We have just got in stock some Airfix models of WW2 vehicles, available at very good prices. Here’s some more info.
We have brought in some Airfix models partially to expand our product range, but also because we wanted to! We’ve only got a few so far, as a way of testing the water and seeing how popular they are on our Website, but if they do well we are hoping to add to the range. Nonetheless, some of the staff definitely have their eyes on them! We have only brought in starter sets so far, which come with all the paint you will need for the set, as well as a paintbrush and some glue.
The first set we have is the Supermarine Spitfire MKIa. Introduced into service from mid-1938, the Supermarine Spitfire was one of the RAF’s new generation of aircraft to enter service just before the outbreak of WW2. With the outbreak of hostilities and the subsequent Battle of Britain, the Spitfire proved itself highly effective in dogfights against enemy fighters. Its performance during the summer of 1940 would secure the Spitfire legendary status as one of the defining symbols of British resistance and success during the war. The paint scheme for this particular model is “No.92 Squadron, RAF Manston, Kent, England, December 1940”.
Our next set is for the Hawker Hurricane Mk I. Unveiled first in 1935, the first Hawker Hurricane RAF squadrons had been formed by 1938. The Hurricane was introduced as a replacement for the RAF’s pre-war bi-plane fighters. During the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane proved itself as a highly effective fighter and was credited with the destruction of numerous enemy aircraft. The paint scheme for this particular model is “No.615 Squadron, RAF Kenley, England, August 1940”.
Our final Aircraft is the P-51d Mustang IV. Introduced in 1942 first by the RAF and later by the USAAF, the North American P51 Mustang became one of the most iconic fighter planes of the Second World War. The plane was designed in response to an RAF requirement for a long-range fighter plane and entered service in January 1942. Featuring the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine, the Mustang’s long range and excellent firepower made it ideal for escorting bombers on their missions over Europe. The Mustang continued to be used after WW2, seeing service in the Korean War and even remaining in use in some air arms until the early 1980s. The paint scheme for this particular model is “North American Mustang IV, No.112 Squadron, Italy, 1945”.
We also have tanks! Our first Airfix tank is the Cromwell MKIV Cruiser. First seeing service during the Allied Invasion of Normandy in June 1944, the Cromwell – officially named Cruiser Tank MkVI – was one of the most successful British tanks of the Second World War. Named after the English Civil War leader Oliver Cromwell, the tank proved itself effective in combat. Although it was out-gunned by German tanks, the Cromwell’s reliability and excellent maneuverability made it highly successful on the battlefield. The tank remained in service until the end of the war. The paint scheme for this particular model is the Cromwell MkI of the 5th Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Armoured Division, British Army, Europe, 1944/45.
Our other Airfix tank is the King Tiger. Introduced in 1944, the King Tiger or Tiger II followed on from the formidable Tiger I and featured thicker armour and a more powerful 88mm main gun. Making its combat debut in the Battle of Normandy, the new tank immediately made a distinct impression on the battlefield. However, the Tiger II was also beset by mechanical faults during its initial fielding. The version in this kit is an early model of the King Tiger featuring a rounded style turret of which just fifty were ever produced. Its paint scheme is “Panzerkampfwagon Pzkw VI Ausf.B ‘Konigstiger’ King Tiger, 503 Abteilung, Normandy, 1944”.
These sets make great gifts for someone yet to discover the joys of Airfix models, with all you need to get yourself going. We hope you find something you like, and enjoy having a go at one of the sets!