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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 11 Oct 2015 18:09 #1

The new Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V

I was pleased to find this brand new Airfix kit while visiting The Augusta , GA. HobbyTown.

 


Price, $ 37:00 which seems about the range expected for this kit .

Here are some brief snippets of the first RAF bomber to fly over German held territory

The Whitley's first operations of the war ironically were not to drop bombs on German targets, but leaflets, and these duties continued well into 1940. The first bombing raids on Germany were made in May by Nos 77 and 102 Squadron from Driffield.

Because of its better range, the Whitleys were used on some of the longest-range sorties in the early years, with the raid on the Skoda factory in Czechoslovakia (a return trip of almost 1,500 miles, much of the outward leg being flown over enemy territory in daylight). Many famous bomber pilots cut their teeth on ops with Whitleys.

Airfix did provide a proper box . Not the most pleasing box art but a fair representation.

The total of the plastic is in a large bag . Some companies now supply bags for every sprue to keep the plastic from getting scuffed in shipping.

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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 11 Oct 2015 18:10 #2

And now the public can see it Chris. Thanks for the look inside!
I told you photobucket sucks...



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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 11 Oct 2015 19:25 #3

Very nice kit ... Never built an Airfix kit ... Maybe time to give it a try ... Thanks Chris ... :pilot
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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 11 Oct 2015 19:41 #4

Wow that looks cool
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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 11 Oct 2015 21:18 #5

My good friend, Andy, built one of the review shots for Model Aircraft Monthly (I think), reckoned it was virtually fault free and (his words) a 'joy' to put together.

He's an exceptional modeller and a very 'balanced' reviewer so I'll take him at his word. Not a machine that I could ever get excited about but will be very interesting to see how many actually get built in the coming months.

Ian.
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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 12 Oct 2015 14:54 #6

Fairly sure I've seen one of these fellers up close and personnel at the Air Museum in Hendon ... :pilot
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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 12 Oct 2015 15:33 #7

I know there is one being pieced back together in the UK but I'm nor sure there is one together or not.

Certainly a face that only a mother is likely to love but an interesting plane anyhow .

At the time it had the greatest bomb load capacity of RAF birds and also the capability to fly the long distance missions.

Cheers, Christian B)

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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 12 Oct 2015 15:37 #8

ij001 wrote:
My good friend, Andy, built one of the review shots for Model Aircraft Monthly (I think), reckoned it was virtually fault free and (his words) a 'joy' to put together.

He's an exceptional modeller and a very 'balanced' reviewer so I'll take him at his word. Not a machine that I could ever get excited about but will be very interesting to see how many actually get built in the coming months.

Ian.


:idonno Oh well, we all have our peculiarities .

I for one find it a good addition to a WW II collection and a well designed kit, aside of short comings mentioned above.

I really feel Airfix has stepped up the quality of their kits weather it's a huge seller or not.

Cheers, Christian

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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 12 Oct 2015 15:47 #9

Swordsman wrote:
Very nice kit ... Never built an Airfix kit ... Maybe time to give it a try ... Thanks Chris ... :pilot


Way better than what they made in the 50's and still have in store these days . The price is still reasonable for something of this quality which makes it even more alluring for me .

Examine what's in the box before you purchase it . They are selling their brand new HE 111 right along the old ones and the they are not the same quality at all.

Cheers, Christian B)

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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 12 Oct 2015 15:51 #10

135engineer wrote:
Wow that looks cool

Glad you like it. It's a rather neglected subject by mainline companies but worth having in a WW II colection.

Cheers, Christian B)

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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 16 Oct 2015 10:46 #11

I kept waiting for this to show up in the new arrivals at Sprue Brothers but they never listed it, just by chance I search Whitley and they showed it in stock at $27, I got the after market goodies and some items I needed for other projects and rang up enough to get half price shipping. Got it yesterday (ordered Tuesday, gotta love the Brothers Sprue) kit looks great as Christian stated. I just wish these newer kits came in smaller boxes, they take up so much room in the stash. The box seemed big enough for a 1/48 kit, which I wish it was but that will not likely happen but I'm glad to have a new one none the less.
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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V 17 Oct 2015 22:58 #12

I agree with the box size . Could be a good deal smaller.

Although I called it a proper box, they are still not as good as the old one but a sight better than the ones that open on the ends.

Very surprised to find about 4/5 of these kits at today's show .

Cheers, Christian B)

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