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PostPosted: Fri 29 May 2015 11:20 am 
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What excellent news this is. The return of the range of birds, and hopefully Henry and the other large figures and who knows what else that we had and bought when my son was little boy

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PostPosted: Fri 29 May 2015 11:47 am 
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That's a pretty good idea. It will be interesting to see whether the internet experts who tell all and sundry that such-and-such a kit would sell if only Airfix brought it back will actually put their money where their mouth is.

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PostPosted: Fri 29 May 2015 11:51 am 
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PostPosted: Fri 29 May 2015 12:10 pm 
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What a brilliant idea; I may just sign up for this

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PostPosted: Fri 29 May 2015 12:16 pm 
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It would be nice to see the older cars and motorbike kits once more!

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Certainly seems like a fantastic idea - it will be interesting to see which kits are put up on the kitstarter and whether they sell or not. I'm wondering how many pre-orders they have to get to reach 100% thought? :think:

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It's probably the cost to set up a decent small scale production run. At £20 for a kit, it's bound to be very small scale and could possible be only a few hundred at the most. Most of the cost of the kits would be to cover the cost of renting of the machines rather than the plastic itself.

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The KitStarter forum topics posted so far are interesting. The suggestions mostly seem to be the kits which very occasionally pop up on eBay for silly money.

I've been very tempted by a Jaguar 420 numerous times and I can feel my resolve crumbling, but this might make me hold out for a bit longer!

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I added the SR-N1, Cessna O-2A, Jaguar 420, and Free Enterprise II topics on the KitStarter forum. If nobody else does it, I may also start threads for some of the motorbikes that have not been available in awhile.

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What do folks think about this initiative? It's one I'm unlikely to be joining in with, because of the astronomical postal charges Airfix applies to 'foreign' orders, but I can see the benefit for those in the UK if it does bring back old favourites that wouldn't otherwise be reissued. On the other hand, might it prolong the life of models already too long in the tooth that really should be replaced with new tooling? I am very interested to see what others think. I guess there must be some people (apart from the Boss ...) really keen to get their hands on either the Bluetits or Bullfinches (presumably at less than collectors' prices)?


Edit: Whoops! Should have searched on kitstarter, not kickstarter, then I would have seen the prior discussion and might not have seemed like such an idiot (on the other hand, cap seems quite comfortable, so guess i'll just go on wearing it ...)!

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https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/kitstarter ... TE7,LWS5,1

Don't know if you guys have seen this. I think it is just a shame there are only 2 options, I would love some planes rather than these birds. Let me know what you guys think.

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Edit: Well, I just found the other thread... Heres me thinking I could be in there first.

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I think they are an interesting choice and would make a nice change from my usual fare- plus the cat (who spends far too much time in my modelling room) would be confused.

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:think: :think: Good in one way if the kits come back onto the market..I wouldn´t mind having a go at the Birds series but logically..they could just run a poll to see who´d buy whatever kit at a suggested price (then assume half of those aren´t really going to buy it)..then release a limited run and see how it goes?

I assume they must have the original molds to create new castings??

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The only missing moulds are those we know about. They have all the others, although some have been re-tooled as noted in our History Section.
I see lots of folks turning up on that site asking for the reissue of stuff that has undergone re-tooling, and so could not be reissued in its original form :roll:

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Some of the kits they are asking for (James Bond, Fireball XL5) are very unlikely to be reissued because they would have associated marketing rights too I would think.

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The only missing moulds are those we know about. They have all the others, although some have been re-tooled as noted in our History Section.
I see lots of folks turning up on that site asking for the reissue of stuff that has undergone re-tooling, and so could not be reissued in its original form :roll:

ah, but they don't know about our history section. :cry:
We'll have to saturate that forum with links to here, :wink: :lol:

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in our History Section.

Not wanting to go "off Topic" but I´ve just been digging around in there (using the search function as well) looking for info on which artists created the Boxart for the figures sets (mainly the 1/76th sets)


For the 1/76th 'TYPE II' or 'BLUE BOX' it was Brian Knight (and for the 1/32nd sets) but the earlier or later sets...Example, The type 11..Mr Knight or not?
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This is something I'll keep an eye on. I'm not interested in the birds but if something I'm interested comes up I'd definitely pre-order.

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This one kit I've always wanted and if it was produced I'd buy 2, one to be built out of the box and another for a convertion I've always wondered if I could do with it.
Looking at the back catalogue all the ones I'd like to see again come from the period 1967 to 1971 (my early teenage years).


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Bong Bug and the Morris Marina. Nuff said!

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