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PostPosted: Tue 12 Nov 2013 22:01 pm 
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I'm surprised they don't make more considering the potential crossover with Scalextrix. Maybe Scalextrix people are more like model railway people and prefer playing to building :shrug:


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Nov 2013 23:52 pm 
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While I'd love to see car kits from Airfix in 1/24th, especially given the detail in their latest crop of 1/24th plane models; I don't think it would realistically happen. What I could see happening (especially if the quick build range takes off) is there could be more of a crossover with scalextric, with the odd build it yourself model, that has the electrical bits pre built, or simple build.
I also think any new kit size would possibly depend on how the Pocher relaunch goes. Pocher do hight quality 1/8 scale motor cars, Airfix do mainly aeroplanes and other theatre of war kits, with the odd 1/32 car thrown in (most new kits seemingly using a scalextric shell to get more use out of the mould). There is room for larger scale civillian cars, but I don't think it would be with Airfix. I believe if it was to happen seriously, a new brand would have to specialise in that area to allow for proper differentiation. They could do 1/24 and even 1/12 (or 1/16) scale cars and possibly take the 1/12 Bentley from the Airfix range.
The problem being it would have to be the right cars as Tamiya and Revell's offerings have a lot of drivel along with the good car kits.
Just my thoughts on the matter.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 09:12 am 
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The problem being it would have to be the right cars as Tamiya and Revell's offerings have a lot of drivel along with the good car kits.

But one man's drivel is another man's Fiat Uno - or maybe even vice-versa!

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 12:56 pm 
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The problem being it would have to be the right cars as Tamiya and Revell's offerings have a lot of drivel along with the good car kits.

But one man's drivel is another man's Fiat Uno - or maybe even vice-versa!

It was meant both in quality and range. The problem is that Tamiya and Revell are well established in the 1/24 car market, with Hasegawa behind them (in the UK at least) and Heller being more or less non-existant over here. Airfix would be essentially starting from scratch. To make an Impact, you would have to make a statement of intent, which would in my eyes be a very well known car, made to match, or surpass the best Revell and Tamiya can do, at a similar price point. Some of Tamiyas kits are very well made and are well detailed for the price (their mini is a good example), and some of theirs are shockingly basic, yet are sold at a higher cost (their Ford Capri Touring car, and one of their Porsche 911 are ex battery powered kits). They also sell a lot of 80's and 90's japanese saloons and hatchbacks, while some are sporty, I doubt they are large sellers outside Japan. Revell is similar, I hear their mini is good (I've not built one yet personally) and some of their newer offerings are good quality, but again some of their mould are either old, or possibly not very popular outside of their home market (the US streetrods and the Trabant come to mind).
For an Airfix/subsidiary 1/24 range to sell well enough to make tooling worthwhile, it would have to start with a statement of intent; as I previously said with a range of well made, very famous cars like a DB5, E-type, Bugatti Veyron, McLaren F1 (or whatever their new one is called) or something along those lines. As the kits sell, and the range grows, you can possibly go for more niche vehicles like the Fiat Uno. The only thing I would avoid is to not release something that has already been moulded to a high standard, so I would avoid the likes of the original mini, the Jaguar MKII, VW camper van, etc unless I could bring something new and different to it.

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I find this whole thread amusing, especially in the light of calls for Airfix to adopt 1:32 scale instead of 1:24 scale for their "superkits".

Same here. Seems that for some 1/24 is no good for planes but good for cars and 1/32 is good for planes but not cars!! I suppose if you only make cars or planes to one scale then I understand calls for one scale. However, I build cars and planes to all scales and like the idea of being able to build dioramas of all scales where cars and planes can mix. The reality is that one size does not fit all or suit all.

To be honest I am happy with Airfix building cars at 1/32 but I wish they would build more 1/12 scale to go with their Bentley.... Or perhaps Airfix should produce a 1/12 plane to go with it. :twisted:

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I think that car scales are obviously different to plane scales if only because of the scale detail required for it to be passable. I personally see 1/32 car scale to be the equivalent to 1/72 plane scale. With 1/24 equal to 1/48 and 1/12 (or 1/16) as closer to a 1/24 plane scale and and I own at least one of all the scales mentioned. Each scale has it's plus and minus points for size and detail as with planes. With 1/32 plane scale, I believe people like it as it is a compromise between 1/24 and 1/48. It's not as big as a 1/24 so it uses less shelf space, but it can handle almost all of the same details. I've never built a 1/32 plane, but I also think it is a more mainstream market than 1/24. 1/24 in planes is more of a high quality halo product, just like 1/12 and 1/16 in cars.

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov 2013 01:31 am 
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Personally I hope Airfix NEVER gives up 1/32. It is one of the few companies that makes static 1/32 models that can be converted into slot cars or more importantly to me at least, "support cars" to use on a slot car diorama.
If you are interested in the larger scales only, I can understand your frustration. Better detail, easier to work with, etc. But even if they are a pain to detail out, as noted, they are all some of us of have left!


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