It’s that time of the year again, when Airfix introduces its latest Club-only kit edition. And the 2013 Airfix Club kit is called ‘Under the Red Star’ but instead of featuring a single subject, there are three 1:72 scale fighters, all in the same box.
The Airfix Club kit includes three familiar World War II combat types, a Supermarine Spitfire Vb, a Hawker Hurricane IIb, and a Curtiss P-40B Warhawk in three unusual Soviet decal schemes. It’s this latter that takes our eye, if only because we don’t see too many white-painted World War II combat types on model shelves.
Soviet pilots made good use of all the aircraft supplied to them by the Allied powers, and the P-40 was no exception. Pilots enjoyed its handling, though at first found the big, glasshouse-like cockpit rather unnerving - but soon realised that the all-round visibility in combat more than made up for any personal feelings of being exposed to enemy bullets.
The kits are all up to standard Airfix levels, and make a welcome addition to the ranks of World War II types. For collectors, their Club-only nature must be a draw - who knows, in a few years time, a mint and unbuilt example ought to have increased in value.
As well as this kit, the Airfix Club offers various goodies, including badges, a magazine, various discounts, and the Flying Hours Passport voucher scheme, through which you can earn free kits.
Pictures above courtesy Airfix, details of the Club here.
And here are a couple of interesting contemporary shots of lend-lease Spitfires and a Hurricane. We don't have a source for them, so if you can help let us know.
Red star markings applied already, a flight of Spitfires (above) undergo final preparation before being shipped to Stalin's forces. Below, a military group stands beside a lend-lease Hurricane. We wish we could ID them, as the pic looks like it could tell an interesting story.