SDo you think we should see the old 1/32 cars again?

MG Writer

275 posts

I bought nearly all these car kits when they were first issued - many bought with Christmas or Birthday ten bob notes from Woolworths or W H Smiths - and built them with the limited skill that I had at the time. The likes of the Marina, Vauxhall Viva, Victor Estate (bizarre subject), VW Beetle, Maxi, Capri, Escort, MG 1100, Maserati, Porsche 917, Triumph Herald and others I recall as very good little kits and ironically far better than the mediocre Ferrari, Jaguar E Type and Aston Martin DB5 which survived (I know some of those others do survive). Some like the MGB had disappointing features (the grille is rubbish) and others being older were a bit crude. Most of my own kits as built have long since departed but I have a degree of nostalgia and I would welcome a chance to build some of them anew using better skills. Is this a realistic commercial proposition? Maybe not... but if someone could find a viable way to use modern 3D scanning and direct printing (I am not suggesting reverse engineering tooling) and doing this under license to Hornby, then limited sales perhaps if necessary as 'print on demand' via a website with a few offered at enthusiast events and specialist outlets might just about be feasible. It would never set the market alight but might supplement more mainstream activity.  I cannot personally countenance spending silly money on a rare kit on fleabay only to make the dwindling stocks of such unmade kits even rarer by building it with my reasonable, but never championship winning ability.

Rogerbass

31 posts

There must be some market for old car kits, the Triumph Herald and Tr4a and MBG plus the beetle and E Type and Escort must have sold.

Ratch

2370 posts


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I expect they do, which is why they periodically re-emerge in the range.

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GNR-Gordon-4

308 posts

What about a Marina in the scrap yard? Rusty and missing most of it's parts? Or about a scrapped Marina, crushed into a cube?! Laughing Wink Smile

 

GNR-Gordon-4

 

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Paul Brown

693 posts


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@Rogerbass

There must be some market for old car kits, the Triumph Herald and Tr4a and MBG plus the beetle and E Type and Escort must have sold.

 

These are car subjects that are reasonably iconic and the sort of thing you might see for real if you were to visit a classic show. Airfix will also use their own sales figures, plus feedback from retailers generated by what they actually order in determining whether or not to reissue anything.

Patrick Camilleri

463 posts


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What about a Marina in the scrap yard? Rusty and missing most of it's parts? Or about a scrapped Marina, crushed into a cube?! Laughing Wink Smile

You'd be surprised how many scrapyard dioramas there are out there.  Look up images of car scrapyard dioramas.  There are some really fantastic ones.  The weathering skills are impressive.

 

 

 

GNR-Gordon-4

308 posts

I like the sound of those. I will have to look them up at some point. Thank you for letting me know about this. Smile

 

GNR-Gordon-4

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

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