GeordieAlex This is a dreadful kit. Shocking fit all over the place. Highlight for me is the small round windows on the underside - there are two identical ones on the bomb bay doors - one of the clear window pieces is too big for its hole. the other is too small.
You must drill holes on the wings for the locator pins on the wing slipper tanks - these have guide holes on the inside of the wing. Once drilled, the holes are in the wrong place so the locator pins do not meet them.
Ralf Topeters @Sebastian: I think it is absolutely alright to compare these old molds with todays standards as long as manufacturers sell them today. Airfix is selling this kit nowadays so they have to compete with todays market. For example: In the Netherlands there is still a really great modeling scene with still a lot of nice little shops everywhere. When we are on holidays there I always love to find me some of these stores there and look through their assortment. When I am there I don't always have the possibility to check the age of the molds of every kit there in stock. There are just a lot of new packages with new or old molds. So if you want to sell old stuff you still have to compete and with that it is absolutely fair to be compared. No offense meant here just as an explanation. Greetings
1 January 2021, 15:06
Tony Trembath-Drake well - I've finished the core build - and the kit is very odd - old old old Airfix moulds with new bits all over the place - you almost have a second model of random stuff in the end - and you have to be careful with engines and wings selecting the right parts... I hated the cut out of the camera below the fuselage, and would call this a deal-breaker for the kit (the size wasn't the issue, getting a smooth round-ness was for me) - almost impossible to get them nice and clean - I'd almost leave them 'as is' and just have the 2 cameras in the bomb bay (I just added black card so they have a background).... but the rest actually came together quite well...The old moulds had flash, but the Airfix plastic is soft, so easy to clean and alignment/joins were not a problem... Only the nose seam being a real issue. I'm using the decals in the box, so have a look at my project in a week or two when done... (and it's a quick build, so take that into account)...