USAir1489 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14835 times:
I'm not sure about the Airfix kit but I built the Revell kit and it built up very nicely. I think Airfix has the latest BA scheme that the Concorde wore and Revell has the one before that. I don't know the availability of the Airfix kit but you can find the Revell (Germany) kit readily available. It retails for $22, but you can get it for cheaper at http://www.hobbylinc.com.
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American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4638 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14831 times:
I don't know which is better, I've never made one, but they are both at 1/144 scale and they both have both versions: Air France and British Airways.
If you want British Airways, it depends which livery you are interested in, the Airfix kit released in the 70's has the 70's/early 80's livery, the Revell kit doesn't. If you are interested in the Union Jack scheme from the 80's/mid 90's, you can get it on both the Revell and Airfix kit (it depends when the kit has been released). The latest scheme late 90's/early 2000's must be available but I'm not sure where you can get it, on the Airfix or Revell kit. Airfix airliner kits have been re released several times in a different box design.
If you want Air France, then the livery is always the same regardless which kit you choose. Air France hasn't changed its livery since the late 70's.
JMChladek From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 14791 times:
Believe me, go with the Revell kit. It was originally tooled up by Nitto in Japan and it features petite recessed panel lines. The Airfix kit has raised panel lines. Another advantage of the Revell kit is the nose has the option of being posed in up or down positions (either landing or take off position) while the Airfix kit just has the nose in the up position. Now the Airfix kit is a good model also, but the Revell one IMHO seems to be a little better and I built a couple when I was a kid. Both provided no problems at all back then for a novice modeler. Only minor quirks I did see on the last example I bought showed some ejector pin marks on the fuselage pieces, but they should cleanup nicely with a little modeler TLC.
Only drawback with the Revell kit as currently offered is its marking options are for Air France and the BA revised Landor scheme with the blue tail. Only the current Airfix issue has the Union Flag scheme, but the decals in my example look horrid with poor colors and crappy registration! There are a couple aftermarket firms doing BA Union Flag markings though, so all isn't lost. Like I said, I recommend the Revell kit and get some aftermarket decals to do a current BA Union Flag scheme if you so desire. Only changes on the AF scheme in the different issues is that some kits offer the European Union flag logo (a circle of yellow stars) on the tail.
The Airfix kit was also issued by MPC and USAirfix over the years and sometimes these can be found on eBay with the original Landor scheme (and better decal printing). The USAirfix version also can be done as a half BA, half Braniff aircraft, even though Concorde never appeared in that coloring on a commercial flight (even though one may have been in the paintshop when the DFW-JFK-LHR service was discontinued). I don't know if any kit was offered with the half BA, half SQ livery though.
SPLOBKrakow From Poland, joined Sep 2003, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14749 times:
I just finished the Revell kit, i must say that is it very well done. The parts fit perfectly, the stickers have a fair bit of detail. Over all a very plesant package to work with.
Unfotunatelly i don't have any pics.
I definatelly suggest the Revell over Airfix, I have some bad model that were produced by Airfix