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Allan ford

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allan ford

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The only good thing about Christmas from my perspective is that it's when I can get all the Airfix kits that are otherwise unaffordable.My partner and sister are very generous in this respect. 

Christmas,I can sit down on my own and get stuck in to some modelling! Wonderful!

allan ford

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 Depends how you define "global appeal". The term is very subjective and, if you ask 100 people what they think will be "global appeal", then you will get 100 different answers.

I think the previous comment probably answers your specific questionSmile. As for Airfix being "UK Centric"?. Well, I would not necessarily agree. They produce a good variety of subjects overall but, quite rightly in my view, they will produce subjects that will sell well in their home market. If that makes them UK centric, fair enough. I have no objection to that personally, especially if it keeps them in business

I don't always agree with Airfix subject choices but, if they donm't produce what I want, there are plenty other places to go!Smile

allan ford

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I tried Tamiya acrylics. Never again! Paint was drying almost as soon it left the brush making it well nigh impossible to get a smooth finish. I cannot comment on Vallejo but, my experience with Hataka acrylics was unfortunately entirely negative. I bought two of the smaller sets to try them. They are advertised as being suitable for brush painting. I beg to differ. I tried them on an old, pre-primed test model.Consistency was like milk. Colour density was appalling. Took 7 coats to get an opaque finish with one of the colours. Adhesion was minimal. Tried the masking tape test & it lifted huge patches of colour right down to the primer. Run a finger nail lightly over it & the stuff flakes off with little persuasion. I binned the lot. Will never use them again. Personally, I mostly use Revell Aqua & Humbrol. The Revell paints in particular brush on very smoothly giving a nice,even finish.  

allan ford

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 PS - Forgot to add that all of these boring aircraft kits actually sell in large numbers and generate a decent profit. If cars (and other pet subjects) don't, then you have your answer as to why Airfix are not producing new car kits

allan ford

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 There are surely sufficient manufacturers catering to to the car "market" are there not? Airfix will quite rightly concentrate on what sells best. I am sorry if the O P finds aircraft "boring" but then, I find cars even more so. One could use the same "why don't they" argument about anything of course. Maybe Airfix have "forgotten" about  A F V's (apart from a couple of recent kits) or, 1/144 airliners or, 1/600 ships or,1/144 rockets or OO/HO rolling stock or............................!???????Laughing

allan ford

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@barwick64

All the more reason to manufacture in the UK.

With respect, I think that might have an even worse effect on prices. While bringing production back to the UK might seem an attractive prospect, it also means removing production from dirt cheap labour cost India (or wherever kits are made) and bringing them to much higher labour cost Britain.This will have to be paid for and, it would be ironic indeed if this resulted in even higher kit prices. Would modellers not then be screaming about the high cost of UK produced kits and demanding that production be sent overseas where costs are lower?Laughing. At this point, I will confess to having no knowledge of business costs etc so, I have no idea what effect such a move would have on costs. Perhaps someone with business experience could enlighten us? It would be interesting to find out

 

Allan

allan ford

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allan ford

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 Well, I can certainly live without Spitfires, BF-109s & every other done to death already WWII subject. In fact, not only would I love for 2017 to be a TOTALLY SPITFIRE-FREE YEAR!!!Tongue Out, I would go even further and ask for a TOTALLY WWII FREE YEAR!.. There does seem however to be a very heavy bias towards aviation related subjects with maybe just a token vehicle or ship thrown in for good measure (Yes, yes. I KNOW these wingy things are supposed to be the most popular subjects!!)

However,would it hurt to show a bit of imagination for once? Eschew the standard 1/72 aircraft fare and branch out into a decent range of 1/350 WWII warships or (heaven forbid!) a brand new range of OO/HO railway locomotives. Offhand, I could probably count on no fingers at all the number of current manufacturers that produces a range of the latter - especially British diesel rolling stock. Now, before you all quote "Revell" or "Dapol" at me, I am aware that the former has produced a few items but, the latter is mainly 60s Airfix kits

Alan

allan ford

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 Well, I could certainly live without Spitfires, BF-109s, FW-190s & all the other done to death already WWII subjects. I do not honestly know how the Airfix bean counters decide what is or is not "commercially viable" but at least they have taken the plunge with more imaginative releases like the recent Whitley, Nakajima B5N  & Swift. There does however seem to be a very large bias in favour of wingy things with just a token vehicle or ship kit thrown in for good measure.

My third love (after my lovely partner - I know she reads this!!Laughing)and wingy things is wheely things that run on metal rails and, I am still disappointed that Airfix has ignored this aspect of modelling. Are model railway subjects really so "unpopular" or "unviable"?. Is it too much to hope for (for example) a series of British Diesel locomotives or, even steam?.

allan ford

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 Well, speaking as someone who used to use the FN/FAL (or L1A1) to use the British designation as part of his weekend job, I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat! Of course, I'd much prefer a real one to hang on my wall but,I think that might be problematical!!. If I remember correctly, LS issued a small rangle of 1:1 replica firearms? Anybody confirm/correct me on this

 

Allan

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