FLYING CLASSROOM

FLYING CLASSROOM

Airfix's first major new tooling for 2021, a 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk T.10, is sure to delight modellers, and here’s a sneak peak of the parts in advance of next month’s exclusive build – just in time for the 75th anniversary of the type’s first flight.

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk

 

The type holds a special place in the hearts of many British, Canadian and Portuguese aviators, as they had their first experience of flying in one of these trainers.

Airfix’s kit (A04105) will offer markings for four aircraft: two Royal Air Force and one each Royal Naval Air Service and Army Air Corps. As part of its research effort for this kit, Airfix scanned a full-size Chipmunk at the Vintage Fabrics hangar at Audley End, which has enabled the finest surface details to be captured and rendered in styrene form, and the well-engineered parts breakdown should make for easy assembly.

More on this and other Airfix 2021 kits is at: www.airfix.com

Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk
Wing detail is arguably even more impressive than on the fuselage, with raised panel edges, rivets and aerodynamic fairings moulded integrally.
Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk
Airframe panel lines and rivet heads have been reproduced faithfully, with the latter moulded as raised features, just as on the real aircraft.
Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk
Detail hounds will appreciate the splendid miniature Gypsy Major 1 four-cylinder engine, and the cowling panels can be posed open to display the powerplant.
Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Chipmunk
Internal fixtures and fittings also benefit from finely moulded detailing  - the cockpit 'tub' centres around a trough-shaped component.