October 17, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: WWI Centenary Sets from Airfix

Battle Of The Somme. The Attack Of The Ulster Division
The summer of 2016 marks the Centenary of one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare; the Battle of the Somme. Also known as the Somme Offensive it started on July 1st 1916 and ran until November 18th and was intended to achieve a decisive breakthrough for Allied Forces against the German frontline on the Western Front in France. Fought on both sides of the River Somme across an 18 mile stretch of frontline trenches, the battle saw the introduction of the first tanks to the Western Front and also the first concerted struggle for supremacy in the air above the battle field.

Whilst men in the trenches were fighting and dying in their thousands, an equally frenetic battle was being contested in the skies above them by a relatively small number of opposing aviators. Aerial reconnaissance played an enormously important part in the battle with aircraft such as the BE2c photographing the German trenches but it was a hazardous undertaking with new German ‘scouts’ like the Fokker Eindecker constantly trying to shoot them down. Later in the battle the British used their new ‘tanks’ for the first time to try to break the deadlock. Initially, success was limited due to unreliability and the crew’s inexperience but later they made a useful contribution to the Allies modest advance.

By the end of the Somme Offensive over a million men from both sides had been killed or wounded but the French and British forces had penetrated just 6 miles into German held territory.

To mark the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Airfix is issuing several new and re-packaged sets in 1/72 scale. View all Airfix WWI Products HERE

AFX-50178 Battle of the Somme Centenary Gift Set 
This set contains the two new aircraft kits and reissues of the WWI German & British figures. Unfortunately the originally planned new figures are not going to be made and these figures actually represent early war uniforms.  

• Fokker E.II Eindecker (Length: 100mm, Width: 140mm, Pieces: 34)
• Royal Aircraft Factory BE2.c (Length: 115mm, Width: 156mm, Pieces: 54)
• Male Tank Mk.1 HMLS Dragonfly 1916 (Length: 135mm, Width: 55mm, Pieces: 49)
• WWI British Infantry - 43 figures 
 WWI German Infantry - 45 figures
 Diorama Base (Length: 25" or 650mm, Width: 13' or 335mm)
 Paints, brushes and glue

View to order HERE

By the middle of 1915, Allied and German aircraft were proficient at obtaining strategically important battlefield reconnaissance information. Denying the enemy the ability to secure this information was now of vital importance. The combat introduction of the new Fokker E.III Eindecker fighter over the Western Front saw a new and bloody chapter in aerial warfare, as this advanced fighter took a heavy toll of Allied aircraft.

The undoubted technological advances incorporated in the design of the Fokker Eindecker series of armed scouts allowed the German Air Service to secure a period of air superiority over the battlefields of the Western Front. Many of the Allied aircraft designs were still considered as reconnaissance platforms first, with self defence and bombing capabilities of secondary importance.  

Facing the dedicated fighter aircraft the Germans were now operating put the Allied airmen at a significant disadvantage and as the German pilots developed their fighter tactics, Allied airmen were forced to continue flying in the face of these new dangers and often described themselves as being nothing more than ‘Fokker Fodder’. The introduction of the Nieuport 11 fighter in early 1916 saw an end of the Fokker Scourge, but not before a great many Allied airmen had fallen victim to the synchronised guns of the Fokker Eindecker 

AFX-50177 WWI Fokker E.II and BE2C Dogfight Doubles Gift Set 
 Set includes: 2 model kits, 8 Acrylic paints, 2 Brushes, 1 Poly Cement
AFX-2101 Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c - Night Fighter. 1/72nd scale, new 2016 tooling.
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AFX-1086 WWI Fokker EII (Late) Eindecker German Fighter. 1/72nd scale, new 2016 tooling
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