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 Post subject: Big Box - Small Kit
PostPosted: Thu 02 Mar 2017 09:40 am 
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When I was a lad, generally, the bigger the box - the bigger the kit inside!

When I bought the [then] Airfix Series 4 Mirage F1, I was very disappointed at the size of the kit. It looked like someone had put a series 2 jet into a series 4 box by mistake!

I'm older and wiser now .....

What's your biggest disappointment in respect of 'big box - little kit' and when.


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 Post subject: Re: Big Box - Small Kit
PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017 22:10 pm 
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Most recently it would be the Airfix Grumman Duck rattling around in that massive series three box. That wasn't a surprise though as I've built it before from the blue box era and so knew what to expect. Aside from that it would a number of the Frog kits reboxed by Revell a while back. The Blenheim and Vengeance had boxes almost twice the width of the original Frog boxes that the plastic just fit snugly into. Admittedly I rather like the decision by Airfix to put the WWI aircraft in the same size boxes as more comlex series 1 and 2 kits even though they often only have 20 or so parts as I hated those tiny end opening boxes they used to come in! :evil:

Some of the MPM kits I've been through are a bit of a shock when you open up the box and find only one sprue with all of the parts spread out. On the other hand I've built MPM kits in the same size box with three or four sprues and many more parts options. :o


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Some of the old WW1 kits like the Avro 504K only took up half the space in the old Series 0 / Series 1 boxes.

Here's an example of the opposite - big kit in small box - the Matchbox 1:72 Tornado ADV. With an Italeri Tornado as a comparison. The two kits have a similar parts breakdown but the Matchbox sprues are much more compact. The Matchbox box is 22x14cm, a current Airfix series 2 box is 22x12.5cm.

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 Post subject: Re: Big Box - Small Kit
PostPosted: Wed 22 Mar 2017 04:53 am 
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I've got a lot of Resin Kits, with big boxes, and when opened a dozen parts, no decals, and may be some white metal bits and a canopy.
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 Post subject: Re: Big Box - Small Kit
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In the context of post #3, Matchbox used some individualistic moulding machines, which imposed design constraints on the size and layout of their runners.

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 Post subject: Re: Big Box - Small Kit
PostPosted: Tue 28 Mar 2017 22:11 pm 
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Recently acquired a bargain lot of Lindberg kits at the Ardingly antiques fair, including their version of the Me 163. Even though they had the decency to put two kits in the box, at only ten parts to make up each model they don't half rattle around in there! Made the red one in a day, but am planning to go to town on the second variant as they are a bit short on detail.


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 Post subject: Re: Big Box - Small Kit
PostPosted: Sun 09 Apr 2017 23:12 pm 
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Here is this record, from what I found :
the Box, compared with a standard series 3 Airfix :
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the Content
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what it is possible to put in beside the original content : 2 Revell Boxes and 4 times the number of airfield plates.
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And on the opposite front, the Airfix "Ready for Battle: Battle of Britain 1940" box set which contains the 1/48 scale (Sea) Hurricane, Albion Refueler, Bedford and RAF aircrew sets, plus 16 acrylics, cement and 2 brushes. If you don't start building right away your first challenge is getting everything back in the box after the sprue check!

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Agreed i built the hurricane from this kit ....and getting the still unbuilt others back in was a task lol

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One of the things I like about the new Airfix kits is they have been designed on runners specifically sized to the standard size boxes used. This more or less eradicates this issue but can lead to some times the box being over full (floaty Swordfish I'm looking at you)!

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