Airfix has re-released their 1/144 scale Vickers Vanguard kit, and it is in stock at AHS. It has been released with decals for BEA’s iconic ‘Red Square’ livery and with Invicta International markings. It is kit AFX-03171.
This was always a decent kit, this release being moulded with light grey plastic, and including transparent parts for all the cockpit and cabin windows. I couldn’t find any flash on either the parts or the sprues, not bad for a 50 year old mould! The decal is very nicely done, includes all cheat lines, door outlines, etc crisply printed. The registration for the BEA (G-APEL) aircraft is printed in white requiring that the black band be painted on the fin.
One disappointment, especially given that Airfix has been working hard to improve a lot of their military re-releases, is that three of the four forward engine cowls continue to be a poor fit the the section of cowl moulded on the wings. Perhaps on of our resin parts makers will step in with a set that fit a little better?