

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1/72nd Armstrong Whitworth Albermarle.                                                       1/35th Ferret armoured car.                Both British subjects not widely covered by other manufacturers

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From their ‘heritage’ catalogue and in 1/72 (but wouldn’t complain if they were larger)

 

Battle

Hampden 

Harvard

Hind

Lysander

Auster

Firefly

Sea Fury

Jaguar

 

and my forlorn hope

 

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(they’re working their way through all the post war trainers…….)

 

Trevor

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Vintage Classic SRN-1. 

Looking at the money Hornby have thrown at new projects on the railway front ( Enough permutations of APT stock to make a full 7 or 14 car set, some weird and wonderful Gresley one offs etc) not sure how much will be left in the cupboard for Airfix. My guess would be  another Mosquito and Beaufort boxing towards the end of 2022 early 2023, some re issues and not much else and I think they will play for safety, so replacing something in the back catalogue that people have heard of. Sorry to be pessimistic, but I still don't think Hornby Hobbies have a lot of cash to throw about. 

I am, off course, the first person to be delighted to be proved wrong. 

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9 hours ago, jenko said:

To be honest 3 aircraft should be their priority

 

All 1/48

 

Spey Phantom

Jaguar

Buccaneer 

 

That's just put them well and truly back in the black financially .

 

Dick

 

 

Oh heaven! I'd pre-order all of those.

Three cheers from Quack.

 

Q

Who never pre-orders anything.

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I'm happy to say that Airfix have been working their way through my wish-list with each passing year. So switching to neutral prediction mode based vaguely on their pattern of subject choice in different "themes".  I could reasonably see announced for 2022:

 

1/72 

Jaguar GR1/3

HP Hampden 

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Consolidated PBY Catalina

 

1/48

Supermarine Scimitar F1

DH Hornet F.3

Westland Lysander

North American T-6 Texan / Harvard IIB

Beechcraft T-6A Texan II / Texan T1

 

Switching to "wish list" mode. If Airfix were struggling to come up with ideas could I offer the following:

 

1/72

Canberra B2

HP Hastings C1/C2

Bristol Belvedere HC1

Westland Whirlwind HC10

Westland Wessex HC2

Avro Lincoln

Twin Pioneer

 

1/48

Martin Baltimore

Wildcat HMA2 / AH1

Apache AH1/2

 

Any chance?

 

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I suppose it’s too soon after the Hellcat for Airfix to be thinking about another 1/24 big beast? How many years do they tend to space these out? And if they were thinking about a Biggie what would they do? 

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5 minutes ago, JohnT said:

I suppose it’s too soon after the Hellcat for Airfix to be thinking about another 1/24 big beast? How many years do they tend to space these out? And if they were thinking about a Biggie what would they do? 

I read that it was every five years or so. Maybe a re tread of the Mosquito is due. Are there ‘clues on the sprues’ of another version? Remember they gave us the car door and bubble top Typhoon.

 

Trevor

 

 

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Reboxings/additional parts

1/72

 

Vulcan B. Mk. 2 “Black Buck”,

Vulcan B. Mk. 2/ MRR Mk. 2 “Olympus 200”,

Mosquito B. Mk. 35/ TT. Mk. 35,

Mosquito PR. Mk. 34 “Final operational sortie”,

Jet Provost T. Mk. 3/ T. Mk. 50 “Export customers”,

Shackleton MR. Mk. 2 “Middle East”,

Victor B. Mk. 2 “early production”,

Buccaneer S. Mk. 2B “Operation Granby”, 

Bf-109E “Eastern front”

Ju-87B “Eastern front”

 

1/48

 

Meteor F. Mk. 8 “Royal Auxiliary Air Force”,

Meteor F. Mk. 8 “NATO”,

Hunter F. Mk. 6 “NATO”,

Ju-87B “Mediterranean theatre”,

 

New tool:

 

1/72

 

Lincoln B. Mk. 2,

Jet Provost T. Mk. 5/Strikemaster,

Jaguar GR. Mk. 1/3,

 

1/48

 

Buccaneer S. Mk. 2B,

Swift FR. Mk. 5,

 

 

 

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My annual wish list from Airfix consists of the following:

1/72

Supermarine Scimitar F1

Gloster Javelin FAW 9

Beechcraft T-6A Texan II / Texan T1

Handley Page Hastings C1/2

Vickers Warwick

Westland Whirlwind (Helicopter)

Westland Wessex

Westland Wildcat

English Electric/BAC Canberra B2

Bristol Belvedere HC1

Avro Lincoln

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer

Scottish Aviation Single Pioneer

Supermarine Southampton

Handley Page HP 42

 

1/24

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 22/24

Supermarine Seafire Mk 46/47

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX

 

That should keep the folks at Margate busy until Q4 2022🙂

 

 

 

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Well, since @TEXANTOMCAT started it, I think we're due for re-tools of the following in the One True Scal:

 

B-24D or later versions

B-26 Marauder

(possibly) the Canberra B.2 or B.6.  

 

That puts only one British design out there, unfortunately, but I think high-quality, reasonably-priced WWII aircraft will always sell.

 

Like Texan Tomcat, I would love to see a V-Bomber support set, but I think it would sell only if some of the equipment were suitable for smaller tactical aircraft too, like a retooled Land Rover in real 1/72 scale, or a Hippo Refueler.  Still that's a lot of risk on Airfix's part.

 

Unfortunately, we won't see an Anson from Airfix, possibly ever, especially a postwar version.

 

 

Like @cngaero, I yearn for a Hastings, but Airfix simply won't bite on that: no guns or bombs.  We'll start barking up Valom's tree on that one.

 

Yes to a reissue of some more classics!  Doesn't matter what they are!

 

 

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Fairley Fruitbat GR.XXVIII. You heard it here first.

 

Seriously - a 1:48 Meteor T.7 would be the dog's. And, looking at the B.2 kit, a Vulcan B.1A is not beyond the realms of possibility - two new frames for the wings, replacing Frames A and B in the present release, plus a supplementary frame with the early tail cone and early undercarriage, and that's about it. Pretty well everything else is there now.

 

And a 1:72 Canberra B.2/B.20 with a properly shaped nose ...

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When you think about iconic British aircraft - Spit, Lanc, Hurricane, Harrier, Vulcan etc- or rather the public's list who are perhaps unfamiliar with the Fairey Fruitbat - one is missing from a new tool perspective....would they consider a new tool Concorde...-  a replacement for the old 1/72 one which by repute is a pig of a kit?

 

TT

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23 hours ago, Scimitar F1 said:

1/48 Blenheim IV

 

Whilst I've forsworn twins for the moment, I did the forswearing just after buying a 1/48 Blenheim mk1.  I'd have bought a nice new-tooled 1/48 mk. iv in a heartbeat, so forswearing notwithstanding I think this is a great idea.

 

17 hours ago, Admiral Puff said:

Seriously - a 1:48 Meteor T.7 would be the dog's.

 

Whilst I've forsworn jets for the moment, I did the forswearing just after starting an Airfix Vampire T.11 (can you see a pattern here?).  A 1/48 "Little Rissington UFO Incident" Meteor T.7 would be an interesting build and let's be honest, those post-war jets look pretty amazing in day-glo training schemes.

 

I'd like the following, too, if it's not too much of an ask, Airfix:

 

A 1/48 ragwing Hurricane mk1

A 1/72 Hampden (even though I'm not doing any more twins, honestly)

A 1/48 Kittyhawk

A 1/48 Bf109T-2

 

Yeah, that should do it.

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