STOP PRESS New Tooling Announcement for the Scale ModelWorld Show
The annual IPMS Scale ModelWorld Show at Telford is one of the undoubted highlights of the modelling calendar and certainly something the Airfix team look forward to each year. With some of Britain’s most talented modellers showcasing their skills at the Telford International Centre during the weekend of the show, visitors will be looking forward to indulging their passion for modelling and probably picking up a kit or two for their stash. Organised and run by the International Plastic Modellers Society (UK), this modelling extravaganza takes place across all four display halls of the International Centre, which are packed with everything from modelling society displays, to the most obscure modelling products you could think of and everything in between.
As this special edition of Workbench goes live, the first of the Telford crowds will just have been let into the International Centre halls and Scale ModelWorld 2016 is open for business. Many will already be heading towards the Airfix stand, not only to meet the people behind the magnificent models we tell you about on Workbench, but also to be amongst the first people to see the New Tooling announcement we will be making at the show. If you are heading down to Telford, please do drop by and say hello, but don’t worry if you can’t make it as we will be including a show report in a forthcoming edition of Workbench. Our team will be manning the ever popular Airfix make and paint area and on Sunday, both our lead researcher and the designer responsible for our latest new tooling announcement will be giving a talk on how they brought this classic aircraft to the Airfix range. Are you ready for our show announcement and the latest new model tooling reveal?
A Cold War classic - the 1/72nd Scale McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom II
Airfix are proud to announce that the latest addition to their 1/72nd scale kit range will be a newly tooled example of the magnificent British McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom II. Produced to the exacting standards modellers have come to expect from Airfix kits, this new model marks one of the most significant Cold War jets to serve with Britain’s armed forces and one which provided sterling service for over twenty years, during a critical period in our history. As one of the most successful jet aircraft of all time, the American McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II saw service with many of the world’s air forces, with Britain being a significant operator. With aircraft purchased for both the Fleet Air Arm and the RAF, arguably one of the most iconic post war British aviation images is that of a Royal Navy Phantom preparing to take off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal. With the two Rolls-Royce Spey engines in full afterburner and the nose wheel oleo extended to its maximum height, Britain’s Phantoms were certainly distinctive.
Phantom FG1 892 Sqn on HMS Ark Royal (R09) 1972
Having received numerous requests to produce this model over the years, Airfix are delighted to announce that they will be adding a newly tooled 1/72nd scale example of the British McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 in 2017, presenting the modeller with a superb kit of this iconic Cold War warrior.
CAD screenshot image from the new 1/72nd scale Phantom FG.1 project
This stunning computer rendered 3D image shows what modellers can look forward to with the new Airfix British Phantom kit
We are pleased to be bringing you this Breaking Phantom FG.1 News and have included a small selection of development images from the project for your enjoyment. As you would expect, there will be much more information available regarding the new Phantom project in next week’s edition of Workbench, including the very latest images from the Telford Scale ModelWorld show. For readers who will be making the journey to Telford, we will have prototype samples of our McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 displayed on the Airfix stand, which will certainly give everyone a good idea of how this beautiful model kit will look when it is eventually released. Visitors to the show will also be able to take advantage of a unique opportunity on Sunday 13th November, as our lead researcher and the lead designer on the Phantom project will be holding a talk on their work in bringing this iconic aircraft to the Airfix range – a fascinating insight for any modeller.
Computer rendered 3D image of the new Airfix Phantom FG.1
We'd love to hear your reaction to the new Phantom FG.1. There is a dedicated Workbench thread on the Airfix Forum, and our social media team will be reporting live from Telford, so head over to the Airfix Facebook page or our Twitter channel. Whichever medium you decide to use, please do get in touch with us, as it is always great to hear from fellow modellers.
That's it for now, but we'll be back with a full report in next Friday's Workbench.
The Airfix Workbench Team
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