B206B3

Signature: JRF

Bio: I work for BAE Systems Tamworth NSW Australia, Helicopter flight training, to think they pay me to do it!!

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B206B3

7 posts

Yes some interesting developments. Still find it interesting the 1/24th Hellcat was released. I think Airfix has the basis for two excellent 1/24th scale models in their famous Spitfire and Bf109E 1/24th kits. A re-tool of those I would have thought, would be a good way to go, as they both had serious flaws and with a bit of work could be brought up to modern standards? Even the excellent 1/24th Hurricane had problems, wing dihedral issues and wing thickness. Benchmark kits are available in 1/32 scale for these aircraft and some good 1/24th scale from other manufacturers, but an update of these classics would be a good and not to expensive way to go? Having said that, fixing the Hurricane wings and indeed the 'flat plank' look of the Spitfire wings, would require a pretty significant modification?

Also, with the excellent Blenheim, Bristol Herculese engined Lancaster, Whitley and Wellington releases, the very much neglected but very important HP Halifax, is surely due for a re-tool?   

JRF

B206B3

7 posts

@RussellE

Yes that is what I’m hoping for, that the Spitfire and Hurricane will be re-tooled! They are such great kits that if they could be brought up to modern standards, the slab wings and wheel well/gunbays of the Spitfire fixed and the Hurricane wing dihedral problem plus better detail, these I think would be very popular despite the retail costs. I guess they could update the excellent 109 and sell all three as a BoB anniversary one box super kit!

 

JRF

B206B3

7 posts

Great to see the VC Wellington and the box art looks fantastic! Airfix could be starting a great trend here...I can see a 1/48 “Sailor Malan’s Spitfire Mk II, or Bob Tuck’s Mk V or how about a Cheshire VC Lancaster, Edwin Swales VC Lancaster? These would be great limited edition releases I reckon!

JRF

B206B3

7 posts

Very nice! I am a fan of pilot figures with kits and in flight posing. I did the excellent Airfix Hurricane MkI "in flight" and with the U/C half retracted "just after take off", all good fun! Spitfire MkI looks like a great kit! Makes me think of remarkable "Tuck's luck", as after landing from first sortie Bob Tuck's Spitfire just happened to be one fitted with the newly issued armoured glass bolt on windscreen. On the very next scramble, he charged a Me110 head on, taking some heavy hits right on the windsheild..... 

JRF

B206B3

7 posts

Looking very good!  I just got one for my birthday, looking forward to building it.  Amazing that monster RR Griffon engine in a MkV airfrafme, must have been interesting to fly!  Would have been great if it came with a V1 flying bomb!

 

JRF

B206B3

7 posts

Very nice job!  I built the old Revell 1/32 one a while back, which with a bit of work was spectacular, but the Airfix one probably one of the best in 1/72 available?

 

JRF

B206B3

7 posts

Just joined the Forum, have been very happy about the "re-birth" of Airfix!  I grew up on Airfix kits as a "wee lad", painted my first kit, a Bristol Freighter with a tiny make up brush of my Mum's, and using my one pot of Humbrol Med Blue gloss! Took me hours!  Lots of fond memories.  Learnt a great deal about aircraft parts names in those days with the old written out steps instructions! So have been very impressed with the "Re Tooled" kits and it is very good to see how successful they have been in the modelling world.  Have two on the go at the moment, a 1/72 Swordfish and the brilliant 1/48th Hurricane Mk1.  Excellent kits and right up there with the best in the bussiness. Looking forward to getting the new Lancaster and B17and Heinkel, if I can get them past the "trouble and strife"!!  So nice to see the Whitley now available.  Here is hoping Airfix has a re-tool of the Halifax in the pipeline.  If ever an imprtant aircraft has been very neglected in the modelling world, it's the poor old "Halibag"!  Agree with another forum member who comented on another neglected aircraft when it comes to kits, the Beaufort.  As such great to see the Re tooled Beaufighter and the Blenheims!  Full throttle Airfix!   

JRF

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