SNew Releases 2019

T2B

1052 posts

Yes I am an Airfix fan and of course people are entitled to a moan but almost without exception that was the context of the posts I was reading so I just wanted to redress the balance and in my opinion give some perspective! And as Paul Brown points out Airfix have over recent years given us Airfix modellers far more wonderful new tool offerings than any of the other major model companies!

LeonF

70 posts

Last year Revell had 10 new moulds that I know of, maybe more, and Trumpeter releases regularly too. Both well above Airfix's count so the idea that they are the major player in modelling output is simply wrong. Go anywhere outside the aircraft forums and the name all but disappears, and is likely to remain sidelined whilst they produce so few vehicles, ships, armour etc, especially new ones. They have some way to go yet. 

As to negativity Airfix is not, and should not be immune to such opinions. If its 100% positive because only Fanboys post and releases arent scrutinised for worthiness for detail/accuracy/price/desirability then it'll get boring fast. 

This time I suspect if you take out the Buccaneer fanclub then these new announcements would get an equal amount of 'meh' in many quarters with only the Tiger Moth causing a stir for 1/48 and Biplane lovers. It seems the unexpected MiG has gotten as many 'why?' as 'wow!' because it doesn't fit the 'Airfix niche'. 

 

Kanyiko

8 posts

Actually, for me the bigger surprise this year is the addition of a 1/35 range of armoured vehicles, which is not exactly something Airfix is known for - iirc, most of the armoured vehicles up to now were in the 1/32 range, and while some are 'the usual suspects' (i.e. Panzer IV, Panther, Tiger, Sherman and T-34) that none the less will be welcome, others are very nice and surprising additions indeed (I can't recall too many kits of the LT.35/Pz.Kpfw 35(t) or of the M-36 Jackson, and the little tractor has me intrigued!)

 

The MiG-17 makes for a wonderful addition to any range, as it is an aircraft type that is not often seen in this scale - other than the vintage KP kit of the early 1970s and the Hasegawa one from the same era - both covering the radar-equiped version; the Dragon kit from the 1990s with numerous shape issues; and the recent but difficult to build entry by AZ, it seems to have been somewhat ignored (most manufacturers going for either the Korea-era Mig-15, or the Vietnam-era MiG-21) despite its important role in a number of conflicts, especially those in the Middle East and Vietnam of course!

 

Of course, the 'why' mostly seems to stem from it appearing in the releases list instead of a newly moulded Brit (de Havilland Venom, anybody?) but that doesn't mean it's any less welcome!

Trevw

13 posts

One clarification request. As plenty of people have mentioned, there will be many 'Classic' kits released this year along with more modern moulded items. Since, believe it or not, some modellers have never seen these older kits before (due to being young or newer mature modellers), I suggest putting some indication on the boxing as to how old the mould is. I'd hate for someone's first kit to be a 1967 moulded horror and have them put off modelling for many years/ life.

Nines

2 posts

@Trevw

One clarification request. As plenty of people have mentioned, there will be many 'Classic' kits released this year along with more modern moulded items. Since, believe it or not, some modellers have never seen these older kits before (due to being young or newer mature modellers), I suggest putting some indication on the boxing as to how old the mould is. I'd hate for someone's first kit to be a 1967 moulded horror and have them put off modelling for many years/ life.

 

I think you will find every item that has V in the product code such as A2301V will be marketed and packaged in the vintage range, with appropriate history. At the time of writing Airfix hasn't added these to the vintage section but in the 2019 listings all those older kits have that "V" suffix.

david_fleming

322 posts

@Kanyiko

Hmmm...

I was quite intrigued to see some Belgians make an appearance among this year's line-up (1/72 Gloster Gladiator and 1/48 Hawker Hunter F.4), however...

 

It appears the otherwise excellent Airfix research team made a minor mistake in researching the 'Red Devils' Hawker Hunter, in that they took the Brussels Air Museum example as their research sample!  The 'real' IF-70 was indeed a Hawker Hunter that flew with the Red Devils display team, however it was a Hunter F.6 rather than a Hunter F.4!  (IF-70 was the Fokker-built c/n 8820, delivered December 1958 and withdrawn November 1963; sold to Hawker in January 1965 as G-9-160, converted to FGA.73 and delivered to the Kuwaiti Air Force as 215 in February of 1966).

The Brussels Air Museum example is Hunter F.4 ID-46 (Fairey Aviations-built c/n AF39, delivered December 1956 but already written off June 1957; used as instructional airframe until transfer to the Brussels Air Museum); it was painted up as IF-70 (a Red Devils Hunter F.6 used during the 1961-1963 seasons) soon after its arrival at the Museum in March of 1960, and never restored to its original livery or identity.

 

So the kit is accurate for the aircraft in the Museum (Something Airfix have done with other recent releases, as thanks for assistance given (e.g. Vampire T11)

david_fleming

322 posts

@LeonF

Last year Revell had 10 new moulds that I know of, maybe more, and Trumpeter releases regularly too. t. 

This year Revell has one. These things ebb and flow. Tooling budgets can affect things, production budgets too - the Hellcat will take up substantial elements of each, but hopefully generate returns that mean investment in more new tooling in the future. The other thing to remember is the time taken to develop these kits - so the announcements we hear now were probably given the go ahead 18 months ago or longer - at a time when Hornby's finances meant that major capital investment was lower. The same reason why Revell only have one new tool this year.

The 1/35th range is interesting (albeit not to me) as such a large range puts Airfix into that scale in a big way, and hopefully generates enough revenue to enable/ pay for original tooling

Cliverdee

5 posts

I think Airfix is doing a pretty good job and overall the 2019 models brought a smile to my face. The return of the old 1:76 military kits is welcome as they are cheap & simple and I make them regularly just because of that. Particularly pleased with the DH Heron. Black Widow and the SM79, but all the old re-releases are very nice to see even if it is more nostalgia that sways my buying choices rather than the accuracy, ease of build or internal detailing. As regards the kits or scales Airfix haven’t given us, well, I just buy from other manufacturers depending what takes my fancy. My preferred scale for military kits is 1:48 so I buy Hobbyboss, Tamiya etc on top of the Airfix Afghan British Forces kits (which I found exceptionally good). Airfix remains my firm brand favourite having been a fan for almost 60 years  and I think the team are entirely on the right track in giving everyone something ...from encouraging younger potential modellers into the hobby to those competent enough to tackle the 1:24 aircraft models... so it’s a well done from me ! 

GNR-Gordon-4

365 posts

Out of this year's new releases, I will be getting Airfix QUICK BUILD J6031 Volkswgen Beetle "Flower Power" and Airfix QUICK BUILD J6032 Volkswagen Camper Van "Surfin". Sadly, these are not brand new releases and just re-colours, but nevertheless, they should be good.

 

GNR-Gordon-4 (AF)

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

Ratch

2614 posts


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@david_fleming

 

The 1/35th range is interesting (albeit not to me) as such a large range puts Airfix into that scale in a big way, and hopefully generates enough revenue to enable/ pay for original tooling

The 1/35 tanks are from Academy so no tooling cost to recoup.

 

As usual at this time of year we hear the crying of folks who have specific interests that have been overlooked. Get over it. No manufacturer can please everyone all the time. I can't recall the last time I bought a brand new Revell, Trumpeter or Tamiya kit for that matter. They don't issue subjects that interest me. Now and then Airfix does. Only one or two per year, but I have learnt to be patient. Good things come to those who wait.

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