The Airfix website shows the original Roy Cross artwork (above) but whether the kit is presented in that same guise or offers any new identity or warpaint remains to be seen. Despite its supposedly fatal flaws I have always rather liked this simple kit. The number available on eBay suggest that I am in a minority about that. Various improvements, including sanding off the rivet matrix, are easily accomplished and excellent replacement ordinance is now available via Ushi. Going the whole hog might include re-setting the angle of the undercart and replacing the crude interior of pegs and chairs with scratch-built plastic card, but with the canopy closed up very little can be seen. There is no doubt that a new tool Val in this scale would be welcome as the Fujimi alternative (cloned in poor imitation by ZTS Plastyk) is now in the hard to find category, also rather dated compared to current technologies, whilst the Dragon/Cyber Hobby kit (also released by Platz) is both flawed and expensive, costing even more than the superior Hasegawa 1/48 scale kit.
Image credit: Box art © 2021 Airfix & Hornby Hobbies Ltd