Having just commented on the 1/350 thread, thought I'd leave a short note here too. The RN is dying. It has too few ships and the public don't care. At one time there were campaigns for the RN to have more battleships. Now we've just sold off the flagship, HMS Ocean, after decommisioning the previous three flagships for scrap. The populace show hardly a flicker of interest.
The two new carriers are the last hope that anyone will take an interest in the RN. Of all the ships that should be modelled by Airfix, these are vital. They will be in service for decades and could possibly be the last RN carriers. They will have name recognition worldwide and while they won't be the biggest, they could still be amongst the best. I think if Airfix doesn't produce these two new ships in 1/350 someone else will. The difference would be that Airfix get the opportunity to be the British manufacturer to model the largest British warships ever.
These kits would be in demand for decades, and was the ships are modified they could be too. Produce two kits, QE and PoW and you have the basis of an entire series of kits. After all, you already have the destroyers, but could also have the next generation of frigates and Bulwark/Albion, if they survive the savage cuts. Add a series of kits of the aircraft that serve upon the ships and frankly it becomes a no brainer.
Airfix champion British aircraft more than anyone else but are lacking in both ships and armour. It would be tough to establish a range of armour, but warships, well, that would be possible with the right long term strategy. Airfix had fifty years or more production from some warship molds produced in the 1960s. People were willing to buy those kits long after they stopped being of the standard we expect from kits produced even in the 1980s.
So, a HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales in 1/350. I'd also advise an HMS Vanguard battleship in 1/350. HMS Hermes, Eagle and Ark Royal in the same scale. You name it, if someone doesn't already make it then it would sell. Oh, and just to cap it, in 1/72 could someone please produced an HP 42, Shorts Empire C Class and most of all an Avro Lincoln?