QUOTE (Patrick Sprau @ Jul 15 2008, 01:26 AM)
Thank you all for contributing to the thread.
Chris, thank you very much for the numerous links you posted, they are most helpful to my query.
The reason I started thinking about comparing the Airfix with the Trumpeter product was that just recently someone who knows a fair bit about Spitfires told me that regarding Spitfire kits, Trumpeter was the worst offender ever! Considering that back in the day of the Trumpeter release, Bob Swaddling (who helps keeping a real Spitfire airworthy) wrote a glowing review in FSM about the Trumpeter Spitfire, these almost opposed views on the kit are astonishing, to say the least!
Well, if an Airfix kit floats my way on a bargain price, I might just as well pick it up...
Thanks again, folks, most interesting to read your opinions,
No worries, Patrick. Unlike their Hurricanes and P-51Ds, the Trumpeter Spitfires are pretty good. They need their seats replacing, and usually aftermarket decals, but as a starting point for a 1/24 Spit Vb, and although neither kit is by any means perfect, I'd choose the Trumpeter kit over the Airfix any time.
This is not to say that the Airfix kit is bad - it's a creature of its time, when the target market (13-year-old boys like myself when I got one for Christmas 1970) cared more about working parts (undercarriage! removable engine and gun panels! sliding canopy!) and big, easy-to-paint pilot figures than they did about scale accuracy. Also, remember that, in terms of things like engine and cockpit detail - even the quality of moulding of the pilot figure - it was a quantum leap ahead of pretty much anything that had gone before. Proper rubber tyres, engraved surface detail and full-colour profiles on the cover of the instruction booklet - indeed, instruction booklets at all - were rare indeed in 1970.
So what if the u/c wells weren't boxed in? They weren't boxed in on any other Airfix kit of the era! It's simply that the target market, and the things we look for in plastic scale model kits, have moved on.
And MM - they did an Airfix Superkits GB on the Unofficial Airfix Modellers' Forum at the end of last year/ beginning of this year. http://gregers.7.forumer.com/viewforum.php...5d3ecc6f52cee29
But if we wanted to do one here, starting, say, in a month or so's time, I'd be in with a Ju.87!