SWhy are ship modelers being left out?

Paws4thot

1238 posts

@John Symmons

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.

Remember we do this for fun                               John the Pom.

That hadn't occured to me, but the whaleback builds waterline, and there is a scene out at sea where the Walrus flies past the whaleback...

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

I've said it far too many times before, but it is a real shame that the only British plastic model company has ignored the very rich history of the British Royal Navy. This was not true in the 1960s, when Airfix led the world's modeling companies in ship modeling, but they never expanded their selection since then. It is a remarkable shame.

david evans

10 posts

I have acquired the new 2018 Airfix catalogue. Wish I had saved my money, to buy a ship kit off one of the overseas company's that regularly produce kits. I also feel sorry for armour kit modellers. Sorry Airfix feel so let down I've been building your kits for nearly fifty years. No longer I fear

Autumn66

7 posts

It's not just about war ships though.  Airfix can think ahead too

What about for example  J-Y Cousteau's Calypso  ... iconic entry into the era of  sea exploration, protecting the natural environment , modern stuff

Ratch

2639 posts


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 How many people under 50 have heard of the Calypso though Frown

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Autumn66

7 posts

Hmm fair point, supply n demand again, few in the UK that is  .  Mind you isn't the "over-50" net a rather significant one ?  (or put another way how many under-50s in useful employ have enough time for this hobby though )

Ratch

2639 posts


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 The number of Stater kits indicate a significant younger element, and while there may be as many over 50s, the vast majority appear to be aircraft modellers. Those of us who venture into the dark water of ship modelling are on a forced diet.

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Autumn66

7 posts

That seems a real shame given the superior level of detail that can go into classic ship modelling

As for Starter Kits, I wouldn't consider something as detailed as the Calypso to figure in that target "give-it-a-go" market at all

 

 

Ratch

2639 posts


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 What has the Calypso to do with the price of chips? Airfix don't make it and aren't likely to start any time soon (at all)!

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drtemplar

95 posts

Revell re-released the 1:125 Calypso as "Ocean Exploration Vessel" in 2010. 

I seem to remember it was renamed to avoid having to pay royalties.

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