SWhy are ship modelers being left out?

david evans

10 posts

Why are ship modelers being left out? it was sad to see the Airfix stand at telford with no ship models on it. Up till between the two world wars the Royal Navy was the largest navy in the world. So with the new aircraft carrier HMS Elizabeth entering service, and airfix having had access to the real  ship to build a model. Don't you think the only major British kit producer should make a kit?

Patrick Camilleri

515 posts


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I agree 100%.  The new aircraft are brilliant but it's so sad to see no new ships being issued ......... 

John Symmons

990 posts

Hi David.

      I couldn't agree with you more, there's been several discussions on this very subject. But it seem Airfix isn’t  interested in ships any more except for occasionally re-issuing a few old tooling’s. I’m at present building the old Airfix “E-Boat” of 1976 vintage and I must say it’s still quite a good kit, with good fit; except for the hull and deck, and with a fair bit of detail, the crew members are actually superb easily up to the standard of, if not better, than the Revell German Navy set. Obliviously it could benefit from a new tooling, but even in it’d current state I’m sure it would still sell. Those 1/72 scale boats that Airfix issued way back have been re-appearing at various times over the years, and are a credit to the model designers and mould makers of the time. But as you say a new QE carrier’s just crying out for Airfix to make an effort as I’m sure it would sell like hot cakes. Maybe Airfix is quietly working on the model, but just hasn’t mentioned it. Still we can always live in hope. 

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Paul Brown

789 posts


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...So with the new aircraft carrier HMS Elizabeth entering service, and airfix having had access to the real  ship to build a model...

 

It's only fair to point out that the model was scratch built by Dave Coventry to a commission by the RN and with information supplied by the contractors. I think Airfix have 'borrowed' the model a couple of times for shows. I understand the frustration felt by ship modellers (although personally, if Airfix aren't doing subjects/genre that I'm interested in, I look elsewhere) and await next week's 2018 announcement with interest to see if any genres other than aircraft actually get a look in.

LeonF

74 posts

I'm not a 'big ship' modeller but I agree the lack of any in the current range is a sad sign of the times. 

I feel like I'm one of the few to have bought the LCVP and the reissued Rescue Launch. I would at least like to see a new LCM (in proper 1/72 and with a new Sherman for cargo)  as it was apparently one of the best sellers for many years, as well as new goes at the MTB, Launch, and S-Boot. Perhaps if they proved popular enough it could even kick-start the big ships range again and of course QE/PoW would be a good starting point (but not in 72...!) 

Ratch

2650 posts


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 Of course the LCM III wasn't capable of carrying a Sherman, so to go with their newly tooled Sherman (in 1/72 when they do it) I'd like a 1/72 LCT

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John Symmons

990 posts

Yeah! Kill two birds with one stone; ships and armour; I like your thinking Ratch.

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LeonF

74 posts

Of course I should have clarified that I would like a new LCM(6) which I believe saw wider service, had a long life, has plenty of conversions possibilities both minor and major, and had a greater load carrying capacity -  alongside a shorter, more weight limited LCM(3) for completeness. 

 

Once that's moulded it would then be off to do the myriad of other landing craft types (both personnel and vehicle) plus DUKWs, Buffaloes etc

Paws4thot

1250 posts

I think I've said this before, but the RAF Rescue Launch and new Walrus offer the possibility of a "The Sea Shall Not Have Them" boxing with just printing and moulding costs to write down.

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John Symmons

990 posts

Hi Paws.

I think I've said this before, but the RAF Rescue Launch and new Walrus offer the possibility of a "The Sea Shall Not Have Them" boxing with just printing and moulding costs to write down.

 

You thinking of a forced perspective diorama. 1/72 scale launch with a 48th Walrus, could look interesting.

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