Welcome to this latest edition of Workbench and all the news, updates and exclusive announcements from the fascinating world of Airfix modelling. We have something a little different for our readers in this latest edition, as we mark the recent release of a significant new 1/72nd scale kit by accepting a kind invitation to do so underneath the actual aircraft which forms the lead scheme option and box artwork inspiration for this new model. We head for the magnificent Yorkshire Air Museum at the former Bomber Command airfield at Elvington to attend the latest of their ‘Thunder Days’, spending much of our time under the shadow of the museum’s largest aviation exhibit. We also have the latest offering in our ever-popular exclusive box artwork reveals, which not only signifies the fast approaching release of a great new model, but also gives us the opportunity to marvel at a spectacular image which will soon be serving as modelling inspiration for many in the hobby. Always a popular feature, we will be going live with our latest Workbench competition, which has a unique and rather topical modelling prize awaiting our lucky winner, one which even the people who were good enough to make it so special would be pleased to win. Let’s not delay proceedings any further and get straight on with the latest edition of our Airfix blog.
With this year marking the Centenary of the establishment of the Royal Air Force, many of the famous aircraft which have represented the force over that period have been the subject of renewed media interest. Classic aircraft such as the Spitfire and Lancaster could almost be described as becoming household names, remaining as familiar to people today as they were during the dark days of the Second World War, whilst other types, such as the Vickers Vernon have simply passed relatively unnoticed into the annuls of aviation history. Amongst all the aircraft to have worn the famous roundel of the RAF over the past 100 years, there can be few which can claim to have been as distinctive and impressive as the Handley Page Victor, the third of Britain’s trio of V-bombers to enter service and one of the most radical designs ever to take to the skies. With its huge crescent wings and high set T-tail, the Victor would certainly not look out of place in the pages of a science fiction book, however its unusual looks only served to identify it as an exceptionally capable aeroplane indeed, one which proved adaptable enough to see it taking on additional tasks for which it was not originally intended. Developed primarily as a conventional high altitude nuclear capable bomber, the Victor became part of Britain’s primary nuclear deterrent force and was later modified to carry the Blue Steel ‘stand-off’ nuclear missile, ensuring it remained an effective strike platform in an ever changing world. The Victor was also later developed into a long range reconnaissance aircraft (B(SR).2) and an airborne tanker, capable of providing air-to-air-refuelling support for the RAF’s front line fighter and strike force, which included serving through both the Falklands and Gulf conflicts.
A04062 Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a 1:72
Expected: October 2018
- Scheme 1: 10./NJG 11, W.Nr 111980, Red 12 + RAF Version
- Scheme 2: Avia CS-92 Czech AF
As the first operational jet fighter in the world, initial Messerschmitt Me262s combat operations were flown by single seat aircraft, piloted by some of the Luftwaffe’s most experienced airmen. A two seat trainer version soon followed, which allowed new pilots to acquaint themselves with this advanced technology, without their conversion from piston power being their first solo jet flight.