This blog post ‘My top 10 Airfix Vintage Classics wish list – AFV and figures’ follows on from my Vintage Classics Aviation wish list.
As the title suggests, I’m looking at armour, vehicles and figures from the Cold War period. It is very much British based, plus includes some of the JB Models kits that Airfix re-released a good few years back (are they Vintage Classics?).
My gut feeling is, is that if Airfix did re-release the armour and vehicles listed below, they would sell very well. But I have no evidence to back that up!
So in no particular order, lets start the list.
1. Scorpion/Scimitar Tank
Considering that the Scimitar is still in use by the British Army, I’m actually surprised that this kit is not in the current Airfix catalogue. First released back in 1975, this is one kit that I certainly did build in my younger days.
It would also be a good base for a conversion to the FV103 Spartan and FV105 Sultan. Plus would fit in with British Army or RAF Regiment builds.
2. Centurion Mk.8
The Airfix Centurion kit was first released in 1964. I’m trying to recall if I ever built this kit. I know I had the solid plastic toy version which came with the ‘battle’ sets that Airfix sold. This is another kit that would be suitable for the basis of conversions. Certainly one that is required for any Cold War collection.
Following on from the Centurion, is the Chieftain. Released by Airfix in 1970, another must for any Cold War collection. OK, I do have the very impressive Takom Chieftain in my stash, but a cheaper alternative would always be welcome.
4. Saladin Mk.2
OK, possibly not technically in the Vintage Classics range, as this kit was first released by JB Models in 1994, and then by Airfix in 2008. But it is still an important AFV that represents the British Army during the Cold War period. Also used by many other nations around the world, so modelling/conversion options are quite good for this it.
5. Saracen APC Mk.1/2/3
Another old JB Models kit (1997) and re-released by Airfix in 2008. Yet again, another classic British Army Cold War AFV.
6. LWB Landrover (Hard top and Soft top)
7. Landrover 1 tonne FC (Truck and Ambulance)
8. Bedford Mk.4 (Truck and Refueler)
9. NATO Ground Crew
Now I feature some of the figure sets for ‘My top 10 Airfix Vintage Classics wish list – AFV/figures’ post. I did a separate blog post about these figures a while back. Quite an important set of figures to have if building Cold War ere airfield dioramas or vignettes. The title claims they are NATO figures, but they have a very RAF look about them.
10. Modern Russians
Bonus Figures – 1/32 Modern British Infantry
Final thoughts about my op 10 Airfix Vintage Classics wish list – AFV/Figures
OK, I’ll admit I’m pushing the distinction of ‘Vintage Classic’ kits here with the inclusion of a lot of the old JB Models kits. But they would make an excellent set of vehicles in the Airfix catalogue. The likes of the Scorpion/Scimitar, LWB Landrover and the Bedford would be ideal for both Army and RAF builds. One can only hope that Airfix consider re-releasing them at some point in the future.