“ Manufacturer: Airfix „
Although this model is no longer available direct from Airfix there are still a good number of kits to be found in the shops or on-line in the likes of ebay, and in my opinion is worth hunting down. As a model it will offer enough interest for an experienced model-maker and when finished looks good on display, so will be of interest to Dr Who fans as well. (By the way, it also comes with the TARDIS sound effect when you open the door! The batteries are NOT included.)
The kit is well packaged and comes with paints, brushes and glue (although extra paints will be needed for the detailing). It also comes with a model Dr Who and Martha Jones. The relatively large scale means that there is a reasonable amount of fine detail on the moulding (such as surprisingly good wood-grain effect on the TARDIS), and this also means that there are few very small pieces and will therefore be a good model for older children to try, particularly with adult supervision.
The kit requires the construction and painting of the TARDIS, The Dr and Martha. The interior of the TARDIS is the most fiddly part of the kit and the TARDIS exterior walls need to be firmly pressed together, but the perseverance is well worth it.
On the whole, the figures of The Dr and Martha Jones go together very well, but their heads, hands and feet for some reason are made of a rubbery substance which makes sticking them to the rest of the figure a lot more awkward then it should have been. I would suggest the joint use of polycement and PVA Glue to sort this out.
Where the painting is concerned it is well worth taking your time to get it done in the correct order during construction and afterwards for the detailing (dry-brushing, high-lights, etc) it really brings the finished model to life, and will look great on display.
If this model has had the time spent on it during construction it will even take being posted, as long as it is packaged properly. I sent this model, fully constructed, from Stoke-on-Trent to Tyneside and it arrived as sent- with NO breakages! It was ordered by a Dr Who fanatic, and the person concerned was very pleased with the result.