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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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.

End of the Great Air War

Following on from our previous blog, we have a second exclusive update from our new 1/48th Hawker Hunter F.6 tooling in this latest edition of Workbench, including several magnificent built model images we are showing for the first time. We detail the three iconic scheme options which will accompany the October release of our new RAF Phantom FGR.2, but begin by featuring an Airfix modelling tribute to the impending Centenary commemorations of the end of the Great War.

Amphibious workhorse of the Fleet

It is difficult to comprehend how the ungainly looking Supermarine Walrus amphibious biplane of WWII came from the same aviation minds which developed the famous Spitfire fighter just a few short months later – in the latest edition of Workbench, we will see why this ‘other’ Supermarine classic is deserving of much more respect than it is usually afforded. We also bring you the latest Hawker Hunter F.6 and Messerschmitt Bf 109E kit updates in yet another feature packed blog for the Airfix modeller.

A Bomber of distinction

There are some aircraft which simply cry out to be immortalised in the annuls of Airfix history and in the latest edition of Workbench, we bring you details of two impending kit releases which will induct another pair of aviation classics into these famous modelling archives. Featuring a pair of four engined ‘heavies’ which must be considered amongst the finest aircraft produced by Britain’s aviation industry, we bring you all the latest details from both projects, including our usual selection of exclusive images.

Three years of Airfix Exclusives

The latest edition of our blog marks 3 fabulous years of Airfix Workbench and we have produced something very special to mark the occasion. You can look forward to a host of exclusive new Airfix material, including the first build images from the new 1/48th scale Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF and an impressive collection of Airfix goodies up for grabs in our 3rd Anniversary competition. With so much packed in to this celebratory edition, our latest blog is most definitely not one you will want to miss.

WWII airborne ‘tool of victory’

The latest edition of Workbench is slightly shorter than usual, but features one of the magnificent future releases from the 2018 Airfix kit range which is sure to find favour with modellers. We can promise you an exclusive artwork reveal and details of two new scheme options included with a kit which marks one of the most important aircraft in the history of the Royal Air Force and one which will be receiving plenty of attention during next year’s 75th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings.

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