Airfix, the UK model making brand, has announced the launch of its Operation Herrick Afghanistan Airfix range. All products are scaled to 1:48, meaning all the equipment and built replicas can be modelled together. The range is being launched exclusively with Model Zone on 22nd September, and will be released globally from Monday 24th September.
Featuring in the Operation Herrick Afghanistan Airfix collection is the Westland Lynx AH.7, one of the world’s most manoeuvrable helicopters, which is today used by the British army as a light reconnaissance and scout helicopter with additional offensive capabilities. Also included are a duo of modified Land Rovers, including the Snatch, an up-armoured version of the Land Rover 110 suitable for armoured patrols in potentially hostile environments, and the Land Rover Weapons Mounted Installation Kit, the British Army’s heavily armed patrol combat vehicle that continues to serve as an effective Special Forces and reconnaissance vehicle.
Completing the set are a selection of fully armoured land-based and air support troops, enabling enthusiasts to build a full-scale replica of army life in Afghanistan.
Darrell Burge, Airfix marketing manager, commented: “We’ve wanted to offer some modern UK military hardware to our modelling fan base since the brand came under the ownership of Hornby. With the war in Afghanistan now into its second decade, we decided that it was time to recognise the scale of British efforts and produce a range of models that represent the modern equipment being used by our forces today. The products in this range make the idea collector’s item for any model enthusiast, or military man wanting to recreate key scenes from his life in Afghanistan.”