[space-modelers] repeat of Airifx recent issue round-up [WAS Sprue Brothers etc]
- I initially posted this 4th April, but as some may not have seen it and
questions are still being asked - here it is again...
As it seems that all three of the latest batch of Airfix reissued /
modified space launchers are at least potentially available, I thought I
would do a round-up of what you get - and why. Some of this has been
discussed before, but this is an attempt to at least get it all in one
Note all three boxes have brand new artwork done by Mike Trim, (who used
to do artwork/designs for various Gerry Anderson series).
SKYLAB SATURN V
Much discussed, and yes you do get all the new Apollo parts as well as
the new Skylab workshop/shroud - eight brand new parts. The Apollo parts
are there as the newly-tooled original shaped rectangular base is on the
same runner, and it was obviously decided it wasn't worth removing the
parts that technically aren't needed. You also still get the S-IVB
stage, so you could build both versions, though you don't get the all
the decals. This sheet has been made especially for the Skylab launcher,
so there are only the markings for the S-IC and S-II stages - plus the
'wrap' for Skylab workshop. (Mind you the only missing decals are really
only the tiny ones for the SM.)
There is this error with the black paint instructions for the S-IC stage
- it should not go over the corrugated section, it should stop at the
lower edge of the corrugations. (The box-art is correct.) It was
unfortunately caused by an aberration generated in the pdf file and
wasn't realised until too late. It should be corrected in any later
printings. (And the 'Kennedy Space Centre' should be corrected as well!)
This has the new Apollo stages as done for the V. All the original
Apollo parts have been removed - and it looks as if the tooling has been
modified, so you won't get the original version ever again! Oddly one
part, the original engine plate for the SM bell, is still there, but I
think this is an error - the runner looks as if it should have been
blanked off to remove it, but some plastic has leaked in! (Consequently
it may get 'corrected' in later passes?)
You still get the Lunar Module but (and OK we've been through this
before) I note in the plans that this wasn't carried by a Saturn IB -
certainly not *this* version of a Saturn IB - it is only there 'for
comparison with the rest of the Apollo craft'! (Note - in these plans,
you do get the correct, 'Kennedy Space Center'.)
The decal sheet is newly done, and has correct Apollo markings. Camera
target etc have been added. You now get both black and white fin
numbers. The name plate is also far better looking, thanks to Jonathan
Mock's graphic design.
No tooling changes have been made, so sorry you don't get corrected
boosters. (I tried, honest guv..) The only actual 'brand new' part is
the newly-tooled original shaped base, (literally cut from the Apollo
The build is now for *Luna*, Vostok and Soyuz, not Sputnik. (However you
can do a quick'n'dirty conversion to Sputnik using existing parts - as I
did for Issue 5 of AMW.) Decals are now just a nameplate for the base,
reading 'Luna', 'Vostok' and 'Soyuz' in either Roman or Cyrillic
Plan changes are mostly down to the colours - and the now seemingly
generally accepted 'grey' (um, 'gray') for the exterior finish. The
paint instructions - in colour - still actually come up looking
'greenish', but the paint key indicates "Humbrol #27 - Matt Sea Grey"
and anyway only goes to emphasise what a problem it is trying to get
this colour correct!
There is also an explanation about the 'white' finish, ie it's the
frost, and a separate diagram to show this - as the box-art also shows.
The box features a 'Vostok 50th Anniversary' sticker, but this IS a
sticker, so likely won't be on boxes issued in the future.
I suspect there will still be queries - but at least I've tried.... :-)
PS The Airfix Shuttle is due for reissue later this year, new box-art by
Mike again, but no tooling changes. Again I tried....
...let's be careful out there...