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Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:12 pm
by snapdragon
Telfords' surprise announcement which caused a large stir and abnormal crowds around the Airfix stand was the announcement of a 1/24 Hellcat.


After their previous announcement that they were discontinuing most of the 1/24 scale kits most people surmised that they were pulling out of the 1/24 scale market citing development costs.

Here's the article on the Airfix website with pictures of the test shot and CAD renders

https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/airfix-new-tooling-announcement-for-scale-modelworld-2018


Expected release is April/May 2019 and a RRP of £120


It is interesting to note that when Airfix announces a new 1/72 or 1/48 kit people just wander past and glance it it. When they announce a new tooled 1/24 kit then you can't get anywhere close for people! it was the same with the Tiffys!


Just so that you know..... I have already bought one in my mind!


I would like to see them go back and redo the Hurricane, Spitfire, FW190 and ME 109 and bring them up to the standards that I have seen with the Tiffy and now the Hellcat but maybe a Corsair or an accurate Zero would be good! (Trumpeter's offering has shape issues!)

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:54 pm
by Morris
So gonna get one :happy-jumpeveryone:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:12 pm
by steve131
:text-goodpost: Snaps , very true to me . When I see an announcement of a new small kit just keep walking , but stop when it about 1/24 . Got five of them , like you say they do need revamping but worth it. Will try to get Hellcat when it comes down in price . I wanted a 262 :(

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:02 pm
by number1
Its on pre-order at Airfix.com, £119.99p, could be a late xmas prezzie?

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:18 am
by snapdragon
Les... I would wait until release and see what the street price is - especially on Ebay.

If £119.99 is Airfix's official retail price, then some places will have it for less as they will have been able to buy wholesale or trade and then add a bit of profit.


Jadlam is a good place to start as they have had Typhoons at £55 during a sale.

I think I will get one at a reasonable price (£100-110) and then hang on for a jadlam sale and see what price they drop to for another.

I could well be in darkest Eastern Europe in April this year meeting the girls and leading guerrilla warfare against the Russians :laughing-rolling: that's if they can get me out of bed and away from the girls long enough! :o :auto-ambulance:

It is nice to see that Airfix can surprise us once in a while!

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:25 am
by steve131
There will be no more Airfix models ,when you put a ring on it Snapdragons :lol:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:53 pm
by number1
Couldn't agree more steve, be careful for what you wish for snaps :romance-adore: = :romance-ballandchain: :whistle: :laughing-rolling:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:28 pm
by Morris
I couldn't help it! I couldn't help it! I reserved one on the Airfix site ......

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:50 pm
by Mark
It does look rather nice. I'd be tempted, but 1/24 is a bit too big for me.

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:10 pm
by Mustang
Found it for £107.99

https://www.jadlamracingmodels.com/airf ... gJjmPD_BwE

Nice looking kit and as the wings fold back shouldn't take up much room width wise.

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:50 am
by snapdragon

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:28 pm
by steve131
Is there paint out there for this :?:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:35 am
by snapdragon
Of course there are paints available. My choice for this beast are all available in Vallejo's model air range with a side trip to AK's Xtreme Metal for the engine.

Don't forget that the Hellcat was also used by the FAA and so I do expect a FAA colour scheme to be in there too!

Potential future SWMBO is very much aware that my model building is part of my health management regime and mental stability :shock: and I might have already interested her in having a go at building something!

While we know Steve is very much under his SWMBOs' thumb in it seems all spheres including our sacred hobby and might be the original downtrodden hen-pecked husband, I do wonder how much freedom is given by members SWMBO's to this hobby of ours!

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:08 pm
by steve131
8-) Good idea to lay the laws down beforehand , I got back into modelling about three years into marriage whilst visiting a garden centre that had a Tamiya Tiger so can't tell SWMBO it's a lifestyle choice. Think Ray Romano based Everybody loves Raymond on me :lol: :lol:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:40 pm
by chill
steve131 wrote:Is there paint out there for this :?:



Given the size of the plane, I believe Dulux do a nice range of paint in the size of tins of the size needed for full coverage, along with a substantial range of applicators!! :laughing-rolling: All available at all leading DIY Stores :dance:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:59 pm
by Morris
:laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:58 pm
by steve131
chill wrote:
steve131 wrote:Is there paint out there for this :?:



Given the size of the plane, I believe Dulux do a nice range of paint in the size of tins of the size needed for full coverage, along with a substantial range of applicators!! :laughing-rolling: All available at all leading DIY Stores :dance:

:doh: :lol: :lol: Walked into that one ,did mean like US navy etc from various manufacturers :oops: :oops: :laughing-rolling:

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:39 pm
by snapdragon
As I said in my post above.....

U.S Navy and U.S.M.C.

https://acrylicosvallejo.com/en/producto/hobby/sets/air-war-en/us-navy-umsc-colors-wwii-1940-1945-71157-es/


Fleet Air Arm

https://acrylicosvallejo.com/en/producto/hobby/sets/air-war-en/faa-fleet-air-arm-colors-1939-1945-71147-es/



Paints from those sets will cover the exterior with added ones for the interior..... Got it covered. Steve!

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:10 am
by Mark
Ammo by Mig also do various paint sets. https://www.migjimenez.com/en/54-aircraft-paints-sets
You should find something there, and I've heard that they are excellent paints. I've been converted to their One Shot primer, but haven't tried the colours yet.

Re: Airfix 1/24 Hellcat

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:50 am
by steve131
Think Mr Chill got a point ,how much paint do you think it will use . I don't have an airbrush and my 24 Stuka used three pots of Vallejo so puts up the pennies :violin: . Is model air more economical :think: As ever thanks for the info chaps :clap: