Blackburn Buccaneer is arguably one of the most beautiful second-generation jet fighters. It was built in the late 1950s and introduced in early 60s. It was designed as an anti-ship warplane that eventually would’ve fought Soviets in the then-expected WWIII. Buccaneer was built into couple of variants and served proudly up ’till the mid-90s. Only about 200 were built, however despite this modest for its time number, Buccaneer left a huge mark in the aircraft history. It is beautiful, sleek, fast-looking jet, that we all love.
Airfix are slowly re-surfacing with new toolings last couple of years. Among them, was the 72nd scale Buccaneer. We were hoping for a quarter scale option and finally, such is nearing a release in 2022. Airfix kept quiet about the specifics, but now we allegedly have a boxart and variants of their upcoming Blackburn jet. They look great and even though British Model maker are not up to par with the very best producers yet, they are heading that way quickly. Both in design and in catalogue. Especially introducing such desired subjects like the Buccaneer. We can only hope for their best tooling so far to be introduced in this release. We kinda feel disappointed by their previous /48th scale/ ones and especially the lack of more detail on the surface of the plastic.
Blackburn Buccaneer is famous for its all-black paint scheme or their classic two tone camo option. However, Airfix chose to go all grey on their first Buccaneer release. Why would we say “First”? Well, we can bet that this won’t be their last. Because not having the all-black and the camouflaged Buccaneers included would’ve been a perfectly good waste of a new tooling. Airfix are smart, so they already knew that. Nobody in their sane mind would miss the opportunity.
What Airfix decided to include is 4 light greay paint schemes. They are a single-tone camouflages /not that camouflage is the right word here anyhow/ and they feature contrasting and appealing insignia all over the jet. You know – 50s-60s kinda thing. These 4 aircraft are all S.2 variants /those are the Rolls Royce Spey powered Buccaneers if you wonder/, three of them being S.2Cs and one – S.2D. They all feature large letters on the undeside of the wings, which leaves us with that only option for masks. We were hoping to be able to provide more on the subject, but for now – we can live with that.
We haven’t seen anything specific on the plastic yet and of course, up until the very end, one cannot be certain what the final product will look like or feature. But the mere fact that finally we are getting new Blackburn Buccaneer in quarter scale on the market is fascinating. We are hoping to get more variants, introduce paint masks for the camouflage and see very and various options of the built Buccaneer at the upcoming model shows. Folded wings, open airbrakes, engines and what not. Especially at Telford. Thanx to Airfix, this will most likely happen in 2022.