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.

 

Why not suggest a topic for a future Workbench, or discuss the latest post over on the Workbench Forum?

Sabre parts first look exclusive

Our expanding range of 1/48th scale classic jet kits receives a huge boost in the latest edition of Workbench as we bring readers an exclusive look at the first test frames produced from the impressive new Canadair Sabre F.4 tooling – this one is going to be a cracker. We also have significant input from two of the youngest Product Designers here at Airfix, as they give us a fascinating insight into how they both recently approached their first 1/72nd scale WWII military vehicle projects. As promised in our previous edition, we also have scheme details featuring an unusually happy Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc, one which operated under desert skies.

What colour is your Spitfire?

In the latest bumper edition of Workbench, we feature two post war British aircraft which really must be considered to be amongst the most distinctive to have ever taken to the skies, one civilian and one military. We also take a look at a kit release which is a scale representation of a majestic 17th century warship which tragically sank only a few minutes into its maiden voyage, only to be the subject of a spectacular salvage and preservation project over three centuries later.

Victoria Cross Beaufort exclusive

The latest edition of Workbench includes a comprehensive update from one of our highly anticipated new tooling projects for 2020, the magnificent 1/72nd scale Bristol Beaufort Mk.I kit. We are excited to be including the exclusive reveal of the stunning box artwork which will be gracing the first release from this tooling and looking at the VC winning action which was the inspiration behind it. We also have additional features which focus on modern warships, one of the latest German manufactured sports cars in kit form and a classic air superiority fighter ‘Tiger Style’, as we keep you abreast of all the latest Airfix model developments.

Massive ‘Mighty Delta’ update

We have something really special for Workbench readers in the latest edition of our blog, as we bring you a ‘BIG’, if not ginormous update from one of our high-profile new tooling projects. Featuring a huge selection of images being revealed for the very first time, we bring you details of the first test components produced from our magnificent new 1/72nd scale Avro Vulcan B.2 tooling. We also include features looking at an 18th century sailing ship marking its significant 250th anniversary this year and a trio of priceless historic aircraft which help to recruit new blood into the modern Royal Air Force. This is one edition you will certainly not want to miss.

Latest Hawk an international success

With another comprehensive round-up of the very latest Airfix modelling news, Workbench edition 130 begins by looking at a post war British aircraft which continues to train student pilots with air forces all over the world, with some wearing rather attractive anniversary markings in the process. We also report on the impending return of an Airfix modelling ‘Classic’ and see how WWII M18 Hellcat crews became adapt in the execution of ‘Shooting and scooting’.

Dogfighting Jet Doubles

A massive Airfix update awaits your inspection in the latest edition of Workbench, as we catch up with several of the latest projects nearing release. We look at a classic jet pairing which are about to grace our popular Dogfight Doubles range and we see how an impending release in our Vintage Classics range is about to delight modelling fans of wartime Italian aviation. We also include exclusive built model images featuring a military vehicle which became known by a distinctly ecclesiastical nickname.

Airfix Club 2020 Exclusive

We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of Workbench announces the launch of the 2020 Airfix Club and is devoted to this exciting hobby development. As our readers would expect, we have our usual selection of exclusive imagery throughout, as we bring you all the latest details and include built model images of the 2020 Club exclusive Limited Edition model kit, which comes with two fascinating late WWII scheme options. The Airfix Club for 2020 is now LIVE!

Anyone feel the need for speed?

The latest edition of Workbench is all about strapping yourself in and preparing for some high octane ‘fast jet’ action. Even though the release date of the new Top Gun: Maverick movie may have been delayed, we are wasting no time in updating our readers on how the Airfix range intends to make its own modelling tribute to this exciting new film. We also feature an impending Vintage Classics release which possesses significant Royal Air Force credentials and allow South African modeller Nico Fang to enthral us with his impressive recent Bristol Blenheim kit build.

Northrop’s nocturnal nightmare

It’s classic Airfix all the way in the latest edition of Workbench, as we mark the impending release of a 1/72nd scale model representation of one of the most aggressive looking aircraft of the Second World War. We have reader supplied research updates from the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I kit featured in our previous edition and showcase the modelling talents of a Workbench regular, who this time turns his build attention to a pair of 1960s Airfix classics. The best way to start any weekend is with your latest instalment of Airfix delights.

Battle of Britain 80th trilogy complete

It’s that Friday feeling for Airfix fans once more, as we post the latest edition of our Workbench blog and another substantial update of modelling goodness from the world of Airfix. This time, we mark the impending arrival of the third kit in our 1/48th scale Battle of Britain 80th anniversary trilogy by featuring box artwork, a scheme detail overview and a general blog indulgence of all things Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I. You can look forward to exclusive images, modelling innovation and a fantastic competition in the latest gargantuan edition of Workbench.

F-35 Lightning II deconstructed and the RAF’s jet powered pocket rocket

The latest edition of Workbench is something of a celebration of post war Royal Air Force jet power, as we feature model representations of a diminutive, yet highly capable jet trainer and the latest cutting edge fifth generation combat aircraft. We are also delighted to introduce our readers to the newest member of the Airfix team and take a look at the exciting new project he is currently working on. We end with a look back at some of the interesting models we discovered during our visit to this year’s Halifax Model Show, including an interesting build which took inspiration from something unusual that used to lurk on Southport beach.

New Canadair Sabre development exclusive

Another bumper edition of Workbench has now been posted on the Airfix website and is awaiting your inspection. Featuring an impressive collection of images which have not previously been seen outside the Airfix offices, we take a look at development details from the final new tooling project announced with the launch of the 2020 range, the stunning 1/48th scale Canadair Sabre F.4. Once more featuring the talents of one of our young product designers, we see how this classic early jet fighter has made it from being an impressive museum exhibit to the latest highly detailed scale model kit in the Airfix tooling bank.

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