So what is new from Airfix 2021? Quite a bit actually. So there is no spoilers in my blog, here is a YouTube video from Airfix.
What I think is really great about what Airfix have released for 2021, is that they are continuing to market to and produce kits for the younger generation.
As you will have seen from the video, Airfix have released some basic starter sets. These will be a much nicer and enjoyable experience for the new model maker than picking up a ‘Vintage Classic’, which will probably put them off!
But even better, is the building block style of kits. This is perfect for those children between 5 and 8. Children of this age know the process of putting these style of models together. With no glue or paints involved, very child friendly.
The above is a great move by Airfix, and they should be congratulated for doing this.
I’ve not yet built any 1/48 aircraft. I did pick up the Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor FR.9 back in 2019. It’s been sat in my stash since, waiting for that urge to build it. Well not an urge, more the confidence that I can do it justice.
So what caught my eye from the new from Airfix 2021 release?
The 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk T.10 certainly did. In fact, I pre-ordered one!
Not only does t look like a great kit, but the price was also very good. And of course it fits in with the Cold War period.
On a personal note, great memories from flying in these from my time as a teenager in the Air Training Corp, and getting ‘Air Experience’ flights in Chipmunks.
Another new release that caught my eye, and again it is in 1/48 is the de Havilland Vampire F.3. I can see this sitting well with my Meteor, but will hold off pre-ordering one for now. Again, another ideal candidate for a Cold War collection.
They say that things happen in 3’s, so I also spotted another 1/48 release that I will hopefully be adding to my stash and that is the Canadair Sabre F.4. I think this was announced last year, but we all know how 2020 went, so is being released (fingers crossed) in 2021.
So 3 very interesting Cold War subjects in 1/48 scale.
A couple of kits in 1/72 that look quite appealing are the ‘Vintage Classic’ 1:144 Hawker Siddeley 121 Trident. Just because it’s an airliner for the Cold War period, and I’ve not built any airliners yet.
The second kit is a re-release of the MiG-17 as a Polish LiM-5 in 1/72 scale. This is one kit I really should be adding to my stash.
So overall, I think a very good selection from Airfix for 2021, and what appears to be a good strategy of bringing in new modelers