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Sixty Years of Airfix Models

By Jeremy Brook

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ISBN: 9781847979759
PUBLISHED: 19/11/2015
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 296x210 mm
INSIDE: 350 colour photographs

The best-known and most important manufacturer of plastic model kits in the UK, Airfix has been at the forefront of the industry since 1955 when the first Airfix aircraft kit appeared in UK branches of Woolworth's. The kits were made to a constant scale and covered a wide variety of subjects, from aircraft to birds and from tanks to dinosaurs. In 1981 the famous London-based company closed down and only the kits survived intact.

For the next twenty-five years Airfix was run by Palitoy and later Humbrol, but suffered from a lack of investment. In 2006, Hornby Hobbies Ltd, the train and Scalextric manufacturer, bought the ailing company and transformed it. Money and resources were ploughed into the range, and today Airfix releases around twenty new kits per year, designed to an incredibly high standard.

The old kits of the 1950s and 1960s are gradually being replaced by new state-of-the-art tooling, all bearing that most prestigious name - Airfix. Published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the first Airfix aircraft kit, Sixty Years of Airfix Models, tells the full story, year by year, of the company and its products.

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Latest Reviews
" The older models have a collectors value and this book is a vital guide to when that dusty box first appeared. We enjoyed reading it! "
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Reviewed By: Aviation World

" If you are at all interested in this very significant range, and one that is now associated with Hornby, then this book should provide you with plenty of interesting reading, information and enjoyment. "
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Reviewed By: Train Collector

" Airfix fans have been spoilt for books over the last couple of years, and here is another superb one: written by Jeremy Brook and published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the first Airfix aircraft kit. "
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Reviewed By: Plastic Warrior

" This is arguably, the book Airfix kit enthusiasts have been waiting for. Devoted entirely to the products of the kit catalogues, it brings together in one volume all the elements that have been written about in Constant Scale over the years. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Airfix - Constant Scale

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