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  1. I've been hunting for one as well for a while... Every time I checked with Hannants, they were out of stock (Revell seem to be getting quite bad at shipping to the UK these days for some reason.....) However, I managed to pick one up in the most unlikely of places yesterday (28/06/2022). Currently on holiday in Dorset, and popped over to The Tank Museum at Bovington. After spending a few hours wandering round looking at a few target things (usually prefer winged flying objects) , popped into the museum shop to have a look around. Not expecting to find anything that flies, to my surprise there were a few Razor Crests on the shelf!!!! One of them very quickly left with me
  2. https://uk.airfix.com/community/blog-and-news/workbench/new-spitfire-test-frame-exclusive New blog and sprues! @LSP_Kevin, @LSP_K2 (not sure who to tag and ask about this...) As there are two threads running about this, would it be a wiser idea to merge the two into a single thread? (Your names are the only ones I could remember as being admins... Sorry!)
  3. According to various reports, the aircraft was undergoing engine repairs - it literally was grounded! On it's last trip, it was reported to be having engine problems. They managed to complete the job it was on, but had to return to the home base in Ukraine for essential repairs - which meant removing one or more of its engines. Massive aircraft, means it cannot take off without all it's engines! Grounded until repairs could have been completed
  4. I built this kit a few years ago, the undercarriage is more than capable of supporting the weight of the model if built up correctly. Sadly I had to recycle mine due to the kit having been knocked off the drawers where it was being displayed, several parts of it were damaged beyond repair, including the undercarriage. But had been sat, without any problems for several years using only the kit part
  5. Just had a look at the Instructions - has exactly the same loadout as the new Airfix 1/24th Mk IXc : 2x Hispano Cannon - 4 x Browning 0.303 MG.
  6. If anything has been omitted, it would only be for clarity - ie to allow you to see other detail (like the whole of the fuselage and undercarriage in the above pic) From what can be seen of the armament in the above - I agree we can see a cannon in the Starboard wing, and 2 x 0.303 in port & starboard wings. Due to the angle the rendering is produced, the engine is blocking the view of the cannon in the port wing, but can definitely see the ammo crate in the wing. The "C" type or universal wing could accommodate various weapons fits, up to 4 x cannons + 4 x 0.303 MG, however due to the weight of all 4 cannons being fitted causing a massive hit on performance, it was more common NOT to have all 4 fitted at once. The most common arrangement was as shown in the renderings. Just to clarify, the "c" referenced in MK IXc refers to the wing type fitted to the aircraft, and not a subtype of Spitfire. (Hope I have my info correct, gleaned from the Valiant Wings Book on the merlin powered Spitfires)
  7. @airscale Tom p made a comment about the new Airfix price being under £100 and in 1/24; compared to the relatively high cost of the 1/32 tamiya and the thread took a sideways meander. My comment was to try and show the actual cost of the tamiya kit across various retailers. At the end of my comment, I did state that this thread was actually about the new Airfix kit, not the tamiya kits and why I would be buying direct from Airfix.
  8. Hannants prices: Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXc Kit No 60319 £120 Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk VIII Kit No 60320 £135 Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk XVI Kit No 60321 £135 Wonderland Models, Edinburgh Same kits, Same prices (currently 10% off) E-Models, Stoke-on-Trent No Mk XVI MK XVIII £140 currently £133 MK IXc £120 currently £114 By no means an exhaustive list, just the ones I personally use on a semi-regular basis and the same prices across the board more or less. Yes you can find cheaper, on sites like E-bay who don't have the infrastructure that standard retail have to pay for. But as this is about the New Airfix kit. I agree with the original sentiment. £95 is actually semi-reasonable for a 1/24 super detailed kit like the Spitfire. I will more than likely end up buying one, however I will get it direct from Airfix due to being an Airfix Club member and therefore getting an automatic 10% discount at checkout for all orders! (Plus the money goes direct to Airfix and helps their bottom line! More money in the pot for product development, win-win!) Much better value than paying well over £100 for what is essentially a 12 year old moulding in 1/32!
  9. If you are referring to the new 1/24 announcement by Airfix, the Mk IX was the last of the MERLIN engine powered versions of the Spitfire, and was NOT powered by the Rolls Royce Griffon. There is already a discussion about it in LSP Discussions sub-forum.
  10. I had a feeling something like this was coming as they were participating at the Spitfire Day @ Duxford. My little spidy sense was tingling away. Why else would they be at such an event unless they had a really significant item to announce, literally the day before their 2022 catalogue announcement. Whilst I have their 1/24 Typhoon (x3) & Hellcat in the stash, I have a sneaky suspicion that a spitfire will be joining them in the future.... And at around £95 ( $176AUD Approx) I think that's a reasonable price. The Typhoon & Hellcat were over £120 each (I got one Typhoon with a significant discount via Airfix Members Club offer and one for under £50.....)
  11. https://uk.airfix.com/products/supermarine-spitfire-mkixc-a17001?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=New+Super+Kit&utm_campaign=Airfix-+New+Kit+-+week+41+21%2F22&modal=-zoom Hot off the heels of the Spitfire day being held at Duxford come the announcement of a new 1/24 Spitfire from Airfix: Spitfire Mk IXc. According to the product page, 4 decal options!
  12. The main colours I use are Tamiya - which means I have to convert every kit I buy (except Tamiya kits obviously) from their preferred paint manufacturer to a Tamiya equivalent. I have 4 notebooks that I use for this. Consequently, can spend a couple of hours or so researching the correct colours used on any kit that I'm doing the colour conversions. The worst I ever find are Revell due to their insistence on not using the correct names or FS references for the colours given in any kits. Occasionally they may do, but 99% of the time they are wrong, or so mismatched as to be a joke. I much prefer using a single colour and not mixing paints, that way you get some sort of consistency of colour from bottle to bottle instead of having to mix pots 60% of a to 20% of b to 20% of c, and not getting the exact same shades if you run out and have to mix more part way through a larger model! Even with Eduard I still do some research into the correct colours, but invariably I do trust their research is correct on the whole. I think (and sad that they may be closing) Kitty Hawk also have bad colour callouts (or lack of them) in their instructions. I spend hours researching what colours should be in cockpits, air intakes, wheel wells, jet exhausts, etc or even on the Etendard IV P / IV M the correct colour of one of the Etendard retirement schemes which the upper colour is given as a mix of two Gunze lacquer paints (found it though eventually!)
  13. UK still uses MPH, along with Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, Guernsey, Isle Of Man & Jersey (please note that Isle of Man, Jersey & Guernsey are not nor never have been part of the UK, but are self governing Crown Dependencies that have their own governments, and set their own laws independently of the UK and are not therefore represented at or by the UK Government).
  14. I used eBay once and got stung - had to threaten the seller with legal action to get the kit for which I had won the auction (I also think a certain amount of self bidding from the other side was happening). In the end, a month after I had paid for the kit, I finally got it through the post. I have never used it since. This was back in 2011/2012 when I first got back into modelling after my 20+ year hiatus.
  15. it tells you to do this on the original Revell (Germany) instructions as well (guess how I know that little snippet...........)
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