I've found the 10% discount to be a really nice perk. I consistently save more each year on orders than I spend on the club membership. It also helps that I am outside the UK (and the EU for that matter). I always order enough to get free shipping to the US and then, with the removal of VAT plus the 10% club discount, kits bought on the Airfix UK site are significantly cheaper than those bought through the Airfix USA side of the website. The downside recently is that Airfix UK has been out-of-stock on most of this years new releases for quite some time, whereas they are currently available through Airfix USA. Unfortunately, the club discount does not apply to kits bought though the US side of the website.
If the club continues and keeps the voucher then it needs to be applicable to the entire Airfix product line. I do find the lack of club exclusive kits to be disappointing, especially as we are only talking about decal and box changes for the most part, or use of alternate parts already in the kit to produce a new version e.g. the new 1/48 Hurricane I has all the necessary parts for a Sea Hurricane I, it just needs new decals.
The other way to go would be to team up with Eduard or Aires to produce club exclusives that are equivalent to the Eduard ProfiPak kits: Airfix plastic parts, Eduard photo-etch/resin or Aires resin parts,canopy/clear part and wheel masks to produce something that could be sold in smaller quantities at a price premium. Some simple conversions might then be possible like:
- a Harrier T.12 from the current GR.7/9 using a resin two seater nose
- resin two seater nose conversion for the 1/48 Lightning F.1/1a/2/3 to get a T.4 or T.5
- Canberra T.17 conversion for the 1/48 B.2/6/20
- Canberra T.4 conversion for the 1/48 B.2/6/20