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jopres57

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 Thanks to those who provided answers to my questions about vintage Airfix kit markings. The history of the individual aircraft and vehicles that we replicate in miniature is something I've never really thought about before. It actually opens up a whole new area of the hobby for me.

jopres57

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 I was really pleased to see these new re-releases, it could be that Airfix does pay some attention to what’s on the Forum after all. It's particularly good news to see the ships for sale at fair prices on this site rather than the rip offs on e-bay.

Anyone interested in vintage Airfix kits will probably remember the Messerschmitt 109G6 from the 1960's with one of the decal options being 'yellow 14' of JG 53 in Sicily 1943. There's a good article in this month’s edition of ‘Scale Aircraft Modelling' showing a 1/48 scale build of this very aircraft with some new (at least for me) information on the colour scheme and markings.

I've recently completed, for old times’ sake, a blister pack model of the old FW 190. It's full of inaccuracies but a very simple and pleasing build. The markings of this plane, TD + X1 do look a little odd. I wonder if anyone knows if this is based on a real aircraft or is something just made up by Airfix. I was also thinking of how many other old kits had made up markings (especially Axis), and how many were based on real aircraft. Does anyone have any information on this? The only ones I've ever seen pictures of is the B17G 'a bit o lace' , the previously mentioned Bf 109G,  Beaufighter MB-T, and Johnie Johnson's Spitfire

jopres57

60 posts

 I was only thinking a few days ago that the two main Airfix pilot figures, the classic WW2 and the 'where's mi pint?' jet jockey were ahead of their time. They actually look up to standard even now.  I was making a vintage F101 Voodoo a couple of weeks ago and decided to use a couple of figures from the dedicated Revell jet pilots set. Both crew looked good but the facial and uniform detail was actually quite poor compared to the thirsty Airfix chap, who's now at least fifty years old. I think it's a real tribute to the Airfix staff from the era that these moulds are still being used and don't look dated. It's a good idea that the pilots come in different sizes as well, because the Revell figures are too big for a lot of models, a point that I think has been made before on this forum. Could be that the Revell bods didn't take into consideration the scale thickness of cockpit walls? Anyway I can only hope that Airfix pay some attention to what's on this forum and return to issuing figures with all aircraft, and hopefully with vehicles as well.

jopres57

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There are a few Tarzan sets on the auction site at the moment but they are very expensive. The High Chapparal and Tarzan sets always seem to attract top prices. I think it's a good reason for Airfix to re-release old kits and figures now and again, it stops older fans from being ripped off. I'm sure a lot of us like to buy vintage stuff now and again for old times sake.

jopres57

60 posts

@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

60 posts

@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

60 posts

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

60 posts

 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.

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