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23/06/2017

First 2018 Kit Revealed!

Just announced in the 50th Edition of Workbench is the first of 2018s new models.

It is a 1:72 Vickers Welligton Mk.1c

More details as to catalogue number, etc, will be given when they become available.





19/05/2017

Several pieces of artwork believed lost have just re-surfaced!
They are to be auctioned in July.

Roy Cross is also to auction many more of his 'roughs' and boxtop proofs.

More details as they become available.




19/05/2017

CS63 came back from the printers and was posted out to all members




14/05/2017

Constant Scale 63 went to the printers on Wednesday and I hope to get the proof on Monday. It contains articles on:
 
Modelling H.M.S. Suffolk, 1960s & 1970s East Anglian Model Shops, Older Models and Games reviewed, Foreign Language Catalogues updated, Camel 'rough', Tooling Log pages and more!
 

09/04/2017

Daily Telegraph - 08/04/2017



As the picture suggests, Hornby is finally almost back on the rails!


21/02/2017

The following publication has just appeared.
As well as lots of information and pictures about Lancasters,
past and present, there is a page devoted to the most famous
Lancaster kit, Airfix's "G-George" with its fabulous Roy Cross
painting, which is arguably the most loved aircraft box art.





20/01/2017

Constant Scale 62 went out to all members today.




17/01/2017

Constant Scale 62 went to the printers yesterday
See "Constant Scale" page.


13/01/2017


I have now received my copy of the 2017 Catalogue.
Below is the list of Additions and Deletions to the 2017 range
which will also appear in Constant Scale 62 - due out shortly.











A dramatic 'cull' was not unexpected but there are still some very exciting new models to look forward to.

Ranges and kits deleted should still be available in model shops, etc, for some time to come.




05/01/2017

I have now fixed my uploading problem!
Below is the listing I created for Constant Scale.



2017 Programme of Releases


Airfix followed its new policy of announcing several new models for the next year in its fortnightly "Workbench" on-line blog as well as an important model reveal at Scale Model World at Telford in mid-November.

Following some 'teasers' another new tool was revealed in the Winter edition of the Hornby Hobbies Club magazine. The rest of the 2017 new releases were due to be announced on January 4th with the catalogue (A78197) following shortly after.

A total of 7 new tools had been made public along with 4 re-releases/new variants, all aircraft apart from the QuickBuild Camper Van. The 4 re-releases including the new variant model (Shackleton AEW.2) were shown in the 2017 calendar given free in Airfix Model World.

All of 2016's new models are now out so the range below is the complete range for 2017 and includes the late 2016 announcements shown in bold:

New Tools:

Kits:          
A02104     Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c Scout   1:72
A03088     Messerschmitt Me262A-1A               1:72*
A05131     N.A. P-51D Mustang                        1:48*
A06015     N.A. B-25C/D Mitchell                      1:72*
A06016     McDD Phantom FG.1                       1:72*
A06105     Hawker Sea Fury FB.11                   1:48*
A09183     Supermarine Walrus Mk.1               1:48*
A11005     Avro Shackleton AEW.2                  1:72
A03089     Junkers Ju87B-2/R-2 Stuka               1:72
A04061     Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV Bomber         1:72
A05132     Boulton Paul Defiant NF.1                1:48
A05133     Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.IIB                  1:48
A05134     Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.1B            1:48
A07115     Junkers Ju87B-2/R-2 Stuka               1:48
A08018     Boeing B-17 Fortress Mk.III               1:72
A09184     Gloster Meteor G.8 Korean War         1:48

QuickBuild:
J6017       V.W. Camper Van                            N/A*
J6018       Red Arrows Hawk                             N/A
J6019       Lamborghini Aventador - White         N/A
J6020       Bugatti Veyron - Black & Red            N/A
J6021       McLaren P1 - Green                          N/A

Airfield & Starter Sets:
A55116     Jet Provost T.3 Starter Set                1:72
A12010     WW2 USAAF 8th A.F. Resupply Set  1:72

Re-Releases (Suffix A):  
A01003A   Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.IIB                  1:72
A01004A   N.A. P-51D Mustang                         1:72
A01005A   Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero                     1:72
A02017A  Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX             1:72
A03080A   Messerschmitt Bf110C/D                  1:72
A04053A   Fairey Swordfish Mk.1                      1:72

I make it a total of 29 new releases, made up of 7 New Tools(*), 14 New Variants of existing New Tools, 6 Re-Releases/New Decals and 2 Sets.
The 4th January announcement included the usual number of new releases, however, there were no more new tools! Most of us had been expecting several new aircraft models plus possibly a Luftwaffe Resupply Set to service a new Ju88; we'll have to wait another year for that! Interestingly, the Sea Fury was not shown on the 28 new models revealed on the website, but is shown on the pictures above and in the description (later added).

Non-aircraft modellers will not be happy but the then it was not expected that many, if any, non-aircraft would be tooled at the moment.

The new tool aircraft are obviously very exciting and we can expect to see in 2018 further variants of these and also their appearance in different scales.
The majority of the "New Tools" section is made up of minor variant changes to previous models which were factored into the original new tool. This will clearly please fans of those particular aircraft. The re-releases will freshen up those aircraft and should promote further sales.

There are no more WW1 models or any Dogfight Doubles and only one Starter Set. So after all the pre-Christmas excitement, the rest of the range is perhaps disappointing but probably reflects the poor financial position still pertaining at Hornby.

I shall list the Deletions as soon as I have the Catalogue - probably at the weekend. 


04/01/2017
Airfix New Additions for 2017

Airfix revealed today the New additions to its range for 2017.
Due to 'server issues' I cannot at present post the list.

However, there are 29 new models including the new tools announced earlier. There are NO new tools but 14 variants of 2016's new models (e.g. Ju87B-2/R-2 in both scales).
 Also there are 6 're-decalled' aircraft and 2 new Sets including a not-unexpected 8th Air Force Resupply Set.
There are 4 more Quckbuilds - all variants of existing models.

Not very exciting for those hoping for more NEW tools but some interesting variants, nonetheless.

For aircraft enthusiasts, there is good news that Airfix is still producing new tools

23/12/2016

Airfix has just confirmed the following new model:

N.A. B-25C/D Mitchell - 1:72 - A06015

Available Nov/Dec 2017.


06/12/2016


Airfix is on BBC Radio 2 at 5.20 pm (17.20) today on the Simon Mayo show!
 
 

12/11/2016

Telford Announcement!

McDonnell-Douglas FG.1 Phantom 11

1:72 - A-6016

Landing in October 2017


04/11/2016

Latest Workbench Announcement!

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 - 1:48 - A06105

Images on the Workbench Site.


21/10/2016


Just announced on Workbench!

North American P-51D Mustang

1:48 Scale - A05131

Images can be found on the "Workbench" site.

There is still the big announcement to come at Telford!!

07/10/2016


Latest Workbench Announcement!


Supermarine Walrus Mk.1 - 1:48 - A09183

The Me262 is to be A03088




23/09/2016

Just announced on Workbench is the first of 2017's
new models:

Messerschmitt Me262-1A in 1:72 scale

A 1:48 model is bound to follow




21/09/2016

Constant Scale 61 was collected from the printer
and posted out to all members.




13/09/2016

Constant Scale 61 went to the printers today.
It contains articles on: Towns Revisited (1:600 warship models),
Older Airfix Products, Kits and Games,
Bulldog 'rough' and kit review and an article on Airfix's steps into the North American market with input from Ralph Ehrmann on the early days.
Plus more.
 
 
10/06/2016

Constant Scale 60 has been sent out to all members!




09/06/2016

Co
nstant Scale 60 has just gone to the printers!

12/02/2016

I have just received my copy of the new 2016 Airfix Kit Catalogue.
It is an A5 'Landscape' publication running to 72 pages.




The first 45 pages detail the Airfix models and the remaining pages
are devoted to the Humbrol Range.




The cover price will be 4 Euros or £3

It should be in the shops shortly.

25/01/2016

Constant Scale 59 came back from the printers today
and has been posted out to all members.




12/01/2016

CS59 went to the printers yesterday.
 
It contains articles on: Airfix 2016, WW2 Warship Camouflage, Modelling HMS Ajax, "Company Loyalty Bites Back" by Graham Westoll, Older Airfix Toys & Games reviewed, Historic Airfix Models reviewed, Hornby news, Book updates and more.


28/12/2015

Whilst looking through the early issues of Constant Scale, I re-discovered this interesting article
from CS9 in the Winter of 2001.

The image was supplied by Club member and Airfix enthusiast Mario Wens.

I conducted in-depth investigations to write the article. I have not received any further news in the 14 years since it first appeared. If any one has more information, please let me know.

Readers of my new book will realise it was not included, so this should be of interest.




17/11/2015

Crowood has informed me that my book has now arrived at their warehouse.

So the book is officially published today.

Quickest way to get it is to buy from Crowood or

The Aviation Bookshop, who should still have signed copies.

Crowood is offering it on its website - "www.crowood.com" with a 20% discount, plus £2.50 P&P.


So the final cost delivered, will be £22.50 (cover price £25).



 
16/11/2015

Below is the final range for 2016, following the November 16th announcement.



14/11/2015

2016 Programme of Releases


Please see 16th November posting for latest programme of releases and deletions.
 
 
 11/11/2015

Below is a signed copy of my new book.
Roy Cross¬ signature is opposite some of his famous artworks.

The book will be available from 23 November when the bulk arrive in the U.K. and can be purchased from "Crowood" for £25, which includes a discount which pays for the postage!

If you want a signed copy now, then "The Aviation Bookshop" has a number available at £25, but you will probably have to pay postage.







Roy Cross at The Aviation Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells.

11/11/2015

Several new tools were announced at Telford, including the H.P. Victor B2 and a 1:48 Stuka.
More details will be posted once I have completed the listings and following Airfix¬s announcement due now on 16th November.






01/10/2015

CS58 has been sent out to all members (see Constant Scale page).

60 Years of Airfix Models is now being printed for a Mid November publication date.
See below for Telford details.


2 New Airfix Models

Airfix has just announced two new releases for 2016!

A05130   Curtiss P-40B - 1:48

Which means that A05129 is as yet unallocated (Zero?)

Nakajima B5N1 Kate - 1:72

As yet it does not have a catalogue number, but it is A04058 (B5N2) with an extra runner included to make the earlier variant.

 

12/09/2015


There has been a slight delay, unconnected to the book, which means it will not be published until the middle of November. This means that I have managed to update the book to the end of August and the B-17G!

However, the Aviation Bookshop is having a batch flown over, hopefully to arrive before Telford.
I shall be on the Aviation Bookshop stand, where I will be signing copies. I will also have a new batch of the Artist and Kit List, which will have small revisions following feedback and will include any new models announced before Telford.


Constant Scale 58.

CS58 has gone to the printers and should be ready next week. More details when I receive them from the printers.


New Models for 2016

Hornby announced its new Work Bench site in late July, where it has been keeping modellers informed about progress with its new models.

At the same time it has been revealing new models for 2015!

So far 8 new kits have been announced:


A01086   Fokker Eindecker E.11 - 1:72

A020101    R.A.F. BE2c - 1:72

A05128    B.P. Defiant Mk.1 - 1:48

A09182    Gloster Meteor F.8 - 1:48

A08017    Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - 1:72

A06304    U.S.A.A.F. Bomber Re-supply Set - 1:72

A06015 ?   Heinkel He 111 ¬H¬ - 1:72

A19001   Hawker Typhoon "Car Door" Variant - 1:24


The first 6 are all new tools. The Heinkel is the new kit but with extra runners to make the ¬H¬ variant.
The Typhoon was unofficially revealed after the release of the 1:24 kit. It has now been confirmed.
CAD images and more details can be found on the Airfix Website, under "Work Bench".

More new models are expected to be announced before Telford. 



26/06/2015

The Gallery Page is now live!

I have put the latest boxtops from Hornby in it.

22/06/2015

Below is the cover of my new book.

The Index was completed and handed to the publishers today. Final work will now take place and the book will be published later in the summer.

More details when I get a date.

The book brings together much of the work that has gone into Constant Scale over the last 15 years
and brings it all together in one book.

As well as yearly listings of every model released by the kit division of Airfix, there are chapters on
the Logos, Packaging, Artists, Airfix Magazine and Airfix books.

The 60 years dates from the first Spitfire, BT-K, released in 1955, up to the latest Spitfire in 2015
as BT-K was the model that really launched Airfix kits.
The content actually goes from 1952, but "63 Years of Airfix Models" was not so ¬catchy¬!







19/06/2015



04/06/2015

CS57 is now out! See "Constant Scale" page.

10/04/2015

Here is the cover of the new Airfix Artist and Kit List.

It is also being sold by "The Aviation Bookshop"

31-33, Vale Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN1 1BS

Tel: 01892 539284

Email: info@aviation-bookshop.com

Website: www.aviation-bookshop.com




02/04/2015

New Books on Airfix Kits

Just published by the Airfix Collectors¬ Club is:

"The Complete Airfix Artist and Kit List 1949-2015"

Compiled by Club Secretary Jeremy Brook and endorsed by Airfix, this 72-page A4 size
book lists every model released by Airfix since the Ferguson Tractor in 1949 and includes
2015¬s announced releases.

Each model is listed by its latest catalogue number and includes all previous numbers used.
Extensive cross-referencing shows where models have moved series, etc. Also shown is the
year of release and the identity of every known artist for the boxtops.

A recent study of the surviving Airfix archive at Hornby has provided further information.

The first copies have been sent to A.C.C. Club members and the book is now available to
non-members. The prices for non-members, which include P&P, are:

U.K. - £10

Europe & Eire - £15

U.S./Canada/Australia/N.Z. - £18

To order a copy or find out more please use the contact details on the Contact page.



Coming in June!

Being published in Late June 2015 is Jeremy Brook¬s second book on Airfix Kits.

Provisionally entitled "60 Years of Airfix Kits" it describes every model produced by Airfix
since the early 1950s but takes the 60 years from the 1955 release of Spitfire BT-K.

It is being published by Crowood Press.

More details will be given as they become available.

 


13/03/2015

Some recent boxtops


















06/02/2015

Extract from an Obituary in today¬s Daily Telegraph:





05/02/2015

CS56 went out to all members today.

31/01/2015

CS56 went to the printers on Friday and should be going out to club members next week.

It contains articles and pictures on: Airfix 2015 Additions and Deletions, Airfix 1981, New Squadron Releases 1979-81, The Mainline catalogue 1982, Kit Reviews from 1981 and 2015 and more.

 


 
I have added some recent news items from Airfix.

25/12/2014

Merry Christmas to all.

May your stockings in 2015 contain many of the below!


22/12/2014

What we¬ve all been waiting for!

More details and pictures in CS56 in January.




07/12/2014

Roy Cross with Airfix Researcher Simon Owen.

At the book signing at the Aviation Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 6th December.




Signed copies are available from the bookshop on 01892 539284



05/12/2014

The short article below appeared in the "Straight & Level" section of
"Flight International" for the week: 25 Nov to 1 Dec 2014.




02/12/2014

Constant Scale No 55 was sent out today to all paid-up members.


It contains articles on: 1980¬s Releases, 2007 - What might have been, The Artwork of Keith Woodcock,
Book, Kit and Product Reviews, Roy Cross Book Review and more.



22/11/2014

Report in today¬s Daily Telegraph about Hornby¬s Results.





09/11/2014


I was on the Airfix stand on the Saturday and attended the lecture at 11 0¬clock.

At the lecture details were given of the new LIDAR - Light Radar technique that is being used to accurately
map the shape of new models (See the Airfix web pages for more information).

3 new tools were announced, 2 of which used the new method. They were a Heinkel He111-P2 and a Seaking HC4.
The Heinkel is a Battle of Britain era aircraft and based on a restored example (like the Dornier). The Seaking mould is now badly worn so the new tool will be very welcome. Both aircraft will be able to be released in several versions over time.

The ¬Star¬ announcement was a new tool Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.1 to replace the inaccurate but popular Defiant NF.1.
It was announced at 1:72 scale, many modellers were hoping for a 1:24th Defiant! We may see 1:48 and 1:24 Defiants
in the future but at present a new 1:24 kit would consume too much time and effort immediately following on from the Typhoon.

Airfix are planning to replace several more of the tired, old tools as well as introduce some new subjects, but we will have to wait till December for those.

The above announcements show that Airfix is taking note of what modellers want and working steadily towards satisfying their wishes.


04/11/2014

The new Roy Cross book should be in the shops in the next two weeks.

This review is written for Constant Scale No.55 due out shortly.




17/10/2014

New Roy Cross Book


AVIATION BOOK SALE
& BOOK SIGNING EVENT

Meet Roy Cross – AIRFIX Artist
Who will be signing copies of his latest book:

"MORE VINTAGE YEARS OF
AIRFIX BOX ART"


To reserve your signed copy please call: 01892 539284
Saturday 6thDecember 9am – 6pm

25% DISCOUNT OF ALL
NEW & SECONDHAND BOOKS
( except for those being signed )

The Aviation Bookshop
31-33 Vale Road, Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN1 1BS
Tel: 01892 539284
Email: info@aviation-bookshop.com
Website: www.aviation-bookshop.com
 




10/09/2014

Airfix artist Keith Woodcock, who will appear in CS55, recently issued this press notice:

 

 

KEITH WOODCOCK HAS A NEW STUDIO

 

In July this year, Keith moved into Studio 10 at the Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton on Humber, North Lincolnshire , DN18 5JT.

The Ropewalk is a growing art/craft complex and comprises 3 galleries, a framing department, 12 studios, print workshop, creative industries, an excellent café plus a catering academy and an auditorium where films, drama, comedy and music are regularly featured.

His new larger studio now allows him to display his full range of original paintings and limited edition aviation and motoring prints, many being either driver or crew signed.

Although the Ropewalk is open 7 days a week, the studios are not normally accessible to the public, but all of them will be open at the special “Insight Open Studios” event on September 20/21 and 27/28 weekends. However, Keith will be delighted to receive visitors at any other time by prior appointment – contact him on mobile 07419 775918 or 07799 501786, home 01652 660601 or by email at keith.woodcock@btopenworld.com.

Having been elected a Fellow of the Guild of Aviation Artists last year,

he had 4 paintings accepted for the annual Guild exhibition in the Mall Galleries in London, 3 of these winning 2 Awards and a Highly Commended.

Keith will also be exhibiting at the Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Gallery in Tuxford, just off the A1, 10 miles north of Newark. “A Century of Aviation” will mainly feature Keith and Mark Postlethwaite together with 4 other invited artists and will open on 14th September when it is hoped many veterans will attend. There will be a wide variety of paintings on display and new limited edition prints will also be released. The exhibition will close on 5th October.

 

 




 

 

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