Stop complaining! Just because they are old tools and borrowed tools does mean they are bad kits. True they may have rivets, no cockpits and thick trailing edges does not mean that this year is rubbish. Oversized ribs and thick trailing edges? Sand it down to scale. No cockpits? Better get that plasticard out! Get over it, we come always hope for the return of the Roy Cross boxes!
Its not these old re-releases that the problem, i am sure many will enjoy building these kits, though of course you can get many of them on the second hand market, and i must admit i am enjoying building my SM 79 and filling gaps you could drive a tank division through. Its the total lack of new subjects, especially British ones, that no one else is doing and that Airfix could clean up on.
They could have done an F-35. Plenty of companies have released that subject, now they have a year to produce some RAF markings. And while i am pleased to see that Phantom kit, saves me buying AM decals, i am sure the guys across the pond would have lapped up a US version.
Maybe they are putting lots of time into reserching new subjects for next year, but i certainly don't see 2019 being a fantastic year as the headline announces. On the 80th year of the company, i would have expected better than a host of kits that are nearly as old as the company itself.