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Airfix: Celebrating 50 years of the greatest modelling kits ever made (Collins GEM) Hardcover – 4 Oct 1999
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
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.
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I accept that with such a prolific manufacturer it would be impossible to detail the history of every kit ever made, but I would have thought a more organized chronological history of the company would have been a better approach. Also, I would have been happier with a little more bio information on the key names, but it's surprising that given the haste with which the company ultimately folded that any historical reference remains at all...
That being said I did enjoy the book, and it brought back memories of my trips to "Woolies" during which I would blow all my hard earned pocket money on a series 2 plane, or possibly something larger. Paint and technique were secondary to the passion of consuming plastic!
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.
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.
There are plenty of little niggits of trivia in there for you to store in your grey cells, to throw into various modelling Forums at your leisure. The origin of the "Airfix" and "Frog" names, for example, the kits-that-nearly-got-made-but-didn't, the myth of the Airfix Sea Venom, TSR2 and Nimrod and the liklihood that any new kit, featuring a new subject, would be in 1/48 scale. (It seems nowadays that if a kit manufacturer is already producing a particular type of plane, no other is likely to do the same...unless you are Tamiya, apparently...most subjects are now covered in 1/72, which is why 1/48 is the new Flavour-of-the-Month).
I heartily recommend this book, if only for the reason that it's given me the <i>almost</i> uncontrollable urge to buy all those Airfixes on eBay and to re-create those 4 shelves of my youth!
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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