View Full Version : OT Hornby buy Airfix

11-10-2006, 10:32 AM
Just saw this on sky news, so it must be true http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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2.(K)/JG52 -(Bombergroup)

11-10-2006, 10:43 AM
It's only good news if they improve quality of the kits.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

Even the Hun makes a pretty poor fighter with his head buried in a handkerchief!
Captain G. Mainwaring

11-10-2006, 12:27 PM
A Hornby spokesman was on Radio 4 this afternoon confirming this, and indicating that Hornby was hoping to bring the kit manufacture back to the UK (although still contracted out to a third party).

11-10-2006, 03:15 PM
Hannants confirmed in an email to their newsletter subscribers that the buyout of Airfix and Humbrol is true, but they have no idea if the promised Nimrod or Canberra will be produced.

With Trumpeter suddenly directing their attention to well-loved British favorites (1:48 Wellingtons, 1:72 and 1:48 Wyverns) they may become the Airfix of the Orient.

11-10-2006, 03:24 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Hannants confirmed in an email to their newsletter subscribers that the buyout of Airfix and Humbrol is true, but they have no idea if the promised Nimrod or Canberra will be produced.

With Trumpeter suddenly directing their attention to well-loved British favorites (1:48 Wellingtons, 1:72 and 1:48 Wyverns) they may become the Airfix of the Orient.

Could you tell me what sort of quality the Trumpeter kits are, I was toying with the idea of buying their large scale Avenger.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-10-2006, 03:29 PM
Can I have a '00' gauge 190 please?

Actually I think that is very good news (touch wood).<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/logoHH.jpg (http://www.geocities.com/hanglands/)

11-10-2006, 03:46 PM
Trumpeter has grown from overpriced junk to a millimeter from Tamiya-quality, major_setback. I bought their 1:24 scale Spit VB two years ago and was aghast at the horrible model which looked more like a Spit designed by someone on LSD. Except for their ships, I would recommend them without qualification. I bought one of their 1:16 scale T-34/76s and was delighted---they are light years ahead of Tamiya's 1:16 scale tanks. After the rave reviews and after looking at many images, I bought their 1:32 scale Me 262. and was delighted. I bought their Wellington IC in 1:48 scale and was amazed at the comprehensiveness of the detail, and the bold choice to do the first production IC with the ventral turret, fabric bomb-bay doors, etc. The Avengers have only received rave reviews as have the SBDs. By the way, they have promised a 1:32 scale TBD, so fancy that! While I do not have the Avenger, I am confident enough from the many rave reviews I've seen to recommend it.

Dig this: http://hsfeatures.com/features04/tbm1tarpon32jh_1.htm

Trumpeter has promised a 1:24 scale Fw 190A-6 for around Christmas, Hanglands, which will be pretty big.

11-10-2006, 04:15 PM
well i used to buy airfix and 80 percent of my kits are airfix but i think i will begin to colleckt italeri.
high quality high detail level.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

what have you got to lose?
You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!) -life of Brian

11-10-2006, 04:54 PM
trumpter also does premade stuff under the "easy model" brand name, about 5-8 quid in price, and pretty much the best sensible price for that market area.

homemade kit detail and quality, for less than some godawful diecast kit.

only do hero fighterplanes tho i think, but some rare varients tho http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-10-2006, 05:26 PM
I am impressed by Trumpeter---all except for their ships, which they always manage to foul-up and they do them on a level of detailing about three steps down from their planes and tanks. The new HOOD is very good---except for the 15" turrets, but the 1942 GATO sub is like a 1968 Revell.

11-10-2006, 06:07 PM
these are Trumpeter 1/32 scale that I posted awhile ago...they wnt together well and are high quality kits




I hope Airfix will have new guidance WRT quality and spec.

latest - from Tamiya 1/48 if only there was a 1/32 scale version...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v250/heywooood/549628-9233-016_0017.jpg <div class="ev_tpc_signature">


A few of The Few

11-10-2006, 11:30 PM
Smashing work, Heywooood! I particularly liked the Cat. Very impressive. That looks like terrific Non-Specular Blue-Gray---did you buy it or mix it? Great spray job. Congratulations, L

11-11-2006, 01:25 AM
Nice work,heywood.

11-11-2006, 01:40 AM
Also me thinks that Trumpeter does good quality. At least their 109s are pretty good.

11-11-2006, 03:25 AM
Hopefully I can now get a model of the T.S.R.2. I can't find one in Leicester!

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Why do joysticks break when you need them the most?

11-11-2006, 04:13 AM
Trumpeter do a huge Chinook model that has wet my appetite http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-11-2006, 10:55 AM
This is geting a bit off topic maybe (sorry for de-railing it), but I see Trumpeter have a goood site with detail photos of lots of the kits, and photos of completed models (at the bottom, takes time to load):

http://www.trumpeter-china.com/war513/products/en_list....assid=20&Nclassid=29 (http://www.trumpeter-china.com/war513/products/en_list.asp?classid=20&Nclassid=29)


Dauntless 1/32:




Lightening 1/32:


Chinook 1/35:


Condor 1/48:

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11-11-2006, 02:42 PM
Yes, I really appreciate Trump's posting those great clear shots of their models---they have sold several models to me that way! That Dauntless is so good it amazes me. Another one that really grabs me is their 262 (which I bought). HyperScale is a great source for beautifully done model phots:


Here is a stunning Trump 262---when I saw the detail on the elevators, I had to buy the model!


P.S. Tamiya's brand new A6M2 in 1:32 scale is a gem. They are still the champs, but Trump is nearly neck-to-neck with them. I just bought Tam's newish little 1:48 M4A1---truly a joy to behold---an exquisite little gem.

11-11-2006, 07:03 PM
Nice. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
One of my favorite models I made (when I was a child) was of a Me 262. It was the first time I really spent time and effort in sanding and getting the joins filled and the paint just right. I was very proud of it - still am!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-11-2006, 07:49 PM
When I was a kid I was crazy about the Lindberg Me 262 with the working canopy, opening cannon access hatches, and retractable l.g. Also was nuts about their He 111. But, I think, their Ju 88 was my favorite. Still a Ju 88 fan.