Airfix Best of British Gift Set

Airfix Best of British Gift Set

Airfix Best of British

What happens when you combine what is arguably the most famous fighter aircraft ever, with a highly successful jet trainer? The answer is Airfix’s new 1/72 scale Best of British dual kit (A50187), featuring the legendary Supermarine Spitfire and BAE Systems Hawk.

The package is notable as it’s the first iteration of Airfix’s newly developed beginner format, whereby there are slightly fewer components, and some are simplified and reworked to ease construction for young/novice builders. It’s the ideal first step in modelling, aimed at easing people into the hobby without denting their confidence during the assembly process… a half-way house between fine detail and ‘buildability’.

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Above: Despite the simplified parts, there is still plenty of fine engraving and other worthy detail on Airfix’s newly tooled beginner kits. Here’s the Spitfire Mk.Vc’s lower wing, with integrally moulded cannon barrels.

The Spitfire Mk.Vc can be finished with undercarriage up or down, but the Hawk is wheels down only; both offer fine engraved panel lines and deft moulding to ensure a quality, authentic appearance.

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Above: The Spitfire’s exhaust stubs are moulded with the upper engine cowling to ease assembly.

In terms of colour schemes, the Hawk is the RAF’s XX310 adorned in the livery of a perennial favourite – the RAF’s Red Arrows – during 2020, and the Spitfire is AB174/RF-Q, flown by Plt Off Antoni Głowacki of the famed 303 (Polish) Squadron at RAF Northolt in 1942. Another fun feature is that of the two display stands, whose bases are shaped in the plan form of each aircraft.

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Above: The Hawk’s fuselage halves feature double attachment slots for the horizontal tails. Note the sturdy pins on the underside for positive wing locating.

More ‘beginner’ kits are planned and will be presented as Starter Sets which, as with the Hawk/Spitfire product, include acrylic paints, paintbrushes and Poly Cement.

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Above: Here’s the Hawk runner holding the model’s display stand parts, among other items such as the ejection seats, cockpit tub and undercarriage.
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Above: Starter Set status means you also receive six pots of acrylic paint, Poly Cement and two paintbrushes. The decal sheet is well printed and caters for a 303 (Polish) Squadron Spitfire and a Red Arrows Hawk during the 2020 season.

For further details visit: www.airfix.com