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PostPosted: Mon 16 Nov 2015 14:16 pm 
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No doubt Stephen P will make a proper thread.

Announced this morning, 10:00 16/11/15
As well as the new kits announced at Telford SMW
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1/72 Sea King HAR3
1/48 Hurricane Mk1 Trop

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a late Beaufighter MkX with thimble nose
BaE Hawk in 2016 Red Arrows colours.
Ju87/ Gladiator double [ Norway or Battle of France?]

a Somme Centenary anniversary set

a re-issue of the 1/48 Canberra B2

And a variant of the 1/32 Aston Martin DB5.
When I saw that in the 'new for 2016' list I thought maybe a new moulding, but it looks like just a colour change.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Nov 2015 14:33 pm 
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Surprisingly, because the admin on the Airfix forums announced that the range is doing well, there are no new Quick-Build kits.

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Well, as all the juicy releases were already known (Victor, B-17 and Shack), I am less than overwhelmed. I used to enjoy having the entire new range unveiled at one time, but can well understand that the marketing bods want something to shout about all year. I am intrigued to see the listing for the Battle of the Somme Centenary Gift Set, but this brings back bad memories of previously promised sets that never appeared. The big question is which figures they will use. They cannot use their current WWI figures as they are for the first few months of the war, so I shall watch with interest.
As pleased as I am with some of the releases, we are also being sold short (as always) in areas that are not aircraft related. No new ships, no new vehicles (I don't count the U.S.A.F. release) and no new figures. I just hope that the re-release programme includes some that have not seen the light of day for far too long.

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As a 72 scale aviation buff am I the only person who is somewhat underwhelmed by these new releases?

There are some new gems, such as the Victor, Fokker EII, Jet Provost and Be2c but the rest seem to be re-hashes of albeit new moulds - plus did the world really need a new B17G and He 111H-6 I wonder?

The Blenheim 1f and Whitley re-hashes seem logical and meet a need but sadly the others seem to miss the mark (no pun intended) with a Spitfire Va instead of a Vb or Vc. We also have another Beaufighter X instead of a 1F, and a Martlet instead of perhaps a Hellcat or Corsair.

By contrast the new 48th scale kits seem to be far more exciting so hopefully 2017 will yield more exciting additions to the 72 scale range such as a B24/25/26/29 and even maybe a Spitfire XII and Me 262?

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I wonder why I bother :roll:
All these products were added to our History Section last week :smt024:

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I'm obviously a bit behind here as I'm only an occasional visitor/contributor to the forum so my awareness of the new range only came via a mail from Airfix today. However my comments are still worthy of consideration as they are objective, genuine, well intentioned and intended to add to the general debate.

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My remark was a general one and not aimed at you, or anyone in particular Colin 8-)
One wonders why Airfix went through the charade of saying the Official 2016 Range will be announced on 16-11-15 when the 2016 Yearbook was freely available at SMW Telford from 7-11-15 :roll:

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Ratch wrote:
One wonders why Airfix went through the charade of saying the Official 2016 Range will be announced on 16-11-15 when the 2016 Yearbook was freely available at SMW Telford from 7-11-15 :roll:

A phrase about failing to get a group of chums drunk on a trip to a brewery comes to mind. :shrug:


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Ratch wrote:
One wonders why Airfix went through the charade of saying the Official 2016 Range will be announced on 16-11-15 when the 2016 Yearbook was freely available at SMW Telford from 7-11-15 :roll:

Well, to be fair, it may be available, but it's not free.

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Ratch wrote:
I wonder why I bother :roll:
All these products were added to our History Section last week :smt024:

I started the thread so the new releases could be discussed, and moaned about :wink:

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Know how you feel Ratch!

I have added an update with comments to the Stop Press section of the ACC website, but apart from the Yearbook code number there was nothing new to be added.

There are errors in the Yearbook but the first Airfix and I saw of it was at Telford, so I will have to live with my name spelled incorrectly.

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Well, to be fair, it may be available, but it's not free.

All the new issues and retirements have been recorded in our History Section over the past week - which is free :!:

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There are errors in the Yearbook but the first Airfix and I saw of it was at Telford, so I will have to live with my name spelled incorrectly.

I've offered to proofread the 2017 Yearbook/catalogue :geek:

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For the Ju87/Gladiator DfD could I offer up the Mediterranean possibilities of Malta and Greece?

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Its possible but I would suggest the Norwegian campaign.
My reasoning; the new Ju87 is a B-1. The B-1 was replaced by the B-2 and R by the end of summer 1940. The Italians only used the B-2 series.
The Gladdy could have markings for either RAF or RNoAF

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Nov 2015 20:42 pm 
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Well, I'll certainly grab a few of these, highlights for me are mostly the 1:48 kits, tropical Hurricane, Defiant, Meteor and Stuka, plus the Victor in 1:72. I'll also grab the WWI aircraft, hoping to encourage Airfix to tool up some more next year! I wonder if the Sea King AEW.2/ASaC.7 sprue from the older boxing will fit the new HAR.3 tool, I have a few lying around that I got from Modelzone for a pittance (£2.99 each I think), and they could easily be donors, rather than slog away at the old kit.

There's some price increases in the range too, though it's been a couple of years since the last price rise, so far the increased prices are only on the 2016 range, but I'd expect the existing catalogue to be bumped up at some point.
Series 1: remaining at £5.99
Series 2: from £7.99 to £8.99
Series 3: unknown, no 2016 kits in this series.
Series 4: from £14.99 to £16.99
Series 5: from £16.99 to £18.99
Series 6: from £19.99 to £21.99
Series 7: still listed at £21.99, expect that to change.
Series 8: from £24.99 to £27.99
Series 9: from £29.99 to £32.99
Series 10: from £32.99 to £36.99
Series 12: from £49.99 to £54.99
Series 19: from £99.99 to £109.99
Medium starter sets (Series 2 aircraft/cars): from £9.99 to £11.99
Large starter sets (Series 3/4 aircraft): from £14.99 to £16.99

While this may seem pretty galling when inflation in the UK is hovering barely above zero most of the year, the quality of kits seems to still be on the rise, and most of the pre-Hornby toolings (certainly in aircraft, less so in other ranges) have been dropped from the catalogue for now (1:72 Mosquito, three airliners, Sunderland, Halifax, O/400, 1:48 Mosquito, 1:48 Lightning and the 1:24 superkits are all that remain for aircraft), which will reduce the old kit in new box complaints. Though does this mean much more of the range will now only ever reappear via Kitstarter?

I hope all the 1:600 ships being dropped from the range (bar Belfast and the passenger liners) means that they're going to start work on new toolings, but somehow I doubt it :(

Edit: The Yearbook says there will be some more QuickBuild kits to be released 'late 2016', but no more detail than that.

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Does anyone if the Spitfire Va is just A02010 with new decal options or if there are other changes.


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Does anyone if the Spitfire Va is just A02010 with new decal options or if there are other changes.


It should be just new decal options. All the Mk.Va parts are already in A02010.

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Its possible but I would suggest the Norwegian campaign.
My reasoning; the new Ju87 is a B-1. The B-1 was replaced by the B-2 and R by the end of summer 1940. The Italians only used the B-2 series.
The Gladdy could have markings for either RAF or RNoAF


I was thinking Norway as well but for a different reason: the Gladiators on Malta were all Sea Gladiators so they were fitted with an arrestor hook that I don't think is an option with the current Airfix kit.

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Good point. I forgot that.

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