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Airfix announcement - 1/24 Spitfire


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3 hours ago, Bradleygolding said:

Okay, so Airfix have listened to all of you who have been begging for an updated Spitfire on this and other sites. They have produced a new 1/24 scale super kit so you should all be happy, but you're not?

Although pleased that they have done this I am a little underwhelmed by it. After the incredible detailing of the Typhoons and Hellcat, this should have been the greatest Spitfire kit ever! Unfortunately it smacks of clunky detailing and and what appears to be very average surface detail (and I agree that the prop blade roots are wrong). As has been noted in other posts it offers no increase in detailing over the Tamiya kit and less that the Kotare one. It seems to have been designed on a very tight budget to maximize profit, which is not a bad thing for Airfix, just a bit disappointing for the rest of us.  Add to that Airfix's flour and water based plastic and it's all a bit nah. I did hear that some new models did have a much harder plastic so we will have to see. Like all these things I will wait until it is released and pass informed judgement then. Looking forward to more test shots over the coming months.

 

Steve

..Which are 1/32 kits so they both have a quite big (well, small) and obvious flaw if you want to build a 1/24 Spitfire ^_^

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Not the best photos unfortunately, sorry. My phone and low light aren't a great combo.

However I hope they give an idea of how this one looks. 

Built ootb it will be a very impressive model. With some care and attention plus some Airscale etc add-ons it could look spectacular. 

1/24th gives even more scope for super detailing if that's your thing. 

In the flesh the surface detail is beautifully rendered on these test shots. It's subtle in a Tamiya-esque way and quite restrained given what other manufacturers have put out in this scale. I hope it can make it to the finished item. 

Alot of thought has gone into the design to help make construction easier . The kit has a beefy wing spar to help with the dihedral too so no more droopy wings. 

 

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Two styles of vertical tails are included in the kit plus clipped wings in clear plastic to provide the wing tip lights. 

 

I get that alot of folk are confused by this choice. Yes, the Tamiya offering is still likely to be the best fitting Spitfire kit available but hopefully this Airfix offering is a close second. When one considers just how much some of the big models cost these days, £95 isn't really that much. Of course it's much more than smaller scale models but not completely out of whack. 

 

Interestingly, Airfix have redesigned their Superkit box for this model. It's a taller but much more compact box. It'll be fascinating to hear how folk react to that too. 

 

All in all I was extremely impressed. Now I have to start saving my pennies for the middle of the year when it is supposed to land. 

 

Cheers. 

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8 hours ago, airscale said:

Fantastic news!

 

Will be on to airfix to get some test parts when available 

 

I don't understand why everyone is going on about tamiya 1/32 Spits, this is a new 1/24 kit - you don't buy it if you want a 1/32 one..  

 

I love large scale so happy days, I just wish it was a MkXlV  but its great to see them make the investment in keeping the 'superkit' range alive

 

Fully agreed Peter. In order to even produce such a kit, they need to make the necessary revenue, so the kit is (quite rightly) aimed at the average modeller. Compared to the original Airfix Mk.1a 1/24 scale offering (a more accurate comparison), is it an improvement? Yes, it is.

 

Comparing it to a Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire kit (as good as that kit is) simply on a quality for similar cost ground is not, IMHO, a particularly valid argument. Are the details super-refined, probably not. Does it offer a good standard of detail - yes, so it is more than a good starting point for those whom wish to go down the super detail route.

 

Finally, looking at the breakdown of the kit parts (from those that I could see), it appears that it has been carried out logically and in a way that offers future versions, including Griffon engined ones if they so wish. So, overall, well done Airfix!

 

Regards

 

Derek 

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1 hour ago, geedubelyer said:

 

 

Two styles of vertical tails are included in the kit plus clipped wings in clear plastic to provide the wing tip lights. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to take & post those pics, as well as writing such a detailed description. 
 

Could you clarify the excerpt of your post above? Does the kit have the later pointed rudder as well as the traditional rounded rudder?

 

Thanks again. 

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10 minutes ago, GMK said:

Does the kit have the later pointed rudder as well as the traditional rounded rudder?

 :doh:

1 hour ago, geedubelyer said:

Two styles of vertical tails are included in the kit plus clipped wings in clear plastic to provide the wing tip lights. 

 

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Well, I don't build in 1:24 - but I'll take at least one!

 

And I suspect I may end up carving one up to make a bigger two-seater than my last one.  ;)

 

It's going to be difficult to better the Tamiya kits - although I can already see there's more detail around the engine in the Airfix kit (ignition harnesses etc.). But earlier comparisons are a bit of a moot point - the kits are different scales - and the Airfix kit will have a lot of 'presence'.

 

Iain

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6 hours ago, Chek said:

 

There's the issue of companion models to consider. I can't see any added detail in the new Airfix kit, which isn't present in the Tamiya 1/32 series (other than the Rolls-Royce logo on the cam cover). However if they announced a follow up Mk XIV coming in the next year or two, I'd certainly reconsider.

 

This is precisely the point some are missing: companion models. 

 

This year sees the release of the (by all accounts) Radu-designed 1/32 Revell Hurricane, so those like me treating the Spitfire and Hurricane as an inseparable ensemble are leaning heavily towards the Kotare Spitfire + Revell Hurricane. 

However, like Chek, I'd buy a 1/24 Griffon Spitfire just because it's a thing of beauty to treat as a stand-alone objet d'art.

 

Tony 

 

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...Although Johnny E Johnson's Mk.IXc falls into the same category, so I may end buying in both 1/32 and 1/24 — oh the joys of rampant consumerism Denis Diderot cautioned us all about many years ago.

 

Tony 

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2 hours ago, GMK said:

Could you clarify the excerpt of your post above? Does the kit have the later pointed rudder as well as the traditional rounded rudder?

 

Thanks again. 

Yw GMK. 

Yes, both rudders are included in the kit according to the Airfix bods. :thumbsup:

I thought I'd got a photo showing both but I couldn't find it, sorry. 

 

Hth

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so I spoke to airfix - interesting what they said for those knocking the details / plastic in the test shot..

 

"When it comes to a physical sample, the first shots weren’t ideal and we are due to receive second shots at some point that may change certain aspects. Provided that these second shots are up to standard, I’d be more than happy to send a sample across. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of these shots."

 

I have faith, it will be superb value and the ultimate canvas for a brilliant build (which airscale will give a little help to of course :))

 

Peter

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