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Great news, just had an e-mail from Espen ( Buchon Models) that he is inteding to do a MK XVI conversion for the new Airfix Spitfire when it comes out - sent a Lovely shot of a mock up he has just finished, so seems pretty comitted to it :).

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And thinking about it, hopefully that means an e- wing conversion in its own right !  Which he already does but not specific to the new Airfix kit, obviously due to it been out yet.

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G'day All,

               Just yesterday I got info on the, apparently, 'solid in-store' dates for the long awaited Airfix 1/24 Mk IX Spitfire. A mate of mine who writes on aviation and modelling topics in the UK sent me a message about the media and retailers' day at Airfix H.Q. last week. 

 

The main presentations were regarding their 1/48 Mk I Avro Anson and, more to the point of this thread; their 1/24 Mk IX Spitfire. My mate told me that Airfix had "quietly predicted" that stocks of both kits will be in UK stores from this week or the week after.

 

I'm an Aussie modeller (and ex-RAAF). I've had both kits on Pre-Order since April and May, respectively, so, the next bit of info was good news for me.

Hobby shops in the Antipodes will, I'm told, have the Ansons in-store by first week in December '22 and the big Spits will be in-store 2nd or 3rd week in November '22.

 

I then made a few calls to kit retailers down here who are good modelling mates; two of them confirmed those in-store dates, both saying that was the message they just received from Airfix (both asked how the heck did I know).

 

Now, I've got a favour to ask you good people about where I can find 1/24 RAAF Spitfire decal sheets for Aussie squadrons that flew Mk IXs in the Pacific towards the end of WW2.

I'd like to do a tribute build to a distant relative who flew them for the RAAF. I'm still trying to pin down which squadron he was with but that's not important at the moment.

If anybody here can let me know where I can buy Aussie 1/24 Mk IX Spit decals, I'd be truly grateful.

Essentially, all I need are the 'friendly fire' Aussie, blue and white roundels and the maroon/white/blue tail fin flashes. I can create the squadron letters from some stickers I have. The stencilling that comes with the kit will do me; but then, without a full decal sheet I can't do the other small markings that are unique to the RAAF. 

 

Anyway, I'll leave that with you. I hope the Airfix info turns out to be as accurate as I was assured it was.

Cheers, and all the best.

raafbloke

Bill Halliwell

PO Box 162 Lindisfarne Tasmania Australia

 

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12 hours ago, raafbloke said:

G'day All,

               Just yesterday I got info on the, apparently, 'solid in-store' dates for the long awaited Airfix 1/24 Mk IX Spitfire. A mate of mine who writes on aviation and modelling topics in the UK sent me a message about the media and retailers' day at Airfix H.Q. last week. 

 

The main presentations were regarding their 1/48 Mk I Avro Anson and, more to the point of this thread; their 1/24 Mk IX Spitfire. My mate told me that Airfix had "quietly predicted" that stocks of both kits will be in UK stores from this week or the week after.

 

I'm an Aussie modeller (and ex-RAAF). I've had both kits on Pre-Order since April and May, respectively, so, the next bit of info was good news for me.

Hobby shops in the Antipodes will, I'm told, have the Ansons in-store by first week in December '22 and the big Spits will be in-store 2nd or 3rd week in November '22.

 

I then made a few calls to kit retailers down here who are good modelling mates; two of them confirmed those in-store dates, both saying that was the message they just received from Airfix (both asked how the heck did I know).

 

Now, I've got a favour to ask you good people about where I can find 1/24 RAAF Spitfire decal sheets for Aussie squadrons that flew Mk IXs in the Pacific towards the end of WW2.

I'd like to do a tribute build to a distant relative who flew them for the RAAF. I'm still trying to pin down which squadron he was with but that's not important at the moment.

If anybody here can let me know where I can buy Aussie 1/24 Mk IX Spit decals, I'd be truly grateful.

Essentially, all I need are the 'friendly fire' Aussie, blue and white roundels and the maroon/white/blue tail fin flashes. I can create the squadron letters from some stickers I have. The stencilling that comes with the kit will do me; but then, without a full decal sheet I can't do the other small markings that are unique to the RAAF. 

 

Anyway, I'll leave that with you. I hope the Airfix info turns out to be as accurate as I was assured it was.

Cheers, and all the best.

raafbloke

Bill Halliwell

PO Box 162 Lindisfarne Tasmania Australia

 

 

Unfortunately Bill the RAAF didn’t fly any Mk IXs in the Pacific. Some RAAF Squadrons did fly them in Europe.

 

The Spitfires flown by the RAAF in the Pacific were Mk VIII’s, which can be built from the Mk IX but will require some modification.

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On 8/16/2022 at 9:42 AM, raafbloke said:

G'day All,

               Just yesterday I got info on the, apparently, 'solid in-store' dates for the long awaited Airfix 1/24 Mk IX Spitfire. A mate of mine who writes on aviation and modelling topics in the UK sent me a message about the media and retailers' day at Airfix H.Q. last week. 

 

The main presentations were regarding their 1/48 Mk I Avro Anson and, more to the point of this thread; their 1/24 Mk IX Spitfire. My mate told me that Airfix had "quietly predicted" that stocks of both kits will be in UK stores from this week or the week after.

 

I'm an Aussie modeller (and ex-RAAF). I've had both kits on Pre-Order since April and May, respectively, so, the next bit of info was good news for me.

Hobby shops in the Antipodes will, I'm told, have the Ansons in-store by first week in December '22 and the big Spits will be in-store 2nd or 3rd week in November '22.

 

I then made a few calls to kit retailers down here who are good modelling mates; two of them confirmed those in-store dates, both saying that was the message they just received from Airfix (both asked how the heck did I know).

 

Now, I've got a favour to ask you good people about where I can find 1/24 RAAF Spitfire decal sheets for Aussie squadrons that flew Mk IXs in the Pacific towards the end of WW2.

I'd like to do a tribute build to a distant relative who flew them for the RAAF. I'm still trying to pin down which squadron he was with but that's not important at the moment.

If anybody here can let me know where I can buy Aussie 1/24 Mk IX Spit decals, I'd be truly grateful.

Essentially, all I need are the 'friendly fire' Aussie, blue and white roundels and the maroon/white/blue tail fin flashes. I can create the squadron letters from some stickers I have. The stencilling that comes with the kit will do me; but then, without a full decal sheet I can't do the other small markings that are unique to the RAAF. 

 

Anyway, I'll leave that with you. I hope the Airfix info turns out to be as accurate as I was assured it was.

Cheers, and all the best.

raafbloke

Bill Halliwell

PO Box 162 Lindisfarne Tasmania Australia


 

 

apparently rubbish….

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Well I hope they improve the surface of the plastic as their Hellcat had a rough texture to the plastic on the fuselage and wings which is the main reason I didn't buy one. I'll stick with the Tamiya Spitfire but happy for those that build 1/24 scale.

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Although I have the Tamiya Mk IX and it is a work of art -however flawed as build reviews have confirmed that the intake is missing some trunking pieces that Airfix has accurately depicted in their 1/24 scale rendition- I will probably pass on this one and hold out for an accurate 1/32 Mk VB from Kotare. Very best of luck to Airfix in the development of this iconic fighter, as I'm sure it will be a centerpiece of pride to any large builder's collection ;)

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Tempted but have decided against a pre order, going to want to see a few being built first. I did see the build article in the Airfix magazine and the guy building it had to do some work on the ailerons, a lot of material needed removing. I know it was a test shot so I’m hoping Airfix rectify that but I couldn’t tell from the text if that was going to be the case or not. I’ll hold on to my Tamiya 1/32 kits for now. But it does look a very nice kit. 

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