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Airfix: Celebrating 50 years of the greatest modelling kits in the world (Airfix Products) Paperback – 6 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007163703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007163700
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A trip down memory lane -- Boys Toys

A unique souvenir from years gone by. -- Collect It

Better looking models than Kate Moss....building Airfix models was a rite of passage for millions the world over. -- Jack Magazine

This volume is highly recommended to young and old -- Aircraft Illustrated

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A celebration of one of the biggest names in boys' hobbies
For men of 'a certain age' the name Airfix conjures up fond memories of rainy afternoons spent gluing wings to fuselages of 1/72nd scale plastic Spitfires; or daubing matt enamel 'Dark Earth' camouflage paint to 'HO-OO' minature tanks during the 1960's and 1970's. Though still going strong, Airfix was once perhaps Britain's biggest name in boys' hobbies. I wrote this book to celebrate this period. Illustrated with dozens of colour photographs of, now rare, classic kits, and featuring interviews with the masterminds behind the firms commercial success - and the engineering draughtsmen who designed individual scale model replicas - this book is a trip down memory lane. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's only when you get older that you start to miss the simple pleasures of being a child. From age 11 upwards, I collected, painted and diligently assembled just about every model Airfix produced. As Arthur Ward's gorgeous book demonstrates, I was not alone - oh no. My enthusiasm may not have been shared by my mother, who admired my skills in putting the little marvels together but loathed the piles of dust which gathered daily on airplanes hung from the ceiling, in the rigging of huge fighting ships displayed on any available surface. Arthur Ward's lovingly researched, wittily written and fabulously illustrated volume leaves the reader in no doubt that he or she need no longer hide in doorways, ashamed to be known as a plastic modeller. The colour reproductions of original box artwork are stunning, the photos of kits assembled and in pristine packaging will bring a nostalgic tear to the eye of anyone who's wrecked their vision painting the tiny creations. For this reviewer, when the sixties blossomed and rock music took over, my love affair with Airfix was on the rocks; trying to recreate it with my 9 year old son, I knew I was on a slippery slope. For anyone looking for the minutiae of social change...for anyone with a backward look over the shoulder to the embers of the 20th Century, Arthur Ward's Airfix will bring a tear to the eye.
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The mass of research and company history which is complemented by a vast array of excellent colour pictures of the models and artwork has been rather spoilt by bad editing of the text.
Nevertheless, if you can wade through text which jumps from one subject to another here is a book of nostalgia for anyone with an interest in the subject.
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What a brilliant book for the Airfix fan! I spent well over an hour and a half just drooling over the pictures of the kits, catalogues and promotions...being instantly changed back into a 10-year old lad, eagerly browsing the latest catalogue so that I knew which would be my next purchase, or what I should be asking for for Christmas or my Birthday, or...or...or...! Airfix was my main hobby as a lad, in fact, besides Scouting, it was my <i>only</i> hobby! (And I even managed to get a couple of badges from my modelling exploits!) There's pictures of assorted, brilliant artworks and of kits, both completed and awaiting assembly. I can smell the glue. I'm transported back to the kitchen table, my modelling stuff filling my new model box. My Dad's telling me I should be outside, my Mum's offering advice on painting...my Uncle's arrived with a Series 2 for me, my brothers struggling with a tank kit and the dozens of wheels...it's raining outside, I've got aircraft books all over the shop...Slade are on the radio, it's Jimmy Savilles Old record Club! Unlike the many small boys referred to in the book, I was never one to crash and burn my completed kits...I was too proud of them! Dad had just finished extending our bedroom and my brother and I had four 6 foot shelves each on which to display our kits, plus I had a large dressing table. No planes dangling from the ceiling for me, gathering dust...they were all on their stands, apart from those with fixed undercarriage and they were shelf-bound...but I babble...
The book is a great read too, although there is some repetition in the anecdotes and details and some of the text is a little on the dry side, particularly when stuff other than the kits themselves are discussed.
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Only a minority of men aged 30-50 did not make AIRFIX kits when they were boys. This book enables the rest of us to relive the glory days of our plastic air forces, navies or tank fleets. Superbly executed studio photographs show all the obscure and highly collectible kits as well as the best sellers, with illustrations of the packets, box art, adverts in 1960s and 1970s magazines, and a mass of period ephemera.

Arthur Ward investigates the rise, fall and rise again of AIRFIX models. It's a nostalgic reminder of kits long vanished, but with a happy ending: AIRFIX are now re-releasing 40 kits a year, bringing back some not seen for twenty years.
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I am a middle aged collector of the plastic toy soldiers rather than plastic kits but I bought this book because Airfix had produced so many 1/72 and 1/32 scale plastic figures and they form a large part of my collection. I was not disappointed - this book provides many photographs of the sort of figures I collect. It also awoke memories of the kits I had made so many years ago, kits I had forgotten until turning the colourful pages of this book. It is also very entertaining reading, not just reference, and is a must for all current kit collectors and anyone who has ever been bitten by the Airfix kit 'bug'.
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What a brilliant book for the Airfix fan! I spent well over an hour and a half just drooling over the pictures of the kits, catalogues and promotions...being instantly changed back into a 10-year old lad, eagerly browsing the latest catalogue so that I knew which would be my next purchase, or what I should be asking for for Christmas or my Birthday, or...or...or...! Airfix was my main hobby as a lad, in fact, besides Scouting, it was my <i>only</i> hobby! (And I even managed to get a couple of badges from my modelling exploits!) There's pictures of assorted, brilliant artworks and of kits, both completed and awaiting assembly. I can smell the glue. I'm transported back to the kitchen table, my modelling stuff filling my new model box. My Dad's telling me I should be outside, my Mum's offering advice on painting...my Uncle's arrived with a Series 2 for me, my brothers struggling with a tank kit and the dozens of wheels...it's raining outside, I've got aircraft books all over the shop...Slade are on the radio, it's Jimmy Savilles Old record Club! Unlike the many small boys referred to in the book, I was never one to crash and burn my completed kits...I was too proud of them! Dad had just finished extending our bedroom and my brother and I had four 6 foot shelves each on which to display our kits, plus I had a large dressing table. No planes dangling from the ceiling for me, gathering dust...they were all on their stands, apart from those with fixed undercarriage and they were shelf-bound...but I babble...
The book is a great read too, although there is some repetition in the anecdotes and details and some of the text is a little on the dry side, particularly when stuff other than the kits themselves are discussed.
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