Both these OOP kits were among Airfix' best ever produced in their génre. Their King George V
was right up there with them, too. As to whether or not these old friends will be re-tooled, I cannot say---but---the Prinz Eugen
was a fine model, and went together reasonably well for an experienced builder.
had some issues that required attention, especially after it went over to the MPC company in the US around 1983 but, unlike Prinz Eugen
, the kit was getting pretty shakey by the time it hit its third market incarnation under the FROG label. Hull and deck warping was a significant problem, but if Airfix can get the plastic material quality back up to par, it should be a decent kit. I have their re-released Warspite
kit and to be honest, it isn't too bad--in fact, better than I expected, with no major issues with lumpy parts or excessive flash (except around the sternwalk slot). My point is, if they can bring back THAT kit after so many lost years, there's hope for Repulse
The worst problem with the Repulse
kit, in my opinion, was its overall lack of authenticity in certain areas. The model is supposed to depict the ship as of its sinking in 1941, but its features aft of the catapult are incorrect. It mixes 1941 and 1937-ish features together with some details that never existed and/or are crudely represented. In these respects, even the most recent kits of Repulse
, in both 1:700 and 1:350 scales, share the same faults to one degree or another. Additional work is required to correct these issues, but that is for another discussion.
Frankly, I am looking forward to their return, especially Prinz Eugen
It will be better than paying through the nose for an old original kit, which I have seen fetch as much as $80 here in the US. This may not answer your question, but I hope it helps. I'm sure someone else can add to it!