Thursday, 24 March 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Airfix 1:72 Angel Interceptor

This is a very odd piece of Gerry Anderson memorabilia. Released in 2011, this is a reissue of an earlier kit, going way back to the 1960s. This isn't a diecast set at all, nope, British fans would recognise the name of Airfix as being a leader in plastic model kits, the US equivalent would probably be Monogram. Anyway, the box uses the modern red top with the scale and name of the model, with a piece of art on the front showing the schemes that you can paint it in, The front of the box recycles the 1968 artwork, just adding a Captain Scarlet logo over the front.

In 1968, the original kit was released to the UK market under the number of 256. It was released regularly until being discontinued in the 1980s and then retooled under the Snap N Glue line. The model in the box is NOT a reissue of the original 1968 mold, it is in fact the 1984 Snap N Glue Mold, that had the locator pins to snap it into place.

The main instructions are printed on A4 paper that's folded up. The left hand side has some information about the show and is translated into several European languages. It also has some in show material on the Interceptor based more on the TV21 continuity. On the right hand side of the page, we have the 5 step instructions on how to build the model. You would normally need a clippers, glue and a knife, but as this is the Snap N Glue version, you don't need it. It also recommends to paint some pieces first and put the control panel decals on first.

The back page is a large colour image of the Angel Interceptor. It's primary use is a painting guide, but it also shows where to put the decals and gives options on where to put them. Not much painting in this one. Mainly white with red detailing. The rest of the details are in the decals.

Speaking of decals, here's the full sheet on decals. These are water slide, so you'll need a pot of hot water, scissors and tweezers to put them in place, maybe a scalpel as well to get them positioned right. There are some small and fiddly ones, so this might not be a good kit for beginners, even though it is a skill level of two.

The main sprues themselves come polybagged for protection, but taking them out, there's only 23 pieces on the sprue. They are in a solid grey colour, so spraying with a white base coat after washing would be useful at this point. One other thing to note. Even though the Angel pilots are female and wear white, the pilot figure is clearly male and is wearing a bright orange suit in the pictures.

The cockpit glass is a separate piece that should be glued on last. It comes in the same baggie as the other pieces, but in it's own baggie as well. Some model makers keep it clear, some would prefer to paint in a blue colour and detail it.

Here's what the finished model looks like after it's been assembled, but hasn't been painted. As I mentioned earlier, you don't even need glue to make this happen, it can be snapped into place and will stay secure,

This is what the kit looks like once it's been painted and the decals have been applied. The pilot has been painted female to match the TV series.

If any of you out there are interested in getting your hands on this interesting and unique kit, then check the secondary market. You can find them on eBay for around £20 for an untouched one and that is for all 3 versions.