Workbench

 

Welcome to Airfix Workbench, an exciting new addition to the Airfix website where every month we will be taking you behind-the-scenes of the Airfix Product Development department, tracking the development of Airfix models often many months before they are released.

 

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Hedgerow hugging hunter

Another bumper edition of Workbench awaits Airfix fans this weekend and includes a closer look at a trio of fantastic 1/72nd scale kits which will be gracing many a dining room table and modelling workstations over the coming few months. We also bring you details of an interesting Starter Set build completion in our ‘Out of the box’ feature and include a time-lapse event set up video, taken at the recent Halifax Model Show. If you were one of the show exhibitors, you might just spot yourself!

Early classic jet project for young Airfix designer

We have a real treat for Workbench readers in the latest edition of our blog. Not only do we have exclusive development information from our recently announced Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 17 Fresco new tooling project, we also feature the work of a young Airfix product designer, who is just embarking on his career in this fantastic hobby. Following in some illustrious modelling footsteps, we find out what it is like to undertake your first major Airfix design project and how you go about it.

Strike fast and low in 2019

As one of the most capable Cold War strike jets to see British service, the Blackburn Buccaneer was crammed full of technical innovation, in addition to being the heaviest aircraft to have ever operated from the decks of Britain’s relatively small aircraft carriers. With impressive aviation credentials such as these, spare a thought for the Airfix designer who was charged with producing the latest and most accurate scale representation of this distinctive aircraft, a project which would call on all his years of industry experience. In the latest edition of Workbench, we feature some of the fascinating development work behind the production of this latest Airfix aviation classic.

New 2019 Airfix range unleashed

Our Workbench blog begins the new year in the best way possible, by bringing you news of a host of new Airfix kit announcements for 2019. Marking the launch of the new 2019 Airfix range, we feature some of the many highlights included in this impressive collection, which includes no fewer than THREE new tooling announcements, a new range of 1/35th scale Military Vehicles, several models which will feature new parts and many welcome classic kit re-releases. Catch up on all the very latest range news in this 90th edition of Workbench.

2018 – Another model year for Airfix

We have reached that happy time of year when our Airfix Workbench blog takes on a slightly more festive and reflective tone. The latest edition of Workbench is our 2018 Review Edition, where we look back at some of the year's modelling highlights and look forward to a new year of new tooling announcements and project updates for the modelling enthusiast. We have also thrown in a little festive competition, just for good measure.

Telford Airfix Trophy winner and a Griffon’s growl

Our latest Workbench is a bumper pre-Christmas edition and is packed with exclusive features and photographs. We follow the Airfix team as they attempt to select the latest winner of the Airfix Trophy at this year’s Scale Modelworld show and go behind the scenes of the impressive diorama build which scooped the 2018 title. We also have an exclusive update from the recently announced Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV new tooling project in 1/48th scale, before ending with a look at which models members of the Airfix team would be happy to find under their trees this Christmas.

Grumman’s mighty cat unveiled at Telford

The latest edition of Airfix Workbench is centred around the Airfix display stand at the recent Scale Modelworld show at Telford and documents the preparations and unveiling of our spectacular new 1/24th scale Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat tooling. We can also boast two new artwork reveals, one which is new to Workbench but marks a significant new model release, whilst the other is the latest exclusive for our readers. With a host of interesting and exclusive images to bring you, this is one edition you will not want to miss.

Airfix New Tooling Announcement for Scale Modelworld 2018

Please join the Airfix team as we head down to the huge annual Scale Modelworld event at Telford’s International Centre, in Shropshire and the exclusive announcement of our latest 2019 New Tooling project. If you are unable to make the grand unveiling on the Airfix stand at 11am on Saturday 10th November, this latest edition of Workbench will include all the new model details you need.

Britain adopts America’s mighty Mustang

The magnificent North American Mustang is the main subject of our latest Workbench blog, as we prepare for the impending release of our attest 1/48th scale Mustang IV kit by looking at why this thoroughbred aircraft continues to provide modelling inspiration for so many. We also bring you news of a slight delay in the publication of the next edition of Workbench, due to our attendance at the Scale Modelworld show and something BIG which may be happening at Telford.

A ‘Flight’ of Airfix Hawker features

If the previous edition of Workbench was all about Supermarine’s finest, our latest edition is unashamedly pure indulgence in all things Hawker Aviation. With a host of exclusive images and fascinating project updates, we feature the Hurricane, Sea Fury and Hunter in our Airfix modelling tribute to this prolific aircraft manufacturer.

First 2019 new tooling announcement

There is one BIG reason why readers should be heading for the latest edition of our Airfix Workbench blog – the exclusive announcement of our first new model tooling from the forthcoming 2019 kit range. Be ahead of the modelling crowd and hear all about our exciting new model project before anyone else!

‘Lusty Lindy’ welcomes Airfix tribute

In what has turned out to be a very different edition of Workbench, we bring you details of a recent event which allowed us the opportunity to mark the release of a spectacular new 1/72nd scale kit under the shadow of the actual aircraft featured on the box artwork. We visit the Yorkshire Air Museum to meet the team behind Handley Page Victor K.2 XL231 ‘Lusty Lindy’ and spend some quality time with this famous aeroplane. We also have our latest exclusive box artwork reveal in support of an imminent new kit release and a fantastic competition for our readers to enter, with a unique Airfix prize on offer for our lucky winner.

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