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jopres57

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@LeonF

Do young modellers,  because of their age and inexperience,  somehow deserve less quality by default? Lose them early, to either brand loyalty or the hobby as a whole, and it'll be hard to win them back. 

 Don't get me wrong there are several of the 'retired' moulds i would like to get my hands on at less than extortionate prices, but am i willing to fall back 50 years quality wise for mere nostalgia only to open a box and tut loudly as would often be the case - the DH88 comes to mind. . 

 As I said, let the die with respect. Encourage new blood with simpler kits* rather than older 'fits where it fits' moulds and reward the experienced folk with 21st century quality.

 

 

I still think that some of the seventies and eighties kits weren't all that bad, although some of the really old kits are so poorly moulded now that kids probably couldn't make them. With regards to the general quality of some older kits, it's probably difficult to assess whether or not younger modellers would appreciate the difference between them and a newly moulded simplified kit, unless Airfix went the way of Hobbyboss and started producing kits with only a few pieces.

I think having two new versions of kits, one simplified and one state of the art, may be an expense too far for Airfix. If only a new mould that is simplified is produced, that's going to disappoint a lot of people.

I do think that Airfix need to spend more time considering how to entice young people into the hobby though, they don't seem to be having much success at the moment. Roll on the day that kits are back on the shelves of corner shops.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jopres57

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@LeonF

 Let the old moulds fade away with dignity rather than dragging them out eveey year from now to eternity.  

I think there is an argument for keeping some of the old kits going, simply because they are a lot easier to build for a beginner. The new kits are great but would be a bit of a challenge for an eight year old. I received my new Phantom last month and even I was a bit apprehensive about the contents of the box, along with the instructions that look like a car maintenance manual ! I remember making the original Airfix Phantom F4B at the age of about ten, one of my all time favourites, but I don't think I could have managed this new kit at the same age.

The point is that we need new blood in the hobby. Encourage people at age eight to ten and there's a chance they'll be hooked for life, the new kits will probably put most of them off.

An option may be to re-release some of the older stuff but clearly label each as a basic kit suitable for ages 8+.

jopres57

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I was amused to see the Tiger 1 tank is still in the 2018 catalogue, I assume this is still the nineteen sixties version that has risen from the dead more times than Captain Scarlet ! I'm sure someone at  Airfix is keeping it going as a bet.

Seriously though, if this old warhorse can keep going why can't some of the others. I'd like to see the Scimitar tank kit finally updated from the prototype before the real thing finally retires from service after nearly fifty years! I've said before on the forum how disappointing it is that the main UK model manufacturer does not produce more British Army kits. Things don't seem to be changing unfortunately.

jopres57

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@barwick64

All classic kits long over due a re-release

 The Marauder is being re-released this year. It may help if Airfix fans go out of their way to buy one or two of these. It may encourage them to re-introduce a few more seventies kits, some of them weren't too bad.

jopres57

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 Whoops, further to my previous post, I've just realised that Czechia is supposed to be the new name for the Czech Republic. Sorry about that but I don't think the name has really caught on, probably a reason for the lack of replies to the original question.

jopres57

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 Hello James. I read this post a few weeks ago and made the mistake of thinking that you were planning to go to Chechnya to fly drones, probably a bit hazardous considering the present situation!

On re-reading last night I realised that you probably mean the Czech Republic. The Czechs are in the EU so I would imagine that drone flying laws are fairly liberal.

Information on the IPMS nationals can be found at the web site for the Czech IPMS, which is at http://ipmscze.cz/. The site is in Czech but can probably be translated on the net. I would expect that if you make contact with them there will be several people who speak good English.

 It looks like last years 'Nationals' were in September.

Hope this is of some use to you.

jopres57

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 If I remember rightly, back in the day before sponsorship a lot of teams had shirts and shorts that were similar, if not the same, as other teams. I used to paint subbuteo figures years ago but with some of the current strips I would dread having to do it now!  Perhaps it would be an opening for a good decal manufacturer. The subbuteoworld web site has a lot of teams for sale, so they must be getting coloured somehow.

I remember there was a bit of a scandal in the seventies when it became widely known just how little the official subbuteo player painters were being paid at the time.  

jopres57

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I noticed today that the Daily Mail newspaper is offering a free Airfix kit with its newspaper at the weekend. I think we can probably expect the usual 'politically correct' suspects to call for a boycott of Airfix. Hope everybody tells them where to go

jopres57

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I switched to the internet, particularly e-bay, for kits because I like to have a browse before I buy anything and sometimes I don't buy anything at all. Try doing that in a model shop more than once or twice and you will probably get a distinctly frosty reception. I usually spend about five hundred quid a year on kits and various bits and pieces, which is not an enormous amount but a few like me would possibly help to keep a model shop in business. The attitude of people who work in these shops, and I've been in quite a few, is often a bit depressing. My local model shop also has a web site where you can supposedly order kits and they will let you know when they come in. I didn't have much success with that either. I think a lot of shop owners really need to get their act together, sorry about this but I think it needs to be said.

jopres57

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I would like to see more information in general about aircrew uniform colours, as well as more details about aircraft interiors and armament. These have been neglected areas since the start of plastic modelling. I'm glad to see more information and cockpit/weapon decals in some of the more recent kits from Airfix, but some articles in the Airfix Mag would be particularly welcome. 

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