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  1. Southern Bandit

    Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

    I sincerely doubt you there my friend, these are high quality enthusiast kits Airfix knock out these days in 1/24 and they are not cheap, fair play if you still brush paint, but I can really assure the vast majority of the membership have left the hairy stick behind a long time ago ... we did a poll about it recently. Recent Airfix 1/24 Aircraft kits like the Mosquito and Typhoon are seriously good kits and with no hesitation I would put this new Hellcat up there too.
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    Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

    Can we just discuss the kit we are actually getting please and not the kit we want or would prefer, or even debate about what is coming or not for the foreseeable future, side tracking is fun, but it sort of killed the original B-24 Liberator thread where it needed moulded to another and was sad to see my sincere Lib crash and tribute post got deleted too as a tangent. Right here and right now, Airfix are releasing a 1/24 a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, can we please focus on this, because this is the kit we are going to get for the foreseeable future.
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    Thanks Marine, so not really that much bigger than a B17 or Lanc, perhaps its the narrow width wings on the B-24 that make it look wider wing span, also guess it all depends on how much display space you have in your home, or indeed kit box storage space I barely have room for my projected WnW Lanc, so probably will need to decline on this one, do look fwd to fellow modellers builds though.
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    Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

    Yes, noticed this too. Perhaps subject to change though, but apart from this and the Instrument panel, it all look pretty damn good at this stage.
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    Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

    Looks amazing for sure, Airfix sure seem to have nailed the stressed skin effect, couple of thoughts and yup its early productions shots ... but the IP? it looks really soft, especially for 1/24 scale, am I missing something there? does the real one really look like that? the other thing was some of the riveting seems a bit heavy to me, but am no expert on this Aircraft type at all and of course know these are early shots and subject to change. Its been a long, loooooong time since I have built anything Airfix 1/24 but have noticed how good the Mosquito and Typhoon were from other folks build reviews, would have preferred 1/32 for this subject of course but might just go for this ... again would have preferred a tri colour option, but not applicable to the version this kit depicts I read here ... fair play on that too. Is there any midnight blue paint out there for this kit? Tamiya often release their own shades for new kits, but just thinking I'd need a fair bit of it if I were to buy the kit and would prefer not to mix it for correct shade
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    From the un-boxing video Gerhard posted the kit does actually look pretty good if not a bit massive, am I right in thinking a Liberator is larger than a B-17 or Lancaster? the wing span looks really "mahooosivly" wide, but maybe not so? If I was going to buy one it would be a D. I know some prefer the front turret look, but I like the large glazed nose look and that would lose one split glass turret to try fix too, it might also help see some interior detail but also make it harder to hide nose weight that I am guessing will be a fair bit for a tricycle undercarriage aircraft like this ... sure hope those legs are steel reinforced, I never noticed any steel parts in the unboxing but maybe I missed it. The only major disappointment seems to be the very basic engines, how much would be seen with the cowls on I dont know, but us as modellers would be uncomfortable knowing they were so basic, this will be one of the first serious add ons for the kit I suspect, hopefully followed closely by one part turret glazing .... but as some have said, for a blank canvas, this really does look quite good, the UK price is not too shabby either. I do like Liberators, but having committed to at least one WnW Lanc I really dont have the space for a finished one, would need to make space for the box even if it was to become a stash dust magnet as some of my kits do !!! Cant wait to see some talented modeller build one though, especially the D version once its out.
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    New, clean topic: HB B-24 Test Shot Photos

    Bigger box than I expected!
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    Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

    If Airfix are going to carry on this trend I'd like to see them do a Wildcat.
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    Airfix News Just in from Telford: 1/24 Hellcat!

    It looks a great kit, most unexpected release, just hope it does not stop Tamiya from producing a 1/32 one if that was on their schedule, Airfix's Mosquito never stopped Tamiya producing their own, or HK ... so maybe. Otherwise ... am tempted on this one.
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    Revell Super Hornet out in November?

    We'll know soon I guess, still waiting for sprue shots, but if indeed that is corrected and all is as good as recent Revell releases ... its a great price and will be a good seller, love the scheme they have chosen too so here is hoping the decal quality is good too.
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    Revell Super Hornet out in November?

    Why pay that when you can get it for £20 less here? https://www.jadlamracingmodels.com/revell-f-a-18e-super-hornet-04994-1-32-aircraft-model-kit/ Dealt with these guys many times afore, they are fair traders with fast delivery too.
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    David Aiken has passed

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    Revell Super Hornet out in November?

    This month perhaps. According to Jadlam in UK, price £59.95 discounted from £69.95, this release was delayed, perhaps because of the noticeably wrong spine shape and flat profile? the pictures in this link might be old ones, so not sure if this has been remedied or not? I'll wait until I see sprue shots first before deciding, but it would be a nice Christmas present treat if it is corrected for release. https://www.jadlamracingmodels.com/revell-f-a-18e-super-hornet-04994-1-32-aircraft-model-kit/
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    The Next Airfix 1/24 Kit Will Be...

    I've built most of the Airfix 1/24 from my younger days, built the Harrier when it was released in 74 or 75 and would have been 14 or 15 back then, we were living in Germany with Dad serving at RAF Wildenrath where they flew the GR1 Harriers at that time, had built all the releases before that too inc the Spitfire when it was first released, so must have been 12 or so for that kit ... damn I feel old now, never built the Mosquito or Typhoon though, just not my scale. I wish I could be so prolific building kits now as when I was a kid, they were no sooner bought with my pocket money and then rushed home for an immediate start and I never stalled on a build back then either, stashes were unheard of Out of all the realistic suggestions I've seen in this thread, probably the Gladiator seems best and would be severely tempted to break my no 1/24 rule for that, would love them to do a 1/24 Buccaneer or GR-4 Tornado or even Jaguar but thats not gonna happen.
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    Annual WNW Christmas kit speculation

    I know, but I'm still wishing.