Handley Page Hampden Airfix 1/72

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    Hi mates,

    I never bought this model kit of Airfix...what do you think about this kit?, I need opinions, how many possibilities there are with decals?...I need info...

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    Loris
     
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    It's an old kit dating back to the late 1960's, and not very accurate. Evan (A4K) is the one to ask, as he has experience of this kit, and is working on a conversion to the torpedo bomber version I believe.
    A good reference is the 'Warpaint' book on the Hampden, but as for decals, again, maybe Evan can advise.
     
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    #3 Bullo Loris, Mar 11, 2010
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    Thanksfor the info about the kit...
     
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    I asked now my city shop but this plane kit its not avaible now :(, you know when will be avaible?...

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    G'day mate!

    The kit isn't bad, and was was the only one available until the release of the Valom kits in 2008/9. I have only seen photos of these latter kits, but in my opinion they seem to be modified versions of the original Airfix kit. Where thy excel is in the engines (beautiful!), and undercarriage. Panel lines are engraved (good), but rivets aswell (bad).

    The Airfix kit though: not bad shapewise, but if you want an accurate example there are changes to be made, especially in the forward fueslage (needs extending at the wing leading edge about 1 cm), and the wing tips need reshaping (or replacing with resin items).
    If you are a detail nut, I can give you a list of all the corrections, if not, she will build up to a nice looking bird as is - just beware of mould warpings, especially around the lower rear fueslage.

    Evan
     
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    No info when will be avaible this kit?...

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    It has been reissud since under the Bilek brand...if you can't get the Airfix, try that - or if you can spare the cost, go one of the new valom kits. (An Airfix will probably be just as expensive to be honest...)
     
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    I know mate :( but in Switzerland there are only the most important sign...Airfix, Revell, Italeri, Tamiya, Dragon and Zwezda...
     
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    Loris Bilek is the Czech firm. So try to find their site and order it there. It shouldn't be any problem.
     
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    Yes there is a problem...:(

    out of production...

    Katalog
     
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    Just keep trying mate...bound to be one sooner or later. (google, google, google...)
     
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    There are 2 possibilities in ebay but the problem is the delivery post cost USA or England to Switzerland, I think the good solution it's attend the airfix kit...:( I will built an other kit...

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    Loris, 'King Kit', in Shropshire, UK, have an Airfix Hampden in stock. It's a bit expensive, in my opinion, at £16.99, although I think that's how much it was when available, and I would guess that shipping would be around another £8, but it's possibly the only place you'll get one quickly. The company specialise in out of prouction kits, and I use them fairly often, finding their pricing and shipping charges reasonable overall, with no big 'mark up' just because a kit might be rare. Some of their stock is priced at the same retail price as when first introduced, and I've bought kits from there at below the cost of the same kits which have been re-releasedand are now current!
     
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    I agree with your opinion I changed my built programm I will do this kit later, next year I think now I started with WWI fighter planes, first is Nieuport 28 (Revell 1/72) or RE 8 (Airfix 1/72)...I will search this kit an other time, now I have a lot of work :)

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