For those of you who watched the series of six amazing James May Toy Storiesprogrammes on BBC2 towards the end of 2009, you will have been fascinated by theTop Gear presenter’s attempts to bring a new dimension to the greatest British toys.As we reported in issue 8, the series started at RAF Cosford in May 2009 whereJames, assisted by a huge team of experts and volunteers, successfully built a 1:1scale Spitfire. The star of the programme was the first ever Spitfire built by Airfix, the BTK.To celebrate its renewed star status, Airfix have re-introduced the BTK in 1:72 scaleinto the range. As model A01001, it comes with a header card carrying the imageused in the programme. Still in its original blue colouring, it is not only a nostalgicmodelling opportunity but is also a collectable piece to put away. It is accompaniedby a pilot figure – the great man himself!
Military and Civil Aircraft
The new additions to this popular category include more iconic aircraft from WWII, through the Cold War and on to the present day, appealing to a worldwide audienceof modellers. Unless stated otherwise, all the new releases are modelled in 1:72 scale.WWII – and brand new tooling of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a tops the list.
represents a Spitfire of 610 Squadron as flown in 1940 and is fully detailed to capture the shape of this iconic aircraft.Moving on almost a decade in aviation history, the immediate post WWII periodentered the Cold War, during which all eyes and defences were pointed towards Russia,with aviation military might to match. It was also the period of the Korean War. Airfix is introducing newly tooled aircraft epitomising this era. Modellers of this particular genre can look forward to the following:
A03082 North American F-86F Sabre
, a transonic jet fighter aircraft, which during theKorean War was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15. It comes with two variants.
A03083 North American Sabre Mk.4 Canadair
– one of the finest dogfighters of its day.It also comes with two variants – one as flown by the RAF and also as it flew with theGreek Air Force.To complement the range of modern military aircraft in 1:72 scale, Airfix are adding the newly tooled BAe Hawk T1 this year.
is a replica of the tandem two seater trainer version of the Mk 1 and comesin two finish options – as flown at RAF Leeming in 2009 and the Midnight HawksAerobatics Team of the FinnishAir Force Academy. Also look out for the newly tooledHarrier GR9 –
, as used by the Joint Force Harrier squadrons crewed by theRAF and Royal Navy. One of the major highlights of the new 2010 toolingprogramme is certainly theintroduction of the 1:72 scale Vickers Valiant. The VickersArmstrong Valiant was a British four-jet bomber, once part of the RAF’s V Bomber force. Under model number
, representing the first RAF aircraft to drop a Britishoperational atomic bomb, when it performed a test drop in South Australia in 1956.The following 1:72 scale aircraft in the Airfix Military range are given a new look for 2010:
A02046A Spitfire MkVb
, a replica of the aircraft that served with over 140RAFSquadrons during the conflict.
A02082A Hawker Hurricane Mk I
, the aircraft which played such a major role in theBattle of Britain.The new Airfix introductions in 1:48 scale also combine contemporary and wartimemilitary themes, several echoing their 1:72 scale counterparts in the range. Modellersfavouring helicopters are treated to two newly tooled models –
the WestlandLynx Navy HAM8/Super Lynx, representing the up to the minute Royal Navy ASW patrolhelicopter, which comes in three finish options; and
Westland Lynx ArmyAH-7, again with three finish options.The Lynx appears again as part of the Airfix Royal Navy sets series, enabling you toobtain
–Westland Lynx HAS.3, as a model kit in 1:48 scale, complete withpaints, poly cement and brushes.New tooling also sees the introduction of the following:
Spitfire Mk XII. In real-life, this was the first Spitfire to use the Rolls-RoyceGriffon engine. Our Airfix example comes with two finish options, as used by No.41and No. 91 RAF Squadrons respectively.
Messerschmitt Bf109E. See our feature in this issue for full details.
Messerchmitt Bf109E Tropical. See our feature in this issue.
Seafire XVIIc. Three finish options.The following 1:48 scale aircraft receive a makeover in 2010:
Junkers Ju87-B Stuka with three finish options.
BAe Hawk T1 – three finish options.The 1:24 scale Airfix repertoire sees a new version of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3with three paint options, two British and one from the US Marine Corps, between themcovering a period from 1977 – 1992.
We know there are many modellers of civil aircraft in the preferred scale of 1:144and we have two new updated models for you.
Boeing 727, representing the popular passenger aircraft from the 1960s-1980speriod.
, the Boeing 737 – the best selling commercial passenger aircraft inaviation history, spanning a period from 1965 to the present day.
Historic Ships and Marine Vessels
The exciting news for 2010 is a further extension of modern Royal Navy subjects.New tooling brings you the 1:350 scale Trafalgar Class Submarine
, with7 finish options, representing each vessel in the class. See our feature article in this issue.