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 Post subject: Large scale Lancaster?
PostPosted: Sun 03 Mar 2013 07:00 am 
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Hi,

I seem to remember that Airfix made a 1:48 scale Lancaster, is that right?
And a Flying Fortress? Can't find them on their website, perhaps they're discontinued ?


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PostPosted: Sun 03 Mar 2013 07:39 am 
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Whether the models you mention existed or not I do not personally know.

With regards to the other part of the question, Airfix (and the other model companies) regularly rotate the models produced to freshen the range a bit. They either leave them dormant for a few years and/or change the paint/decal schemes. It helps to prevent the range from getting too stale and allows a fairly steady demand which would otherwise dry up.

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Mar 2013 08:37 am 
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I know that Tamiya had a 1/48 Lancaster but can't recall an Airfix one, but then again I am only fairly recently back into the hobby - but I am always into Lancs! still got 4 or 5 in the Stash. Might pay to do a search of the history section

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Airfix have not made a 1:48 Lancaster or any 4 engined heavy in this scale.
Earlier posts are correct as Tamiya did produce a Lancaster and Monogram made various marks of Flying Fortress, Liberators and Superfortress in 1:48.

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Mar 2013 10:11 am 
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Thanks for that everyone. Is the Airfix Lancaster 1/72 a good kit?


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PostPosted: Sun 03 Mar 2013 11:31 am 
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dazzjazz wrote:
Is the Airfix Lancaster 1/72 a good kit?

Check out the reviews :idea:
Airfix are bringing out two new tool Lancs this year :!:
A Dambuster and a B.II :wink:

Every Military Aircraft model that Airfix kitted is listed here :arrow:
viewtopic.php?f=71&t=1675
Click on the one you are interested in and it leads to the History section entry :idea:

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PostPosted: Mon 25 Mar 2013 16:04 pm 
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dazzjazz wrote:
Thanks for that everyone. Is the Airfix Lancaster 1/72 a good kit?

Yes. It's a really fine representation of the Avro Lancaster B-III and better, in my view, than the Revell kit. I've used the finer detailing parts like the mass balances, forward nose aerials and pitot from the Revel kit on my Airfix BBMF Lancaster "PHANTOM OF THE RUHR" and it's produced a very satisfying model indeed. I can't wait for the release of the new Dambusters and Mk.II Herculese radial Lancasters. A new tool B-III would be superb too!

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PostPosted: Mon 25 Mar 2013 16:51 pm 
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The new kits are tooled in such a way that a variety of Lancs will be perfectly feasible, including a BI/III, just by re-boxing. The transparencies have a rear turret glazing that would appear to match that of NX611 at East Kirkby. Just saying.

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Mar 2013 00:53 am 
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That is going to be amazing pebeep. Thanks for letting us know. I know the Pantons and their people at East Kirkby who keep and look after "Just Jane". The rear turret is not a Rose design as I commented on my last visit. It is however, a twin .50cal. gun system and a reminder of her time as a white Tiger Force Lanc'. Just saying!

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Mar 2013 01:16 am 
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Well a 'Just Jane' boxing with an option on a Tiger Force machine would be rather nice and a bit different. 8-)

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Mar 2013 02:34 am 
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It certainly would. Especially now that they are working like hell to get their Lancaster airworthy. They'll do it too! A nice white and black Tiger Force Lancaster would be a superb addition to my Lancaster collection too!

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Mar 2013 14:01 pm 
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Simon Atack wrote:
A nice white and black Tiger Force Lancaster would be a superb addition to my Lancaster collection too!

Yep, that would be one for my collection as well, having had a great taxi run in NX611 a couple of years ago :Pilot:


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PostPosted: Tue 07 May 2013 15:39 pm 
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The large scale Lancasters are all currently available, albeit at a very large price (over £100 each.) I for one would love to see the new Airfix Lancs scaled up to 1/48.

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PostPosted: Tue 07 May 2013 16:00 pm 
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dazzjazz wrote:
Thanks for that everyone. Is the Airfix Lancaster 1/72 a good kit?


Be aware there are (at least) three different Airfix Lancaster kits in I-don't-know-how-many boxings. The old one is REALLY old. The next oldest is not bad--if you're an Airfix fan. The new one is really good.

Make SURE you know which one you're buying so you don't get a surprise. Airfix isn't nearly as bad as Revell when it comes to selling new versions of kits right next to old ones, but it does happen.

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PostPosted: Tue 07 May 2013 16:37 pm 
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dancho wrote:
Airfix isn't nearly as bad as Revell when it comes to selling new versions of kits right next to old ones, but it does happen.

I think that is more down to the retailer not shifting stock. I knbow for a fact that my local hobbycraft has both boxings of the 1/72 Red arrows hawk in stock, and the nearby toys r us had until very recently still had starter sets that pre date Hornby, and even now has old sets which come with the larger glue, instead of the small tube.

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PostPosted: Tue 07 May 2013 19:45 pm 
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I'm going to rant, briefly, and go off topic. I appeal to the court for leniency. :pirate:

I believe it's unethical to put an old kit in a new box, and then, a few months later, release a new tool kit of the same subject in a similar box, with no warning or method to distinguish new from old.

This is a case of "buyer beware" where the buyers are sometimes grognards like us who know the score but are often kids and newbies who should not be abused (the future of the hobby depends on them). So it's stupid as well as unethical-- alienating future customers for a few pennies.

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dancho wrote:
I'm going to rant, briefly, and go off topic. I appeal to the court for leniency. :pirate:

You do understand that this is an announcement that you know that are just about to break several rules? I'd have PM'd an admin before trying that :)

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It's ok Dancho, being the first person to use 'grognard' on this forum gets you a free pass ;)

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This is an old post, but based on Lancaster I built, http://www.bnamodelworld.com/bmz_cache/ ... 50x518.jpg this one is much better than Revell one.


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Maybe someone should also point out that HK Models from Hong Kong have plans for a 1/32 scale Lancaster (probably multiple variants given their past history). There was a 3D printed prototype model at Telford in 2014, but I haven't seen any other news on its progress recently.

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