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
service was discontinued). I don't know if any kit was offered with the half BA
, half SQ