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Buccaneer test frames exclusive and latest tank news

The latest edition of Workbench is something of a monster and includes more exclusive imagery than we have ever brought you in a single blog before. We have the latest development update from our new 1/72nd scale Blackburn Buccaneer project, as well as the latest news and build pictures from our new range of 1/35th scale military vehicles. We are also please to bring you a review of the recent Southern Expo Model Show and some of the modelling delights our Lead Researcher discovered during his visit. All this and more awaits your inspection.

Classic Airfix reinforcements

With Dakotas, Meteors, Mustangs, Spitfires and Walrus amphibians, the latest edition of Workbench provides readers with a comprehensive update on some of the most popular model releases from over the past few months. We also include an impressive build feature which details how a classic Airfix kit inspired a return to modelling for one talented Workbench reader, after a break which lasted 15 years and included a re-location from Southampton to New Zealand.

One small step for Airfix modellers

One of the great things about modelling is that our hobby allows enthusiasts to create their own scale tributes in commemoration of any anniversary or historic event, or more specifically the vehicles and craft which took part in them. In this latest edition of Workbench, we look at three historic events which are being commemorated during 2019, all of which will result in plenty of modelling tributes taking place over the coming few months.

Return of the foxy fleet defender

In the latest edition of Workbench, as well as featuring all the latest model release and development information, we ask our readers a question. If you were charged with overseeing the renovation of a major UK museum, which would require the re-positioning and effective display of many valuable aviation and military exhibits, how would you go about it? In the 94th edition of our blog, we describe how modelling skill and a number of classic Airfix kits proved to be the ideal solution to this fascinating problem.

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.

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