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alphus9910 Jun 2018 7:20 a.m. PST

Don;'t know if anyone's posted this on TMP yet, but I've just seen that Airfix are re-releasing their old 1/76 WW2 AFVs and more under a "Vintage Classics" brand currently available for pre-order :)

There are all kinds of classic WW2 vehicles here note, these are the old moulds, not digital retoolings and they acknowledge (sort of) that making some of these kits are where some of us discovered swearing… (see quote below)

And they've used the classic box art the images are such a great reminder of where many of us started WW2 modelling and gaming.

It's the kind of nostalgia that inspired some of us to get into playing Airfix Battles :)
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There are also ships WW2 and Age of Sail as well as WW1 figures and a tank.

Article here about the 'new' range:
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The initial releases available for pre-order £5.99 GBP for the vehicles
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Panther image:

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WW1 FIGURES & VEHICLES
WWI German Infantry 1:76
WWI British Infantry 1:76
WWI French Infantry 1:76
WWI U.S. Infantry 1:76
WWI Royal Horse Artillery 1:76
WWI Male Tank Mk.I 1:76

WW2 VEHICLES
Panther Tank 1:76
Churchill Mk.VII Tank 1:76
25pdr Field Gun & Quad 1:76
Stug III 75mm Assault Gun 1:76
Bren Gun Carrier & 6pdr Anti-Tank Gun 1:76
AEC Matador and 5.5" Gun 1:76
Russian T34 Medium Tank 1:76
88mm Gun & Tractor 1:76
Panzer IV F1/F2 1:76
Bofors 40mm Gun & Tractor 1:76
PAK 40 Gun & Truck 1:76
M3 Half Track & 1 Ton Trailer 1:76

WW2 SHIPS
HMS Hood 1:600
Bismarck 1:600
HMS Ark Royal 1:600
HMS Belfast 1:600

AGE OF SALE SHIPS
HMS Victory 1765 1:180
Cutty Sark 1869 1:130
Golden Hind 1:72

Some of the intro text:

"Since Airfix came onto the market in the early 1950s, it has excited and entertained generations of young boys and girls who have then carried on with the passion for the brand throughout their lives.

During these decades of modelling, Airfix has produced hundreds of fantastic models, across many different categories, and the majority of these tool moulds still exist. The plan is to make many of these available again of the next coming months and years. Not all will be possible, but we'll certainly come back with some old favourites and nice surprises along the way.

These "new" Vintage Classics will contain kits from the pre-Hornby era; i.e. those not designed in CAD, and will carry where possible a older classic illustration. The box will include the year that the kit first appeared on the market, plus carry the modern Humbrol colour references. Therefore these Vintage Classic items will sit alongside the "new era" items and make it far easier to choose the one you want without any confusion on what period of Airfix's fantastic history it comes from.

We know many of these models are a little more challenging for today's modellers, but that's part of this brilliant hobby's fun. With some wonderful "only produced by Airfix" items to come, the excitement's really building!"

NB Full disclosure: my brother, Chris, was one of the designers of Airfix Battles, but that's not why I'm posting this (and there's no tie up beyond the brand name for the game) so many of us grew up on Airfix and it's fun to see these kits and art again :)

wrgmr110 Jun 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

Personally, I would like to see a re-release of the old WW1 aircraft kits. Sturdy and easily built for 1/72 scale wargaming.
Thanks for posting. Some of these are pretty good kits.

Vigilant10 Jun 2018 11:08 a.m. PST

According to Airfix Magazine releases will depend as much on quality of the moulds as demand. We shall have to see what turns up.

alphus9911 Jun 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

@Wrgmr1 That would be fun and line up with the WW1 miniatures and that male tank :)

@Vigilant thanks for the update.

Hornswoggler12 Jun 2018 5:01 a.m. PST

According to Airfix Magazine releases will depend as much on quality of the moulds as demand.

Interesting… As I recently commented on another forum, the last two Airfix M3A1 halftracks I bought both had an identical hunk of plastic missing from the chassis, which I therefore took to be a mould defect, I presumed due to age.

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