Dabhand

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dabhand

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The proprietors of the two local LMS to me both say that as the Spitfire is their best selling kit over all scales, a new mould spitfire would be a sure seller.  So, perhaps Airfix has one 'bubbling under'?  

I'd love to see a Gladiator in the scale, but perhaps there'd be a limited longer term market for such a kit.

dabhand

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I'm almost certain that I recently saw these in a yellow 'Hat' box?

dabhand

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Airfix figures were good weren't they!

And your take on the Afrika Corps figures 'ist gut'!

dabhand

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My favourite HO/OO Airfix figures.  Had many battles against my best friends US Marines using glass marbles as the primary weapon of both sides.....

dabhand

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Very interesting.  What would the protective suit/coverall be made from I wonder?  Russian-like rubberised material would have been largely unavailable to the Germans.  So I guess there would have been disposal suits like those used by British forces today and since the late 1950s.

Modelling concurrent American, British and Soviet chemical/biological hazard suits and displaying these like for like would be a great subject.

dabhand

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I remember buying and finishing the Airfix napoleonic period 54mm figures, and they were very good being challenging and developmental too.  I recal that straping was provided for by way of plastic card.  They produced very nice figures which my parents very much liked too.

As I recall, there were also American War of Independance and English Civil War figures available too.

Price-wise, they were series 1, other than horsemen - there was a bengal lancer as I recall - which were series 2.  These prices were far below those charged for the then widely available metal figures.  Seeing what can be done with these products, at shows and exhibitions, is inspirational.

dabhand

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I have washed parts prior to assembly, but have found that as construction progresses there is often a need to sand down seams/filler etc, and doing this usually results in the partially completed model receiving a wash in warm, soapy water.  Some kits, generally older ones or remoulds of old kits have had visable release agent on them, particularly on concave surfaces, and this warrants a wash. 

I always do this a a bowl and not the sink.  The washed kit is inspected for loose/missing parts on removal from the bowl and the residual water/washing up liquid checked for loose parts before draining. 

I have found that a light wash before finishing [ie painting] does provide a better surface than otherwise if only that dust otherwise attracted to a model about to be painted is generally removed.

dabhand

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I seem to recall a deck of playing cards featuring the 'old' boxtop pictures as well as a book that presented Ian Huntley [? - the prolific box-top artist of the 60s/70s] package art.

I almost certain that Airfix produced jigsaws and tablemats and even tobacco tins featuring this artwork from time to time in days gone by.....

I believe that there would be a market for a book featuring repreoductions of the card based kit artwork and assembly instructions - the picture could be shown with some information about when produced etc and appear of the left page with the instructions/information etc on the right.  It would compliment those earlier Airfix books published in the 2000's?  It's appeal would be to those who originally bought/assembled the kits.

Thinking about this, the older 'bag headers' could also be published where they were different?

dabhand

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I find myself buying the new Airfix military aircraft when they appear in my LMS, but they tend not to get built as quickly.

So, my latest 'acquire and builds' have been the Seaking helicopter in both the recent new mold and the older kit issued with an additional fret allowing recent RN aircraft to be built.  However, the 'older' kit has been the one which I've progressed more with and I am going to finish it in the markings of the Apollo recovery bird 'no 66' having acquired decals from a specialist supplier. 

The new kit is unquestionably better, but I have progressed faster with the inaccurate, raised rivett, poorly fitting cockpit glazing version than the very high quality new mould.  The challenges presented by each kit are different and complementary to my skill set, with the older kit allowing me to develop new skills and the newer one to apply the skills I have.

OK, the older Airfix kit isn't the best to use for the Apollo chopper ('66' being used upto Apollo 13), but some work with a razor saw and filler for the holes and gaps results in a model that has nostalgic value to me!

dabhand

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Given the retail prices of individual kits, I suspect this'd be too expensive for general modellers/kit bashers to buy.  Also, I don't imagine that the individual kits had that big a production run, so this'd potentially be small too.

 

Airfix have produced some very good models of British jets of the 50's and 60's.  There might be some mileage in bringing these together.  I could see a market for a Sabre, [the new] Hunter and the Lightning being boxed together - moreso if an early lightning was produced.  This collection could be competitively priced: value added to all levels of modeller?

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