Ernietheviking

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Shame about the standard and predictable gripping. How can anyone moan about a decent Buc ?

1/48 Tiger Moth - Great !

1/24 Hell cat !

Please note folks - accuracy with a certain Chinese manufacturer seems to be optional.

Bit puzzled by the launch into 1/35 Armour - bit late Airfix. Will need to be cheap to sell.

Lots of stuff they could have released and sometimes they are lacking in creativity.

On the whole - well done Airfix

1/72 or 1/48 Buccaneer , sorry Airfix , the Hunter leaves me a touch cold. 1/24 F6F is interesting.

One wishes Airfix would wise up a bit and realise that competing with Tamiya is futile. The modelling community will only pay big bucks for perfection . Note the storm over WNW Lancaster, £300 ? why not ?

How many 1/24 Coastal Mozzies sitting on shelves ? it's not a bad kit , its a fairly good one , just too expensive. Not that Tamiya are shifting that many 1/32 Mozzies over here , though that is mostly due to the massive mark up applied by the distributer.

Here is an idea for Airfix, by all means sell the whole kit but why not sell it in sections as well ? One always wishes the Tiffy had been sold as the engine and cockpit (£40-50) , so come on Airfix , sell three versions of the F6F , engine and cockpit with just enough fuselage and wing to hold it together , Full Wing and Fuselage but a dummy lump under the bonnet/hood and then the full beans kit. One will take a guess that Airfix will sell plenty of the dummy lump version but will then sell even more of the engine / cockpit AND the dummy lump.

Would love Airfix to get immaginative as well - how about getting rid of the aincient 1/24 Spit and replacing it with a superdetailed Engine and Cockpit.

Lastly, no-one makes a set of 1/72 and 1/48 seated pilots (yes Revell have a 1./72 set not currently in production) hands up everyone who wants a set of seated , masked pilots for jets and props , German, Japanese, US, UK , high quality injection moulding , something along the multipose line would do nicely.

I buy low value (£10-30) from model shops. Hint to to model shop owners , try being friendly -it might help. Surly gits treating customers with contempt is not a good idea - oddly enough.

Ahh what a shame - chance missed, for now.

Most of these have not been out of prod at all or not very long.

The Ark Royal is a deffo as it has fond memories and is vastly superior to the even more aincient Revell abomination.

Lets hope we see the sublime Bird series - the Kingfisher is a work of art - The Dinosaurs were rather good as well.

How about the 1/12 grenadire , Show jumper or Bengal Lancer. Oliver Cromwell please !

No one was happier when the relaunched Airfix produced the engines series (not seen since mid 70's) only to find no motor duh ! Why not make it an option ?

The OO/HO figures will be interesting - can't wait for all those sets not seen the light of day for decades, Romans, Napoleonic wars , American Civil War etc. My tin of Quality Street had them all. Anyone else ever fight a battle with their mate(s) over the glorious pontoon bridge , pot luck on what soldiers you get, oh the blood bath that was britons trying to assualt that bridge defended by Normans and a Centurian tank ! Mum gave them away to the kid next door (ask next time mum !)

We should all be happy to pay an extra pound or two to get a kit from a local shop. However...... Distributers (que doom laden corny horror film music). A mate came back from a visit to Hong Kong. He had a mass of Tamiya kits. One of which was the 1/32 Mosquito,  the one thats £160. Well it wasnt that price Hong Kong - it set him back £65. Now thats without duty or VAT or shippng so £100 to us Brits should be reasonable. Where does the other £50 odd come from ? My local model shop reckons  that if he sells one of these he makes £30 quid profit.

Anyone know the truth of how this all works i.e the trade price ?  Another example is the Trumpeter 1/200 Hood. My local shop was selling one for £300 , a German well known online retailer sold me one for £195 (including DHL shipping) £100 is a big markup and find it hard to believe my German retailer was not making a profit.

Maybe he bought 100 and hoped that flogging a lot at a lower price will make more profit than just one. Suggestions as to how this works from someone in the know will be welcome.

 

 

I see lots of positive comments rather than the frankly disapointing whinging - especially those who reckon they will boycott Airfix because of it.

Lets just point out the small fortune it costs to get replacement parts from a certain well known Japanese company.

Airfix are a business that needs to make money to produce more kits - not a charity.

@Paul Brown

How about Airfix going old school - stick em in a bag with some cardboard at the top, one set of markings. get them in Clintons , whatever - anywhere , make them pocket money prices (10 quid) and they will sell...

It's a great idea, it might catch on. Oh wait....

 

I think you'll find a lot of these kits end up on sale in outlets not frequented by modellers (but not Clinton's)

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A good point my friend but not what I had in mind , when I said old school , I meant old school. A bag with a cardboard top - no brushes or paint or glue . Get all those old kits , some good, some bad and sell them off.

make them short run - so people know they have to get them quick. Dapol have been selling the old train kits this way for a while. To be clever they then give online cad drawings showing how to tart them up with a bit of scratch. I bought the B-Type bus for 15 quid (26 RRP !) covered in flash , slightly warped ,  awful fit. Bung it in a bag ,less than a tenner , most of us will give it a go. Most of the Airfix bombers are awful (lets not mention the god awful 1/48 Buck !) Some have been replaced but not all, compared to the good but murderously expensve Hasagawa alternatives , not in the same league, Some (with some aftermarket) are reasonable (Stirling springs to mind) Big bag , cheap plastic - elbow room for after market - sale.

TBH Airfix need to look at Academy - cheap, not masses of plastic (Airfix are a bit overengineered) good externals , good fit. Just wish people wouldnt knock Airfix for not releasing some obscure kit that wont sell in their target market - Airfix need to get a lot smarter in maximmising revenue streams.

Airfix have removed most of their old kits from the line up. They were too expensive and some of them complete shonkers .

They were only shonkers due to the price - as the last chance to buy proved - sell em cheap enough and they will go.

How about Airfix going old school - stick em in a bag with some cardboard at the top, one set of markings. get them in Clintons , whatever - anywhere , make them pocket money prices (10 quid) and they will sell especially if Airfix set up an online area where videos show the build and how to enhance it (simple scratch building). Some kind of game wouldnt be a bad thing.

The re-release of all the old engine kits was a case in point - how come they didnt release the motor , even as a seperate part.

Its clear that Airfix have decided to target a specific line which will appeal to the budget UK, US and European market so lets leave the obscure Armour to others and concentrate on core customers - wish they would just get a lot smarter.

@david evans

Very disappointed again.!

No ships, what's going on Airfix? Iv been a loyal customer since I was seven. Now i have to buy from foreign companies if i want a kit.And please don't tell me that ships don't sell if Trumpeter, Flyhawk et al are producing at least three new ship kits a year.

Fleet air arm aircraft kits are great but remember you need an aircraft carrier to fly them off.

Very disappointed wish i had not spent the money on the 2018 catalogue now.

Hmm - of course you are entitled to your opinion

However - lets take the recent Trumpeter 1/200 Hood. The Hood association (the foremost authority) offered help to Trumpeter to produce the most accurate model possible (they had already colaborated over the 1/350 (considered the most accurate) Trumpeter ignored them and used a highly spurious 3D set of drawings with numerous errors resulting in a funnel that is the wrong size. This from a kit that will set most people back 250 quid !

Most of the Far East manufacturers seem to get away with shonkingly bad kits with horrible inacuracies yet Airfix get slaughtered for not releasing kits that may have only limited appeal in thier host market. One must assume that in their home markets a lot of these manufacturers output is very cheap and just make the Western world cough up.

 

 

Its diappointng that we get the usual moaning because Arfix are not Dragon or Trumpeter.

A lot of interesting releases - who can not want an FGR 2 ?

The Hunter (whether 2019 or late 2018 is  more of a problem. Why 36 notes ? its not as if there is masses of plastic. Probably no mrore than the Mitchel. One thnks that this alone may cause Airfix a problem.

Any suggestions from Airfix as to why this kit will be this price ?

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