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Airfix

UK manufacturer of injection-moulded plastic scale model

Airfix is a UK manufacturer of injection-moulded plastic scale model kits of aircraft and other objects. In the United Kingdom the name Airfix is synonymous with plastic models of this type, often simply referred to as "an airfix kit" even if made by another manufacturer.[1]

Founded in 1939, Airfix was owned by Humbrol from 1986 until the latter's financial collapse on 31 August 2006. Since 2007, both Humbrol and Airfix have been owned by Hornby.

History[edit]

Airfix was founded in 1939 by a Hungarian businessman Nicholas Kove, initially to manufacture inflatable rubber toys. The brand name was selected to be the first alphabetically in trade directories.[2] In 1947 Airfix introduced injection moulding, initially producing pocket combs. In 1949 the company was commissioned to create a promotional model of a FergusonTE20 tractor, moulded in cellulose acetate plastic and hand-assembled for distribution to Ferguson sales representatives. To increase sales and lower production costs the model was sold in kit form by F. W. Woolworth's retail stores.

In 1954 Woolworth's buyer Jim Russon suggested that Airfix produce a model kit of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind, then being sold in North America as a 'ship-in-a-bottle', made in the more stable polystyrene. To meet Woolworth's retail price of two shillings, Airfix packaged the product in a plastic bag with a paper header that had the assembly instructions on the reverse. Its huge success led the company to produce new kit designs. The first aircraft kit was released in 1955, a model of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk I,[3] followed by the Spitfire Mk IX in 1955, in 1⁄72 scale, developed by James Hay Stevens.[4] This was a scaled-down copy of the Aurora1⁄48 Supermarine Spitfire kit. Kove initially refused to believe the product would sell and threatened to charge the cost of tooling-up to the designers.[citation needed]

Expansion[edit]

During the 1960s and 1970s, the company expanded as the hobby grew. The range expanded to include vintage and modern cars, motorcycles, figures in both 1⁄76 and 1⁄32 scale, trains, model railway accessories, military vehicles, famous ships, rockets and spaceships, as well as an ever-increasing range of aircraft, most created at the scales of 1⁄72 for small and military aircraft and 1⁄144 scale for airliners. The growth of the hobby launched a number of competitors such as Matchbox and introduced new manufacturers from Japan and the US to the UK. During this period the Humbrol company also grew, supplying paints, brushes, glue and other accessories as an alternative to Airfix's own range. Airfix also launched a monthly modelling magazine, Airfix Magazine, produced by a variety of publishers from June 1960 to October 1993. During the 1970s an Airfix Magazine Annual was also produced; and Airfix books on classic aircraft, classic ships and modelling techniques were published by Patrick Stephens Ltd.

In 1963 the Airfix slot car racing system was introduced. Airfix produced cars with front-wheel Ackermann steering and, later, conversion kits so that normal Airfix 1⁄32 kit cars such as the Ford Zodiac and the Sunbeam Rapier could be raced. The first set had Ferrari and Cooper cars and an 11-foot figure-of-eight track: it cost £4/19/11d. Always in the shadow of the Scalextric range, the Airfix version attempted to progress with the higher-end Model Road Racing Company (MRRC) range but eventually the venture was abandoned.

Most of Airfix's older range of military vehicles, though sold as 1⁄72, are generally accepted as OO or 1⁄76 scale - the subsequent introduction of a small number of true 1⁄72 vehicle kits to the Airfix range created controversy regarding the exact scale. Hornby's new packaging shows 1⁄72 or 1⁄76 as appropriate.

In late 1962 the acquisition[5] of the intellectual property and 35 moulds of Rosebud Kitmaster gave Airfix its first models of railway locomotives in OO and HO scales and its first motorcycle kit; the Ariel Arrow in 1⁄16 scale. The '60's also saw the introduction of an extremely popular line of boxed 1⁄72 scale military figures.

In the mid-1970s larger scales were introduced, including detailed 1⁄24-scale models of the Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Hawker Hurricane and Harrier "jump-jet". The mid-1970s were a peak time for Airfix. Releasing as many as 17 new kits a year, Airfix commanded 75% of the UK market with 20 million kits per annum.[6] Series 20 was limited for several years to the 1972 1⁄12 scale kit of the 1930 Supercharged Bentley 4.5 Litre car, with 272 parts and the option of a 3-volt motor. In 1979 four motorcycles in 1⁄8 scale were added to this series. The company also introduced an addition to the very popular plastic soldier boxed set line with a 1⁄32 scale version.[7]

In this period, apart from model kits, Airfix also produced a wide range of toys, games, dolls and art & craft products. It was still producing other plastic products such as homewares at this time. Airfix Industries acquired part of the failing Lines Brothers' huge Tri-ang toy business, then in voluntary liquidation, giving it the Meccano and Dinky Toys businesses in 1971. This made Airfix the UK's largest toy company.[citation needed]

Decline, purchase by Humbrol[edit]

In the 80s Airfix Industries group was under financial pressure, there were losses in Airfix's other toy businesses and attempts to reduce costs were met with industrial action. The pound strengthened from US$1.56 to US$2.35 in a matter of months, destroying export markets, because customers were unwilling to accept a 50% price increase for the same goods. The financial interdependency of the divisions of Airfix Industries forced it to declare bankruptcy in 1981. The company was bought by General Mills (owner of US automobile kit-maker MPC) through its UK Palitoy subsidiary,[8] the kit moulds being quickly shipped to its factory in Calais, France. Later, Airfix aircraft kits were marketed in the United States under the MPC label and some MPC kits were sold in the UK under the Airfix name (an example being the 1⁄25 scale vintage Stutz Bearcat kit originally produced as a tie-in to the Bearcats! television series). Airfix released MPC kits based on the Star Wars film series.

Airfix's market share reduced to 40% of the UK market (2.3 million kits) though it had 75% of the German market. In the US, where automobile kits were more popular than aircraft, it was less than 2%.[9]

Four years later General Mills withdrew from the toy market to focus on its core food manufacturing business. At one point it looked as if the Airfix range might die out but eventually, in 1986, it was bought by the Hobby Products Group of Borden, Inc., which had tried to buy the range in 1981. Borden was also the owner of Humbrol. The moulds remained in France but were relocated to the group's existing kit-manufacturer, Trun-based Heller SA. This was a logical acquisition since Humbrol's paints and adhesives could be used to complete Airfix kits and the Heller factory was under-utilised.

The Hobby Products Group was sold to an Irish investment company, Allen & McGuire, in 1994 and continued under the Humbrol name.

50th anniversary[edit]

In 2003 Airfix celebrated the "50th" anniversary of its first aircraft kit, the Supermarine Spitfire. The celebration was two years early because of an incorrect 1953 date commonly accepted at the time. As the moulds for the original kit were long gone, Airfix reissued its 1⁄72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ιa kit in blue plastic. The kit also included a large Series 5 stand (the moulds for the smaller Series 1 stand having been lost) and a copy of the original plastic bag packaging with paper header.

Demise of Humbrol and acquisition by Hornby[edit]

On 31 August 2006 parent company Humbrol went into administration, 31 of 41 employees being made redundant, largely because of the collapse of Heller SA, which still manufactured most of Airfix's kits.[10] On 10 November 2006, Hornby Hobbies Ltd. announced it was to acquire Airfix and other assets of Humbrol for £2.6 million,[11] and relaunched the brands the following year. In 2008, Airfix's former factory in Kingston upon Hull was demolished.

Hornby era[edit]

Under the management of Hornby, Airfix was revitalised. Old ranges were re-issued, and Airfix launched several new kits annually. Manufacture is in India, while design and packing is in the UK.

Ownership and production summary[edit]

PeriodOwnershipMain manufacturing baseComments
1939-1981Airfix Industries Ltd, UKHaldane Place, Wandsworth, London, UKCollaboration in later years with MPC (USA) and Gunze Sangyo (Japan)
1981-1985General Mills Inc, USA through CPG Products CorporationMiro Meccano factory, Calais, FranceRange largely shared with MPC (USA) also owned by General Mills.
1986-1994Borden Inc, USA through Humbrol LtdHeller factory, Trun, FranceMany Airfix kits were reboxed Heller kits, also owned by Humbrol.
1994-2006Allen & McGuire, Ireland, through Humbrol LtdHeller factory, Trun, FranceMany Airfix kits were reboxed Heller kits, also owned by Humbrol until 2006. Several Japanese and Chinese kits reboxed too.
2006-Hornby plc, UKOutsourced to IndiaFocus on self-produced kits. Limited reboxing.

Model railways[edit]

In 1962 Airfix bought from Rosebud Kitmaster Ltd, its moulds and stock for the Kitmaster railway range. The models were adapted to be compatible with Airfix's rolling stock models produced from 1960 which went with Airfix's trackside accessories of a few years earlier.[12] Only ten of the Kitmaster locomotives were released under Airfix.

From 1975 to 1981 Airfix also manufactured a line of ready-to-run models of British railway stock in OO gauge (1⁄76.2 scale). Their details and accuracy were an improvement on rival products from other British manufacturers such as Hornby. The product range expanded rapidly. A model of a Great Western Railway (GWR) 0-4-2 autotank steam locomotive and GWR auto coach are amongst some of the many memorable and important product releases. Airfix also offered an analogue electronics-based multiple train control system (MTC) allowing independent control of locomotives on the same track. Airfix produced a large number of plastic kits for both railway stock and scenic items. Some of these such as the footbridge and engine shed became instantly recognisable to almost every railway modeller in the UK.

The brand label was changed to Great Model Railways (GMR) in 1979, although the Airfix name was still included. However, Airfix left the model railway business in 1981. The models were sold to one of its main competitors Palitoy which produced the Mainline range of products. The former Airfix moulds together with the Palitoy-designed 2P 4-4-0 and Class 56 diesel were later re-sold to Dapol Ltd and then subsequently to Hornby. Dapol provided new chassis for the 14xx and Castle. The remainder of the Mainline Railways had been produced for Palitoy by Kader Industries and ownership of those tools remained with Kader, is later used to form the basis of the Bachmann Branchline models. Dapol continues to produce (but not promote) most of the kits but as the moulds (some now over forty years old) wear out the kits are being discontinued. Hornby continues to make 4 mm/ft scale models from the Airfix mouldings.

A monthly magazine, Model Trains, was published by Airfix from January 1980. The magazine included especially good articles aimed at newcomers to the hobby and also included many articles about modelling US and Continental European railways, as well British prototype railways. The publication of Model Trains continued for some years after Airfix ceased ownership in 1981. A change in the editorial team saw the original Model Trains editorial staff launch a new title as Scale Trains, in April 1982. A slight name change followed in April 1984, as Scale Model Trains following the final issue of Model Trains in December 1983. Scale Model Trains ran until June 1995, when a new publisher was found and the magazine was relaunched in 1995 as Model Trains International, the November/December issue being issue number 1. It continues to be published.[13]

Video game[edit]

In 2000, EON Digital Entertainment released Airfix Dogfighter for Microsoft Windows. The game featured computer representation of Airfix's Second World War-era model aircraft with a total of over 15 playable aircraft, including the German Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, and the American Grumman F6F Hellcat. The game featured 20 missions, allowing players to play 10 missions as both the Axis and Allies. Players fought their way through the game's 1950s-era house, destroying enemy planes while trying to collect healing glue packets, new model kits, weapons schematics, and paint to customise their aircraft for online battles. Pilots would battle enemy model aircraft as well as U-boats, warships, tanks, flak guns, airships, and fortresses. Players could also design their own fighting emblem, call sign, and even their own battle maps based on the missions in the game. The whole game was an advertising venture, as the paints are Humbrol and the kit upgrades show actual pictures of Airfix packages.

Model kit product ranges[edit]

An assembled and painted Airfix "Rocket" kit

Model subjects produced by Airfix over the years include:

Aircraft
1:24, 1:48, 1:72, 1:144 and 1:300 scales, covering aircraft from World War I to the present day. Perhaps the best-known range of Airfix models. Sets of two 1:72 models, one Allied, and one Axis have been packaged as "Dogfight Doubles" series.
Rockets and Spaceships
1:72 and 1:144 scales. A small range from the Lunar Module and Vostok, to the Saturn IB and Saturn V. Also some TV/film science fiction spacecraft, usually in odd scales, such as the Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999, and the Angel Interceptor from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Boats
1:72. A small range of World War II boats. (E-Boat, VosperMTB and RAF Rescue Launch) and recently modern British Severn Class lifeboat
Famous Warships
1:400, 1:600 and 1:1200 scales. From World War I to modern. 1:1200 covered the ships of the "Bismarck chase"
Civilian Ships
1:600. A range of 20th Century Liners including Mauretania, Queen Elizabeth, QE2, QM2, Canberra, France and the channel ferry Free Enterprise II
Classic Historical Ships
A number of 15th to 19th-century ships in small scale (about 1:600) and large scale (from 1:96 to 1:180).
Cars
1:12, 1:24, 1:25, 1:32 and 1:43 scales. The range includes a series of Veteran and Modern cars e.g. 1930 Bentley Blower. TV and film tie-ins included the Monkeemobile and the Toyota 2000GT from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice - Airfix also kitted the Wallis WA-116 autogyro from the same film.
Motorcycles
1:8, 1:12, 1:16 and 1:24 scales. Includes bikes from the 1960s to present day racing bikes.
Trains and Trackside Accessories
1:76 scale. Includes a small number of ex-Kitmaster kits. The moulds for these kits were sold to Dapol in the 1980s.
Military Vehicles
1:32, 1:35, 1:72 and 1:76 scales. Airfix was the first company to release small-scale military vehicles in 1960 with the 1:72 Bristol Bloodhound with Launcher, SWB Landrover and trailer. The original range of vehicles was in 1:76 scale, also known as OO scale. Also, a range of Military Vehicles sets was produced, such as the "RAF Refuelling Set", the "RAF Recovery Vehicle Set", and the "Airfield Fire Rescue Set" with accessories that could be used in dioramas.
Diorama sets
HO/OO scale World War II scenes including the "Battlefront History" series, consisting of a number of OO/HO vehicle or 1/72 aircraft kits and sets of OO/HO wargaming figures, presented on a vacuum-formed base. Also the "Rampaging Scorpion" and "Colossal Mantis" science fiction dioramas, which were re-boxed MPC kits. A new series of Airfield Sets has recently been released, with Aircraft, Military Vehicles and Figures included in the box.
Figures
1:76, 1:72 and 1:32 scales. Sets of mostly military figures (approximately 14 to 30 per box for 1:32, 30 to 50 per box for 1:72), of subjects such as World War I, World War II and Modern Infantry, Waterloo, Arab Tribesmen, etc. These are made of polythene, a soft durable plastic. Some vehicles of simpler casting and detail than their polystyrene equivalents and buildings were also available and included in larger playsets, e.g., the Coastal Defence Assault Set which included polythene tanks and infantry for either side plus a polystyrene Coastal Defence Fort kit. Collectors of vintage toy soldiers have reported brittling and disintegration of Airfix 1⁄76 scale plastic figures, though not as an age-related effect[14]
Multipose Figures
1:32 scale. A small range of World War II figures in polystyrene that could be assembled in different poses.
Collector Series
54 mm. These were plastic kits of single foot and mounted figures from the Battle of Waterloo, War of American Independence, and English Civil War.
Historical Figures
1:12 scale. Famous figures from history, mostly from England, e.g., Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, Edward, the Black Prince, Henry VIII,[15]Julius Caesar, and Oliver Cromwell. Also produced were a Bengal Lancer, a showjumper with horse (rumoured to have been based on the young Princess Anne), a 1:6 scale human skeleton, and a James Bond and Oddjob paired kit.
Wildlife Series
1:1 scale. Models of British garden birds in a diorama form, e.g., two bullfinches on a branch.
Dinosaurs
A small range of kits of pre-historic dinosaurs, e.g., Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Museum Series
A small range of motorised engines. Includes a Beam Engine, Paddle Engine, 1804 Trevithick Locomotive and Four Stroke Cycle Engine. The re-issue of the Beam Engine and Trevithick Locomotive during 2009 omitted the electric motor and gears
Robogear
science fiction wargaming models.
Doctor Who
Models to tie in with the recent Doctor Who TV series including the TARDIS.[16]* 11CAM
Engineer
Models of moving engines with transparent parts to show details.

Airfix also produced a small number of Card Construction kits for use with the Airfix Railway System. These were included with some Airfix GMR Train Sets. And various structures as the "Airfield Control Tower" and the "Pontoon Bridge".

Box art[edit]

Many artists have produced artwork for Airfix kit packaging, most famously Roy Cross.[17]

In popular culture[edit]

The Airfix history has ensured that the company, its products and its brand has entered modern culture, especially in the Anglo-centric world, in its own right.[18] In 2008, a TV advertisement for the Santander bank was produced, featuring a fictitious Lewis HamiltonFormula One car model.[19] Demand for this model was such that Airfix later produced a real model kit using the tooling from a similar Scalextricslot car.[20]

A life-size model of a Spitfire in the style of an Airfix kit was made as part of the BBC TV series James May's Toy Stories in 2009.

In one of the 'Eric and Ernie at Home' Sketches in the 'Morecambe and Wise Show', Eric Morecambe is seen adding the final touches to the Airfix 1/24 Hawker Hurricane

Reference is made to Airfix in the BBC drama Call the Midwife series 3 episode 6 when Timothy Turner asks his step-mother "can I show Colin my Airfix Supermarine Spitfire?"

Airfix kits were extensively used to create futuristic aircraft in the TV series Thunderbirds, the Airfix girder bridge also features in one of the episodes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Caddick, Peter (1 September 2006). "UK | Magazine | 'Airfix made me the man I am'". BBC News. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  2. ^May, James (2009). Toy Stories. London: Conway. p. 132. ISBN .
  3. ^May, James (2009). Toy Stories. London: Conway. p. 135. ISBN .
  4. ^Arthur Ward, The Boys' Book of Airfix: Who Says You Ever Have to Grow Up?, Random House, 2009, ISBN 0-09-192898-2, ISBN 978-0-09-192898-8, (page 49)
  5. ^Knight 1999, p. 7
  6. ^The Boys Book of Airfix p 134
  7. ^http://www.airfixtoysoldiers.com/
  8. ^May, James (2009). Toy Stories. London: Conway. ISBN .
  9. ^Ward 2009 p 135-6
  10. ^Iyer, Vik (August 31, 2006). "Airfix model firm goes into administration". Times Online. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  11. ^"Acquires Assets of Airfix Humbrol — News & Events". Hornby. 2006-11-10. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  12. ^"Airfix Related Items". Airfixrailways.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  13. ^http://www.modeltrainsinternational.co.uk/
  14. ^[email protected] (15 May 2008). "Brittling and Disintegration of Airfix's 1:76 Scale British Paratroops". IDL Software GmbH. Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-11-05.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  15. ^"The Airfix Kit Range". Pws.prserv.net. Archived from the original on 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  16. ^"Scale Plastic Model Kits by Airfix". Airfix.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  17. ^"Roy Cross artwork". Collecting Airfix Kits. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  18. ^"Airfix: kit, model or toy?". Open2.net. Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  19. ^"Digital Arts". Digitalartsonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  20. ^Darley, Andy (3 November 2008). "Airfix Lewis Hamilton kit coming soon". www.britsonpole.com. Retrieved 24 December 2009.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Knight, Stephen (1999). Let's Stick Together: An Appreciation of Kitmaster and Airfix Railway Kits. Clopthill: Irwell Press. ISBN .
  • Ward, Arthur (1999). Airfix: Celebrating 50 Years of the Greatest Plastic Kits in the World. London: Ted Smart. ISBN .

External links[edit]

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Airfix - MINI Countryman WRC Starter Set - 1:32 (A55304)

Airfix - MINI Countryman WRC Starter Set - 1:32 (A55304)

 

Like the Ford Fiesta WRC, the MINI is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which drives all four wheels. Rally aces Prodrive, who masterminded Colin McRae and Richard Burns' championship-winning campaigns, prepared the Countryman. Prodrive also build MINI WRCs for privateers.

(This Gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L127 x W58
Number of Parts: 71Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 2Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Aston Martin DB5 (A50089A)

Airfix - Aston Martin DB5 Gift Set - 1:32 (A50089A)

 

The DB5 had a new tail design, offering improved aerodynamics. Options included power steering (on Mk1 cars), air conditioning, automatic transmission, limited slip differential and a 325bhp Vantage. Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Medium Starter Sets are a little more challenging to build than the Small Starter Set range, with more parts. Each Medium Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

Contents:

Model Kit, Acrylic Paints, Glue, Brushes

(This Gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L143 W52
Pieces: 42Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Aston Martin DB5 (A50089B)

Airfix - Aston Martin DB5 Gift Set - 1:32 (A50089B)

 

The DB5 had a new tail design, offering improved aerodynamics. Options included power steering (on Mk1 cars), air conditioning, automatic transmission, limited slip differential and a 325bhp Vantage. Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Medium Starter Sets are a little more challenging to build than the Small Starter Set range, with more parts. Each Medium Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

Contents:

Model Kit, Acrylic Paints, Glue, Brushes

(This Gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L143 W52
Pieces: 42Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Jaguar E-Type - A55200

Airfix - Jaguar E-Type Gift Set - 1:32 (A55200)

 

Described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever made upon it unveiling, the Jaguar E-Type has gone on to become one of the most instantly recognisable and iconic shapes in automotive history. Capable of speeds of over 140mph and blessed with superb handling, the E-Type became an instant hit, both on the road and on race tracks across the world. Having gone through numerous design changes, it is this early version that is considered by most to be the most beautiful, especially in its open two-seater form. 2011 sees the 50th anniversary of the E-Type.

Contents:

Model Kit, 6 x Acrylic Paints, Glue, 2 x Brushes

(This Gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L136 W52
Pieces: 49Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Triumph Herald (A55201)

Airfix - Triumph Herald - 1:32 (A55201)

 

The Triumph Herald, introduced in 1959, was looked upon as being quite a radical design in motor cars. Its tilt-forward bonnet and unusual styling, plus all-round independent suspension were a breakaway from the traditional theories of the era. The original engine was a four cylinder, single carburettor 948cc unit which was later enlarged to 1147cc with twin carburettors for certain models. The body design was by the Italian stylist Michelotti and total Herald sales numbered well over 300,000. Other body styles available through the production years were coupe, convertible, and estate car.

Contents:

Model Kit, 6 x Acrylic Paints, Glue, 2 x Brushes

(This Gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L120 W45
Pieces: 73Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - VW Beetle Starter Set - 1:32 (A55207)

Airfix - VW Beetle Starter Set - 1:32 (A55207)

 

The civil production of the Beetle started in December 1945 and only finished in 2003. Originally powered by a 1100cc air-cooled four cylinder engine, it was continually updated throughout the Beetle's history, culminating in the 1584cc engine found in the final Mexican variants.

Contents:

Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints

(This Gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L128 W48
Pieces: 53Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Ford 3 Litre GT Starter Set - 1:32 (A55308)

Airfix - Ford 3 Litre GT Starter Set - 1:32 (A55308)

 

Capable of reaching incredible top speeds of well over 350 km/h this iconically shaped Ford 3L GT designed by Len Baily was built as a result of the displacement limit rule change of 1967 by the FIA. First appeared at Brands Hatch, Kent 1968.

Contents:

Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints.

(This Gift Set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L132 X W58
Pieces: 53Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Maserati Indy Starter Set - 1:32 (A55309)

Airfix - Maserati Indy Starter Set - 1:32 (A55309)

 

Thought by some to be the most underrated Maserati, the Indy – named such to celebrate Maserati’s two victories at the Indy 500 in 1939 and 1940, was launched at the Salone d’Automobile de Gen�ve in 1968. Maserati are still the only Italian Marque to have won the famous 500 mile race!

Contents:

Starter Set includes glue, two brushes and six acrylic paints

(This Gift Set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm); L145 X W55
Pieces: 60Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Manufacturers Age Restriction: 8 Years+

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Large Starter Set - MINI Cooper S - 1:32 (A55310)

Airfix - Large Starter Set - MINI Cooper S - 1:32 (A55310)

 

One of the most recognisable vehicles on today’s roads the MINI stands out from the crowd and has immense popularity all over Europe and beyond. They come in all colours and designs, and this, the Cooper S, is no exception.

(This Airfix starter set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm) L118 x W59
Number of Parts: 73Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1
Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Jaguar 420 - 1:32 - A03401V

Airfix - Jaguar 420 - 1:32

Product Code: A03401V

(Pre-Order Autumn 2021)

Introduced at the 1966 London Motor Show the Jaguar 420 was a compact sporting saloon in the familiar Jaguar mould. Powered by a 4.2lire straight six the 420 produced a good 245BHP and proved to be a good handling and powerful saloon of the period. The Airfix model has been unavailable for some time and has therefore become highly collectable, this new addition is therefore a worthy addition to any collection!  

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm) L x W
Number of Parts: 114Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 2Flying Hours: 2

Paints Required but not included: TBA

Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Beach Buggy - 1:32 - A02412V

Airfix - Beach Buggy - 1:32

Product Code: A02412V

 

Also known as Dune Buggys Beach buggys are a integral piece of American counter culture and surging culture of the 1960s. Often based upon VW Beetle platforms these air cooled rockets are super fun on the open beaches or twisty roads. Perfect for exploring the terrain with the winds in your hair this vintage classic from Airfix is a great throwback to a time of san, sea and surf.

Model Scale; 1:32Dimensions (mm): L95 x W55
Number of Parts: 84Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1

Paints Required but not included: 18, 21, 33, 61, 19, 11

Price: £Quantity Available:()


Airfix - Small Starter Set Ford Focus WRC -1:43 (A55122)

Airfix - Small Starter Set Ford Focus WRC - 1:43 (A55122)

(Pre-Order due December 2020)

Making its debut in the 1999 Monte Carlo rally, the Ford Focus WRC was the replacement for the famous Ford Escort Cosworth WRC. Driven by two rally legends during the 2002 series the Ford Focus WRC 02 found itself often at the forefront of the stage times. Colin McRae drove one of the 4wd 2000CC machines, winning 2 rallies that year in Greece and the Safari rally in Kenya.

(This gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:72Dimensions (mm) L96 x W43
Number of Parts: 28Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1
Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Small Starter Set Peugeot 205 T16 'Paris - Dakar' -1:43 (A55123)

Airfix - Small Starter Set Peugeot 205 T16 'Paris - Dakar' -1:43 (A55123)

(Pre-Order due December 2020)

After the demise of the Group B era Peugeot Sport needed somewhere to rally its mighty fire breathing mid-engine Turbo charged monster 205, the T16. A natural home seemed to be the grueling and world famous Paris Dakar endurance rally and so for 1987 Peugeot entered a car for 1981 World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen.

(This gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:72Dimensions (mm) L86 x W37
Number of Parts: 29Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1
Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Small Starter Set Peugeot 206 WRC -1:43 (A55124)

Airfix - Small Starter Set Peugeot 206 WRC - 1:43 (A55124)

(Pre-Order due December 2020)

Making its debut in the 1999 WRC the Peugeot 206 saw the French firm returning to the WRC full time for the first time since the end of the group B era in the 1980s. The 206 WRC was a far more conformist beast then the mid-engine lunacy of the group B era though, featuring a front mounted inline 4 turbo engine powering all four wheels.

(This gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:72Dimensions (mm) L93 x W41
Number of Parts: 23Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1
Price: £Quantity Available:()

Airfix - Small Starter Set Subaru Impreza WRC -1:43 (A55125)

Airfix - Small Starter Set Subaru Impreza WRC - 1:43 (A55125)

(Pre-Order due December 2020)

Introduced in 2001 as a replacement for the previous 2 door version the 4 door Subaru Impreza WRC2001 was based upon the GD chassis WRX, the then current road going version of Impreza. For 2002 the car was slightly modified, with weight saving reductions and changes to the manifold. For this season the drivers were Petter Solberg and Tommi Makinen.

(This gift set includes paints, brushes and glue)

Model Scale; 1:72Dimensions (mm) L106 x W42
Number of Parts: 28Requires Painting: Yes
Skill Level: 1Flying Hours: 1
Price: £Quantity Available:()

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